Studio Schedule

Schedule of Classes for 2016 at Writers Circle Studio, Hayesville NC

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. You may also pay online with PayPal.



Saturday, June 11, 2016

Jonathan Rice, poet, editor and publisher, and visual artist

 Eavesdropping: How to Transform Conversation into Poetry
-Break-
 Marketing Your Work

Saturday, June 11, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Fee: minimum of 10 students - $45.00

            Jonathan K. Rice is editor/publisher of Iodine PoetryJournal. His latest poetry collection is Killing Time (Main Street Rag Publishing, 2015). He is also the author of Shooting Pool With A Cellist (Main Street Rag, 2003) and Ukulele and Other Poems (Main Street Rag, 2006). His poetry has appeared in numerous publications and he has been a longtime host of poetry readings in Charlotte, NC, where he lives with his family. He is the recipient of the 2012 Irene BlairHoneycutt Legacy Award for outstanding service in support of local and regional writers, awarded by Central Piedmont Community College.

            He is also a visual artist. His work has been featured as cover art on several books. His art has also appeared in the online magazines The Pedestal, Referential Magazine, Red Headed Stepchild, Levure Litteraire, The Inflectionist Review and Empty Mirror. He was a featured artist in the spring 2015 issue of Apogee Magazine, the literary arts magazine of High Point University.

            He has had solo exhibits at Jackson’s Java, Vin Master, Wingmaker Arts Collaborative, The Peculiar Rabbit, University of North Carolina Charlotte Student Union Gallery, the Pennington-McIntyre Gallery on the campus of Cleveland Community College in Shelby, NC and the New South Gallery and Studios in Statesville, NC.  His art has also been included in a number of group exhibits in galleries such as Hart-Witzen, Green Rice Gallery, Max L. Jackson Gallery at Queens University Charlotte, Mooresville Art Depot (Mooresville, NC), Gallery 102 (Lancaster, SC), Art in the Village (Ballantyne Village in Charlotte, NC) and the Fanjoy-Labrenz (Hickory, NC). His work is in many private collections and businesses.

Jonathan Rice will read his work at Writers' Night Out Friday evening, June 10, 7:00 p.m. at the Community Center in Blairsville, GA. 

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New 

Poetry Class for beginning and intermediate poets

Texts used in this class 
The Poetry Home Repair Manual, Ted Kooser

In the Palm of Your Hand, Steve Kowit

Instructor: Glenda Beall
Mondays, 4 - 6 p.m., June 20 - July 18

Classes will be held at the studio in Hayesville, NC.
Call 828-389-4441 or  Email for directions.

Fee for 8 hours of class - $25.00

To read some of Glenda's poetry, visit 


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Carol Crawford

Saturday, July 16
10 - 1 p.m.
Fee: $45


Write How You Know 
Use life skills you already have to get your writing done.  Any big project can be overwhelming, whether it’s putting in a garden or writing a book. Break down the project into manageable pieces that are not so scary, and make a step-by-step plan of action to keep you on course.  In this workshop students will make a blueprint to begin a new project, create a worksheet for approaching it, and make a brief start on the writing itself. 

-Break-

Become Your Own Beta Reader
Learn habits and writing methods that will help you stand back and see your work more clearly. Discover how asking yourself the right questions about your manuscript will show you its strengths and the places it needs more work.  Overcome common mistakes that blur your story line and muddy your language.  Please bring three to five pages you have already written for revision.



Carol Crawford is the editor and owner of carolcrawfordediting.com. Carol has been teaching creative writing for two decades. She is the author of The Habit of Mercy, Poems about Daughters and Mothers, and has been published in the Southern Humanities Review, Appalachian Heritage, the Concho River Review, the Chattahoochee Review, and the Journal of Kentucky Studies among others. 



Carol has been program coordinator for the annual Blue Ridge Writers’ Conference since its inception in 1996 and holds a degree in journalism and English from Baylor University.


