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

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

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

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

MEBANE
WRITING FOR CHILDREN CRITIQUE GROUP

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

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


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


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


ANSON COUNTY
WADESBORO
ANSON COUNTY WRITERS' CLUB

When: Fourth Sunday of the month, 3:00 pm
Where: 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
Know of a literary event happening in Beaufort County?  Send a brief notice to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for inclusion in the NCWN Literary Calendar.


BRUNSWICK COUNTY
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.


BUNCOMBE COUNTY
ASHEVILLE

ONE-ON-ONE TUTORIALS
When: Ongoing
Where: Online
Cost: $35 p/hour, $50 for 2 hours
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website: www.twwoa.org

The Writers' Workshop of Asheville is offering one-on-one tutorials for any writer, regardless of experience. Whether you need help getting started and sticking to a schedule, or how to polish your work for publication, we're here to help.

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' WORKSHOP
When: Various Saturdays in fall, 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Where: 387 Beaucatcher Rd.
Cost: $75 (members) / $80 (non-members)
Info/Register: https://www.twwoa.org/workshops.html

Advanced registration required. Financial assistance in exchange for volunteer hours in available for low-income writers. 

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 fall
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.

MAY MEETING OF THOMAS WOLFE SOCIETY
When: May 27-19, 2022
Where: Four Points by Sheraton Asheville Downtown
Cost: Varies
Contact: Rebecca Godwin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hotel Reservations: https://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1628538262503&key=GRP&app=resvlink

Save the dates.

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.

2021 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!


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.

NEWTON
NEW! FIRST ANNUAL FALL BOOK FAIR

When: Saturday, October 30, 12:00-6:00 pm
Where: Catawba Farms, 1670 Southwest Blvd.
Cost: Free
Children storytelling, book signings with authors, food & beverage and live music by the CVCC Jazz Ensemble & guitar virtuoso Vicki Genfan. Featured authors include former NC Poet Laureate Shelby Stephenson; NCWN Regional Rep Scott Owens; Les Brown; Tammy Wilson; and many more.


CHATHAM COUNTY

PITTSBORO

PITTSBORO 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.
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.

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.


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

NEW! NCWN 2021 FALL CONFERENCE
When: November 19-21
Where: Sheraton Imperial Hotel, 4700 Emperor Blvd. (just off I-40)
Cost: Varies
Register: https://ncwriters.org/index.php/programs-and-services/conferences/12258-fc21

The NCWN Fall Conference is a full weekend featuring workshops and master classes in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as featured readings, panel discussions, and a Manuscript Mart with agents and editors.The faculty includes fiction writers Daniel Wallace, Mesha Maren, Heather Bell Adams, and Michele T. Berger; nonfiction writers Marianne Gingher and Georgann Eubanks; and poets Tyree Daye, Fred Joiner, Hannah VanderHart, and more. NC Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green will give the Keynote Address. The weekend includes faculty readings, open mics, panels, and more.

BLACK WOMEN WRITE IN NATURE HIKE
When: Saturday, October 2, 1:00-3:00 pm
Where: Duke Forest, Couch Mountain Trail - Gate 11
Cost: $25
Info/Register: https://herstorygardenstudios.com/workshops-%26-events

Rain or shine, Zelda Lockhart willl take you on a trek through the woods social distanced with our masks on, our journals in hand and our sense of adventure primed to discover through the "Noticing the Minutia Ceremony" from her work-in-progress Recollect: A Black Woman's Creative Journey to Decolonize Mind, Body & Soul. This is limited to 5 participants. We will stroll and notice for a mile then sit and write with prompting, then turn ourselves around and head back. You must wear a mask at all times. Bring your water and your walking shoes.

MONDAY NIGHT WRITERS
When: Every other Monday, 6:30-8:30 pm
Where: Zoom (for now) / In-Person in Durham (eventually)
Cost: $35 p/session
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website: http://allisonkirkland.com

Since March, 2019, Allison Kirkland has been leading a rigorous and collaborative writing workshop that meets every other Monday evening from 6:30-8:3 0pm. During these session, participants workshop each other's writing (fiction, nonfiction, and poetry) and also provide support and accountability. It’s a great fit for writers who are working on longterm projects or who benefit from accountability and deadlines. This workshop is open to local women writers.

