Upcoming events and things to do in Asheville, NC. Below is a list of events for festivals, concerts, art exhibitions, group meetups and more.

Monday, November 29, 2021
‘Come Write In’ during November’s NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month
Nov 29 all-day
Buncombe County Libraries
Photo of typewriter

Come Write In!

Libraries Encourage Writers to ‘Come Write In’ during November’s

NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) began in 1999 as a daunting but straightforward challenge: to write 50,000 words of a novel during the thirty days of November.  Now, each year on November 1, hundreds of thousands of people around the world begin to write, determined to end the month with 50,000 words of a brand-new novel.

If you are doing NaNoWriMo this year, the Buncombe County Public Library wants to support you in your endeavors. Join us for the following virtual events throughout the month to keep you invigorated and motivated. All events are free, but you do need to register. To sign up, visit the Library’s event calendar and click on the event on the calendar. Additional events may be added, so be sure to check back throughout the month.

Jumpstart your Creativity with Nina Hart
Wednesday, November 3, 7 – 8:30pm

Nina is a writing coach who has been there, done that with NaNoWriMo and has inspiration to share. This fun, supportive online session will give you tools to keep going when the writing gets stuck.  Sign up and get your creative juices flowing for the rest of the month. Space is limited.

Virtual Come Write-In
Thursday, November 4, 7-8pm

Come Write-In virtually with encouraging BCPL librarians and other writers! We would love to write with you in a Zoom Room.  We’ll have some prompts and space for discussion and encouragement, but mostly this will be a time to schedule yourself for some dedicated writing time while others on the call do the same.

Virtual Come Write-In with Author Beth Revis
Friday November 5, 12-1pm 

Come Write-In virtually with local author Beth Revis. Beth Revis is a NY Times bestselling author with books available in more than 20 languages. She is the co-owner of Wordsmith Workshops and the author of the Paper Hearts series, both of which aid aspiring authors. A native of North Carolina, Beth is currently working on multiple new novels. She lives in rural NC with her son and husband. Visit her at bethrevis.com.

Virtual Rise and Write-In
Saturday, November 6, 9 – 10am

Sometimes it helps to be in the presence of like-minded people with a similar goal. This NaNoWriMo we’re hosting a virtual come write in quiet hour. All you need to do is log in, wave hello, or not, and get to writing.

We’ll have some tips on the screen to help get your thoughts flowing. We promise there will be no ‘get to know you questions’ or writing prompts to complete, just you in a virtual room holding yourself quietly accountable for achieving your novel writing dreams amongst others. One quiet hour on a Saturday morning to start NaNoWriMo off where you can even keep wearing your pajamas or cozy robe.

Virtual Come Write-In
Tuesday, November 9, 7-8pm 

Come Write-In for this librarian-led, hour-long, writing sesh! We’ll have timed word sprints, optional word prompts, and overall good vibes as we all work toward our NaNoWriMo word counts. So drop in, hang out, and get those creative juices flowing!

Virtual Come Write-In with Author (and BCPL Librarian) Alexandra Duncan
Wednesday November 10, 3-4pm    

Come Write-In with local author Alexandra Duncan, who is also a Buncombe County librarian. She writes science fiction, fantasy, and horror for teens and adults alike. Visit her online at alexandra-duncan.com.

Virtual Come Write-In Cafe
Friday, November 12, 2 – 3pm

Come Write-In virtually with an encouraging BCPL librarian and other writers! This session will have a caffeinated theme, with some background coffee shop noise, and a virtual cafe atmosphere. This will be a time to schedule yourself for some dedicated writing time while others on the call do the same in a casual and supportive space.

Virtual Come Write-In with Thomas Calder
Saturday, November 13, 11am -12pm

Come Write-In and join local author Thomas Calder for word sprints, discussion, and encouragement as we all work to meet those NaNoWriMo goals!  Take part in an hour of guided writing followed by a brief Q&A to pick Thomas’ brain about his own creative experiences.

Thomas Calder earned his MFA in creative writing from the University of Houston. His work has appeared in Gulf Coast, Miracle Monocle, The Collagist and elsewhere. His debut novel, The Wind Under the Door, was published in March 2021. Learn more at thomas-calder.com.

Virtual Come Write-In with Author Rebecca Petruck
Tuesday November 16, 7-8pm          

Come Write-In with local author Rebecca Petruck. Rebecca Petruck is a Minnesota girl, though she also has lived in Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, England, Connecticut and, currently, North Carolina. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from UNC Wilmington. Petruck’s novels are published by ABRAMS/Amulet. You may visit her online at www.rebeccapetruck.com and on Twitter at @rebeccapetruck.

Online Creative Writing Group
Wednesday, November 17, 4 – 5:30pm

Join us for creative writing online! We’ll meet on Zoom and do several rounds of writing prompts. The group is simple – we just write and read our writing to each other.  This is a supportive and fun environment that gets your creative juices flowing with low stakes and lots of fun.

Virtual Come Write-In with Author Jennie Liu
Friday November 19, 4-5pm

Come Write-In with local author Jennie Liu. Jennie Liu is the daughter of Chinese immigrants. Having been brought up with an ear to two cultures, she has been fascinated by the attitudes, social policies, and changes in China each time she visits. She lives in Western North Carolina with her husband and two young sons. You can visit her online at www.jennieliuwrites.com.

Virtual Come Write-In
Saturday, November 20, 2021, 11am – 12pm

Come Write-In virtually with encouraging BCPL librarians and other writers! We would love to write with you in a Zoom Room.  We’ll have some prompts and space for discussion and encouragement, but mostly this will be a time to schedule yourself for some dedicated writing time while others on the call do the same.

You Wrote a Novel, So Now What?
Tuesday November 23, 7 pm 

Imagine that it’s December 1. You’ve finished NaNoWriMo and you have a book that’s ready to get out into the world. Congratulations! What do you do next? In this webinar, BiblioLabs Community Engagement Manager Emily Gooding will show you how to format your novel by using the PressBooks resource available to you for FREE from the library.  You will also learn how you can submit your novel to the Indie Author Project and have a digital version of your novel available to readers in the Library!

Virtual Rise and Write-In
Wednesday, November 24, 9 – 10am

Sometimes it helps to be in the presence of like-minded people with a similar goal. With that in mind, we are hosting a virtual come write in quiet hour. All you need to do is log in, wave hello, or not, and get to writing.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving and gratitude, we will have some gratitude related quotes and writing prompts available on screen to help inspire you. However, we promise there will be no ‘get to know you questions’ or participation requirements, just you in a virtual room holding yourself quietly accountable for achieving your novel writing dreams amongst others. One quiet hour before the holiday weekend to work on finishing NaNoWriMo strong.

Virtual Come Write-In
Thursday, November 30, 7-8pm

This will be our final Virtual Come Write-In event for 2021. The focus of this online writing session, hosted by local author and librarian Alexandra Duncan, will be writing sprints and last-minute support.

Tuesday, November 30, 2021
‘Come Write In’ during November’s NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month
Nov 30 all-day
Buncombe County Libraries
Photo of typewriter

Come Write In!

Libraries Encourage Writers to ‘Come Write In’ during November’s

NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) began in 1999 as a daunting but straightforward challenge: to write 50,000 words of a novel during the thirty days of November.  Now, each year on November 1, hundreds of thousands of people around the world begin to write, determined to end the month with 50,000 words of a brand-new novel.

If you are doing NaNoWriMo this year, the Buncombe County Public Library wants to support you in your endeavors. Join us for the following virtual events throughout the month to keep you invigorated and motivated. All events are free, but you do need to register. To sign up, visit the Library’s event calendar and click on the event on the calendar. Additional events may be added, so be sure to check back throughout the month.

Jumpstart your Creativity with Nina Hart
Wednesday, November 3, 7 – 8:30pm

Nina is a writing coach who has been there, done that with NaNoWriMo and has inspiration to share. This fun, supportive online session will give you tools to keep going when the writing gets stuck.  Sign up and get your creative juices flowing for the rest of the month. Space is limited.

Virtual Come Write-In
Thursday, November 4, 7-8pm

Come Write-In virtually with encouraging BCPL librarians and other writers! We would love to write with you in a Zoom Room.  We’ll have some prompts and space for discussion and encouragement, but mostly this will be a time to schedule yourself for some dedicated writing time while others on the call do the same.

Virtual Come Write-In with Author Beth Revis
Friday November 5, 12-1pm 

Come Write-In virtually with local author Beth Revis. Beth Revis is a NY Times bestselling author with books available in more than 20 languages. She is the co-owner of Wordsmith Workshops and the author of the Paper Hearts series, both of which aid aspiring authors. A native of North Carolina, Beth is currently working on multiple new novels. She lives in rural NC with her son and husband. Visit her at bethrevis.com.

Virtual Rise and Write-In
Saturday, November 6, 9 – 10am

Sometimes it helps to be in the presence of like-minded people with a similar goal. This NaNoWriMo we’re hosting a virtual come write in quiet hour. All you need to do is log in, wave hello, or not, and get to writing.

