This workshop will consider the basic techniques of fiction writing—character development, scene development, plot, point of view, voice, style, imagery, etc.—as we read and discuss your own work. These “tools of the trade” would be helpful to writers of narrative non-fiction as well.


Writers of all levels are invited to apply for this workshop. To be considered, submit a short story or the beginning of a longer work (20 pages maximum, double-spaced), as well as a brief bio. Send as a single Word document to miles[at]kwls[dot]org with “Smith Workshop Submission” in the subject heading.

About Lee Smith

Lee Smith is the author of 15 works of fiction including Oral History, Fair and Tender Ladies, and her recent On Agate Hill. Her novel The Last Girls was a 2002 New York Times bestseller as well as winner of the Southern Book Critics Circle Award. A retired professor of English at North Carolina State University, she has received many awards including the North Carolina Award for Literature; and an Academy Award in Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her latest collection of new and selected stories, Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger, was published in March 2010.