The First 30 Pages: 6-Week Writing Workshop
Mar
14
to Apr 18

The First 30 Pages: 6-Week Writing Workshop

A workshop for novels, memoirs, and full-length nonfiction collections. 

In this six-week workshop, you'll learn how to refine and prepare the first 30-50 pages of your manuscript so it's ready for submissions. The first four weeks will focus on certain elements of craft in the opening of your novel or memoir to make sure they are polished: theme, character, conflict, and structure/pace. The last two weeks will help you select and prepare an excerpt for publication submissions, as well as write your agent query letter that will accompany your pages. 

Limited to 10 students. Must have a manuscript in progress. 

Wednesday nights, 6:30-8:00pm

Flatiron Writers Room, Asheville NC

Price: $275 // Earlybird registration before March 1st

$300 // Regular registration after March 1st

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The Art of the Middle: 6-Week Novel Workshop
Aug
23
to Sep 27

The Art of the Middle: 6-Week Novel Workshop

There are plenty of classes on how to write dynamic first sentences, opening chapters, and closing lines, but very few resources to help an author conquer the hardest part of a book: the middle. Encountering the depressing middle work is often referred to as "sag syndrome," and many would-be novelists abandon their projects altogether during this period.

 

This class is designed to save you from that.


During The Art of the Middle, writers with a novel-in-progress will work intensely to add new sections to their book each week by roughly drafting the middle of their novel.

Each 3-hour weekly class will feature:

manuscript feedback on your work, critical reading, craft talk, lively discussion, and in-class writing time.

Depending on the number of registrants for the class, you will be required to submit at least two small excerpts for your colleagues to read and review: one prior to the workshop so we can all become familiar with each other's works-in-progress, and one during the class on your assigned date. 

You will also write outside of class. In six weeks, you can potentially add six more chapters to your novel.

For critical reading, we will dive into short but specific examples of how authors use time (Graham Greene, John Banville), place (Jessie Burton, Patricia Highsmith), character (Donna Tartt, Paul Yoon), POV (Jeffrey Eugenides, Lauren Groff), and backstory (Michael Chabon,Stephen King) to buoy the dense midsections of their novels as well as maintain pace in plot. These will be printed handouts given to you in class. This will help participants better understand how to write a novel in which the middle sustains momentum and narrative depth.

Workshop Hours:

Wednesday evenings, 6-8:30pm for six weeks starting August 23

(15-20 total hours of in-class and creative support time)

Professional Investment:

$250

LIMITED SPACES:

12 writers - you must have a novel-in-progress


Everything You Need To Know

This 2 1/2 hour 6-week workshop takes place at the comfortable and crafty bungalow, Flatiron Writers Room, in West Asheville.

Limited off-street parking is available. You can also park on Covington Street or across the street in the gravel parking lot. Please do not park at UpCountry's Brewing parking lot next door!

Wheelchair accessibility is available. Please email me if you need other accessibility needs met prior to the class. 

Entrance is the front door. Please feel free to arrive between 6:15-6:30pm, relax and get settled. We will have water, hot tea, coffee, and some light snacks available. We will take a stretch break during the workshop, and you'll have the option to stand up and move around whenever you like. 

Please bring: your workshop submissions in printed copies for the group, a pad of paper, a pencil or pen, a light shawl or jacket to make sure you're comfortable. Cell phones must be turned to "silent" mode. Laptops or tablets are optional. If you cannot afford printed copies, or do not have access to a printer, please let me know ASAP and I can help coordinate it for you.

Bring your questions! This is an interactive, dynamic workshop, so don't be shy to ask questions.

Be prepared to write between classes. In addition to the weekly time together, you need to set aside time to write! Whether it's 30 minutes each morning or all day on a Sunday, find the time that works for you to create new paragraphs on your novel. This is a GENERATIVE workshop, which means it's not about revising, but generating new work. Don't let your inner editor stop you. Put one sentence in front of another. 

Bring your submission to the class only when you're assigned. After registration, you will receive a welcome packet with all the details and what to expect.

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Literary Magazine Submissions for Beginners
Jun
14
6:00 PM18:00

Literary Magazine Submissions for Beginners

Literary Magazine Submissions for Beginners

You've been writing stories, essays, poems and plays for a while. You've been practicing your craft...and now you're ready to submit your work to magazines for possible publication. But where do you start? And how do you keep it organized? With hundreds of literary and mainstream publications out there, the process can feel daunting.

This workshop is designed to help save you time, energy and stress by thinking through and taking your next step as a writer: your submissions strategy.

In this workshop, we will cover…

  • Resources and ways to research literary magazines
  • Managing simultaneous submissions
  • Editorial etiquette
  • When to submit work for digital publication or print
  • The case for getting paid for your work
  • Matchmaking your work with the right places
  • Paid submissions versus free submissions
  • If contests are a right fit for your goals
  • The arguments for mainstream audiences over literary and vice versa

And you will create…

  1. Your “ideal magazine” description
  2. Your submission tracking system
  3. Your Submittable account (if you don’t have one already)
  4. Your professional third person bio
  5. A realistic budget for printing, mailing, submission fees, contests, and subscriptions
  6. A suggested submissions schedule

Part 4 of the Business of Writing 4-Part Series

$35 // this workshop only

or

$125 // package rate for all four workshops (10 hours of writing career advice)

Everything You Need To Know

This 2 1/2 hour workshop takes place at the comfortable and crafty bungalow, Flatiron Writers Room, in West Asheville. Workshop materials and handouts are supplied.

