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WRITING YOUNG ADULT FICTION: A 4-WEEK CLASS

w/NY Times bestselling author Beth Revis

Monday evenings, 6:30-8:30pm, October 29th to November 19th

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In this four-session workshop, New York Times bestselling YA author Beth Revis will dive deep into the essentials of story telling: characters, world, and plot. Students will walk away from the course with a clear idea of their character’s voice, methods to make their world stand out, and a plot structure for their entire novel. The final session will focus on what makes a YA book high concept and how to sell your YA book in today’s competitive market.

This course is best suited for authors who come in with an idea of what they want to write or who have a rough draft they need to revise. While the workshop focuses on YA writing, it is suitable for those who want to write high concept or genre novels for any age.

In addition to worksheets, students will receive a copy of Beth Revis's Paper Hearts Workbook. Class meets Mondays for two hours 6:30-8:30pm, but may run over to 9pm.

Cost: $150 if you register before October 19th, 2018, $175 after.   

Read your Eventbrite confirmation email for information you will need for the class. 

BETH REVIS is a New York Times bestselling author with books available in more than 20 languages. Her next title, Give the Dark my Love, is a dark fantasy about love and death. It will be available this fall. Beth’s other books include the bestselling science fiction trilogy, Across the Universe, and a novel in the Star Wars universe entitled Rebel Rising. She’s the author of two additional novels, numerous short stories,and the nonfiction Paper Hearts series, which aids aspiring writers. A native of North Carolina, Beth is currently working on a new novel for teens. She lives in rural NC with her boys: one husband, one son, and two massive dogs.

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What's the refund policy?

The Flatiron Writers Room reserves the right to cancel this workshop if not enough people sign up, in which case you will receive a full refund. You may request a refund up until 7 days prior to start of class via Eventbrite or email to flatironwritersroom[at]gmail.com for a full refund. After that date, no refunds will be made

Click Here To Register:

WRITING YA FICTION

Please read your Eventbrite registration confirmation email for information about location, parking, and what to bring. 

If you prefer to pay by check, mail your check and a valid email address (so we can send you event information) to our mailing address: Flatiron Writers Room, LLC,   5 Covington Street, NC  28806. Space is limited--you will be registered if space is available when we receive your check.  We will email you confirmation of registration.

Questions? Email us at flatironwritersroom[at]gmail.com
We look forward to seeing you in the workshop!

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NY LITERARY AGENT PANEL AND PITCH SLAM

Saturday afternoon, October 13th, 2018 1:00pm to 4:30pm

The Flatiron Writers Room is excited to bring four New York literary agents to Asheville on Saturday, October 13th, for this two-part event: a pitch slam from 1pm to 2:30 pm, and an agent panel with Q&A from 3 to 4:30pm.

The agents participating in this event are Michelle Brower, Aevitas Creative Management; Allison Hunter, Janklow & Nesbit;  Annie Hwang, Folio Literary Management; and Anjali Singh, Ayesha Pande Literary. 

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Pitch Slam: Ticketholders for the pitch slam will have the opportunity to pitch their book to one agent during a 5-minute one-on-one meeting. When you register for a pitch ticket, you will be asked to rank your choices of agent. Before registration opens, you should review the agent biographies HERE so that you can state your preferences. While we will make every effort to honor participant preferences on a first-come, first-served basis, we cannot guarantee that you will be assigned to your preferred agent. You will not be able to change your preferences once you have purchased your ticket, so please take care when you order. You may not purchase more than one ticket for the pitch slam. To the extent that you do not express a preference at the time you register, the Flatiron Writers Room will randomly assign you to an agent. We regret that due to the size and complexity of this event, we cannot make changes to your order once it is placed. You will be notified of your assigned agent and time slot by email prior to the event, along with instructions and guidelines for the pitch slam. Please make sure you register for this event using a valid email that you check regularly.

