White Cross School Blog

 

NC Literary Hall of Fame

 

 

Advertisement

Events by County

find us on Facebook


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: First Presbyterian Church - Fellowship Hall, 208 S. Green St.
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: Diana Renfro, 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 Diana know if you'd like to sign up for your 5-minute slot.


BEAUFORT COUNTY
WASHINGTON
PAMLICO WRITERS CONFERENCE
When: April 3-4
Where: Turnagee Theatre, 150 W. Main St.
Cost: Varies
Info/Register: https://www.pamlicowritersgroup.org/2020-Conference

Join us for our annual writers’ conference and the second Heart of Pamlico Poet Laureate competition. This year’s theme, Writers Blocks: Building Your Vision, allows writers to custom build their workshop agendas to suit their own creative vision and goals. Learn from published authors, university professors, and other successful creative professionals on a multitude of topics. This is a can’t miss networking opportunity for our region! Keynote speaker: North Carolina Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green.


BRUNSWICK COUNTY
CAROLINA SHORES
SOUTH BRUNSWICK NCWN
When: First Tuesday of the month, 1:00 pm
Where: Southwest Brunswick Branch, Brunswick County Library, 9400 Ocean Hwy W.
Contact: Joan Leotta, regional rep, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Meetings open to all, bring your friends. We invite speakers and or/discuss aspects of writing that group members have recommended. This is a monthly event put on by the North Carolina Writers' Network.

SUNSET BEACH
COASTAL WRITING RETREAT
When: November 13-15, 2020
Where: The Sunset Inn, 9 North Shore Dr.
Cost: $458 (plus room tax) for the weekend
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Info/Register: http://www.wordplaynow.com/coastal-writing-retreat-nov-2020

Give yourself time to write in community with others who love words and ideas, and time for solitude, too. There’ll be ample free time to savor your beautifully appointed private room with king-sized bed, private bath and balcony, the large porches with rocking chairs and swings, and the coastal setting the Sunset Inn provides. You’ll return home refreshed, with new ideas and energy for your writing — and your life. Renew yourself and reconnect with your own creativity, whether you are a practicing writer, closet writer, or as-yet-to-pick-up-the-pen writer! The techniques and prompts we’ll use will spur your imagination, and can be used to create nonfiction, fiction, and/or poetry—the choice is yours. $458 + room tax for the weekend. The Coastal Writing Retreat includes writing sessions, two nights’ lodging, two breakfasts and Saturday lunch (hotel tax and Saturday dinner at a local restaurant not included).


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.

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.

THE WRITERS' WORKSHOPS
When: Various Saturdays in winter, 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.
/ 828-254-8111
Info/Register: www.twwoa.org

The Writers' Workshop is offering thee one-day intensive classes for beginning and experienced writers. Registration is in advance only. Financial assistance is available for low-income writers in exchange for volunteering.

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.

CRAFT: AUTHORS IN CONVERSATION
When: The last Sunday of the month, 3:00 pm
Where: Little Jumbo, 241 Broadway St.
Cost: Free
New York Times bestselling author Denise Kierman will host an author to discuss not only the writer's latest publication, but also the craft of writing itself. For each featured author, the Little Jumbo staff will create a specialty cocktail--or mocktail!--inspired by either the featured book or the author. Free parking available on the corner of Broadway and Monroe Streets. Co-sponsored by Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe and Litte Jumbo.

FLATIRON WRITERS ROOM
When: Various dates in winter
Where: 5 Covington St.
Cost: Varies
Website: www.flatironwritersroom.com

The Flatiron Writers Room offers space for classes, workshops, and writing-related events, as well as co-working space for individual writers. They provide high-quality classes and workshops on both craft and the business of writing.

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.

2020 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.


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: Vincent James Vezza, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Member readings and publishing progress updates are encouraged in an open mic format. Time permitting, members are invited to focus on one aspect of their writing in a roundtable discussion. Several meetings feature guest authors, editors, publishers, and writing association presenters. There is no fee for the meeting. Great coffee, other beverages, and pastries are available off the menu. Join colleagues for a fun filled writers’ night out.  This is a monthly event  put on by the North Carolina Writers' Network.


CAMDEN COUNTY
Know of a literary event 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 Wednesdays or 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.

CARTERET WRITERS
When: Second Wednesday of the month (September-April), 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Where: Clawson's 1905 Restaurant, 425 Front St.
Contact: Stanley Trice, 540-207-0089 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 WRITERS FORUM
When: Friday, April 17
Where: Carteret Community College
Cost: Free (but registration required)
Info/Register: https://crystalcoastwritersforum2020.splashthat.com

The event promises to bring together authors, writers, artists, publishers, distributors, reviewers, and booksellers to demonstrate the ways books can build strong collections and communities. Conversations at this event will lay the groundwork for future collaborations with publishers, addressing issues such as financing, royalty structures, editing, design and layout, printing methods, distribution and marketing, and more.


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.

Hosted by Lenoir Rhyne Professor and Poet, Scott Owens, each event begins with a featured writer followed by an 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. This is the monthly get-together for the Central Foothills region of the North Carolina Writers' Network.


CHATHAM COUNTY
PITTSBORO

ITTSBORO WRITERS' MORNING OUT 
When: Third Saturday of the month, 1:00 pm
Where: 
Greek Kouzina, 964 East St.
Contact: Carol Phillips, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Rick Bylina, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Writers' Morning Out, the regular get-together for the Chatham-Lee Counties region of the North Carolina Writers' Network, is a free gathering of writers of any genre. Attendees enjoy monthly discussions and presentations about the subtleties, craft, and business of writing.

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.

