Schedule of Classes for 2015 at Writers Circle Studio, Hayesville NC

To Register for classes, send check before deadline, to Writers Circle, 581 Chatuge Lane,
Hayesville, NC 28904 - you can copy and include the Registraion Form page.


Book Publishing and Marketing class
Tara Lynne Groth
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Saturday, February 7, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Fee: $35.00

You may have finished your book or you may be a few chapters in, eventually you will need to market your book and yourself. How do you want to publish? In this course we review how traditional publishing has changed, popular self-publishing options, and how you as an author need to prepare your book and yourself for publication no matter how you choose to publish. We will also review new digital tools that help authors retain greater profits from book sales. You will leave with a custom marketing analysis specifically tailored to your existing/future books so that you can start implementing marketing strategies as soon as you like.

Tara Lynne Groth is the founder of Asheville Writers and is a full-time freelance writer. She recently finished instructing a 10-week course on Book Marketing for Duke University's OLLI continuing education program. Before starting her writing business she worked as a marketing manager and director of public relations. She speaks at events around the country on publicity and digital marketing. She is the force behind the popular blog Write Naked. ( 

Paula Canup
writer, journalist and former English teacher, will present a workshop on
 Saturday, March 7, 2015, 10 - 12:00.
Fee: $25.00

This  class is for all writers of prose, beginners and more experienced, who want to submit polished work for consideration by agents, editors and publishers. We all make errors in grammar, punctuation and word usage, but especially in writing dialogue. Where do we place quotation marks? When should we use quotation marks, ellipses, dashes, and how often should we use exclamation points? So many questions I hear from students and errors I see in the work of many writers will be addressed in this class.

Paula Canup is a former middle school English teacher who has also worked as a tutor in English grammar. Later, as a high school history teacher, she assigned many papers, and her students knew they would be graded on spelling and grammar as well as content.
After retiring from teaching, Paula wrote articles for a regional magazine, Southern Distinction. She later wrote regular columns for two local newspapers, The Leader in Oconee County, GA, and, locally, The Sentinel.  She worked for a year as a staff writer for the Clay County Progress.

Paula still enjoys writing non-fiction and memoirs, though she currently focuses on painting as her means of artistic expression.  She and her husband moved to Hayesville, NC from Athens, GA, in 2008, and now live on the side of a mountain where they enjoy the natural beauty of “God’s Country.”

Dana Wildsmith

April 25, 2015

Writers Circle, Hayesville, NC   

Fee: $35

Words Are All We Have

Samuel Coleridge once defined prose as "words in the best order", and poetry as "the best words in the best order." Whichever you're working on, prose or poetry, it all comes down to making the right word choices and putting them in an effective order. In this multi-level workshop for writers of prose or poetry, fiction or non-fiction, we will spend some time talking about how to make the wisest word choices we can, and then how to arrange those words in the best possible order. We'll preface and follow discussion with short writing prompts. Bring your questions, your problems and your ideas!

An author chat with Dana is planned for Friday, April 24. Place to be announced. 

Dana Wildsmith's environmental memoir, Back to Abnormal: Surviving With An Old Farm in the New South, was Finalist for Georgia Author of the Year. She is the author of five collections of poetry, including most recently, Christmas in Bethlehem. Wildsmith has served as Artist-in-Residence for Grand Canyon National Park, as Writer-in-Residence for the Island Institute in Sitka, Alaska, and she is a Fellow of the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences.

Michael Diebert

"Repurposing Your Poems: The Art and Craft of Poetic Salvage
Saturday, July 18, 10 - 1 p.m.
Location: Writers Circle ,Hayesville NC
Description: Just as a car enthusiast scavenges a junkyard for working parts, just as a songwriter scavenges the musical past for something brand-new, this workshop will focus on the art of salvaging your work--not rewriting per se but rebuilding.  Bring your failed poem parts from the past, pieces or bits which may still have potential but need spark: stagnant stanzas, flat lines, dull images, etc.  Using some examples and our own discussion and practice, we will jerry-rig and rebuild our poems (as Johnny Cash once sang) "one piece at a time."

Plan to attend and meet Michael on Friday afternoon for a chat and a reading. Location TBA later.

Scott Owens, poet and teacher, will teach at Writers Circle around the Table in summer of 2015. Date and time to be announced.



Scott Owens class at Writers Circle

Michael Diebert's class at Writers Circle 2013

Students around the table at Writers Circle

Robert Brewer's class at Writers Circle 2013

Friends of Writers Circle meet for lunch: Janice Moore, Carole Thompson,
Ellen Andrews, Joan Howard, Ann Cahill


2014 Archives of Classes

March 22, Saturday afternoon, 1 - 4 p.m. - Karen Paul Holmes
Fee: $35
Express Yourself Through Poetry

Some of us are better than others when it comes to expressing emotion. Yet the feeling in the poem is what connects it to the reader. In this class we'll explore how to free yourself by expressing yourself in third person or through a persona. We'll look at examples of heartfelt poems that do not cross the dangerous bridge of sentimentality.

