Maggie Marshall moved to Asheville from Los Angeles in 2006. Her first career was as a professional actress, some twenty-odd years of which she spent performing on regional stages throughout the U.S., as well as Broadway, Los Angeles, and Dublin, Ireland. She then segued into screenwriting, eventually landing in television and writing for numerous cable and syndicated one-hour drama series. She is the recipient of the Carl Sautter Memorial Screenwriting Award and a Scriptapalooza Award, both for One-Hour Drama. She has been a fiction contributor at the Tin House Writer's Workshop, a fellow at the Hambidge Creative Residency Program, a Writer-in-Residence at the Weymouth Center for the Arts, and a proud member of the Flatiron Writers group for the past 11 years. She is currently at work on a novel, The Gondolier’s Wife, and has had fiction and nonfiction pieces published in The Great Smokies Review



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Heather Newton is a founding member of the Flatiron Writers. Her debut novel Under The Mercy Trees (HarperCollins 2011) won the 2011 Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award, was chosen by the Women’s National Book Association as a Great Group Reads Selection and by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance as an Okra Pick (“great southern fiction fresh off the vine”). Her work has appeared in The Carolina Table27 Views of Asheville, The Drum, Crucible, Encore Magazine, Lonzie’s Fried Chicken and elsewhere, been recognized in numerous creative writing competitions, and earned her fellowships to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences. She has taught creative writing workshops for the Great Smokies Writing Program and the N.C. Writers Network. An attorney and mediator, she focuses her Asheville law practice on employment law, education law, ERISA disability benefit claims and small business advice for writers, artists and entrepreneurs. She holds a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University.