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ALAMANCE COUNTY
BURLINGTON
ALAMANCE WRITERS NIGHT AT THE BURLINGTON ARTISTS LEAGUE GALLERY

When: Second Saturday of the month 7:00-8:30 pm
Where: Burlington Artists League Gallery, Holly Hill Mall, 309 Huffman Mill Rd.
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 336-266-6461
Join the North Carolina Writers' Network's Alamance County Representative and Burlington Writers' Club member Wayne Drumheller for lively readings, discussions, and book signings by some of the best writers and poets in Alamance County. Bring your best writing ideas to the gallery on the  second Saturday of each month.

GRAHAM
POETRY CRITIQUE GROUP
When: Last Monday of the month, 7:00 pm
Where: Member’s home
Contact: 336-578-2496 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Poetry critique group has formed and is seeking additional members. All levels welcome.

MEMOIR WRITING GROUP
When: Last Thursday of the month, 10:00 am
Where: Graham Presbyterian Church, 216 W. Harden St.
Contact: 336-578-2496 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
All levels welcome.

MEMOIR WRITING GROUP
When: Third Monday of the month, 10:00 am
Where: The Gathering Room at Twin Lakes Retirememt Community, 3701 Wade Coble Dr.
Contact: 336-578-2496 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Open to all, not just residents. All levels welcome.

MEBANE
WRITING FOR CHILDREN CRITIQUE GROUP

When: First Mondays, 10:30 am
Where: Mebane Methodist Church, 200 S. Fourth St.
Contact: 336-578-2496 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Seeking additional members. If a sufficient number desire an evening group, that can be arranged.

WRITING FOR CHILDREN CRITIQUE GROUP
When: Third Mondays, 6:30 pm
Where: Alamance Community College Library, Alamance Community College
Contact: 336-578-2496 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Seeking additional members. If a sufficient number desire an evening group, that can be arranged.


ALEXANDER COUNTY
Know of a literary event happening in Alexander County?  Send a brief notice to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for inclusion in the NCWN Literary Calendar.


ALLEGHANY COUNTY
Know of a literary event happening in Alleghany County?  Send a brief notice to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for inclusion in the NCWN Literary Calendar.


ANSON COUNTY
WADESBORO
ANSON COUNTY WRITERS' CLUB

When: Fourth Sunday of the month, 3:00 pm
Where: Varies
Website: http://www.ansoncountywritersclub.org
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The Anson County Writers' Club has been in existence since 1989. The Anson County Writers' Club fosters the art of writing in Anson County through support, awareness and recognition of all writers—from the beginner to the published author. This is accomplished through regular meetings, workshops, lectures and readings; through our annual contests in prose and poetry culminating in a public awards ceremony; and through our grant program.


ASHE COUNTY
WEST JEFFERSON
NEW! WRITING FOR CHANGE

When: Saturday, April 28, 1:00-5:00 pm
Where: Florence Thomas Art School, 10 S. Jefferson Ave.
Cost: $65
Contact: 828-434- 0409 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Miles Tager's nonfiction book, Grandfather Mountain, A Profile, won the North Carolina Historical Society Book of the Year award in 1999 and is on the Approved Reading Lists for North Carolina Public Schools and libraries. "Writing for Change" is part of his New River Writers/Ashley River Writers creative writing workshop offering.

WORDKEEPERS
When: Third Saturday (Dec., April, June, Aug., Oct., Dec.), 4:00 pm
Where: Ashe County Arts Council, 303 School Ave.
Contact: Christine Arvidson, 336-489-0066 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
We start our readings at 4:00 pm. It's first come/first served on the reading bill, so let Chris know if you'd like to sign up for your 5-minute slot.


BEAUFORT COUNTY
Know of a literary event happening in Beaufort County?  Send a brief notice to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for inclusion in the NCWN Literary Calendar.


BRUNSWICK COUNTY
Know of a literary event happening in Brunswick County? Send a brief notice to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for inclusion in the NCWN Literary Calendar.


BUNCOMBE COUNTY
ASHEVILLE

POETRIO
When: First Sunday of every month, 3:00 pm
Where: Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe, 55 Haywood St.
Poetrio events are free and open to the public.

ASHEVILLE WRITERS' SOCIAL
When: First Wednesday of the month, 6:00 pm
Where: Battery Park Book Exchange, 1 Page Ave.
Cost: Free
Contact: Alli Marshall, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/NCWNAsheville

We meet to socialize and share writing tips. Each meeting features a writing prompt to generate creativity and discussion; open mics take place in April, July, and October. This is the regular Buncombe County regional meeting for the North Carolina Writers' Network.

THOMAS WOLFE BOOK CLUB
When: Second Thursday of the month, 5:30-7:00 pm (January - April)
Where: Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site, 52 N. Market St.
Contact: Tom Muir, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: http://www.wolfememorial.comA monthly Thomas Wolfe Book Club, sponsored by The Wilma Dykeman Legacy. Each month, a different local educator will lead the club in discussion of a pre-selected short story written by Thomas Wolfe. Just read the selected short story, show up at the corresponding meeting, and be prepared for an informative and provocative conversation.

WRITERS AT HOME
When: Third Sunday of every month, 3:00 pm
Where: Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe, 55 Haywood St.
Contact: Tommy Hays at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The University of North Carolina at Asheville's Great Smokies Writing Program series.

WRITERS' POTLUCK
When: Last Friday of every month, 6:00 pm
Where: The Writers' Workshop, 387 Beaucatcher Rd.
Website: www.twwoa.org
Writers'Potluck is held on the last Friday of the month. Members and guests are invited—please bring a dish to share, and a short story or poem to read.

WNCMSYSTERIANS CRITIQUE GROUP
When: Biweekly, 6:00 pm
Where: Battery Park Book Exchange, Grove Arcade, 1 Page Ave. #101
Cost: Free
Website: www.WNCMysterians.org
Established 2009 for serious mystery, suspense, and thriller writers in Asheville and Western North Carolina. We meet biweekly to improve one another's writing. Check out our website for details and dates.

2018 GREAT SMOKIES WRITING PROGRAM
When: Various workshops
Where: Various locations in Asheville, Hendersonville, Black Mountain, and Burnsville
Info: www.unca.edu/gswp or call 828-251-6099
Some of the area’s best authors and instructors are featured in the new spring lineup of workshops from the University of North Carolina at Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program. Courses will help hone the skills of writers of poetry and prose, including memoir, novels, and creative nonfiction. Some classes are open to interested writers of all levels; some are restricted to more advanced writers. In all cases, class size is limited and early registration is suggested. See website for complete course listing.

BOOKMAKING WORKSHOPS
When: Various workshops
Where:  Asheville Bookworks, 428 1/2 Haywood Rd., West Asheville
Website: www.ashevillebookworks.com
Take a workshop on bookbinding, letterpress, marbling, journaling, or bookmaking.


BURKE COUNTY
Know of a literary event happening in Burke County?  Send a brief notice to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for inclusion in the NCWN Literary Calendar.


CABARRUS COUNTY
KANNAPOLIS
CABARRUS-ROWAN WRITER'S NIGHT OUT / OPEN MIC

When: Fourth Thursday of the month, 6:30 pm 
Where: French Express Internet and Cyber Cafe, 2087 Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Blvd. (at Rt. 29, around the corner from Planet Fitness) / https://www.facebook.com/FrenchExpressNC
Contact: Alberto Perez, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This is a great venue to meet and greet with others in your craft. Typically, we share news of upcoming events of interest to writers; we discuss the status of our various projects--and of course, we always have an open mic. Come early, get a cup of something good from the French Express, and sign up for a spot to read your poetry or short prose pieces. All are welcome. Keep up to date by following the blog at www.albertoperez.co/guild.html. Members have their short stories, poetry and other work listed for others to enjoy. This is the regular Cabarrus-Rowan Counties regional meeting of the North Carolina Writers' Network.


CAMDEN COUNTY
Know of a literary event happening in Camden County?  Send a brief notice to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for inclusion in the NCWN Literary Calendar.


CARTERET COUNTY
BEAUFORT
BEAUFORT
 CRITIQUE
 GROUP

When: Alternate Thursdays (mostly), 4:00-6:00 pm (no July meeting)
Where: Provided upon registration
Contact: Dr. Susan Schmidt, 252-269-0032; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.susanschmidt.net
Recruits several writers who have a book in progress and have workshop experience. E-mail to register.


BEAUFORT WRITING WORKSHOP
When: Wednesdays, 4:00-6:00 pm (7 weeks starting in mid-January and mid-September)
Where: Provided upon registration
Contact: Dr. Susan Schmidt, 252-269-0032; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.susanschmidt.net
Writing assignments and dozens of playful exercises in poetry, short fiction, and nonfiction to jumpstart ideas and induce creativity in a fun and supportive community atmosphere.

