Young Writers Workshop

We had a fantastic group of writers for the first-ever Great Smokies Young Writers Workshop (July 15-19)! 15 young writers from across the state joined us for a week of poetry and fiction, culminating in a final reading for friends and family in the Laurel Forum. A huge thanks to our instructors, Eric Steineger and Jamie Ridenhour, for an amazing week of writing! Check out our Facebook for more photos from the week.

Interested in attending next year’s Young Writers Workshop?

We already have ideas on how to make the program even better! Stay tuned for more information, posted in 2020.

We are happy to answer any questions you may have! Email or call Lilly Augspurger: / 828.251.6099.

2019 Course Descriptions & Instructor Bios

Jamie Ridenhour

Fiction Writing: Are you a literary star in the making? Or maybe just love making up stories? This workshop will use students’ own writing as the raw material to learn the basic building blocks of writing fiction. We’ll cover effective description, plot development, and drafting/revising as well as focused work on using dialogue to develop character.

Jamieson Ridenhour is the writer and producer of the popular audio drama Palimpsest, the author of the werewolf murder-mystery Barking Mad (Typecast, 2011) and the award-winning short horror films Cornerboys and The House of the Yaga. His ghost play Grave Lullaby was a finalist for the Kennedy Center’s David Cohen Playwriting award in 2012, and his latest play, Terry Tempest: The Final Interview debuted at the Magnetic Theater in Asheville, NC in March of 2017. Jamie’s short fiction and poetry has appeared in Strange Horizons, Andromeda Spaceways Magazine, TheNewerYork, Across the Margins, Mirror Dance, and Architrave, among others, and has been podcast on Pseudopod, Cast of Wonders, and Radio Unbound.

Eric Steineger

This class examines poetry—where it has been, where it is going, and the options one has when writing a poem. Students will be introduced to poems written in form, free verse poems, and poems that do not fit the usual criteria. The focus: To have fun while learning about poetry, and to be challenged in a welcoming, low-stress environment. Students will practice writing poems early in the week, and there will be opportunities for workshop.

Eric Steineger teaches English at Mars Hill University. He is the Senior Poetry Editor and Managing Editor of The Citron Review, while his poetry/prose have been featured in Rattle: The Poets RespondWaxwing, The Los Angeles Review, Tinderbox, and other journals. His chapbook, From a Lisbon Rooftop, was published by Plan B Press in 2018 and chronicles themes from Fernando Pessoa’s Book of Disquiet. He lives in Asheville with his wife and daughter.