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As most of you already know, the North Carolina Writers Network holds its fall conference in Asheville in November. I will not be able to attend this one, but I have only heard good things about their past conferences!

I’m in the process of organizing 2016 writing events in Asheville and will announce details once venues and details are confirmed. Get ready for panel discussions, write-ins, classes on author mistakes, and more!


Molly Arnn is looking for writing companions. She loves getting together with another writer or two at a coffee shop or library and quietly writing together. She is looking for friendly writing companions who are also focused on getting things done. Please get in touch.

Black Bomb is taking submissions for its 2016 releases and accepts poetry collections, novels, and memoirs.


Local author and illustrator T. E. Antonino’s middle-grade novel Fritz Fombie Have No Fear received The Portland Book Review’s highest five star rating. T. E. Antonino is a teacher’s assistant at a daycare where he’s read kids more books than he can count. Fritz Fombie Have No Fear is a whimsical and funny account of children overcoming fear. T. E. Antonino will be doing a signing for his book at Papoose Children’s Clothing & More in downtown Asheville on Sunday the 27th of September at 2PM.

Delene's book is now in paperback.T. DeLene Beeland’s book, The Secret World of Red Wolves: The Fight to Save North America’s Other Wolf is now out in paperback. Today, reintroduced red wolves are found only in peninsular northeastern North Carolina within less than 1 percent of their former range. In The Secret World of Red Wolves, nature writer T. DeLene Beeland shadows the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s pioneering recovery program over the course of a year to craft an intimate portrait of the red wolf, its history, and its restoration. Her engaging exploration of this top-level predator traces the intense effort of conservation personnel to save a species that has slipped to the verge of extinction.

A Book of Meditations by John A. Blackard is forthcoming in October and will be available on his website and at area readings. Visit his site if you’d like to schedule a reading at your venue.

Suzanne Boothby organizes a monthly happy hour called Slurred Words for writers at Sovereign Remedies, 29 North Market Street in downtown Asheville. The event is free and the space has drink specials. You can email Suzanne for more details. The next event is Tuesday, October 6 from 6PM-8PM.

AbsolutelyNewCoverJohn Fahey’s book Survival is in a recent article. The print book is available from Lulu, and the e-Book from Amazon.

sally lehman authorBlack Bomb Books, a new micro-publisher in Asheville organized by Asheville Writers member Jennifer Fulford, will publish its first novel this fall, In The Fat, by Portland writer Sally K. Lehman. In The Fat is the sharply told tragedy of a 13-year-old abused teenager who finds herself learning coping skills from an assortment of troubled youths in a mental home.

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Signing the poetry poster.

Tara Lynne Groth (C’est moi!) instructed Your Writer Platform in Hayesville in August. She 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.

Gisela Hausmann’s book “Naked Truths About Book Reviews” is a 2015 Finalist in non-fiction in the Kindle Books Review Awards. Winntes announced on October 1, 2015. Her book Naked Words 2.0 The Effective 157-Word Email was featured in the August edition of the SUCCESS magazine. Managing editor Mary Vinnedge called it “A guide to concise, commanding communiques.” She has also talked about this book’s subject on WYFF-4 TV. Gisela Hausmann will present “Naked Words 2.0 The Effective 157-Word Email” at an author event at the Barnes & Noble located at the Shops at Greenridge in Greenville, South Carolina on November 14th.

Writers need more than craft, critique and competition to succeed. The Write + Thrive Asheville Salon is a relaxed and safe space to explore your writing life and overcome blocks. Each meeting is a “mini-retreat” – not a class. Meetings are small, intimate and full of people who are writing seriously. They also bring in guest presenters whose innovative work will contribute to experimental conversations and open writers to new possibilities. Learn more about the group. The organizer is Asheville Writers member Cynthia Lindeman, a full-time writer. E-mail her here.

only in asheville bookAsheville native Marla Hardee Milling is the author of Only in Asheville: An Eclectic History, published this summer by The History Press/Arcadia. Milling interviewed 46 people to provide a comprehensive look at how Asheville has become such a unique, quirky place. Only in Asheville is experiencing strong sales, and Milling is currently in talks with her publisher about a second book to potentially hit the shelves in the summer of 2016. To buy a copy of the book and to find out specific dates for upcoming book signings/talks (there are quite a few this fall) at her website or contact Milling.

Georganne Spruce was awarded first prize in the Asheville Writer’s Workshop 2015 Poetry Contest for her poem “Soul Mate.” She is the author of a memoir Awakening to the Dance: A Journey to Wholeness and writes an inspirational blog. Starting in September 2015, she will teach Writing Your Legacy Memoir through the McCall Continuing Education Program at Montreat College.

New to Asheville Writers or curious what members were up to earlier this year? View the spring and summer newsletters. Membership is free and newsletters are sent quarterly. News items are due by the 15th of each quarter.