Courses for Community Residents Now Available from UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program and OLLI’s College for Seniors

November 12, 2020

Intellectual stimulation and skills development are not just for full-time students. UNC Asheville courses for community writers of all levels of experience, and for seniors looking to continue a lifetime of learning, are now open for registration. These courses will all be online this winter and spring.

College for Seniors at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

OLLI’s College for Seniors, now in its fourth decade and offering an impressive variety of courses developed for Zoom to help prevent spread of COVID-19, draws from the experiences and professional expertise of its members as well as from UNC Asheville and other area institutions and people. Courses range from Being Chronically Well, to Asheville and Pandemics: TB, Flu and COVID-19; and also include What’s Up with Genesis; Welcome to Our City: Thomas Wolfe’s Asheville; Ecology of Southern Appalachia; and French Opera: A Reintroduction.

There are no tests, credits or grades. OLLI members collaborate with staff to teach, learn, and design curricula, and also arrange special events. In addition to the annual OLLI membership fee, a tuition fee for each term is paid by College For Seniors participants, with some partial scholarships available.

The College for Seniors winter term begins on Jan. 11, 2021, and registration is now open. To see course descriptions, cost information and more, visit

Great Smokies Writing Program (GSWP)

The GSWP, now celebrating its 20th year of workshops with some of Western North Carolina’s finest authors, is offering five-week, 10-week and 15-week courses including poetry, prose, feature-writing, editing and revision. These Spring 2021 Semester courses have start dates ranging from late January to mid March. Registration is now open, with course descriptions, instructor bios, cost information and more, available at