THE NUTS & BOLTS OF WRITING PICTURE BOOKS -- AND GETTING THEM PUBLISHED
When: Friday, March 6, 9:30 am
Where: McIntyre's Fine Books, Fearrington Village, Pittsboro
Cost: $100
Contact: Sarah Carr, McIntyre's Books, 919-542-3030
Info/Register: https://shop.fearrington.com/collections/community-events/products/the-nuts-and-bolts-of-writing-picture-books
Got a great idea for a picture book? Not sure where to begin? This lively, informative workshop will cover the essentials you need to get started, with exercises and tips on how to turn those great ideas into a manuscript. We’ll focus on craft—things like structure, voice, point of view, language and character—as well as the business side of publishing (editors, agents, and rejections, oh my!). You’ll leave feeling informed and inspired, with plenty of ideas, tools and resources to continue on your way. Linda Ashman is the author of many acclaimed picture books—some forty to date—and The Nuts & Bolts Guide to Writing Picture Books. NOTE: Deadline to register is February 10.

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: Holland McSwain Building - Conference Room, Tri-County Community College
Contact: Janice Moore, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Our group invites poets to bring typed copies of their poems, share them with the group, and get constructive feedback from the other poets. At each meeting we usually have between six and ten writers who come from Clay and Cherokee Counties in North Carolina, and Towns County in Georgia. Newcomers are welcomed to visit and eventually share their work if they wish. The success rate for publication in this group has been very high. The members have published their poems in well-known and respected literary journals, and several have published chapbooks and even full-length books.

 
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
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: Harrison Center, 311 Middle 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.

AN EVENING OF LITERATURE AND POETRY
When: Third Tuesday of the month, 7:00-9:00 pm
Where: The City Stage, 901-B Pollock St.
Cost: Free
Contact: 252-617-0939
Folks Journal and The City Stage are pleased to announce their partnership in bringing New Bern, North Carolina an evening of Literature & Poetry. Local poet and co-founder of FOLKS Journal Meg Wethington will be your host for the evening. Authors of all genres will be given 10 minutes to read on stage with a microphone from their works. Sign up begins at 6:30. Published authors will have the opportunity to have their books available for sale- please bring your books with you. A table will be provided for display at the front of the stage where purchases can be made. Local food and libations are readily served lending itself to a particularly special evening with the written arts.


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
ALBEMARLE / OBX REGIONAL NCWN MEETING

When: Third Wednesday of the monrth, 12:00 pm
Where: Duck Woods Country Club, 50 S. Dogwood Tr.
Contact: Wade Hopkin, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Critiques and discussions about the art and craft of writing. We welcome new attendees.


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

DURHAM WRITERS' SALON
When: Second Tuesday of the month, 7:00 pm
Where: The Mothership Shop, Event + Works Space, 401 W. Geer St.
Website: www.facebook.com/durhamwriterssalon

Contact: Allison Kirkland, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Durham Writers’ Salon is a space where writers of all genres and experience levels can write and share together.  We write from prompts (usually we find time for two prompts per session) and have the option to share our work for supportive feedback. It’s an informal environment that recognizes that play and community are the first steps toward creating meaningful writing. Newcomers are always welcome! No need to sign up - just show up!

BULL CITY PRESS READING SERIES
When: Second Saturday of the month, 7:00 pm
Where: Mettlesome's Okay Alright Theater, 401 W. Geer St.
Cost: Free
Website: https://bullcitypress.com/reading-series

Bull City Press’ newest reading series brings you poetry, fiction, and nonfiction from established and emerging writers. And if you’re lucky, you can stick around and see one of our readers in a comedy show at 9:00 pm.

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.

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.

PEN YOUR PEACE, WRITE TO HEAL AND LET GO
When: Tuesdays, February 18-25, 3:00 pm
Where: The Frontier RTP, 800 Park Offices Dr., Research Triangle Park
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website: https://pen-your-peace-minicourse.eventbrite.com

Cost: $70
Pen Your Peace, a two-session class, helps you discover ways to manage stressful events and upheavals in your life through restorative writing exercises.

LITERARY FRIVOLITY
When: Sunday, February 23, 6:30 pm
Where: The Pinhook, 117 W. Main St.
RSVP: https://pen.org/event/literary-frivolity

Literary Frivolity launches 2020 in celebration of the North Carolina literary community, readers, and PEN America members and supporters. Come toast the new year with musical guest Quilla, a photo booth, and a curated story slam featuring personalities from the North Carolina writing and arts community. Literary Frivolity will also celebrate the launch of PEN America’s new Piedmont Region chapter. Stop by to learn more about PEN America Piedmont Region and to meet Chapter Leader (and NCWN membership coordinator) Deonna Kelli Sayed and National Outreach Coordinator Elly Brinkley. The event is free but RSVP is required as space is limited.

PEN YOUR PEACE, WRITE TO HEAL AND LET GO
When: Mondays, March 2-9, 3:00 pm
Where: The Frontier RTP, 800 Park Offices Dr., Research Triangle Park
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website: https://pen-your-peace-minicourse.eventbrite.com

Cost: $70
This two-session class helps you discover ways to manage stressful events and upheavals in your life through restorative writing exercises.


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.

DRAFT NIGHT
When: Second Friday of the month, 7:00 pm
Where: Bookmarks, 634 Fourth St.
Cost: Free
Contact: Ed Southern, Regional Rep, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

All writers with a work-in-progress can come take a number in the night's draft, for a chance to share from their work in an open-mic format, six slots of five minutes each. This is a monthly event  put on by the North Carolina Writers' Network.

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.

KINETIC CREATIVE BOOT CAMP
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays, February 29 - March 28, 2020
Where: Varies
Cost: $249
Info/Apply: https://www.f6s.com/kineticcreativebootcamp2020

Kinetic Creative Boot Camp helps creatives determine their unique value proposition to get ready to launch their business. It's a 4-week intensive hands-on "learning and doing" experience for creatives who are ready to turn your idea into a business. Kinetic serves creative entrepreneurs that are using their design, art, music, theatre, film, writing, culinary, interactive digital media, and an array of artisanal skills to solve a problem for their customers. Kinetic is designed for you to take that cool idea you’ve been thinking about and create a mission, vision and value proposition for a potential customer. Do you want to bring this to life, but don’t know how? Kinetic can help you ideate and implement!

