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summer writing events

Thanks to the many members of Triangle Writers who took the time to send in their latest book releases, readings, awards, and more. I love seeing what everyone is up to and glad we have so many accomplished members.

I can’t help but mention my amazement in our group size once again. We surpassed 600 members this spring! Although I mentioned in earlier posts that I am taking a break from event organization for the remainder of the year to instead focus on editing the final draft of my short story collection, I am already having conversations with venues and guest speakers for writing/publishing events around Raleigh-Durham for 2016. More to come on that! I will continue hosting the (mostly monthly) Daytime Critique in Cary as my schedule allows.

Before taking a hiatus, I had already committed to co-facilitate a unique creative writing workshop in Pittsboro to be held early this fall. I want to mention it now because registration closes this summer! Here are the details:

Scents of Creativity & Memory Workshop
Saturday, September 26th (Registration closes 8/15!)
$59 – fee includes workshop, locally-made pastries, coffee, and dessert bag to-go from Phoenix Bakery, discount on lunch at a local restaurant, and essential oil samples.
Dan Pollitt Conference Center, 274 Pittsboro Elementary School Road, Pittsboro, NC
Connect to creativity and open emotional blocks through your strongest sense. Essential oils are used as creative prompts in class. Whether you are a writer, artist, or other creative mind, using aromas to stir ideas and memories can help you get closer to the work you do. Essentials oils can help align your health and creative values. Writers will get a bit more out of this class as discussions will focus on literary devices evoked by aromas, literary journal submissions, and self-pub v. traditional publishing options.

I am teaching the class along with Traci Philips:
Traci Philips, owner of That Certain Way To Wellness, offers Holistic Health & Lifestyle Coaching. Traci specializes in nutrition, detoxification, weight management & empowerment training. For the past two years she has educated on the use of essential oils as a support towards obtaining better health. Traci is truly passionate about helping people make connections between what they put into their bodies & minds and their perceived level of daily vitality & fulfillment.


Poetry in Plain Sight
Submissions wanted! Poetry in Plain Sight is organized by Winston-Salem Writers and showcases poets’ work on posters around the Arts District each quarter. Writers can be selected once per year. Many slots are open in the coming months and through the rest of the year. Learn more about submitting to Poetry in Plain Sight.

circusSPARK at SPARKcon
circusSPARK is organizing their annual burlesque show to be held this September at SPARKcon in downtown Raleigh and they need poets to read erotic poetry! Contact circusSPARK for further details.


Becky Abbott needs beta readers for her literary fiction manuscript of 72,782 words. She is providing Barnes & Noble gift cards to those who are interested in reading her manuscript and providing overall feedback by 07/15/15. Contact Becky directly.

Sue Barnett is organizing a small critique group and is looking to add 1-2 more writers. Meetings are held first and third Wednesday evenings in central Raleigh. They are looking for dedicated, previously published writers of prose or screenplays able to submit for critique at least once per month. If you are interested, please send a brief list of credentials and a sample chapter or short story (no more than 5000 words) to Sue.

beth browne author

Beth has a few forthcoming pieces.

Beth Browne has two creative nonfiction stories forthcoming, in Blotterature and The New New South. Both are boat-related, which will come as no surprise to those who know her. Beth is thrilled to be attending a week-long poetry workshop on Cape Cod in June with her writing idol Marge Piercy.

Tessie Castillo recently started a blog on humor and healing for divorced or single parents. She continues to publish regular articles, including a controversial piece on pregnant women who use drugs and a story about a survivor of human trafficking published on Salon. She writes a regular column on drug policy reform for the Huffington Post and is currently working on a book about Death Row inmates at Central Prison in Raleigh.

susan clark author

Susan Clark’s latest book.

Susan Clark recently published Your Gum Graft: What to Expect & How to Make it Easy! (Including 7 Healthy Recipes) in paperback and Kindle e-book on Amazon. Susan was the recipient of three gum grafts within the span of 18 months. She professes, “It’s really much easier than you think!” Susan is writing a companion book that will remove the fear and unknown from receiving a dental implant and an all-encompassing book on how to design and build a yoga ropes wall for the home studio.

