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This may be the biggest if not one of the biggest newsletters for Asheville Writers. Between adventure writers and Thomas Wolfe – our members seem to have every topic covered. If you’re new to Asheville Writers, I try to hold events quarterly as my schedule allows.


Peter Blau of Candler, NC has just published a 192-page, non-fiction book for engineers: Tribosystem Analysis – A Practical Approach to the Diagnosis of Wear Problems.  The book complement’s Peter’s earlier book Friction Science and Technology, which is in its second edition. Both were published by Taylor & Francis (CRC) of Boca Raton, Florida. Peter also enjoys writing fiction and is the author of the techno-thriller Solar Wind.

Mark Bloom of Ray Access will delivered a talk at WordCamp Asheville in June. Last year, he delivered a WordCamp presentation on Online Writing Best Practices. This year’s talk was “You’ve Written Your Blog; Now What?” The presentation explored how to promote your work to gain recognition, fame and fortunes. Well, at least recognition.

laura boffa authorLaura Boffa is excited to announce that her debut picture book, Writing Home: the Story of Author Thomas Wolfe, was released by Taylor Trade publishing of Rowman & Littlefield this May. The story depicts Wolfe’s childhood in the Old Kentucky Home, downtown Asheville, and how it shaped his career as a writer.

Stanley Dankoski’s short story “Graveyard Shift,” workshopped in Vicki Lane’s class through the Great Smokies Writing Program, was solicited to be published in the fall 2016 edition of The Great Smokies Review. He is thankful for the opportunity to learn from the instructors and talented writers at GSWP. This follows his first publication last year of a flash story at Literary Orphans. A New England native, he now writes from a mountaintop near Asheville, North Carolina. Stan also just completed the inaugural Gateless Writers Online Academy, led by bestselling author Suzanne Kingsbury, who is hosting her first Gateless Writers retreat in Asheville this October. Stan has attended two of her Gateless retreats and recommends it to anyone. The gateless approach, which silences the critical mind and helps strengthen what works, has helped him write his first two published stories.

Black Bomb Books, the micro-press in Asheville, will publish it’s fourth title in August. “Licking Flames: Tales of a Half-Assed Hussy” is a collection of hilarious, risque essays by Portland writer Diana Kirk. “Licking Flames is like Courtney Love singing ‘My Way,'” says Ariel Gore, author of The End of Eve. Jennifer Fulford of Black Bomb celebrates one year of publishing this summer.

Nicki Glasser continues to write her memoir and freelance as a wellness writer for the Mountain Xpress. She is always hunting for new wellness or spirituality related topics and events to cover for the Mountain Xpress, she welcomes suggestions and leads here. You can read her articles here.

Tara Lynne Groth (me!) spoke about freelancing at the Blue Ridge Writers Conference in April. She attended the American Society of Journalists and Authors Conference in New York in May. She will be a guest on an upcoming episode of the Writer’s Market podcast.

Psychotherapist, journalist and creative writer Paula Hartman-Stein led a writing retreat in June. The retreat combined the healing power of the pen with the power of nature, a unique 2-night retreat at the Sourwood Inn in Asheville.

Carrie Highley author of Blue Apple Switchback a memoir about “coming out” was featured in The Laurel of Asheville. She wrote feature articles on Bicycling and Women’s Health. An article for SheKnows and one for PopSugar. Her memoir was also included in a list of ten favorite coming out books on SheKnows. Please come celebrate her Launch Party with her at Malaprops on June 24 at 7pm along with B. Andrew Plant who will be reading from Crooked Letter i.

Nina Baxley Rogers’s short story, “Eula Mae,” was published in the spring issue of the Great Smokies Review and was selected as the Editor’s Choice for prose. The Great Smokies Review is a publication of UNC-Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program.

angie mattson stegall authorBusiness coach/consultant and author, Angie Mattson Stegall, announces the July 2016 release of her fourth book, Make Some Room: Powerful Life Lessons Inspired by an Epic 16-day Colorado River Rafting Trip Through Grand Canyon based on her “Make Some Room Manifesto.” Additionally, a piece about her Grand Canyon trip and recent float of the entire 150-miles of the French Broad River will be featured in Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine in August of 2016.


7/11 virtual teleconference – Write (Quality) Blog Posts Faster – $29
This session is perfect for those who feel they don’t have time to blog or have trouble coming up with relevant content.

8/4 in Asheville – Write-In – FREE
Let’s get together and write. Venue and time to be confirmed in the coming weeks.

8/6 in Hayesville – Social Media for Authors – $45
Held at Glenda Beall’s Writers Circle Around the Table, this session reviews demographics of different social media platforms and compares them to demographics of book genres to help authors optimize the use of their time building their digital platform. Registration closes 7/23.

Fall 2016
The Scents of Creativity and Memory class that was scheduled for April in Asheville has been rescheduled for the fall. Date TBA.


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