Writing Classes Online: The Writers' Workshop



The Writers' Workshop of Asheville, North Carolina is offering online classes for beginning and experienced writers via Zoom. Each class meets on Saturdays, 10-3 pm. Registration is in advance only, at www.twwoa.org. Classes are $65, or $60 Workshop members. Financial assistance is available for low-income writers in exchange for volunteering. To register, email writersw@gmail.com, or call 828-254-8111.

JUNE 6: MEMORY & MYTH: A PRIMAL SOURCE for POEMS with Jan Harrington

 Our early memories and family relationships can be lifting-off points for complex, many-layered poems. We'll look closely at poems from well-known poets and consider voice, form, points of view, image, metaphor, and irony. Through writing exercises, you'll generate ideas for your own poems and strategies for developing them.

Harrington's book of poems, Waiting for the Hurricane, won the '17 N.C. Poetry Society award. Her poems have appeared in anthologies including Kent State University Press, New Southerner Anthology, and The Homestead Review.   

JUNE 27: FICTION CLASS with Karen Ackerson

The class will learn the essentials of a good story or novel. Character and conflict are key elements that will be discussed, including creating a sense of place, dialogue, and enhancing one's writing style. Students may bring up to five pages to the class for review.

Ackerson has taught fiction writing for over 25 years. As Senior Editor at The Renbourne Editorial Agency, she has edited over 500 novels and memoirs.

JULY 11: WRITE YOUR LIFE with Richard Krawiec

In this supportive writing-intensive class, participants will learn how to draw on the "material" of their lives to write and revise memoirs, stories, or plays. Elements covered include time compression and expansion, theme, recognizing your purpose, and developing your piece professionally.

Krawiec is the founder of Jacar Press, and the author of numerous books such as "Breakdown: A Father's Story", "Faith in What?", and "Time Sharing". His work is published in numerous journals including Shenandoah, Florida Review, and N.C. Literary Review. 

JULY 25: SCREENWRITING WORKSHOP with Nathan Ross Freeman

 The class will learn all aspects of writing the screenplay, including formatting, characterization, sequence structures, and how to adapt any genre to a screenplay.

Freeman’s credits include the feature films Gem and Mr. Bones, the official selection of major film festivals; and Authoring Action, awarded 2010 Best Documentary in the U.K.  He has taught at UNC-C and Salem College. 


Writers of fiction and non-fiction books and stories will learn how to revise and polish their works before submitting to an agent or publisher. Techniques will be taught on how to grab the reader's interest by eliminating unnecessary details, building tension, and fine-tuning dialogue and descriptions. Participants may bring five pages (double-spaced) to the class for discussion.

Ackerson is Senior Editor at The Renbourne Editorial Agency (www.renbourne.com), and has edited hundreds of novels, memoirs and creative non-fiction stories.  

Benjamin Franklin Award, Silver Winner

SCWG Member Wins Award

  Please join us in congratulating Gayle Woodson, who earned a silver medal in the Independent Book Publishers Association 2020 Ben Franklin Awards, for her recent novel After Kilimanjaro.

The Bounce Back Kid

Valerie Allen


Dear Readers and Writers,

Most of you know me as a writer of fiction, nonfiction, short stories, and children's books. Some of you may know that I have a "day job" as a psychologist.

In an effort to use both of my skills, I've attached some information which I hope you will find informative and helpful as we continue in these difficult times.

My hope is that you are all safe and well  😊 ~ 

~  Valerie Allen  ~

                                           ValerieAllenWriter.com                                                    VAllenWriter@gmail.com


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"To find inner peace, we must come to understand the only certainty is change. 

We must adapt
to survive physically, mentally, and emotionally. We must seek harmony with the world in which we

live." Valerie Allen


Gene Luke Vlahovic

New contest!

Humor Me Writing Contest

(New contest!) Humor Me Writing Contest

Deadline: Postmarked or emailed by May 30, 2020


1st Place:  Your choice of a 2 night stay at our Mountain Muse B&B in Asheville; or 3 free workshops (in person or online); or 50 pages line-edited and revised by our editorial staff

2nd Place: Two free workshops; or 35 pages line-edited

3rd Place:  One free workshop, or 25 pages line-edited

10 Honorable Mentions


Email or snail-mail a humorous story (fiction or non-fiction) of 5,000 words or less. Use of witty, dry humor is encouraged. Pages should be paper clipped, with your name, address, phone and title of work on the first page. Double-space, and use 12 point font. Mention if this is fiction or not.

The entry fee per story is $25, or $20 for Workshop members. Multiple entries are accepted.   Enclose a self-sealing SASE for critique and list of winners. Make check or money order payable to The Writers’ Workshop, and mail to: Humor Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC  28805. 

Emailed submissions may be sent in Word doc attachment to writersw@gmail.com, with “Humor Contest” in the subject. The entry fee is payable by check or online at www.twwoa.org,

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THE RENBOURNE EDITORIAL AGENCY provides expert assistance with revising and editing your work - memoirs, fiction or creative non-fiction.  We use a fine-tooth comb to ready your work for publication. For details, please contact www.renbourne.com, or call 828-254-8111.

The Renbourne Editorial Agency is a division of The Writers' Workshop of Asheville, NC, a non-profit literary center founded in 1985.

Book Editing Services

Jaimie Engle


Jaimie has published more than a dozen books, and helped nearly 80 authors polish their manuscripts for publication. Email your query to Jaimie at thewriteengle@gmail.com, with your first three pages, total word count, and total page count for a complimentary edit sample and bid price.

We are Growing!

Our President, Joanne Fisher, reports that, according to the stats at Mail Chimp, which she uses to send emails to our members, SCWG has increased  membership a whopping 33%!

SCWG Meetings

February 15, 2020

We had 41 attendees at this meeting! What a great turnout! Our presenter was our good friend Jaimie Engle. Jaimie's presentation was Planning, Writing & Editing a Book that Doesn't Suck, and it was as engaging as it had promised to be! The audience paid rapt attention and asked engaging questions. Jaimie was gracious enough to provide a copy of her presentation, and you can download a PDF copy on the Files page. You can get the entire presentation in one chunk, or broken up into Part 1, Part 2, or Part 3.

January 18, 2020

Jacquelyn Lynn gave an exceptional talk, Self-Publishing Predictions for the 2020s, at our meeting on January 18, 2020. Although we don't have a copy to post on our website, you can go to her website for more information.