We’ll have some tips on the screen to help get your thoughts flowing. We promise there will be no ‘get to know you questions’ or writing prompts to complete, just you in a virtual room holding yourself quietly accountable for achieving your novel writing dreams amongst others. One quiet hour on a Saturday morning to start NaNoWriMo off where you can even keep wearing your pajamas or cozy robe.

Virtual Come Write-In
Tuesday, November 9, 7-8pm 

Come Write-In for this librarian-led, hour-long, writing sesh! We’ll have timed word sprints, optional word prompts, and overall good vibes as we all work toward our NaNoWriMo word counts. So drop in, hang out, and get those creative juices flowing!

Virtual Come Write-In with Author (and BCPL Librarian) Alexandra Duncan
Wednesday November 10, 3-4pm    

Come Write-In with local author Alexandra Duncan, who is also a Buncombe County librarian. She writes science fiction, fantasy, and horror for teens and adults alike. Visit her online at alexandra-duncan.com.

Virtual Come Write-In Cafe
Friday, November 12, 2 – 3pm

Come Write-In virtually with an encouraging BCPL librarian and other writers! This session will have a caffeinated theme, with some background coffee shop noise, and a virtual cafe atmosphere. This will be a time to schedule yourself for some dedicated writing time while others on the call do the same in a casual and supportive space.

Virtual Come Write-In with Thomas Calder
Saturday, November 13, 11am -12pm

Come Write-In and join local author Thomas Calder for word sprints, discussion, and encouragement as we all work to meet those NaNoWriMo goals!  Take part in an hour of guided writing followed by a brief Q&A to pick Thomas’ brain about his own creative experiences.

Thomas Calder earned his MFA in creative writing from the University of Houston. His work has appeared in Gulf Coast, Miracle Monocle, The Collagist and elsewhere. His debut novel, The Wind Under the Door, was published in March 2021. Learn more at thomas-calder.com.

Virtual Come Write-In with Author Rebecca Petruck
Tuesday November 16, 7-8pm          

Come Write-In with local author Rebecca Petruck. Rebecca Petruck is a Minnesota girl, though she also has lived in Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, England, Connecticut and, currently, North Carolina. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from UNC Wilmington. Petruck’s novels are published by ABRAMS/Amulet. You may visit her online at www.rebeccapetruck.com and on Twitter at @rebeccapetruck.

Online Creative Writing Group
Wednesday, November 17, 4 – 5:30pm

Join us for creative writing online! We’ll meet on Zoom and do several rounds of writing prompts. The group is simple – we just write and read our writing to each other.  This is a supportive and fun environment that gets your creative juices flowing with low stakes and lots of fun.

Virtual Come Write-In with Author Jennie Liu
Friday November 19, 4-5pm

Come Write-In with local author Jennie Liu. Jennie Liu is the daughter of Chinese immigrants. Having been brought up with an ear to two cultures, she has been fascinated by the attitudes, social policies, and changes in China each time she visits. She lives in Western North Carolina with her husband and two young sons. You can visit her online at www.jennieliuwrites.com.

Virtual Come Write-In
Saturday, November 20, 2021, 11am – 12pm

Come Write-In virtually with encouraging BCPL librarians and other writers! We would love to write with you in a Zoom Room.  We’ll have some prompts and space for discussion and encouragement, but mostly this will be a time to schedule yourself for some dedicated writing time while others on the call do the same.

You Wrote a Novel, So Now What?
Tuesday November 23, 7 pm 

Imagine that it’s December 1. You’ve finished NaNoWriMo and you have a book that’s ready to get out into the world. Congratulations! What do you do next? In this webinar, BiblioLabs Community Engagement Manager Emily Gooding will show you how to format your novel by using the PressBooks resource available to you for FREE from the library.  You will also learn how you can submit your novel to the Indie Author Project and have a digital version of your novel available to readers in the Library!

Virtual Rise and Write-In
Wednesday, November 24, 9 – 10am

Sometimes it helps to be in the presence of like-minded people with a similar goal. With that in mind, we are hosting a virtual come write in quiet hour. All you need to do is log in, wave hello, or not, and get to writing.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving and gratitude, we will have some gratitude related quotes and writing prompts available on screen to help inspire you. However, we promise there will be no ‘get to know you questions’ or participation requirements, just you in a virtual room holding yourself quietly accountable for achieving your novel writing dreams amongst others. One quiet hour before the holiday weekend to work on finishing NaNoWriMo strong.

Virtual Come Write-In
Thursday, November 30, 7-8pm

This will be our final Virtual Come Write-In event for 2021. The focus of this online writing session, hosted by local author and librarian Alexandra Duncan, will be writing sprints and last-minute support.