Cost: $45

Ticketholders for the pitch slam may register at a discounted price of $10 for a Pitch Training to be held on Wednesday, September 26th, 2018, offered by Caroline Cristopoulos and Lauren Harr of Gold Leaf Literary. You will receive information about this option when you purchase your pitch ticket. General admission to the Pitch Training is $35.

Agent Panel: Following the pitch fest, the agents will convene in the Lenoir-Rhyne Board Room with ticket holders for the panel discussion, moderated by Flatiron Writers Room Co-Founder, Maggie Marshall. Topics may include aspects of literary representation such as how to query an agent, what an agent can do for the writer, and current trends in the publishing industry. After ample time for Q&A, the event will end at 4:30pm.

Cost: $25

Tickets to both portions of this event are non-refundable. If you find you cannot attend the panel, you may transfer your paper ticket to another person. If you find you cannot attend your assigned pitch session, PLEASE notify the Flatiron Writers Room as we expect a wait list for this event. 

To Register for these events click here:

LIT AGENT PANEL & PITCH SLAM

We are excited to offer this opportunity to the many talented writers in our region. This event is made possible in part by a Grassroots Arts Project Grant from the Asheville Area and North Carolina Arts Councils, and the generous donation of space by Lenoir-Rhyne University. 

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The literary world can be intimidating and confusing. Even writers who have already published books are unsure of how the literary ecosystem works, who does what, and what an author’s role is within it. Some of the ideas we’ll tackle are the idea of literary stewardship, the roles of various members of the publishing industry, self vs. traditional publishing, and how to promote your work and build your community both before and after publication. We’ll talk about how best to connect to other authors, editors and agents, bookstores, and the media. In this course, you will hone your goals for your work, craft an elevator pitch, learn the difference between an agent and a publicist, and practice talking about your work as a finished product rather than a manuscript-in-progress. Our goal is to give you a better sense of the environment you will find yourself in as a published author and to give you the confidence to pursue your literary goals.

CAROLINE CHRISTOPOULOS and LAUREN HARR are co-owners of Gold Leaf Literary Services, which provides a range of pre- and post-publication assistance for authors. In addition, Caroline works at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe, where she has been a bookseller for sixteen years and buyer for twelve and is on the programming committee for the Carolina Mountains Literary Festival. She lives in Asheville with her husband and daughter. Lauren has worked in the book world for fifteen years in bookstores, independent publishing, and in literary nonprofits. She spent eight years at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe as a bookseller and events coordinator. She lives in Asheville with her husband and daughter

*NOTE: This is a Great Smokies Writing Program (GSWP) class being held at the Flatiron Writers Room. For more information and to register go to: https://professionaleducation.unca.edu/great-smokies-writing-program

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AGENT PITCH TRAINING

with GOLD LEAF LITERARY

Wednesday evening, September 26th, 6:30-8:30pm

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Considering pitching your book to an agent? How about a bookseller? Or even your neighbor? Writing an effective pitch can make the difference between a publishing contract and a yawn. Learn how to hook people in with a concise and compelling book description.

Using their combined backgrounds in the industry and craft tools you already know, instructors Caroline Green Christopoulos and Lauren Harr of Gold Leaf Literary will show you the best way to quickly engage your audience, and leave them wanting more.

This class is $10 for people who have already registered and paid for a ticket to the PITCH SLAM portion of our October 13, 2018, Literary Agent Panel and Pitch Slam. For all others, cost is $35. Space is limited to 20 participants.

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CAROLINE CHRISTOPOULOS works at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe, where she has been a bookseller for fifteen years and buyer for eleven. She is on the steering committee of the Asheville Grown Business Alliance and the programming committee for the Carolina Mountains Literary Festival. In addition to bringing authors and their works the attention they deserve, her focus includes strengthening community and promoting local business. She and her husband live in Asheville and are proud foster parents. 

LAUREN HARR has worked in the book world for fifteen years primarily as a bookseller in Asheville and Albuquerque, but also as an assistant at literary nonprofits in Santa Fe, as an intern at Graywolf Press, and as a marketing assistant and publicist at Coffee House Press. She spent eight years at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe where her passions were connecting readers and books and assisting the events program. She lives in Asheville with her husband and daughter.

