Writers' Workshop classes in Charlotte
The following classes for beginning and experienced writers, sponsored by The Writers’ Workshop of Asheville, are held at the Jewish Community Center, 5009 Providence Road, in Charlotte. Registration is in advance only, either online www.twwoa.org or by mail: The Writers’ Workshop, 387 Beaucatcher Rd., Asheville, NC, 28805. For more information, contact WritersW@gmail. com or call 828-254-8111.
June 14: PhotoJournalism Workshop with Bruce Ingram. Beginning to intermediate students will learn how to interview subjects and take “people” photos, how to submit work to magazines, and what magazine editors are looking for. Ingram has sold more than 1,500 articles and photos to magazines. He has won four national awards, and teaches at the Blue Ridge Writers’ Workshop. Meets Saturday, 12:30-5:30 p.m. The cost is $75, or $70 for Workshop members.
June 28: Fine-Tuning For Publication with Richard Krawiec. Writers of fiction or creative non-fiction will receive professional tips on revising and readying work for publication. Information on writing the query letter, finding the right agent, and how to submit your work will also be given. Three pages and a synopsis may be brought to the class for evaluation. Krawiec is the author of novels and poems. He has received Creative Writing fellowships from the NEA and the N.C. Arts Council, and teaches at UNC-Chapel Hill. Meets Saturday, 12:30-5:30.July 19: Women’s Creative Writing Workshop with Veronica Fisher. In this small, informal class, participants will learn how to overcome stumbling blocks to creativity, and how to write about major life transitions. In-class writing exercises and discussion will be led by Fisher, a journaling instructor and psychotherapist for more than 20 years. She also leads writers’ support groups in the Asheville area. Meets Saturday, 12:30-5 p.m.
July 26: Writing and Publishing Creative Non-Fiction Articles with Mike Weinstein. Beginning to intermediate writers will receive tips on interviewing, researching, writing the query letter and selling human-interest stories to newspapers and magazines. Participants may bring up to 3 pages of writing for in-class evaluation. Weinstein is features editor at The Charlotte Observer. Meets Saturday, 12:30-5:30.
Aug. 2: Writing The Fantasy Novel with K. Gail McAbee. The class will study the elements of writing fantasy and science fiction for young adults, such as designing a believable world and creating memorable characters. Discussion will include examples of books by J.K. Rowling, C.S. Lewis and Tolkien. Three pages or a synopsis may be brought for review. McAbee is the author of over 20 books including “The Dark Legacy.” She won the Dorothy Parker Award, and is artist in residence for the S.C. Arts Commission. Meets Saturday, 12:30-5:30 p.m.
Aug. 16: Grant Writing Simplified. The basics of grant writing will be covered, and students will learn how to write a strong mission statement, proposal and narrative. Information on researching funds and private donors will also be discussed. A two-page proposal may be brought to the class for review by Workshop grant writers, who have 20 years’ experience generating funds from private foundations and philanthropists. Meets Saturday, 12:30-5:30 p.m.