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.


FORSYTH
WINSTON-SALEM
4 ON 4TH LOCAL AUTHOR EVENT
When: Wednesdays in the fall, 7:00 pm
Where: Bookmarks, 634 W. 4th St. - #110
Cost: Free
Come and hear from local authors from the Triad area! It's a great free, in-person event to meet local authors. Stay turned for authors to be announced. 4 on 4th is a monthly event in the bookstore, co-hosted by Winston-Salem Writers, featuring four local authors. Upcoming dates include August 25 and October 27.

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.

BOOKMARKS FESTIVAL OF BOOKS AND AUTHORS
When: September 23-25
Where: Downtown Winston-Salem
Cost: Varies
Info/Tickets: https://www.bookmarksnc.org/festival

Special guests include Wiley Cash, Lauren Groff, Jason Mott, Yusef Salaam, Belinda Smith-Sullivan, and many more. Sponsored by Bookmarks.

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.


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


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


GUILFORD COUNTY
GREENSBORO

NEW! ASK A BOOKSELLER / PUBLISHER ANYTHING
When: Sunday, October 10, 4:00 pm
Where: Online via Zoom and Scuppernong Books, 304 S. Elm St.
Cost: Free
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The North Carolina Writers' Network of Greater Greensboro is hosting a September meeting with Steve Mitchell. Mr. Mitchell is co-owner of Scuppernong Books, editor of Scuppernong Editions, and an indie published author. He will explain how the publishing industry works, including the book distribution chain that gets books into bookstores, and how this information empowers you as a writer (traditional and self-published). In-person and Zoom. Registration required for Zoom.

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.
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HARNETT COUNTY
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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. We accepting online sign-up for the open mic session at https://thebrandybar.com/writers-open-mic/
until we fill up the evening's allotted time, at which point we will apologetically close for the month.

LITERARY OPEN MIC NIGHT
When: The fourth Thursday of the month, 5:00-6:30pm
Where: Kaplan Auditorium, Henderson County Library, 301 N. Washington St.
Sign-ups start at 4:30 and reading begins at 5:00. Writers of all sorts and levels are welcome to share about 5 minutes of prose or poetry. Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
for updates or to be added to our mailing list.


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
SELMA
TELLING OUR STORIES

When: Thursdays through December 2, 1:00-3:00 pm
Where: Harrison Center for Active Aging, 611 W Noble St.
A free drop-in memoir writing class. The September 2 class will be led by Benson poet and retired educator Teresa McLamb Blackmon. The rest of the Thursday classes in September will be led by Pine Level author 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
KINSTON
NRL WRITERS' GROUP

When: Second Mondays of the moth, 6:00 pm
Where: Kinston-Lenoir County Public Library, 510 N. Queen St.
Contact: Chanda Platania at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
or 252-527-7066 ext. 140
Cost: Our meetings are free and open to the public!
We share ideas, short stories, and assign writing prompts to hone our skills each month.


LINCOLN COUNTY
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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
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MCDOWELL COUNTY
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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.

CHARLOTTE LIT – CLASSES
When: Fall
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.

AUTHORS LAB
When: September, 2021 - August, 2022
Where: 1817 Central Ave. - #302
Cost: $3,000
Info/Register: http://www.charlottelit.org/authorslab

Complete a novel or memoir with a little help from your friends. Charlotte Lit’s Authors Lab is an intensive program designed to guide you through the process of writing a full-length novel or memoir. Wherever you are in the process, from idea to completed first draft, Authors Lab helps get you to the finish line — and to develop stronger writing skills, which will be with you for this book and beyond. The year-long program includes six weekend intensives in Charlotte, customized coaching, and the support of a cohort community. Application deadline is August 1, and the program begins in September.

