ASHEVILLE, NC – Some of the area’s best authors and instructors are featured in the new fall lineup of workshops from UNC Asheville‘s Great Smokies Writing Program (GSWP). Courses will help hone the skills of writers of poetry and prose, including memoir, novels, and creative nonfiction. Some classes are open to interested writers of all levels; some are restricted to more advanced writers. In all cases, class size is limited and early registration is suggested.
For writers of all levels:
Laura Hope-GillLaura Hope-Gill, the first poet laureate of the Blue Ridge Parkway and director of Asheville WordFest, will teach “Up our Game: The Wild and Technical Aspects of Making Poems,” for beginning and advanced poets. Each class will look at a different technical aspect of poetry and explore how the technique supports the poet’s engagement with imagination and expression. This 1o-week class meets from 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Sept. 13, at Grateful Steps, 159. S. Lexington Ave., Asheville.
“We Are What We Eat: Let’s Write About Food!” is a workshop led by novelist and creative nonfiction author Marjorie Klein that will use food as a touchstone for fictional narratives and memoir. Klein’s first novel, “Test Pattern,” was a Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” selection. This 10-week workshop meets from 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Sept. 14, at Randolph Learning Center, 90 Montford Ave., Asheville.
Brian Lee KnoppBrian Lee Knopp, author of the memoir “Mayhem in Mayberry: Misadventures of a P.I. in Southern Appalachia,” (2010 Malaprop’s bestseller) teaches “The Devil You Know: The Art, Skill and Thrill of Writing Your Memoir.” The course involves in-class “lifestorming” sessions and writing, at-home writing and reading assignments, and a chance for “a daring rescue of the truth trapped inside your life’s labyrinth.” This 10-week class meets from 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Sept. 14, at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville.
Katherine Soniat“Advanced Poetry and Flash Fiction: Glimpsing Yourself through Archetypal Imagery” will be led by Katherine Soniat, whose fifth collection of poems, “The Swing Girl,” is forthcoming from Louisiana State University Press. Using photographs and Jung’s “The Book of Symbols: Reflections on Archetype,” the workshop will help participants “re-vision” their writing and unlock latent parts of their creativity. This 10-week course meets 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Sept. 14, at Randolph Learning Center, 90 Montford Ave., Asheville.
For intermediate and advanced writers only:
Vickie LaneVicki Lane, author of the 2010 novel, “The Day of Small Things,” and the Elizabeth Goodweather mystery series (Bantam Dell), will lead “The First Forty: A Fiction Workshop for Intermediate or Advanced Writers.” This course is for writers with a novel in progress or in need of final polishing who want their first 40 pages to catch the attention of agents, editors and publishers. This 10-week class meets 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Sept. 14, at Randolph Learning Center, 90 Montford Ave., Asheville.
15-week courses for advanced, experienced writers only:
Tommy Hays, photo by Michael MauneyNovelist Tommy Hays, executive director of the GSWP and lecturer in the Master of Liberal Arts Program at UNC Asheville, will lead “Keeping Ourselves Company: An Advanced Creative Prose Workshop.” This course, with an emphasis on reading and critiquing each other’s work, is for advanced prose writers embarking on new works or with projects in progress. Hays, the author of “The Pleasure Was Mine,” “Sam’s Crossing,” and “In the Family Way,” will respond at length to participants’ submissions. This course meets from 6-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Sept. 1, at Asheville School.
Elizabeth LutyensThe “Prose Master Class,” taught by Elizabeth Lutyens, is a next step for experienced writers with an ongoing project – essays, stories, a novel or memoir – looking for an intensive writing and critiquing experience. This workshop is for those who are committed to writing well and writing a lot, who are ready to commit to giving the best possible attention to others’ works. Lutyens is editor of “The Great Smokies Review,” a graduate of the MFA in Writing Program at Warren Wilson College, and is completing a novel set in the 1860s. The “Prose Master Class” will be limited to eight participants; admission is by invitation from Tommy Hays. This course meets from 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Aug. 30, at Asheville School.
The ten-week courses qualify for two UNC Asheville credit hours in literature and language. Tuition and fees for in-state residents is $235.84; the cost for out-of-state residents is $1156.92. Successful completion of the 15-week courses earns three credit hours; in-state cost is $353.76 and out-of-state cost is $1735.38. A $20 non-refundable application fee for new students will also be charged.
For more information or to register, visit unca.edu/gswp or call 828/251-6099.