2018 SCHEDULE

jan 22-feb 26 - world-building 101 

jan 20 - all-day pop-up writing retreat

jan 14-feb 18 - FRIENDS OF THE MUSE: A 6-WEEK WRITING COACHING GROUP

2017 SCHEDULE

NOV 10-NOV 12 - NONFICTION BOOK PROPOSAL BOOTCAMP

NOV 15-dec13 - story medicine for racial healing

Oct 4-Nov 8 - Novel Intensive With Heather Newton

Oct 2-Nov 6 - Writing From The Top Of Your Head

SEPT 16-NOV 4 - COMEDY WRITING: MONOLOGUE, SKETCH, & STANDUP

SEPT 12-NOV 14 - HEART OF THE STORY: WRITING FOR YOUNG PEOPLE (GSWP)

Sept 9 - POV - Who Is Telling This Story?

Aug 26 - Legal Issues For Writers: Copyright & Defamation

Aug 26-Sept 30 - Write Your Life Story: 6-Week Memoir Writing Intensive

Aug 23-Sept 27 - The Art of the Middle: A Novel Writing Class

June 3 - Self-Editing: Do What You Can & Then Pay A Pro To Do The Rest

May 24-June 14 - The Business of Writing

May 20 - From Page To Podium: Reading Your Work Aloud

March 14-April 11 - DIY Book Promotion & Professionalism (GSWP)

March 1-May 17 - Writing For TV & Film: A Master Class

February 18-April 8 - Crafting Sketch Comedy

Feb 13-April 24 - Methodical Madness-Creative Prose Workshop (GSWP)

 

SEE BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION

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NONFICTION BOOT PROPOSAL BOOTCAMP

with DENISE KIERNAN & JOSEPH D'AGNESE

November 10 to November 12

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DON'T MISS THIS EXTRAORDINARY OPPORTUNITY!!!

Take your nonfiction book project from idea to execution in this one-day intensive with New York Times Bestseller Denise Kiernan - author of The Girls of Atomic City and The Last Castle - and her husband, author/ghostwriter Joseph D'Agnese.  

While agents and publishers want completed novels before considering fiction, nonfiction books are typically sold on the basis of a book proposal. Proposals (25 to 75 pages or longer) have one job: to entice agents and editors to take a chance on an author’s idea. Though the dynamics of nonfiction are markedly different from those governing fiction, one truth remains: quality writing rises to the top. A well-crafted proposal can mean the difference between a small or large advance, not to mention excellent placement in a publisher’s catalog, and a significant marketing budget.

This day-long workshop will help participants learn the basics of crafting the ultimate publishing sales document, covering:

  • What are the key elements of a good proposal?

  • Finding your hook: what’s going to grab and hold an editor or agent’s attention?

  • How important is fine or beautiful writing to nonfiction?

  • What’s the secret behind the industry’s most misunderstood word: “platform”?

  • What are some techniques for evaluating book ideas?

  • What do you do with your proposal once it’s done?

Course structure: We will convene for a Friday “social,” from 5 to 7 p.m. to meet each other, and to hear from Joe and Denise about what to expect from the course. The next day, Saturday, the group will meet for a day-long intensive to share ideas, workshop approaches, and analyze sample proposals. (You don’t have to share your proposal idea, but it would be helpful if you did.) Be prepared to take copious notes. The Saturday session will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break.

Prerequisites: Upon registration, participants will receive a Dropbox link containing several sample proposals that they should read prior to the Saturday session. Plan on at least 3 to 4 hours of reading prior to attendance. You will get the most out of this workshop if you have a nonfiction book idea or two in mind that you are willing to discuss openly with the group. This is not, however, a requirement. 

Cost: Early Bird (before October 31) $175, General Admission $195

Special add-on: Participants may register for an individual, 30-minute coaching session with the instructors. These will take place Sunday and are limited to the first six registrants. Cost: $45

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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 5 p.m. on November 3, 2017, via Eventbrite or email to info@flatironwriters.com for a full refund. After that date, no refunds will be made.

Click Here To Register:

NONFICTION BOOK PROPOSAL BOOTCAMP

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 info@flatironwriters.com
We look forward to seeing you in the workshop!

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STORY MEDICINE FOR RACIAL HEALING*

with META COMMERSE, MFA, CWP

Wednesday evenings, November 15 to December 13, 6-8:30pm

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The Seven Learning Tools:

  • 1. An indigenous frame of reference
  • 2. The power of words
  • 3. The value and sacredness of story
  • 4. Memory as raw material and community resource
  • 5. Heart-centered language for what has happened to us.
  • 6. Creating community study, dialogue, and healing
  • 7. New self-care skills necessary for working with this subject

Cost: $175

META COMMERSE is a certified wellness practitioner, an author, seasoned teacher and healer focused deeply on issues of oppression since the early 1990s. In that timeframe, she worked with groups and individuals using story medicine in numerous formats. She's a proud graduate of Goddard College in Vermont where she earned her MFA in fiction writing.

*This class is a non-FWR class being held at the Flatiron Writers Room. Please email storymedicineworldwide@gmail.com or call 828-407-3367 for more information and registration. Space is limited.

 

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FRIENDS OF THE MUSE:

A SIX-WEEK WRITING COACHING GROUP

with VICTORIA FANN

Sunday afternoons from January 14 to February 18, 3 to 4:40pm

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Have you become disconnected from your writing? Do you long to get back into creative flow? Join us for this six-week group on Sundays 3pm to 4:30 pm as we immerse ourselves in the creative process, reconnect with the Muse and navigate through the landscape of the imagination to find our authentic voices.

In the sacred space created by this group, there will be opportunities to share our discoveries as well as become a mirror for others. With a spirit of adventure, we’ll dive into the writing process with fun exercises, inspirational readings and lively group discussions. Coach Victoria Fann will provide weekly email check-ins, handouts and resources. Participants will also be encouraged to share their creative projects with the group in a safe and non-competitive environment. The purpose of the group is to work together with a seasoned writing coach in the company of other writers. This group is limited to 10 participants. 

Topics will include:  Connecting with your Muse, strengthening your creative voice, developing a creative habit, working through resistance, setting intentions, establishing healthy creative boundaries, increasing creative productivity, accountability, sharing your work, and more!

Each member will receive individual attention on specific issues and challenges he/she is having as a writer. As an add-on, members may also purchase individual coaching sessions with the instructor. This is NOT a critique group, rather it is a group to assist writers who would like to increase their productivity and have support moving forward with their writing projects.

Cost: $150 Early-bird Discount; $160 after 12/26/17;

Special add-on $45: Participants may register for individual, 30-minute private coaching sessions with Victoria.

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VICTORIA FANN has been writing essays, short stories, plays and screenplays for over three decades. Her writing has been published in numerous publications and anthologies including Women of Wisdom, Newsweek, Thought Catalog, Elephant Journal, Wake Up World, BioStories,etc. In addition, Victoria has been working with writers as a group facilitator, coach and teacher ever since the founding of her first writing group, Mothers Who Write in 1989. Her book, Creative Alchemy: Accessing the Extraordinary Power of the Muse to Transform Your Art and Your Life will be published in late 2017.

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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 5 p.m. on January 7, 2018, via Eventbrite or email to info@flatironwriters.com for a full refund. After that date, no refunds will be made.

Click Here To Register:

COMING SOON

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 info@flatironwriters.com
We look forward to seeing you in the workshop!

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WORLDBUILDING 101 FOR FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION WRITERS

with JAMIESON RIDENHOUR

Monday evenings January 22 to February 26, 6 to 8pm

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Do you feel like you know Middle-earth, Hogwarts, or District 12 as well as your own hometown? Do you wonder how authors create worlds so rich and complex they seem like they must really exist? Have you ever wanted to do the same thing—create a nation or a dimension or a planet? This six-week class is for you. 

Worldbuilding 101 looks at the mechanics and craft of setting. Whether you are writing a secondary world fantasy, a science fiction epic, or a novel set in a contemporary high school, it’s your job to make the world as real as possible. Using some representative examples and workshoppers’ own work, we’ll look at the pros and cons of description, how to use dialogue and sketching to avoid the setting infodump, and when and how to give backstory or history, and more.

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JAMIESON RIDENHOUR is a novelist and playwright. He is the author of the werewolf murder-mystery Barking Mad (Typecast, 2011), the award-winning animated short horror films Cornerboys (2009) and The House of the Yaga (2011), and was a Kennedy Center David Cohen award finalist for his ghost play Grave Lullaby. Jamie has nineteen years experience as a writing teacher and scholar, having published academic essays on 19th century horror fiction, contemporary vampire films, steampunk rap music, and Charles Dickens. His book-length study of the Victorian Urban Gothic novel, In Darkest London, was published in 2014. Palimpsest, a bi-weekly audio ghost story, is currently available on iTunes.

Cost: Early Bird Discount $250, General Admission (after 1/8/18) $260

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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 5 p.m. on January 15, 2018, via Eventbrite or email to info@flatironwriters.com for a full refund. After that date, no refunds will be made.

Click Here To Register:

COMING SOON

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 info@flatironwriters.com
We look forward to seeing you in the workshop!

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WRITING FROM THE TOP OF YOUR HEAD

with NINA HART

Monday evenings from October 2 to November 6, 6 to 8:30pm

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Writing from the Top of Your Head is a one-of-a-kind six-week workshop designed for writers who have a burning desire to write but have a hard time facing the blank page. The course is also beneficial to writers who feel their writing has gotten stale, and want to generate fresh material and increase their access to the flow state.  As an optional add-on, students may purchase individual coaching sessions with the instructor in increments of 30 or 60 minutes. 

You struggle with procrastination, self-criticism, or perfectionism, and you hide your writer self from the world. Many writers have been “heartbroken” by “the cult of criticism” and other obstacles that get in the way of a thriving creative life. They long for an environment where it’s safe to explore, fall down, make mistakes, and experiment wildly. This is the place you’ve been longing for. Expect some roaring laughter as well as a traversing of the depths, and a deeper sense of freedom on the page.

Writing from the Top of Your Head is inspired by Emily Dickinson, who wrote “If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, that is poetry.”  In this workshop you will be guided, in a criticism-free environment of support and safety, to “open the top of your head” to access personal images, words, sounds, and memories. You will build a beautifully solid foundation for a resilient creative life, one that enables you to follow through on your creative dreams and goals in a purposeful and fulfilling way. The course incorporates powerful strategies from Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching and Gateless Method writing – both proven techniques that help artists overcome blocks that stem from the creative process. 

Cost: $250 Early Bird price; $275 after 9/22/17

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Nina Hart is a writer, performer, and creativity coach trained in the Kaizen Muse method. She is also a certified Gateless Method writing teacher – “a method of teaching the art and craft of writing using creative brain science, ancient non-dual teachings and highly-effective craft tools…allowing writers to access the creative genius inside.” Her first collection of surreal short fictions called “Somewhere in a Town You Never Knew Existed Somewhere” was selected as a Short Stories (Adult Fiction) category finalist in Foreword Reviews’ prestigious 2014 IndieFab Book of the Year Awards. She is the founder of a unique method of teaching writing called “Writing from the Top of your Head,” which combines group Creativity Coaching with creative writing. Nina was also an original member of the experimental dance troupe Contraband, in San Francisco and, playing a purple electric bass, has recorded and performed with numerous bands.

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NOVEL INTENSIVE WITH HEATHER NEWTON

Wednesday evenings October 4th to November 8th, 6:00 to 8:30pm

This intensive six-week course is for writers with a novel in progress who want guidance and feedback in a supportive small group setting: enrollment is limited to five people. Each student’s work will be the focus of 1) a half-hour interview/brainstorming session with instructor and peers; and 2) a critique of up to 20 pages of the novel. Class discussion and in-class writing exercises will address point of view, character, time, plot and structure and strategies for staying organized. Admission is based on instructor permission.

TO APPLY, email a writing sample of up to 15 pages to info@flatironwriters.com. Once the instructor admits you, you may register through Eventbrite or by paper check.

Cost: $350 Early-Bird Discount; $360 after September 24th

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Heather Newton’s novel Under The Mercy Trees (HarperCollins 2011) won the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award, was chosen by the Women’s National Book Association as a Great Group Reads Selection and named an “Okra Pick” by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (“great southern fiction fresh off the vine”).  A practicing attorney, she has taught creative writing for UNC-Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program and the NC Writers Network and is Program Manager for the Flatiron Writers Room. 

 


COMEDY WRITING: MONOLOGUE, SKETCH, & STANDUP

W/TOM CHALMERS

Saturday mornings September 16th to November 4th, 10am to 12:30pm

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Tom Chalmers photo by Mondy Carter

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 and assignments in this class will be both individual and in groups covering original character monologues, situational comedy sketches, and standup comedy routines. A variety of techniques will be integrated into the assignments such as the rule of threes, set up and punch line, 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 be presenting new original material each week as well as periodically presenting rewrites of the previously presented material for consideration for inclusion in the public performance at the end of class. 

Cost: $250 Early Bird Discount; $275 after September 5th

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TOM CHALMERS is a graduate of Columbia University. Tom was the Artistic Director of Groundlings East and Literary Manager of LA's Sacred Fools Theatre. He has written for SHOWTIME Television, TBS, and USA Networks. He has taught at NYU, currently teaches at Warren Wilson College, and is the Director of the Asheville School of Improv. He is a member of the Asheville improv troupe Reasonably Priced Babies, and is host and producer of the storytelling series Listen to This.

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THE HEART OF THE STORY: WRITING FOR YOUNG PEOPLE (GSWP*)

W/JOY NEAVES & CYNTHIA SURRISI

Tuesday evenings September 12th to November 14th

Maurice Sendak wrote, “I don't write for children. I write and someone says, this is for children.” This workshop is designed for serious writers who are working on a longer piece of fiction intended for children or young adults. Weekly class discussions will cover topics from aspects of craft to ways to approach editors and agents, though the course emphasis will be on reading and critiquing each other's work, as well as revision-focused strategies to evaluate your own work critically. Writers should be prepared to share at least 20 pages of their work with the class, and will receive written feedback from the instructors. Co-taught by a children’s book editor and a middle grade/young adult author, the supportive workshop atmosphere focuses on distilling the narrative arc to find the core of the story while fostering the heart of the writer’s aims.

