The Triangle is host to a number of literary events in the remaining months of the year. Most notably, Bouchercon (“the world’s finest annual crime fiction event”) takes place in Raleigh in mid-October. Also, Heart of Carolina Romance Writers Workshop is in Raleigh in late October. For those who are interested in writing for the Internet, the annual Internet Summit in downtown Raleigh this November cannot be missed!
On a smaller scale, my September 26th Scents of Creativity and Memory Workshop in Pittsboro sold out, but we had one seat open recently. Contact me ASAP if you are interested! We will learn about how smells trigger memories and tap into various creative areas of our brains, then use some essential oils as writing prompts. Class is $59 and includes essential oil samples, doughnuts and coffee, dessert to go, and a discount on lunch at a local restaurant.
Wake County Libraries invited me to lead a free Intro to Poetry Program. That takes place on October 6th at Eva Perry Library in Apex and is open to the public.
It appears we may have a new screenwriting critique group forming. More news on that soon!
CALL FOR READERS
Call for Beta Readers! Elizabeth Mitchell is seeking beta readers for her first novel. The novel, approximately 79,000 words in length, is a psychological thriller. The story is set in North Carolina in the 1940s and the present. Elizabeth is offering a Starbucks, Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card and an acknowledgement in the credits for your feedback and suggestions. Please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information or a brief synopsis.
Chris Abbate’s poem “Sisters Praying” is in the Summer 2015 issue of Blue Heron Review. This poem was also nominated by the editor for inclusion in the 2015 Orison Books Anthology, which publishes “the finest spiritually engaged writing from a broad and inclusive range of perspectives.”
Adventures of a Space Bum Book 1: Starlost Child, Book 2: In Search of a Legacy and Book 3: Finding Galium are available on pre-order from author Jon Batson. Readers in the Raleigh area can pick up signed copies and purchase additional books at the launch party November 14, 2015 at So & So Books. RSVP here.
Beth Browne had a story appear in Walter Magazine (August 2015), a poem in Snapdragon: A Journal of Art and Healing, three short pieces of creative nonfiction in Blotterature and a short story in Fine Linen. She attended a week-long poetry intensive with Marge Piercy on Cape Cod in June and attended NCWN’s Squire Residency in July, studying creative nonfiction with Jan Deblieu.
Patty Cole’s debut poetry collection A Way I Sing published this month as part of Main Street Rag’s Author’s Choice Chapbook Series.
Tara Lynne Groth (C’est moi!) will speak at the Young Writers Conference in Rolesville in October. Her poem “Hourglass” was selected by Winston-Salem Writers’ Poetry in Plain Sight program and displayed around the downtown area on posters for the month of July. As of this writing, the poem is on display at Tommy Edwards’ shop in downtown Pittsboro.
Lyn Fairchild Hawks, author of the indie YA novel How Wendy Redbird Dancing Survived the Dark Ages of Nought, received a review in Publishers Weekly. Her forthcoming graphic novella, Minerda, illustrated by Robin Follet, author of The Last Taxi, tells the story of a gifted, weird, wise girl who’s bullied and is the prequel to Hawks’ forthcoming novel, How Minerva Mae Christopoulos Set the Record Straight. This November, Lyn and Robin will be sharing their book with True North Writers and Publishers Cooperative in local Piedmont signings with author David Frauenfelder.
Sherry Monahan released the Cowboy’s Cookbook in August and it made Amazon’s #1 Newest Release in Western Regional Cooking. Sherry is a member of the most Intrepid Western Writers Posse and they rode into Dodge City, Kansas in August where she promoted the book. The Southern Independent Booksellers Association will be in Raleigh August 18-20. If you’re there, stop by the Western Writers of America table where Sherry, as its president, will be representing them. Sherry also appeared the American Heroes Channel in the Seth Bullock episode in July. She is getting ready to sign another book contract for California Madams, which is slated to be published in 2017.
Ruth Moose taught classes in Short Story at Wildacres Writers Workshop. She also just completed a 4 week class in the short story at Çentral Çarolina Community College in Pittsboro. Moose will teach a one-day workshop in writing Flash Fiction at CCCC, October 10. (Registration online at CCCC website.) She is also doing two lectures on the short stories of Flannery O’Connor at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill. Wedding Bell Blues, the sequel to Doing it at the Dixie Dew, winner of the $10,000 Malice Domestic award in 2013, published by St. Martin’s Press, is due out August, 2016.
Katie Rose Guest Pryal was awarded a scholarship to attend the Virginia Quarterly Review Writer’s Conference, where she was also selected to be a participant reader. She continues to publish two columns in the Chronicle of Higher Education Vitae and to serve as a blogger for the Huffington Post. She’s working on her next novel for Velvet Morning Press, a follow up to her novel ENTANGLEMENT, which was published this past June. She read from and signed ENTANGLEMENT at the Bull’s Head Bookshop in Chapel Hill on September 17th.
Eryk Pruitt’s story “The Last Time we Saw Bears in Lake Castor” was published in this month’s issue of THUGLIT. A screening of THE HOODOO OF SWEET MAMA ROSA, a short film based on his story, is forthcoming in October/November.
The Indigo Journals, Spiritual Healing For Indigo Adults & Other Feminine Souls – Volumes I & II by Yol Swan holds the answers you’ve been looking for! Volume I is the spiritual journey of an Indigo adult whose mystical experiences and cosmic memories led her to an in-depth exploration of the feminine soul. In Volume II the author will take you on a healing journey of personal growth to find your life purpose, thrive in this excessively masculine world, and bring forth a New Humanity.