Showing posts with label workshop. Show all posts
Showing posts with label workshop. Show all posts

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Alarka Expeditions has plans

Brent Martin and Angela Faye have many exciting adventures awaiting the outdoor person this month. 
Visit their website, to learn about a writing workshop by Brent and the opening of their new office in Franklin, NC.
Brent is a member of NCWN-West, a published writer and poet.

Brent Martin on the Bartram Trail in 2018

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Poet Cecilia Woloch to teach the workshop, “Deep Waters, Sturdy Craft” at Lake Logan

Who: Poet Cecilia Woloch 
What: "Deep Waters; Sturdy Craft" Workshop & Retreat for Writers, September 15 - 21, 2014
Where: Lake Logan Retreat Center, Canton, NC - 40 miles West of Asheville 

Enjoy seven days  of refreshment for your creative spirit while immersed in an intensive poetry workshop with internationally acclaimed poet Cecilia Woloch.

Supplementary to the workshop are nature walks, fire circles, mindfulness sessions and movement sessions. Massages can be scheduled in  the late afternoons. Participants will stay in charming private cottages and cabins on the 85-acre  lake, with rocking chairs on the back porches and vistas of wilderness and serenity.

Poet and songwriter Leonard Cohen said, “If I knew where the good songs came from, I’d go there more often.” Where have you not gone, yet, in your writing — that place that seems beyond language, perhaps, but that language might take you, still?

This workshop will focus on using the craft of poetry to move into deeper waters in the creative process, in order to achieve both precision and depth in our writing. Suitable for those just embarking on a creative journey as well as for accomplished, practicing poets who are searching for new sources of creative energy and new challenges, the workshop will be geared toward exploring both the mysteries of the creative process and the discipline of the writer’s craft. Workshop participants will read and discuss the work of master poets for inspiration, then engage in a series of generative writing exercises designed to take each poet toward deeper sources of material and new approaches to using language. 

They will share that work with one another and offer feedback on revision aimed at bringing the writing to its fullest fruition. The workshop environment will offer a safe place for creative risk-taking and a rigorous but compassionate community. Participants will work together with an awareness of and a respect for each writer’s individual voice and unique vision, also helping each writer to clarify that vision and look toward the body of work that might emerge from the individual poems. They'll replenish the creative well each day and then dive back into it, refreshed, replenished, emboldened to go farther still, to do their truest, most authentic and most compelling creative work.

Cecilia Woloch is an NEA fellowship recipient and the author of five acclaimed collections of poems, most recently Carpathia (BOA Editions 2009), which was a finalist for the Milton Kessler Award, and Tzigane, le poème Gitan (Scribe-l’Harmattan 2014), the French translation of her second book, Tsigan: The Gypsy Poem. Her novella, Sur la Route, is forthcoming from Quale Press in 2015. Recent awards include the Indiana Review Prize for Poetry (2014). The founding director of Summer Poetry in Idyllwild and The Paris Poetry Workshop, she has also served on the faculties of a number of creative writing programs and teaches independently throughout the U.S. and around the world. 

For more information about this Cullowhee Mountain Arts sponsored event, click here.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Don't Miss This Workshop

What: Workshop, "Elements of Storytelling"
Where:  7540 Hwy 64 West (Grove Enterprise Building), Brasstown, NC 
When: Saturday, August 2, 10:00 am -12:30 pm

Have you ever agonized over a plot? Or wondered what difference choosing the correct tense or point of view will make to your story? Or maybe you know your characters, but have struggled with bringing them to life for your readers.

The workshop, "Elements of Storytelling", has been designed to help writers at all stages of development in creating and editing fiction, nonfiction, drama and narrative poetry. 

The workshop provides exercises that review the definitions and uses of basic elements of storytelling, such as story and plot, theme, character, setting, tense, voice and point-of-view, imagery, dialogue, and pacing. Participants are asked to bring examples of their work for use in these exercises. Course content materials will be provided. 

The instructor is one of the NC Writers' Network's Regional Representatives, Patricia Vestal, a retired publisher and educator, who has developed a writing course and workshop which she has presented at Hendersonville’s Opportunity House and other western NC locations. During her career, Patricia taught playwriting, film & game scripting, poetry, prose and journalism through theater groups and IADT (International Academy of Design & Technology) in Orlando, Florida. She also worked in New York City as an editor, writer and editorial and image researcher for major encyclopedia, textbook and newspaper publishers and earned her B.A. in Media Communications and her M.A. in Drama. 

Fees for the workshop, sponsored by NC Writers' Network-West, are $15 for NCWN/NetWest members and $25 for non-members. It will be held at the Grove Enterprise building at 7540 Hwy 64 West, between Murphy and Hayesville, on Saturday, August 2, from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm. Although fees will be payable at the door, and walk-ins will be welcome, pre-registration is requested. To register, please contact the instructor, Patricia, at

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Poet and Writer, Dana Wildsmith teaches at Writers Circle in April

Workshop at Writers Circle around the Table in Hayesville, NC

   All we have to work with when we set out down fiction's road is the stuff of our lives, but that's enough. Every one of us has  a couple of horror-story-worthy relatives, and we've all lived through years of high drama in our lives. The material is there, for sure, but the rub lies in figuring out how to use that material when memoir is not our aim. In this class, we'll talk about ways to use those three crazy uncles of yours to flesh out one strong character for a story or novel, how to conduct and make use of interviews, and a little about scene-writing. This will be a class for all levels of fiction writers.