*This is a Great Smokies Writing Program class

being held at the Flatiron Writers Room

 

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POINT OF VIEW: WHO IS TELLING THIS STORY?

Saturday, September 9th, 10am to Noon

Point of view is a challenge for beginning and experienced fiction writers, who wrestle with inadvertent point-of-view shifts or the inevitable limitations of the point of view they have chosen to tell their story. Through the use of examples of writing that handles point of view well and badly, this class will teach you to avoid common errors, and help you select the most appropriate point of view for the story you want to tell. Before class, students should familiarize themselves with the basics of first, second and third-person point of view (limited and omniscient): query the Flatiron Writers Room if you want recommendations for helpful craft books that cover this topic.

Cost: $35 Early-Bird Discount; $40 after August 30th

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HEATHER NEWTON’s novel Under The Mercy Trees (HarperCollins 2011) won the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award, was chosen by the Women’s National Book Association as a Great Group Reads Selection and named an “Okra Pick” by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (“great southern fiction fresh off the vine”).  A practicing attorney, she has taught creative writing for UNC-Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program and the NC Writers Network and is Program Manager for the Flatiron Writers Room. 

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LEGAL ISSUES FOR WRITERS: COPYRIGHT & DEFAMATION

Saturday, August 26, 10am to 12pm

This class will discuss legal issues writers commonly encounter in the areas of copyright and defamation. Come learn what your copyright protects, what constitutes "fair use" of another's work and when you need permission, and what you need to know if the main character in your novel bears a striking resemblance to your litigious Aunt Maude. The course uses a lecture format with ample time for questions.

Cost: $35 Early-Bird Discount; $40 after August 16th

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HEATHER NEWTON’s novel Under The Mercy Trees (HarperCollins 2011) won the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award, was chosen by the Women’s National Book Association as a Great Group Reads Selection and named an “Okra Pick” by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (“great southern fiction fresh off the vine”).  A practicing attorney, she has taught creative writing for UNC-Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program and the NC Writers Network and is Program Manager for the Flatiron Writers Room. 

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WRITE YOUR LIFE STORY:  

A 6-WEEK MEMOIR WRITING INTENSIVE

with VICTORIA FANN

Saturday afternoons from August 26th through September 30th

2:00 to 4:00pm

Each life is unique; everyone has a story to tell. Whether you're writing for your family or for publication, the secret to a good memoir is not only the ingredients that go into it, but also the way in which it's told. In this 6-week writing intensive, we will discuss how to:

  • Take the memories and events from your life and turn them into an interesting story
  • Decide which memories and events to write about
  • Do research
  • Organize your ideas, artifacts and time
  • Make your writing clear and readable 

We’ll also explore the creative process with writing exercises, readings, and group discussions; and learn what steps to take if you're interested in getting your story published.  At the end of the intensive, participants will design a writing plan complete with goals and a timeline, and have the option to create a writing critique group.

Cost: $250 Early-Bird Discount; $260 after August 16th

As a special add-on for this course, participants may register for individual coaching sessions with the instructor in increments of 30 or 60 minutes.

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VICTORIA FANN has been writing essays, short stories, plays and screenplays for over three decades. Her writing has been published in numerous publications and anthologies including Women of Wisdom, Newsweek, Thought Catalog, Elephant Journal, Wake Up World, BioStories,etc. In addition, Victoria has been working with writers as a group facilitator, coach and teacher ever since the founding of her first writing group, Mothers Who Write in 1989. Her book, Creative Alchemy: Accessing the Extraordinary Power of the Muse to Transform Your Art and Your Life will be published in late 2017.

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THE ART OF THE MIDDLE: NOVEL WRITING CLASS

with CATHERINE CAMPBELL

 Wednesday evenings from August 23 through September 27,  6 to 8:30pm

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A 6-week workshop with craft lectures, in-class writing and discussion.

There are plenty of classes on how to write dynamic first sentences, opening chapters, and closing lines, but very few resources to help an author conquer the hardest part of a book: the middle. Encountering the depressing middle work is often referred to as "sag syndrome," and many would-be novelists abandon their projects altogether during this period.

This class is designed to save you from that.

During THE ART OF THE MIDDLE, writers with a novel-in-progress will work intensely to add new sections to their book each week by roughly drafting the middle of their novel. Each 2.5-hour weekly class will feature manuscript feedback on your work, critical reading, craft talk, lively discussion, and in-class writing time.

