Best of WNC: Great Smokies Writing Program

by UNC Asheville Staff

A winner! In the “Best of WNC 2013” poll conducted by Mountain Xpress, UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program placed first in the category of Best Creative Writing School or Organization.

The Great Smokies Writing Program, which offers off-campus workshops led by some of the finest writers and writing teachers in the region, began 13 years ago with just two courses per semester. Now, under the auspices of the university’s Asheville Graduate Center, it offers a dozen workshops each semester and reaches beyond Asheville into Black Mountain, Hendersonville and Burnsville.

Tommy Hays, GSWP’s Executive Director for its entire history, took first place in the “Creative Writing Teacher” category. In addition to his GSWP work, Tommy is a lecturer in UNC Asheville’s MLA Program and teaches in the MFA Creative Writing Program at Murray State University. The author of several acclaimed novels, his first work of youth fiction, What I Came to Tell You, has just received a “starred” review from Publishers Weekly and was published on September 24 by EgmontUSA.

We have a wonderful reading in store for Writers at Home, Sunday, November 17, at Malaprop’s Bookstore and Cafe, 3:00 pm.  We’ll be celebrating this issue of The Great Smokies Review, fall 2013. More information to come. Please save the date.


For more information about the Writers at Home series and the Great Smokies Writing Program, visit or call 828.254.6734.