Dana Wildsmith's  environmental memoir, Back to Abnormal: Surviving With An Old Farm in the New South, was Finalist for Georgia Author of the Year. She is the author of five collections of poetry, including most recently, Christmas in BethlehemWildsmith has served as Artist-in-Residence for Grand Canyon National Park, as Writer-in-Residence for the Island Institute in Sitka, Alaska, and she is a Fellow of the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences. 

April 12, Saturday, 1 - 4 p.m. 2014:

Fee: $45

Monday, May 13, 2013

Classes by Tracy Ruckman, editor and publisher of Write Integrity Press

Workshops - June 1 (fiction) and June 8 (nonfiction) at Unicoi State Park in Helen, GA. 

If you've been considering publishing your own books, these workshops are for you. A completed manuscript is not required, but we'll be looking at the publishing process from completed manuscript to publication. This is a hands-on one-day workshop, and it comes with 30 days of free coaching after the class is over (doesn't have to be the 30 days after the class, it can be any 30 day period within the next year - whenever you get ready to publish your book!)

June 1st: Unicoi State Park, logo room A, 9-5. How to self publish a novel
June 8th: Unicoi State Park, logo room A, 9-5. How to self publish your nonfiction
Classes are taught by Tracy Ruckman, editor and publisher at Write Integrity Press.
Each writer's how-to class is only $99. Register now at

Early bird registration is $99. On Wednesday, the price goes to $119. 

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Writing From The Spirit Within Workshop led by Estelle Rice

Estelle Darrow Rice, poet and writer, will teach Writing From the Spirit Within, at the Moss Memorial Library on Saturday, September 6, 9:30 - 3:30 PM.
Writing from the Spirit Within will stress the essence of our personalities which makes each of us a special individual designed by our Creator. Our goal will be to enrich our response to others and to the universe, thereby creating depth of meaning to our writing. We will use techniques to also enrich our imaginations, whether we are interested in poetry or prose. The workshop is appropriate for beginners as well as more seasoned writers.
Registration fees are $30.00 for members of NCWN West and $35 for non-members. We are not allowed to take money at the library so be sure you send a check made to NCWN West and mail to PO box 626 , Hayesville, NC 28904. For more information on the class, contact Estelle Rice at or Glenda Beall,

Monday, June 9, 2008

Comments on Writers Talking All Day About Writing

"Great workshop. Fun, and I learned some good tips. Carol (Crawford)puts on a good workshop." Shirley Uphouse, former Program Coordinator for Netwest

"A lot of my confusion over how to go about putting a chapbook together was cleared up in our group, and I did my best to take copious notes before and after lunch. All of us really got a lot out of it, and got to know each other better. It's been a long time since I've written any new poetry, but I'm inspired to try to find a time and place that's conducive to writing". Carole Thompson

"Great Workshop, Glenda! I enjoyed every minute of it (Nancy is great!) and I met some interesting new writers! What a wonderful event! Hey, we don’t have to import good teachers." Janice Moore

I met wonderful people who write fabulous poetry. Nancy Simpson is passionate about helping poets get published, and she willingly shares her wisdom. I left the workshop inspired, with my head full of ideas for improving my poems and writing new ones!" Karen Holmes from Atlanta

This workshop was wonderful. Carol Crawford presented a well-balanced and structured class. The writing exercises were not only fun but an excellent learning tool. At the breaks, we commented on the excitement of learning and being offer something new at each event. The day flew by. The greatest benefit is the stimulation you feel at the end of the class. All you want to do is get home and start writing. Truly it was a wonderful day. My only regret was that I had to select one class with the offer of two great teachers. Thats life. Carol McAfee, winner in the Cherokee County Silver Arts competition, 2008
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Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Saturday, May 3, Hayesville, NC All Genre Workshop with Darnell Arnoult

This lady, Darnell Arnoult, is fun and smart. Her workshop in Hayesville, NC on Saturday, May 3, will be great. Register now and be sure you get in.
Contact for registration information.

One of the 4 A's to avoid, according to Darnell:

1) Authorial Intrusion – When you write a piece of fiction, you create the voice of a narrator. It may be a first person point of view narrator, or it may be a more omniscient voice of the story itself. But it is not the author talking, and the author’s opinion or explanation should not come creeping into the lines of your narrative. Present you story and let your reader be the judge. If you want to write fiction, your job is to part a curtain on your characters and expose them at a moment when they reveal themselves for good or bad. Then the reader makes the ultimate judgment of them. If you want to write so you may convey a social, political, or religious opinion, among others, write nonfiction. If you are true to your characters, and they are true to you, then most likely, by the choice of story you wish to tell, a certain world view may show through. But be wary of this. Do not manipulate your story to express your theme. Write your story and see what themes show themselves. (from Darnell's website: