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GRABBING THE READER: WRITING THE SHORT STORY w/DALE NEAL (6-Week Workshop)

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GRABBING THE READER: WRITING THE SHORT STORY w/DALE NEAL (6-Week Workshop)


The secret to writing stories is simple, Frank O’Connor once said in an interview. “You grab somebody and say Look, an extraordinary thing happened to me yesterday - I met a man - he said this to me –  and that, to me is a theme. The moment you grab somebody by the lapels and you’ve got something to tell, that’s a real story.” 

This 6-week workshop will examine techniques, offer critiques and encourage participants to write their own attention-getting stories. We will also discuss things to consider in compiling a short story collection. Class meets Wednesday evenings 6:30pm-8:30pm beginning January 16, 2019.

As an add-on, students registered for this workshop may purchase individual 30-minute coaching sessions with the instructor to take place during the six weeks of the workshop.

In the event inclement weather causes a class session to be cancelled, the make-up class will take place on February 27, 2019, 6:30pm.

To register by check instead of via Eventbrite, mail your check to Flatiron Writers Room, LLC, 5 Covington Street, Asheville, NC  28806. You will be registered when we receive your payment, space permitting.

Read your Eventbrite confirmation email for information you will need for the class. 

Dale Neal is a novelist and veteran journalist in Asheville.  He is the author of the award-winning Cow Across America and The Half-Life of Home. His latest novel Appalachian Book of the Dead, a Southern Buddhist thriller, will be published in September 2019.  As a reporter, he traveled everywhere from Upper Paw Paw in Madison County to Karachi in Pakistan, covering culture, books, religion, business, science and technology for the Asheville Citizen-Times. His short stories and essays have appeared in Arts & Letters, North Carolina Literary Review, Carolina Quarterly and elsewhere. He holds an MFA in creative writing from Warren Wilson College. 

Refund Policy

The Flatiron Writers Room reserves the right to cancel this workshop if not enough people sign up, in which case you will receive a full refund. You may request a refund up until 5 p.m. one week before the class starts via Eventbrite or email to flatironwritersroom[at]gmail.com for a full refund. After that date, no refunds will be made. 



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