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.

2018-2019 CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

 
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Winter 2018 | Spring 2019

Asheville
6-Class Series: Take As Many Classes As You Wish

YOUR (TRUE) AUTHOR PLATFORM

Build Meaningful Relationships Through Social Media, Email, And Networking

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 Online 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


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Spring 2019

Asheville - Flatiron Writers Room

REVISING THE NOVEL

I will be co-teaching this deep dive revision workshop with novelist Heather Newton and editor Tom Rash.

Registration opens soon.


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Spring 2019

Asheville

PUBLICITY & MEDIA OUTREACH 101 FOR AUTHORS

I will be co-teaching this two-day intensive with my husband, PR strategist Brandon Amico.

Dates and details to come.

 
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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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. 

 
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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