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If you missed the previous newsletter, you can read the Asheville Writers Winter News here. Several members have upcoming readings and workshops – and quite a few new books! Check it out:


T. E. Antonino wrote a short story about the value of creativity in society. The short story appears in the Waynesville library online March newsletter. T. E. Antonino also drew a image that will appear with the short story. The newsletter will be honoring Dr. Seuss.

Glenda Beall’s first Writers Circle studio class is Saturday, June 11th from 10AM-1PM. Jonathan Rice, poet, editor and publisher, and visual artist instructs “Eavesdropping: How to Transform Conversation into Poetry” that will also include details about marketing your work. $45.00 – Deadline for registration is June 6.

“The 88” is the first offering from native Asheville author E. R. Collis. The book is a modern gothic collection of short stories, flash, and micro fiction. The work loosely follows a convict spaceman sentenced to eternal life imprisoned in a mirror universe. Available for purchase from Amazon.

John Fahey recently received a blog review by Dean Robertson, including the first 14 pages of his second book Arrival. John was the guest speaker at a domestic violence support group in February. He has found peace and relaxation gardening and writing in Copperhill, Tennessee.

black bomb booksBlack Bomb Books in Asheville (member Jennifer Fulford) has published a collection of poems by Indiana writer Douglas Storm. “The Gulf of Folly” is mind-play at its best and delves into philosophical and literary themes inspired by Herman Melville, Wlm. Carlos Williams, and Ezra Pound. Storm is the producer of Interchange at community radio station WFHB in Bloomington, Ind.

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.

carrie highley bookJoin Carrie Highley at Malaprops on June 24th at 7pm for the launch event of her memoir, Blue Apple Switchback published by She Writes Press on June 7th 2016. Follow Carrie Highley through four years of emails to Charlie, an older and wiser friend, as she chronicles her transformation from an ideal housewife and mother into an avid road cyclist with a hidden life as a lesbian. Set in both West Virginia and North Carolina, the story details her healing bicycle trips as she grapples with the challenges of a clandestine love affair, a divorce, coming out, a new career and parenting two young sons.

lois hollis bookLooking for resolutions to shame or guilt? Lois Hollis has answers in her new book “Emotional Revolution=Evolution: Releasing Shame/Guilt.” Lois, as a Shame/Guilt Educator boldly re-defines shame and guilt to demonstrate how it is the root of any emotional issue and how to release it.

rodney page bookHendersonville author Rodney Page’s Murcheson County, a historical novel set in 19th century Georgia, was published on March 4 by Endeavour Press, UK’s leading independent digital publisher and is available on Amazon Kindle. Read excerpts here. Page also signed contracts for The Fourth Partner (Fall 2016), a murder mystery set on the Georgia coast, and The Indomitable Ms. Smythe (Winter 2017), the story of an independently wealthy freshman congresswoman and her brother, a CIA operative. Two of Rodney’s short stories, A Tale of Two Brothers and The Man on the Beach, will be published in anthologies in the Spring and Summer 2016 respectively.


4/8-4/9 in Blue Ridge, Georgia – Blue Ridge Writers Conference – Fees vary
I will present a session on Freelancing for Digital and Print markets.

5/7 in Asheville – Scents of Creativity and Memory – $65
Our sense of smell is our most powerful sense and is tied to memories. We have involuntary responses to aromas and in this generative workshop we use essential oils as writing prompts to further tap into our creativity and memories. No walk-ins permitted–advance registration required by 4/23.


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