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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: Christine Arvidson, 336-489-0066 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
We start our readings at 4:00 pm. It's first come/first served on the reading bill, so let Chris know if you'd like to sign up for your 5-minute slot.


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


BRUNSWICK COUNTY
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

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.

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.

THE WRITER'S WORKSHOP
When: Saturdays, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Where: 387 Beaucatcher Rd.
Cost: $70 (members) / $75 (non-members)
Info/Register: www.twwoa.org

Registration is in advance only. Financial assistance is available for low-income writers. Summer classes to be announced soon.

CHARACTER BUILDING WITH KIM WINTER MAKO
When: Saturday, April 20, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Where: The Flatiron Writers Room, 5 Covington St.
Cost: $75 (before April 10); $85 after
Info/Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/character-building-with-kim-winter-mako-tickets-55111863066

Kim Winter Mako brings her background as an actor to this one-day workshop on how to write compelling fictional characters. Whether you have a character you'd like to develop further, or you’re looking to generate new characters, we’ll explore ways to go deeper and bring life onto the page through craft elements such as dialogue, place, and physicality. Students should expect writing exercises and prompts in class, handouts to read, as well as sharing and receiving work in a supportive environment.

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.

2019 GREAT SMOKIES WRITING PROGRAM
When: Various workshops
Where: Various locations in Asheville, Hendersonville, Black Mountain, and Burnsville
Info: www.unca.edu/gswp or call 828-251-6099
Some of the area’s best authors and instructors are featured in the new spring lineup of workshops from the University of North Carolina at Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program. Courses will help hone the skills of writers of poetry and prose, including memoir, novels, and creative nonfiction. Some classes are open to interested writers of all levels; some are restricted to more advanced writers. In all cases, class size is limited and early registration is suggested. See website for complete course listing.

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


BURKE COUNTY
MORGANTON
TALENT SHOW

When: Tuesday, June 11, 6:30-9:00 pm
Where: The City of Morganton Municipal Auditorium, 401 S. College St.
Contact: 828-433-7469
Website: www.Art4aPurpose.org

Show us your talents and share your purpose: selfies, visual arts, performing arts, culinary arts, creative writing! Win cash and prizes! The deadline for creative writing submissions is May 11.


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
CAMDEN
WRITEAWAY AT THE WHITEHALL
When: May 17-21
Cost: Varies
Info/Register: https://www.writeaways.com/writeaways-registration/2019-spring-writeaway-by-the-river

Ready to immerse yourself in your writing? Write by the river. With Mimi Herman and John Yewell. A weekend of inspiration, consultation and writing instruction for writers of all levels--beginner to MFA to professional. Classes are held from 9:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday and Sunday, with individual conferences available each afternoon. Within the workshop, you'll get feedback from other writers, hone what you've written, and share your ideas with others who care about the writing craft. By the time we bid each other adieu on Sunday afternoon, you'll be inspired to continue writing well after the weekend is over.


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.


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

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. or www.poetryhickory.com

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

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


CHATHAM COUNTY
MONCURE
LIFESTYLE SUPPORT FOR WRITERS AND ARTISTS

When: Saturday, June 1, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Where: Private residence
Cost: $75
Register: 919-545-9932 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Judy Hogan, poet, novelist, and freelance writer, will be offering her workshop “Lifestyle Support for Writers and Artists." Directions to place will be provided. Students should bring contributions for a potluck lunch. The focus will be on all the many ways that writers and artists can reliably get their work done, including managing time, money, diet, exercise, so as to live in a healthy, self-confident way, with regular time set aside for creative work. In-class exercises will promote problem solving, freeing up creativity, and setting and attaining goals.

POETRY CLASS
When: Mondays, September 9 - November 11, 7:00-9:00 pm
Where: Private home or by Skype
Cost: $150 ($180 by Skype)
Register: Judy Hogan, 919-545-9932 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We will read and discuss various writers’ thoughts and perspectives on writing poetry. Authors studied will include: Virginia Woolf (A Room of One’s Own); Jacques Maritain’s Creative Intuition in Art and Poetry–selections; Joyce Cary’s Art and Reality (Selections); T.S. Eliot’s “Tradition and the Individual Talent.” (An essay in his The Sacred Wood.) Led by Judy Hogan.

