Abigail DeWitt

Abigail DeWitt is the author of three novels, Lili, Dogs, and News of Our Loved Ones, named an Editor’s Choice by BookBrowse and the Historical Novel Society. / Donated photo

UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program (GSWP) will present five workshops this summer, offering writers in the community a chance to hone their craft in many different genres. All classes are Asheville-based and will meet weekly for five weeks.

Liberated Literature: Experiments with Flash Fiction with Scott Branson – Class meets Tuesdays, 6-8:30 p.m., June 4-July 2 at Hanger Hall, 64 W.T. Weaver Blvd., Asheville. Flash fiction, or micro-fiction, can be a way of throwing off the rules, methods and collective weight of literary history. The workshop will leave writers freedom to explore and experiment with style and content, as well as reading essays on craft; the focus will be on workshopping.

The Story Behind the Story: A Creative Prose Workshop with Abigail DeWitt – Class meets Thursdays, 6-8:30 p.m., June 6-July 11 (no class on July 4) at RiverLink, 170 Lyman St., Asheville. Most of us have a story from our lives that we regularly share with others. In this class, participants will look behind their own stories to uncover what may have been forgotten, especially the sensory details associated with an event. Writers also will practice viewing experiences from multiple points of view and gain new tools for developing those hidden narratives.

Turning Points: Writing the Personal Essay, with Marjorie Klein – Class meets Tuesdays, 6-8:30 p.m., June 4-July 2 at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial, 52 North Market St., Asheville. This class will be devoted to writing about turning points large and small, with each week devoted to a life stage – childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and recent revelations, so by the fifth week, a finished essay inspired by those prompts can be shared and discussed.

Dream Prompts: Using Your Subconscious to Write Picture Books, with Linda Lowery – Class meets Wednesdays, 6-8:30 p.m., June 5-July 10 (no class July 3) at Hanger Hall, 64 W.T. Weaver Blvd., Asheville. In addition to offering techniques of remembering and journaling dreams and creating stories based on dream themes and words, the workshop will cover rhythm and rhyme, style, pacing and issues like word count. The goal is for writers to emerge from the workshop with a 24-page picture book text, as well as a collection of their own intuitive prompts for future use.

Slowing the News: A Poetry Workshop with Carolyn Ogburn – Class meets Mondays, 6-8:30 p.m., June 3-July 1 at RiverLink, 170 Lyman Street, Asheville. With this workshop, Ogburn will inspire participants to slow and digest the news cycle through poetry. Drawing from the slow food and slow crafts movements and taking inspiration from PoetsReadingTheNews.com, this workshop is designed to bring poetic responses to the news, with different forms – sonnets, pantoums, terza rima, blank verse and erasure poetry – in each class. Students will be encouraged, but not required to share work aloud and the course does not include critiquing.

For in-state residents, five-week courses cost $155.81. The costs are higher for out-of-state residents. For more information or to register, visit unca.edu/gswp or call 828-251-6099.

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