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asheville writing workshop

Asheville Writing Class

I thought e-news about Asheville Writers members would be nice to showcase seasonally in the same way I do for writers in Raleigh. This gives everyone a chance to see how active the literary community is in Western North Carolina, learn about writing opportunities, and connect with authors.

This newsletter also helps me get a pulse on what members are interested in so that when I hear about relevant events I can pass them along without hesitation! Also, I will be in Asheville every month this spring for several writing events and festivals:


I am hosting a half-day Author Marketing Class in Asheville on Saturday, February 8. I will cover the latest digital trends and tools in publishing. We’ll also discuss qualities of best-selling authors, the facts about acquiring book reviews, ways to generate appropriate media contact lists, and how to contact the media. Advanced registration is required! Fee includes class, brunch, drink, and dessert.

spring writers conferenceI have been invited by Pennsylvania-based Butterfly Methodz Press to be a speaker about author marketing at their next writers conference held at the Billy Graham Training Center March 30-April 4. Other speakers include: Editor from Writer’s Digest Chuck Sambuchino, special guest speaker Monica Haskell, and Kelley D. H. Sawyer. Registration information is here for the week-long faith-based event, and by clicking the image to the right. I don’t identify with any particular faith and the conference is open to all.

asheville wordfestI am currently programming a day’s worth of free poetry events for Asheville’s Wordfest 2014 on May 3 & 4. Workshops, talks with North Carolina poets, and poetry on demand!


Amanda Finley released her debut novel Where’s My Nurse? The Ultimate Beer Run.

Carolyn Bennet Fraser published “Just for You, Teacher” in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Lemons to Lemonade, began teaching Journalism and Creative Writing at Biltmore Baptist Church’s Homeschool Enrichment program, and attended the Society of Children’s Book Writer’s and Illustrators (SCBWI) conference in Charlotte, NC. That’s not all. She was featured as a local author in WNC Woman Magazine and has a forthcoming piece “Nightmare Ride” in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Miracles Happen.

Miguel LaSala‘s audio book of his first novel is forthcoming.

Constance Lombardo got a three-book contract with Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins for middle grade graphic novels about a cat named Mister Puffball. Her first book, Mister Puffball, Stunt Cat to the Stars, is scheduled for fall 2015. She is represented by Lori Nowicki of Painted Words.

New to Asheville, Lorraine Lordi is already making publishing waves. She has had proposals for children’s books accepted by Heinemann Press, which publishes educational materials worldwide. Her two books are for struggling readers in Grade 1. One is Mother Elephants with the theme that a mother elephant always stays with the herd and helps raise all of the babies. The other is A Home on Its Back.  It’s about snails and how even though they are little and slow, they have this natural protection and a place to find comfort. She is working on a third about the man who discovered that no two snowflakes are alike.

Jill Siler wrote and released four new songs.


June 22-25, the Christian Booksellers Association, will host their International Christian Retailers Show in Atlanta at the World Congress Center. That Sunday they plan to offer seminars for authors.