April 30, 2013
Local writers will have the opportunity to hone their skills with UNC Asheville's Great Smokies Writing Program summer workshops in poetry and prose. Classes will be held in Asheville and Waynesville and are open to all interested writers. Class size is limited, so early registration is suggested.
Author and lecturer Cynn Chadwick will lead "If You're Going to Do It Yourself, Do It Right: Navigating the Road to Digital and Print On Demand Self-Publishing," from 6-8:30 p.m. Mondays, June 3, 10, 17, 24 and July 1, in Asheville. Chadwick will explore the best avenues for self-publication, discuss the way to achieve high quality production, work behind the scenes to become familiar with the technologies and discuss marketing and distribution with the students. Chadwick is the author of her newly released novella, "That's Karma, Baby..." (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013), and will release another book, "Cutting Loose, #4" as part of her Cat Rising series, in 2014.
Author Beth Keefauver will lead "The Illuminated Moment: A Flash Fiction Workshop," from 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, June 6, 13, 20, 27 and July 11, in Asheville. This course is ideal for beginning and experienced poets and fiction writers who are interested in exploring flash fiction either as a conduit for longer work or for its own sake. Keefauver will focus on the intensity of the short prose form, and through prompts and exercises, will lead the students in writing various short pieces. Keefauver has taught creative writing at Warren Wilson College, Western Carolina University and the University of Tennessee. Her fiction has been published in numerous anthologies, including the Pisgah Review, the Blue Lotus Review and others.
Jennifer McGaha will lead "The New Appalachia: A Creative Nonfiction Workshop," from 5:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays, June 5, 12, 19, 26 and July 10, in Waynesville. McGaha will lead students through a cultural look at how Appalachian culture has changed throughout time. Students will read what others have had to say about the rapidly changing culture and respond to writing prompts designed to evoke a sense of place. By the end of the class, students will submit a story to be discussed in class. McGaha is a native of Western North Carolina, and her literary nonfiction has appeared in more than 30 literary journals across the country. In 2010, she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for her creative nonfiction work about environmental stewardship.
Eric Steineger will lead "Acknowledging the Game: A Look at the New School & Abstract Expressionism" (Poetry Workshop) from 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, June 4, 11, 18, 25 and July 2 and 9, in Asheville. Steineger's class will look at the major players of abstract expressionism, the artistic era of 1950s counterculture, and discuss their aesthetic in detail. Students will look at how art and music shaped their poetry and will emulate that in their own work. The class will be a participative, constructive workshop setting. Steineger teaches composition, literature and technical writing at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. His work has been features in The Los Angeles Review, the Asheville Poetry Review and other compilations.
Author Heather Newton will lead "Sustaining Your Writing Life," from 6-8:30 p.m. Mondays, June 3, 10, 17, 24 and July 8, in Asheville. Newton's class is for beginning or experienced writers, crafted off the "Creating Your Writing Life" seminar offered by Asheville's Flatiron Writers in April. Students will focus on practical ways to make writing an integral part of their lives by establishing routines and rituals, enhancing space and environment, honing the writing process and building a writing community. Newton sustains a writing life while working as an attorney, mediator, wife and mother. Her debut novel "Under the Mercy Trees" (Harper Collins, 2011), won the 2011 Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award and was chosen as a Great Group Reads Selection by the Women's National Book Association.
Each course qualifies for one UNC Asheville credit hour in literature and language. In-state tuition and fees for five-session courses are $130.41. A $20 non-refundable application fee for new students will also be charged. Cost for out-of-state residents, class locations, and other information is available at the Asheville Graduate Center website or 828.250.2353.