LIFE STORY CLASS
When: Thursdays, September 12 - November 14, 12:45-2:45 pm
Where: Private home or by Skype
Cost: $150 ($180 by Skype)
Register: Judy Hogan, 919-545-9932 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Writers of fiction, journal, autobiography and memoir are welcome at all stages of their writing experience. We will read Louise Penny’s third novel in her Inspector Gamache series, The Cruelest Month, and use it as model for studying techniques like characterization, plot, dialogue, conflict scenes, etc. Led by Judy Hogan.

PITTSBORO
PITTSBORO WRITERS' MORNING OUT 
When: Second Saturday of the month, 1:00 pm
Where: 
Greek Kouzina, 964 East St.
Contact: Al Manning, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Rick Bylina, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
All writers, any genre are invited to join our discussions of the craft, business and general enjoyment of writing. This is a monthly event  put on by the North Carolina Writers' Network.

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

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

NEW! WRITERS' OFFICE HOURS
When: Wednesday, May 1, 2:00 pm
Where: McIntyre's Fine Books, Fearrington Village
Cost: $75
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: https://www.instagram.com/p/BwDHKqoHLNi
Stop by McIntyre's for writers' office hours and chat with writing coaches and award-winning writers Steve Peha and Margot Lester. We can talk about your business or personal writing projects, provide feedback or insights on writing and publishing, or chat about our current projects. This is an informal, drop-in gathering in the comfy confines of McIntyre's.

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.

WRITE LIKE A GENIUS
When: Sunday, May 26, 12:00 pm
Where: John C. Campbell Folk School, 1 Folk School Rd., Brasstown
Cost: $630
Contact: Maureen Ryan Griffin, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Info/Register: http://www.wordplaynow.com/write-like-a-genius

Discover your own genius as you learn to apply seven fascinating approaches of Leonardo da Vinci to your writing. These techniques enliven non-fiction, poetry and fiction. Expect fun, inspiration and writing galore in your preferred genre, with opportunities to share your work. Led by Maureen Ryan Griffin.

YOUR WRITE TIME
When: July 26-28
Where: John C. Campbell Folk School, 1 Folk School Rd.
Cost: $354
Info/Register: https://classes.folkschool.org/class_details.aspx?pk=21677

Give yourself the gift of time to write in a place conducive to creativity. Whether you already write or need a nudge to begin, the instructor will provide inspiration, encouragement, writing prompts, editing tips, and one-on-one coaching. Magic always happens in Folk School writing classes. Start here, then go home motivated to write more! All with an interest in poetry or prose (fiction, nonfiction, memoir, blogging...) are welcome. Led by Karen Paul Holmes.


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
KILL DEVIL HILLS
NEW! NORTH CAROLINA VETERANS SONGWRITING WORKSHOP

When: May 4-5
Where: First Flight High School, 100 Veterans Dr.
Info/Register: https://www.darearts.org/veterans-registration-form
The Dare County Arts Council will host its first workshop for Veteran musicians, the North Carolina Veterans Songwriting Workshop. Part of Dare County Arts Council's Veterans Arts Program, the workshop will be led by Ron Capps of the Veterans Writing Project. The classes will include instruction, time to practice what we’ve learned, and an opportunity to share work among the group and get feedback. We will talk about melody, harmony, and song structure; lyric structures, meter, and metaphor.

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!

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.

2ND ANNUAL WRITING RETREAT
When: April 18-21
Where: Morehead Manor Bed & Breakfast, 914 Vickers Ave.
Website: https://blacklesbianliterarycollective.org/save-the-date-2nd-annual-writing-retreat
Tuition rates and other details will be shared soon. Hosted by the Black Lesbian Literary Collective.

THE BUSINESS OF ENTERTAINMENT
When: Saturday, June 22, 10:00 am
Where: Durham Convention Center, 301 W. Morgan St.
Cost: 424-625-1037
Register/Info: https://networkentertainmentforum.com

The Business of Entertainment 2019 is a unique event created to inspire, motivate and empower its attendees to pursue their desires or aspirations of working in the entertainment industry. The panelist, made up of experienced industry professional and celebrities will educate, uplift, and encourage attendees to aspire towards their professional and personal goals by leading interactive discussions, workshops and sessions in personal branding, music, television, film, creative development, and new media. I just announced that I was going to do this event and 3 news stations and 3 radio stations have reached out to show interest. We would love to have your support for this event. There has never had an event like this in this history of the state. All of these actors, writers, directors and producers are presently working on tv and have a current film out. And they have all confirmed.

