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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Writers' Morning Out

Pittsboro Writers’ Morning Out will meet Saturday, July 11  2015, 1:00 PM.

 We are meeting at the Carolina Brewery in the Barley Lounge.  120 Lowes Drive, #100 .

Program : Open Mic. Bring something short to read.

All writers, any genre are invited. Come early and join us for lunch.

The NCWN turns 30 this year.  It has over 1200 members throughout NC and the adjoining states. Its goal, as established then, has not changed but continues to provide community, opportunity and excellence for all writers, at all levels.

The network is far too young to let our joints get stiff and creaky, or to get too set in our ways  It needs much more to do, to be, to try. For this it needs help from all its members. This year we are asking all of our members to give $30 or More for 30 and More: a donation of $30 (or more) to make sure the North Carolina Writers' Network is around for another 30 years (or more).

You may make your donation by check sent to NCWN, PO Box 21591, Winston-Salem, 27120 or by credit card at or by calling 336-293-8844 or 919-308-3228.

Thank you for being a part of the Network's first 30 years, and for helping us look forward to the next 30.

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:

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

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