CHAPBOOK LAB
When: September, 2021 - August, 2022
Where: 1817 Central Ave. - #302
Cost: $3,000
Info/Register: https://www.charlottelit.org/chapbooklab

Write, revise, and publish a chapbook. Charlotte Lit's new Poetry Chapbook Lab is an intensive year-long program that guides you through the process of writing, revising, and preparing a chapbook-length selection of poems for publication. Program features monthly in-person workshopping with Dannye Romine Powell; quarterly one-on-one mentoring from Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Stuart Dischell, Lola Haskins, or Jessica Jacobs; four master classes from our award-winning poet mentors; and chapbook publication from Charlotte Lit’s new Writers/South Press. Application deadline is August 1 for the upcoming program year, which runs September 2021 to August 2022.

DAVIDSON
NEW! 911 POETRY ANTHOLOGY READING

When: Tuesday, October 5, 7:00 pm
Where: Main Street Books, 126 S. Main St.
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website: www.mainstreetbooksdavidson.com

Join local poets as they share poems from Crossing the Rift: North Carolina Poets on 911 and Its Aftermath. No matter how you were touched by the events of September 11th, 2001, that moment continues to resonate. This anthology, published by Press 53, brings together 116 poets from across the state, including six North Carolina poets laureate, in considering not only what happened that tragic day, but what continues to challenge us 20 years later: Islamophobia, the vilification of refugees and asylum-seekers, nationalism, supercharged military budgets, and rises in virulent racism and domestic terrorism. Edited by former North Carolina poet laureate Joseph Bathanti and 911 family member and former literature and theater director for the North Carolina Arts Council David Potorti, Crossing the Rift takes head-on what Carolyn Forche calls “the poetry of witness” and its advocacy “for a shared sense of humanity and collective resistance.” This event will be co-hosted by Main Street Books and Charlotte Writers Club North.

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

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


NEW HANOVER COUNTY
WILMINGTON

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
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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

WEST END POETRY FESTIVAL
When: October 15-16
Where: Online and in-person, various locations
Cost: Free
Website: http://www.westendpoetryfestival.org

The West End Poetry Festival has changed formats to help keep both poetry alive and our poets safe. Join us online October 15 & 16, for interactive and asynchronous events celebrating “The United Poetry Service: Poetry of the People.” Guests include Carrboro Poet Laureate Gary Phillips, Fred Joiner, Celissa Steele, CJ Suitt, Gideon Young, and more.

ECL 225
When: Various dates in fall
Where: Various locations
Info/Register: https://ecl225.unc.edu

The Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will celebrate 225 years of rhetoric, writing, film and literature with a series of virtual events. Guests include Frank Bruni; Gabriel Bump; Jill McCorkle; and many more.

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
BLACK WOMEN WRITING MEMOIR
When: 1st and 3rd Sundays, 2:00-3:30 pm, October 3 - June 19, 2022
Where: Her Story Garden Studios
Cost: $1,350
Info/Register: https://herstorygardenstudios.com/workshops-%26-events

This nine-month workshop with 18 sessions is designed to guide Black women through the healing, self-defining, liberating ceremonies of Zelda Lockhart's memoir writing practice in order to reconcile your life so that you reconcile your purpose. It is designed to help you heal your wounds so that you manifest your gifts and reconnect with the omniscient wise woman you are. Payment plan available.

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

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


POLK COUNTY
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RANDOLPH  COUNTY
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ROBESON COUNTY
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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
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SCOTLAND COUNTY
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STANLY COUNTY
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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
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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
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!

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.

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
HIGHLENE BOSTIAN FRANK VISITING WRITERS SERIES
When: Various Thursdays in fall Where: Table Rock Room, 201-B Plemmons Student Union, Appalachian State University
Cost: Free
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website: https://english.appstate.edu/visiting-writers-series

Appalachian State University offers the following events; please note that the University requires masks in all indoor locations:

  • September 30, Ashleigh Phillips (Craft Talk: 3:30-4:30 pm; Reading 6:00-7:00 pm)
  • October 31, Matthew Wimberley (Craft Talk: 2:00-3:00 pm; Reading 6:00-7:00 pm), Beacon Heights Room, 417 Plemmons Student Union
  • November 18, Jacinta White (Craft Talk: 2:00-3:00 pm; Reading 6:00-7:00 pm)

