Studio Schedule

Schedule of Classes for 2015 at Writers Circle Studio, Hayesville NC
Glenda Beall - glendabeall@msn.com

To Register for classes, send check before deadline, to Glenda Beall, Writers Circle, 581 Chatuge Lane Hayesville, NC 28904 - Please copy and include the Registration Form page.

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Book Publishing and Marketing class


Recommended by Carol Crawford, co-director of the Blue Ridge Writers' Conference in Blue Ridge, GA:  Tara Lynne provides nuggets of practical information that writers can use right away to build their platform and market their work. Her class is dense with information and ideas -- I couldn't take notes fast enough.  She makes social networking less mysterious and talks about resources all writers should know about - but not all of us do.  


Tara Lynne Groth
Saturday, August 22, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Fee: $35.00   Deadline July 1

You’ve been freelancing almost five years now. How did you get ...

Your Writer Platform
Promoting your book does not have to involve pushy sales tactics. There are opportunities for writers that help grow their names, earn money, and authentically connect with readers. This is done through a writer's platform--their influence and reputation among a public audience. A book is just one small part of a writer's platform. In this class we will explore different publishing services, basics of a writer’s platform and hear about ways to spread awareness of your writing without having to 'sell sell sell' your book. 
What will you learn?
  • How to create and grow your platform online and offline.
  • How Amazon and other eBook distribution services work.
  • Costs and ways to fund publishing.
  • Ways to build your professional name as a writer before publishing a book.
  • How best to use your time and effort for your unique writing career.
Bio:
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. (www.writenaked.net

www.taralynnegroth.com


Praise for Tara Lynne Groth:

This was extremely informative...I appreciate all the tips that were shared. I hope to attend more events with Tara Lynne. -Kassandra



Ms. Groth's 10-week course on marketing fiction and freelance works may well be the best course I have ever taken on any topic. She held the interest of experienced and inexperienced authors alike...I am infinitely grateful to her." -Anita H.


I came away feeling like I had REAL information I could use. - Debe W.

Tara Lynne knows her stuff and is happy to share her knowledge and skills with others. She's very talented and a great teacher! -Beth B.

The publishing talk was a rare opportunity. Tara Lynne is one of the best organizers I've ever known. -Bruce L.

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Scott Owens                        September 12, 2015         10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Fee: $35.00
Class description:
The Stuff of Poetry: This workshop will focus on creativity, originality, and imagery, answering the questions, "Where do we find the stuff for poetry?" "How do we know what to include?" and "How do we make it good?"

 Participants should bring an object of "value" (something kept for years) with them, expect to generate several new ideas for writing, and expect to have their comfort zones challenged.


Scott Owens  will read his poetry on Friday, 7:00 p.m. September 11, for Writers Night Out in Blairsville, GA.

Scott is originally from Greenwood, SC. He 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, owns and operates Taste Full Beans Coffeehouse and Gallery and serves as vice-president of the NC Poetry Society.
He is a Regional Representative of North Carolina Writers' Network, and Coordinator of Poetry Hickory.  His 12th book of poetry, To, was released by Main Street Rag last year.  

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, and his articles about poetry have been featured in Poet’s Market twice.
www.ncpoetrysociety.org


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Karen Holmes
October  10, 2015

Fee: 30.00
Borrowing from Your Favorite Poet

Bring a poem that was inspired by a favorite poem. Use a complete line from the other poem as a line in your poem or as your title. Your poem can then take on its own life and does not even need to be about the same subject as the original. We’ll read the inspirational poems and workshop your poems. You’ll also receive some prompts inspired by other great poets, so you can go home and write even more great poems of your own. 


Karen Paul Holmes of Atlanta and Hiawassee, Georgia has taught writing at national conferences and at the John C. Campbell Folk School. Her full-length poetry collection, Untying The Knot, was published by 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, a Georgia representative for North  Carolina  Writers' Network originated and hosts a critique group in Atlanta and Writers’ Night Out in Blairsville, GA. A former VP of Communication at ING, a global financial services company, she now leads “a kinder, gentler life” as a freelance writer, poet and teacher.


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ARCHIVES OF CLASSES AT WRITERS CIRCLE AROUND THE TABLE



Scott Owens class at Writers Circle




Michael Diebert's class at Writers Circle 2013





Robert Brewer's class at Writers Circle 2013

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2015 Archives of Classes

JULY 25, 10 - 1 P.M.

Michael Diebert, poetry editor for Chattahoochee Review




Repurposing Your Poems: The Art and Craft of Poetic Salvage
Saturday, July 25, 10 - 1 p.m.
Location: Writers Circle ,Hayesville NC

Fee - $35.00 Registration deadline is July 19
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."

Michael Diebert is poetry editor for The Chattahoochee Review and teaches writing and literature atGeorgia Perimeter College in Atlanta. He is the author of Life Outside the Set, available from Sweatshoppe Publications through amazon.com. Recent poems have appeared and/or are forthcoming in The Comstock Review, jmww, and The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature.
Plan to attend and meet Michael on July 24, Friday afternoon 4:30 p.m. for a chat and a reading at Joe's coffee house, 82 Main St. Hayesville, NC 28904

Saturday, June 27, 2015
10:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Writers Circle Studio
Fee: $30.00    Registration deadline: June 22

The Mnemonics of Memoir
Steven Harvey


Memory coming to us as a strange concoction of thought and dream is the source of memoir, personal essays, and other forms of creative nonfiction.  Some memories come unbidden, others emerge in the writing process, and some reluctant ones need to be teased out.  

What tools can the writer use to access these memories, even the shy ones, and see them vividly enough and in enough detail to use in a memoir or essay?  In this class we will begin by looking at a range of techniques that can be used to access memories.  Then, through a series of exercises, we will apply a number of these techniques to a single memory in order to enrich our experience of it. 

Finally, I will offer suggestions for ways to use these techniques in our writing to make our personal texts more powerful.  Students should bring paper and a pen even if they plan to use a computer to write.

The Book of Knowledge and Wonder was published by Ovenbird Books as part of the “Judith Kitchen Select” series. A section of the memoir appeared in The Best American Essays 2013 selected by Cheryl Strayed. He is also the author of three books of personal essays. A Geometry of Lilies, Lost in Translation, and Bound for Shady Grove and edited an anthology of essays written by men on middle age called In a Dark Wood.    

Steve is a professor emeritus of English and creative writing at Young Harris College, a member of the nonfiction faculty in the Ashland University MFA program in creative writing, and a senior editor for River Teeth magazine. He is the creator of The Humble Essayist, a website designed to promote literary nonfiction.

He lives in the north Georgia mountains. You can learn more about Steve and his work at his web site: www.steven-harvey-author.com .

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         Paula Canup
writer, journalist and former English teacher, will present a workshop at Writers Circle on
 Saturday, March 7, 2015, 10 - 12:00.
Fee: $25.00    Deadline for registration: March 3



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.”

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Dana Wildsmith - 

Saturday, April 25, 2015

10 - 1:00 p.m.

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, 4:30 p.m. Joe's Coffee Shop, 82 Main Street, Hayesville, NC 28904

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 BethlehemWildsmith 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.

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