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writing critique groupsTriangle Writers is very close to reaching 800 members. I haven’t had a group social hour in a few years and I plan to schedule one upon the next membership landmark. If you know folks who are interested in joining writing groups in the Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill areas – send them along!

Not only is our group growing as a whole, but we have new critique subgroups forming. Many thanks to member Sam Leeman-Munk for spearheading a new writing critique in downtown Raleigh, taking over the surplus members waiting to join member Laura Rose Shank’s subgroup in the Cameron Village area.


10/17 virtual teleconference – 5 Magazine Queries That Worked for Me – $29
I tell the stories behind five query letters and share copies with registrants.

haw river kayak10/29 in Saxapahaw, NC – Pen & Paddle – $49
Attend this ‘floating retreat’ on the Haw River. We’ll take a simple flatwater 3-4 hour paddle and write along the way.

Event registration here.


Chris Abbate’s poems “Two Bottles” and “To My Parents on their Separation” are in the Summer/Fall 2016 issue of The Timberline Review.  His poem “Like Water” is in the current issue of Four Ties Lit Review.

Beth Browne is sharing: Main Street Rag Publishing Company is sponsoring a FREE writing workshop in conjunction with Mimi Herman and John Yewell and their Writeaways workshops. It will be held Saturday October 22 from 9-12, followed by lunch, which will be by donation. FREE Spaces are limited to twelve, so sign up now by sending an email. After the first twelve, the cost will be $25. There will be advance submission, evaluation, and onsite discussion. Details will be provided upon sign up.

Russell Carstens is a proofreader/copy editor/writer with over ten years of professional experience. Russell has lent his skills to authors/manuscripts, community-based magazines, and various other publications. In 2007 he was recognized as the Top Writer in Monmouth University’s Dept. of Communication. Soon after, he worked for Princeton Theological Seminary, writing articles for their alumni magazine, press releases, and copy for brochures. After graduating with his M.A. in Corporate and Public Communication, in 2015 Russell held a position as Proofreading Coordinator for the Marketing Dept. of Hearing Life in Somerset, NJ. Contact Russell.

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Photo Credit: Koury Angelo

Tara Lynne Groth (me!) interviewed comedian Bill Burr for INDY Week. She was named a semifinalist for the 2016 James Applewhite Poetry Prize for her poem “Ghost Bike” and was a featured reader at the North Carolina Poetry Society Reading Series at McIntyre’s Books in August 2016. She was a guest on the Writer’s Market podcast, which was recorded over the summer and will be released fall 2016. She read along with other Living Poetry members at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science’s Science Cafe, which was streamed live on ABC News.

Ruth Moose’s second novel, Wedding Bell Blues, sequel to Doing it at the Dixie Dew debuted at McIntyre Books in Fearrington Village, Sept. 10. Moose also read at Country Bookshop in Southern Pines, Sept. 11. Sept. 17, Moose read her Randall Jarrell Prize Poem at NC Poetry Society Meeting at Weymouth Center, Southern Pines. Sept. 18, Eva Perry Library, Apex, NC with panel of Mystery Writers. Moose is to read at Flyleaf Books, in Chapel Hill, Sept. 24, 11AM, Joyful Jewel, Pittsboro, Oct. 2, 2PM, Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, Oct. 9, 2PM, introduced by Food Writer Debbie Moose, Oct. 16, Scuppornong Books, Greensboro, 3PM. She is teaching a short story class at CCCC.

Bruce Hillman’s latest creative nonfiction, A PLAGUE ON ALL OUR HOUSES: MEDICAL INTRIGUE, HOLLYWOOD, AND THE DISCOVERY OF AIDS, received a STARRED REVIEW from Publisher’s Weekly. The book will deliver on pre-order at all major online vendors as of Sept. 20. The release date is Oct. 4. Page 158 Books in Wake Forest will launch the book with a discussion at 7 PM, Sept. 30.

From Paul Kilpatrick: Two writers in Raleigh have built betabooks.co to help authors privately manage and organize feedback from their readers during betas. The site is in early access but they wanted to let Triangle Writers Group people know that if they request access and mention the group they will be accepted to use it right away.

Eryk Pruitt’s short fiction will be included in two upcoming anthologies. His story “I’m the Only Hell My Momma Ever Raised” will be included in an outlaw country music anthology called MAMA TRIED, and “It’s Morning Again in Lake Castor” will appear in FAST WOMEN AND NEON LIGHTS: 80’S INSPIRED NOIR FICTION. His radio show/podcast, “The Crime Scene with Eryk Pruitt” airs the second Monday of each month. In October, he will be teaching short fiction workshops with the Wake County Library. Last week he learned his next novel, THE JACK OFF, will be published by Polis Books in October 2017.


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