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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.

PROJECT FREELANCE: LIABILITIES OF JOURNALISTS
When: Tuesday, September 19, 6:00 pm
Where: The Cooperative, 200 N. Main St. - 2nd Floor
Cost: Free
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website: http://www.taralynnegroth.com/writing-classes.html

Help grow your author brand through bylined articles. Bylined articles in publications build your authority in your niche(s). What's at stake when you write an article for a website, newspaper or magazine? Even when a writer delivers error-free fact-checked material, claims or litigation are possible. Learn about the types of claims writers need to be aware of to prevent and minimize conflicts. Session led by full-time freelance writer Tara Lynne Groth who has written for local, regional, national and in-flight markets.

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.

SAXAPAHAW
NEW! PEN & PADDLE
When: Saturday, October 14, 9:00 am
Where: Haw River Canoe, 6079 Swepsonville-Saxapahaw Rd.
Cost: $54
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website: http://www.taralynnegroth.com/writing-classes.html

Paddle along the Haw River on this "floating retreat" and revel in nature. We'll take time at different points along the river to drift and write. Fee includes single-rider kayak rental, flotation device, paddle, shuttle, Moleskine journal, pen, bottled water, and all-day snacks. Pack your own lunch. If you bring your own kayak/canoe your retreat fee is only $30/person.


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
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 has a featured speaker; quarterly open mics take place in March, June, September, and December. 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.

WRITERS' WORKSHOP OF ASHEVILLE
When: Various Saturdays, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Where: 387 Beaucatcher Rd.
Cost: $70 (members) / $75 (non-members)
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website: www.twwoa.org

Scholarships available. Sponsored by The Writers' Workshop of Asheville. As follows:

  • October 7, "Publishing Options" with Richard Krawiec
  • October 21, "Writing from the Top of Your Head" with Nina Hart
  • November 4, "Writing Your Memoirs" with Karen Ackerson
  • November 18, "Poetry and Tension" with Eric Nelson

GATELESS WRITING
When: Monday, September 25, 6:00-8:00 pm
Where: Flatiron Writers Room, 5 Covington St.
Cost: Free
Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-porch-talk-at-the-fwr-gateless-writing-tickets-37580866383

Join us for our first-ever Porch Talk at the FWR! Nina Hart and Stanley Dankoski, certifed Gateless Writing instructors, will discuss this method of "teaching the art and craft of writing using creative brain science, ancient non-dual teachings and highly-effective craft tools…allowing writers to access the creative genius inside.” This is the first in a series of FREE talks on our lovely front porch. Bring your own beverage and join us for what promises to be an informative and enlightening evening! Hosted by the Flatiron Writers Room.

POINT OF VIEW: WHO IS TELLING THIS STORY?
When: Saturday, September 25, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Where: Flatiron Writers Room, 5 Covington St.
Cost: $35 (members) / $40 (non-members)
Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/point-of-view-who-is-telling-this-story-tickets-35102099324

Point of view is a challenge for beginning and experienced fiction writers, who wrestle with inadvertent point-of-view shifts or the inevitable limitations of the point of view they have chosen to tell their story. Through the use of examples of writing that handles point of view well and badly, this class will teach you to avoid common errors, and help you select the most appropriate point of view for the story you want to tell. Before class, students should familiarize themselves with the basics of first, second and third-person point of view (limited and omniscient): query the Flatiron Writers Room if you want recommendations for helpful craft books that cover this topic. Led by Heather Newton.