LITTLE CORNER READING SERIES
When: Various dates in 2019
Where: Duke Coffeehouse, Duke University
Cost: Free
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website: http://www.theinvisiblebear.com/little-corner.html

Please join us for the following scheduled poetry readings with visiting poets and scholars from across the United States. We also hold informal poetry discussions in conjunction with visiting guests. Upcoming readings: February 9 (Rachel Zucker w/ TBD) and April 6 (Dorothy Chan with TBD).


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.

DADA'S FIRST FIRST GALLERY HOP AT BRIGHT LEAF BOOKSHOP
When: First Fridays, 8:00-8:45 pm
Where: Bright Leaf Bookshop, 227 W. Fifth St.
Cost: Free
This event, which WSW offers in partnership with Downtown Arts District Association and Bright Leaf Books, features a lively presentation of poetry and spoken word by Triad artists. Bright Leaf Books proprietor Sam Puliafito invites all lovers of poetry and books to visit his delightful shop on Fifth Street during DADA's monthly Gallery Hop, meet the poets, and enjoy a glass of wine.

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. After the open mic, February's featured writer, poet, and author Joseph Mills, will share his work and his thoughts on writing and revising. This is a monthly event  put on by the North Carolina Writers' Network.

STORYTELLING WORKSHOPS
When: Saturdays in April, 12:00 pm- 2:00 pm
Where: Creative Community Lab, 300 S. Liberty St. - Suite 150
Storytellers, do you want some help honing your story? Both workshops will be led by Joseph Mills, professor in the division of liberal arts at UNCSA, and the author of six books of poetry as well as many other works of icion, nonfiction, and literary criticism. Laura Hart McKinney is a preofessor int he School of Filmmaking at UNCSA and an author, screenwriters, and producer. As follows:

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.

WILLINGHAM STORY SLAM
When: Sunday, May 19, 4:00-6:00 pm
Where: ARTC Theater, 110 W. 7th St.
Cost: $5 (advance) / $7 (door)
Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-willingham-story-slam-tickets-59237538071

The Willingham Story Slam continues the commitment of the Willingham Theater of the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center to storytelling in all of its forms. Volunteers from the community will perform a live, five-minute recollection and reflection--a true story. The first theme is "School Days"AUdience members at each event will volunteer to form judging teams to choose the most compelling story told at each event. BYOB!

HAIKU NORTH AMERICA
When: August 7-11
Where: Hawthorne Inn, 5037 420 High St. SW
Cost: Varies
Info/Register: http://www.haikunorthamerica.com/2019-conference.html

Community is the operative word, a word which has many synonyms but no single one that encompasses as much as it does. We will explore the small but powerful form of haiku and how it may address our theme—how we may collaborate, engage, dialogue, together with more energy, tools, passion and cooperation to benefit the many forms of community in which we find ourselves.


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

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.

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.

BENJAMIN BARDS: A POETRY WORKSHOP
When: Thursday, April 18, 7:00 pm
Where: Benjamin Branch Library, 1530 Benjamin Pkwy
Cost: Free
Register: 336-373-7540 and / or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This is a discussion based workshop for poets of all levels from teens to adults. Learn about forms and techniques, read and study published authors, and bring and share your own works. This workshop also happens:

  • Thursday, May 16, 7:00 pm, Benjamin Branch Library, 1530 Benjamin Pkwy

NEW! NCWN 2019 SPRING CONFERENCE
When: Saturday, April 27, 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Where: MHRA Building and Curry Auditorium, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Cost: Varies
Info/Register: https://ncwriters.org/index.php/programs-and-services/conferences/10195-sc19

The North Carolina Writers' Network 2019 Spring Conference will celebrate the ethos and hard work of writers everywhere with a full day of workshops and sessions meant to inspire participants to hurry back to their own desks and get down to the hard work of putting words on a page. Master Classes will be led by Amy Catanzano (poetry); Susan Harlan (nonfiction); Jeff Jackson (fiction). Keynote Address: Michael McFee. With open mics, faculty readings, and Slush Pile Live!