NEW! JEWISH AUTHORS BOOK FESTIVAL
When: March 22-29, 1:30 pm / 4:00 pm / 7:00 pm each day
Where: Josesph Levin Jewish Community Center, 1937 W. Cornwallis Rd.
Cost: $54 (festival) / $18 (single-day)
Info/Register: www.levinjcc.org/jewish-authors-book-festival

Readings and booksignings by bestselling and world-renowned authors including Elaine Neil Orrr, Jane S. Gabin, Mark Cohen, Jenna Blum, Howard Reich, Yousef Bashir, and many more.

PROSE WORKSHOP
When: Saturday, March 28, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Where: Private Residence
Cost: $250
Info/Register: https://www.wileycash.com/workshops/winston-salem-nc-prose-workshop-march-28-2020-2tlzj-bdfw6

Join New York Times bestselling author Wiley Cash for a day-long workshop dedicated to exploring and discussing elements of craft, the building blocks of solid prose writing. You’ll spend the morning breaking down and discussing over a dozen craft elements, including character and setting. After lunch you’ll spend the afternoon exploring ways to successfully incorporate these craft elements into your prose. The workshop will close with a Q&A about agents and query letters. Open to fiction and nonfiction writers of all levels.

WORDSAWAKE4!
When: April 3-4, 2020
Where: Wake Forest University
Cost: Free
Contact: 336-758-5180, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website: https://wordsawake.events.wfu.edu

Join us for another celebration of Wake Forest writers and writing, including sessions on science writing, arts writing, storytelling, and screenwriting. Washington columnist and NPR commentator, science/technology/security writer and alumnus Shane Harris, will keynote.

2020 HIGH ROAD FESTIVAL OF POETY AND SHORT FICTION
When: Saturday, March 28, 2020
Where: Embassy Suites, 460 N. Cherry St.
Cost: Varies
Info/Register: https://www.press53.com/high-road-festival

Spend your day with fellow writers, learning, writing, and sharing. Choose your experience from à la carte selections of 75-minute seminars, 3-hour master classes, 25-minute critique sessions, and exclusively for poets, a 3-hour poetry intensive with four poets and one faculty member. Meet and greet magazine editors and publishers, writing organizations, and other literary leaders, movers, and shakers in our vendor space. This area will also include a writers’ lounge where you can relax and chat between sessions.

10-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL
When: June 4-5
Where: Hanes Brand Theatre
Winston-Salem Writers will present a festival of 10-Minute plays. The plays will be cast, rehearsed, and staged in collaboration with the Little Theater of Winston-Salem. Auditions will be held in early April.


FRANKLIN COUNTY
LOUISBURG
FRANKLIN COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL WRITERS' GUILD

When: Sunday, April 5, 2:00 pm
Where: Franklin County Arts Council Gallery on the Hill, 99 South Bickett Blvd.
Website: http://fcacarts.org/programs.aspx

Writers’ Guild meetings are held on the first Sunday of every-other month. Meetings are open to members and non-members, writers of all levels.


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
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 a monthly event  put on by 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 $30 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.

STORY SLAM
When: Once a month, 7:00 pm
Where: Scuppernong Books, 304 S. Elm St.
Cost: $3 (members) / $5 (non-members)
Story Slams are ~5 minute personal stories that are closely related to the monthly topic, evaluated by audience selected judges. Awards given.

BENJAMIN BARDS: A POETRY WORKSHOP
When: Third Thursday of the month, 7:00 pm
Where: Benjamin Branch Library, 1530 Benjamin Parkway
Cost: Free
Register: 336-373-7540 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Join us once a month for a free discussion based workshop for poets of all skill levels from teens to adults. Learn about forms and techniques, read and study published authors, and bring and share your own works for constructive criticism. Each month we will focus on different topics or give you a chance to work on revisions.

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.
.

HIGH POINT
THE RUMI PRESCRIPTION
When: Thursday, March 12, 7:00 pm
Where: Scuppernong Books, 304 S. Elm St.
Cost: Free
Author Melody Moezzi will be in conversation with NCWN's Deonna Kelli Sayed regarding Melody's new memoir, The Rumi Prescription. The hour will explore the Melody's relationship with the 13th Century as an Iranian-American, and how his work helps her navigate her mental health diagnosis.

WRITING YOUR MANUSCRIPT
When: Sundays, February-May, 2:00 pm
Where: High Point Public Library, 291 N. Main St.
Cost: Free
Murder We Write Presents a new monthly four-part series on "Writing Your Manuscript." Part one: Character, Setting, and POV. Exploring the process from Idea to Finished Manuscript, we begin with large-scale building blocks of writing: the development of Characters and Settings which readers will want to discover. Free to writers and readers of all ages and presented by multiple award-winning authors.

NEW! NC WRITERS' NETWORK 2020 SPRING CONFERENCE
When: Saturday, April 18
Where: MHRA Building, 1111 Spring Garden St., University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Cost: Varies
Info/Register: https://ncwriters.org/index.php/programs-and-services/conferences/10994-sc20

The 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 annual "Slush Pile Live!" The faculty included poets Stuart Dischell, Jennie Malboeuf, and Timothy O'Keefe; fiction writers Xhenet Aliu, Jorge D. Cortese, Quinn Dalton, and Lynn York; and creative nonfiction writers Randal O'Wain, Cameron Kent, Bridgette A. Lacy, and Aimee Mepham. The Keynote Celebration will feature members of the Carolina African-American Writers' Collective.


HARNETT COUNTY
Know of a literary event happening in Harnett 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.