You will also write outside of class. In six weeks, you can potentially add six more chapters to your novel.

We will dive into short but specific examples of how authors use time (Graham Greene, John Banville), place (Jessie Burton, Patricia Highsmith), character (Donna Tartt, Paul Yoon), POV (Jeffrey Eugenides, Lauren Groff), and backstory (Michael Chabon, Stephen King) to buoy the dense midsections of their novels as well as maintain pace in plot. This will help class participants better understand how to write a novel in which the middle sustains momentum and narrative depth. 

COST: $250

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CATHERINE CAMPBELL is an award-nominated fiction writer and essayist. Her work appears or is forthcoming in The New York Times, The Millions, Kenyon Review, McSweeney’s, The Atlantic, Daily Muse, Arcadia, Drunken Boat, Ploughshares online, and elsewhere. She also ghostwrites articles for high-profile clients in national magazines such as Inc., Harvard Business Review, and Foundr Mag. Catherine earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature and Writing at UNC-Asheville and her MFA in Writing at Queens University. She was born on a little homestead in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, and lives in Asheville with her son Thaddeus and her partner, the writer Brandon Amico.

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SELF-EDITING: DO WHAT YOU CAN & THEN

PAY A PRO TO DO THE REST

Saturday, June 3, 9:30am to 3:30pm

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This is a workshop on editing your own writing. Whether you’re just getting started with writing or have already published, in this workshop you’ll get tips that will enable you to expand your writing craft, improve the quality of your written work, and save money on editing. You’ll do short exercises in class and then practice on your own during the break between the two sessions of the workshop. Topics covered include the following:

  • Journey of a manuscript
  • Point of view
  • Dialogue: realism, formatting, and punctuation
  • Showing vs. telling
  • Characterization and world building
  • Punctuation and grammar tips
  • Publishing law

Bonuses:

  • All participants will receive discounts on future services
  • All participants will receive handout versions of the slides
  • One lucky participant will receive a free book related to self-editing

Cost: $75

LOUANN POPE, a copyeditor who lives in Mount Pleasant, SC, applies her detail-oriented, analytical mind-set to copyediting a wide range of books (fiction and nonfiction), blogs, and other materials, teaching classes, and offering Ask a Copyeditor help-desk services. She is a member of various publishing organizations, including the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA), the American Copy Editors Society (ACES), and the Association of Independent Publishing Professionals (AIPP). http://louannpope.com


THE BUSINESS OF WRITING: A FOUR-PART SERIES

WITH CATHERINE CAMPBELL

Wednesdays evenings from May 24 through June 14, from 6 to 8:30pm

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Learning the commerce side of writing is never easy but having a guide to the most effective ways to get your work out there is golden! Join us for writer and marketing pro Catherine Campbell's workshop on dealing professionally with submitting your work and seeking paid employment as a writer.

This class will consist of 4 parts, each dealing with a different aspect of navigating the business side of writing:

  • Write Your Best Agent Query Letter - Workshop and 1-on-1 Analysis (5/24)
  • Getting Started as a Book Critic (with Brandon Amico) (5/31)
  • Getting Started as a Ghostwriter (6/7)
  • Literary Magazine Submissions For Beginners (6/14)

Participants can enroll in one or all of  the four classes.

May 24: Write Your Best Agent Query Letter: 

Workshop and 1-on-1 Analysis In this workshop (for both new and established writers who may or may not be familiar with the agent querying process) we’ll examine the elements of a successful query, review examples of query letters that landed agents, and write a query letter of your own. Bring your current query letter for one-on-one feedback from instructor Catherine Campbell.  

May 31: Getting Started as a Book Critic (with Brandon Amico):

As a book reviewer, you can position yourself as a literary tastemaker, be a champion for emerging authors, and provoke the audience’s deep reflection and thought about a specific work. Brandon Amico and Catherine Campbell will host an overview discussion followed by a Q&A and walkthrough of how to get started as a book reviewer and stay organized for success. 

June 7: Getting Started as a Ghostwriter:

Ghostwriting (“ghosting”) is the act of writing for someone else under their name. This workshop will teach guidelines, best practices and responsibilities you must be aware of in order to build a successful career ghostwriting speeches for politicians, nonfiction articles for company owners, blogs for influencers or celebrities, or even short stories and novels. 

June 14: Literary Magazine Submissions For Beginners:

You've been writing stories, essays, poems and plays for a while and now you're ready to submit your work to magazines for possible publication. But where do you start? And how do you keep it organized? With hundreds of literary and mainstream publications out there, the process can feel daunting.This workshop is designed to help save you time, energy and stress by thinking through and taking your next step as a writer: your submissions strategy.

Cost: $35/per class or $125 for all four.

