April 2017


News from the
Flatiron Writers Room



Our Crafting Sketch Comedy class will present their work at 12:45pm on the stage of UpCountry Brewing 
1042 Haywood Rd., Asheville 28806
(directly next door to the FWR)
Come watch instructors Maryedith Burrell & Tom Chalmers and class participants discuss their process and read some short samples of the comedy sketch work crafted by the class during their 8-week workshop.   

Free and Open to the Public
Come have a Beer and a Burger and Cheer Them On!

Saturday May 6
Flatiron Writers Room
Open House - 4PM On
Join us for our Official Opening Celebration at the Flatiron Writers Room, 5 Covington Street. Come help us celebrate the place, the space, and the endless possibilities ahead for the Asheville community now that we have a dedicated space for all things literary in Asheville...
Spotlight On...
Mel Ryane returns! We are thrilled to announce that Mel will be back to teach her popular one-day workshop "From Page To Podium: Reading Your Work Aloud" on Saturday May 20th.
In addition to her work as a writer, including her acclaimed memoir TEACHING WILL: What Shakespeare and 10 Kids Gave Me That Hollywood Couldn't, Mel has had a distinguished acting, coaching, and teaching career in both the United States and her native Canada. Her work as an actor includes both classical and modern theatre as well as film and television. She worked as an acting and dialogue coach on film and TV projects, taught presentation technique at the corporate level, and has presented this workshop at writer’s conferences across North America. Says Mel, "Writers are often daunted by the idea of reading their work aloud, whether in a classroom situation or public presentation. This workshop teaches writers to use the same tools employed by professional actors: how to prepare physically and vocally, emphasize crucial words and phrases, and face the fear of reading for an audience."
Previous participants say: 
"It was a superb privilege and pleasure to work with someone as knowledgeable and professional as Mel."
"It was absolutely wonderful. Serious business, but also so much fun. As writers, we aren't always the best readers of our work. Mel, who has worked with big-name actors in LA and NYC, is the consummate pro. She's straight-ahead, no fluff, but she also does this magical thing: she gives you, by the end of the day, a fresh confidence in yourself and your work.
"The inspiration we felt as we watched our fellow writers transform into confident, dynamic readers digging into the heart and soul of their own writing was priceless."
"I have my first public reading in June for my MFA graduation. Until your workshop, I was really dreading my thesis reading...but now I see the importance of practicing and embracing the opportunity. Thank you for making me feel like my story was worth a listen!"

We say: "DON'T MISS THIS ONE!"  Read more here... 
Coming Up Soon...

Starting May 24th - Get Your Business Head On! Learning the commerce side of writing is never easy but having a guide to the most effective ways to get your work out there is golden. Join us for marketing pro and writer Catherine Campbell’s 4-part series on “The Business of Writing," or her one-day workshop on "The Self-Published Book: A Comprehensive Launch Plan." Read more here...
June 3rd - Self-Editing: Do What You Can and Then Pay a Pro To Do The Rest with Louann Pope. Whether you’re just getting started with writing or have already published, in this workshop you’ll get tips that will enable you to expand your writing craft, improve the quality of your written work, and save money on editing. More Info Here...
Member News...
CONGRATS to Kim Winter Mako! She's just been awarded the first UNC Asheville Ramsey Library Community Author Award for a prose writer in Western North Carolina. The award provides a year-long residency in UNC Asheville’s Ramsey Library, with a courtesy faculty appointment that provides a library study carrel and other campus resources. The residency will run through December 2017, and will culminate in an opportunity for Kim to showcase her work at a campus reading. Read More Here...

Heather Newton will present “Legal Issues for Writers” at the Blue Ridge Writers Conference in Blue Ridge, Georgia, on April 8thMore info here...

Joanne O'Sullivan's YA novel Between Two Skies
(Candlewick Press) is set for release on  April 25th, with a book-signing and presentation at Malaprop's on April 29th at 7pm More Details Here...  
What We're Going To...

April has some fantastic lit events around town - here's where you'll see us...

Sunday, April 2nd
Existing While Black - one-person show by spoken word artist and filmmaker Nicole Townsend at The Block, 5:30 pm, hosted by Sheneika Smith. For more info see the 
Mountain Xpress article (note start time in article is incorrect).

Tuesday, April 4th
Chinelo Okparanta reads from and discusses her award-winning novel Under the Udala Trees at UNCA's Visiting Writers Series, 7pm, Karpen Hall, UNCA More Info Here...

Wednesday April 5th
The NCWN Asheville Writers' monthly gatherings will resume on Wednesday April 5th, 6:30pm, at a new location: Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar in the Grove Arcade. Jennifer Fulford is guest. For more info go to their Facebook page...

The 26th Annual Literacy Council Spelling Bee at the Salvage Station, 6-9pm. Come cheer your teams to victory and support this worthy cause! More Details Here...

Tuesday April 11th
Elizabeth Kostova in conversation with Ron Rash about her new book The Shadow Land at UNCA, 7pm (ticketed event)
 More Info Here...

Thursday April 13th
Stephanie Powell Watts discusses her new book No One Is Coming To Save Us in conversation with Dr. Dee Jones,
at Malaprop's7pmMore Info Here...

Monday April 17th
Asheville Writers Coffeehouse monthly meeting 7pm at Malaprop's. For more info go to their Facebook page...

Saturday April 29th
Flatiron's own Joanne O'Sullivan's launches her new YA novel, Between Two Skies at Malaprop's 7pmAllan Wolf also presents Who Killed Christopher Goodman?  More Info Here...
A Big Thank You to all of our supporters who have been cheering us on!  Our dream of starting the Flatiron Writers Room is finally a reality after all these years, and we have YOU, our avid writer and reader friends, to thank for helping us keep the dream alive. We look forward to your continuing feedback, support, and participation in what we believe is a vibrant addition to the Asheville literary scene.

With gratitude,
Maggie & Heather
We're Looking For an Intern!
We are an all-volunteer organization and we could use some help! Someone good with social media, mailing list management, website maintenance and other various and sundry items. Please email us at if interested.

From Page To Podium: Reading Your Work Aloud w/Mel Ryane

May 20

Info & Registration

The Business of Writing w/Catherine Campbell

May 24-June 14

Info & Registration

Self-Editing: Do What You Can & Then Pay a Pro to Do the Rest w/Louann Pope

June 3

Info & Registration

The Self-Published Book: A Comprehensive Launch Plan w/Catherine Campbell

June 10

Info & Registration

Summer Writing Workout w/Heather Newton (GSWP)

June 19-July 17

Info & Registration

The Art of the Middle - Novel Writing Class w/Catherine Campbell

Aug 23-Sept 28

Info & Registration

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