MOREHEAD CITY
CARTERET WRITERS

When: Second Wednesday of the month (September-April), 11:15 am – 1:30 pm
Where: Floyd's 1921 Restaurant, 400 Bridges St.
Contact: Carol Hartsoe, 910-330-0578 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: www.carteretwriters.org
Monthly meetings include a speaker and time for conversation with fellow writers, some seasoned and some just beginning. Lunch is "Dutch treat," but the program is free. Anyone interested in writing is welcome. Do come and try out a meeting or two to see if it helps awaken your muse!


CASWELL COUNTY
Know of a literary event happening in Caswell County?  Send a brief notice to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for inclusion in the NCWN Literary Calendar.


CATAWBA COUNTY
HICKORY

HICKORY WRITING GROUP
When: Second Monday of the month, 6:00 pm
Where: Patrick Beaver Memorial Library - 2nd Floor, 375 3rd St. NE
Contact: Skip at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: www.hickorywritergroup.com
Hickory Writers’ Group is a collection of serious writers who desire critical feedback on their work, and who are willing to be supportive of other writers. Writers at all experience levels are welcome. Ages 18 and up. Our agenda includes providing you the tools to appropriately critique another writer’s work; having your work critiqued; and passing on information and tips that will be helpful to you as a writer. Even if you’ve not launched your writing efforts, or have dabbled in writing, the Hickory Writers’ Group might well be that springboard to seeing your work in print someday. Prospective members are encouraged to visit in order to determine if you would like to become a part of this growing group.

POETRY HICKORY
When: Second Tuesday of each month, 7:00 pm
Where: Taste Full Beans Coffeehouse, 29 2nd St. NW, downtown
Contact: Scott Owens at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or www.poetryhickory.com

Poetry Hickory is usually preceded by NCWN's Writers' Night Out at 5:30 pm. Hosted by Scott Owens and co-sponsored by Main Street Rag Publishing Company. We will begin with the featured writers, and they will be followed by a true Open Mic. Participants in the Open Mic must sign up by 7:00 pm. There can be as many as 10 Open Mic readers, and each of them can have up to 3 minutes.

POETRY DAY
When: Saturday, April 21, 11:30 am - 3:30 pm
Where: Lenoir Rhyne University
Cost: $10 per workshop
Contact: Scott Owens, 828-234-4266 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Info/Register: https://www.facebook.com/events/1908374486140387

Poetry Day is sponsored by the North Carolina Poetry Society and Lenoir Rhyne University and will feature readings and workshops by NC poets, Steve Cushman and Catherine Carter. Cushman is this year's winner of the Lena Shull Award for best new poetry manuscript by a NC poet. His debut poetry collection, How Birds Fly, was selected for publication by St. Andrews University Press. Cushman, a resident of Greensboro, is also the author of four novels, including, Portisville, winner of the 2004 Novello Literary Award, and two poetry chapbooks. He earned his MFA in Creative Writing from UNC Greensboro. Carter directs the English Education Program at Western Carolina University, where she has served as the Gilbert Chappell Distinguished Poet for many years. She is the author of three published collections of poetry, the most recent being Marks of the Witch, from Jacar Press, and expects another, Larvae of the Nearest, to be released next year from Louisiana State University Press. Cushman will lead a workshop entitled "Narrative Poetry: What's the Story," and Carter will teach "Swamp Monsters and Snotflowers: Poetry of the Nonhuman." Both workshops will use sample poems and exercises to help students generate their own ideas and begin writing new works. The workshops are limited to 25 participants each.

THE ART OF POETRY
When: Third Saturday of the month (March, June, September, December), 2:00 pm
Where: Hickory Museum of Art, 243 3rd Ave. NE
Website: www.artofpoetry.net
Poets write ekphrastic poems based on the Museum’s current exhibits and submit by the first Saturday of event months. Selected poems are posted in the Museum and the poets read them during the event. Submit poems to Kelly DeMaegd at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


CHATHAM COUNTY
PITTSBORO
PITTSBORO WRITERS' MORNING OUT
When: Second Saturday of the month, 1:00 pm
Where: 
Greek Kouzina, 964 East St.
Contact: Al Manning, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Carol Phillips, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
All writers, any genre are invited to join our discussions of the craft, business and general enjoyment of writing. This is the regular rmeeting for the Chatham-Lee Counties region of the North Carolina Writers' Network.

POP-UP POETRY
When: Third Thursday of the month, 6:30-8:30 pm
Where: Center for the Arts, 18A E. Salisbury St.
Cost: Free
Join published and unpublished word lover's every month. CFTA is a space dedicated to seeing, hearing, creating and learning about all the arts.

NC POETRY SOCIETY POETRY SERIES
When: Fourth Sunday of every month, 2:00 pm (January to October)
Where: McIntyre’s Fine Books, Fearrington Village
Contact: Guy and C. Pleasants York at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Each month, McIntyre’s hosts published members of the NC Poetry Society for reading and discussing their work.

CENTRAL CAROLINA COMMUNITY COLLEGE – CREATIVE WRITING PROGRAM
When: Various dates
Where: Central Carolina Community College
Website: www.cccc.edu/creativewriting
Central Carolina Community College in Pittsboro offers ongoing  classes, Saturday workshops, and a certificate in creative writing. Now registering for the winter. See our website for details.


CHEROKEE COUNTY
BRASSTOWN
NETWORK-WEST POETRY AND PROSE GROUP READINGS

When: Third Thursday of each month, 7:00 pm (unless otherwise indicated)
Where: John Campbell Folk School, One Folk School Rd.
Contact: Mary Ricketson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Two readers from Network-West read each month.


JOHN C. CAMPBELL FOLK SCHOOL WRITING CLASSES
When: Throughout the year
Where: John C. Campbell Folk School, One Folk School Rd.
Website: www.folkschool.org

MURPHY
NETWORK-WEST POETRY GROUP
When: First Thursday of each month, 7:00 pm
Where: Tri-County Community College
Contact: Janice Moore, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Janice Moore facilitates this friendly and helpful group.

 
NETWORK-WEST PROSE CRITIQUE GROUP

When: Second Thursday of each month, 7:00 pm 
Where: Tri-County Community College, Conference Room, McSwain Building
Contact: Bob Grove at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Positive constructive suggestions for writers' readings. E-mail Bob Grove for information.


CHOWAN COUNTY
Know of a literary event happening in Chowan County?  Send a brief notice to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.for inclusion in the NCWN Literary Calendar.


CLAY COUNTY
BRASSTOWN
A CELEBRATION FOR POET NANCY SIMPSON

When: Saturday, May 5, 2:00-4:00 pm
Where: John C. Campbell Folk School, 1 Folks School Rd.
The riting community will celebrate the late Nancy Simpson, local poet, teacher, and former NCWN-West Program Coordinator. Simpson was an active member of the North Carolina Writers' Network since its inception in 1985 and served on the Executive Board. In 1991 she co-founded the North Carolina Writers' Network West, a program to serve writers in the remote areas of the North Carolina mountains. She served as program coordinator for 11 years. For more information about Simpson, go to: https://netwestwriters.blogspot.com/search?q=nancy+simpson
, and her blog, Living Above the Frost Line, at: http://nancysimpson.blogspot.com.

HAYESVILLE

COFFEE WITH THE POETS AND WRITERS
When: Third Wednesday of the month, 10:30 am (March through December)
Where:  Moss Memorial Library, 82 Anderson St.
Cost: Free
Contact: Glenda Beall at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 828-389-4441
Readers of poetry or prose from NCWN-West are featured. Community is invited to attend and participate in Open Mic.


CLEVELAND COUNTY
Know of a literary event happening in Cleveland County?  Send a brief notice to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for inclusion in the NCWN Literary Calendar.


CRAVEN COUNTY
NEW BERN
THE NEXUS POETS

When: First Tuesday of the month, 7:00-9:00 pm
Where: Trent River Coffee Company, 208 Craven St.
Cost: Free
Contact: Sam Love, 252-876-9456
Website: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Nexus-Poets/1433576556892128
Please join us in celebrating the amazing local talent this city has to offer! Each month will showcase two sets, begun by a featured poet followed by an open mic in round robin format. Get there early to sign up to perform/read and get one of the quickly filling seats to enjoy an evening with The Nexus Poets! Please check the Facebook page in case we have to shift the date.


