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Just as I was a week delayed in sending the spring newsletter, I am once again a week behind with delivering the summer newsletter! Without further delay…


Quick announcement before the member news since it is going on RIGHT NOW in Raleigh: ConTemporal June 28-30 Writers Convention at the North Hills Raleigh Hilton. Great writing workshops, panels, games, costume contests, and serious authors and agents available for conversation.

If you know writers on Long Island and in New York, please share my summer writing workshop with them. In July I will host Freelance Writing 101 on Long Island – about an hour drive from Manhattan.

wrecked raleighIn other event news, Jeff Goins is coming to Raleigh in August! Author Jeff Goins is partnering with Help One Now to hold a two-part weekend session on “Starting from Scratch: How To Build A Powerful Platform With Words, Passion, and People” & “How Your Story Can Change The World.” Information about the event here and here.


Chris Abbate‘s short story “Godcrazy” was accepted by Main Street Rag. It will appear in 2014. Abbate also received honorable mention at the Nazim Hikmet Poetry Competition for “Jesus and Ma,” “Good Friday,” and “john.” The poems were published in the 2013 Nazim Hikmet Poetry Festival chapbook. His poem “Contem-play-tion” appeared in the spring issue of Mused.

Russ Brandon‘s film “The Cotton House” is an official selection of the Jamaican Reggae Film Festival.

Bob Byrd published his novel The Fur, Fish, Flea and Beagle Club.

Tessie Castillo is now a regular contributor to The Huffington Post! She recently published “911 Callers Who Report Overdoses” and another on big pharma on the AlertNet, “Harm Reduction Reduces Hepatitis C” in Hep Mag, and another piece in The Fix.

Noelle Granger‘s novel Death In A Red Canvas Chair is forthcoming this year.

Tara Lynne Groth (yes, me!) hosted the first-ever overnight writing workshop at The Farm at Weather’s Creek. (Thanks to Dicy’s account of the event in The Salisbury Post.) In between workshops and ghostwriting over 200 blogs this spring, I’ve been helping out with the early planning stages of 2013’s poetrySPARK events, which will take place in downtown Raleigh this September.

Elizabeth Hein published her novel Overlook in May. It is currently available as a Kindle ebook. The paperback and NOOK versions will be available in September.

Author and editor Belea T. Keeney will be teaching a workshop for the Apex Arts Council along with Alice Osborn, on Saturday, August 10th. Keeney will teach “What’s Your Point? Point-of-View in Action” and Osborn will teach “Turning Your Memoir into Poetry.” The class will be held at the Apex Holiday Inn Express, just north of U.S. 1 on Highway 55. Also in August, as Senior Editor for Torquere Press, Keeney will be attending Authors After Dark, the romance/erotica convention to be held in Savannah, Georgia this year. This reader-focused convention offers panels, contests, awards shows, and opportunities to meet your favorite romance authors. In September, Keeney will once again teach “Writing Popular Fiction and Memoir.” Starting September 24th, it will be held Tuesday nights at Athens Drive High School. Learn and practice the basic building blocks of writing compelling fiction, narrative non-fiction, or memoir! Use point-of-view, scenes, characterization, and setting to hook readers into your story. Final class will include professional evaluation of up to five pages of copy by a working editor. The class focuses on genre fiction and is designed for beginning writers who want to learn the how-to of crafting compelling stories. For more information email her.

Eryk Pruitt just returned from the Clarksville Writers Conference in Tennessee. He found it to be an amazing experience and had the opportunity to sit down face-to-face with two agents. He is currently querying his first novel Dirtbags, a Southern noir. Three of his short stories have been accepted: “Them Riders” was accepted by New Lit Salon Press’ Southern Gothic anthology. “Claws” by Attack of the B Movie Monsters, published by Grinning Skull Press. And “Druthers” to be put in the Nuclear Town USA Anthology, published by Dreamscape Press. Pantheon Magazine‘s second issue in July will feature both his short story “Rather a Nice Finish” as well as the first part of a serialized horror piece called “Scoop.”

Dawn Reno Langley (remember her guest post?) has published several theater reviews for Triangle Arts and Entertainment.

Jennifer Riley had her short story (critiqued by Triangle Writers!) accepted by Deep South Magazine, forthcoming in August 2013!

Lisa C. Rosen‘s novel Motherline will come out on September 1st, available on Kindle, Nook, & all the usual e-tailers.

reese ryanReese Ryan‘s debut novel, Making the First Move–a contemporary romance—will be published by Carina Press (Harlequin’s digital-first imprint) on July 22, 2013.

Vanessa Sharntel signed two new authors in May and June. She is excited about their projects and can’t wait to complete the publication process. One is an inspirational book and the other is a book of art and poetry.

Tim Tron has been busy with book signings at various Indie booksellers and at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Durham, High Point and upcoming B&N on July 27th in Knoxville, TN and August 24th in the B&N in Burlington, NC. He has spoken at the Lee County Historical/Genealogical Society and was featured on the NC Writer’s Network Book Buzz. He was interviewed on the Truth Radio Network, a nationally syndicated talk show. On August 9th, he will speak at a special event which is a new addition to the Waldensian Festival in Valdese, NC.