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

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

Hayesville, NC 28904 - you can copy and include the Registration Form page.


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 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.

Maureen Ryan Griffin
Saturday, June 6, 2015
10:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Fee: $35.00
Writers’ Workshop: The Fine Art of Cooking Up a Poem

Everything you need to know about writing outstanding poetry is embedded in the poems of the poets you love—in the form of “poetic ingredients” that comprise their outstanding poems. Learn how to use any poem you love to inspire and instruct you in crafting your work in this hands-on workshop.

JULY 25, 10 - 1 P.M.

Michael Diebert

"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

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 4:30 p.m. for a chat and a reading at Joe's Trading Post and coffee shop 82 Main St. Hayesville, NC 28904

Steve Harvey
Saturday, July 27, 2015
Writers Circle Studio
Fee: $30.00

Scott Owens                        September 12, 2015         10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
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
Tara Lynne Groth
Saturday, August 22, 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. ( 

Karen Holmes
October  10, 2015

Fee: 30.00

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 NCWN 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 class at Writers Circle

Michael Diebert's class at Writers Circle 2013

Robert Brewer's class at Writers Circle 2013


2015 Archives of Classes

         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.”