Literary Events

You won’t want to miss these upcoming literary events!

Visiting Writers Series

September 3, October 6, October 29, November 14

The Visiting Writers Series is a wonderful program coordinated by the Department of English and hosted by Writer-in-Residence Wiley Cash, bringing award-winning writers to read from and speak to their works. Writers such as Ben Fountain, Chinelo Okparanta, Crystal Hana Kim, and Frank X Walker have participated in recent years along with many others. See the Department of English’s page for more information on each of these events!


Pre-Semester Get-Together

September 5, 2019 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Join us at Ginger’s Revenge brewery to talk all-things writing with our instructors and fellow writers! If you haven’t signed up for a class yet, this will be the perfect opportunity to find one that’s right for you. Drop in when you can!


14th Annual Carolina Mountains Literary Festival

September 5-7, 2019

Great Smokies writer Kathy Weisfeld is the Chair of this event. While we aren’t sponsoring it, we are happy to spread the word and encourage you to attend if you can! Events include a science fiction writing workshop with Jacqui Castle, a nonfiction workshop with Georgann Eubanks, and a keynote address by Charles Frazier in conversation with Elaine Neil Orr. Visit the festival site to learn more and register!


How to Pitch Workshop w/Gold Leaf Literary Services

September 9 & 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Wondering about how to pitch your writing? Sign up for one of these training sessions at Flatiron Writers Room! Lauren Harr and Caroline Christopoulos of Gold Leaf Literary Services will teach you how to pitch your book to agents, booksellers, and even your neighbors! The sessions are identical and registration is $45 ($40 for FWR Co-Working Members).


Literary Agent Panel, Pitch Slam & Manuscript Mart

October 4, 1:00-p.m. – October 5, 5:00 p.m.

The Flatiron Writers Room, in partnership with the Lenoir-Rhyne University Thomas Wolfe Center for Narrative, and the Great Smokies Writing Program, have a very special event in store for you. We are bringing four New York and L.A. literary agents to Asheville on October 4-5, and you will have the opportunity to pitch your manuscripts!

While tickets for the manuscript mart are sold out, there are still tickets to the pitch slam (1:00-2:30 p.m. on October 5; $45) and the Q&A panel (3:00-5:00 p.m. on October 5; $25). Learn more and sign up for this event at Flatiron’s eventbrite!


An Evening with Ann Patchett

October 30, 2019 6:30-8 p.m.

The Great Smokies Writing Program and Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe present a reading and book-signing with Ann Patchett, in UNC Asheville’s Highsmith Student Union Blue Ridge Room. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the program begins at 6:30.

A limited number of free tickets are available for Great Smokies students, as well as UNC Asheville students, faculty, and staff. For more information on these, email Lilly Augspurger ( or call the Great Smokies Program Office 828.251.6099.

If you would like to purchase a ticket for $32.50—which includes a signed copy of Patchett’s new novel, The Dutch House—please visit the Malaprop’s website. Please note that the free tickets do not include a copy of the book. Check out the UNC Asheville Events page for more information. We hope you’ll join us for this exciting event!


NC Writers’ Network Fall 2019 Conference

November 8-10

We are thrilled to be a Blue Ridge Sponsor for the Fall 2019 NCWN Conference, held right here in Asheville! This weekend of writing festivities will include readings, keynotes, open mic sessions, lunch and dinner banquets, and even opportunities for one-on-one manuscript critiques with editors and agents. Be sure to keep an eye out for some of our amazing faculty members who will be leading and participating in several events! Registration will open in September, so keep an eye on the NCWN website for more information.