WRITING FROM THE TOP OF YOUR HEAD
When: Mondays, October 2 - November 6, 6:00-8:30 pm
Where: Flatiron Writers Room, 5 Covington St.
Cost: $45-$275
Info/Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/writing-from-the-top-of-your-head-with-nina-hart-6-week-class-tickets-37399942234

You struggle with procrastination, self-criticism, or perfectionism, and you hide your writer self from the world. Many writers have been “heartbroken” by “the cult of criticism” and other obstacles that get in the way of a thriving creative life. They long for an environment where it’s safe to explore, fall down, make mistakes, and experiment wildly. This is the place you’ve been longing for. Expect some roaring laughter as well as a traversing of the depths, and a deeper sense of freedom on the page. Writing from the Top of Your Head is inspired by Emily Dickinson, who wrote “If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, that is poetry.” In this workshop you will be guided, in a criticism-free environment of support and safety, to “open the top of your head” to access personal images, words, sounds, and memories. You will build a beautifully solid foundation for a resilient creative life, one that enables you to follow through on your creative dreams and goals in a purposeful and fulfilling way. The course incorporates powerful strategies from Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching and Gateless Method writing – both proven techniques that help artists overcome blocks that stem from the creative process.

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.

2017 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: 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. 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 – 1:00 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!

CRYSTAL COAST AUTHOR FAIR
When: Saturday, September 23
Where: Carteret Community College, 3505 Arendell St.
Website: http://www.cccfoundation.org/crystal-coast-author-fair.html
A fun day full of authors from North Carolina! The Crystal Coast Author Fair will feature over 20 published authors. Both children's and adult authors will be present, so bring the kids. Select authors will be providing a one hour reading and Q&A session in the Joslyn Hall auditorium. There will also be giveaways throughout the day and a food truck on-site.


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.

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.
All writers, any genre are invited. Sponsored by 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.

CHATHAM COMMUNITY LIBRARY BOOK SALE
When: October 5-7
Where: Library, Central Carolina Community College
Cost: Free
Website: www.friendsccl.org
The Friends of the Chatham Community Library (FotCCL) will hold its 20th Anniversary Fall Book Sale. More than 18,000 hardbound and softbound books, audio books, and more will be available for purchase. Each sale offers a completely new assortment of titles in very good to excellent condition, all organized by category, subject or format. Audio-visual items such as DVDs, CDs, LPs and audio books will also be offered. On Thursday, the first day of the sale, purchases of $200 or more are entitled to a 20 percent discount. On Friday, all books and materials are half price, and on Saturday customers may fill grocery bags with books for $5 each, with no limit to the number of bags they fill. Bags are available free, compliments of local food stores.

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: Lucy Cole Gratton, 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 (No Jan or Feb meeting)
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
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!


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
SOUTHERN SHORES
WANCHESE
5TH ANNUAL OUTER BANKS VETERANS WRITING PROJECT

When: November 4-5, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Where: Coastal Studies Institute, 850 NC-345
Info/Register: http://www.darearts.org/veterans

This year, the theme for the workshop is Memoir writing, the art of writing biographical or historical accounts from personal experience. The instructor will be Capt. J. Bell, USN Retired, from the Veterans Writing Project in Washington, DC. This workshop is free for all veterans, active military and members of military families. Both beginning and experienced writers are welcome--the subject matter will appropriate for writers of all levels. If you would, please forward this invitation to your friends who might be interested in registering for the workshop.


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.

WRITERS' SALON
When: First Monday of the month, 7:00 pm
Where: Mercury Studio, Back Room, 401 W. Geer St.
Website: http://www.mercurystudiodurham.com/event-calendar/2014/8/4/writers-salon
Contact: Bethany Yankie-Bush at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Our focus is on sharing creative writing, reading creative works aloud, and connecting in a collaborative environment--tea and coffee provided! Each meeting will address a different theme. Quarterly, we will hold a reading of creative works with a time to showcase live music and visual art. We aim through this group to foster a sense of creative community for Durham writers and artists of all breeds.

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.

TWO WRITERS WALK INTO A BAR
When: Second Tuesday of the month, 7:00 pm
Where: West End Wine Bar, 601 W. Main St.
Cost: Free
Website: https://www.facebook.com/2writerswalkindurham?fref=nf
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Come join us for drinks and great writing. Each event features two writers.

