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Schedule of Classes for 2014 at Writers Circle Studio, Hayesville NC
Glenda Beall - nightwriter0302@yahoo.com 
To Register for classes, send check before deadline, to Writers Circle, 580 Chatuge Lane,
Hayesville, NC 28904

May, 26, Sunday, 1 - 4 (option to go overtime) Dr. Gene Hirsch - poetry, Writers Circle

Fee: $25  Deadline for registration - May 21

Inspiration and Poets’ Block

Inspiration and writer’s block are two widely used, poorly understood antithetical terms.  In this class we will study and share your views and experiences with these concepts.  Please bring one poem to discuss in terms of its inspiration and meaning for you.  Please bring a short written explanation of your views and experiences with inspiration and one regarding block, for discussion.  Please bring 10 copies of each.  Class limit, eight poets.     

Gene Hirsch is an academic geriatrician who, for many years, has taught human values and the emotional care of sick and dying people to medical students and doctors.  He has conducted poetry workshops widely for health professionals as an expressive adjunct to their caring experiences, as well as for poets in Western NC.  He initiated a writing program at the John C. Campbell Folk School and has taught there for 22 years.
His poetry has appeared in medical and non-medical journals such as Pharos (Medical Honor Society), Hiram Poetry Review, Journal of Medical Humanities, Fetishes (Univ. of Colorado), Journal of the American Medical Society.  He has written two books, Along the Rutty Pot Hole Road and You Shall Die Again No More.  Anthologies include Echoes Across the Blue Ridge, Tyranny of the Normal, Crossing Limits (African Americans and American Jews).  He has produced five volumes of Freeing Jonah, poetry from Western North Carolina.

June 14, Saturday, 10 - 1, Patricia Sprinkle
Each class fee is $45 or both classes for $79.00
June 14, Saturday, 2 - 5, Patricia Sprinkle

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 www.patriciasprinkle.com

July 12, Saturday, 1- 4 p.m. Michael BeadlePoet, Teaching Artist, Author
$45 - three hour class
Registration deadline is July 9

Michael Beadle is an award-winning poet, teaching artist and author living in Canton, N.C. He is the author ofthree poetry chapbooks, a poetry CD, and three books on historic photographs of Haywood County. His poems have been published in journals and anthologies such as The New Southerner, Great Smokies Review, Kakalak and The Sound of Poets Cooking. In September 2012, he served as a poet-in-residence at the NC Zoo in Asheboro and contributed original poetry that is on permanent display there. Since 1998, he has been performing original, contemporary and classical poetry for audiences of all ages in schools, festivals, libraries, churches, restaurants and a variety of public venues. As a touring writer-in-residence, he teaches creative writing workshops and residencies for students and teachers throughout North Carolina.

A resident of Haywood County in western North Carolina, Michael is the co-author of a comprehensive bicentennial book, Haywood County: Portrait of a Mountain Community, which won the 2010 President’s Award from the N.C. Society of Historians. A journalist for 15 years, Michael published more than 1,500 articles in newspapers and magazines across North Carolina, and his feature stories garnered several N.C. Press Association awards. Contact Michael at beadlewriter@yahoo.com

September 13 , Saturday,  Scott Owens - Poetry class, Writers Circle

Wellsprings: Suffering, Love, and Loss: Writing Poetry from the Deepest of Wells


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. 

Fee: $45


April 12, Saturday, 1 - 4 p.m. 2014: Dana Wildsmith - Writers Circle, Hayesville, NC
Fee: $45
                    CHANGING FACT TO FICTION,
                           CHANGING I TO US

   All we have to work with when we set out down fiction's road is the stuff of our lives, but that's enough. Every one of us has  a couple of horror-story-worthy relatives, and we've all lived through years of high drama in our lives. The material is there, for sure, but the rub lies in figuring out how to use that material when memoir is not our aim. In this class, we'll talk about ways to use those three crazy uncles of yours to flesh out one strong character for a story or novel, how to conduct and make use of interviews, and a little about scene-writing. This will be a class for all levels of fiction writers.

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. 


Look for these classes, time and date to be announced:

Carol Crawford, writer and poet
Elizabeth Hunter, writer, naturalist, October 25


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. 

Karen Paul Holmes