HAYWOOD COUNTY
WAYNESVILLE
MOUNTAIN WRITERS MEETING

When: Second Tuesday of each month, 12:00 pm
Where: Panacea, 66 Commerce St.
Contact: Charley Pearson, charleyThis 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
FLAT ROCK
LOST PLAYWRIGHTS MEETING
When: Monthly (dates vary), 2:00 pm
Where: Flat Rock Historic Cultural Center / Old Post Office, 118 Village Center Dr.
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.

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 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Blue Ridge Writers’ Support Group is open to anyone seriously interested in being published. The current facilitator is Tom Hooker.

BLEEDING LESSONS
When: The first Wednesday of the month, 6:00-7:30 pm
Where: The Black Bear Coffee Shop, 318 N. Main St.
Contact: Meagan Lucas, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Charlie Wilkinson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
A topical presentation followed by a group discussion/writing exercise and sharing. A regular get-together of the Henderson County region of the North Carolina Writers' Network.

IN THE COMPANY OF WRITERS
When: The second Wednesday of the month, 6:30-9:00 pm
Where: The Brandy Bar, 504 7th Ave E.
The evening showcases featured writers and poets reading from their work and then engaging in spirited discussion with the audience, followed by an open mic, with live music before the featured writers, during the break, and after the open mic. A regular get-together of the Henderson County region of the North Carolina Writers' Network.

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: Meagan Lucas, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
and Charlie Wilkinson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
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.

 


IREDELL COUNTY
STATESVILLE
IREDELL COUNTY WRITERS GROUP

When: First Tuesday of the month, 11:00 am
Where: Iredell County Public Library, 201 N. Tradd St. - Conference Rm.
Contact: Billie-Fae Gerard Gill, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Published and unpublished writers are welcome to participate. Outside speakers and regular learning opportunities available. Work will be critqued upon request. Currently averaging twelve writers per meeting.


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
SMITHFIELD
JOHNSTON COUNTY WRITERS GROUP

When: Second Thursday of every month, 6:00–7:45 pm
Where: Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield, 305 E. Market St.
Cost: Free and open to the public
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/groups/jocowriters

We are a diverse group of working writers ranging from beginner to advanced. We share information, critique each other’s work, host guest authors, and schedule write-ins and open mics in Selma, Four Oaks, Princeton and more. Facilitator is NCWN member Cindy Brookshire.


LEE COUNTY
SANFORD
FIRST THURSDAY'S TAKE 5 POETRY & PROSE OPEN MIC

When: First Thursday of every 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

Treat yourself to the friendliest open mic around where encouragement and enthusiastic applause abound! Enjoy the sharing of original poetry and prose in blocks lasting up to five minutes each from 6:00-8:00 pm on the First Thursday of every month. Open mic sign-up begins at 5:30 pm. As time allows, writers may be invited to read a second time during the evening and anyone who didn't originally sign up to read will be encouraged to give it a go. Come share your work or just come ENJOY!


LENOIR COUNTY
Know of a literary event happening in Lenoir 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.


LINCOLN COUNTY
Know of a literary event happening in Lincoln 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.


MACON COUNTY
FRANKLIN
NCWN MONTHLY GET-TOGETHER
When: The second Thursday of the month, 10:00 am
Where: Cowee Arts and Heritage Center, 51 Cowee School Dr.
Contact: Brent Martin, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Monthly get together for the Macon County region of NCWN, where writers share their work and participate in group writing exercises. Free and open to the public.


MADISON COUNTY
Know of a literary event happening in Madison 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.


MCDOWELL COUNTY
Know of a literary event happening in McDowell 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.


MECKLENBURG COUNTY
CHARLOTTE

PEN TO PAPER
When: Wednesdays, 9:30-10:30 am
Where: Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Ave. - Rm. 302
Cost: Free
Are you a writer or aspiring writer looking for an intentional and supportive writing community? A group that prompts and propels you? People to help you get unstuck? Someone to ask questions? Help in developing a regular writing practice? Charlotte Lit’s “Pen to Paper” is a weekly gathering for aspiring writers: anyone who is starting (or restarting) to write, or established writers who want the learning and growth that comes with wise guidance and group support. “Pen to Paper” is led by author Megan Rich.

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).

THE CHARLOTTE POETRY COLLECTIVE
When: Second Thursday of the month, 7:00 pm
Where: C3 Lab, 2525 Distribution St.
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website: https://m.facebook.com/TheCharlottePoetryCollective

A new, free critique group!

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
Website: http://bit.ly/BFRwg

Beatties Ford Road Regional Library offers a Writer’s Workshop, facilitated by writer Evangeline Billy. 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."

OPEN MIC NIGHT AT MUG'S COFFEE
When: Third Friday of the Month, 7:00 pm
Where: Mug's Coffee, 5126 Park Rd. - #1d
Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/charlotte-writers-club-open-mic-night-tickets-45628949416

This is a great opportunity for our members to share what they've written and gain experience reading in public. This is a necessary skill to promote your writing. The added benefit is being able to network with other writers. Hosted by the Charlotte Writers' Club and Mug's Coffee.

NEW! OPENING CELEBRATION FOR QUEENS UNIVERSITY GAMBRELL CENTER FOR THE ARTS AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
When: Friday, February 21, 6:00 pm
Where: Sarah Belk Gambrell Center for the Arts and Civic Engagement, Queens University, 2319 Wellesley Ave.
Cost: Free
Website: https://calendar.queens.edu/event/arts-faculty-collaborate#.XkwZWihKhPY

Authors Sarah Creech, Julie Funderburk and Charles Israel collaborate with artist Ivan Toth Depeña and musician Bob Teixeira in this celebration of Queens’ new arts center. The composer Zach Zubow has written a song based on one of Funderburk’s poems which will be performed by a student choir. Music Therapist Varvara Pasiali will conduct a Music Therapy drum circle using lines of poetry by Morri Creech. Queens alumna Amy Bagwell will have a Wall Poem inspired by Claudia Rankine.