We'll also learn how humor can help communicate serious emotions -- like anger, grief, regret -- in poems that are both salty and sweet, that touch readers' emotional cores while also making them smile.
Class will include an optional prompt ahead of time, so you can bring a poem of your own to share.

Karen Paul Holmes of Atlanta and Hiawassee, Georgia has taught writing at national conferences and at the John C. Campbell Folk School. She has a full-length poetry collection, Untying The Knot, forthcoming from Kelsay Books (August 2014) and recently received an Elizabeth George Foundation grant for poetry. Publishing credits include Poetry East, Atlanta Review, POEM, The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, and Southern Poetry Anthology Vol 5: Georgia (Texas Review Press).

To support fellow writers, Holmes originated and hosts a critique group in Atlanta and Writers’ Night Out in Young Harris, GA. A former VP of Communication at ING, a global financial services company, she says she now leads “a kinder, gentler life” as a freelance writer, poet and teacher.


June 14, Saturday, 10 - 1, Patricia Sprinkle
Hey! I Know those People!: Creating characters so real your readers will swear they've met them

This seminar is about creating characters so real your readers will think they’ve met them. Participants will consider what a writer needs to know about both major and minor characters and how characters develop as they interact with their community and with issues they face. Handouts and a group exercise will help participants create and bring a character to life.

Each class fee is $45 or both classes for $70.00   Deadline for registration: June 11
June 14, Saturday, 2 - 5, Patricia Sprinkle
But How Do You Find TIME to Write? Time management tips especially for writers

This is a seminar on time management for writers. The hardest part of writing can be sitting in a chair long enough to finish something. So many other things demand our time and attention. This workshop uses exercises to help writers define personal writing goals, consider what gets in the way of writing time, name personal saboteurs that eat into writing time, and consider methods for ordering life to have time for writing. Patricia Sprinkle has not only published over thirty books, but is the author of WOMEN WHO DO TOO MUCH which helps multitasking women slow down and accomplish more.

Patricia Sprinkle’s roots lie deep in Southern soil. Her thirty mysteries and four novels reflect her love for and understanding of the contemporary South where tradition and progress often collide. She also writes non-fiction, including her popular Women Who Do Too Much. Her latest novel is Friday’s Daughter, in which a young woman in the Georgia mountains has to create a new life for herself when her dreams are dashed. Visit the author at

Thursdays, September 11 and September 18, 10 - 1:00 p.m.
Fee: $30
Your Next Submission:  Write it, Fix it, Send it!
In this two-session class you will complete a nonfiction story of at least 1000 words.  In the first session you will write a 200-word story idea and a 500-word dialogue exercise.  You will plan your scenes for the rest of the story and look at ways to increase the story’s audience reach.  The second session will be devoted to group critique and a discussion of research, finishing and revision guidelines.  Students should come to the second class with a finished, revised story and a target market.   

Carol Crawford is a writer, poet and editor. She is Program Coordinator for the annual Blue Ridge Writers' Conference in Blue Ridge, GA. Her work is widely published in literary journals. Her business is Carol Crawford Editing.

                September 13 , Saturday, Scott Owens - Poetry class
   Wellsprings: Suffering, Love, and Loss: Writing Poetry from the Deepest of Wells  

Fee: $35     Registration Deadline: September 10
10 - 1 p.m. 


Originally from Greenwood, SC, Scott Owens holds degrees from Ohio University, UNC Charlotte, and UNC Greensboro. He currently lives in Hickory, NC, where he teaches at Catawba Valley Community College, edits Wild Goose Poetry Review and serves as vice-president of the NC Poetry Society. His 11th book of poetry, Eye of the Beholder, was recently released by Main Street Rag. His work has received awards from the Academy of American Poets, the Pushcart Prize Anthology, the Next Generation/Indie Lit Awards, the NC Writers Network, the NC Poetry Society, and the Poetry Society of SC.


October 25, Saturday, 10-1:00 p.m.
Elizabeth Hunter, writer, essayist, naturalist
Fee: $35

Second Draft Strategies: Taking the Terror Out of Revision
Congratulations! You’ve completed a first draft. You know it needs work, but where to begin? This three-hour workshop will supply you with a roadmap through revision that will improve your writing and calm your nerves. We’ll work our way through a structured set of questions, beginning with the big one: Have I said what I wanted to say? Others follow, concerning beginning and ending, voice, tone, tense, language, and flow. Students who wish to are invited to bring a first draft (maximum length 1,000 words) to read and critique. 

Elizabeth Hunter began her professional writing career as a newspaper reporter before becoming a freelance writer. A columnist, contributing editor and writer for Blue Ridge Country Magazine, she was commissioned to write the text for two coffee table books on the Blue Ridge Parkway and one celebrating the 150-year anniversary of Mitchell County, NC, where she lives. She is a self-taught naturalist, and has taught nature writing at John C. Campbell Folk School for many years.