Schedule of Classes for 2014 at Writers Circle Studio, Hayesville NC

To Register for classes, send check before deadline, to Writers Circle, 581 Chatuge Lane,
Hayesville, NC 28904

                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


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.

Elizabeth Hunter, writer, naturalist, October 25

November 8,  Saturday, 1 - 4 p.m. 2014: Dana Wildsmith - Writers Circle, Hayesville, NC   

Fee: $35

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.


Look for these classes, time and date to be announced:
Carol Crawford, writer and poet


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