Great Smokies Writing Program

Great Smokies Writing Program The Great Smokies Writing Program offers writers of all levels the opportunity join a supportive writing community led by professional writers.
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The Great Smokies Writing Program is a joint effort between the UNC Asheville departments of Literature and Language, Creative Writing and the Asheville Graduate Center. The program offers opportunities for writers of all levels to join a supportive learning community in which their skills and talents can be explored, practiced, and forged under the careful eye of professional writers.

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Join us this Sunday, 3/21 at 3:00pm for our March session of Writers at Home, hosted virtually by Malaprop's Bookstore/C...
03/17/2021
Live Stream Writers at Home | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe

Join us this Sunday, 3/21 at 3:00pm for our March session of Writers at Home, hosted virtually by Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe! This session will feature members of Elizabeth Lutyens' Prose Master Class: Margaret (Sam) Faeth, Janet Moore, PS Zhang, Jeanette Reid, Carson Minow, and Lisa Bloom. As always, the event is free to attend, but please register in advance on the Malaprop's website. See you on Sunday!
https://www.malaprops.com/event/live-stream-writers-home-1

Submit this form to RSVP for Writers at Home online with The Great Smokies Writing Program Prose Master Class on Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 3 PM EST.

03/15/2021

Here are the winner and two finalists in the 2021 Thomas Wolfe Prize which the Great Smokies Writing Program administers for the North Carolina Writers' Network.

"Beyond Repair: Living in a Fractured State" has been chosen as an Essay Finalist for the 2020 Foreword INDIES Book of t...
03/15/2021
"Beyond Repair" is a 2020 Foreword INDIES Finalist

"Beyond Repair: Living in a Fractured State" has been chosen as an Essay Finalist for the 2020 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards! Congratulations Sebastian Matthews, and best of luck!
https://www.forewordreviews.com/awards/books/beyond-repair/

"Beyond Repair" is a Foreword INDIES finalist in Essays (Adult Nonfiction). After recovering from a head-on collision and its attendant trauma, the author struggles to reconnect to a world in the throes of a form of cultural PTSD.

Check out this poem by Luke Hankins Editorial Services; his Spring class, "Reading Poems Like an Editor," starts on Feb....
02/04/2021
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Check out this poem by Luke Hankins Editorial Services; his Spring class, "Reading Poems Like an Editor," starts on Feb. 14 and you won't want to miss it! Application instructions are on our website, greatsmokies.unca.edu.

Drunk and faltering in my midnight chair, someone gripped me by the …

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02/04/2021

John C. Campbell Folk School

Register for our online class "About How-to-Haiku" to learn the basics of composing and crafting haiku in English, in both form and function. Explore the power of image to evoke emotion and how artful juxtaposition can result in the haiku (ah-ha) moment. Weekend class: February 20-21. Follow link below for full details and to register.

Please share this post with anyone you know who might be interested!

https://www.lessonface.com/apply/How-Haiku

Happy holidays from everyone at Great Smokies--we hope you all have time to curl up with your best ugly sweater, a hot d...
12/24/2020

Happy holidays from everyone at Great Smokies--we hope you all have time to curl up with your best ugly sweater, a hot drink, and a stack of your favorite genre! ❄️☕️📚 (And if you're looking for a last-minute gift--check out our Spring writing workshops! https://greatsmokies.unca.edu/spring-2021-courses/)

"Category Error" by Luke HankinsHummingbirds are fightingover the flowers in the garden again, because beauty doesn’t ma...
12/21/2020

"Category Error"
by Luke Hankins

Hummingbirds are fighting
over the flowers in the garden again,
because beauty doesn’t make anything
immune to cruelty.

Imagine a world in which each
beautiful creature could be trusted—
and isn’t each creature beautiful?

The sleek, streaked coat of the tiger.
The iridescent scales of the snake.
The shockingly blue eyes
of the shooter on the evening news.

