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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Open Mic

Friday, September 26, the Chatham Community Library's annual Fall Open Mic Night 6-9 PM in the Mary Hayes Holmes meeting room at CCCC Pittsboro campus.

Refreshments will be served

. Writers who wish to read must sign in on arrival. A timed limit of 6 minutes per reader will be enforced.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Writers' Morning Out

Pittsboro Writers’ Morning Out will meet Saturday, Sep. 13 , 2014, 1:00 PM at Pittsboro Roadhouse. 

Program: What is your all-time favorite novel (the one you would re-read)?
Why?  Bring a one minute presentation to justify your choice.

All writers, any genre are invited.

Tim Tron is organizing an Author Costume Signing for the Barnes & Nobel at the Brier Creek Shopping center on Oct. 25th at 4:00 PM.

Wanted are authors who, in costume  as a character from one of their books, can read from their work or act out in character relative to the theme of their book. The length allowed for each performance will depend on the turnout. 
Interested authors can contact Tim at   or Jackie Loerge at the B&N in Brier Creek.

Are you looking for free contests to enter?  Try this site:
to see lots of opportunities.

For more information about writing in North Carolina,   go to

See our blog: for times and places for readings and book signings in our area.

See the North Carolina Writers’ Network website for information about contests and submission opportunities:

Also check Facebook for Chatham Writers. That’s at:

Writers’ Morning Out is sponsored by the North Carolina Writers’ Network.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Literary Accomplishments

Our region (Chatham & Lee Counties) is blessed with many talented writers.  The following lists some of their accomplishments so for this year. These are the ones I am aware of; there are probably many more.

Congratulations and Hats Off To:

Marianna Crane: Short story "Hello Beautiful" published in Eno River Literary Journal.

Julie Davis: Novel "Down East Girl" by MuseItUpPublishing

Chuck Daukas: Novel "A Little Night Fishing" by Damnation Books.

Ralph Earle: Poem "The Mill Dam at Bynum" in Tar River Poetry.

Toni Goodyear: Short stories "Melting Pot" in Kings River Life; and "Heart Surgery" in Carolina Crimes.

Tara Lynne Groth: Short story "Tuna Heart"  in Mused Literary Review.

Linda Johnson: Short story  "Happy Pills" in Carolina Crimes.

Ruth Moose: Short story "Mama's Boy" in Carolina Crimes.

Karen Pullen: Short story "The Fourth Girl" in Carolina Crimes
Linda Hardister Rodriguez: Novel "Up From the River" by Lystra Books.

Judith Stanton: Short story "Big Girls Now" in Carolina Crimes.

Keep up the good writing!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Writers' Morning Out

Pittsboro Writers’ Morning Out will meet Saturday, Aug 9 , 2014, 1:00 PM at Pittsboro Roadhouse. 

Program: What makes a good "beach read?"
 Bring an example and a one-minute review.

Rick Bylina will be the moderator.  Give him a hard time.

All writers, any genre are invited.

Are you looking for free contests to enter?  Try this site: to see lots of opportunities.

For more information about writing in North Carolina,   go to

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Literary Happenings in Chatham County

Two readings and book signings coming up in our area.

Ruth Moose, teacher, poet, writer and novelist, will be reading and signing her new novel Doing it at the Dixie Dew on Friday, July 11, 3:30 pm at Chatham Business Services, 20 Sanford Road in Pittsboro.  There will be a reception following the reading.

Paperbacks Plus! will host a book signing for Danielle Silver, a local Siler City author now living in Washington, DC. Her new book is A Beautiful Lie, first in a series to chronicle the life of a young woman. The book signing will be at Paperbacks Plus!, 208 E. Raleigh Street in Siler City on July 19, 11 am to 1 pm.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Ultra Flash Fiction Contest

Pittsboro  Writers' Morning Out fifth annual ultra flash fiction contest.   The rules are simple.  300 words, including the title, but only words of one syllable

The 2014 winner is Glenn Cassidy

One Breath at a Time 

Craig Smith could speak but one breath at a time; a word of two or more breaths and his mouth failed him.  When asked where he went to school, he’d learned to say “George Wash Carve” like some kind of hip slang, like you’d feel dumb to let on the style was new to you.
Of course, the next words from his mouth would show his ruse.  He could not say the name of his street, his state, or his town.  Could not say his age.
As Craig searched for a seat at the mall food court one day, tray in hand, none seemed free at first.  Then his eyes found the girl in blue in the back, fine as could be.  Her eyes met his, then fled, as tense and full of fear as Craig’s own.  He took a deep breath, walked up to her, and braved the flaw in his speech.
“Is this seat free?”
“Yes,” said the girl.
As they ate, sans words, both smiled.  Could she feel the same spark he did?
“I’m Craig Smith.”  He feared she’d have a name too long, a name he’d trip on each time he tried to say it.  “What’s your name?”
“Kate Cole.”
Craig’s mouth turned up at the ends.
“What school do you go to?” he asked.
Kate’s eyes sagged like the weight of a ton of tears. “Mart Luth King Jun.”
Craig felt for her, for her speech flaw, shared the shame he knew stabbed at her heart.  Yet a glow warmed in Craig’s chest, a light lit in his eyes, and he smiled.
“Mine’s George Wash Carve,” Craig beamed.
Kate’s eyes at last rose from the floor and dared to face his.  And she beamed back.
Craig was in love.

Friday, May 2, 2014

New novel by Ruth Moose

Doing It at the Dixie Dew
a mystery novel by Ruth Moose
Book Debut and Signing

Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 11 a.m.
McIntyre's Fine Books
Fearrington Village, Pittsboro, NC

Beth McKenzie's wealthy first guest at her Bed and Breakfast arrives in a pricey sports car and
leaves in a hearse.

Beth has to find the real killer when the clueless two-man police force in her small Southern town names her prime suspect in the murder.

2013 Malice Domestic Best
First Traditional Mystery Novel

        Fearrington Village resident Ruth Moose is known for her many poetry and short story publications and her years teaching Creative Writing at UNC-Chapel Hill. Doing It at the Dixie Dew is her first novel. The $10,000 Malice Domestic prize included hardcopy and electronic publication of her manuscript.
        Moose chose McIntyre's (her favorite independent bookstore) to launch her novel, released May 7, 2014 by St. Martin's Press, a division of MacMillan Publishers.
        She invites you to join her in celebrating Dixie Dew's first appearance in bookstores. She plans to read from the novel, answer questions, and sign books at the event.