Welcome to the Great Smokies Writing Program


Congratulations Tommy!

Congratulations to Tommy Hays (pictured above) for receiving the “Order of the Long Leaf Pine” honor! From the program’s early years until his retirement in 2020, Tommy was Great Smokies’ fearless leader and director (in addition to teaching in UNC Asheville’s MLAS Program, and continuing to write his own novels.) We couldn’t be prouder of you, Tommy–thank you for your many years of leadership! For more information on Tommy, his work, and the award, check out UNCA’s full story.


About Us

Our Fall 2021 class descriptions are now available!

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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Photography courtesy of Michael Mauney.

Contact Information
Email: Ldanzis@unca.edu
Phone: 828.251.6420