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In case you missed the last newsletter, you can read the Triangle Writers Winter News here. Below you will find news about Raleigh-Durham area writers, several new writing events and calls for submissions.


Chris Massenburg, better known as Dasan Ahanu was appointed a 2015-2016 Nasir Jones Fellow with the Hip Hop Archive and Research Institute at the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, Harvard University. He is there researching lyricism in Hip Hop and considering new ways to talk about lyricism and chronicle it’s importance to Hip Hop. This meant moving to the Boston area and he has started a fundraising campaign you can contribute to.

Cary writing group

Tara Lynne Groth, Allison Brennan, and Erin Knightley spoke at Triangle Sisters in Crime’s Cary workshop.

Tara Lynne Groth (me!) wrote a few articles for INDY Week, one about creative Valentine’s dates in the Triangle and another about Pittsboro’s small role in Oscar-winning film The Revenant. She spoke at Chatham Middle School’s Career Day in Siler City, the Triangle Sisters in Crime One-Day Workshop in Cary, and Wake-Up Wednesday in Pittsboro. She will be a guest on Donna Small’s ‘Radio Show for Writers and Poets’ in Marshall, NC on April 6th. She speaks on ‘Freelancing for Digital and Print’ at the Blue Ridge Writers Conference in Georgia on April 9th.

elizabeth hein authorEscape Plan by Elizabeth Hein will be released on April 1, 2016. To celebrate the release of Escape Plan, Overlook will be on sale for only .99 for the whole month of April.

Bruce Hillman discussed his creative nonfiction “The Man Who Stalked Einstein: How Nazi Scientist Philippe Lenard Changed the Course of History” (Lyons Press, 2014) and the forthcoming “A Plague on All Our Houses: Medical Intrigue, Hollywood, and the Discovery of AIDS” (ForeEdge Press, 2016) in a session on modern nonfiction at the Virginia Festival of the Book, March 18, in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Jennifer Riley published a new mystery novel on Amazon, Weston Investigates: Cremation Urn. The mystery was included in the book news section of the Raleigh, North Carolina, News and Observer in early March.


Starting March 1, submit your poems and artwork to Kakalak 2016. Cash prizes for top submissions.

Polish up that poetry chapbook for Main Street Rag’s upcoming Cathy Smith Bowers Chapbook Contest. Submissions open in May.

Main Street Rag-sponsored open mic for writers at So & So Books on Person St., downtown Raleigh, every third Wednesday at 6:30pm.

4/12 in Apex – Self-Publishing Basics – FREE
We’ll discuss different self-publishing services, basics of a writer’s platform and innovations in the publishing industry. This is a 30-minute seminar followed by a 30-minute Q&A.

4/19-5/24 (Tuesdays) – Book Marketing – $35 membership fee, plus Duke OLLI’s class fee
Find out how to start your writer platform or expand your existing one to reach more readers. We will have in-depth author marketing sessions, review how to optimize your website, and more.

4/26 in Durham – Optimizing Your Author Website – $59 (Registration closes 4/12)
How to properly structure your website for search engines and human users to reach more readers. This is an SEO (search engine optimization) class dedicated to your author website, Amazon page, blog, and social media.


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