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: Laura Bastian, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: http://www.meetup.com/Durham-Chapel-Hill-Chapter-Nonfiction-Authors-Association/events/223177390/
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
HIGH POINT

FOUR ON FOURTH
When: Fourth Wednesday of the month, 7:00 pm
Where: Bookmarks Bookstore, 600 W. 4th St.
Contact: Donna Wallace, 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 kick-off a new monthly public reading event called “Four on Fourth”. The fourth Wednesday each month, four WSW authors will be featured at this live reading. Author’s books will be available for purchase. Come to enjoy and support your writerly tribe!

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. See complete rules at our website, www.wswriters.org. Hosted by the Winston-Salem Writers.

THE WORD IS OUT: OPEN MIC
When: Last Tuesday of the Month, 7:00 pm
Where: Southside Branch Library, 3185 Buchanan St.
Sponsored by the Winston-Salem Writers.

NEW! HOW TO WRITE IT...AND HOW TO GET IT PUBLISHED
When: Saturday, October 14, 1:00-5:00 pm
Where: Mountcastle Forum, Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts, 261 Spruce St. North
Cost: $10 (members) / $25 (non-members)
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website: www.wswriters.org

A four hour workshop covering "Eight Exquisite, Essential, Exceptional, Writing Techniques to Master for any Genre" and "An Intro to Agenting and Publishing." Payment at the door.


FRANKLIN COUNTY
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GASTON COUNTY
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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.

WHAT'S UP WRITERS? OPEN MIC FOR THE WRITERLY TYPE
When: Second Monday of the month, 6:30-9:00 pm
Where: Scuppernong Books, 304 S. Elm St.
Cost: Free
Contact: Faun Finley, 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 Guilford County 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.

THIRD SUNDAY AT THREE POETRY: PROSE AND OPEN MIC
When: Third Sunday of the month, 3:00 pm
Where: Scuppernong Books, 304 South Elm St.
Contact: Diana Engel, 336-329-3768 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: http://triadwriters.org
Join Writers' Group of the Triad for a pleasant finish to your weekend at delightful Scuppernong Books. There will be two featured readers; bring some of your own writing to read as well at the open mic which follows.

WRITING AS THE THIRD ACT: WRITERS OVER 60 ON CRAFT, CREATIVITY, AND AGING
When: Sunday, September 24, 2:00 pm
Where: Scuppernong Books, 304 S. Elm St., 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 welcomes all to a lively conversation among writers who started writing later in life. Panelists include Carol Roan, Ellen Fischer, JJ Hohn, and Janet Joyner. The writers will discuss the role of creativity as one ages, and their experiences with the literary community and publishing industry. The motto: it's never to late to start writing.

GREENSBORO
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.

LAST SATURDAY WRITING TO PROMPTS
When:Last Saturday of the month, 10:15 am
Where: Sacred Garden Bookstore, 211 W. Fisher Ave.
Cost: Free
Register: Cynthia Schaub, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: www.triadwriters.org
We will gather to generate some impromptu writing through prompts. If you are blocked or just don't feel you have the time to write, make this short meetup the one activity you carve out of your month to nurture your writing. It's a relaxed easy activity on a Saturday morning! Bring a prompt, paper and a pen or writing device. Sponsored by the Writers' Group of the Triad. Bring a pen and paper or fully charged laptop. Free, but please register.


HARNETT COUNTY
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HAYWOOD COUNTY
WAYNESVILLE
MOUNTAIN WRITERS MEETING
When: Second Tuesday of each month, 1:00 pm
Where: Blue Ridge Books, 152 S. Main St.
Contact: Merry Elrick at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; www.mountainwritersnc.com
Open to the public with programs for aspiring and published writers of all genres.

HAYWOOD LIBRARY HOMEGROWN AUTHORS FAIR
When: Saturday, September 23, 1:00-4:00 pm
Where: First United Methodist Church, 566 S. Haywood St.
Several of the Mountain Writers of North Carolina will have their books for sale. Come hear authors, browse for gift ideas, and more.


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
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.

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 5:15 and 5:45 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
CULLOWHEE

LIAR’S BENCH
When: The Third Thursday of the month, 7:00 pm
Where: The Mountain Heritage Center, Western Carolina University
This monthly variety show presents storytelling, traditional music, and poetry.