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
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WILKES COUNTY
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WILSON COUNTY
WILSON

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


YADKIN COUNTY
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YANCEY COUNTY
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ONLINE

NEW! THE BIG SHARE: ALTERNATIVE FORMS OF PUBLICATION IN A DIGITAL AGE
When: Tuesday, October 21, 7:00 pm
Where: Online
Cost: $35 (NCWN members) / $45 (non-members)
Info/Register: https://www.ncwriters.org/ncwnsecure/reg/onlineClassFormOct2021.php

For more than 30 years, Katie Winkler has been writing for publication and production. Through technology, she has found new avenues to share her work with people all over the world. In "The Big Share," she'll discuss some of the non-traditional publishing avenues that offer writers a creative outlet as well as incentive to keep improving their writing and a reason to produce their art—without costing much. This conversation will cover podcasting; editing a literary journal; writing and producing for stage and screen; blogging; and more. Hosted by the NC Writes' Network.

FINDING A STORY WITH JILL MCCORKLE
When: Saturday, September 25, 2:00-4:00 pm
Where: Online
Register: https://charlottewriters39club35.wildapricot.org/event-4386755

Website: https://www.charlottewritersclub.org/cwc_north_calendar_of_events

Zoom with Charlotte Writers' Club North for McCorkle's workshop, "Finding a Story," from 2-4 pm then log on with Main Street Books at 7:00 pm and "the born novelist" reads from her latest bestseller Heiroglyphics. For More about these events sponsored by CWC North and Main Street Books visit the CWC North Events page.

A VIRTUAL DAY WITH JILL MCCORKLE
When: Saturday, September 25, 2:00 pm
Where: Online
Cost: $30 (CWC members) / $40 (non-members)
Info/Register: https://charlottewriters39club35.wildapricot.org/event-4386755

Reserve your seat now for a craft workshop and a free evening book event, both on Zoom, the Charlotte Writers' Club North hosts Jill McCorkle's "Finding a Story."

 THE WORD IS OUT OPEN MIC POETRY
When: Tuesday, September 28, 6:45-8:30 pm
Where: Online
Cost: Free
Register: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Co-sponsored by the Forsyth County Public Library and Winston-Salem Writers, Featured Writer and Optional Theme to be announced. Word spinners and poem riders round up to enjoy the imagery of poetry, spoken word, and a few songs. Like Planet Fitness, this is a Judgement Free Zone ... Freedom.

NEW!! ELEMENTS OF CHARACTER BUILDING: FICTION
When: Saturday, October 2, 10:00 am
Where: Online
Cost: $30 (members) / $40 (non-members)
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Info/Register: https://www.charlottewritersclub.org/workshops

We all know it—readers identify with characters. That’s why they keep reading. But as writers, we want to tell the story. Sure, the story has characters, a protagonist, an antagonist probably, and those characters are directly involved in the story. But, if we want those readers to keep turning pages, we have to get out of the way and let our characters tell their story. The better we know those characters, the easier it will be to step aside and let them shine. This workshop will provide tools and techniques for creating a new character or fleshing out one you already have. Through a series of guided questions and explorations, attendees will come away with a character they really know, and know intimately, and they’ll also gain techniques to find, identify, and employ conflict that arises naturally from character to create stories (and characters) readers remember. Led by Kevin Winchester.

SELF-DISCOVERY THROUGH NATURE CONTACT
When: Sunday, October 3, 1:30-4:30 pm
Where: Online
Cost: $40
Info/Register: https://centersw.org/programs/self-care-through-nature-contact

Spend an autumn afternoon at a unique online writing workshop for personal discovery, enhanced well-being, and a deeper sense of spirituality by connecting with nature. The emphasis will be on insights gained from the writing process while observing an aspect of nature. No prior writing experience is needed. Adults of all ages are welcome. This workshop will be led by Dr. Paula Hartman-Stein.