CONVERSATIONS ON CONTEMPORARY APPALACHIAN WRITING
When: Saturday, May 18, 10:00 am - 4:15 pm
Where: Greensboro History Museum, 130 Summit Ave.
Cost: Free
Website: www.greensborobound.com

A series of conversations on writing from and about contemporary Appalachia featuring Robert Gipe, Ricardo Nazarrio-Colon, Mesha Maren, Carter Sickels, Michael Croley, Valerie Nieman, Meredith McCarroll, and others. Hosted by Greensboro Bound Literary Festival.

HIGH POINT
HANDLING HUMOR IN "LIGHT" AS WELL AS "HEAVY" FICTION

When: Sunday, April 28, 2:00 pm
Where: High Point Library, 901 N. Main St.
Cost: Free
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Info/Register: https://MurderWeWrite.org

Murder We Write presents: Diane Kelly, author of more than thirty novels including Paw Enforcement, starring K-9 cop Brigit and her human partner Megan, shares the secrets of using humor to serve, not interrupt, your story. (Even Silence of the Lambs had its funny moments!) Join the fun!


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
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.

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.

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


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


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
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LINCOLN COUNTY
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MACON COUNTY
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MADISON COUNTY
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MCDOWELL COUNTY
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MECKLENBURG COUNTY
CHARLOTTE

NEW! 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://events.cmlibrary.org/eventsignup.asp?ID=311737

Thanks to writer Evangeline Billy, the Beattie's Ford Road Branch Library now offer a Writer’s Workshop. No fees or dues. Open to scripters of all genres, an arena to hone skills, get critiques, and be among other script creators. Read your written and spoken word to an audience, learn how to critique, update punctuation skills, prepare, plan, complete your works, and create new ones. The Beatties Ford Writers Workshop is all about that ink.

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

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

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.

CONCAROLINAS
When: May 31 - June 2
Where: Hilton Charlotte University Place, 8629 JM Keynes Dr.
Cost: Varies
Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/concarolinas-2019-registration-36232803290?ref=ecount

Website: www.concarolinas.org

Carolina's longest running multi-fandom convention. Media/Science Guest of Honor: Tory Belleci of Mythbusters. With authors Aaron Rosenberg (World of Warcraft), David Weber (Royal Manticoran Navy), and much more to come!

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.

CORNELIUS
JOURNALISM UNDER SEIGE OR NOT

When: Saturday, April 27, 7:00 pm
Where: The Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216 Westmoreland Rd.
Cost: None
Contact: Connie Fisher, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: www.charlottewritersclub.org/cwc_north_calendar_of_events
Charlotte Writers’ Club North invites you to meet the press for a panel discussion with David Boraks news journalist WFAE, Mark Washburn, media journalist Charlotte Observer, Tommy Tomlinson, podcast journalist and author of The Elephant in the Room and Pam Kelley, former Observer reporter and author of Money Rock.

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
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!

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: Susan M. Steadman, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: https://portcityplaywrights.wordpress.com/
The Port City Playwrights' Project, a community of writers for stage and screen, will meet to critique scripts. Newcomers are always welcome. This community of writers for stage and screen hosts always lively discussions and will focus on plays in development for a 2019 script-in-hand production.

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: Second and Fourth Saturdays of the month
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.
, 910-382-0293
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

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!

NEW! JAKI SHELTON GREEN
When: Tuesday, April 30, 6:00 pm
Where: Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Dr.
Cost: Free
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-poet-witnesses-writing-documentary-poetry-with-jaki-shelton-green-tickets-59710476643

Jaki Shelton Green is the Ninth Poet Laureate of North Carolina and an inductee of the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame. This session will discuss samplers of documentary poets such as Carolyn Forche, Kwame Dawes, Natasha Trethewey, Patricia Smith, and Jaki Shelton Green. Focus will be on the idea of the poet as historian. What is our history? Why does it matter? What does it mean when the poet weaves personal/autobiographical narratives with more traditional documentary modes such as exposition, interview, and persona? Participants will create and discuss their own documentary poems.  This is the monthly get-together for the Durham-Orange Counties regions of NCWN.

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.

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
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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
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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.

