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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Kudos to Patty

Patty Cole's chapbook "A Way I Sing" will soon be published by Main Street Rag. Congratulations to Patty.

The scheduled release date is September, and it will sell for $8.00, but it is available on an advance order from the MSR online bookstore for $4.00. Here are the links:  or

We are having a small get-together to celebrate her hard work and good fortune.
Wednesday, July 8, 12:30 at Carolina Brewery. If you can join us, please contact Carol Phillips at ( who is making the reservations.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Ideas for future pprograms

At our June meeting, attendees were asked to suggest areas they would like to discuss.  Here are the suggestions:

Electronic publishing and distribution
Are agents necessary?
Why do writers need a "platform" i.e. blog, webpage, etc.?
How do you build an audience before you publish a book?
Cutting edge marketing ideas?
Crazy ideas you might read but won't (or can't) write
How to write a query letter--from an EXPERT?
Character description that doesn't take over the rest of the story.
How much description is good, and guidelines for writing effective description.
Strategies for polishing a "finished"  manuscript.  How do professional editors line-edit and proofread.
Who do you write for--yourself or someone else?
Should you write in an existing genre or invent a new one?
How to maintain pace and velocity in a story, but not get bogged down in back story?
How best to insert a back story?
How best  to include maps , illustrations in a novel--or not?
Electronic publishing
Writing discipline. 

What do you think?

Friday, June 12, 2015

Writers' Morning Out

Pittsboro WMO meets Saturday, June 13, 1:00 at Carolina Brewery in the Barley Lounge.

All writers, any genre, are invited.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Open Mic

The CCCC Continuing Education Creative Writing Program will be hosting its spring/summer open mic night on Friday, May 29, 6-8 PM.  The readings will be held at the Chatham Community Library, Mary Hayes Holmes Room. Light refreshments will be served!

Those interested in reading their prose and poetry should sign in upon arrival.  We will follow the order on the list.  Readings should not exceed eight minutes.  Please note that this time allotment includes the reading of your work as well as any introductions, story background, and closing remarks that you may provide.

We hope to see you there!  

In the interest of supporting your fellow writer, we hope you will consider staying for the duration of the event.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Squire Summer Writing Residency

Registration is now open for the North Carolina Writers' Network 2015 Squire Summer Writing Residency.

The Residency runs Thursday, July 23, through Sunday, July 26, at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. The long weekend offers intensive workshops with accomplished instructors, group events such as readings and discussions, a chance to share work with other dedicated writers, and a unique opportunity to bond with writers from across the state and beyond.

Registrants will spend the entire weekend in one workshop, in either fiction, poetry, or creative nonficiton. Participation is limited to the first sixteen qualified registrants in each workshop, for a total of forty-eight attendees.

For more information, and to register, go to

Monday, April 27, 2015

National Poetry Month

Poem for the day.

The Energy of Trees

The cherry blossom tree
By the seaside
Merrily blooming and watching
The tide.
Breezes blow softly through
Its blooms
And rustle the leaves in
The evening gloom.
Bluebirds fly through
The air,
And light silently in the
Trees’ new hair.

A song comes from its
Fragrant depth
And fills each heart
With happiness.
Oh how I would love to be
As beautiful as the
Cherry blossom tree.

Kathy Oddenino          04.27.15

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

National Poetry Month

Poem for the day.

                                     BUG OFF!

There’s nothing more squiggly, more jiggly, more wiggly –
They make me quite chortley and, I fear, rather giggly.

When I’m first introduced to a beetle or bug,
I must be polite; I can’t simply say, “Uggh!”

“How nice to meet you.  How do you do?
Would you care for a munch on a crisp leaf or two?”

Each tiny bug foot and each leglet minute,
Each proboscis, each feeler – a sensation absolute!

A caterpillar taking a stroll on me
Tickles my fingers tremendously.

Does a caterpillar meandering on a twig or rose
Make it laugh or chuckle, do you suppose?

Carolyn York