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As every corner of the Raleigh-Durham literati world is talking about the upcoming North Carolina Literary Festival (free and open to all), let’s take a moment to look at what the members of Triangle Writers have accomplished over the past few months and have planned for this spring:

creative aromas

Use aromas as writing prompts.


This Saturday, March 29th I am co-hosting Aromas & Creativity, a writing workshop where we use different scents as writing prompts. It has been two years since I’ve organized this type of event and I’m very excited! EVERY time this workshop was held we had writers go on to publish a piece they created that day. $30 includes workshop and gift bag of essential oils products.


Main Street Rag is offering a writing workshop at the company’s office in Charlotte, March 29 from 10-2. Led by one of their bestselling authors, Kathie Giorgio, the workshop will be on the subject of point of view. The registration fee of $35 includes lunch and a tour of The Main Street Rag Publishing Company.


A full day of writing seminars for aspiring and experienced novelists is being offered April 12, 9:15AM-4PM, in Cary. The Novelist’s Craft Kit, co-sponsored by the Triangle Sisters in Crime chapter and Town of Cary, will be held at the Page-Walker Arts and History Center at 119 Ambassador Loop.  Award-winning authors will present four lively seminars on craft topics that challenge writers of all levels from beginning to experienced. See the Triangle SinC website for more information and registration. $65 includes a box lunch.

Also, Triangle SinC’s monthly meetings are free and open to the public. They offer a a program speaker, either on writing craft, or business, or from law enforcement/criminal justice. They don’t meet in April because of the workshop, but normally they meet the first Sunday of the month at Earth Fare, Brier Creek at 1PM.


If you subscribe to my newsletter for writers you were the first to read about a query clinic I will host as part of Winston-Salem Writers‘ Saturday Seminars. Pencil in your calendars for May 17th. More details to come.


book art


Beth Browne‘s short story “The Wild Flight of Bookshop Chair” was recently published in Gone Lawn.

Tessie Castillo continues to publish articles on drug policy and public health. Lately she has published two articles as well as continues an ongoing blog on the Huffington PostDo Efforts to Crack Down on Prescription Drug Abuse Drive Users to Heroin? and Why Every State Should Let Law Enforcement Use Life-Saving Overdose Prevention Drug

The Scream Tactile Colors

Touchable art.

Tara Lynne Groth (me!) published her first short story “Tuna Heart” in Mused Literary Review, as well as a profile in The Chapel Hill News (print) and The Durham News (online) of a North Carolina artist who creates art for the visually impaired.

Author and editor, Belea T. Keeney, will have her novel, Playing With Tigers published in June by JMS Books. The story focuses on a big cat refuge that is hit by a tornado, which releases several dangerous predators—including an adult Siberian tiger. The novel will release in both e-book and print formats, and Keeney will be starting her promotional book tour in Hickory, NC at the Kudzu Cat Club cat show.

With a great deal of assistance from Triangle Writers, Brian Lang published his debut fantasy novel, Ahvarra: The Heart of the World. The novel is available exclusively for your Kindle e-reader via Amazon.

Eryk Pruitt‘s novel DIRTBAGS will be released the first week of April. Receive email updates here. He recently published three short stories: “Houston” is available from THUGLIT“Further South” in Severest Inks, and “The HooDoo of Sweet Mama Rosa” in Zymbol #3. The first short Pruitt ever read at the Durham Writer’s Meetup has been filmed by Cinema Fuel Productions. His short story “A Way Yet to Go” is now the short film Disengaged and the film is being completed with some help from a crowdfunding campaign.

Tim Tron will attend the North Carolina Writers Network conference in April and looks forward to meeting fellow authors and attending the workshops. Tron will be interviewed on TheAuthorsShow.com this spring. He will run a Kindle Select Promotion on his e-book March 25th through March 31st. His book will be $0.99. He has been growing his blog, working on a sequel, and looking for ways to publish it.