Local writers will have the opportunity to hone their skills with UNC Asheville's Great Smokies Writing Program (GSWP) workshops in poetry and prose. All summer classes will be five weeks long, and held in various Asheville locations. Class size is limited, so early registration is suggested.
Poetry – Jeff Davis will lead "The Magic of Language," an introductory workshop in procedural poetics, using ancient and modern procedures to “unlock the speech of the imagination.” Davis’ poems have appeared anthologies and literary magazines, including Lillabulero, Iron, Asheville Poetry Review and Nantahala Review. His books include Transits of Venus (Wildwood Press, 2005) and Natures: Selected Poems, 1972 – 2005 (New Native Press, 2006). Class meets Tuesdays, 6-8:30 p.m. beginning June 3.
Creative Nonfiction – In “Exploring the New Appalachia” with Jennifer McGaha, participants will look at the region’s culinary, musical, and literary trends, and explore how the back-to-the-land movement reflects both traditional culture and contemporary Appalachia. McGaha is a writer, teacher, and humorist whose creative nonfiction work has appeared in dozens of magazines and literary journals, including Baltimore Fishbowl, Your Impossible Voice, Gravel Magazine, and The Brooklyner. Class meets Tuesdays, 6-8:30 p.m. beginning June 3.
Creative Nonfiction – “The Well-Tempered Sentence,” led by Molly Walling, will focus on the difference between memoir and creative nonfiction. Participants will look at examples of memoir, essay, and journalism, and consider style, accuracy of fact and process. Walling has taught at UNC Asheville, Mars Hill College, Virginia Highlands Community College, and King College. Her book of creative nonfiction, Death in the Delta: Uncovering a Mississippi Family Secret, was published in 2012 by the University Press of Mississippi, and her essays and articles have appeared in regional arts publications in Virginia and North Carolina. Class meets Wednesdays from 6-8:30 p.m. beginning June 4.
Flash Fiction –Beth Keefauver will lead “The Illuminated Moment.” In this workshop, students will focus on the intensity of short prose forms, including microfiction, nanofiction, short-short fiction, sudden fiction and prose poems. Keefauver’s fiction has appeared in The Citron Review, Pisgah Review, Stirring and Blue Lotus Review, among others. She has taught literature and writing for Lenoir-Rhyne University, Warren Wilson College, Western Carolina University and the University of Tennessee. Class meets Wednesdays from 6-8:30 p.m. beginning June 4.
The 5-week courses qualify for one UNC Asheville credit hour in Literature and Language. For in-state residents, the cost is $137.68. The costs are higher for out-of-state residents. A $20 non-refundable application fee for new students also is required. For more information or to register, visit the Asheville Graduate Center website or call 828.250.2353.