CUMBERLAND COUNTY
FAYETTEVILLE
WRITING CAN HELP
When: First and third Saturdays, 10:30 am
Where: Room 202, All American Veteran Center, Fayetteville Technical Community College
Contact: Jerry Bradley, facilitator, 910-574-5019 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Website: www.writingcanhelp.webs.com
The purpose of this group is to inspire artistic expression and creation and to encourage release, hope, help, and healing through writing. The group includes but is not limited to military men and women, retirees, veterans, government civilians, battlefield contractors, first responders and their family members who have experienced or who are experiencing events resulting in mental (such as PTSD and TBI) or physical trauma and disabilities. The goal of this group is to encourage a peer environment in which participants can develop their artistic writing skills through instruction, review and feedback offered in an honest, positive and constructive (not destructive) manner. This will be done through workshops, discussions groups, critique groups, special projects and events. Remember, disabled does not mean unable. Jerry Bradley, facilitator.

WRITERS' INK GUILD POETRY AND PROSE CRITIQUE GROUP MEETING
When: Third Tuesday of every month, 7:00 pm (except July and December)
Where: 2nd and Charles Book Store, 1920 Skibo Rd.
Contact: Jerry Bradley at 910-574-5019 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
You don't have to be a great writer or even a good writer to attend; you just have to be an enthusiastic writer. If you have any questions, feel free to give me a call.

JAVA JAMS: FAYETTEVILLE’S PREMIERE POETRY OPEN MIC
When: Every Sunday from 7:30-10:30 pm
Where: The Coffee Scene, 3818 Morganton Rd., next to Carrabba’s restaurant
The talented regular participants of this long-running open mic event offer up an inspired reading of poems. Newcomers welcome to the venue to listen or share some words of their own!


DARE COUNTY
Know of a literary event happening in Dare County?  Send a brief notice to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for inclusion in the NCWN Literary Calendar.


DAVIE COUNTY
Know of a literary event happening in Davie County?  Send a brief notice to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for inclusion in the NCWN Literary Calendar.


DUPLIN COUNTY

Know of a literary event happening in Duplin County?  Send a brief notice to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for inclusion in the NCWN Literary Calendar.


DURHAM COUNTY
DURHAM

MONDAY NIGHT WRITER'S GROUP
When: Mondays, 7:00 pm
Where: Private residence
Cost: $160 (every 8 weeks)
Register: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The Monday Night Writer’s Group, led by published author John Manuel, is seeking writers actively involved in writing fiction and creative nonfiction. Hone your work through reading aloud in front of other writers. The group meets at John’s house in Durham, conveniently located minutes from Interstate 40.

DURHAM WRITERS' SALON
When: Second Tuesday of the month, 7:00 pm
Where: The Mothership Co-Working Space, 401 W. Geer St.
Website: http://wearethemothership.com/event/writers-salon

Contact: Allison Kirkland, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or
 919-627-2374
Writing is a lonely endeavor! Come connect with a local writing community and reconnect with your creativity at our monthly writing salon. Each month is organized around a theme so we can discuss our writing progress, share our work and even get some writing done with prompt-based exercises.

FLASH FICTION GROUP
When: Tuesdays, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm or Wednesdays, 6:00-8:00 pm
Where: Private home in Durham
Contact: Ron Jackson, 919-627-3914, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Work on a variety of voices, styles, and subjects; wrap your brain more easily around a story; tap your hidden lyrical language; work on all elements of craft; build story inventory fast. Each session will include some of reading work aloud, constructive critique, handouts, readings, and content generation through take-home and in-class prompts.

DURHAM VOICES CREATIVE WRITING GROUP
When: 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month, 6:30-8:30 pm
Where: Durham County East Regional Library, 211 Lick Creek Ln.
Contact: 919-560-0213
Adults of all experience levels welcome! No charge.

NONFICTION AUTHORS ASSOCIATION OF DURHAM AND CHAPEL HILL
When: Second Wednesday of the month, 6:15 pm
Where: Alternate locations
Cost: $10 (advance) / $15 (door)
Contact: Diana Needham
Website: http://www.meetup.com/Durham-Chapel-Hill-Chapter-Nonfiction-Authors-Association
A series of authors presentations followed by discussion. Topics include building an income stream as a writer, marketing your book, building a website, and more.

SHARING CREATIVITY POETRY CRITIQUE GROUP
When: Third Thursday of the month, 7:00 pm
Where: South Regional Library, 4505 South Alston Ave.
Contact: Bartholomew Barker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
This monthly group  meets to review poems, provide constructive feedback and spend a creative evening together. You must send poems the Monday prior to the workshop. Sponsored by Living Poetry.

JAMBALAYA SOUL SLAM ACADEMY
When: Third Saturday of every month, 8:00 pm
Where: Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St.
Contact Information: www.bullcitypoetryslam.com or 919-683-1709
Cost: $7
Writing and performance workshop facilitated by national spoken word artists. Learn to take your poetry from the page to the stage in a relaxed peer environment.


FORSYTH
WINSTON-SALEM
OPEN MIC NIGHT
When: First Tuesday of the month, 7:00 pm
Where: Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts, 251 Spruce St. North
Come share your writing at our popular Open Mic event. Sign up to read at 6:45 pm. See complete rules at our website, www.wswriters.org. Hosted by the Winston-Salem Writers.

FOUR ON FOURTH
When: Fourth Wednesday of the month, 7:00 pm
Where: Bookmarks Bookstore, 634 W. 4th St. #110 (access parking in rear, off Holly Ave.)
Contact: Bart Ganzert, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: www.bookmarksnc.org
The Winston-Salem Writers is partnering with Bookmarks to host a monthly public reading event called “Four on Fourth”. The fourth Wednesday each month, four local authors will be featured at this live reading. Author’s books will be available for purchase. Come to enjoy and support your writerly tribe!

THE WORD IS OUT: OPEN MIC
When: Last Tuesday of the Month, 7:00 pm
Where: Central Library, 616 W. Fifth St.
Co-sponsored by Forsyth County Public Library and the Winston-Salem Writers.

POETRY IN PLAIN SIGHT, LIVE!
When: Saturday, April 28, 1::30-3:30 pm
Where: Arts for Art's Sake (AFAS), 630 N. Liberty St.
Join Winston-Salem Writers for a Poetry in Plain Sight, Live! reading event featuring poets from our spring season who will read their featured poem and other works. Enjoy the opportunity to mingle with poets from all regions of our state. Books and poetry poster sales will be available. Poets include Joseph Mills, Jacinta White, Ed Robson, Sam Love, Pat Riviere-Seel, Catherine Carter, Beth Copeland, Suzanne Cottrell, and more.

DAVID SEDARIS
When: Wednesday, May 30, 6:30 pm
Where: TBD
Tickets: 336-747-1471 or https://www.bookmarksnc.org

Entry ticket with purchase of David Sedaris' new collection of essays, Calypso, on sale Tuesday, May 1 at 10:00 am. We are finalizing details but will provide more information as soon as we can through social media, our website, and this e-newsletter. Hosted by Bookmarks. Tickets also available at bookstore.


FRANKLIN COUNTY
Know of a literary event happening in Franklin County? Send a brief notice to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for inclusion in the NCWN Literary Calendar.


GASTON COUNTY
Know of a literary event happening in Gaston County? Send a brief notice to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for inclusion in the NCWN Literary Calendar.


GUILFORD COUNTY
GREENSBORO

THE FRONT GATE WRITERS GROUP
When: Sundays, 7:00-9:00 pm
Where: Various coffee houses
Information/Register: 336-509-0660 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Writing to prompts and exercises, discussion of specific authors’ techniques, helpful suggestions, no harsh critiques.  A safe, productive way to generate and hone your writing. Reservations are necessary, and a small monthly fee applies. All levels are welcome, and one partial need-based scholarship is available.

NC WRITERS' NETWORK OPEN MIC
When: Second Monday of the month, 6:30-9:00 pm
Where: Scuppernong Books, 304 S. Elm St.
Cost: Free
Contact: Carla Harper, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Writers: An open invitation to share your work out loud. All genres welcome. NCWN Guilford County members receive reminders about the open mic and a chance to sign up before the public via rep newsletter. Every month will have an optional theme. (Going with the theme is always nice, but not mandatory.) Each writer will have up to 7 minutes to read. Feel free to bring more than one piece in case we have time for a second round. Please time your reading beforehand. On-site sign-up is available between 6:30 and 6:50 pm on a first-come, first-served basis. If time allows--and once everyone on the list has read--the floor will be opened up to volunteer readers (i.e., those who did not plan on reading, but have become inspired to do so). This is the regular meeting of the Triad region of the North Carolina Writers' Network.