CRAFTING A COMPELLING PERSONAL ESSAY
When: Saturday, February 22, 1:00 pm
Where: Providence United Methodist Church - Rm. 104, 2810 Providence Rd.
Cost: $30 (members) / $40 (non-members)
Info/Register: https://charlottewriters39club35.wildapricot.org/event-3597744

In this workshop, Crafting a Compelling Personal Essay, participants will learn the building blocks of writing an effective and satisfying personal essay. Through examples and writing exercises, we’ll learn how to write about our lived experiences in a way that unearths deeper meaning and connects with readers and the broader world. Led by Patrice Gopo.

SAGA
When: March 6-8, 2020
Where: Charlotte Hilton University Place, 8629 J M Keynes Dr.
Cost: Varies
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Info/Register: www.sagaconference.com

SAGA is the professional development conference for genre fiction writers. Featuring two days of workshops, presentations, and panels from professional, published writers on business and craft, SAGA blends the fun and camaraderie of a science fiction and fantasy convention with the educational opportunities of a writing conference. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet and talk with best sellers and successful midlist authors and learn what it really takes to be a professional writer. SAGA students can buy books from attending faculty, pitch their ideas to agents, editors, and publishers, and take the next step in building their writing career. Learn from the pros. Hone your craft. Write your saga.

NEW! QUEEN CITY ZINE FEST 2020
When: Saturday, March 28
Where: CPCC's Harper Campus, 315 W. Hebron St.
Cost: Free
Website: https://www.queencityzinefest.com

Queen City Zine Fest celebrates self-published zines, comics, illustrations, chapbooks, small press editions, and other printed matter. They desire to foster community of independent publishers and those that are passionate about it. Their goal is to showcase DIY work and provide a platform for education and the exchange of ideas. All of our events are family friendly and free and open to the public!

WRITING FOR YOUR LIFE
When: March 24-25
Where: Christ Episcopal Church, 1412 Providence Rd.
Cost: $329
Info/Register: https://writingforyourlife.com/charlotte-2020

The conference is open to all who are interested in spiritual writing, as well as those interested in reading spiritual books. Speakers include Barbara Brown Taylor, other popular Christian authors, and representatives from the Christian publishing industry. Additional speakers include Leighton Ford, Margot Starbuck, J. Dana Trent, Patrice Gopo, and Kathy Izard, and literary agents Kathryn Helmers and Jevon Bolden.

CHARLOTTE LIT – CLASSES
When: More than 40 classes from September to May
Where: Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Ave. - Rm. 208
Cost: Varies
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Info/Register: https://www.charlottelit.org

Charlotte Lit offers craft classes for writers and arts-based classes for everyone, led by some of the area's best writers and teachers. See website for current course listing.

DAVIDSON
CRAFTING A COMPELLING PERSONAL ESSAY

When: Saturday, February 22, 1:00 pm
Where: Davidson Friends Meeting House, 625 South St.
Cost: $30 (members) / $40 (non-members)
Info/Register: https://charlottewriters39club35.wildapricot.org/event-3597744

In this workshop, Crafting a Compelling Personal Essay, participants will learn the building blocks of writing an effective and satisfying personal essay. Through examples and writing exercises, we’ll learn how to write about our lived experiences in a way that unearths deeper meaning and connects with readers and the broader world. Led by Patrice Gopo.

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.


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
Know of a literary event happening in Moore 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.


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
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!

NEW! KIM BARNES READING
When: Thursday, February 20, 7:00 pm
Where: The University of North Carolina at Wilmington - Kenan Hall 1111
Cost: Free
Kim Barnes, visiting writer in the Department of Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, will read. Kim Barnes’s novels and memoirs have been named among the best books of the year by San Francisco Chronicle, the Seattle Times, the Washington Post, and the Kansas City Star. A Country Called Home received the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Fiction, and she is a recipient of the PEN/Jerard Award for her first memoir, In the Wilderness, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. This event is free and open to the public. A reception sponsored by the department and book signing sponsored by Pomegranate Books will follow the reading.

NEW! MELODY MOEZZI BOOK LAUNCH
When: Monday, March 2, 7:00 pm
Where: The University of North Carolina at Wilmington - Kenan Hall 1111
Cost: Free
Melody Moezzi, visiting assistant professor in the Department of Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, will read to celebrate the release of her latest book, The Rumi Prescription. Melody Moezzi is an Iranian-American Muslim author, attorney, activist, and professor of creative nonfiction. This event is free and open to the public. A reception sponsored by the department and book signing sponsored by Pomegranate Books will follow the reading.

FEMME SPEAK OUT
When: First Friday of the month
Where: Gravity Records, 612 Castle St.
Cost: Free
Website: https://athenianpw.org

To learn from, feel, and understand what the community of women and femme voices has to say. Hosted by Athenian Press & Workshops.

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: Elizabeth Gordon, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website: https://portcityplaywrights.wordpress.com/
Port City Playwrights' Project, a community of writers for stage and screen, meets twice a month to read members' scripts and offer constructive feedback in a spirit of mutual support. Our meetings feature lively discussions and will focus on plays in development for upcoming productions. Newcomers at any experience level are always welcome.

ART IN BLOOM
When: Second Sunday of the Month, 2:30 pm
Where: Art in Bloom Gallery, 210 Princess St.
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Join us for a special pre-Valentine’s Day Open Reading and reception on Sunday, February 9, 2:30–4:30 pm. Doors open at 2:30 pm; and the reading begins at 3:00 pm. Refreshments provided! Bring your own prose and poetry or share favorites by others. Help us celebrate love in all its form, for example, romantic, platonic, twisted, unravelled, struck by lightning and/or "it's complicated." The reading and reception are part of the Second-Sunday Reading Series each month in 2020 at Art in Bloom Gallery. Each Reading has a different focus including guest writers and is free and open to the public. The series celebrates the convergence of the literary and visual arts.

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 2019 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.


NORTHAMPTON COUNTY
Know of a literary event happening in Northampton 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.


