The Writers’ Workshop announces spring workshops and events

Press release from The Writers’ Workshop:

The Writers’ Workshop is offering classes and contests for beginning and experienced writers. Each class meets on Saturdays, 10-4 pm, at 387 Beaucatcher Rd., Asheville. Registration is in advance only, at Classes are $75 each, or $70 for Workshop members. Financial assistance is available for low-income writers in exchange for volunteering.

For more info, contact or call 828-254-8111.

May 5: How to Revise Your Work for Publication with Karen Ackerson

Writers of fiction and non-fiction books and stories will learn how to edit and revise their works before submitting to an agent or publisher. Techniques will be given on how to grab the reader’s interest by eliminating unnecessary details, building tension, and fine-tuning characters, dialogue and descriptions. Participants may bring 5-10 pages (double-spaced) to the class for discussion. Tips on creating a writing schedule and avoiding writer’s block will also be given. Ackerson is Senior Editor at The Renbourne Editorial Agency (, and has edited hundreds of novels and memoirs. She is at work on her own memoirs about living with Australian Aborigines and other adventures.

Meets Saturday, 10-4 pm. $75/$70 Workshop members.

May 19:  All About Publishing Fiction with Bobby Nash

This workshop will explore the various paths to publication, including self-publishing, traditional publishing, small presses, Ebooks and hybrids. We will also discuss how to approach each type of publisher, the query letter, and the synopsis. This class will be primarily discussion-based, with Q&A from the participants.  Nash is an award-winning author of novels, novellas and short stories. He has taught all over the southeast, and was named 2013 Pulp Ark Awards’ Best Author. His novel, Alexandra Holzer’s Ghost Gal: The Wild Hunt won the 2015 Paranormal Literary Award. He won a 2018 Pulp Factory Award for Best Short Story for “Takedown” from The Ruby Files Vol. 2.

Meets Saturday, 10-4 pm. $75/$70 Workshop members.

May 25: Writers’ Group & Potluck

Please bring some writing to share, and a covered dish. RSVP 48 hours in advance.

May 30: Deadline for 2018 Hard Times Contest

Guidelines are at

June 9: Writing the Novel with Brenda McClain

This class, for any level writer, will focus on techniques of crafting the novel – characterization, dialogue, plot, and sense of place. Publication information will also be given, and students may bring up to 3 pages for in-class review. Participants will discuss award-winning novels and engage in writing exercises. McClain has won several honors, including the S.C. Art Commission’s Fellowship. Her highly acclaimed novel, One Good Mama Bone, was published by Pat Conroy’s Story River Books.  She is at work on her current novel, “Took”, which won the gold medal for the 2016 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Novel-in-Progress.

Meets Saturday, 10-4 pm.  $75/$70 members.

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