PRESS 53 WRITING WORKSHOPS
When: Various dates in fall
Where: Online
Cost: Varies
Info/Register: https://www.press53.com/online

As part of the ongoing virtual High Road Festival, Press 53 offers the following online seminars and workshops:

  • "Poetry and Space: Poems Crafted with an Architectural Perspective" with Cheryl Wilder, Thursday, October 7, 6:00 pm, $20
    "Writing Eco-Poetry" with Richard Jackson, Oct. 13 - Nov. 10, $100

WOMEN'S MONDAY NIGHT WRITERS WORKSHOP
When: 6:30-8:30 pm every other Monday evening

Where: Online
Cost: $35 per session
Contact: Allison Kirkland, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: www.allisonkirkland.com
Since March, 2019, Allison Kirkland has been leading and facilitating a rigorous and collaborative women’s workshop that meets every other Monday evening. During these sessions, we workshop each others fiction, nonfiction, and poetry and also provide support and accountability. It’s a great fit for writers who are working on long term projects or who benefit from community. This workshop is open to women and women-identifying local writers of any genre. At the moment this workshop is conducted via Zoom. (Note: This is recommended for writers in the Triangle area because eventually Allison hopes to transition the group back to in-person classes, but for the foreseeable 6 months, she is taking new members from anywhere in North Carolina.)

POETRY IN PAJAMAS
When: Wednesdays, 12:00-1:00 pm
Where: Online
Cost: Free
Contact: Rob Smith, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Join in from wherever you are, for Poetry in Pajamas (or other comfortable attire). We will work on new poems and listen to others in the comfort of a virtual space. Contact Rob Smith (above) and register with an email address and the meeting link will be sent on the day of the program. Hosted by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Library.

CRAFT: AUTHORS IN CONVERSATION
When: Wednesdays, 7:00 pm
Where: https://www.crowdcast.io/denisekiernan
Hosted by Denise Kiernan and Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe.

WRITE LIKE YOU MEAN IT!
When: Thursdays, 10:00-11:30 am
Where: Online
Free:
Register: https://www.cmlibrary.org/calendar

Please join from the comfort of your space to write and share our work. Hosted by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Library.

OPEN MIC NIGHT
When: Every Thursday
Where: Online
Info/Submit: https://www.facebook.com/CarolinaTheatre

The Carolina Theatre of Greensboro believes that in these difficult times it is more important than ever to connect with one other. As part of their effort to bring our community together, support local artists, and showcase the amazing talent all around us, theye are hosting virtual open mics! Each Thursday, join online for a FREE virtual concert! Tip artists virtually for their performance, and tell them who you want to see perform LIVE at The Carolina Theatre of Greensboro! Interested in participating? Amateurs and professionals welcome! Singers, instrumentalists, beatboxers, spoken word artists, now is your time to shine! Each week, we’ll stream video submissions to our 35,000 fans! Get tips, exposure, and create JOY in this time of isolation.

MEETUP POETRY CRITIQUES
When: First and third Thursdays, 6:30 pm
Where: Online
Cost: Free
Contact: Jonathan Giles, 919-632-0696 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ongoing bimonthly poetry critiques by fellow poets. E-mail Jonathan for access.

JOHNSTON COUNTY WRITERS
When: Second Thursday of the month, 6:30 pm
Where: Online
Contact: Cindy Brookshire, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
We are working novelists, poets, journalists, creative writing teachers, business writers and storytellers in Johnston County. Our members have ranged from a teenager publishing her first book to a cowboy poet performing at open mics. Come to our virtual meetings! Contact Cindy for meeting log-in info.
 

NCWN CAPE FEAR REGION
When: Various dates in winter and spring
Where: Online
Cost: Free
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Christine Moughamian is the Regional Rep for the Cape Fear Region of the NC Writers’ Network. These recurring events are open to all writers, including those who aren’t NCWN members:

THE WRITERS' EXCHANGE
When: Second and Fourth Thursdays, 6:00 pm
Where: Online
Cost: Free
Request invite: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

TWE Beaufort NC is a free and open Zoom meeting, featuring On-The-Fly Critiques.

WRITERS CONVERSATION HOUR
When: Fridays, 7:00-8:00 pm
Where: Online
Contact: Pam Turner, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hang out virtually with other writers to talk about resources, submission opportunities, and what you have been reading or writing. Contact Pam Turner and the meeting link will be sent on the day of the event. Hosted by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Library.