PLAYWRIGHTS FORUM MEETING
When: Second Wednesday of every month, 7:00 pm
Where: Greensboro Cultural Center, 200 N. Davie St.
Contact: Todd Fisher at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 336-373-2974
Cost: The meetings are free and open to the public. Membership is only $25 annually.
Actors and directors are encouraged to attend. Each meeting begins with introductions, then readings of the monthly assignments, followed by works by member playwrights. Members may submit plays to be considered for production four times a year.

NORTH CAROLINA WRITERS' NETWORK 2018 SPRING CONFERENCE
When: Saturday, April 21, 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Where: MHRA Building, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Cost: Varies
Info/Register: www.ncwriters.org

The North Carolina Writers' Network 2018 Spring Conference features intensive workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as publisher exhibits, "Lunch With an Author," readings, an open mic, and the fourth annual "Slush Pile Live!" The faculty includes poets Charmaine Cadeau, Valerie Nieman, and Emilia Philipps; fiction writers Naima Coster and Heather Bell Adams; and creative nonfiction writers Thomas Mira y Lopez and Cynthia Nearman. Fiction writer and 2018 NC Literary Hall of Fame inductee Jill McCorkle will deliver the keynote. Pre-registration is open through April 15.

MEMOIR GROUP
When: Fourth Wednesday of the month, 7:30 pm
Where: Sternberger Artists' Center, 712 Summit Ave.
Contact: Coventry Kessler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 336-230-2231

Prospective members may attend two meetings before joining WGOT. We are eager to hear what you'd like to accomplish in writing memoir. Sponsored by the Writer's Group of the Triad.

THE SENIORS’ NOTEBOOK GROUP
When: Fourth Tuesday of every month, 2:00-4:00 pm
Where: Contact June Wilson Read (below) for location
Contact: June Willson Read, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Writers over the age of fifty who wish to participate in a daytime group are invited to join the Senior's Notebook writers. Membership includes new writers as well as folks who have had some publications in various genres. We write, share current writing, discuss writer issues, and sometimes critique work.

CIRCLE SHARING FOR WRITERS
When: Sunday, April 22, 2:00 pm
Where: High Point Public Library, 901 N. Main St.
Cost: Free
Contact: Wayne Quigley, 336-442-6963, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: http://MurderWeWrite.org
How are you coming with your writing? What do you need to help fulfill your New Year ‘s writing resolution? The "Murder We Write" chapter of "Sisters in Crime" invites writers of all genres for an opportunity to have your writing critiqued by the best and to discuss your writing questions and problems. Over 1/3 of our members are published authors and editors. This is a free event. Don't miss it!

GREENSBORO BOUND: A LITERARY FESTIVAL
When: May 18-20
Where: Downtown Greensboro
Cost: Free
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website: www.greensborobound.com

Greensboro Bound kicks off the Greensboro Bound: A Literary Festival a three-day festival in downtown Greensboro featuring over 70 authors from NC and beyond. Full schedule available on website.


HARNETT COUNTY
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HAYWOOD COUNTY
WAYNESVILLE
MOUNTAIN WRITERS MEETING
When: Second Tuesday of each month, 1:00 pm
Where: Trailhead Bakery, 18 N. Main St.
Contact: Merry Elrick at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: www.mountainwritersnc.com
Open to the public with programs for aspiring and published writers of all genres.


HENDERSON COUNTY
FLETCHER

WRITERS GUILD OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
When: Second Thursday of every month, 1:30-3:30 pm
Where: Fletcher Public Library, 120 Library Rd.
Contact: John Waterman, 828-296-9983 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
All writers are invited to join us for a lively discussion about our current projects related to publishing and marketing our work. Learn tricks and techniques from published authors and aspiring writers. Reveal your own convictions.

HENDERSONVILLE
NEW! BIG BOOK SALE
When: May 4-5
Where: Henderson County Public Library, 1940 Spartanburg Hwy.
Every item offered for 2018 is newly donated. Categories include paperback, children and young adult, fiction, mysteries, religion, coffee-table, cookbooks, diet & nutrition, large-print, collectible books, westerns, philosophy, biography, history, math & science, sci-fi and fantasy.

BLUE RIDGE WRITERS' SUPPORT GROUP
When: First and third Mondays, 2:00-4:00 pm
Where: County Parks and Recreation Athletics and Activity Center, 708 S. Grove St.
Contact: Tom Hooker, 828-691-0118
The Blue Ridge Writers’ Support Group is open to anyone seriously interested in being published. The current facilitator is Tom Hooker.

WRITER'S SALON
When: Third Tuesday of the month, 6:30 pm
Where: Olive or Twist Restaurant, 121 Barwell St.
Cost: Free
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: https://www.facebook.com/LionessPressLLC
Join us for a lively discussion on all things publishing, get inspired with like-minded people. The aim of this salon is to foster a creative community for all writers in Hendersonville and surrounding areas.

OPEN MIC NIGHT
When: Third Monday of the month, 5:15:-7:45 pm
Where: Henderson County Public Library, 301 N. Washington St.
Cost: Free and open to the public
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or if no e-mail call Katie Winkler, 828-808-0899

The North Carolina Writers' Network invites writers to share their work at Open Mic Night. Poets, fiction writers, playwrights, essayists, memoirists, etc. are welcomed. To read: sign up between 5:30 and 6:00 pm. Readings are from 6:00-7:30 pm and are timed, beginning when reader starts speaking: prose is five minutes and poetry is three minutes.

LOST PLAYWRIGHTS MEETING
When: Last (or next-to-last) Saturday of the month, 2:00 pm
Where: Henderson County Library auditorium, 301 N. Washington St.
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Playwrights read scenes from their works. Persons interested in creative writing or theatre are invited to attend.


IREDELL COUNTY
MOORESVILLE

SOUTH IREDELL SCRIBBLERS
When: The first Saturday of the month, 1:00 pm
Where: St. James Episcopal Church, 851 Shinnville Rd.
Contact: Mike Shinn, 704-677-2662 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The South Iredell Scribblers is a writers’ critique group. All genres and all levels of experience are welcome.


JACKSON COUNTY
SYLVA
COFFEE WITH THE POET
When: Third Thursday of each month, 10:30 am
Where: City Lights Bookstore, 3 E. Jackson St.
Contact: 828-586-9499


JOHNSTON COUNTY
SELMA
CORNERSTONE WRITERS
When: Saturdays, 9:00-10:00 am
Where: Kosmic Kittens Cat Lounge, 101 S. Raiford St.
Cost: Free, open to the public
Contact: Cindy Brookshire, 919-202-5990 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Christian-oriented, this is an accountability group. Set your writing goals and report on them each week. Facilitated by Susanne Pote. Free. Stay around to drink coffee and write in the lounge (Dr. Vick’s former laboratory) or spread out to write in Vic Park, the Gazebo, Selma Public Library or historic Union Depot. 

JOHNSTON COUNTY WRITERS GROUP
When: Second Thursday of every month, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Where: Selma Public Library, 301 N. Pollock St.
Cost: Free and open to the public
Contact: Cindy Brookshire, 919-202-5990 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Retired educator Gary Ridout facilitates this group. Monthly meetings alternate between guest speakers, craft talks and critique sessions.

SMITHFIELD
WRITE-INS AT GRAPES & GROUNDS

When: Thursdays, 4:00-6:00 pm
Where: Grapes & Grounds, 135 S. Third St. (www.grapesandgrounds1.com)
Contact: Cindy Brookshire, 919-202-5990 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Socialize, write, or critique over coffee with members of The Johnston County Writers Group. Wi-fi and street parking are available at this cozy coffee shop in historic downtown Smithfield (owners/baristas Patrick and Teresa Yauch sell wine, too)
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LEE COUNTY
SANFORD
FIRST THURSDAYS TAKE 5 POETRY & PROSE OPEN MIC

When: First Thursday of the month, 6:00-8:00 pm
Where: Karma Boutique and Coffee Bar, 131 Wicker St.
Cost: Free
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: https://www.facebook.com/KarmaandCoffee/events
Enjoy the sharing of original poetry and prose in blocks lasting up to five minutes each from 6:00-8:00 pm-ish on the First Thursday of every month! Open mic sign-up begins at 5:30 pm. Works containing adult language or mature themes may be shared after 6:15 pm. Writers age 15 and under are encouraged to present their original works from 6:00-6:15 pm. You deserve to Take 5! Come share your work or just come ENJOY! 


