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My least favorite day of the year, the shortest day, has passed (December 21st)! Now that winter is here, let’s look back on what Raleigh-Durham writers have been publishing, as well as new creative writing workshops across North Carolina.

NC PUBLISHING NEWS

Glenn Cassidy‘s short story “Hearts and Minds” was accepted for the Secrets anthology to be published by Main Street Rag in 2012.  Cassidy’s poem “What Not to Wear” will be published in Wild Goose Poetry Review in January 2012. He’s been very busy this year as you may remember in Triangle Writers’ last newsletter.

missed connections raleighPulled from real-life missed connections postings on Craigslist in the Raleigh-Durham region, Tara Lynne Groth (c’est moi) published a collection of poems, Missed Connections of the Triangle, that tell of modern drama taking place in the South. She is publishing an e-book version of How Do You Roo, a pocket guide to the Bonnaroo Music Festival next week. She won Honorable Mention at Raleigh’s Amplified Voices Holiday Open Mic Contest. She had two articles published in the October 2011 edition of Produce Business, a marketing magazine for grocery retailers: “Pecans: More Than a Holiday Ingredient” and “Blooming QR Codes.”

Anna Weaver‘s poem “Hometown” was published in the October/December 2011 edition of the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s journal Star Line. This was her first paid publishing credit! She also had her poem “Unmissed Connection” published as the intro to Missed Connections, referenced in the above paragraph. She won First Place at Raleigh’s Amplified Voices Holiday Open Mic Contest.

WINTER WRITING WORKSHOPS IN ASHEVILLE AND RALEIGH

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ASHEVILLE – Hosted at Books and Breadboard, a bookstore/cafe next to the gates of the Biltmore Estate. Advanced registration required. Contact me to reserve a spot. $35 – Includes brunch: assorted danishes, muffins,  fruit, coffee, herbal teas and fresh fruit juices.

  • January 28 – Freelance Writing 101 – Everything you need to know about writing for magazines and starting your own freelancing business.

RALEIGH – All Raleigh writing classes hosted at Nature’s Pure Essentials in the Five Points area. RSVP through Triangle Writers or visit this site to learn about sending a check. If you’re not a member, instructions can be found here. Each workshop is $35 for Triangle Writers’ members and $40 for non-members. Triangle Writers is free to join. All workshops include brunch: chocolate muffins, cinnamon twists, tender croissants, coffees, lattes and tea.

  • February 11 – Film Techniques for Writers – Storytelling techniques in films can be translated to novels, poetry and memoir. Learn how to direct scenes and use images to tell a story.
  • February 18 – Accounting Basics for Writers – Learn how to maximize your tax deductions as a writer. Where is the line between business and hobby? Are you traveling to a writers conference? You can deduct 100% of your travel expenses and half the cost of your meals.
  • February 25 – Writing Dialogue With Actors – You’ve probably found reading your work aloud helps in discerning what dialogue works and what sounds completely unrealistic. Bring segments of your novel or script and let the professional actors who have starred on the stage and screen bring your work to life.

NEW WRITING GROUP IN RALEIGH
Triangle Writers’ “Book Club” will start in January. Read more details at the end of last month’s newsletter.

CALL FOR SCRIPTS AND MANUSCRIPTS
A new Raleigh-Durham writing/production group (completely volunteer-driven) is seeking scripts from anywhere in the country. They produce and direct films – short, documentary, feature length, etc. They are interested in screenplays, scripts, fiction, short stories, non-fiction, etc. Genres catered towards communities and family entertainment only. Only short films will be posted to YouTube or Vimeo on a monthly basis. If you’re interested in more details, please contact me for further submission guidelines and the group’s contact information.

Keep me posted on your successes! Did writers outside the Triangle-area have a productive third quarter?