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

A TRIBUTE TO KATHRYN STRIPLING BYER
When: Sunday, October 1, 2:00 pm
Where: Jackson County Library, 301 Keener St.
Cost: Free
Honoring the poet's memory, poetry, and contributions to the literary community. A reception follows. Over the years, Kay Byer served as representative for Jackson County and in 2009, as soon as she completed five years as the first woman Poet Laureate for North Carolina, she took on the job of Program Coordinator for NCWN-West. She was an inductee of the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame.


JOHNSTON COUNTY
SELMA
CORNERSTONE WRITERS
When: Saturdays, 9:00-10:00 am
Where: Platform Pounce Startup 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.

OPEN MIC AT HULA GIRL CAFE
When: Fourth Friday of every month, 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Where: Hula Girl Café & Catering, 103 S Raiford St.
Cost: No cover charge, 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.

Entrepreneur Susanne Pote facilitates the monthly event. Come early to sign up to read. First hour is family friendly.

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 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
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
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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 this fall 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.

THIRD FRIDAY READING SERIES
When: Third Friday of the month, 7:00 pm
Where: The Third Place, 1609 E. Fifth St.
Cost: Free
Contact: 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.
This event includes featured readers and an open mic. Co-sponsored and hosted by M. Scott Douglass (publisher and editor of Main Street Rag) and Jonathan K. Rice (editor and publisher of Iodine Poetry Journal).

FALL WRITING RETREAT
When: Saturday, September 23, 10:00 am
Where: Location provided upon registration
Cost: $97 (includes lunch and supplies)
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Info/Register: http://www.wordplaynow.com/fall-writing-retreat

Renew and delight yourself. The Fall Writing Retreat is an opportunity to create new pieces of writing and/or new possibilities for our lives. Enjoy various seasonal prompts; they elicit beautiful material that can be shaped into essays, poems, stories, or articles. After a communal lunch, you’ll have private time which can be used to collage, work with a piece of writing from the morning, or play with a number of other writing prompts and methods. You’ll take home new ideas, new drafts, and new possibilities.

NEW! EXPLORING FOOD WRITING: AN EXCURSION WORKSHOP
When: Saturday, September 23, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Where: CharlotteLit, 1817 Central Ave. #302
Cost: $100 (members) / $130 (non-members)
Register: https://www.charlottelit.org/event/food-writing-excursion

If you love food—eating it, talking about it, photographing it, critiquing it—and want to learn to share your passion and insight in a meaningful way, this workshop is sure to satisfy your culinary, aesthetic, and intellectual appetites! We’ll spend the lunch hour learning on the job at one of Plaza Midwood’s fabulous dining establishments, and bookend the day at Charlotte Lit where we’ll discuss the ins and outs of effective food writing and discover formats and media for sharing our favorite culinary experiences.

NEW! BEGINNING PLAYWRITING: A TWO-DAY INTENSIVE
When: September 30 - October 1, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Where: CharlotteLit, 1817 Central Ave. #302
Cost: $100 (members) / $130 (non-members)
Register: https://www.charlottelit.org/event/beginning-playwriting-intensive

Explore the most effective way to tell stories in dramatic form and emerge from this two-day intensive with three complete scenes and a plan for completing a draft of a ten-minute play. We’ll study the basic elements of drama (action, character, conflict, dialogue) through a variety of examples, while focusing in detail on your own writing. Each class member will have an opportunity to workshop at least one scene from their work in progress.

THE LITERARY FESTIVAL OF CHARLOTTE
When: Saturday, October 7, 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Where: Little Rock Cultural Center, 401 N. Myers St.
Website: www.literaryfestcharlotte.com

Details TBA.