CATHERINE CAMPBELL is an award-nominated fiction writer and essayist. Her work appears or is forthcoming in The New York Times, The Millions, Kenyon Review, McSweeney’s, The Atlantic, Daily Muse, Arcadia, Drunken Boat, Ploughshares online, and elsewhere. She also ghostwrites articles for high-profile clients in national magazines such as Inc., Harvard Business Review, and Foundr Mag. Catherine earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature and Writing at UNC-Asheville and her MFA in Writing at Queens University. She was born on a little homestead in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, and lives in Asheville with her son Thaddeus and her partner, the writer Brandon Amico.

BRANDON AMICO is a writer living in North Carolina. His poetry can be found in journals including The Awl, Booth, The Carolina Quarterly, The Cincinnati Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Hunger Mountain, New Ohio Review, Sixth Finch, Slice, Southern Humanities Review, Waxwing, and Verse Daily. His reviews have been featured by 32 Poems, The Los Angeles Review, Mid-American Review, The Rumpus, and Southern Humanities Review. He is a 2017 BOAAT Retreat Fellow and served as the assistant poetry editor for Tahoma Literary Review. https://brandonamico.com/

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       FROM PAGE TO PODIUM: READING YOUR WORK ALOUD

WITH MEL RYANE

Saturday, May 20th 2017, from 10am to 3pm

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Writers are often daunted by the idea of reading their work aloud, whether in a classroom situation or public presentation. This workshop will teach writers to prepare and present confident, clear public readings using the same tools employed by professional actors:

  •    Warming up the vocal instrument
  •    Rehearsing the material
  •    Calming the nerves
  •    Delivering the work

Whether reading for an audience of one or one hundred, every writer can benefit from the self-editing techniques learned when reading their work aloud. Neither acting nor public speaking experience is necessary to benefit from the craft of acting.

During the course of this workshop you will:

  •  Bring a piece of your work you wish to read (one page, double-spaced, two  copies).
  •  Be led in voice and body warm-ups using breathing and vocal exercises.
  •  Read aloud excerpts of published works by other writers to study pacing,  phrasing, word choice and themes.
  •  Be coached individually by Mel as you read your work, with the class observing.
  •  Time permitting, you will get a second opportunity to read for the class  integrating the techniques you've learned.

Previous participants say:

"It was a superb privilege and pleasure to work with someone as knowledgeable and professional as Mel."
"It was absolutely wonderful. Serious business, but also so much fun. As writers, we aren't always the best readers of our work. Mel, who has worked with big-name actors in LA and NYC, is the consummate pro. She's straight-ahead, no fluff, but she also does this magical thing: she gives you, by the end of the day, a fresh confidence in yourself and your work.
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"The inspiration we felt as we watched our fellow writers transform into confident, dynamic readers digging into the heart and soul of their own writing was priceless."
"I have my first public reading in June for my MFA graduation. Until your workshop, I was really dreading my thesis reading...but now I see the importance of practicing and embracing the opportunity. Thank you for making me feel like my story was worth a listen!"

Cost: $65

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MEL RYANE has had a long and distinguished acting career in both the United States and her native Canada. Her work has included both classical and modern theatre as well as film and television. She was a company member of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and Shaw Festival, and has performed on the stages of the Manitoba Theatre Center, Vancouver Playhouse, Belfry Theatre, Neptune Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, New Mexico Rep, Magnus Theatre, Old Globe Theatre, Toronto Free Theatre and Theatre Passe Muraille, among others. She has also worked as an acting and dialogue coach on film and TV projects, taught presentation technique at the corporate level, and has presented this workshop at writer’s conferences across North America.

Mel’s Book, Teaching Will: What Shakespeare & 10 Kids Gave Me That Hollywood Couldn't, was released by Familius in 2014:  "Lively...funny."~ Publishers Weekly  "Hilarious...a bravura performance."~ Kirkus Reviews (featured review)

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DIY BOOK PROMOTION AND PROFESSIONALISM (A GSWP CLASS)

WITH CHRISTINE HALE

Tuesday evenings, March 14th though April 11th, 6-8:30pm

This class formed from the instructor’s experience launching her memoir. The small-press publisher was unable to provide a promotion budget, so her promotion efforts have been largely DIY. Many aspiring writers are already promoting their own books or small presses or journals, or seeking agents or publishers for a book in development and have stories and ideas about branding and self- promotion. Many writers have questions and anxieties about what they must or should do to give their books the best possible chance at finding a publisher and readers in today's rapidly evolving publishing environment. This class is structured as a crowd-source forum for sharing advice and caveats about seeking visibility in the literary marketplace. Over the five weeks the class meets, students will work on a promotion strategies for their writing, identifying connections and strengths they can leverage, as well as those they lack and wish to work on. The goal of the course is for each participant to leave with at least one new, exciting idea of what they feel able and willing to do to promote themselves and their work.