ONSLOW COUNTY
TOPSAIL WRITERS
HOLLY RIDGE

When: Contact for next meeting time
Where: 4 C's Java, 1601 E. Ocean Hwy.
Cost: Free
Contact: Edward Wills, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
, 910-554-1374
Website: https://www.facebook.com/Topsail-Writers

Are you an author, blogger, or writer of any sort? Do you want to become one? If so, you are invited to join your peers at Topsail Writers. The group is made of published authors, students, and those beginning to explore writing careers. Meetings typically last for two hours with the first hour reserved for a discussion of a writing-related topic and the second for communal writing time. Participants are encouraged to bring a computer.


ORANGE COUNTY
CARRBORO
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: $120 per month
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website:  www.NancyPeacockBooks.com

Prompt Writing: serious writing begins with playful writing. Writing weekly from prompts with a group of writers will help you play your way into the possibilities of the written word.

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 
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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 the author of the novels Life Without Water (chosen as a New York Times Notable), Home Across the Road, The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson, and the memoir A Broom of One's Own (five stars from Cheryl Strayed).

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: Pam Baggett, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
or Joan Barasovska, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
This monthly reading series is co-hosted by Pam Baggett and Joan Barasovska 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. Fun group and great community. No need to register. Just show up with paper and pen.

POWER TO THE POETS
When: Fourth Sunday of the month, 6:00-8:00 pm
Where: The Cave, 452 W. Franklin St.
Cost: Free
A monthly series dedicated to showcasing poets of all persuasions!

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--and a memoir, Barefoot to Avalon, published by Grove Atlantic Press. David has recently completed a screenplay of Barefoot to Avalon for Oscar-nominated director Giulio Ricciarelli. David’s Thursday evening classes—MFA-level workshops limited to six members per section—is open to fiction and nonfiction writers.


PENDER COUNTY
Know of a literary event happening in Pender 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.


PERQUIMANS COUNTY
Know of a literary event happening in Perquimans 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.


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 a monthly event  put on by the North Carolina Writers' Network.


POLK COUNTY
Know of a literary event happening in Polk 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.


RANDOLPH  COUNTY
Know of a literary event happening in Randolph 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.


ROBESON COUNTY
Know of a literary event happening in Robeson 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.


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: Vincent Vezza, 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 a monthly event  put on by the North Carolina Writers' Network.


RUTHERFORD COUNTY
SPINDALE
ISOTHERMAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE WRITERS' WORKSHOP

When: Saturday, March 28, 10:30 am
Where: Isothermal Community College, 286 ICC Loop Rd.
Cost: $25
Contact: Kathy Ackerman, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tina Barr and Vicki Lane will be the presenters for a full and fun day of workshops on "Folk Wisdom: Proverbs as Prompts for Creating Narrative, Memoir, Poem;" "Nourishing Your Work: Using Food to Enhance Your Writing;" and "Twenty Questions about Writing." The event is from 10:30 am - 3:30 pm. The authors will read and sign their books. Coffee and snacks will be provided.


SCOTLAND COUNTY
Know of a literary event happening in Scotland 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.


STANLY COUNTY
Know of a literary event happening in Stanly 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.


SURRY COUNTY
MT. AIRY
AUTHOR DRAFT OPEN MIC

When: Second Tuesday of the month, 7:00 pm
Where: 449 N. Andy Griffith Hwy - Ste. 800
Contact: 336-755-2158
We welcome all authors and genres. All readers and listeners are welcome. Readers will be given 5 minutes to read. We will start at 7:00 pm and try to allow all authors to read. We will limit to 15 readers.


SWAIN COUNTY
BRYSON CITY
PINTS, POEMS, AND PROSE
When: Second Thursday of the month, 7:00 pm
Where: Nantahala Brewing, 61 Depot St.
Cost: Free
Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/652293538542509

Nantahala Brewing Company, in collaboration with North Carolina Writers’ Network-West, is thrilled to announce its first writers' open mic, which will be held on Thursday, April 11—recurring every second Thursday of the month. Open to the public, PINTS, POEMS, & PROSE is an effort to cultivate and celebrate the rich culture of poetry and storytelling that exists in Swain County and the surrounding communities of western NC. Join award-winning poet and author of The Geese Who Might be Gods, Benjamin Cutler, and award-winning novelist and author of the forthcoming novel Even As We Breathe, Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle, for an evening of good words and good drink. Writers in all stages of development are welcome to read their work, and everyone is welcome to listen and enjoy. Event begins at 7:00, and open mic sign-ups will begin at 6:45 for ten-minute reading sessions. Share a poem, share a story, share a beer.


TRANSYLVANIA COUNTY
BREVARD
THE TRANSYLVANIA WRITERS ALLIANCE
When: First and Third Tuesdays
Where: Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church, 249 E. Main St., Brevard
Contact: Betty O. Taylor, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
We meet for two hours to critique one another's work and to share publishing opportunities. We would like more writers to join us: we have poets, science fiction writers, essayists, memoirists, nonfiction, academic writers, and fiction.

TYRRELL COUNTY
Know of a literary event happening in Tyrrell 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.


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
CARY
NAZIM HIKMET POETRY FESTIVAL
When: Sunday, March 29, 2020, 1:00-7:00 pm
Where: Page-Walker Arts & History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop
Cost: Free
Website: http://www.nazimhikmetpoetryfestival.org/index.php?id=3

The 12th annual Nazim Hikmet Poetry Festival brings together poets, scholars, and poetry fans in the humanistic spirit of the internationally-renowned Turkish poet Nâzım Hikmet Ran. Presented by American-Turkish Association of North Carolina.