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What's the refund policy?

The Flatiron Writers Room reserves the right to cancel this workshop if not enough people sign up, in which case you will receive a full refund. You may request a refund up until 7 days prior to start of class via Eventbrite or email to flatironwritersroom[at]gmail.com for a full refund. After that date, no refunds will be made

Click Here To Register:

PITCH TRAINING

Please read your Eventbrite registration confirmation email for information about location, parking, and what to bring. 

If you prefer to pay by check, mail your check and a valid email address (so we can send you event information) to our mailing address: Flatiron Writers Room, LLC,   5 Covington Street, NC  28806. Space is limited--you will be registered if space is available when we receive your check.  We will email you confirmation of registration.

Questions? Email us at flatironwritersroom[at]gmail.com
We look forward to seeing you in the workshop!

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COMEDY WRITING: SKETCH, MONOLOGUE & STANDUP

with TOM CHALMERS

Saturday mornings, September 15 to November 3, 10am to 12:30pm

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Tom Chalmers brings his comedy pedigree ( Artistic Director: Groundlings East, Staff Writer: Showtime TV, Director: Asheville School of Improv) to this 8-session writing course.

Speech writers often tell you the best thing to do is open with a joke, but that is easier said than done. Comedy writing is an acquired skill where spontaneous laughter is brought about by a practiced precision of words, a studied sense of satire and spoof, and a crafted ear for character voice.

This course will familiarize students with the components that are needed to create effective comedic pieces, whether read on the page or seen performed on the stage. Through a series of writing assignments, the class will emphasize the importance of structure, the benefit of building in a beginning, middle, and end… even for a one-liner. The course covers various styles of comedic writing.  Individual and group assignments will cover original character monologues, situational comedy sketches, and standup comedy routines. We will integrate a variety of techniques such as the rule of threes, set up and punchline, the callback, the character catch phrase, and the blackout or closer. Some in-class assignments will involve improvisation, so previous improv experience is encouraged but not required.

All students are expected to write and present their own material unless they have specifically written something for another classmate to perform. Students will present new original material each week as well as periodically present rewrites to be considered for inclusion in the public performance at the end of class.

Enrollment is limited.

Cost: $275 if you register before September 6, 2018, $300 after.  

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TOM CHALMERS is the host and producer of Listen to This, stories on stage, now in its tenth season, three years in Los Angeles and seven years here in Asheville. A graduate of Columbia University, Tom came out of the NYC storytelling scene in the 90s where he performed at Collective Unconscious, Surf Reality, and the original Stories at The Moth. He has done two one-man shows of his personal stories, Every Bone In My Bodyand Harm for the Holidays. While in New York, Tom was a company member and artistic director of Groundlings East and a member of the original Upright Citizens Brigade house team. After New York, Tom moved to LA where he was a writer for SHOWTIME Television and literary manager of the renowned Sacred Fools Theatre Company. He has taught at NYU and Warren Wilson College. He currently teaches classes through the Flatiron Writers Room and the Asheville School of Improv. He is a member of the Asheville improv troupe, Reasonably Priced Babies, and is the co-host of the sports talk radio show, Steve Sax Syndrome, on AshevilleFM 103.3  

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What's the refund policy?

The Flatiron Writers Room reserves the right to cancel this workshop if not enough people sign up, in which case you will receive a full refund. You may request a refund up until 7 days prior to start of class via Eventbrite or email to flatironwritersroom[at]gmail.com for a full refund. After that date, no refunds will be made

Click Here To Register:

COMEDY WRITING

Please read your Eventbrite registration confirmation email for information about location, parking, and what to bring. 

If you prefer to pay by check, mail your check and a valid email address (so we can send you event information) to our mailing address: Flatiron Writers Room, LLC,   5 Covington Street, NC  28806. Space is limited--you will be registered if space is available when we receive your check.  We will email you confirmation of registration.