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This haunting poem was shortlisted for the 2020 Montreal International Poetry Prize (https://www.montrealpoetryprize.com/poems/category-error). The poet, Luke Hankins of Orison Books, will be leading a 10-week workshop starting in February: "Reading Poems Like an Editor." If you're looking for a last-minute gift for the poet in your life, consider giving them a seat in Luke's class! The workshop will focus on reading and analyzing published poems through the eyes of an editor, as well as critique and feedback on poems submitted by students--what an amazing opportunity to learn from a pro! Read more and sign up for Luke's class on our website: https://greatsmokies.unca.edu/apply/

In case you missed our ad in AVLtoday, there's still plenty of time to register for our Spring classes! There's still sp...
12/17/2020
AVLtoday

In case you missed our ad in AVLtoday, there's still plenty of time to register for our Spring classes! There's still space in our 15-week workshop "Workshoppers at Home" with Vicki Lane starting in January, as well as in our 10- and 5- week classes starting in February and March. Check out the full list of course descriptions on our website! https://greatsmokies.unca.edu/spring-2021-courses/

Get Christmas dinner on the table without the cooking. 🍴 Plus, say hello to Filipinx food, Charlotte FC soccer news, why PETA loves Asheville, local lawn bowling + more. Read it all in five minutes or less here. 👇

It's the most writer-ful time of the year--time to dust off your unpublished short stories to submit to the North Caroli...
12/08/2020
Therese Anne Fowler to Judge Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize

It's the most writer-ful time of the year--time to dust off your unpublished short stories to submit to the North Carolina Writers' Network Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize! Great Smokies is honored to once again have the privilege of administering this contest, and to have New York Times bestselling author Therese Anne Fowler, Author as our final judge.

If you want to win $1,000 and possible publication in The Thomas Wolfe Review, submit your unpublished pieces of 3,000 words or less by January 30. See the NCWN site for contest guidelines and submission instructions, and good luck! 🌟
https://www.ncwriters.org/index.php/our-members/network-news/11694-twfp-2021

The North Carolina Writers' Network

Congratulations to this year's Appalachian Review Pushcart Prize Nominees, including Annie Frazier who will be teaching ...
12/02/2020

Congratulations to this year's Appalachian Review Pushcart Prize Nominees, including Annie Frazier who will be teaching a flash fiction course for us in the Spring! You can read Annie's excerpt in the Fall 2019/Winter 2020 issue of the Review. And don't forget to check out her course description and register for her class, at greatsmokies.unca.edu!
https://appalachianreview.net/2020/04/23/excerpt-from-crazy-house-a-novel-by-annie-frazier/

Congratulations to our Pushcart Prize nominees!

A beautiful portrait on Western North Carolina's Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle and her new critically acclaimed novel "Eve...
11/22/2020
'Even As We Breathe': A First Novel From A Teacher Who Writes For Her Students

A beautiful portrait on Western North Carolina's Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle and her new critically acclaimed novel "Even as We Breathe". The novel was helped along in a Great Smokies Writing Program class taught be Heather Newton. Think Christmas gift y'all!

The book is a mystery of sorts, set at an upscale North Carolina resort during World War II. Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle teaches at a high school with a student population that's 30% Native American.

AVLtoday is here to remind you that it's NaNoWriMo! Write the first 50k words of your novel this month so you can start ...
11/06/2020
November 6, 2020 - NaNoWriMo in Buncombe County + a virtual Veteran’s Wall | AVLtoday

AVLtoday is here to remind you that it's NaNoWriMo! Write the first 50k words of your novel this month so you can start the revision process in one of our Spring prose workshops. Check out the full course descriptions on our website, and thanks again to AVLtoday for the awesome shoutout!
https://avltoday.6amcity.com/newsletters/november-6-2020-nanowrimo-in-buncombe-county-a-virtual-veterans-wall/

NaNoWriMo in Buncombe County + a virtual Veteran’s Wall Wanna write a novel in a month? Here’s how. VIEW IN BROWSER One month, 50,000 words Time to pick up your pens, writers. 🖋 If you’re an aspiring or published author,...

The Fall 2020 issue of The Great Smokies Review is now ready to view online at www.thegreatsmokiesreview.org! In additio...
11/03/2020
The Great Smokies Review

The Fall 2020 issue of The Great Smokies Review is now ready to view online at www.thegreatsmokiesreview.org! In addition to writings in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, the fall issue contains a special tribute to Tommy Hays- Author who has retired after twenty years as Director of the Great Smokies Writing Program.

We will celebrate the Fall issue (and hold our postponed celebration of the Spring issue) at the final Writers at Home event of the year at 3:00 on November 15. Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe is graciously hosting via Zoom; here's our lineup of readers: David Henson, Margaret Faeth, J. Farley Upjohn, Marguerite Hogan, Sophia Ungert, and Mary McClung.

We hope you'll join us--visit the Malaprop's site to register in advance for the event (https://www.malaprops.com/event/live-stream-writers-home) and don't forget to check out the new issue of the Review!