BIBLIOFEAST
When: Monday, October 16, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Where: Maggiano's Little Italy SouthPark, 4400 Sharon Rd.
Cost: $60
Tickets: http://wnba-charlotte.org/wnba/calendar/bibliofeast- tickets

This year's BIBLIOFEAST authors include Bren McClain,author of One Good Mama Bone (Story River Books/The University of South Carolina Press), an 2017 WNBA Great Group Reads selection, SIBA Okra Pick, and Pulpwood Queen Book Club selection; Leah Weiss, author of If the Creek Don’t Rise (Sourcebooks), a SIBA Okra Pick and Indie Next Pick, and local author Sarah Creech (The Whole Way Home, William Morrow). Registration deadline is October 9.

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.

PERSONALLY SPEAKING PUBLISHED AUTHOR SERIES
When: Tuesdays, 6:30 pm, 2017-2018
Where: University of North Carolina at Charlotte Center City
Cost: Free
Register: https://docs.google.com/a/ncwriters.org/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdAA6CI_27XSYIOuVeSRjsvdylEwGryB2-DDGr3r3UHzG7cAg/viewform
Personally Speaking takes us on often unexpected and always fascinating journeys that in 2017-2018, will range from the role of food in shaping our culture to the role of slaves in the abolition movement and from the influence of Thomas Wolfe to recognizing genocide today. Four UNC Charlotte scholar/researchers will lead conversations about books they have written and how they came to write them in this 8th year of the annual series presented by the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences in partnership with J. Murrey Atkins Library and UNC Charlotte Center City.

  • September 26, 2017, "Consuming Identity--The Role of Food in Redefining the South (University Press of Mississippi) by Ashli Quesinberry Stokes"
  • November 14, 2017, "Thomas Wolfe and Lost Children in Southern Literature (University of Tennessee Press) by Paula Gallant Eckard"
  • January 30, 2018, "To Plead Our Own Cause African Americans in Massachusetts and the Making of the Antislavery Movement (The Kent State University Press) by Christopher Cameron"
  • March 20, 2018, "To Kill A People: Genocide in the Twentieth Century (Oxford University Press) by John Cox"

DAVIDSON
STAGED READING OF KAZIM ALI'S THE SECRET ROOM: A STRING QUARTET

When: Tuesday, September 26, 7:00 pm
Where: Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College
Cost: Free
Contact: Kathy Barton, 704-894-2254
A staged reading of award-winning poet and novelist Kazim Ali's novel The Secret Room: A String Quartet. Staging by Ryan Rotella. Ali teaches creative writing at Oberlin College and is visiting Davidson College in the fall semester as the McGee Distinguished Professor of Writing.

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: Jonathan Rice, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: https://www.facebook.com/IodinePoetryJournal
Co-hosted by Iodine Poetry Journal editors Jonathan K. Rice and 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.

MOORESVILLE
BEYOND BRUSHES AND PENS

When: Saturday, October 7, 9:00 am
Where: Mooresville Arts Depot, 103 W. Central Ave.
Cost: $35 (members) / $45 (non-members)
Contact: Caroline K. Kenna, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: www.charlottewritersclub.org/workshops or www.magart.org
Charlotte Writers' Club North, in cooperation with Mooresville Arts, is pleased to sponsor this poetry workshop in which participants will engage in a deeper dialogue between the visual arts and words. Poet and teacher Terri Wolfe will introduce the process which requires a closer examination and contemplation of a piece of art to create a poem.


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
SOUTHPORT
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY SOUTHPORT & OAK ISLAND
When: Tuesday, September 26, 1:00 pm
Where: Southport Community Center, 223 E. Bay St.
Join us for our panel of authors, Q&A, and book signings. There will be a short business meeting and then you will “Meet the Authors.” This year we are proud to present three authors, each one diverse in their own way: Howie Franklin, Jana Sasser, and Jason Frye.

WILMINGTON
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.

CHAUTAUQUA LAUNCH PARTY
When: Thursday, September 21, 6:00 pm
Where: Cameron Art Museum, 3201 S. 17th St.
Cost: Free
The editorial team of Chautauqua will launch their new issue, “Invention and Discovery." The event will feature music by C.J. Pendergast and short selected readings from the journal. The event is free and all are invited. Journals will be available for purchase.