Questions? Email us at flatironwritersroom[at]gmail.com
We look forward to seeing you in the workshop!

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WRITING THE 10-MINUTE PLAY

with BONNIE MILNE GARDNER

Tuesday evenings, September 11th to October 16th, 6:30 to 8:30pm

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Often considered the “small bites” of the theatre world, ten-minute plays are short but sweet-ish: they can pack small bursts of flavor using limited ingredients of character, time, and place. The bites are sometimes sweet or salty, sometimes bitter or brassy. More and more theatres are producing ten-minute play festivals annually.

In this six-week workshop, each writer will develop one or two short plays. We will begin with a series of prompts, then bring pages of dialog to class each week to share in a script reading format. Writing and revising will occur both in class and between classes. No experience with scriptwriting is required.

As a special add-on, students registered for the class may purchase a 30-minute private coaching session with Bonnie. (Only 4 spaces available).

Please bring to the first class two different news articles that report on people or events that you find intriguing. Please clip or print out each report, as we will swap them in class for an exercise.

Cost: $250 if you register before September 2, 2018, $275 after. 

BONNIE MILNE GARDNER, PhD, is an award-winning playwright and life-long Dramatists Guild member who grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. She recently became Emeritus Professor of theatre at Ohio Wesleyan University where she taught Playwriting and American Drama.  Bonnie has worked as a director, dramaturg, and playwright with theatres around the country. Venues that have produced her plays include San Diego’s Human Rights Theatre Festival, Cleveland Play House, CATCO, Kent State University, New School for Drama, and Lovecreek Productions in NYC.  Gardner’s scripts were finalists at E. Albee Playwrights Conference, Dispatch Short Play Contest, OSU Eileen Heckert Drama Competition, and McClaren Comedy Contest, but she is particularly proud of winning the limerick contest during the 2004 Southern Playwrights Festival. She was twice awarded an Ohio Arts Council Excellence in Playwriting grant. Her book, The Emergence of the Playwright-Director in American Theatre was published in 2001 by Edwin Mellon Press.

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What's the refund policy?

The Flatiron Writers Room reserves the right to cancel this workshop if not enough people sign up, in which case you will receive a full refund. You may request a refund up until 7 days prior to start of class via Eventbrite or email to flatironwritersroom[at]gmail.com for a full refund. After that date, no refunds will be made

Click Here To Register:

WRITING THE 10-MINUTE PLAY

Please read your Eventbrite registration confirmation email for information about location, parking, and what to bring. 

If you prefer to pay by check, mail your check and a valid email address (so we can send you event information) to our mailing address: Flatiron Writers Room, LLC,   5 Covington Street, NC  28806. Space is limited--you will be registered if space is available when we receive your check.  We will email you confirmation of registration.

Questions? Email us at flatironwritersroom[at]gmail.com
We look forward to seeing you in the workshop!

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CHARACTER BUILDING: A SIX-WEEK CLASS

with KIM WINTER MAKO

Monday evenings, September 10th to October 15th, 6:30 to 8:30pm

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Kim Winter Mako brings her background as an actor to this six-week workshop on how to write compelling fictional characters.

Whether you have a character you’re having trouble with, or you’re looking to generate new work, we’ll explore ways to give life to your characters through the use of craft elements such as point of view, dialogue, place, and physicality. Students should expect writing exercises and prompts in class, handouts to read, as well as sharing and receiving work in a supportive environment.

Cost: $250 if you register before September 3, 2018, $275 after.  

KIM WINTER MAKO was the inaugural 2017 Ramsey Library Community Author at UNC Asheville. Her work has appeared in The American Literary Review, Sou’wester, Cosmonauts Avenue, The Citron Review, The Great Smokies Review, Prime Number, The Nervous Breakdown, and others. She is a recipient of a Regional Artist Project Grant, and fellowships at The Weymouth Center for Arts and Humanities, and The Virginia Center for Creative Arts. Before she started writing, Kim was an actor in NYC and was a founding member of Atheatreco, a small non-profit concentrating on original plays. She also did some acting on Law & Order, As the World Turns, and some independent films. Kim lives in Asheville with her husband and his incredible permaculture garden.