Women Veterans Writing Class East Asheville Library
Nov 30 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
East Asheville Library

Women Veterans Writing Class

 

Virtual Come Write-In for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)
Nov 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
online

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) began in 1999 as a daunting but straightforward challenge: to write 50,000 words of a novel during the thirty days of November.  Now, each year on November 1, hundreds of thousands of people around the world begin to write, determined to end the month with 50,000 words of a brand-new novel.

If you are doing NaNoWriMo this year, the Buncombe County Public Library wants to support you in your endeavors. Join us for the following virtual events throughout the month to keep you invigorated and motivated. All events are free, but you do need to register. To sign up, visit the Library’s event calendar and click on the event on the calendar. Additional events may be added, so be sure to check back throughout the month.

Virtual Come Write-In
Thursday, November 4, 7-8pm

Come Write-In virtually with encouraging BCPL librarians and other writers! We would love to write with you in a Zoom Room.  We’ll have some prompts and space for discussion and encouragement, but mostly this will be a time to schedule yourself for some dedicated writing time while others on the call do the same.

Virtual Come Write-In
Tuesday, November 9, 7-8pm 

Come Write-In for this librarian-led, hour-long, writing sesh! We’ll have timed word sprints, optional word prompts, and overall good vibes as we all work toward our NaNoWriMo word counts. So drop in, hang out, and get those creative juices flowing!

Virtual Come Write-In with Author Rebecca Petruck
Tuesday November 16, 7-8pm          

Come Write-In with local author Rebecca Petruck. Rebecca Petruck is a Minnesota girl, though she also has lived in Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, England, Connecticut and, currently, North Carolina. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from UNC Wilmington. Petruck’s novels are published by ABRAMS/Amulet. You may visit her online at www.rebeccapetruck.com and on Twitter at @rebeccapetruck.

You Wrote a Novel, So Now What?
Tuesday November 23, 7 pm 

Imagine that it’s December 1. You’ve finished NaNoWriMo and you have a book that’s ready to get out into the world. Congratulations! What do you do next? In this webinar, BiblioLabs Community Engagement Manager Emily Gooding will show you how to format your novel by using the PressBooks resource available to you for FREE from the library.  You will also learn how you can submit your novel to the Indie Author Project and have a digital version of your novel available to readers in the Library!

Virtual Come Write-In
Thursday, November 30, 7-8pm

This will be our final Virtual Come Write-In event for 2021. The focus of this online writing session, hosted by local author and librarian Alexandra Duncan, will be writing sprints and last-minute support.

Tuesday, December 7, 2021
Women Veterans Writing Class East Asheville Library
Dec 7 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
East Asheville Library

Women Veterans Writing Class

 

Thursday, December 9, 2021
Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Awards
Dec 9 @ 6:30 pm
online

The WNC Historical Association presented the first Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award to Wilma Dykeman in 1955 for The French Broad. Last year’s winner was Dr. Sandra Muse Isaacs for her work, Eastern Cherokee Stories: A Living Oral Tradition and Its Cultural Continuance. Other authors who have received the award include Charles Frazier, Robert Morgan, John Parris, Gail Godwin, John Ehle, Robert Brunk, Michael McFee, Lee Smith, Ron Rash, Wiley Cash, Wayne Caldwell, Fiona Ritchie, and Doug Orr.

 

A prize of $2,500.00 accompanies the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award and will be virtually presented to the author on Thursday, December 9 at 6:30pm during a live Zoom event that will include readings by the finalists. Please reserve this date.

 

The Award Panel this year consists of: Catherine Frank, Chair, Director, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville; Daniel Clare, English Department, A.C. Reynolds High School; Dee James, professor emeritus, UNC-Asheville; Leslee Johnson, English Department, UNC-Asheville; Tom Muir, Historic Site Manager, Thomas Wolfe Memorial; Gordon McKinney, professor emeritus, Berea College; Terry Roberts, Director, National Paideia Center; and Jim Stokely, President, Wilma Dykeman Legacy.

 

This year’s finalists were chosen from an original group of 40 nominations. The finalists, listed below, encompass a broad range of genres and forms.

 

Mary Othella Burnette

Lige of the Black Walnut Tree: Growing Up Black in Southern Appalachia

 

Wayne Caldwell

Woodsmoke

 

Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle

Even As We Breath: A Novel

 

Vicki Lane

And the Crows Took Their Eyes

 

Matthew Wimberley
All the Great Territories

 

Tuesday, December 14, 2021
Women Veterans Writing Class East Asheville Library
Dec 14 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
East Asheville Library

Women Veterans Writing Class

 

Tuesday, December 21, 2021
Women Veterans Writing Class East Asheville Library
Dec 21 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
East Asheville Library

Women Veterans Writing Class