LOOKING GLASS ROCK WRITERS' CONFERENCE
When: May 9-12
Where: Brevard College, 1 Brevard College Ave.
Cost: $325 / $475
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Looking Glass Rock Writers' Conference is an annual conference comprised of writing workshops with renowned writers and public readings. Faculty are New York Times bestselling author Wiley Cash in fiction; Affrilachian poet Frank X Walker in poetry; and Robin Wall Kimmerer, founding Director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment and author of Braiding Sweetgrass, in nonfiction. Applications for workshop participants are due March 1, 2019. The LGRWC is a partnership between Brevard College and the Transylvania County Library Foundation. Although there is a cost to attend, author readings are free to the public.


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
CARY
LOCAL AUTHOR SERIES

When: Every other Thursday, 1:00 pm
Where: White Oak Coffee Tea & Juice, 6911 Carpenter Fire Station Rd.
Cost: Free
Contact: 919-421-8494
Website: www.facebook.com/events/317936345561302

A free event where local authors read, share their inspirations for their books, and sign.

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.

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

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

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.

WRITE NOW!
When: Saturday, April 27
Where: The McKimmon Conference and Training Center, NCSU, 1101 Gorman St.
Cost: $89 / $75 (students with ID, seniors 65+ and retired/active military personnel) / $109 at the door (fee includes morning coffee, catered box lunch and door prizes)
Contact: Donald Vaughan, 919-873-9933 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Info/Register: https://tafnc.com/events/#!event/2019/4/27/write-now-2019-conference

Keynote Presenters: New York Times bestselling thriller writer Joe Finder; Boys' Life Managing Editor Paula Murpey. Additional Presenters: John Claude Bemis, NC Literary Hall of Fame inductee Jaki Shelton Green, Erika Hoffman, Kris Spisak, LaVerne St. George, Jane Shoup, Nancy Young, Dan Barkin.

NEW! A SATURDAY WRITERS' SYMPOSIUM
When: Saturday, May 4, 9:00 am
Where: Vineyard Church, 6894 Litchford Rd.
Cost: $7 (students free)
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website: www.Theansweriswrite.wordpress.com

Writing, editing, and publishing workshop presentations and readings by local authors.

NEW! OAKWOOD AT 150
When: May 17-18 (6:30 pm) and May 19 (2:00 pm)
Where: Oakwood Cemetery, 701 Oakwood Ave.
Cost: $20 (adults) / $10 (students and children)
Info/Tickets: https://burningcoal.org/oakwood-at-150 or 919-834-4001

Each spring, Burning Coal joins with Oakwood Cemetery to produce a new series of plays. This year’s 150th Anniversary will be celebrating the full-scope of the cemetery’s history by focusing on notable figures throughout the cemetery’s history. We are proud to feature local playwrights and actors in this evening of vignettes about those who came before. Who will be spotted telling tales of their lives lived out on the same patch of earth we now inhabit? Join us and see!

NEW! AN EVENING WITH DAVID SEDARIS
When: Sunday, December 1, 7:00 pm
Where: Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, 2 E. South St.
Tickets: https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/2D00567C88891AFD?did=sedar

Cost: Varies
PRE-SALE CODE FOR NCWN MEMBERS! An Evening with David Sedaris will feature all new stories and observations, along with an audience Q & A and book signing. With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, Mr. Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today. David Sedaris returns to the road following the release of his most deeply personal and darkly hilarious collection, Calypso. Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation toward middle age and mortality. Make no mistake: these stories are very, very funny-it’s a book that can make you laugh ’til you snort, the way only family can. Sedaris’s powers of observation have never been sharper, and his ability to shock readers into laughter unparalleled. But much of the comedy here is born out of that vertiginous moment when your own body betrays you and you realize that the story of your life is made up of more past than future. If you love David Sedaris’s cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you’re getting into at his live readings. You’d be wrong. To see him read his own work on stage allows his autobiographical narrative to reveal a uniquely personal narrative that will keep you laughing throughout the evening. Don’t miss this event!