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What's the refund policy?

The Flatiron Writers Room reserves the right to cancel this workshop if not enough people sign up, in which case you will receive a full refund. You may request a refund up until 7 days prior to start of class via Eventbrite or email to flatironwritersroom[at]gmail.com for a full refund. After that date, no refunds will be made

Click Here To Register:

CHARACTER BUILDING

Please read your Eventbrite registration confirmation email for information about location, parking, and what to bring. 

If you prefer to pay by check, mail your check and a valid email address (so we can send you event information) to our mailing address: Flatiron Writers Room, LLC,   5 Covington Street, NC  28806. Space is limited--you will be registered if space is available when we receive your check.  We will email you confirmation of registration.

Questions? Email us at flatironwritersroom[at]gmail.com
We look forward to seeing you in the workshop!

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WRITING FOR TV & FILM:  A MASTER CLASS

with  SHOWRUNNER PATRICIA GREEN

Saturday afternoons, September 8th to November 17th, 2:30 to 5:30 pm 

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Emmy-winning writer-producer Patricia Green will teach this intensive 10-week workshop on writing professionally for the screen, designed to result in a first draft screenplay or television pilot. Class is limited to ten (10) students, to be chosen from writing samples.

This workshop will cover how to decide which screen to aim for, pitching ideas, story structure and development, character arcs and voices, editing story and dialogue, rewriting, and an overview of film/TV production, including working with actors. Participants will develop a story, write a short outline and a first draft screenplay or teleplay over the 10 week period, guided by Ms. Green, with one-on-one coaching provided as needed.  Participants should be able to devote enough time to read their colleagues’ work and give feedback as well as doing their own writing for the class.

Before registering, email a writing sample (film/TV scripts or plays preferred, but not required; writing sample may be of any length, but limit one sample per applicant) to Patricia Green at flatironwritersroom[at]gmail.com with the subject heading: GREEN WRITING SAMPLE.

EXCEPTION: IF YOU HAVE PREVIOUSLY BEEN ADMITTED TO THIS CLASS THERE IS NO NEED TO SUBMIT A WRITING SAMPLE - YOU MAY SIMPLY REGISTER.

Deadline for writing sample submissions is August 17, 2018, but eligible applicants will be admitted on a first-come-first-served basis, so applicants are encouraged to submit as soon as possible. All applicants will be notified of admission no later than August 31, 2018. 

Once Ms. Green admits you to the class, complete your registration and payment through Eventbrite, then read your Eventbrite registration confirmation email for what you need to know and bring for the first class. 

Some familiarity with film history and access to classic films are recommended.  Participants will also be expected to format their work properly.  For those who don’t choose to invest in Final Draft, the industry-standard screenwriting program, basic screenplay format templates are available for download.

There will be NO CLASS on October 13th.

Cost: $350

PATRICIA GREEN has written and produced iconic TV dramas including North and South, Cagney and Lacey, L.A. Law, China Beach, Chicago Hope and Christy.  Nominated for seven Emmy awards, she has won three and been honored with the Humanitas Prize for promoting human dignity and freedom through film, as well as Christopher, GLAAD, Golden Globe and Scott Newman awards.  She has taught screen and television writing at the University of Southern California, UCLA and The American Film Institute.  

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What's the refund policy?

The Flatiron Writers Room reserves the right to cancel this workshop if not enough people sign up, in which case you will receive a full refund. You may request a refund up until 7 days prior to start of class via Eventbrite or email to flatironwritersroom[at]gmail.com for a full refund. After that date, no refunds will be made.  

Click Here To Register:

WRITING FOR TV & FILM

Please read your Eventbrite registration confirmation email for information about location, parking, and what to bring.  

