Asheville Writing Workshops
I teach two kinds of classes:
- craft-intensive, 6-week workshops to help you focus and finish creative writing projects
- 1- or 2-day workshops on the business of editing, publishing, author platforms, and book marketing
Choose what fits your personal creative goals.
2018 CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
THE FIRST 30 PAGES: NOVEL & MEMOIR
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: theme, character, conflict, and structure/pace.
Limited to 10 students. Must have a manuscript in progress.
BUILD YOUR AUTHOR WEBSITE: 2-DAY WORKSHOP
Using custom design tricks and the principles of good user experience, we'll design your author website over the course of two consecutive Saturdays. No design experience necessary. Your website, built on Squarespace, will be well prepared beforehand with a "Get Prepped" guide before the class starts, followed by 2 Saturdays of step by step building and learning how to customize elements. Between our two days together, you'll receive a daily email and video walk-through to help you keep momentum and add content to your site.
Limited to 10 students.
RECENT CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
The Business of Writing: 4 Classes
The Business of Writing May-June 2017 is a series of four 2.5-hour classes on:
- literary magazine submissions for beginners
- how to get started as a book critic
- how to get started as a ghostwriter
- writing your best agent query letter
Register for one class, or register for all four at a special package rate.
Each class includes lecture, handouts, worksheets, hands-on work in class, Q&A and discussion to help you further your career goals as a writer of fiction or nonfiction.
The Art of the Middle: Novel Writing
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.
In this 6-week class, 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 critical reading, craft talk, lively discussion, and in-class writing time. You will also write outside of class. In six weeks, you can potentially add six more chapters to your novel.