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Triangle Writers celebrated over 300 members last month. I think TW has much more to celebrate now–a handful of members are publishing novels this year!

Now that summer is officially here I am heading to the bank to switch out my hard drives in the safety deposit box. Everyone should follow their own system for backing up writing files. In the meantime, here you can find NC writer news and details about upcoming writing classes in Raleigh, Durham and Asheville…


Carole Battaglia received Honorable Mention in a memoir essay contest from the Writers Workshop in Asheville.  She also has an essay forthcoming in The Sun‘s Readers Write section in July 2012.

Patricia O’Keeffe Condon‘s novel Final Absolution was just released. Not only is it available online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, but if you’re in North Carolina you can find it at Quail Ridge Books (Raleigh), The Purple Crow (Hillsborough) The Regulator (Durham), and All Booked Up (Apex).

Tara Lynne Groth (Me!) had an article on GPS systems for seniors syndicated in Fifty Plus and Go60.

Dell Isham‘s novel Goodbye Vietnam will be published in a few months.

J. Lloyd Morgan‘s second published novel, The Waxing Moon, was released in May. His short story, “The Doughnut,” was one of this year’s winners in the Parables For Today contest. That anthology will be released in September 2012. Morgan’s The Mirror of the Soul, a book based on a song by musician Chris de Burgh, is forthcoming January 2013.

Lori Verni-Fogarsi‘s novel, Momnesia was released by Brickstone Publishing. It was recently designated as a finalist in the National Indie Excellence Book Awards! Verni-Fogarsi made an appearance at the “Lifetime Women’s Network Balance Your Life Stage” and was a guest on the “My Carolina Today Show.”

Anna Weaver had her poem “defying physics at closing time” published in the inaugural edition of Utter (page 10). Weaver had another one of her poems selected in a forthcoming Polish translation by request of the University of Bialystok.

Learn more and register for classes here

Saturday, June 23 – Freelance Writing 101
Durham, NC

  • If you’re interested in creating a lucrative cache of writing credits in magazines and newspapers, then this workshop is for you. Learn how to break into feature writing with very little or no clips, where to start in choosing the right market, find the appropriate editors’ contact information and how to create compelling query letters. Take home a dozen query letters that were successful in achieving publications in national markets such as Draft (“America’s Favorite Beer Magazine”), GO (AirTran Airways’ in-flight magazine) and Dog Fancy.

Saturday, July 14 – Writing the Sex Scene
Raleigh, NC

  • Regardless of where we come across a sex scene, in fiction or in memoir, our readers need to be tastefully convinced of the characters’ actions. Where is the line between racy and raunchy? Do you need to convey a hot attraction or a slow-burning heat? During this workshop we’ll discuss different ways to present sex in stories through a variety of plots and issues: affairs, AIDS, virginity, marriage and more. We’ll explore dialogue, actions, use of setting and writing from male and female perspectives.

Saturday, July 21 – Write Now: Sensory Prompts
Raleigh, NC

  • In this workshop we’ll review the causes of stalled creativity and how to prevent running out of figurative ink. This is a writing intensive workshop using prompts that appeal to every sense. Sounds, foods and drinks, smells, images, props and surprises will be used.

Saturday, August 4 – SEO Writing/Writing for the Web
Asheville, NC

  • Web 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.

Read past news updates about Triangle Writers here:
Spring 2012
Winter 2011
Fall 2011