If you prefer to pay by check, mail your check and a valid email address (so we can send you event information) to our mailing address: Flatiron Writers Room, LLC,   5 Covington Street, NC  28806. Space is limited--you will be registered if space is available when we receive your check.  We will email you confirmation of registration.

Questions? Email us at flatironwritersroom[at]gmail.com
We look forward to seeing you in the workshop!

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TRAVEL WRITING AS MEMOIR

with TESSA FONTAINE - a 2-WEEK CLASS

Wednesday evenings, September 5th & 12th, 6:30-8:30pm

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Travel brings with it incredible journeys, both externally and internally. In this course, we will learn the basics of travel memoir, a genre that embraces the adventure and storytelling of travel writing with the personal reflection of memoir.

We will pay careful attention to the salient details and narrative devices that make travel memoir so rich and undertake a variety of writing exercises that will help at any stage of the drafting process - from tips and tricks for a pre-departure strategy to distilling a travel journal/notes into a finished piece. The course will involve outside readings, discussion, in-class writing, out-of-class writing, sharing, and an interest in bringing your story to life.

Class meets Wednesday evenings September 5 and 12, 6:30-8:30pm.

Cost: $75 if you register before August 24, 2018, $90 after.  

TESSA FONTAINE is the author of The Electric Woman: A Memoir in Death-Defying Acts, a New York Times Editor’s Choice, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick, an Amazon Editors' Best of the Month featured debut & Best Books of 2018 (so far), an iBooks favorite, and more. Other work can be found in Glamour, LitHub, The Believer, FSG's Works in Progress, Creative Nonfiction, The Rumpus, DIAGRAM, and [PANK]. Raised outside San Francisco, she has an MFA from the University of Alabama and is currently a doctoral student in creative writing at the University of Utah. She won the AWP Intro Award in Nonfiction, and fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, The Taft Nicholson Center, Writing by Writers, and Squaw Valley Community of Writers. In addition to teaching for the New York Times summer journeys and at the Universities of Alabama and Utah, she has also taught for five years in prisons in Alabama and Utah.

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What's the refund policy?

The Flatiron Writers Room reserves the right to cancel this workshop if not enough people sign up, in which case you will receive a full refund. You may request a refund up until 7 days prior to start of class via Eventbrite or email to flatironwritersroom[at]gmail.com for a full refund. After that date, no refunds will be made.  

Click Here To Register:

TRAVEL WRITING as MEMOIR

Please read your Eventbrite registration confirmation email for information about location, parking, and what to bring.  

If you prefer to pay by check, mail your check and a valid email address (so we can send you event information) to our mailing address: Flatiron Writers Room, LLC,   5 Covington Street, NC  28806. Space is limited--you will be registered if space is available when we receive your check.  We will email you confirmation of registration.

Questions? Email us at flatironwritersroom[at]gmail.com
We look forward to seeing you in the workshop!

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WRITE-INS AT THE FWR - 2ND & 4TH THURSDAYS

Thursday evenings 6:30pm to 8:30pm August 23rd-November 8th

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Our summer Write-Ins were so popular, we've decided to continue them this fall! Join us for communal writing time at the Flatiron Writers Room on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month from 6:30pm-8:30pm, starting August 23 and running through November 8, hosted by members of Asheville's Flatiron Writers group.

Bring your laptop or paper and pen, beverage and snack of your choice, and any other items for your writing comfort (headphones, lumbar pillow, a sweater if you get cold in air conditioning). We'll provide free wi-fi and a library of craft books and screenplays to peruse.

Your $5 ticket (select whether to pay now through Eventbrite or at the door by check or cash) helps the FWR stay up and running. After the write in, consider gathering with other writers next door at UpCounty Brewing. Space is limited to fourteen participants per session. We hope to see you there!

Cost: $5 donation

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THURSDAY WRITE INS

Please read your Eventbrite registration confirmation email for information about location, parking, and what to bring. 

Questions? Email us at flatironwritersroom[at]gmail.com
We look forward to seeing you!

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