Cost: $152.50 for 5 weeks

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CHRISTINE HALE is the author of A Piece of Sky, A Grain of Rice: A Memoir in Four Meditations (Apprentice House Press 2016), set in the southern Appalachian Mountains, where she and her parents grew up. Her debut novel Basil’s Dream (Livingston Press 2009) received honorable mention in the 2010 Library of Virginia Literary Awards. She earned her MFA from Warren Wilson College, and teaches in the Antioch University-Los Angeles Low-Residency MFA Program as well as the Great Smokies Writing Program.

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: 


WRITING FOR TV & FILM:  A MASTER CLASS

Wednesday evenings, March 1, 2017 through May 17, 2017 from 7 to 9:30PM.

 

An intensive 12 week writing workshop designed to result in a first draft screenplay or television pilot, limited to a maximum of ten students to be chosen from writing samples (film/TV scripts or plays preferred, but not required).   

Emmy-winning writer-producer Patricia Green will teach writing professionally for the screen, including 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 12 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.

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 should be available for download.

Cost: $350 for 12 weeks

BYO laptop or writing materials.

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PATRICIA GREEN was born in Brooklyn, raised in Bristol, Tennessee and graduated from Wellesley College.  She 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.  She lives and writes in Asheville, North Carolina.

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TO APPLY FOR ADMISSION to this Master Class, please submit a writing sample (film/TV scripts or plays preferred, but not required; writing sample may be of any length but only one sample per applicant) to Patricia Green at info@flatironwriters.com, with the subject heading: WRITING SAMPLE.

Deadline for writing sample submissions is February 21 but eligible applicants will be admitted on a first-come-first-served basis, so applicants are encouraged to submit as soon as possible. 

 


CRAFTING SKETCH COMEDY

Saturday mornings, February 18th, 2017 - April 8th, 2017 10am-12:30pm

Maryedith Burrell

Maryedith Burrell

Do you want to write character monologues, commercial parody or political satire? Are you in a comedy group and need to learn how to turn an inspired improv into a written scene? If so, this class is for you!

There’s a reason SNL, The Tonight Show, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee etc. staff their writing rooms with Second City, Groundlings and Upright Citizens Brigade alums. The skills learned at those comedy institutions are invaluable.  Maryedith Burrell (Second City, Groundlings, SNL, Fridays, Seinfeld ) and Tom Chalmers (Artistic Director Groundlings East, Staff Writer: Showtime TV, Director Asheville School of Improv)  bring their comedy pedigrees to this 8-session writing course. 

Through games, writing prompts and collaboration exercises, students will learn how to develop comedy material; how to take an idea and shape it, how to recognize a character with legs, and how to avoid crippling blocks to creative flow. 

Cost: $250 if you register before Feb. 11, 2017, $275 after.

BYO laptop or writing materials.

Limited enrollment.

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MARYEDITH BURRELL's career as a writer/performer began with Second City and The Groundlings. She went on to do the TV shows Fridays, Throb, Ron Howard’s Parenthood and The Jackie Thomas Show. She also enjoyed recurring roles on Seinfeld and Home Improvement plus guest appearances on everything from The Tonight Show to SNL. Ms. Burrell is a script doctor who has written for every major network and film studio in the U.S., Britain and Australia.  A published journalist, her essay “An Affair To Forget” appears in the bestseller What Was I Thinking? (St. Martin’s Press.) 

TOM CHALMERS is a graduate of Columbia University. Tom was the Artistic Director of Groundlings East and Literary Manager of LA's Sacred Fools Theatre. He has written for SHOWTIME Television, TBS, and USA Networks. He has taught at NYU, currently teaches at Warren Wilson College, and is the Director of the Asheville School of Improv. He is a member of the Asheville improv troupe Reasonably Priced Babies, and is host and producer of the storytelling series Listen to This.

 


METHODICAL MADNESS: CREATIVE PROSE WORKSHOP

(A GSWP CLASS)

WITH HEATHER NEWTON 

Monday evenings, February 13th through April 24th, 6-8:30pm

This course is for writers of fiction and creative non-fiction who enjoy honing their craft in a workshop setting. Students should come committed to giving and receiving thoughtful criticism as members of a community of writers. Students will submit two pieces of work for group critique and do in-class writing in response to prompts. For the last class, students will submit one piece of work to a publication or contest. The text will be The Making of a Story: A Norton Guide to Creative Writing by Alice LaPlante, who, along with Shakespeare’s Hamlet, reminds us that when it comes to writing, “Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t.” (Different editions of the LaPlante Book, Method and Madness: The Making of a Story are acceptable). 