WRITERS' WEEK
When: October 30 - November 3
Where: University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Each year, Writers' Week brings together visiting writers of local and national interest, UNCW students and members of the general public with an interest in literature and writing. Activities throughout the week include workshops, panels, and readings.

PORT CITY PLAYWRIGHTS' PROJECT
When: Two Saturdays a month, 10:30 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.

NEW! NCWN 2017 FALL CONFERENCE
When: November 3-5
Where: Holiday Inn Resort, 1706 Lumina Ave.
Cost: Varies
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Info/Register: http://ncwriters.org/index.php/programs-and-services/conferences/8920-fc17
The Fall Conference attracts hundreds of writers from around the country and provides a weekend full of activities that include lunch and dinner banquets with readings, keynotes, tracks in several genres, open mic sessions, and the opportunity for one-on-one manuscript critiques with editors or agents. Conference faculty include professional writers from North Carolina and beyond. Wiley Cash will give the Keynote Address. Master Classes will be led by Dan Albergotti (poetry); Wendy Brenner (nonfiction); and Nina de Gramont (fiction). Saturday night's annual banquet celebrates fifty years of the North Carolina Arts Council.


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)
Where: The studio of Nancy Peacock
Cost: $135 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.

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!

SACRIFICIAL POETS TOUCHSTONES OPEN MIC
When: Second Monday of the month, 6:30-8:30 pm
Where: Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd.
Sacrificial Poets is dedicated to empowering people through spoken word. Come rock with us every month and share poetry, music, stories and family! Ages 10+.

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.

HOW TO WRITE, PUBLISH, SELL, AND KEEP YOUR SANITY!
When: Friday, September 22, 10:30 am
Where: The Sunroom (location provided on registration)
Cost: $40 / $35 for Facebook Friends
Contact: 828-748-5024
Register: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

At Writer Publishing, we specialize in coached writing projects -- working with and mentoring writers from the idea stage, and on through editing, publishing, and promoting. Join Editor-In-Chief Michelle Owens and Special Guest Wayne Drumheller as we take you on a tour through all these phases and show you how your story idea can become reality. It's an intimate workshop with a maximum of ten participants allowed -- we like to work one on one with all of our writers. While this is not a "selling" workshop, if you later choose to work with us, your attendance fee is applied towards your account. Lunch is included.

CELEBRATE 25 YEARS OF NC LITERARY REVIEW
When: Saturday, September 30, 2:00-4:00 pm
Where: Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd.
Cost: $100
Register: www.nclr.ecu.edu/event

Join the North Carolina Literary Review for a special event with Charles Frazier, a regularly featured writer in East Carolina University's award-winning literary magazine. Hear about Jennifer Higdon's opera adaption of Cold Mountain. Tickets include complimentary issue of NCLR, plus hors d'oeuvres, beer, and wine.

PROGRAM FOR JAZZ STORIES, POEMS, PERCUSSION
When: Saturday, October 14, 3:00 pm / Thursday, October 19, 6:30 pm
Where: The Robert & Pearl Seymour Center, 2551 Homestead Rd.
Cost: $15 (includes bound book of poems)
Contact: 919-357-7094 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Recently, poet Clark Holtzman and Durham based jazz drummer David Shore began working together, arranging poems to syncopated jazz rhythms. The idea was to inject poetry -– some new and original, some classics of English and American literature -– with new life, to bring them to audiences in a new and fresh way. The result is a duo of voice and percussion, featuring original works by Mr. Holtzman, poems and soliloquies from Shakespeare, Lord Byron, W. B. Yeats, E. E. Cummings, William Carlos Williams, Robert Hayden and Michael S. Harper. The performance will benefit Friends for programs and services at the center.

WRITER'S REVIEW
When: Email for schedule
Where: Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd.
Info/Register: : 919-886-8164 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

"Writer's Review" seeks writers who wish to improve their craft and gain "reader feed-back" on their work. Bi-monthly meetings generally occur on select Saturdays, but you must email your submission of 2500 words or less prior to the meeting for other writer's to review. A commitment to write and critique regularly is essential to your success. Everyone 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.


