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The Raleigh-Durham area has been busting at the seams at open mics recently. Some are regularly ending around 1AM now! Writers here are busy and I feel so privileged to be surrounded by so much talent. Here’s the scoop on writing news around Raleigh…


Lori Blake had four poems accepted for publication! “Katya” appears in the spring equinox edition of MUSED BellaOnline Literary Review. “To a Morning Glory” will appear in the summer edition of Dead Mule, and “Empty Eyes” and “Southern Winter” will appear in the holiday edition of Dead Mule.

Glenn Cassidy‘s poem “What Not To Wear” was published in the winter issue of Wild Goose Poetry Review. His poem “Geriatric Archipelago” received Honorable Mention for the 2012 Poetry of Courage Award by the North Carolina Poetry Society.  A dramatic reading of 2 Live Crew’s “Me So Horny” (accompanied by Anna Weaver) won the 80’s Cover Song Competition at a recent Amplified Art open mic.

Tara Lynne Groth (c’est moi!) published an article in GRIT about the latest agricultural social media tools, and another article about floating hotel concepts in the current Travel Issue of Draft MagazineShe also had a poem “Tidal” published in Fjords.

Remember our recent guest post by Dawn Langley? She’s been busy writing other pieces too! Langley has been writing reviews for Triangle Arts & Entertainment. Her latest reviews include Blood Knot at the ArtsCenter, Les Miserables at the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, Man of La Mancha at Burning Coal and Tomaseen Foley’s Irish Times.

Veronica (E.V. Noechel) had a poem published in Vox Poetica.


Saturday, May 12 – Humorous Memoir – Workshop With Comedy Instructor – 10:30AM-12:30PM – 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. $35

  • Learn about humorous memoir writing from a comedian who focused on turning life experiences into comedic stories during her MFA studies. Paul Pazderka is the Artistic Director of DSI Comedy Theater in Carrboro. She formerly studied in Chicago at ImprovOlympic and she holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the Art Institute of Chicago. Paula has conducted interactive improv workshops for professional growth for years; most recently she has worked with Motorola, Duke University, Durham County Health Department, the Chapel Hill Carrboro Chamber, SUN (Southern University Newspapers) Conference and Leadership Triangle.

Saturday, May 19 – Aromas and Creativity Writing Workshop – 10:30AM-12:30PM – 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. $25 and includes a gift bag of essential oils products and the special “creativity potion” developed specifically for writers.

  • Aromas will be diffused into the classroom and we’ll spend some time free writing inspired by the scents. We’ll compare our responses and develop ways of evoking spontaneous creativity in future writing. Then we’ll repeat with another aroma and so on.

Wednesday, June 6 – SEO Writing/Writing for the Web – 6:30PM-9:30PM – Hosted at Athens Drive High School through Wake County’s Lifelong Learning continuing education program. Hosted by me! $60 – Register through the link below.

  • This is the first-ever SEO Writing course available through Wake County’s Lifelong Learning centerWeb developers and designers used to be the gatekeepers to website creation and maintenance. Today, you can buy a domain and have a website up and running in very little time. But are you getting the results you expected? Without the right content, your websites have no value. When writing for the web, you need to know how to convey the company’s story, so the target audience will find you. This course will explore how internet search engines work, how to create effective web content to boost organic rankings of websites and how to make an income writing content for the web.

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