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Santa Al says Merry Christmas!

It’s been lovely having a break from leading workshops and open mics. It’s also been lovely receiving so many emails asking about when the next events start! An overview of winter events is below. If you’d like the first scoop about events, I have several more slated through June, and I share the news first in my newsletter for writers that is sent on the First Friday of each month.

We also have several publishing opportunities that Triangle Writers members want to share. If you have a chapbook, know a thing or two about food, have expertise in publishing, check the ‘Call for Writers’ below.


Saturday, February 6
Holly Springs Community Arts Festival – Holly Springs, NC
Intro to Poetry – FREE

Wednesday, February 17
Wake-Up Wednesday – Pittsboro, NC
Freelancing and SEO Writing – $5 admission for breakfast

Tuesday, March 1
Open Mic at Letterpress Studio – Durham, NC
Food truck and local brewery tasting possible. Food and drink for purchase if present. FREE poetry.

Saturday, March 5
Writing for Magazines – Pittsboro, NC

Tuesday, March 8
Resume Writing Mistakes – Apex, NC

Saturday, March 12
Triangle Sisters in Crime Workshop – Talk on Author Marketing – Cary, NC

More details available at Writing Events. Registration for events I organize opens January 1. If you have a function you’d like me to speak at, please learn more about Speaking Engagements.


Submissions are now open for the 8th Annual Nazim Hikmet Poetry Competition. Winners will receive an award of $100 and will be invited to read their poems at the 8th Annual Nazim Hikmet Poetry Festival, which will be held on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at Page-Walker Arts & History Center in Cary, North Carolina. Deadline January 4, 2016.

Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award now taking submissions until Feb 1. This is for a full-length collection from 48-84 pages.

Coming soon: Cathy Smith Bowers Chapbook Contest. Polish up those manuscripts and get ’em ready. Details to come early 2016.

Food and culture-focused blog A Dash of Culture seeks guest contributors. No monetary compensation available at this time. Contact Chris with your ideas and for more details.

Write Naked starts considering guest contributor pitches on January 1. Guest bloggers receive $50.


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Jon Batson will follow-up the successful launch of his latest sci-fi series Adventures of a Space Bum with readings at local bookstores. Email him to get invites to his events.

In October Courtney Carter attended her first Bouchercon Mystery Conference, which also happened to be the first ever Bouchercon hosted here in the South! In addition to attending the conference and meeting countless other writers and readers, she had the opportunity to volunteer for several of the conference events through the Triangle Chapter of Sisters in Crime. Working as a monitor for author panels and assisting with some of the behind-the-scenes tasks that go into creating a huge conference like Bouchercon helped Courtney to see a new side of the publishing world. She is hoping very much to attend next year’s Bouchercon in New Orleans!

writing conferenceTara Lynne Groth (me!) spoke at the Young Writers Conference in Rolesville in October. North Carolina Poet Laureate Dr. Shelby Stephenson was the poetry juror for the Craven Arts Council Art Inspires Poetry anthology published in November, which included one of Groth’s poems “Fast Food Momma.” She will speak at a free poetry seminar in February at the Holly Springs Community Arts Festival, as well as at the Triangle Sisters in Crime Writing Workshop this March in Cary. She leads open mics, seminars, and workshops this winter – noted in the ‘Events’ section above.

Blackstone Audio will release its audio version of Bruce Hillman’s creative non-fiction book, The Man Who Stalked Einstein- How Nazi Scientist Philipp Lenard on February 9, 2016. The reader has not yet been announced. Also, the Virginia Festival of the Book invited Bruce and “Einstein” to be part of its March 16-20, 2016 program in Charlottesville. Finally, ForeEdge Press will publish Bruce’s next book, A Plague on All Our Houses: Dr. Michael Gottlieb and the Discovery of AIDS, next fall.

joni jeffries authorJoni Jeffries, new to North Carolina and Triangle Writers, recently published her first fantasy novel Six Houses, Red Wake through Amazon.

Lune Spark L.L.C. announced launch of Pawan Mishra’s novel, Coinman: An Untold Conspiracy in November. Set in a small town in northern India, this story follows Coinman, his peculiar habit, and the incredible animosity it provokes in everyone around him. The novel is available in paperback and Kindle eBook at Amazon. The author is a leader in the technology and finance industries. Originally from Aligarh, India, Pawan now lives in Morrisville, North Carolina.

Ruth Moose has a poem in the December issue of Salt magazine. Also a poem included in an anthology Women’s Voices in Poetry. Also a poem in an anthology from JACAR Press. She is read at Weymouth Center in Southern Pines December 3, taught a workshop on the Short Short Story in Charlotte December 9, and spoke at Chapel Hill Friends of the Library Tea on Dec. 17. January 11, 2015 Moose will teach a 6 week class in Introduction to Writing Short Fiction at Central Community College in Pittsboro.

Eryk Pruitt’s new radio show/podcast about crime writers, “The Crime Scene with Eryk Pruitt,” broadcasts on the second Monday of each month, locally at 103.5FM, and streams internationally on the Internet from at 10amEST. The episodes are podcasted on iTunes and archived here.

Katie Rose Guest Pryal just sold her next novel, which is slated to come out in the summer of 2016. The novel is the next installment of her Entanglement series. She has also started a new column on writing and publishing for Huffington Post Books titled “I Need Coffee.”

Michelle Ristuccia’s chapbook, Premeditations, releases December 15th from Folded Word. Premeditations is a collection of 7 flash fantasy and science fiction stories with subjects ranging from faithful cookies to broken robots.

wheres the next shelter bookIn November 2014, just one year after finishing the Appalachian Trail, Gary Sizer published Where’s the Next Shelter?, the true account of his trek. The book was recently featured in Mountain X. He will be hosting numerous free classes on preparing for your own long distance hike and telling stories at REI stores across the southeast this winter and spring (Feb 9th: Cary, Feb 10th: Durham, Feb 11th: Raleigh). For exact dates and times, please visit Gary’s website where you can also see stunning photos while you read the journal he kept along the way.

Missed the last newsletter? Check out Triangle Writers Fall News.