September and time for another class. In my years of teaching with Great Smokies Writing Program, I've had the pleasure of reading works in progress of all kinds -- speculative fiction, chick lit, cozies, westerns, military thrillers, mysteries of every ilk, Appalachian, historical, alternative, humor, and quite a few other types of fiction, some of which I'd be hard-pressed to put a name to. The writers have ranged from very experienced to rank beginners. But, and this is the amazing thing, all of them have something to teach me and the other class members. And we always have fun.
There are still a few places available this semester -- if this sounds like something for you, check out the GSWP site HERE. And you are welcome to message me here on FB if you have questions. (About the course, that is. The meaning of life, the existence of God, and the stock market are right out of my area of competence.)
Bring me your space-opera, your coming of age story, your quirky mystery, your sweet romance, your scary tale of horror -- whatever you're working on that's longing for the light of day will be welcome.
September 15 (First meeting) 6-8:30 pm at the Riverlink offices in Asheville.
Forty Pages -- a class through the Great Smokies Writing Program on UNC-Asheville
This ten session workshop is for those writers with a novel in progress, almost completed, or completed but in need of a final polish. Each student will submit up to forty pages (half at the beginning of the course, the rest during the sixth week) of his work in progress for discussion and critique by the class and close editing with written comments by the instructor. We will focus on the effective use of key techniques such as creating an intriguing opening line and compelling chapters, creating a likable and/or engaging protagonist, weaving in back story in small, manageable doses, writing realistic dialogue, setting up a dilemma that begs to be resolved, making the most of each scene and, in general, producing a page-turner. We will attempt to weed out the mistakes that mark the amateur writer and turn each student into a discerning editor of his own work. The suggested text is the highly acclaimed Don't Sabotage Your Submission by career manuscript editor Chris Roerden (Bella Rosa books --ISBN 978-1-933523-31-6.)