LENOIR COUNTY
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LINCOLN COUNTY
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MACON COUNTY
FRANKLIN
NAMING THE UNSEEN: A WEEKEND RETREAT WITH JANISSE RAY

When: April 27-29
Where: Alarka Expeditions, LLC, 376 Snow Hills Fall Cir.
Cost: $225
Info/Register: https://www.alarkaexpeditions.com/upcoming-events

If you're a nature lover/ writer of any sort, this workshop is one not to be missed. We will begin Friday night here with readings and discussion at Alarka Institute, spend Saturday here with exercises and conversation, and have a brief outing on Sunday morning. The New York Times called Janisse Ray "The Rachel Carson of the South" in its review of her award winning memoir, Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, and it is an honor for us to have her here in Cowee valley for an Appalachian spring weekend. She is an inductee into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame, and a recent recipient of a Georgia Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities. This workshop is limited to 12 people, which includes Saturday lunch and Friday/Saturday happy hours. Lodging is available nearby and information can be found on our website.

HIGHLANDS
THE HIGHLANDS WRITERS GROUP
When:  Thursdays, 1:30-4:00 pm
Where: Hudson Library, 554 Main St.
Contact: Linda Anderson, 828-526-1935 or 954-465-3235
First hour: creative writing fun.  Second half: writers read their work in progress for critique.


MADISON COUNTY
HOT SPRINGS
LAUGHING HEART LITERARY FESTIVAL

When: August 3-5
Where: Laughing Heart Lodge, 289 NW Highway US 25/70
Info/Register: https://bloodrootmountain.org/the-festival

In partnership with Malaprop's Bookstore, The Laughing Heart Literary Festival is an annual literary festival that brings together writers and readers from the Appalachian region, providing an intimate setting for all to share the experience of books. This year's festival will be limited to 30 attendees. As part of the festival, our authors will discuss the craft of writing and the trail to publication. Our 2018 festival will honor Wilma Dykeman’s contribution to the Appalachian region. A Friday night conversation and reading with Jim Stokely (son of Wilma Dykeman), Terry Roberts, and Amy Greene will be open to the public. Beginning this year, a scholarship for an emerging Appalachian writer to attend the festival will be awarded annually in the name of Wilma Dykeman.


MCDOWELL COUNTY
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MECKLENBURG COUNTY
CHARLOTTE

WEDNESDAYS @LIT
When: Wednesdays, 7:00-9:00 pm
Where: Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Ave. -- Ste. 302
Cost: Free (members) / $20 (non-members)
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: http://www.charlottelit.org/wednesdays
Join Charlotte Lit members for inspiring and educational community gatherings. Events rotate through four formats: Lit Writes (write-ins), Lit Chats (facilitated conversations), Lit Reads (member readings), and Lit Shops (workshops).

WRITER'S WORKSHOP
When: Second Saturday of the month, 2:00-4:00 pm
Where: CML Library - Beatties Ford Road Regional, 2412 Beatties Ford Rd.
Cost: Free
Thanks to writer Evangeline Billy, the Beattie's Ford Road Branch Library now offer a Writer’s Workshop. No fees or dues. Open to scripters of all genres, an arena to hone skills, get critiques, and be among other script creators. Read your written and spoken word to an audience, learn how to critique, update punctuation skills, prepare, plan, complete your works, and create new ones. The Beatties Ford Writers Workshop is all about that ink.

CHARLOTTE WRITERS' CLUB THIRD TUESDAYS
When: Third Tuesday of the month, 7:00 pm
Where: Providence United Methodist Church, 2810 Providence Rd. - Rm. 104
Website: www.charlottewritersclub.org/home

Charlotte Writers' Club 3rd Tuesday monthly meeting. Guests welcome. Since 1922 Charlotte Writers' Club, "Celebrating the Written Word."

CHARLOTTELIT WORKSHOPS
When: Various dates
Where: CharlotteLit, 1817 Central Ave. #302
Cost: Various costs
Info/Register: http://www.charlottelit.org/calendar/
CharlotteLit offers ongoing workshops lead by some of the area's best writers and teachers that focus on various aspects of the writing craft. See website for full course listing.

HUNTERSVILLE
WATERBEAN POETRY NIGHT AT THE MIC
When: Fourth Wednesday of the month, 7:00 pm
Where: Waterbean Coffee, 9705 Sam Furr Rd. - Unit A
Cost: Free
Contact: Leslie M. Rupracht, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Co-hosted by Pinesong editor, and former Iodine Poetry Journal editor Leslie M. Rupracht. We have a featured poet/writer do a reading, followed by open mic. (Sign up for open mic by 7:15.) Waterbean Coffee at Northcross Shopping Center is a fantastic venue offering a variety of coffee, tea, desserts, beer, and wine by the bottle.

NEW! THOMAS WOLFE SOCIETY CONFERENCE
When: June 1-2
Where: Holiday Inn Charlotte-Center City, 230 N. College St.
Cost: $125
Contact: Rebecca Godwin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Anne Zahlan This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Info/Register: http://www.thomaswolfereview.org/2018-conference
"Wolfe and the City," the 40th Thomas Wolfe Society conference, will address the idea and reality of cities in the author's life and work. Among a variety of talented presenters will be community historian Tom Hanchett, NYT bestselling novelist Wiley Cash and North Carolina Poet Laureate Shelby Stephenson. Thomas Wolfe’s life and art were marked not only by the provincial towns Thomas Wolfe’s life and art were marked not only by the provincial towns of his youth but also by great cities of the world: New York, Boston, London, Munich, Berlin, Paris. Wolfe and his protagonists dreamed of wondrous golden cities only to discover the harsh realities of their “stony-hearted pavements.” Gathering in Charlotte, city of the New South, we will consider the idea and the reality of cities in Thomas Wolfe’s experience as man and artist. Organizers of this fortieth annual meeting look forward to productive discussion of the city as subject, setting, or inspiration in Wolfe’s writing.


MITCHELL COUNTY
SPRUCE PINE
MAYLAND WRITERS’ GROUP

When: Last Monday of each month, 6:00 pm
Where: Spruce Pine Public Library, 142 Walnut Ave.
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 828-467-4208
Members bring in material to critique. Prose and poetry are welcome.


MOORE COUNTY
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NASH COUNTY
ROCKY MOUNT
NCWN DOWN EAST WRITERS OF NASH-PITT-WILSON COUNTIES

When: Third Saturday of the month, 1:00-2:00 pm
Where: The Bel Air Artisans Center, 115 S. Church St.
Contact: Celestine  Davis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 252-526-7353
The NCWN Down East Writers of Nash-Pitt-Wilson Counties will host opportunities for writers of all genres to stir up their creative juices with stimulating writing prompts, quality feedback, and occasional open-mic style readings with special guests. Sponsored by the North Carolina Writers' Network.


NEW HANOVER COUNTY
CAROLINA BEACH
NEW BEGINNINGS WRITING SESSIONS

Where: Salty Dog Yoga, 915 a N. Lake Park Blvd.
When: Tuesdays, 1:00-2:30 pm
Cost: $25 each or $250 for 12
Contact: Virginia Holman, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website: https://www.saltydogyogasurf.com

Have you always wanted to write, but hesitate when faced with the blank page? Do you have pages of journals, stories, and poems, but never share them with others because you don’t believe you are a “real writer”? Do you feel “stuck” in your creative process? Are you worried that it’s too late to for you to “be a writer”? Are you bored with your current writing and want a jump-start in 2018? This ongoing class for women writers aims to refresh your creative process and help you tell the stories you most want to tell. We will utilize in class exercises and work together to gather the necessary components of an ongoing creative practice: safety, playfulness, reflection, and compassion. By the end of this class, you will have identified key images and themes in your writing, recovered a sense of abundance, and created pathways for new work. Absolutely no writing experience is necessary. Just come with an open heart and a willingness to explore on the page. This class provides a nurturing space to create and grow. Bring a notebook or journal of your choosing and a pen/pencil.

WILMINGTON
DISCUSSION AND DISCOVERY
When: Wednesdays, 6:00 pm
Where: Athenian Bookstore & Lounge, 2231 Wrightsville Ave.
Cost: Free
Contact: Lori Wilson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Discover women and femme identified writers! Come to our weekly book club and free write where no advance reading is necessary. Every week we will read excerpts from thought provoking essays, stories, and poems to expand our wheelhouse and continue our exploration of diversity. We will be selecting excerpts from books carried in-house and delving into discussions on themes and perspectives that we may have grasped from immersing ourselves in these texts. Don't worry, no prior reading required! With titles changing weekly and free writing during our discussions, Discussion & Diversity is not something you'll want to miss out on!

OPEN MIC POETRY NIGHT
When: Second Friday of the month, 6:30 pm
Where: Pomegranate Books, 4418 Park Ave.
Join poets for a lively night of readings, open mics, and community building. Bring your own poems or those of your favorite poet to read orj just enjoy the atmosphere. Hosted by Jean Jones and John Evans.

