Local writers will have the opportunity to hone
their skills with UNC Asheville's Great Smokies Writing Program's
summer workshop series. The program will offer four workshops in
poetry and prose. Classes are open to all interested writers but
class size is limited; early registration is suggested.
Award-winning poet Katherine Soniat will teach "Writing and
Photography" at the YMI Cultural Center, 39 S. Market St., from
6-8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, July 7-28. The class will also meet on
Wednesday, July 15. The workshop is geared to writers who begin
working from photographs or who wish to include images with their
completed work. The class will include a mix of poetry, short
fiction and memoir.
Noted writer Marjorie Klein was recognized in Barnes and Noble's
2000 "Discover Great New Writers" selection. She will teach "Take
Five: A Fiction Workshop" at Montford Books & More, 31 Montford
Ave., from 6-8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, July 8-29. The class will also
meet on Tuesday, July 21. This workshop will focus on five different
elements of fiction, with free-writing prompts and exercises
designed to illuminate particular aspects of the writing craft.
Local poet Mark Prudowsky will teach "Surprise: A Poetry Workshop"
at the Phil Mechanic Studios, 109 Roberts St., from 6-8:30 p.m. on
Wednesdays July 8-29. The class will also meet on Monday, July 13.
During this course, students will write two to three poems which
rely on the element of surprise. Students will also discuss the
works of published poems that contain the unexpected.
Sebastian Matthews, a poet and author who was named a finalist for
the Pulitzer Prize, will teach "True Stories: A Creative Nonfiction
Workshop." The class will meet at the Black Mountain College Museum
and Art Center, 56 Broadway, from 7-9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and
Thursdays from July 9-23. Students will work in a variety of
nonfiction forms, including personal essay and memoir, and will
explore revision strategies.
Each course qualifies for one UNC Asheville credit hour in
literature and language. Tuition and fees are $89.10 for in-state
students and $484.95 for out-of-state students. A $20 non-refundable
application fee for new students will also be charged.
For more information or to register, call UNC Asheville Extension
and Distance Education Office at 828/232-5122 or email
are also available at