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asheville biltmoreThere has been a lull in events for Asheville Writers this year as I’ve been limiting travels to focus on my short story collection. 2016 will be a little different. I will be in Asheville in March, April, May, and June. Keep an eye out for writing workshops, free seminars and write-ins. 🙂


Monday, March 14
Resume Writing Mistakes – Asheville, NC
In this short seminar we will look at the top mistakes found in resumes.
FREE – Register here.

April 8-9
Blue Ridge Writers Conference – Blue Ridge, GA
This is a spring event with a registration deadline of March 4. I will speak about Freelancing for Digital and Print markets and will critique magazine query letters. Conference fees TBA soon.


fritz fombie bookT.E. Antonino’s Fritz Frombie Have No Fear was reviewed in Manhattan Book Review: “Though this book is about a young heroine and her crazy adventure, this book really emphasize the important lesson of courage, friendship, honesty, and not letting your fears hinder you from enjoying life. So if you are looking for a book that is entertaining, suspenseful, fun, colorful, and teaches an important valuable life lesson, then I highly recommend this book for young readers, parents, and librarians,” reviewed by Michelle Tan.

John Black PoetryJohn A. Blackard’s fourth book of poems is now available at Amazon, IndieBound, and Malaprop’s Bookstore in Asheville. (johnblack)

Mark Bloom will teach a six-hour, one-day class for AB-Tech: Online Writing for Business. “Online writing requires a different set of skills. Business writers must think in terms of screen instead of page and take keywords into account to produce content consistently (for a blog), clearly (for Facebook posts), and persuasively (for a website). In this class, you will learn how to develop a content strategy to help plan your writing. Learn how to write clear, engaging articles and web copy from a professional content provider. As a result, you will increase your web presence, website traffic and conversion rate.”​ Two dates are available: February 12 and April 22. Cost: $79. Sign up here or 828.398.7934.

fantasy bookSherrie Cronin is pleased to announce that the first two books in her speculative fiction collection 46. Ascending are now available in paperback through IndieBound. “x0” is the story of a reluctant telepath. y1 is the companion story of an idealistic shape shifter. The remaining three books in the collection are already available electronically on Smashwords, and will be available in paperback through IndieBound in early 2016.fantasy series

John Fahey is very happy with a recent professional review for his memoir Survival from onlinebookclub.org.

jennifer fulford authorJennifer Fulford, a novelist and freelance business and leisure writer in Asheville, has released the second in her series based on “The Three Musketeers.” Book Two, Athos & Milady: In The Beginning, chronicles the early heart-breaking romance of Milady de Winter and Athos before their paths cross in Alexandre Dumas’ classic novel. Her micro-press Black Bomb Books has also released its first novel from Portland, Ore., writer Sally K Lehman. In The Fat follows the life of thirteen-year-old Skyler Canter Reems whose abusive home life lands her in a mental institution nicknamed The Fat. There, she befriends an odd assortment of young women who share a common bond — broken lives. Black Bomb Books accepts submissions of poetry, fiction, and memoir.black bomb books

Tara 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.

Donna Levine-Small started a radio show. “Writers’ Words,” a radio program showcasing writers, editors, publishers, and all things writing, is being aired on wART Radio in Marshall, NC. Contact Donna if you’d like to be a guest on the program. Dates and times TBA.

wheres the next shelter bookIn November 2014, just one year after finishing the Appalachian Trail, a 2,000-mile hike from Georgia to Maine, 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, as well as a class/book signing at Diamond Brand Outfitters this January. Gary Sizer is also a regular at NPR “The Moth” story slam held monthly at The Mothlight in West Asheville. 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.

yol swon bookThe Indigo Journals: Spiritual Healing For Indigo Adults & Other Feminine Souls by Yol Swan is now available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and iTunes. If you’ve ever wondered what your purpose is and why you feel disempowered and disconnected in a world that doesn’t make sense to you, The Indigo Journals holds the answers you’ve been looking for. From her mystical experiences, channeled messages and encounters with enlightened teachers to the cosmic memories that led her to an in-depth exploration of the wounded Feminine, the author takes you on a spiritual healing journey of self-discovery and personal growth to unlock your hidden power, fulfill your purpose and bring balance to an overly masculine world.

sam uhl writerExplore your personal history and discover your writing style in an 8-week, My Life Stories Guided Memoir Writing Workshop. Learn how your memoir can honor, encourage and inspire you and your family today and leave a legacy that connects the generations. Creative brain and writing exercises comprise the first hour of each session, followed by story reading based on eight different themes presented in the series. This dynamic and interactive series is taught by Personal Historian Sam Uhl. She is an autobiographical instructor certified by The Birren Institute of Autobiographical Studies, and is founder of The Cheerful Word LLC in Hendersonville, NC. 50% off registration for those who refer to this post for any workshop offered between January and June of 2016. The Cheerful World events page or call Sam at 828.595.9802. (pic)

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