June July August writing classes from Writers' Workshop
The following writing classes, sponsored by The Writers’ Workshop, a non-profit center since 1985, meet at 387 Beaucatcher Rd., Asheville. Registration is in advance only, Visit www.twwoa.org. For more info, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-254-8111. Financial assistance is available for low-income writers.
June 6: Screenplay Writing with Bob Hardison
Participants will receive an overview of writing for the screen. Various formats, structures and techniques will be discussed, as well as tips on creating interesting characters and realistic dialogue. Students may bring a screenplay idea or synopsis to the class for review. Hardison is a graduate of the UNCSA School of Filmmaking in Winston-Salem. He has written and produced two feature films, Marcus and Angry White Man. Meets Saturday, 10-4 pm. $75, or $70 Workshop members
June 13: Short Fiction Workshop with Richard Krawiec
In this writing-intensive class we will explore a wide range of story types. We will read, analyze what makes an effective story, and write and revise our own. Emphasis will be on writing sequenced action, effective dialogue, how to organize and integrate description and theme, and revision techniques. Krawiec has published two novels, a story collection, plus books of poetry and plays. His fiction has appeared in Shenandoah, Sou-wester, Ampersand and many other literary magazines.
Meets Saturday, 10-4 pm. $75, or $70 Workshop members.
July 11: Writing for Magazines & Newspapers with Jodi Helmer
Participants will learn how to develop ideas for articles and how to turn life experiences into essays for national magazines, newspapers and literary journals. Discussion will cover the elements of a successful article, what editors are looking for, how to submit your work, and where to find the best markets for publishing stories and essays. The class includes writing exercises and review. Helmer has been published in National Geographic, Woman’s Day, Family Circle and Traveler, among others. Meets Saturday, 10-4 pm. $75, or $70 Workshop members.
July 25: Writing the Young Adult Novel with Bobbie Pell
The class will learn vital aspects of the young adult novel, including theme, plot and characterization. Setting will also be examined, such as the “real” world, utopian societies, space travel, and medieval times. Readings and discussion will target specific aspects of the YA novel, with the goal of creating a highly motivating, dramatic story. Pell earned her MFA degree at Goddard College, and is the author of A New Star and Scary Stories. Saturday, 10-4 pm. $75, or $70 Workshop members.
Aug. 15: Editing and Revising Your Own Work with Karen Ackerson
Writers of fiction and non-fiction will learn how to edit and revise their works before submitting to an agent or publisher. Techniques will be taught on how to grab the reader’s interest by eliminating unnecessary details, building tension, and fine-tuning dialogue and descriptions. Participants may bring five pages (double-spaced) to the class for discussion. Ackerson is Senior Editor at the Renbourne Editorial Agency, and has edited over 220 stories, books and essays. Meets Saturday, 10-4 pm. $75, or $70 Workshop members.