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

When: Third Friday of the month, 6:00-8:00 pm
Where: The Coffee Shack, 168 Beacon Dr.
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. Sponsored by the North Carolina Writers' Network.


POLK COUNTY
TRYON
NEW! WRITING THE CRIME NOVEL WORKSHOP

When: Friday, October 20, 1:00 pm
Where: Lanier Library, 174 Chestnut St.
Cost: $35
Contact: Clare O'Sheel, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website: www.lanierlib.org

Edgar Award-winning crime author David Housewright will be the featured guest at this year’s Lanier Library Mystery Festival, one highlight of a weekend of murderous fun, killer food, and mesmerizing discussion topics. Housewright will cover the structure of the crime novel in a three-hour lecture workshop. Housewright says that in this seminar students will examine the structure of the crime novel—“the snare, the joyride, and the payoff,” as well as the importance of who tells the story and where it begins. “The best mysteries have always been about more than who killed Mr. Body in the library with a candlestick," he says. “They help us explore the truth of our existence with as much validity as any so-called work of literature.” The $35 workshop is limited to 15 people and is geared to all levels, beginners to advanced. Bring paper and pen. This is primarily a lecture workshop with one of the country’s leading crime writers, but you will want to take notes.


RANDOLPH  COUNTY
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ROBESON COUNTY
LUMBERTON
BOOK 'EM

When: Saturday, September 23, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Where: Robeson Community College, 5160 Fayetteville Rd.
Cost: Free and open to the public
Website: www.bookemnc.com
Headlining authors include LeJuane Bowens, poet, author, and motiational speaker; and Jill McCorkle, winner of the NC Award for Literature.


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. 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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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.


TRANSYLVANIA COUNTY
BREVARD

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.

NEW! BOOK FORUM: WRITING IN DIFFERENT GENRES
When: Thursday, September 28, 12:00 pm
Where: Transylvania County Public Library, 212 S. Gaston St.
Cost: Free
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
or 828 489-1343
Authors R.R. Brooks, Deanna Klingel, and Karen Lauritzen will make short presentations on particular genres of fiction and memoir. R.R. Brooks will focus on genres and subgenres of fantasy and mystery. Deanna Klingel will speak on "The Relevancy of Historical Fiction," and Karen Lauritzen will handle "Organization of Memoir." Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library.


TYRRELL COUNTY
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UNION COUNTY
MONROE
UNION COUNTY WRITERS' CLUB
When: Third Sunday of the month, 3:00-5:000 pm
Where: Union County Public Library, 316 E. Windsor St.
Website: www.ucwc.webs.com

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


WAKE
APEX
APEX POETRY CRITIQUE GROUP
When: First Wednesday of the month, 7:00 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 monthly group meets on first Wednesdays to review poems and provide constructive feedback. Only for poets revising work for publication. You must send poems the Friday prior to the workshop. Sponsored by Living Poetry.
 

CARY
TAKE YOUR WRITING TO THE NEXT LEVEL
When: Saturday, September 30, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Where: Western Wake Technical College - Rm 116
Cost: $75
Register: www.trianglesinc.com

The Triangle Chapter of Sisters in Crime is pleased to offer a one-day workshop, Take Your Writing to the Next Level, with three dynamite presentations on important topics of craft from successful Sisters in Crime authors. Instructors include Art Taylor, Ruth Moose, and J.D. Allen. The registration fee of $75 includes all three presentations, Panera box lunch, handouts, Q&A panel, snacks, door prizes.

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.

MAIN STREET RAG OPEN MIC SERIES
When: Third Thursday of the month, 6:30 pm
Where: So & So Books, 704 N. Person St.
Bring poems, stories, or essays to read to this Third Thursday monthly event. Twelve people will read for 5 minutes, any literary genre welcome. If you’d like to read at the Open Mic, write your name down on the list at 6:30 at So & So Books. This event is co-sponsored by Main Street Rag Publishing Company and is hosted by Beth Browne, Jane K. Andrews, and Suzanne C. Miller.