Patty Cole was published in the Broad River Review for her poem “He’ll Take Us With Him.” Her collection of poetry A Way I Sing is forthcoming from Main Street Rag and can be pre-ordered here.

poetry slam competitionTara Lynne Groth (c’est moi!) received Honorable Mention for her short story “Money Changes Everything” in the 2015 Carolina Woman Writing Contest. Her poem “Prescribed Fires” is a semifinalist for the 2015 James Applewhite Poetry Prize. She wrote two features for the debut issue of Gunter Magazine, a luxury real estate and lifestyle publication catered to the Triangle, and has two additional features forthcoming this summer. Tara Lynne attended the annual American Society of Journalists & Authors Conference this spring. In April, Tara Lynne was one of the judges of the Wake County Schools 1st Annual Poetry Slam Competition.

Matt King published another companion short story to the Circle War series.

K. Lynn is set for a busy summer. After being published in anthologies from Dreamspinner Press, Storm Moon Press, Cleis Press, and others over the past few years she has set forth to make 2015 her year of single-author releases. Her genderswap novel, His Womanly Ways, was published by Torquere Press in May. The book originally started as a NaNoWriMo project in 2011 as a new take on the genderswap genre. It is now available in both print and ebook format everywhere books are sold. Additionally, she is included in the Torquere Press Family Time anthology, releasing in June, and has upcoming novella releases throughout the summer from Less Than Three Press (Coffee Date) and Dreamspinner Press (Must Love Dogs), as well as a fall novella release from Less Than Three Press (Storytime). You can follow all her latest releases on Twitter @WriterKLynn or through Amazon.

Ro Mason published Cousin Jack, a Regency love story in both print and ebook. Ro thinks those who like Jane Austen would enjoy it. It is far closer to one of Jane’s psychological stories than a Georgette Heyer type novella.

Sherry Monahan’s latest book, The Cowboy’s Cookbook, will be released August 3. She recently appeared in Bill O’Reilly’s “Legends & Lies” show in the Kit Carson episode. As its president, Sherry will be attending the Western Writers of America convention in Lubbock, Texas June 23-28. After that she begins a book tour with the Most Intrepid Author Posse in Missouri and Kansas July 28 – August 2.

Ruth Moose is to teach a workshop on Writing the Short Story at Wildacres Retreat near Marion, NC. She published a poem in O’Henry Magazine, is revising the sequel to Doing it at the Dixie Dew which won the Malice Domestic $10,000 prize from St. Martin’s Press. The sequel, Wedding Bell Blues is under contract with St. Martin’s Press. Moose will be teaching an Introduction to Writing Short Fiction at Central Carolina Community College in the fall.

carolina woman writing contestVeronique Moses, a North Carolina-based photojournalist, writer, and photographer, recently won First Prize in Carolina Woman Magazine‘s Annual Writing Contest for her poem, “Protest.” “Protest” was published in the May issue of Carolina Woman and can also be found on the magazine’s website. Veronique is currently pursuing her Documentary Studies degree for photography and writing from Duke Center for Documentary Studies.

Eryk Pruitt’s second novel HASHTAG was published in May. This follow-up to his debut novel DIRTBAGS has been described as “a sinister road map to the American South.” It’s the story of Odie Shanks, a pizza store manager who is kidnapped from work by a career criminal with little more on his mind than vengeance and barbecue. The book is available in electronic and print formats at most major retailers. In June, Eryk organized Durham’s “Noir at the Bar” event, which brought together eight dark fiction writers to read their work.

Katie Rose Guest Pryal of Chapel Hill published her novella, LOVE AND ENTROPY, in May of 2015, and her novel, ENTANGLEMENT, in June of 2015, both with Velvet Morning Press. She read at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill earlier in June and will read at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Greensboro on June 23 at 7pm. You can keep up with her here.

Raleigh author Davien Thomas has successfully published the story “The Digital Tourist” as part of the Brave New Girls anthology which was released in mid-June. The anthology focuses on science fiction featuring heroines in order to broaden the face of science fiction for women and young women who seek inspiration in the protagonists of science-related fiction. Proceeds of sale will fund a STEM scholarship for women via the Society of Women Engineers.

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