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Author Karen Lauritzen to be January Featured Reader for Mountain Wordsmiths | Virtual

January 25 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Mountain Wordsmiths will begin our 2024 year of gatherings with a stellar guest reader, Karen Lauritzen. The monthly event is sponsored by North Carolina Writers’ Network-West.

Lauritzen writes short stories, poetry, essays and memoir. Her work has been published in WNC-Woman MagazineThe Chrysalis ReaderCarpe Articulum, and others. Her memoir, Nothing Vanishes, Memoir of a Life Transformed, was published in 2012. She was awarded ­ first place in non-­fiction for her short story, “Making My Way Home,” in the 2023 Porter Fleming Literary Awards through the Morris Museum of Art. Just the Right Kind of Wrong is her ­first novel. She lives in North Carolina.

In Just the Right Amount of Wrong, author Karen Lauritzen deftly crafts the story of twenty- three year old Toni Margiani, whose flawed and broken life propels her to St. Mary’s Abbey where she sets forth on a journey of self-discovery and spiritual growth. This book is a page-turner that leaves readers waiting for Lauritzen’s next contribution to literary ­ fiction.” (author Peggy Tabor Millin)

Sandra I. Brown, MA, psychotherapist, writes, “Lauritzen portrays the ‘courageous terror’ a victim of a socially hidden psychopath experiences and the unlikely path of restoration. All recovery is a journey of heroism and Lauritzen deeply portrays the victim’s experience of harrowing fear and courage.”

Readers can find more about Lauritzen on her blog at her website karenlauritzen.com where she talks about the development of her writing process.

Mountain Wordsmiths gatherings always take place on Zoom. NCWN-West is also continuing to stay in touch by using technology to share our writing. We offer writing events and writing classes both online and in person. Writers are enjoying the convenience and flexibility of Zoom meetings because they can join our gatherings from other locations across America. Attendees are welcome to bring a poem or short prose piece to read during Open Mic. Please limit the reading to 3-5 minutes.

Our group is informal, and we welcome those who would simply like to listen to the beauty of wordsmithing. All who attend are encouraged to enjoy their morning cup of coffee or tea as we share our thoughts about writing.


January 25
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Carroll S. Taylor
(706) 464-0819


Virtual via Zoom