TRIANGLE ASSOCIATION OF FREELANCERS
When: Last Wednesday of the month, 5:30 pm 
Where: Red Hot & Blue, 6615 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

Now going into its ninth 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. We have regular members who are both writers and readers who love good writing and who love to meet a new author every month—we cover the genres of fiction, sci-fi/fantasy, memoir, non-fiction and poetry. The Wonderland Book Club is sponsored by the North Carolina Writers' Network and is the monthly meeting of the NCWN Wake County region. Lunch follows the meeting at Vivace at North Hills.

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: Anita Laymon, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Judith Geary, 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: Anita Laymon, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or Noyes Capehart, cThis 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.

NEW! HUGHLENE BOSTIAN FRANK VISITING WRITERS SERIES
When: Various Thursdays, 7:30 pm
Where: Table Rock Room, Plemmons Student Union, Appalachian State University, 263 Locust St.
Cost: Free
The Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series presents an evening reading preceded by a craft talk in the same location. Book sales and signing will follow each event. Parking is free on campus after 5:00 pm. As follows:
  • September 21, Jeremy B. Jones
  • September 28, Randall Kenan
  • October 5, Susan Ludvigson
  • November 2, Vivian Shipley

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
WHAT'S IN A BOOK CONTRACT? 7 ITEMS TO ASK AN ATTORNEY
When: Thursday, September 21, 12:00 pm
Where: Online
Cost: $29
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: http://www.taralynnegroth.com/writing-classes.html
Authors work for years on a manuscript and wait for the day they are offered a book deal. But is it really a deal? Let’s discuss book contract provisions that are in your favor, and those that could be potentially damaging. Registrants will receive a sample copy of a book contract that will help guide our discussion. This is a teleconference -- individuals can participate from anywhere they can call in. Registrants receive a recording they can listen to at their leisure.


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.

SOUTH CAROLINA
THE WRITING SHOW: SOCIAL MEDIA FOR WRITERS

When: Second Thursday of the month, 7:00 pm
Where: Spartanburg Public Library Headquarters, 151 S. Church St., Spartanburg
Website: http://www.hubcity.org/events/2014/the-writing-show-social-media-for-writers#sthash.Bsutq1lC.dpbs
A casual, talk-show format panel on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, and more with these featured panelists: Marybeth Whalen, Charlotte novelist and co-founder of She Reads; Anna Sutton, marketing assistant at John F. Blair, Publisher; Marlanda Dekine of Spoken Word Spartanburg; and Meg Reid, Hub City Writers Project Assistant Director. Moderated by novelist and blogger Leslie Pietrzyk, a member of the Converse MFA faculty. The Writing Show takes place each month on Thursdays between January and May. This educational series is inspired by a long-running and popular program created by the James River Writers of Richmond, Va. These evenings are an opportunity to network, get your questions asked, and to go behind the scenes in the sometimes-complex world of publishing. All events are free and open to the public.

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.

SCWA BIG DREAM CONFERENCE
When: October 27-29
Where: Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort, 14276 Ocean Hwy., Pawleys Island
Cost: $174 (members) / $194 (non-members)
Website: www.myscwa.org/2017-conference
Register: www.myscww.wildapricot.org/event-2496819
A weekend to learn from the best while further developing your own craft. Faculty includes agents Kerry D'Agostino and Peter Steinberg and authors Jessica Handler, Emily Lavin Leverett, and Luke Whisnant.

VIRGINIA
NEW! 2017 JAMES RIVER WRITERS CONFERENCE
When: October 13-15
Where: Richmond Public Library - Main Branch, 101 E. Franklin St., Richmond
Cost: Varies
Register: https://secure.lglforms.com/form_engine/s//k3oEN3kVzLZRUXTo6WBcqw

Master Classes, general sessions, one-on-one meetings with agents and editors, and more. 15th annual!

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


OTHER COUNTRIES
ENGLAND
A WRITERS RETREAT IN ENGLAND

When: August 10-18, 2018
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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