A Writers’ Critique Group

The Appalachian Round Table (aka ART) serves Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, and Transylvania Counties in North Carolina.  Formed in 2003 by six Asheville-area participants in the UNCA Great Smokies Writers Program, the group is named to honor our scenic mountains and to recall the Algonquin Round Table, a 1920s cadre of writers who met at the Algonquin Hotel in New York City.  We meet alternate Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. at the Mills River Diner.

It is our sad duty to report that Lenny Bernstein, dear friend and fellow ART member, died on September 25, 2016. We will miss his fellowship, wisdom and writing. Our hearts are will Lenny’s family in this time of loss.

Tigers FourOriginal members were: Tom Hooker, Jeanne Howe, Joel Mayne, Megan Shepherd, Sheila Valenti, and Glenn York. As in all dynamic groups, members come and go. CURRENT MEMBERS are tabbed above (three are Great Smokies Writers Program alumni).  Like tiger moms, we tiger writers insist on effort to produce both fiction and nonfiction.  Click on an author’s tab to learn who he is and what he’s doing.bengal-tiger-28289630

ART provides:
CRITICISM–we discuss pages given out at the previous meeting by up to three writers and provide tactful, constructive suggestions that might improve the piece.
CRAFT IMPROVEMENT–we cover the techniques and mechanics to hones the craft.
HUMAN CONTACT.  Talking with other writers combats the isolation of the writing life. Sharing your process with others beats snarling alone at a blank computer screen.
INCENTIVE–we meet fortnightly.

ART also provides this WEB SITE to advertise your writing and to facilitate communication.  We’re looking for new members interested in a good edit or two.  Give us a try by posting a message on the site or by calling one of the members–we’re in THE BOOK..  May your writing prosper.


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  1. J.K. Rowling cringed at the attention she got after the first Harry Potter book appeared. “If you want to be an author, the odds are you’re a pretty introverted person. And fame demands pretty much the reverse mindset. I imagined a very quiet life. I hadn’t expected to be papped (photographed by papparazzi) in a swimsuit.” [The Week, Jan 15, 2016]. I am still waiting to be papped. Even bought a new bathing suit.

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