PORT CITY PLAYWRIGHTS' PROJECT
When: Two Saturdays a month, 11:00 am
Where: New Hanover County Public Library System (TBD)
Contact: Susan M. Steadman, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: https://portcityplaywrights.wordpress.com/
The Port City Playwrights' Project, a community of writers for stage and screen, will meet to critique scripts. Newcomers are always welcome.

ATHENTIAN AT LARGE
When: Sundays, 3:00 pm
Where: Pomegranate Books, 4418 Park Ave.
Cost: Free
Contact: Lori Wilson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
or 919-961-5071
Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/1794744290830597

Athenian Press & Workshops is reintroducing it's At Large series for the 2018 year. Every Sunday, we will hold a town-hall style community meeting in which woman and femme creators (artists, writers, arts entrepreneurs, etc.) are invited to discuss current events. The At Large series provides an opportunity to connect with fellow creators and survivors of marginalization, and it offers a forum to use writing as healing. Each week, the Athenian team invites its guest to participate in a writing prompt at the end of the meeting. The meeting is followed by Athenian Yoga with Heather Gordy, who curates a practice that allows guests to decompress, explore creativity, and reflect upon the discussion (although both events can occur independently if guests cannot attend both). Join our team to explore, create, and takeover!

ATHENIAN YOGA WITH HEATHER GORDY
When: Sundays, 4:00 pm
Where: Athenian Bookstore & Lounge, 2231 Wrightsville Ave.
Cost: Free
Join the Athenian team for our weekly yoga practice with certified yoga instructor Heather Gordy. Heather will be offering all level yoga classes specifically designed to help build internal strength, empowerment, confidence, and self-love. Each week she will guide you through asanas to help open the heart, encourage balance through everyday life, and find healing of the body and mind. These classes will be held after our “Athenian At Large” meetings and will serve as a time where you can find release of tension in the body and pull from your own inner strength to feel self-love and compassion. Please join us as we dive into the practice of yoga to form connection and help in supporting each other as we grow together.


ONSLOW COUNTY
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ORANGE COUNTY
CARRBORO
COURAGE COCKTAIL RADIO SHOW

When: Wednesdays, 12:00-1:00 pm
Where: On air at WCOM 103.5 in Carrboro
Fear stops many of us from growing. By talking about fear in a friendly, supportive environment, this radio show will give ourselves permission to get more comfortable exploring new ideas and learning how some individuals work with fear to achieve a lifetime goal. Fear has the power to stop us from getting the help we need. The show will be covering a broad variety of subjects such as health crises, re-entering the work force after a break in employment, or reconnecting to our creative instincts after years of neglect. The show streams live on the internet and is archived on podcasts at iBiblio at UNC.

JUMPSTART YOUR WRITING: A WEEKLY PROMPT WRITING CLASS FOR WOMEN
When: Thursdays, 6:00-8:30 pm OR Fridays, 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Where: The studio of Nancy Peacock
Cost: $110 per month
Website:  www.NancyPeacockBooks.com

WRITING GROUP FOR WOMEN
When: Mondays (10:30 am - 1:00 pm) or Thursdays (10:30 am - 1:00 pm)
Where: The studio of Nancy Peacock
Cost: $145 per month (includes a written critique of each submitted work)
Website: www.NancyPeacockBooks.com
This group is for women who are working in or who wish to work in fiction and/or memoir. Personal essays, short stories, or longer sustained works are welcome. Nancy Peacock is a published author whose first novel was chosen as a New York Times Notable.

JANE AUSTEN SUMMER PROGRAM
When: Thursday, June 14, 3:00 pm
Where: Hampton Inn-Carrboro, 370 E. Main St. - #100
Cost: $275-$495
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website: www.janeaustensummer.org

Our four-day symposium focuses on one of Austen’s works each summer. This year the theme is: "Northanger Abbey and Frankenstein: 200 Years of Horror." The Jane Austen Summer Program is designed to appeal to established scholars, high school teachers, graduate students, undergraduate students, and anyone with a passion for all things Austen.

CHAPEL HILL
CHAPEL HILL FRIDAY NOON POETS
When: Friday's, 12:30-1:30 pm
Where: Amity United Methodist Church, 825 Estes Dr.
Contact: Dave Manning, 919-462-3695
Informal meetings every Friday. Read your poetry or poems of others. Free parking, side entrance. All are welcome!

FLYLEAF BOOKS SECOND THURSDAY READING SERIES
When: Second Thursday of the month, 7:00-8:30 pm
Where: Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Contact: Stan Absher, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
This monthly reading series is co-hosted by Stan Absher and Pam Baggett and sponsored by Flyleaf  Books. An informal get-together before the reading will begin around 6:00 at the Root Cellar, next door to Flyleaf. Please join the group for an hour of conversation. Featured readers will each read for approximately twenty minutes and, after a short break for the readers to sign books, there will be an open poetry mic. Please sign up to read no later than 7:00 pm.

PROMPT WRITING WITH NANCY PEACOCK
When: Second Saturday of the month, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where: Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd.
Cost: Free and open to the public
Prompt Writing: Serious writing begins with playful writing. Please join this unique ongoing group of supportive adult writers and play your way into the possibilities of the written word. Based on the work of Natalie Goldberg (Writing Down the Bones), Wild Mind Prompt Writing: Serious writing begins with playful writing. Please join this unique ongoing group of supportive adult writers and play your way into the possibilities of the written word.

YOUR LIFE IS MORE INTERESTING THAN YOU THINK
When: Tuesday, April 17, 6:00-8:00 pm
Where: Chapel Hill Public Library - Mtg. Room A, 100 Library Dr.
Cost: Free
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/your-life-is-more-interesting-than-you-think-creative-writing-workshop-tickets-44615980599?aff=es2

The North Carolina Writers’ Network joint Durham/Orange Counties monthly writing event for April featuring local writer, writer’s coach, and workshop teacher Allison Kirkland. In this seminar, using prompts − both fiction and nonfiction − we will explore what it means to share our story and how the smallest details can make the most compelling essays, if told well. We will also explore how the personal can become universal.

THE 7 BASIC PLOTS WRITING GROUP
When: Email for schedule
Where: TBD
Info/Register: : 919-886-8164 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

"7 Basic Plots" seeks writers who want to have fun improving their craft and gain "reader feed-back" on their writing. Monthly or bi-monthly meetings are open to a flexible schedule. Most genres welcome. Supportive environment.

HILLSBOROUGH
WRITERS' WORKSHOP WITH DAVID PAYNE
When: Thursdays,  6:00-7:30 pm (Group 1); Thursdays, 8:00-9:30 pm (Group 2)
Where: Location provided upon registration

Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: www.davidpaynebook.com
David Payne teaches two ongoing Thursday night writing workshops in Hillsborough. A member of the Founding Faculty in the Queens University of Charlotte MFA Writing Program, David has also taught and served as writer-in-residence at Bennington, Duke, Hollins, and elsewhere.  He is the author of five novels—including Early from the Dance, Ruin Creek, and Back to Wando Passo. His memoir, Barefoot to Avalon, was published by Grove Atlantic Press in August 2015. David’s Thursday evening classes—MFA-level workshops limited to six members per section—is open to committed fiction and nonfiction writers.

NEW! THE IMPORTANCE OF MENTORSHIP
When: Tuesday, May 1, 6:30-7:30 pm
Where: Orange County Public Library, 137 W. Margaret Ln.
Cost: Free
Join Orange County author Nancy Peacock, the 2018 Piedmont Laureate, and Lee Smith, an NC Literary Hall of Fame inductee, for a public conversation on the importance of mentoring beginning writers. Open to writers of all experience levels.

IS SELF-PUBLISHING RIGHT FOR YOU?
When: Sunday, May 20, 2:00 pm
Where: Orange County Public Library, 137 W. Margaret Ln.
Cost: Free
Contact: Emily Buehler, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: http://emilybuehler.com/wp-content/uploads/flyer-for-library-event-2018.pdf
What does it take to self-publish a book? And what is the smartest route to take? With all of the self-publishing services available today, the process can be confusing. Author Emily Buehler self-published her first book in 2006, before many of today’s services were available. As a result, she took a “DIY” approach. She’ll present an overview of the entire process (finding a printer, designing the book, forming a business, marketing, distributing print books and e-books, and much more) and what it takes to do it yourself. If you decide that self-publishing is right for your manuscript, you’ll know what you face. You can then consider which parts of the process (if any) you’d like to outsource and the smartest way to go about it. The Internet has made self-publishing a viable option for authors, enabling them to sell books across the world, and author-publishers are now gaining acceptance in the publishing world. It’s an exciting time to self-publish—come learn all about it!


