Asheville Writing Workshops
I teach two kinds of classes:
craft-intensive multi-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.
2019 CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
Summer 2019 - Dates and Venue TBD
YOUR (TRUE) AUTHOR PLATFORM
Your book was not meant to exist in a vacuum. You need readers, but first: you have to reach them. This is called your platform. An author’s platform is the foundation you build in order to reach people who want to engage with you and your art. An author platform is also considered critical to help agents, editors and publicists position you and your writing for commercial success. But it can feel overwhelming with the rapid speed of technology and a world that values "personas” over persons. In this 6-week class series, emerging and established writers will learn how to strengthen their public platforms without sacrificing who they are at their core.
In each class, we’ll do a deep dive into the why, pros, cons, and technology of each avenue of your author platform and walk you through step-by-step how to set up your profiles, establish a presence and start building a fan base. Worksheets, guides, Q&A sessions, and extra goodies provided for each class.
Class 1: Literary Citizenship and Socially Responsible Networking
Class 2: Instagram For Authors
Class 3: Facebook For Authors
Class 4: Twitter For Authors
Class 5: Email & List-Building
Class 6: Speaking Gigs, Events, and Offline Opportunities
Class 7: Publicity 101
Class 8: Life after Launch - Media Outreach
PREVIOUS CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
Asheville - Flatiron Writers Room
THE ART OF REVISION: 6-WEEK NOVEL WORKSHOP
I co-taught a deep dive revision workshop with novelist Heather Newton and editor Tom Rash.
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.
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 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.
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.