ASHEVILLE—If you're getting to Fall Conference early, or if you live in the surrounding Asheville area and want to slip a little writing time into your Friday afternoon, consider joining The Flatiron Writers Room, based in funky West Asheville, when they host the Pre-Conference Tailgate prior to the opening of registration for the North Carolina Writers' Network 2019 Fall Conference.
The Pre-Conference Tailgate will be led by Flatiron Writers Room member A.K. Benninghofen.
This event is free. There is no registration required, and one does not need to have registered for the conference to participate.
This special program will take place:
Friday, November 8, 12:00-1:30 pm
Flatiron Writers Room, 5 Covington St., Asheville, NC 28806
There is limited parking at the Flatiron Writers Room, including a handicap-accessible space in the rear of the building. Once the parking lot is full, attendees can park along Covington St. or across Haywood Rd. in the part of the Odditorium parking lot closest to Haywood Rd. (park perpendicular to Haywood Rd). Visitors also can across Haywood Rd. in the BB&T business park. The Flatiron Writers Room recommends car pooling if possible.
A.K. Benninghofen will lead lead this writing session, useful for any genre of writer.
The best stories are built not on structures and outlines, but on curiosity and intuition. Still, we writers sometimes find it difficult to let go and trust that our subconscious knows more than we do. In this short workshop, we’ll use exercises and prompts to practice the art of discovery. We’ll allow ourselves to get messy, to let the words lead us to those moments of surprise and wonder that keep our narratives fresh and alive. Come with pen and paper and a willingness to share your messiness with others.
A.K. Benninghofen holds a BFA in Theatre from the University of Southern Mississippi. She worked as an actress in New York and Los Angeles for many years before moving to Asheville where she started a family and began her life as a writer. She is a member of Asheville’s Flatiron Writers Group. A.K.’s work has appeared in Word Riot, Passages North, Evergreen Review, Monkeybicycle, Necessary Fiction, Deep South Magazine, the anthology A Book of Uncommon Prayer, and elsewhere. She has been a fiction contributor at Sewanee Writers' Conference, a writing fellow at the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts & Sciences, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities, and Wildacres Retreat. In 2012, she was awarded a Regional Artist Project Grant by the North Carolina Arts Council. Currently, she is at work on her first novel, Gloaming Season, as well as a collection of linked stories titled Landmine Maps of the Hospitality State.
The Pre-Conference Tailgate is meant to get writers' creative juices flowing prior to the weekend.
The Flatiron Writers Room is an outgrowth of the Flatiron Writers, who have been writing and providing workshops and events for the western North Carolina writing community since 1993. They host workshops and events; in addition, their space is available for rent to writers who want to teach, host a book launch, or hold a writers’ group or book club meeting. Their goal: to nurture a vibrant and supportive writing community–inspired by Asheville’s rich literary history–while providing writers with quiet, affordable space in which to write, and classrooms in which to teach or participate in classes and workshops.
On-site registration for the NCWN 2019 Fall Conference will open at 3:00 pm on Friday, November 8, in the lobby of the Doubletree by Hilton Asheville-Biltmore. Those who have not pre-registered will be able to sign up for classes at that time.
The NCWN 2019 Fall Conference is a full weekend of classes, panels, readings, open mics, and more. For full details, click here.