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

 
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March-April 2018

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. 

 
If you work with Catherine Campbell, you will become a better writer. You’ll be challenged to rethink tired writing advice. Why “kill your darlings” when you can fight for them instead? Catherine taught me that if I’m not moved by my own writing, no one else will be either and to always, always serve the story.
— Taryn Hutchinson, Writer

RECENT CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

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May-June 2017

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.

 
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August-September 2017

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.

Catherine Campbell is one of the best assets I have in my writing arsenal—she has taught me that writing is more than just the art of language and metaphors, but that to recognize the themes behind the metaphors brings out a stronger meaning in a work. Watch out: working with Catherine will transform your writing for the better.
— Stephanie Johnson Ruiz, Writer and Editor-in-Chief, The Passed Note