PENDER COUNTY
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PITT COUNTY
GREENVILLE
NCWN DOWN EAST WRITERS OF NASH-PITT-WILSON COUNTIES

When: Third Saturday of the month, 10 :00 am - 12:00 pm
Where: The Great Harvest Bread Company, 2803 Evans St.
Contact: Celestine Davis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The NCWN Down East Writers of Nash-Pitt-Wilson Counties will host opportunities for writers of all genres to stir up their creative juices with stimulating writing prompts, quality feedback, and occasional open-mic style readings with special guests. This is the regulary meeting of the Nash-Pitt-Wilson counties region of the North Carolina Writers' Network.


POLK COUNTY
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RANDOLPH  COUNTY
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ROBESON COUNTY
LUMBERTON
BOOK 'EM

When: Saturday, September 22
Where: Roebeson Community College
Cost: Free and open to the public
The Book ‘Em Foundation was founded by suspense author P.M. Terrell and Waynesboro, Virginia, police officer Mark Kearney as a partnership between authors and law enforcement. The mission of The Book ‘Em Foundation is to raise public awareness of the correlation between high illiteracy rates and high crime rates. Book ‘Em North Carolina is a one-day event that brings together more than 75 authors, publishers, literary agents and publicists under one roof. The event is open to the public and is FREE for attendees, participating authors and presenters. It is hosted by Robeson Community College, The Book ‘Em Foundation, Friends of the Robeson County Public Library, Robeson County Arts Council, Lumberton Visitors Bureau, and the City of Lumberton. Proceeds from this one-day event are used to increase literacy rates for citizens of all ages and reduce crime.


ROWAN COUNTY
KANNAPOLIS
CABARRUS-ROWAN WRITER'S NIGHT OUT / OPEN MIC

When: Fourth Thursday of the month, 6:30 pm 
Where: French Express Internet and Cyber Cafe, 2087 Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Blvd. (at Rt. 29, around the corner from Planet Fitness) / https://www.facebook.com/FrenchExpressNC
Contact: Chuck Thurston, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This is a great venue to meet and greet with others in your craft. Typically, we share news of upcoming events of interest to writers; we discuss the status of our various projects--and of course, we always have an open mic. Come early, get a cup of something good from the French Express, and sign up for a spot to read your poetry or short prose pieces. All are welcome. Keep up to date by following the blog at www.albertoperez.co/guild.html. Members have their short stories, poetry and other work listed for others to enjoy. This is the regular Cabarrus-Rowan Counties regional meeting of the North Carolina Writers' Network.


RUTHERFORD COUNTY
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SCOTLAND COUNTY
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STANLY COUNTY
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SURRY COUNTY
ELKIN
CREATIVE WRITING CLUB FOR ADULTS

When: Various Thursdays, throughout the year
Where: Elkin Public Library, 111 N. Front St. OR Foothills Arts Council, 129 Church St.
Contact: Kasey, 336-835-5586 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Join our creative writing community! The group will meet to share ideas, receive feedback, and encourage one another in the writing process. We will meet biweekly for two hours each session.


SWAIN COUNTY
BRYSON CITY
NEW! NARRATIVE 4
When: April 23-26
Where: Swain County High School, 1415 Fontana Rd. Contact: Kelsey Roberts, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
or 833-887-8679 x1
Website: https://narrative4.com/where-we-are/narrative-4-north-carolina

The Ethical Culture Fieldston School (ECFS) in the Bronx, New York, and Swain County High School in North Carolina (SCHS) are joining forces for the second half of a Narrative 4 (N4) pilot project designed to break down barriers and shatter stereotypes. Two week-long field exchanges underscore the 12-month project: the second is scheduled for Bryson City the week of April 23rd and will highlight the culture, history and community of the region. The week includes a free literary festival on April 26th at 7pm (doors open at 6:30pm) at the Swain County High School Arts Center.


TRANSYLVANIA COUNTY
BREVARD

LOOKING GLASS ROCK WRITERS' CONFERENCE
When: May 17-20
Where: Brevard College
Cost: $450 (with housing) / $300 (no housing)
Info/Register: http://www.lgrwc.org

Exploring the theme “A Sense of Place,” our award-winning faculty of Craig Johnson, Janisse Ray, and Marilyn Kallet will give readings and conduct master classes in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Brevard College will host the small, selective workshops and provide meals and accommodations on its lovely small-town campus. It’s a dream weekend for writers and outdoor enthusiasts.

BREVARD AUTHORS GUILD
When: Quarterly, 6:30 pm
Where: United Community Bank, Strauss Park, Asheville Hwy.
Cost: Free
Contact: Bob Brooks, 828-862-4343
Website: www.brevardauthorsguild.net
The Brevard Authors Guild supports area authors in promoting their books. This regular quarterly meeting will discuss what the experience with author forums discussing aspects of the writing and publishing process. New events will be considered. All writers and published authors are welcome. Books will be available for signing.


TYRRELL COUNTY
COLUMBIA
A FLASH OF SILVER: WORKSHOP AND WRITING RETREAT

When: April 25-29
Where: Pocosin Arts Riverside Studios on the Scuppernong, 201 Main St.
Cost: Free with retreat registration ($225 -$650 triple/double/single room)
Website: http://minnowschool.com/SOLATIDO_RETREAT.html

Writers, the flash form is hitting its stride, sought by many literary journals and writing contests. If you've wondered how to write this prose form, or if you do write it and want to hone your craft, join in this 4-night, 5-day coastal riverside spring retreat. Prizewinning writer Laurel Ferejohn will lead A Flash of Silver, on writing the flash form in fiction and creative nonfiction. Workshop time will be balanced with plenty of free time to think, explore, and write in this beautiful setting. Register for the retreat and simply check the box to join the flash group!


UNION COUNTY
MONROE
UNION COUNTY WRITERS' CLUB
When: Third Sunday of the month, 3:00-5:000 pm
Where: Book Lady, 3513 W. Hwy 74
Website: www.ucwc.webs.com

Everyone is cordially invited to come by. See our website for more information.


WAKE COUNTY
APEX
APEX POETRY CRITIQUE GROUP
When: First Wednesday of the month, 6:30 pm
Where: Panera Bread, 1001 Beaver Creek Commons Dr.
Cost: Free
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
This group meets on the first Wednesday of each month to review poems and provide constructive feedback. It is geared toward writers who are actively submitting their work to literary journals and contests. Poems should be submitted by the Saturday prior to the workshop. Sponsored by Living Poetry.
 

RALEIGH
LGBT CENTER OF RALEIGH OPEN MIC NIGHT
When: First Saturday of the month, 7:00-10:00 pm
Where: LGBT Center of Raleigh, 411 Hillsborough St.
The LGBT Center of Raleigh’s Open Mic Night seeks to teach members of the community the power of their own voices and provide a safe place for them to express themselves. Attendees are invited to share songs, poems, personal stories, and anything interesting. They may also initiate discussions and share anything that may be on their minds. Attendees are not required to share; whether they do or not, we ask that they all respect each other’s identities, pronouns, and experiences. The Center provides pizza and soda, and guests are invited to bring more food to share.

WRITERS COFFEEHOUSE
When: Second Sunday of the month, 2:00 pm
Where: Quail Ridge Books, 4209-100 Lassiter Mill Rd.
Discussions will focus on the latest trends in the industry, the craft of writing, markets, pitching and selling, conquering frustration and defeating writers block. Not a peer critique group, this is discussion and networking. No publishing experience is necessary, and everyone from beginners to award winners are welcome to drop in, whether a writer of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, screenplays, comics, or journalism. Come enjoy the camaraderie of other writers.

TRIANGLE ASSOCIATION OF FREELANCERS
When: Last Wednesday of the month, 5:30 pm 
Where: Hibernian Irish Pub & Restaurant, 8021 Falls of Neuse Rd.
Website: http://www.tafnc.com
Contact: Donald Vaughan, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The Triangle Area Freelancers are a dedicated group of working freelance writers located in North Carolina’s Triangle region and surrounding communities. The majority of our members place their professional focus on nonfiction magazine articles and books, but many have also excelled at fiction, poetry, personal essays, photography, newspaper writing and more. Dinner at 5:30; the meeting officially begins at 7:00 pm. Newcomers welcome.