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
HUGHLENE BOSTIAN FRANK VISITING WRITING SERIES
When: Various dates in Spring, 3:30 pm (Craft Talk) / 7:30 pm (Reading)
Where: Appalachian State University, various locations
Cost: Free
Website: www.visitingwriters.appstate.edu

The English Department at Appalachian State University presents the five-author Spring 2019 Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series. Visiting writers offer craft talks followed by readings. As follows:

  • Thursday, April 18, "What I Learned about Craft from Teaching Creative Writing" with Abigail DeWitt

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
NONFICTION WRITERS CONFERENCE
When: May 8-10
Where: Online
Cost: Varies
Info/Register: https://nonfictionwritersconference.com/register-for-the-2019-nonfiction-writers-conference

Since 2010, the Nonfiction Writers Conference events have been conducted entirely online—via phone, Skype, or webcast—so no travel is required! Our opening keynote speaker for our 2019 event is author and frequent Oprah guest, Cheryl Richardson. (Past speakers have included Seth Godin, Julia Cameron, Gretchen Rubin, Dan Poynter, and Guy Kawasaki.) NCWN members receive a 33 percent discount with the followign code: PARTNER33.


OTHER STATES
FLORIDA
NEW! POETRY FROM THE HEART (AND THEN THE BRAIN)
When: Saturday, May 11, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Where: United Church, 1834 Mahan Dr.
Cost: $20 (students, members) / $40 (general public)
Info/Register: https://twa.wildapricot.org/event-3349653

Led by Karen Paul Holmes. “Good poems start with inspiration and a heartfelt need to write about something,” said Holmes. “Almost anything can inspire a poem…classical music, driving, something interesting or breathtaking in nature…” Holmes said she is compelled to write about different occurrences in her life, with humor or a sense of loss, or both. This interactive half-day workshop is open to all audiences and writing levels high school and above. You do not have to consider yourself a poet to benefit from this workshop. The principles of poetic language make any writing sing. Holmes will discuss techniques for taking raw material and turning it into poetry, as well as how to use poetic devices to add richness in all writing.

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: One Tuesday a 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.

SOUTH CAROLINA
HUB CITY SPRING 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/news/2019/spring2019workshops

We are thrilled to announce another jam-packed season of spring workshops! As follows:

THE MOTHER DAUGHTER RELATIONSHIP MUSEUM
When: Saturday, May 11
Where: The MindGarden, 3 Wonderwood Dr., Greenville
Cost: $150 per mother/daughter pair
Register: https://zeldalockhart.com/workshops-%26-events

This fun yet insightful writing and art expression workshop is designed to help mothers and daughters consider the relationship they have had and reach for the relationship they want. Each participant will use Dr. Zelda Lockhart's storytelling technique, personal plot, to write two short scenes: one from a pivotal moment in the past in their relationship with the other person, and one of their future desired relationship. To complete the expression, participants will create a diorama museum piece that offers literal or abstract representation of their future desired relationship. Maximum number of pairs 10 (20 participants).

WRITERS RETREAT
When: May 16-20
Where: Edisto Beach house near ocean
Cost: $525 (private room) / $475 (shared room) / $55 per day (commuter)
Register: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Writers' Workshop of Asheville is hosting its 24th Annual Writers' Retreat. It is open to a small group of beginning or experienced writers, and is an ideal place to relax, write and review participant's work. Daily sessions in fiction, creative nonfiction, memoirs and self-editing will be led by The Writers' Workshop instructors.

VIRGINIA

WRITERS HOUSE WINTER CLASSES
When: Various dates in Spring
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.

NEW MEXICO
WRITEAWAYS IN NEW MEXICO

When: July 6-13, 2019
Where: Abiquiu
Cost: Varies
Info/Register: https://www.writeaways.com/writeaways-registration/2019-writeaway-in-new-mexico
Join us for our first Writeaway in New Mexico! Our home will be a glorious, modern adobe on the banks of the Chama River in Abiquiu, an ancient town founded by former Indian slaves of the Spanish conquistadors, and a jumping off point on the Santa Fe Trail to California. Abiquiu is only 15 miles from Ghost Ranch, the spiritual home of Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz. In your free time, tour the ranch or hike its many trails. Across the river, in Abiquiu is the house where O’Keeffe spent the last 40 years of her long life. Tours are available. And just a few miles down the road is the stunning Plaza Blanca, with its haunting white columns and hoodoos that evoke not just an old West, but an ancient one. Availability is extremely limited. With Mimi Herman and John Yewell.


OTHER COUNTRIES
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