The Great Smokies Writing Program will
classes in poetry and prose this fall
Local writers will have the opportunity to hone their skills with
UNC Asheville's Great Smokies Writing Program's fall workshop
series. Classes are open to all interested writers; each course
qualifies UNC Asheville credit hours in literature and language.
Veteran children's book editor Joy Neaves will teach "Wizards, Wild
Things and Vampires: An Overview of Writing for Children" at the
Covenant Reformed Presbyterian Church from 6-8:30 p.m. for 10
consecutive Mondays, beginning September 14. In this two-credit hour
class, students will practice writing exercises, discover how to
break into publishing and how to market published works.
"The Abiding Image: A Poetry Workshop," taught by award-winning poet
Cathy Smith Bowers, will meet at the Kellogg Center in
Hendersonville from 2-4:30 p.m. for 10 consecutive Wednesdays,
beginning September 16. The course, which is geared toward the
beginner poet, will focus on tension, metaphor and sound. It is a
two-credit hour class.
Noted teacher and writer Marjorie Klein will lead "Get Real: A
Creative Nonfiction Workshop" at the Mountain Heritage Center in
Burnsville from 4-6:30 p.m. for 10 consecutive Wednesdays, beginning
September 16. In this two-credit hour class, students will learn
about creative non-fiction and its blend of poetry, fiction, drama
and real-life events. Taking inspiration from published works,
students will generate new work and review it together.
Novelists Christine Hale and Kevin McIlvoy will lead "Husk, Seed,
Seedling: A Prose Workshop" at the Randolph Learning Center from
6-8:30 p.m. for 10 consecutive Wednesdays, beginning September 16.
In this two-credit hour class, the natural world will spark the
writing process, generate new writing and transform works in
Laura Hope-Gill, Asheville Wordfest Director, will teach "Poetry at
All Levels: Allowing the Psyche to Speak" at the Randolph Learning
Center from 6-8:30 p.m. for 10 consecutive Wednesdays, beginning
September 16. Students will practice generating and revising new
work. Various technical elements will also be emphasized. It is a
two-credit hour class.
Award-winning memoirist Jeff Smith will teach "Telling Our Stories:
A Course in Memoir Writing" at the Randolph Learning Center from
6-8:30 p.m. for 10 consecutive Wednesdays beginning September 16. In
this two-credit-hour class, students will work at writing individual
life stories toward a theme or angle. The course is open to
beginning and advanced writers.
Vicki Lane, author of the Elizabeth Goodweather mystery series, will
lead "A Writer's Boot Camp for Popular Fiction: A Fiction Workshop"
at the Randolph Learning Center from 6-8:30 p.m. for 10 consecutive
Wednesdays, beginning September 16. This two-credit hour class will
address the fundamentals of setting, characterization, dialogue and
opening chapters. Students will be encouraged to begin a novel,
which will be reviewed by the class and edited by Lane.
In addition, two classes for advanced writers will be offered.
Prospective students for these two courses must receive permission
to enroll by contacting Great Smokies Writing Program Director Tommy
Hays at email@example.com.
Novelist Elizabeth Lugyens will teach "A Prose Master Class" for
students who have completed two or more Great Smokies Writing
Program classes and are looking for a more intensive writing and
critiquing experience. This three-credit-hour class will meet at the
Asheville School from 6-8:30 p.m. for 15 consecutive Tuesdays,
beginning August 25.
Hays will lead "Keeping Ourselves Company: An Advanced Creative
Prose Workshop" at the Asheville School from 6-8:30 p.m. for 15
consecutive Thursdays, beginning August 27. This three-credit-hour
class is for advanced prose writers, who are working on projects or
who want to start something new in either fiction or memoir.
Tuition and fees for the 15-week classes are $267.30 for North
Carolina Residents. Tuition and fees for the 10-week classes are
$178.20 for North Carolina residents. A $20 non-refundable
application fee for new students will also be charged. Class size is
limited; early registration is suggested.
For more information or to register, call the UNC Asheville
Extension and Distance Education Office at 828/232-5122 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are also available at www.unca.edu/gswp.