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Could there be a better place to live and be a writer right now? Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and all points in between continue to attract newcomers–but it feels like our Triangle is a magnet for writers. Triangle Writers has grown beyond what I expected when I took it over in 2009. In five years we grew from 50-60 members and one critique group that met twice per month…to nearly 550 members, four recurring critique groups and a team of event organizers.

Even outside our group there is an event related to writing happening here in the Triangle every week of the month–and nearly every day. With so many events competing for attention, I have decided to hold fewer classes throughout the year. The topics will be more specialized and there will be more one-on-one work. However, I am planning a larger event in the spring–no date yet!–which will be the first of its kind here in the Triangle. For now, here are the winter events I am organizing:

FREE EVENT IN CARRBORO, NC

Special Poetry Open Mic at Johnny’s Gone Fishing
Tuesday, February 3
7PM
Johnny’s Gone Fishing, 901 West Main Street
I organize this Poetry Open Mic Night paired with a wine tasting. The featured reader is Chapel Hill-based Chris Slydel. Chris will read for 10-15 minutes followed by an open mic. Poets will have up to 5 minutes to read. If you’d like to read, please arrive early to sign up. A wine tasting will accompany the reading and we’ll have locally-roasted coffee, espresso, gluten-free baked goods, paninis, ice cream and more available for purchase.

Featured Reader: Chris Slydel is the son of a journalist and actress. He was born in England in 1962. Chris wanted to find an equally tropical place to live, so he moved to Florida in 1987. He wanted to write his entire life, but only started just five years ago. He recently married a source of much inspiration. Chris is the father of two amazing children who are both in school. He runs, rides and enjoys every moment on this world.

WRITING EVENTS IN PITTSBORO, NC (fees noted)

Poetry Uncorked
Saturday, January 17th
4PM-6PM
$35; Includes a copy of Bart’s poetry book, tastings of eight meads, and a Starrlight Mead wine glass. REGISTER
Starrlight Mead, 480 Hillsboro Street, Suite 1000
Enjoy a late afternoon in the heart of Chatham County with fellow poets as mead (honey wine) is poured and poetry prompts are provided. Craft new poems, have your work critiqued, and sample mead made at Starrlight Mead from North Carolina honeybees. Poetry markets and open journal submissions will be discussed and provided. Seating is highly limited and advanced registration required.

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Poet Bartholomew Barker

Facilitated by poet Bartholomew Barker
Bartholomew Barker is a poet based in Hillsborough, North Carolina. He is one of the organizers of Raleigh’s largest group of poets, Living Poetry. Wednesday Night Regular, his debut book of poetry, was published in November 2013. Writer’s Digest’s Robert Lee Brewer interviewed Bart in 2014 after another one of his poems made the Top 25 nationally in the Poem-a-Day Challenge. (His poems have placed three times.) Bart’s work has appeared in Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Three Line Poetry, and the anthology Point Mass.

Event held at Starrlight Mead, an award-winning meadery featured on UNC-TV and NPR. Their eclectic tasting room is located under the historic Chatham Mills water tower.

Write for Magazines: Query Writing & Critique
Saturday, February 28th
10:30AM-1PM
$57; Includes class and individual query letter critique. REGISTER
Chatham Business Services Center, 20 Sanford Road
This is an introduction to freelance journalism. Learn how to pitch editors, craft a query letter, and earn money writing. You will leave this class with three query letters of your own and markets so that you can actively start pitching articles right away. You will also take home a half dozen successful query letters that secured publication in national and local markets such as GO (AirTran Airways’ in-flight magazine), Blue Ridge Outdoors and The Chapel Hill News. Students invited to submit a query letter in advance and receive a critiqued copy at class.

MEMBER NEWS

Daniel Berenson has just released a book of poetry that will bring back the excitement and love of poetry kids had when they were young — VOICES: An Owner’s Guide to the Adolescent Mind (Poems for Performance). Over 50 young narrators tell their unique stories in rhythmic, rhyming verse. On sale at all major ebook sites.