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 SCREENWRITERS GROUP
When: Second Wednesday and Fourth Tuesday of the month, 7:00 pm
Where: Hunt Library, NC Sate University (Wednesdays) and private residence in Durham (Tuesdays)
Cost: Free
Contact: Jim McQuaid, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website: http://trianglefilmmaking.com/tfc-screenwriters-group

A free group for screenwriters that provides feedback on work and community of fellow writers (and filmmakers). The group is currently moderated by Jim McQuaid and N.C. Jones. Anyone may attend at any time. The best way to join is to get on the email list, which is managed by moderator Jim McQuaid. Jim sends out a meeting reminder a week or so prior to every meeting which contains the room number for the upcoming meeting. Note that we share everyone’s email address to enable direct and informal connections within the group. All members are required to sign our “covenant” of rules which govern our meetings. Basically it means that everyone behaves like an adult and that suggestions for another’s script are freely given. You can download the form below. Physical copies are available at the meeting as well.

THIRD WEDNESDAY OPEN MIC AT LUCKY TREE
When: Third Wednesday of the month, 6:30 pm
Where: Lucky Tree, 3801 Hillsborough St.
Website: www.luckytreeraleigh.com

All genres welcome. Five-minute time limit; twelve readers.

TRIANGLE ASSOCIATION OF FREELANCERS
When: Last Wednesday of the month, 5:30 pm   
Where: Milton's Pizza and Pasta, 8853 Six Forks 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 (but please check our site for some date variations), 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Where: Quail Ridge Books, North Hills, 4209-100 Lassiter Mill Rd.
Website: http://www.meetup.com/wonderlandbookclub/
Cost: Free and open to the public

Now going into its twelfth 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 and having a worthy discussion with them. 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 2020, we will cover the genres of fiction, memoir, and nonfiction. The Wonderland Book Club is hosted by Alice Osborn and is the monthly meeting of the NCWN Wake County region of the North Carolina Writers' Network. Lunch follows the meeting (Dutch treat) at Vivace at North Hills. Sign up for free at our Meetup site. We are open to the public and welcome all!

  • Feb 28: Marianna Crane, Stories from the Tenth Floor Clinic
  • March 27: Jason Miller, “Langston Hughes” in the Critical Lives series distributed in the U.S. by the University of Chicago Press
  • April 24: Tricia Wilson, Adopting Grace
  • May 29: Jorge Cortese, The Watchtowers
  • June 26: NO BOOK—Enjoy the month off!
  • July 31: Iris Yang (Qing Yang), Will of a Tiger
  • Aug 28: Val Nieman, To the Bones **field trip to Scuppernong Books in Greensboro**
  • Sept 25: Elaine Neil Orr, Swimming Between Worlds
  • Oct 30: Joanna Evans, Sinai Unhinged
  • Nov 13: Discover a Classic: Herman Melville, Moby Dick with Steve Mitchell of Scuppernong Books and author of Cloud Diary facilitating
  • Dec 4: Leslie Tall Manning, Knock on Wood

HEART OF CAROLINA ROMANCE WRITERS
When: Second Saturday of the month, 1:00 pm
Where: ECPI University, 4101 Doie Cope Rd.
Cost: First two meetings free; then, $30 annual dues
Contact: Susan Chapek, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website: www.HeartofCarolina.org

Arm your Fiction with Facts! Presenter Harvey Webb is going to demonstrate the types and uses of weapons that we rely on in our fiction to promote our characters’ conflicts. He will bring props for us to handle so we can get the feel of the weapons our characters might use and he will arm us with informational details that will make our fiction more realistic and believable.

RALEIGH REVIEW
When: Friday, February 21, 2020, 7:00 pm
Where: Quail Ridge Books, 4209-100 Lassiter Mill Rd.
Raleigh Review began as a blogzine called Rig Poetry on February 21, 2010. Over the past decade, Raleigh Review has evolved into a nonprofit organization that publishes an award-winning literary magazine that believes great literature inspires empathy in neighbors everywhere in the world. Writers and poets will include: Landon Houle, Tyree Daye, Leila Chatti, Dorianne Laux, Joseph Millar, and emcee Heather Bell Adams.

THE NC BOOK FESTIVAL 2020
When: February 21-23, 2020
Where: Various locations
Cost: Free
Website: https://ncbookfestival.com

With special guests including Katya Apekina, Jericho Brown, Kwame Mbalia, Taylor Jenkins Reid, Kim Stanley Robinson, and more.

ARTS & LECTURE SERIES - SEASON 2
When: Various dates in March, 2020
Where: Quail Ridge Books, North Hills Mall, 4209-100 Lassiter Mill Rd.
Cost: $85
Info/Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-2020-nc-book-festival-and-quail-ridge-books-arts-lecture-series-tickets-82529270269

Announcing the North Carolina Book Festival/Quail Ridge Books Arts & Lecture Series. The Arts & Lecture Series strives to bring the most engaging authors, writers and thinkers to our state. As follows:
  • Tuesday, March 10, 7:00 pm, Therese Anne Fowler in conversation with John Kessel
  • Tuesday, March 17, 7:00 pm, James McBride
  • Thursday, March 19, 7:00 pm, Valeria Luiselli

WRITE NOW! 2020
When: Saturday, May 2
Where: The McKimmon Conference & Training Center, 1101 Gorman St.
Cost: $89 / $75 for students with ID, seniors 65+ and retired/active duty military personnel. Conference fee includes all conference activities, beverages, box lunch and door prizes
Website: https://tafnc.com/WriteNow

Keynote Presenters: Philip Gerard (Nonfiction), Zelda Lockhart (Fiction). Other presenters: A.G. Riddle (“Full Lives: Crafting Character Biographies for Fiction Writers”); Cat Warren (“Nonfiction Book Proposals that Compel and Sell”); Pam Beck (“Green Thumb & Inky Fingers: Writing for Gardening Audiences”); Becket Royce and Talmadge Ragan (“Book Narration 101”); Dana Coen (“Exploring Dramatic Narrative: A Deep Dive”); Nicole Givens Kurtz and Scott Reintgen (with A.G. Riddle) (“Future Visions: Writing and Selling Science Fiction and Fantasy”). Hosted by the Triangle Association of Freelancers.

