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|For Immediate Release
August 15, 2001
UNCA's Great Smokies Writing Program Offers Fall Classes
The Great Smokies Writing Program, a consortium of the Western North Carolina writers’ community and UNC Asheville, will offer fall courses in fiction, prose, and poetry. The classes are open to all interested writers.
Tommy Hays will teach "A Beginner’s Fiction Writing Class" from 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays Sept. 4-Nov. 6. The class is designed for beginning as well as more advanced fiction writers. Class activities will include discussing the craft of writing, reading accomplished writers, in-class writing exercises and writing one short story. The class is worth two credit hours. Hays has written two novels, "Sam’s Crossing" and "In the Family Way," which was a Book-of-the-Month Club selection and won the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award. He is executive director of the Great Smokies Writing Program and teaches creative writing at UNCA. Hays also reviews books for the Atlanta Constitution and Charlotte Observer newspapers.
Hays will also teach "Hanging in There: An Advanced Prose Writing Workshop" from6-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays Aug. 29-Dec. 5. The class is geared towards experienced prose writers who need structure, criticism and support. Students will read and discuss their work at length and Hays will respond thoroughly to each student’s work. The class will also include outside reading and in-class writing. The class is worth three credit hours.
Nancy Dillingham will teach "Exploring the Layers: A Poetry Workshop" from6-8:30 p.m. Mondays Sept. 10-Nov. 12. Both beginner and experienced poets who wish to review poetic structure and technique will benefit from this course. Students will read and discuss their work and may also elect to receive in-depth reviews of their work by the instructor. The class is worth two credit hours. Dillingham is the author of "New Ground," a collection of short stories and poems set in Dillingham, N.C., where she grew up. She is an instructor at A-B Tech, where she serves on the editorial board of "Victoria Press," the school’s literary magazine for faculty and staff. Dillingham’s forthcoming book is entitled "The Ambiguity of Morning."
Kathy Sheldon will teach "Poetry Immersion" from 6-8:30 p.m. ThursdaysSept. 6-Nov. 8. Students will read and share a wide range of poems as well as practice writing, revising and critiquing exercises. The class is worth two credit hours. A graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop, Sheldon writes poetry, fiction and nonfiction. She has taught writing at the University of Iowa, Warren Wilson College and the Asheville Poetry Festival. Sheldon’s poems have appeared in literary journals such as "Plainsong" and "The Florida Review."
Peggy B. Parris will teach "Finishing Your Novel" from 6-8:30 p.m. WednesdaysOct. 3-Dec. 5. The class will focus on planning, drafting and revising the novel. Ideas for writers who desire to start a novel will also be covered. The class is worth two credit hours. A poet and novelist, Parris taught fiction writing for more than 20 years. Hoping to write full-time, she recently retired from UNCA, where she was a Feldman Distinguished Professor. Her first novel, "Waltzing in the Attic," was released in the United States, the United Kingdom and throughout Europe. Her second, "His Arms are Full of Broken Things," was published in England and named a best book by the London Daily Mail.
Rebecca Upham will teach "On Becoming a Writer: A Class for Rising High School Seniors" from 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays Sept. 4-Oct. 2. This class will be geared toward rising high school seniors who are interested in writing and discussing short stories and poetry. During the course, students will complete five poems or one short story and will learn how to prepare a manuscript or portfolio for publication. The class is worth two credit hours. Upham has taught creative writing at UNCA and the Asheville School. Although she focuses on short stories, Upham enjoys writing poetry and recently completed a screenplay.
Cost is $20 for the visiting student application fee and $81.58 for tuition and fees for two credit hour classes and $120.57 for tuition and fees for the three credit hour class.
For more information or to request an application, call UNCA’s Special Academic Programs at 828/251-6558.
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