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Tony is publishing with Dark Alley Publishing.

Tony Bowman’s latest horror short story, “The Muse,” has been published in the James Ward Kirk publication Indiana Horror Review 2014. His latest horror novel Nine Fingers from Dark Alley Publishing is now available. His new horror novel Valkyrie: The Road, also from Dark Alley Publishing, will be available in late February.

Beth Browne invites everyone to join other writers every third Wednesday for writers’ open mic, sponsored by Main Street Rag Publishing Company. Space is limited, so come early to sign up. We meet at 6:30pm at The Station at Person Street (restaurant), 701 N. Person Street in Raleigh for sign-ups and socializing, and then at 7:30 we move across the street to So & So Books for the readings. Next meeting will be Jan 21, followed by Feb 18. Contact Beth for more details.

Beth also wants to share a publishing opportunity: Got a full-length collection of poetry ready to go? Submissions are now open for the 2015 Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award contest. First prize wins $1200 and fifty books. Postmark deadline January 31, 2015. $25 reading fee.

Mel Clayton’s flash fiction short story, “Hard Concession,” is available online now at Shotgun Honey.

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6th Grade Students’ Welcome Poster

Tara Lynne Groth (c’est moi!) was invited in December 2014 to visit with Wake County School’s sixth grade students at Mills Park Middle School in Cary, North Carolina to discuss poetry. As a visiting poet she discussed the process of writing and the different paths available today for publishing.

The Tiger Whisperer, by author and editor Belea T. Keeney, was awarded the “World’s Best Cat Litter-ary” Award from the Cat Writers Association at their October annual conference. In addition, the novel won a Certificate of Excellence as one of five finalists in their Book of the Year Award. Keeney received a certificate, a pewter commerative bowl, and $500. Keeney is also currently accepting new private clients, especially writers of genre fiction looking to self-publish. She will also continue teaching writing classes on memoir with Alice Osborn. She’ll teach for Wake Tech with a brand new class, “Writing Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror.” The class starts Wednesday February 4th.

Dawn Reno Langley celebrates the placement of two pieces of creative nonfiction: “Amistad” and “Going Home.” “Amistad,” the story of a friend’s struggle with cancer, will be published in January, 2015 in the Provo Canyon Review, and “Going Home,” an essay about suicide and the people it affects will be published in a forthcoming collection of nonfiction by Laughing Fire Press.

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J. Lloyd Morgan’s work is in a new anthology.

Award-winning author J. Lloyd Morgan’s short story “Winter Wonderland” was published in the anthology Angels from their Realms of Story. The anthology contains short stories based on Christmas Carols, spread out over 25 days, one for each day of December, leading up to and including Christmas day.

Jennifer Riley published an opera eBook, Opera: Journey From Wilderness To Paradise.

Fantasy, science fiction, and mystery collide in Doug Simpson’s first novel, Great Big World: The Trouble with Dr. Beamo! This is the first in the Great Big World series and follows Jake Baker and his Greene Street Gumshoes as they seek to stop dark sorcerer Count Sugar Cain and his associate, Dr. Beamo, from taking over the Gumshoes’ hometown of Avalon and, in turn, the world. Published at the end of November, Great Big World is available in both print and digital formats, and is suitable for readers 10 and up.

Hugh Willard, Holly Springs author of The Goodwill Vultures Club series had the first book in the series, A Day of Heroes, recorded for the Triangle Radio Reading Service. It was aired on December 17th. He recently signed on with Dark Alley Publishing and will have his first YA fantasy novel, Degotoga, released on January 15th, 2015. Degotoga is a social misfit who follows his Cherokee grandmother into the Spirit World on a vision quest to find the twin brother he never knew. This novel is imbued with numerous Cherokee myths and traditions, accessible to the minds of today’s techno-filtered youth.

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