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: Bill Runyan, President, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Workshops devoted to skills training, open to the public.

HIGH COUNTRY WRITERS
When: Second and fourth Thursdays, 10:00 am
Where: Watauga County Library, 140 Queen St.
Contact: Bill Runyan, President, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Judith Geary, co-VP / Program Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Anita Laymon, co-VP / Program Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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
Know of a literary event happening in Wayne 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.


WILKES COUNTY
Know of a literary event happening in Wilkes 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.


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
Know of a literary event happening in Yadkin 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.


YANCEY COUNTY
Know of a literary event happening in Yancey 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.


ONLINE
ONLINE

NEW! MARKETING FOR AUTHORS: 5 THINGS YOU NEED TO DO RIGHT NOW TO GROW YOUR AUDIENCE
When: Thursday, March 19, 7:00 pm
Where: Online
Cost: $45
Register: https://www.ncwriters.org/ncwnsecure/reg/onlineClassFormMar2020.php

Marketing is critical for all authors: especially if you’re an indie author or one who self-publishes. This course will teach you five things you can do right now to build your audience and connect with readers in a way that makes them superfans. We’ll focus on ways you can collaborate with other authors and provide engaging content to your readers in a way that's easy for you—and even fun! We’ll cover some basics like creating an engaging author newsletter and using social media effectively, and move on to advanced strategies for building a tribe of authors who support each other in ways that promote growth for everyone. Led by Lauren Faulkenberry, co-founder and co-publisher of Blue Crow Publishing. Hosted by the North Carolina Writers' Network.


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.

ROOM FOR POETRY
When: Third Tuesday of the month, 2:00-4:00 pm
Where: Mountain Regional Public Library, 698 Miller St., Young Harris
Contact: Maren O. Mitchell, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cost: Free
This poetry critique group provides constructive verbal and written feedback from other poets. No fees or membership dues required. This progarm is hosted by NCWN-West, a program of NCWN, and is open to the public. Contact Regional Rep Maren Mitchell, above, for information.

BLUE RIDGE WRITERS' CONFERENCE
When: April 3-4
Where: The Art Center, 420 W Main St., Blue Ridge
Cost: Varies
Info/Register: https://www.blueridgewritersconference.com

Keynote speaker: Melissa Fay Greene. Workshops include "Make Your Story Stronger" with Sheila Athens and "Making Sense of Your Research" with G. Wayne Clough. Additional instructors include Elizabeth Dulemba, Laura Newbern, Bonnie Robinson, and jenenifere Jabaley.

SOUTH CAROLINA
HUB CITY WORKSHOPS
When: Saturdays, 2:00-5:00 pm
Where: Spartanburg Public Library, 151 S. Church St. Ext, Spartanburg
Cost: $35
Info/Register: https://hubcity.org/workshops

Writing workshops throughout the year, hosted by Hub City Writers Project.

NEW! WRITING WORKSHOPS
When: Various dates
Where: Hub City Bookshop and Press, Masonic Temple, 186 W. Main St., Spartanburg
Cost: $30 (each)
Info/Register: https://www.hubcity.org/workshops

As follows:

  • February 22, 2:00 pm, "Multigenre Workshop: Nicki Salcedo, Losing Your Writing Inhibitions"
  • March 14, 2:00 pm, "Guided by Voices: Fiction Workshop with Tupelo Hassman"
  • April 11, 200 pm, "Poetry Workshop with Alexis Orera: Writing the Body"

VIRGINIA
WRITERS HOUSE WINTER 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.


OTHER COUNTRIES
ENGLAND
WORDTHEATRE WRITERS WORKSHOP AND RETREAT

When: June 26 - July 3, 2020
Where: Edale, England
Cost: Varies
Info/Register: https://wordtheatre.com/workshop-and-guest-speakers

We are excited to announce that Ron Carlson, who bravely lead the very first one, will be back to run the 2020 workshop in Edale, England. The evening salons are an important part of the workshop and are led by authors of several genres – short story, travel writing, children’s books, novelists – as well as agents, publishers, journalists and more. 2020 Speakers to be announced!

FRANCE
THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF PARIS SUMMER INSTITUTES

When: Various dates
Where: The American University of Paris, 5 Boulevard de la Tour Maubourg, Paris
Cost: Varies
Info/Register: https://www.aup.edu/admissions/summer

Programs include the Creative Writing Institute, which offers participants the opportunity to write and share poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction in a workshop-style format working with accomplished faculty members Siân Dafydd, Biswamit Dwibedy, and Amanda Dennis. Available this year: two competitive travel stipends of up to €500 each to outstanding Creative Writing Institute participants. All participants who wish to be considered for the travel stipends must submit their applications by March 1, 2020. Winners will be announced in early April. 2020 also marks the inaugural year of the International Journalism Institute. Over this intensive three-week course, participants will learn how to navigate a foreign city in search of news, meet the professionals who work a foreign beat, and learn how to compile and file a multi-media story under time pressure. Participants will learn with expert AUP Global Communications faculty and guests from organizations like France 24, Le Monde, and Agence France-Presse, and by the end of the three-week summer school will have a small multimedia portfolio.

IRELAND
ANAM CARA WRITER'S AND ARTIST'S RETREAT

When: Various dates in 2020
Where: Anam Cara Writer's and Artist's Retreat, Eyeries, Beara, Bantry, Co. Cork, P75 DP66
Cost: Varies
Contact: Sue, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website: https://www.anamcararetreat.com

High on a heather-covered hillside awaits Anam Cara, a tranquil spot set apart to nurture and to provide sanctuary for those who create. Whether you come to work on a writing or artistic project of your own or as part of a workshop or special interest group, you will find support, creature comforts, and peace – all you need to produce your best work.

 
Joomla Template: by JoomlaShack