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Act 5, Scene 1: Irene's Twilight Zone

Act 5, Scene 1: Irene’s Twilight Zone See whole poem, "The Main Show," and index of scenes.  (Spotlight opens on the lobby of the theater.  Characters who remain in the lobby enter the theater, which remains dark.  Joan the nurse tells the tour guide to also go in, and the narrator hangs back awhile.) Joan: Go ahead in. I’ll stay with my patient.Anyway, this is a family…See More
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Travelling back in time on a Flat Rock roadby Rob Neufeld             If you walk the one mile length of North Highland Lake Road in Flat Rock, you step nearly 200 years into the past.            At the east end, the 21st century reigns.  Fronting six-lane Spartanburg Highway, a super-Ingles sits above a bog; and a CVS store faces an Octopus Garden smoke shop, a chiropractor, a cell phone provider, and a six-lane avenue to I-26 a mile away .            Neither Ingles nor CVS carries the big…See More
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Great Smokies fiction classes unlock your inner writer

Almost everyone has dreams of being a writer. But moving those dreams out of the clouds and onto paper can be a real struggle. Sometimes the solid ideas just won’t come. In other cases, the ideas are within reach, but knowing how to structure those ideas into language and a format that other people might enjoy remains elusive.

While writing is ultimately a solitary pursuit, some instruction and feedback can smooth the process, helping you to keep moving toward your dreams instead of getting stuck in a bumpy cycle of fits and starts.

This spring, the Great Smokies Writing Program has three fiction classes with space still currently available. Course descriptions are below. Find the class that is right for you, and keep your writing dream alive!

Applications are available at

Stretching the Truth: Creating Fiction from Life
A Fiction Workshop
(Lang 372, 2 credit hours)
Marjorie Klein

Our lives are a kaleidoscope of memories: people, places, events, moments, happy and sad. In this course, those memories will be refracted through the prism of imagination to create their fictional counterparts. With the freedom that fiction allows, what was once fixed as fact can be set loose to roam wherever we wish, unfettered by the need to be historically accurate or by the fear of offending a real-life person. After all, it’s fiction: we’re just making it up! We’ll start each exercise by free-writing from a prompt which will trigger a recollection. That memory will be used as a base for the second part of the exercise that will take it into the realm of fiction, wherever we want it to go—perhaps uncovering the underlying meaning behind the reality that inspired our fantasy. While truth can be stranger than fiction, what arises through our creative subconscious from what we assumed were cold hard facts can often reveal a greater truth.

Marjorie Klein's first novel, Test Pattern (Wm. Morrow Publishers, 2000) was a Barnes and Noble "Discover Great New Writers" selection. Her creative nonfiction has appeared in various publications, including 20 years of free-lance work for Tropic, the Miami Herald's Sunday magazine. She has taught at the University of Miami, Warren Wilson College, and Florida International University (where she received her MFA), and has led workshops at the Florida Center for Literary Arts at Miami Dade College, UNC Asheville’s Center for Creative Retirement and the Great Smokies Writing Program. Recipient of a Florida Individual Artist Fellowship in 2007, and honorable mention in 2002, she served as a preliminary judge in the writing category for the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts from 1991-2006, until she moved to Asheville. She has recently completed a new novel, Shifting Gears.

10-week class – Starts February 17, Wednesday evenings 6:00-8:30pm at Montford Books & More, 31 Montford Avenue.

A Practical Guide to Writing Popular Fiction:
A Fiction Workshop

(Lang 372, 2 credit hours)
Vicki Lane

A workshop for beginning or in-process writers who want to write a novel with popular appeal, this class will combine instruction in the basics of setting, plot, characterization, and dialog with practical and cautionary information about seeking an agent, submitting a manuscript, and building a career. Weekly short (1-2 pages) assignments will be read and discussed during class. The required reading will be Don’t Sabotage Your Submission by Chris Roerden (Bella Rosa Books, ISBN 978- 1933523316) This recent, fun to read, award-winning publication has been praised by beginning writers and well-established authors alike as one of the most useful handbooks on writing ever.
Vicki Lane is the author of the Elizabeth Goodweather mystery series from Bantam Dell. (Signs in the Blood, 2005; Art’s Blood, 2006; Old Wounds, 2007; In a Dark Season (Anthony Nominee for Best Paperback Original) and The Day of Small Things, coming in 2010.) Vicki holds a MA in English from the University of South Florida and taught high school English at a prep school in Florida. She said goodbye to all this in 1975 and, seduced by The Whole Earth Catalog and Mother Earth News, moved with her husband to a mountain farm in Madison County where she learned how to milk cows and raise tobacco. In 2000, she remembered that she was an English major and decided to try her hand at a mystery novel. One brief class (much like this one) later and she was on her way. At the age of 62, Vicki saw her first novel published. She hopes to share with her students the simple steps to publication. For more information about Vicki and her writing, visit her website

10-week class—Starts February 17, Wednesday afternoons, 2:00-4:30pm in Burnsville at the Mountain Heritage Center on Green Mountain Drive.

Story Lab:
A Fiction Workshop

(Lang 372, 2 credit hours)
Leni Zumas

This course is a writing laboratory—a place for experiments, risk-taking, and discovery. Our emphasis will be on generating new work. A range of creative exercises, both in and out of class, will explore elements of fiction such as voice, diction, rhythm, dialogue, place, time, and point of view. Participants will read and discuss literary texts that may enrich their own inventions, share work in progress with the class, and write something new every week. The course is suitable for beginning and advanced writers alike.

Leni Zumas is the author of the story collection Farewell Navigator (Open City Books, 2008). Her award-winning fiction has appeared in many journals, including Quarterly West, New York Tyrant, Salt Hill, and New Orleans Review. She has taught creative writing at the University of Massachusetts, the Juniper Summer Writing Institute, Hunter College, and Columbia University. A 2008 Fellow in Fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Zumas has also received fellowships from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, Hedgebrook, and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program.

10-week class – Starts February 16, Tuesday evenings 6:00-8:30pm at the Randolph Learning Center on 90 Montford Avenue.

Cost: Please make checks payable to UNCA. Payment must accompany all applications. Please allow 3-4 weeks for refunds.

• Visiting Student Application (one-time) Fee: $20

• In-State Residents (Persons living in NC for12 months prior to enrolling are residents)
Tuition and technology fees are $89.10 per credit hour:
1-credit-hour course: $89.10
2-credit-hour course (10 weeks): $178.20
3-credit-hour course (15 weeks): $267.30
• Non-State Residents
Tuition and technology fees are $484.95 per credit hour:
1-credit-hour course: $484.95
2-credit-hour course (10 weeks): $969.90
3-credit-hour course (15 weeks): $1454.85

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