Limited off-street parking is available. You can also park on Covington Street or across the street in the gravel parking lot. Please do not park at UpCountry's Brewing parking lot next door!

Wheelchair accessibility is available. Please email me if you need other accessibility needs met prior to the class. 

Entrance is the front door. Please feel free to arrive between 6:15-6:30pm, relax and get settled. We will have water, hot tea, coffee, and some light snacks available. We will take a stretch break during the workshop, and you'll have the option to stand up and move around whenever you like. 

Please bring: a pad of paper, a pencil or pen, a light shawl or jacket to make sure you're comfortable. Cell phones must be turned to "silent" mode. Laptops or tablets are optional.

Bring your questions! This is an interactive, dynamic workshop, so don't be shy to ask questions.

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[CANCELED] Getting Started as a Ghostwriter
Jun
7
6:00 PM18:00

[CANCELED] Getting Started as a Ghostwriter

[CANCELED]

getting started as a ghostwriter

Ghostwriting, also known as “ghosting,” is the act of writing for someone else under their name.

There is a unique kind of freedom that goes along with the art of ghostwriting: there’s no need to worry about your name being attached to a work, marketing the work, or feeling “stuck” in a specific voice if you want to write other genres.

Because you’re writing for other people under their name, however, there are guidelines, best practices and responsibilities you must be aware of in order to build a successful--even lucrative--ghostwriting career.

Whether you’re penning speeches for politicians, nonfiction articles for company owners, blogs for influencers or celebrities, or even short stories and novels, you can grow as a writer and hone your craft

In this 2.5-hour workshop, you will learn:

  • What ghostwriting is and isn’t
  • The ethics, legal terms, and responsibilities of ghostwriting
  • How to define your ideal ghosting projects and create a portfolio
  • How to define your target market: the people you want to write for and their specific needs
  • Establishing your professional presence
  • Finding your first clients as a ghostwriter
  • Best practices for gathering information, drafting and revision
  • Navigating editorial setbacks with the client
  • Balancing ghostwriting jobs with your other creative work
  • How to seed for more work and get anonymous testimonials or referrals

Class participants will get a mini-workbook to use during the workshop and take home with them to kickstart their first ghostwriting venture.


Part 3 of the Business of Writing 4-Part Series

$35 // this workshop only

or

$125 // package rate for all four workshops (10 hours of writing career advice)

Everything You Need To Know

This 2 1/2 hour workshop takes place at the comfortable and crafty bungalow, Flatiron Writers Room, in West Asheville.

Limited off-street parking is available. You can also park on Covington Street or across the street in the gravel parking lot. Please do not park at UpCountry's Brewing parking lot next door!

Wheelchair accessibility is available. Please email me if you need other accessibility needs met prior to the class. 

Entrance is the front door. Please feel free to arrive between 6:15-6:30pm, relax and get settled. We will have water, hot tea, and coffee available. We will take a stretch break during the workshop, and you'll have the option to stand up and move around whenever you like. 

Please bring: a pad of paper, a pencil or pen, a light shawl or jacket to make sure you're comfortable. Cell phones must be turned to "silent" mode. Laptops or tablets are optional.

Bring your questions! This is an interactive, dynamic workshop, so don't be shy to ask questions.

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Write Your Best Agent Query Letter
May
24
6:00 PM18:00

Write Your Best Agent Query Letter

This is for both new and established writers who may or may not be familiar with the agent querying process.

Write Your Best Agent Query Letter

So you're ready to start querying your novel, short story collection, or nonfiction book but the idea of catching an agent’s attention in one page or less intimidates you...

...or perhaps you started querying agents but no one is responding to your query letter or requesting pages.

During this one-day workshop, we’ll examine the elements of a successful query, review examples of query letters that landed agents, and write a query letter of your own.

 

One-on-one analysis:

Bring your current query letter if you have one and you’ll receive feedback in real time in the class by me. (This feedback can be given during class, or if you’re feeling shy, you’ll receive feedback from me after the workshop.)

This workshop includes:

  • An engaging walk-through lecture with information about how to write a query letter, standard guidelines, query do’s and don’ts, where to find agents, how to research them, and what to ask them once you get one on the phone.
  • Worksheets to help you build out the blocks of your query letter.
  • How to create an easy spreadsheet to keep track of your agent outreach efforts
  • A Q&A discussion
  • 1 query critique from me during workshop and 1 follow up feedback session after applying the initial recommendations (optional)
  • A positive, confidential, and proactive environment that will leave you feeling confident in taking your writing career to its next stage

Part 1 of the Business of Writing 4-Part Series

$35 // this workshop only

or

$125 // package rate for all four workshops (10 hours of writing career advice)

Everything You Need To Know

This 2 1/2 hour workshop takes place at the comfortable and crafty bungalow, Flatiron Writers Room, in West Asheville.

Limited off-street parking is available. You can also park on Covington Street or across the street in the gravel parking lot. Please do not park at UpCountry's Brewing parking lot next door!

Wheelchair accessibility is available. Please email me if you need other accessibility needs met prior to the class. 

Entrance is the front door. Please feel free to arrive between 6:15-6:30pm, relax and get settled. We will have water, hot tea, and coffee available. We will take a stretch break during the workshop, and you'll have the option to stand up and move around whenever you like. 

Please bring: an existing query letter if you have one! Or, bring a pad of paper, a pencil or pen, a light shawl or jacket to make sure you're comfortable. Cell phones must be turned to "silent" mode. Laptops or tablets are optional.

Bring your questions! This is an interactive, dynamic workshop, so don't be shy to ask questions.

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