UNCA's Great Smokies Writing Program Offers
The Great Smokies Writing Program, a consortium of the Western North
Carolina writersí community and UNC Asheville, will offer summer
workshops in poetry and prose. The workshops are open to all interested
Kathy Sheldon will teach "Breaking Open: A Poetry Workshop"
from 6-8:30 p.m. June 4, 5, 11, 12 and 18. This class, appropriate for
both beginning and experienced poets, will help writers make changes to
their styles. Students will read a variety of poems, use exercises to
jump-start new writing and workshop student poems. Sheldon has published
poetry in The Florida Review, Plainsong and other literary journals. She
has worked an editor and writer in both magazine and book publishing and
has taught at the University of Iowa and Warren Wilson College.
Jasmine Beach-Ferrara will teach "Paying Attention: A Fiction
Workshop" from 6-8:30 p.m. Mondays June 9-July 7. This class is
designed for beginning and experienced fiction writers. It will address
issues of craft, such as character and thematic development, in both new
pieces and works in progress. Students will also discuss readings and the
creative process, participate in writing exercises and workshop student
writing. Beach-Ferrara is a graduate of Warren Wilsonís masterís
degree program and is currently the Joan Beebe Teaching Fellow at Warren
Wilson College. Her stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Harvard
Review, Puerto del Sol, The Baltimore Review and BlitheHouse Quarterly.
She is working on a collection of short fiction.
"Writing The Personal Essay," taught by Sebastian Matthews,
will meet from 6-8:30 p.m. July 7, 11, 14, 18 and 21. In this class,
students will read and discuss personal essays, then work as a group on
exercises to build their own personal essays. The class will culminate in
a pair of workshops geared toward providing strategies for revisions.
Matthews teaches part-time at Warren Wilson College and served as editor
of the literary journal Rivendell. He recently completed a memoir,
"In My Fatherís Footsteps" (Norton, 2004) and "Search
Party: Collected Poems of William Matthews," (Houghton Mifflin,
2004), which he co-edited with Stanley Plumly. His work has appeared in
Atlantic Monthly, New England Review and Seneca Review, among others.
Matthews was a recent Bread Loaf Scholar in nonfiction.
Students will earn one college credit hour per class or may choose to
audit. Cost is $20 for the visiting student application fee and $57.53 for
tuition and fees for those meeting North Carolina residency requirements.
Class size is limited; early registration is suggested.
For more information or to request an application, call UNCA
Special Academic Programs at 828/250-3833 or send
- Tommy Hays, Great Smokies Writing Program Director, 828/254-1389
- Jill Yarnall, UNCA Public Information Assistant Director, 828/251-6526