Main Street Writers is the bookstore's open writing club, where writers of all ages, levels, and genres are invited to convene and dedicate 1.5 hours to honing their craft.
This month’s Main Street Writers meeting will feature guest instructor Dale Neal. Dale Neal is the author of the novels, Appalachian Book of the Dead, The Half-Life of Home, and Cow Across America, all set in the storied Blue Ridge Mountains. His short fiction and essays have appeared in Arts & Letters, Carolina Quarterly, Marlboro Review, Crescent Review and many other literary journals.
A graduate of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, he has been awarded fellowships to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Hambidge Center and the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism at the University of Maryland. One of the last surviving American journalists, he was a prize-winning writer for the Asheville Citizen-Times, having covered entrepreneurs, technology, police, local government, religion, arts, books and Cherokee culture. He currently teaches fiction at the Lenoir-Rhyne University Graduate Center in Asheville.
A lifelong native of North Carolina, he makes his home in Thomas Wolfe’s old hometown of Asheville with his wife and dogs. When his nose is not buried in some book, he’s bound to be out on the trails of the surrounding Blue Ridge mountains.
The Main Street Writers also host a semi-regular writers’ open mic night called The Beat Goes On. A selection of pieces from the last open mic are published in this online collection: https://www.flipsnack.com/thebeatgoeson/the-beat-goes-on.html