Upcoming Workshops

In an effort to help foster the writing and imaginations of the next generation of writers, Linda Lowery will be teaching and organizing several writing workshops beginning in January of 2018.

Want to develop the skills needed to access your own authentic voice and writing style? Are you ready to write the story that’s yours to tell?

Linda Lowery Asheville NC Author

Well, you’re in good, no great hands with the award winning, New York Times Best Selling Author Linda Lowery. Linda brings her knowledge and insight to the classroom with her Workshops. In partnership with UNC Asheville, and a group of professional writers, authors including university faculty, Linda Lowery will proudly be taking part in several classes and writing workshops throughout January, February and March of 2018.

Our workshops provide you with a chance to work alongside established professionals. You’ll be given the unique, once in a lifetime opportunity to develop your writing and transform those ideas into great written stories that match your voice and tone.

Program participants will be given the chance to learn from and work alongside one of the area’s most knowledgeable and most established authors in the Asheville area: Linda Lowery.

Don’t wait until the last minute as space is running out, and these workshops are filling up quickly.


January, February and March 2018   

Linda Lowery Creative Writing Workshop the Purple Crayon in Asheville NC

Creating Children’s Picture Books Workshop
January 20 and 21, 2018

Date: Saturday, 1/20 & Sunday, 1/21
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM (1/20); 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM (1/21)

​Cost: $101 (Members), $112 (Non-Members)
Facilitator: Linda Lowery
Skill Level: Beginner (Should have a passionate love of children’s books and a wildly open mind!)
Materials Supplied: Handouts, including blank dummy page for book design
Materials Needed: Notebooks, pens, and one favorite picture book for reading

Thinking of writing or illustrating a book for kids? Whether it’s for the children in your family, or for publication, award-winning writer Linda Lowery will walk you through the basics of what makes a terrific picture book. Since the writing always comes first (yep, even for Maurice Sendak!), in this workshop, you’ll focus on how to:

  • Discover fresh story ideas
  • Find your natural, authentic voice
  • Play around with rhythm and rhyme
  • Work within industry-standard format, page count, word count
  • Give the illustrator creative freedom (even if you yourself are the artist)
  • Allow the art to compliment and contrast with text
  • Create a 32-page draft dummy (storyboard)

By the end of class, you’ll have a draft outline for a book of your own and a clear overview of how to proceed on your project.​

The Great Smokies Writing Program

Great Smokies Writing Program Linda Lowery Teacher and MentorWriting For Children & Young Readers Workshop

Program Starts February 21, 2018

Wednesdays 2pm – 4:30pm

​The Great Smokies Writing Program is designed as a joint effort between the UNC Asheville departments of Literature and Language, Creative Writing and the Office of Professional Education.

This amazing writing program offers opportunities for writers of all levels to join a supportive and nurturing environment where they can practice their creative writing skills and explore their passion. Writers are afforded the opportunity to practice and hone their writing and storytelling talents while under the careful and supportive eye of professional, successful, and published writers and authors.

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.

Want more information on the upcoming Great Smokies Writing Program? Be sure to check out The Great Smokies Writing Program Facebook Page and invite your friends to like our page.