BURLINGTON WRITERS CLUB MONTHLY MEEETING
When: Second Saturday of the month, 10:00 am
Where: Online
Cost: Free
Contact: Elizabeth Solazzo, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: www.burlingtonwritersclub.org

FLATIRON WRITERS ROOM WINTER CLASSES
When: Various dates in winter
Where: Online
Info/Register: https://www.flatironwritersroom.com

FWR has an amazing roster of virtual classes and events starting in January, with an all-star lineup of new and returning faculty.

WRITERS HOUSE WINTER CLASSES
When: Various dates in winter
Where: Online
Info/Register: http://writerhouse.org/upcoming-classes

The coming term offers seven eight-week classes meeting twice a week. The lineup includes two fiction, one nonfiction, two poetry, and two multi-genre classes. We also have three seminars coming up, one each in January, February, and March.

WRITE YOUR EROTIC JOURNEY THROUGH THE DECADES OF LIFE
When: Rolling
Where: By email
Cost: Free
Info/Register: https://page.stellafosse.com/journey

This is the start of a journey through your erotic history. You will write about each decade of life so far and imagine your sensual life in the future, one decade at a time, guided by prompts about each period. After you finish writing you’ll be guided to reflect on the full arc of your erotic life and tutored through the revision process. With the class you will get an email a day for ten days. You will be guided each step of your journey by published writer, workshop leader and coach Stella Fosse. The entire class is completely free of charge.

LIVE AT WHITE ROCK HALL
When: Ongoing
Where: www.liveatwhiterockhall.com

LIVE at White Rock Hall pairs nationally-known authors with regional musicians and film the collaborations LIVE. We've also started a record label for poets and songwriters and have roduced our first album with Quincy Troupe, which is available on the website, along with a new video "Words That Build Bridges," and a making of episode that is free to our visitors at the site. Get a subscription to our site to see and purchase episodes, interviews, video performances, album releases, and tons of cool merchandise and downloadable audio tracks. Check out our first episode, titled "GENESIS," which tells the history of the show and the 100-year-old church that houses our studio where all these recordings take place. Give us your feedback and continue to visit as we create and release upcoming episodes and groundbreaking content.

MALAPROP'S CONVERSATIONS
When: Ongoing
Where: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyrJepmblOCol0M_hv3Syzg

Asheville's Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe has started a series of author, publisher, and translator in-conversation videos that we're posting on YouTube. So far, we've got interviews with Malaprop's bestselling authors Hernan Diaz (Pulitzer finalist In the Distance) and Scott McClanahan (Crapalachia, The Sarah Book), with more coming along every week.


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: 706-379-3732

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

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.

INK BUCKET WRITERS' GROUP
When: The Third Monday of the Month, 6:00 pm
Where: Hub City Books, 186 W. Main St., Spartanburg
Ink Bucket was formed to further the goal of nurturing writers through monthly meetings (the third Monday of every month) where community members can meet other writers, receive feedback on their work, generate new material, and stay updated!

WRITERS' RETREAT AT FOLLY BEACH
When: October 7-10
Where: Beach House
Cost: Varies
Info/Register: https://www.twwoa.org

Our annual beach retreat is informal, friendly and supportive. It is safe, with vaccinated people and wearing masks etc. We’ll stay at a nice beach house with plenty of space, and have our writing sessions outside on the porch. We usually limit to a small group of people of various writing backgrounds, and will meet twice a day to talk about writing fiction, nonfiction, memoirs, and self-editing. Hosted by The Writers' Workshop.

TENNESSEE
SOUTHERN FESTIVAL OF BOOKS

When: October 9-10
Where: War Memorial Plaza, Nashville
Cost: Free
Website: www.humanitiestennessee.org/sf

Humanities Tennessee is pleased to announce that the 33rd annual Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word will take place in-person. Organizers of the event, the state’s largest literary festival, are planning activities in accordance with state and CDC public health guidelines. Online programming will also be offered leading up to the event.

VIRGINIA
WRITERS HOUSE FALL CLASSES
When: Various dates in fall
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
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