History

The original Flatiron Writers began meeting in the Flatiron Building on Asheville’s Wall Street in 1993. In 2008, the group won a Regional Artist Project Grant to publish a short story collection, Irons in the Fire: Stories From the Flatiron Writers, and to develop a website.

Since then the Flatiron Writers have made it their mission to serve the broader western North Carolina writing community by offering workshops, salons, a contest and other events.

In 2016, organizers Maggie Marshall and Heather Newton formed Flatiron Writers Room, LLC, with the other Flatiron members serving as the organization’s Charter Members.

We look forward to continuing to serve the western North Carolina writing community from our new space, the Flatiron Writers Room, 5 Covington Street, Asheville, NC28806.


Mission

The Mission of the Flatiron Writers Room is to support serious western North Carolina writers by:

  • Offering space for classes, workshops, and writing-related events, as well as co-working space for individual writers;

  • Providing high quality classes and workshops on both craft and the business of writing;

  • Fostering opportunities for writers to showcase their work through publication and performance;

  • Designing retreats that provide intentional writing time and individualized feedback;

  • Partnering and collaborating with other regional literary organizations and groups to achieve a collective positive impact for the western North Carolina writing community;

  • Serving as a clearinghouse and providing a common calendar for all things literary in western North Carolina, without charge and without requirement of membership;

  • In all of the above, honoring diversity of race, national origin, age, ability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and culture.