Online Publication of the Great Smokies Writing Program and UNCA

Spring 2021 course descriptions are now posted on our website! We have classes on how to write features, an exploration ...
10/29/2020
Spring 2021 Courses - Great Smokies Writing Program

Spring 2021 course descriptions are now posted on our website! We have classes on how to write features, an exploration of Black poets and their work, an intensive creative nonfiction revision workshop, and many more that you won't want to miss. Check them out over the weekend and get ready to register starting Monday, Nov. 2!
https://greatsmokies.unca.edu/spring-2021-courses/

Registration will open on November 2 for our Spring 2021 courses! Check out our course descriptions below. **Please note that all classes will be held remotely, via Zoom/Google Hangouts or other video conferencing platforms.** 5-Week Classes Lang 371: Introduction to Feature Writing Workshop: Slouch...

Join us on Sunday, 10/18, for our second Writers At Home of Fall 2020, hosted on Zoom by Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe! This...
10/16/2020
Live Stream: Writers at Home featuring Jen Fawkes author of Mannequin and Wife, in conversation with A.K. Benninghofen | Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe

Join us on Sunday, 10/18, for our second Writers At Home of Fall 2020, hosted on Zoom by Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe! This reading will feature Jen Fawkes in conversation with A.K. Benninghofen, as Jen discusses her recently-published book of short stories "Mannequin and Wife." The reading is completely free, but you will need to register in advance. We hope to see you there!
https://www.malaprops.com/event/live-stream-writers-home-featuring-jen-fawkes-author-mannequin-and-wife-conversation-ak

The Writers at Home reading series features work from UNCA’s Great Smokies Writing Program and The Great Smokies Review. This live stream event is free to attend, but registration is required. Click here to register. If you elect to attend, we will email you on the day of the event with the li...

You won't want to miss next Wednesday's session of the Visiting Writer Series (brought to us by UNC Asheville Department...
10/01/2020
Visiting Writer Series: Luke Hankins and Sebastian Matthews - News And Events | UNC Asheville

You won't want to miss next Wednesday's session of the Visiting Writer Series (brought to us by UNC Asheville Department of English): Great Smokies instructors Luke Hankins Editorial Services and Sebastian Matthews will read from and discuss their works! This event--held from 7:30-9:00 p.m. via Zoom--is free and open to the public, but you must register in advance. Learn more and register using the link below!
https://www.unca.edu/events-and-news/event/visiting-writer-series-luke-hankins-and-sebastian-matthews/

UNC Asheville's Fall 2020 [Virtual] Visiting Writer Series will continue at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7 with readings by Luke Hankins and Sebastian Matthews. This Zoom event is presented by UNC Asheville's Department of English and is free and open to everyone with pre-registration required.

There's still time to add "writing" to your list of Pandemic Accomplishments--sign up for one of our 10-week workshops t...
09/09/2020
September 9, 2020 - Answered: pandemic accomplishments + a $3,000 giveaway | AVLtoday

There's still time to add "writing" to your list of Pandemic Accomplishments--sign up for one of our 10-week workshops that start next week! https://greatsmokies.unca.edu/fall-2020-courses/

Answered: pandemic accomplishments + a $3,000 giveaway We commend you all. VIEW IN BROWSER Answered: Pandemic accomplishments Earlier this month, I asked y’all, our wonderful readers, to share some of the positive things you’ve accomplished during the pandemic. And let...

09/07/2020

Write from home during our 10-week writing workshops this Fall via Zoom, starting the week of 9/14! greatsmokies.unca.edu

Thank you to AVL Today for the GSWP love! If you're looking to add "writing" to your personal pandemic accomplishments l...
09/02/2020
September 1, 2020 - #Asked: Pandemic accomplishments + World Letter Writing Day | AVLtoday

Thank you to AVL Today for the GSWP love! If you're looking to add "writing" to your personal pandemic accomplishments list, it's not too late to sign up for one of our 10-week classes starting the week of 9/14--register on our website! greatsmokies.unca.edu

#Asked: Pandemic accomplishments + World Letter Writing Day What have you been up to lately? VIEW IN BROWSER HelloTuesday. September 1 2020 #Asked: Pandemic accomplishments Good morning, Asheville. Editor Brook here, and while this year has given me such...