Cost: $305 for 10 weeks

HEATHER NEWTON’s novel Under The Mercy Trees (HarperCollins 2011) won the 2011 Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award, was chosen as a Great Group Reads Selection by the Women’s National Book Association and was named an "Okra Pick" by the Southern Independent Bookstore Alliance. Her short fiction has appeared in 27 Views of Asheville, The Drum, Crucible, Wellspring and elsewhere. She is a founding member of the Flatiron Writers, a writers’ collective dedicated to supporting its members and serving as a resource for the broader western North Carolina writing community. 


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“Creating Your Writing Life” With the Flatiron Writers

The Flatiron Writers’ signature workshop is “Creating Your Writing Life.” This all-day seminar, moderated by novelist Heather Newton, is designed for those who want to want to make regular and sustainable room in their lives for writing. The workshop focuses on Routines and Rituals, Space and Environment, Writing Process, and Community. We build in social time to connect with others to network and explore forming or joining critique groups.

Praise for the "Creating Your Writing Life" seminar from past participants:

--"I thoroughly enjoyed your workshop and have many ideas to take home with me!"

--"Practical and utilitarian. Exactly what I was looking for."

--"Impressive speakers--I liked hearing their experiences."

--"Thank you so much--I was hanging on every word!"


“Publicity and the Writing Life” With Kima Jones

These days, whether you land a contract with a large publishing house, small press or self-publish, responsibility for publicizing your book will fall on you. Publicity means sales. But how does publicity work? This workshop (for poets, fiction and non-fiction writers), taught by Los Angeles book publicist Kima Jones, helps writers and artists develop social media strategies that support their larger artistic goals by teaching the how-to's of personal brand curation and writing compelling content that leads to online community growth.

About Kima Jones:

Kima Jones founded and operates Jack Jones Literary Arts, a book publicity company. Her clients include Nina Revoyr, Khadijah Queen, Tyehimba Jess, Sarah Schulman, Dolen Perkins-Valdez, Desiree Cooper, Kimbilio Fiction and BinderCon. As a writer, she has received fellowships from PEN Center USA Emerging VoicesKimbilio Fiction,Yaddo and The MacDowell Colony, as the 2014-2015 Gerald Freund Fellow. She has been published at Guernica, NPR, PANK, Scratch Magazine and The Rumpus among others. Her short story "Nine" received notable mention in Best American Science Fiction. She is an MFA candidate in fiction and Rodney Jack Scholar in the MFA Program


“Prose to Picture” With Maryedith Burrell

This four-hour workshop introduces writers of other media to the fine art of screenplay, but is for any writer who has ever wondered how a good book can become a bad movie or vice versa.  Using lecture, film clips, on-site exercises, discussion and handouts, students get the basics of visual storytelling and dramatic structure plus an opportunity to try their hand at adaptation. No one becomes a screenwriter overnight, but “Prose To Picture” can be an invaluable first step!

About Maryedith Burrell:

Maryedith Burrell is an award-winning writer/performer/director who has written for every major studio and network in the U.S. and England.  With eight features, twelve TV movies, six series and three TV pilots to her credit, shelanded a coveted overall deal with Disney that set her up to be a script doctor on numerous film and television projects.  Most recently, she scriptedEmily Post for Sony.  Also a documentarian, Ms. Burrell has produced for National Geographic, TLC, A&E, History Channel with the latest being NYC: Inside Out for Discovery.  Her essay “An Affair To Forget” appears in the bestseller What Was I Thinking? (St. Martin’s Press.) As an actress, she starred in the TV series Fridays, Throb, Parenthood, Jackie Thomas Show, played recurring characters on Seinfeld and Home Improvement, and has appeared on everything from SNL to The Tonight Show. #OUCH!, a one-woman comedy about her orthopedic adventure in the American health care system, is currently touring and enjoying sold-out audiences.


“Plot: The Map of Your Story” With Lynne Barrett

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Writers are often daunted by plot, but understanding it can help you find the core of your story. This workshop with Florida Book Award winner Lynne Barrett will cover the fundamentals of plot and structure with an emphasis on revision strategies, scene, significant action, the roles of characters, complication, movement, and satisfying resolution. The concepts apply to all forms of fiction and are useful for narrative nonfiction and memoir.

About Lynne Barrett:

Lynne Barrett’s book Magpies won the Gold Medal for General Fiction in the Florida Book Awards. Her other story collections are The Secret Names of Women, and The Land of Go and she co-edited Birth, A Literary Companion and The James M. Cain Cookbook. Barrett has received the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe award for best mystery story and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. Her work has been published in Blue Christmas, Delta Blues, Miami Noir, One Year to a Writing Life, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, The Written Wardrobe, The Southern Women’s Review, and many other anthologies and magazines. She lives in Miami, where she is a professor in the M.F.A. program at Florida International University. You can learn more at www.LynneBarrett.com