WONDERLAND BOOKCLUB
When: Last Friday of every month, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Where: Center for Excellence, 3803-B Computer Dr. - Suite 106
Website: http://www.meetup.com/wonderlandbookclub/
Cost: Free and open to the public

Now going into its tenth year, Wonderland Book Club features a monthly author guest and is especially helpful for aspiring writers who want to know more about the craft of writing by meeting a published author. Read the book and then meet the author! We have regular members who are both writers and readers who love good writing and who love to meet a new author every month. In 2018 we will cover the genres of fiction, memoir, and non-fiction. The Wonderland Book Club is co-sponsored by Alice Osborn and the North Carolina Writers' Network, and is the monthly meeting of the NCWN Wake County region. Lunch follows the meeting (Dutch treat) at Vivace at North Hills. Sign up for free at our Meetup site.

WRITE NOW! 2018
When: Saturday, April 28
Where: The McKimmon Center, 1101 Gorman St.
Cost: $89 (advance) / $75 (students, seniors, military) / $109 (at door)
Website: www.tafnc.com

Contact: Donald Vaughan, 919-873-9833 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Guests of honor: Megan Mayhew Bergman (Fiction), Mike Sager (Nonfiction) Sessions: Building a Better Article (Donald Vaughan), Who Are These People Anyway? Character Development in Short Fiction (John Kessel), 51 Ways to Improve Your Writing (Mike Sager), Children's Writing 101 (John Claude Bemis), Slush Pile Confidential: An Insider's Advice on Landing an Agent (Lisa Hagan), I've Got Something to Say: Writing and Selling Personal Essays (Megan Mayhew Bergman), A Beginner's Guide to Writing Success (Mandy Howard), From Children's Lit to Business Legit: Making Your Message Stick (Karin Wiberg), Seven Keys to Creating a Profitable Online Brand (Tivi Jones), Introduction to Copyright (Jeff Davidson).

INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE DAY
When: Saturday, April 28
Where: Quail Ridge Books, 4209-100 Lassiter Mill Rd.
Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April. It's a chance to celebrate and participate in the unique resource that is your local, independent bookstore! Here at QRB, it will be a day chock-full of events, including prize giveaways, exclusive literary merchandise only available this day, a pop-up Cat Cafe (yes, you read that right - come pet the kitties!), surprise local authors acting as "Bookseller for a Day," a sidewalk chalk art contest, live music, children's themed storytimes, and the return of Literary Trivia in the evening.

WRITING FOR YOUR LIFE SPIRITUAL WRITERS' CONFERENCE
When: May 9-10
Where: St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 4801 Six Forks Rd.
Cost: $325 (through April 1) / $359 (after)
Info/Register: https://www.paypal.com/webapps/shoppingcart?flowlogging_id=d7cc7f3bd775b&mfid=1520269059257_d7cc7f3bd775b
The conference is open to all who are interested in spiritual writing. It includes popular Christian authors and representatives from the Christian publishing industry. Headline speaker for the event is Barbara Brown Taylor. Leading our DigDeeper Retreat and two main conference breakout sessions will be Robert Benson. Additional breakout sessions with: Lauren Winner (author and professor), Jeff Chu (author and journalist), Susan Salley (Assistant Publisher, Abingdon Press), Greg Johnson (President, WordServe Literary Agency), Joyce Dinkins (Executive Editor, Our Daily Bread Ministries) Margot Starbuck (author and consultant), and Brian Allain (marketing guru and Director of the Frederick Buechner Center).

WAKE FOREST
WAKE STORYTELLING CIRCLE
When: One Sunday per month, usually third Sunday
Where: Morning Glory, 523 Wait Ave.
Information: Claire at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 919-610-1483
Whether we are sitting around the kitchen table or speaking at a conference, the world is filled with stories. The Storytellers Book Store hosts The Northern Wake Storytelling Circle, a open group of storytellers, students and listeners, who love a good story. Facilitated by Claire Ramsey.


WATAUGA COUNTY
BOONE
HIGH COUNTRY WRITERS WORKSHOP
When: First Thursday of the month, 10:00 am
Where: Blue Ridge ArtSpace, 377 Shadowline Dr.
Contact: Lee Bernier, President, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Workshops devoted to skills training.

HIGH COUNTRY WRITERS
When: Second and fourth Thursdays, 10:00 am
Where: Watauga County Library, 140 Queen St.
Contact: Lee Bernier, President, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Kathy Copley, VP for Programs, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The second Thursday is devoted to a program and the fourth Thursday is used to critique a manuscript of a member. Meetings are open to the public.


WAYNE COUNTY
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WILKES COUNTY
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WILSON COUNTY
WILSON

NCWN DOWN EAST WRITERS OF NASH-PITT-WILSON COUNTIES
When: Third Saturdays of the month, 10:00-11:00 am
Where: Say Yum Yum Ice Cream and Deli, 408 Nash St. NE
Contact: Celestine  Davis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.252-526-7353 or or Toshika Johnson Smith, 252-363-8480
The NCWN Down East Writers of Nash-Pitt-Wilson Counties will host opportunities for writers of all genres to stir up their creative juices with stimulating writing prompts, quality feedback, and occasional open-mic style readings with special guests. Sponsored by the North Carolina Writers' Network and co-hosted by Vision Community Theatre Group, Inc.


YADKIN COUNTY
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YANCEY COUNTY
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ONLINE
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OTHER STATES
GEORGIA
WRITERS’ NIGHT OUT

When: Second Fridays, 7:00 pm (April through November)
Where: Union County Community Center, 129 Union County Recreation Rd., Blairsville Cost: Free and open to the public
Contact: Karen Paul Holmes, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Featured reader plus open mic. Food/drink available for purchase starting at 6:00 pm. Also serves writers in the bordering NC counties of Cherokee and Clay.

MASSACHUSETTS
MARTHA'S VINEYARD INSTITUTE OF CREATIVE WRITING

When: June 10-16, July 17-23
Where: 7 East Pasture Rd., Aquinnah, MA
Info/Register: http://www.mvicw.com

The Institute offers a comprehensive week-long focus on writing, providing writers with the necessary time to devote to their art, in the idyllic setting of the Vineyard. Each summer, we invite award-winning authors and poets, literary journal editors, and university creative writing faculty from around the country to lead writing workshops, work one-on-one with individuals, and provide the necessary tips and tools for editing and publishing.

SOUTH CAROLINA
WRITERS' NIGHT OUT
When: First Tuesday of every month, 6:00-8:00 pm
Where: Hub City Bookshop, 186 W. Main St., Spartanburg
Cost: Free Contact: Rachel Richardson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Writers' Night Out is an ongoing writers' group open to anyone in the community, meeting regularly on the first Tuesday of the month. The goal of the group is to build a community of writers in the Upstate. We talk about writing and writing opportunities. We write. We share our writing. We grow as writers.

VIRGINIA
NIMROD HALL 2018
When: July 22-28 or July 29 - August 3
Where: Nimrod Hall, 216 Nimrod Dr., Millboro
Contact: Charlotte Morgan, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Info/Register: http://www.nimrodhallart.com/program-information
Having the time and opportunity to write is something authors treasure. The Nimrod Arts Program for Writers, located at Nimrod Hall in beautiful Bath County, Virginia, is adapted from the colony format for peace, serenity, and respect for writers, writing time, as well as the writing process. Both weeks offer different options.

WRITERS HOUSE SUMMER CLASSES
When: Various dates in Winter
Where: WriterHouse, Inc., 508 Dale Ave., Charlottesville
Info/Register: http://writerhouse.org/upcoming-classes
Register now to ensure your spot in your favorite class. Fulll-day and half-day seminars available.

WASHINGTON, DC
SPLIT THIS ROCK POETRY FESTIVAL

When: April 19-21
Where: National Housing Center - Festival Hub, 1201 15th St., NW
Cost: Varies
Info / Register: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=7dta6jcab&oeidk=a07eet7tboo25bc00d2

Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness celebrates Split This Rock's 10th anniversary, invites poets, writers, activists, and dreamers to Washington, DC, for three days of poetry, community building, and creative transformation. Featuring readings, workshops, panel discussions, youth programming, and activism, the festival offers opportunities to speak out for justice, build connection and community, and celebrate the many ways poetry can act as an agent for social change.


OTHER COUNTRIES
ENGLAND
A WRITERS RETREAT IN ENGLAND

When: August 10-18
Where: Various locations, England
Contact: 256-694-6744
Website: https://www.writersretreatinengland.com

Travel Venues to World Heritage Centers at Ancient Stonehenge, Roman Britain at Bath, as well as Shakespeare's birthplace and home of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre at Stratford Upon Avon and a Day of Fun and History in Modern London. We will have 9, count them - nine fun-packed days of travel, relaxation, and, of course, writing near some of the great historical and literary venues of England. Please feel free to pass the enclosed brochure to members of your writing group. It has the basic material on the retreat as well as contact information. Note that participant short stories will be published in an anthology!

 
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