With so many in our literary community, we mourn the passing of Randall Kenan on August 28. Kenan's prose explored the e...
08/31/2020

With so many in our literary community, we mourn the passing of Randall Kenan on August 28. Kenan's prose explored the experience of being Black and gay in the American South, and his most recent collection of short stories, "If I Had Two Wings," was published on August 4 of this year. Among his many, many accolades, he was inducted into the NC Literary Hall of Fame in 2018, and we had the great honor of having him as the final judge for the 2020 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize. You can read more about Kenan's life, work, and honors in his Hall of Fame profile. While we grieve the loss of such a powerful voice in North Carolina literature, we celebrate his legacy of giving a voice to and raising up marginalized experiences.
http://www.nclhof.org/inductees/2018-2/randall-kenan/

Sharing this post on behalf of one our amazing instructors, Scott Branson! As a community of writers, it is our responsi...
08/28/2020
Q***r (In)visibilities & the Perils of Inclusion, organized by PM Press

Sharing this post on behalf of one our amazing instructors, Scott Branson! As a community of writers, it is our responsibility to help each other and make sure everyone's voice is heard. If you're not able to donate, please consider spreading the word about the book and fundraiser, and share if you can!

If you're interested in Scott's writing, consider taking their class this Fall, "Finding Your Voice: Experiments in Prose Poetry." This workshop is open to writers at all stages of the writing journey--those who are just dipping their toes in, old pros, and everyone in between! You can read the full course description and register for the class on our website (greatsmokies.unca.edu).

Help us raise funds for q***r & trans writers of this book!! The more funds … PM Press needs your support for Q***r (In)visibilities & the Perils of Inclusion

Our 15-week classes start this week, and it's not too late to sign up for "Workshoppers at Home" with Vicki Lane of Vick...
08/24/2020

Our 15-week classes start this week, and it's not too late to sign up for "Workshoppers at Home" with Vicki Lane of Vicki Lane Mysteries! If you haven't taken one of Vicki's many classes over the years (or if you have and--of course--loved it), this is your chance to get detailed and thoughtful feedback on a work in progress. Below is a sample of Vicki's writing from her upcoming novel "And the Crows Took Their Eyes."
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"You want to know the way of it, what it was led to the hangings and the whippings, the massacre, and then the killings that went on after that? Folks still getting even nigh forty years on? I reckon most would tell you they know who was in the right and who was in the wrong. And I reckon was you to ask five different folks to witness, you’d get five different stories. As for me, I ain’t so sure. I’ve waited most of my life for God Almighty to speak unto to me and explain it all…maybe lean out from a dark thundercloud and roar down a mighty pronouncement or speak in tongues of fire from a bright red maple in the fall, or maybe just whisper in my ear on a still and starry night. I have listened and prayed and listened some more and here it is a new century but He ain’t spoke to me, not once.

Just now, I remember thinking when they came upon us back in eighteen and sixty-three, and I felt the rough bite of the rope around my neck and harkened to the cruel sound of the whip, the weeping of the women, and the whimper of Mary Shelton’s babe-- just now, I thought, would be a good time for Him to commence. All that I know is that war casts a long shadow, both in the coming and the going of it and we ain’t out of that shadow yet, not by a long shot. The hunger and the hangings and that terrible day…red blood on white snow…the black wings of them crows…it don’t hardly bear thinking of…but it’s every bit of it in my memory yet—and I ain’t the only one what remembers."
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Vicki's class starts this Thursday, 8/27--you won't want to miss it, so sign up today!
https://greatsmokies.unca.edu/apply/

Check out the shoutout we got in Capital At Play! Our 15-week classes start next week and our 10-week classes start in S...
08/19/2020

Check out the shoutout we got in Capital At Play! Our 15-week classes start next week and our 10-week classes start in September. It's not too late to register; come write with us!

Want to Work for Capital at Play? We're Hiring! 💁🏻‍♀️ - https://mailchi.mp/68866d92dad1/give-backfeel-good-1444686

This post may look a little familiar, and that's because we're lucky enough to have Mark MacNamara teaching with Great S...
08/13/2020

