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Welcome to the Great Smokies Writing Program

About Us

The Great Smokies Writing Program is a joint effort between the UNC Asheville departments of English, Creative Writing, and the Asheville Graduate Center. The program offers opportunities for writers of all levels to join a supportive learning community in which their skills and talents can be explored, practiced, and forged under the careful eye of professional writers.

The program is committed to providing the community with affordable university-level classes led by published writers and experienced teachers. Each course carries academic credit awarded through UNC Asheville.


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Teach With Us

We are always looking for new instructors to enrich the program. If you’re interested, please complete our online interest form (including a CV and a description of the workshop or class you’d like to teach).

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Great News!

Do you have good news to share? Maybe you’ve been published recently, or won a grant or award, or accepted into a residency program—we want to hear about it! Click the button below to share a short blurb that we can add to the website.

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Want to make a gift to the Great Smokies Writing Program? Be sure to designate your contribution specifically to the Great Smokies Writing Program.

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