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The Writers' Workshop Offers Summer Events


July 12, 2018

The Writers’ Workshop is offering classes for beginning and experienced writers. Each class meets on Saturdays, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at 387 Beaucatcher Road in Asheville.

July 21: Poems of Anger and Joy with Ephraim Sommers. This class is for writers of all ages and experience levels. Participants will discuss poems written in two opposing emotional modes – anger and joy — and how to sharpen those emotions into a fine point. Then we’ll apply these strategies in the writing of our own invective and joyful poems. Sommers’ first book of poems, “The Night We Set the Fire,” was awarded the 2016 Patricia Bibby First Book Award. He has been featured on NPR and has been published in Beloit Poetry Journal, Cream City Review, Minnesota Review and Prairie Schooner, among others. He is currently an assistant professor of creative writing at Winthrop University.

Aug. 4: Fiction Writing Workshop with Ron Aiken. Beginning or experienced writers will learn aspects of fiction writing, including story structure, plot-driven vs. character-driven fiction, characterization, setting, and dialogue. Students may bring five pages (double-spaced) and a synopsis to the class for review. Other tips include how to edit your own work and how to submit for publication. Aiken is president of the Atlanta Writers Club and studied fiction writing at Gotham Writers in New York. He conducts classes throughout the South and is the author of several novels, including “Death Has Its Benefits.”

Aug. 18: Writing the Suspense Novel with Rona Simmons. Attendees will deepen their knowledge of writing in the suspense, mystery and crime fiction genre. They will discuss critical elements and tips for overcoming suspense writing challenges. The class will analyze a popular suspense novel to compare and contrast their current or prospective work to the basic structure and key elements. Participants may bring up to three pages of work for review. Simmons is the author of a contemporary suspense novel, “The Martyr’s Brother,” and two works of historical fiction, “The Quiet Room” and “Postcards from Wonderland.” She has been published in literary journals and online magazines, including The Adanna Literary Journal, Storychord, Deep South Magazine and The Persimmon Tree.

Sept. 1: Polishing Your Work for Publication with Julia Day. Advanced writers with a completed first draft will learn various techniques for polishing their work. In this workshop, participants will learn editing techniques such as adding depth to characters, building relationship arcs, using secondary characters to tighten plot, improving pace and keeping character voices unique in dialogue. Participants may bring a synopsis and three pages to the class for review. Day, who writes under the pen name of Elizabeth Langston, is the award-winning author of “Whisper Falls,” “I Wish” and “Leaving Eden.”


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