She loves all things literary: books, bookstores, poetry, word puzzles and libraries, Also, Baylor women’s basketball, snowy days, Tex-Mex, knitting, civility in debate, single-mission charities, needlepoint, Star Trek movies (except the first one), family reunions, all dogs, and cats on a case-by-case basis. 



She has never mastered cake-baking, but can produce a respectable scratch pie crust. She has a strong conviction that margaritas are not margaritas unless they are lime (peach or pineapple do not qualify), and the only Peeps worth the name are Easter Peeps.

She and her husband live in the north Georgia mountains with two rescue dogs of good heart but little brain. Carol is originally from Texas and visits it regularly for a fix of big sky, prairie and open spaces. 
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Tara Lynne Groth
Saturday, August 6
10- 1:00 p.m.
Fee: $45

Social Media for Authors
How can authors consistently maintain a presence on popular social media sites? Learn if the demographics of your readers are on Facebook, Twitter, or other services, how to plan relevant social content based on analytics, and if automated services are right for you.

We'll also break down the mystery of blogging and help writers make smart decisions about their online social presence.


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.


Tara Lynne Groth (www.taralynnegroth.com) is a writer in North Carolina. Before writing full-time she was a marketing manager, and before that, a public relations director. She instructs classes on book marketing, author marketing, freelance writing, as well as creative writing workshops. As a blogger and content creator she also handles content marketing and manages social media for clients. As a journalist, her bylines have appeared  in Blue Ridge Outdoors, Chapel Hill News, Draft, and dozens more. 

Tara Lynne received a scholarship in 2009 to attend the Southampton Writers Conference for fiction, her poetry has appeared in multiple journals and anthologies, she received honorable mention in fiction in the 2015 Carolina Woman Writing Contest, and was a semifinalist for the 2015 James Applewhite Poetry Prize. In 2014, her poetry was selected as part of a community art project in Winston-Salem and was used to inspire two sculptures. She has published three poetry books.

She is also the founder and organizer of Triangle Writers and Asheville Writers, two groups with more than 1,000 members collectively. In 2011 she launched her blog WriteNaked.net, which has grown into a popular destination for individuals interested in making their living from writing. On the blog she breaks down misconceptions people have about freelance life, includes interviews with publishers, provides behind-the-scenes scoop on writers conferences, and has nearly 1,000 subscribers - and she pays guest bloggers. 

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Saturday, September 17  2016

Dr. Steven Harvey, nonfiction writer 
and memorist
Fee: 45


The Art of Reflection

Using Personal Experience to Explore an IdeaVivian Gornick writes in The Situation and the Story that essayists and memoirists are interested in their own existence only as a means of “penetrating the situation at hand.”  They are “truth speakers” and their delight is not in self-aggrandizement but in the illumination of an idea.  We will study how nonfiction writers “penetrate the situation” to discover an idea worth living for and consider ways that we can do the same in our writing.

Students will bring in an object or a photograph of an object that means a great deal to them.  Preferably this is an object in which the meaning is not already obvious, so I would prefer that it not be a crucifix, for instance, or a wedding ring, but a different piece of jewelry—a watch for instance—or a favorite scarf , musical instrument, piece of furniture, or automobile.  Any object—or picture of such an object—will do.  We will explore the meaning of this object, learning various techniques from the writers we examine in class to amplify the idea.  The goal is to have the thematic core of an essay or a memoir—one that can be the heart of a longer work.


Students should bring the object or photo—a photo on a phone will do—as well as a laptop or pen and paper for writing.


Steve Harvey 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. 


His most recent book is The Book of Knowledge and Wonder a memoir about coming to terms with the suicide of his mother when he was a child.


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.   

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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ARCHIVES



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




Karen Holmes
November 7, 2015
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Fee: 30.00
Borrowing from Your Favorite Poet

Bring a poem that was inspired by a favorite poem. Your poem should use a favorite line from the other poem as your title, as an epigraph, or as a line within your poem. Allow your poem to take on its own life -- it does not need to be about the same subject as the original. We’ll read the inspirational poems and workshop the one you wrote. 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.




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.



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   

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.






    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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