This post may look a little familiar, and that's because we're lucky enough to have Mark MacNamara teaching with Great Smokies again this Fall! Mark will be leading "Advanced Feature Writing 2: Slouching Towards the Zeitgeist;" this excerpt of his writing appeared in the March issue of Nautilus. You can read the full piece here: http://nautil.us/issue/83/intelligence/the-unintended-beauty-of-starlings
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Eugene Schieffelin was the eccentric ornithologist who in 1890 shipped 60 starlings from London to New York City and set them free in Central Park. The next year he released 40 more, and today there are maybe 200 million starlings in the United States and Southern Canada. As immigrants go, starlings are shrewd flyers, clever mimics, and often unwelcome. The truth is they’re no more than uptown blackbirds, stocky, three-ounce grifters with iridescent blue and green plumage, along with yellow beaks and a long history of displacing woodpeckers and flycatchers, and destroying entire crops of berries and cherries. Not to mention the havoc they cause at many airports.
Ah, but when they come round in their murmurations on fall afternoons, or in early winter, what magicianry is that, gathering up out of nowhere, arriving in strands or massive clusters, over inlets or forests. You’ll see them fill up neighboring trees and fall into an oily, high-pitched chatter. Sooner or later, they settle and fall silent, like an orchestra before the first note. And then—the most subtle spooking will do it, a dog’s bark, the slam of a car door down the street, or nothing at all, and off they go at 50 miles per hour, wheeling around the countryside, sheets and sheets of them, thickening and thinning, blackening and scattering, merging and splitting, sometimes looking like a tornado cloud, or else some strange omen, and it’ll go on for 15 minutes or more, a merry band thrashing through the sky in vast clouds of star-shaped dots, like the vanishing images on a Buddha board.
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If you didn't have the chance to take his class over the Summer, or if you took it and loved it, apply today to write with him this Fall! https://greatsmokies.unca.edu/apply

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Great Smokies Writing Program classes are offered three times a year - fall, spring, and summer - at various locations in the Asheville area. Each course carries academic credit awarded through UNC Asheville. Applications are available at our website.

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Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

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I just finished writing my first book, Prosecutor Pr******te Priestess: How I Opened the Door to Freedom. It would be lovely to chat with those of you who have been through the publishing or editing process as I begin to navigate this myself. Thank you!
In a recent MLA class a computer program was mentioned (and I immediately forgot the name) where a writer can enter a document and the program will comment on changes suggested in grammar, sentence structure, punctuation. I'm terrible with commas. I need help. Does anyone have a suggestion?
Hi, Great Smokies writers and authors! If you're looking for a retreat weekend this winter, I hope you'll consider MountainTop Writers Retreat. Our upcoming retreat, Winter MountainTop, will be held Jan. 30 - Feb. 2, 2020 at beautiful Earthshine Lodge in Lake Toxaway, N.C. We still have room for more writers looking for peace, quiet, and inspiration! Package includes private (or shared) room in a rustic-elegant lodge, 3 nights bed and continental breakfast, catered meals, coffee, tea, roaring fires, hiking, yoga, brainstorming sessions, workshop with visiting author, and more. Or just hole up in your lovely room and gaze upon the Pisgah National Forest while typing away at your laptop. Registration will end 1.15.2020. Use the coupon code MTNWRITE for $100 off the weekend. For more info, go to www.earthshinenc.com/mountaintop-writers-retreat/
Anybody up for a tales, poetry, and dinner around a campfire as the autumn leaves fall? PAPA is having their last retreat of the year and we want wordsmiths to join us. Come hear our tale of how we are protecting natural places through the power of the arts. Come learn more and share your stories too at this free event. Come for a day, an evening or several days. A few spaces still available https://www.facebook.com/events/899342680440850/
"Adaptation: Or a Book, an Agent, and a Screenplay Walk Into a Bar..." Have you ever wanted to adapt your novel or memoir into a screenplay? Maybe somebody told you your short story would make a great musical or wants to option your article for a TV series? No matter what kind of writer you are, it's important to understand how prose and dramatic narrative are two different animals.
while a great boon for those writers working on narrative regional content, how widely divergent are the thematic, theoretical & contextual areas for submission and participation
Dear Great Smokies Friends--Please come out next Monday evening at 6pm to Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe where I will be in discussion with my friend Lee Zacharias about her new wonderful new novel Across the Great Lake, about which Steve Yarbrough writes, "One of the most intensely written and beautifully conceived novels to come my way in a season. I will be thinking about these characters for a long, long time. Zacharias is a master." Lee is the author of four previous books and is professor emerita of English at UNC Greensboro. Please come out. It'll be a great evening.
At the Lanier Library in Tryon, NC - Thursday, January 25 at 6 PM
when will the winter schedule be published?
Ever wanted to write a book and need a little inspiration? WRITING/PUBLISHING SEMINAR SPEAKERS: The Oprah Winfrey Show's guest and author, Debi Holmes-Binney, and Random House Pulitzer Prize-nominated author, Jerry Ellis WHEN? SATURDAY, AUGUST 26, 10-4 EST WHERE? Catalyst Coffee Company, Private Events Room, Greeneville, Tennessee The $100 fee includes lunch. ($130 at door.) $70 students. Seating is limited so please email to confirm your spot: [email protected]. One must kindly prepay by check or money order by August 20th and please mail to: Jerry Ellis, 309 N. Main Street, Greeneville, TN 37745.