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Asheville Writers now has more than 400 members and turned 4 years old this year! While I try to hold an event each time I come out to western North Carolina, next month I have 4 events on the calendar. (Two of which are remotely accessible!) Read on for more details and member news from writers in WNC. If you’re visiting this post and not yet a member of Asheville Writers, membership is free and special events have fees. I send a quarterly newsletter to the group, which is a great (free!) way to reach other writers.


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.

10/19 in Asheville – Get Published! – FREE
No time to submit to literary journals? Visit this session and share with the group what you know about a literary journal or two. As a whole, our discussion will help cut the time it takes to research different journals.

10/20 in Marshall – Writers Words Radio – FREE
I’m a guest on Asheville Writers member Donna Levine-Small’s radio show on wART 95.5 FM. Stream online.

10/22 in Asheville – Creativity and Memory Workshop – $59
This half-day generative workshop focuses on sensory prompts that foster creativity and connect with memories. Light bites, sweets, and bottled water included.

Event registration here.


author Bailey BaxterLocal writer Deanna Blanchard has just published her debut middle-grade novel, The Mirror of Doom, under the pen name of Bailey Baxter. In this fantasy-adventure story, 12-year-old Tim Hunter is stuck in another world. To return home, he has to steal an evil queen’s mirror. But that simple task quickly becomes more dangerous than he ever dreamed possible.

Authors Speak Peace was hosted at The Block Off Biltmore on Sunday, Sept. 18 with brunch followed by readings by Poet DeWayne Barton, novelist Cecil Bothwell, and nonfiction writers Jeff Messer and Kyle Ross. This was sponsored as a Peace Event by WNC 4 Peace in Asheville and details provided by member Rachael Bliss.

author diana kirkMember Jennifer Fulford’s Black Bomb Books, a micro-press based in Asheville, will publish a brash book of personal essays, Licking Flames: Tales of a Half-Assed Hussy, by writer Diana Kirk of Portland, Ore. Ariel Gore, New Mexico Book Award winner, says the book is “like listening to Courtney Love sing ‘My Way.'” Release date is Dec. 1. A Goodreads giveaway is underway.

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Photo Credit: Koury Angelo

Tara Lynne Groth (me!) interviewed comedian Bill Burr for INDY Week. She instructed Social Media for Writers in WNC over the summer. She was named a semifinalist for the 2016 James Applewhite Poetry Prize for her poem “Ghost Bike.” To be released this fall, she was a guest on Brian Klems’ and Robert Lee Brewer’s Writers Market podcast.

author jacqui letranBest Selling Author and Teen Confidence Expert, Jacqui Letran, will be speaking and signing books at the Iredell County Public Library in Statesville on October 8th from 12-4 pm for the Inaugural National Indie Author Day celebration. Her book I Would, but My Damn Mind Won’t Let Me: a teen’s guide to controlling their thoughts and feelings won the prestigious Literary Classics’s Lumen Award for Literary Excellence in Youth Non-Fiction and the Readers Favorite’s Gold Medal for Youth Non-Fiction.

Set on the Georgia coast, Rodney Page’s fifth book, The Fourth Partner, launched in September. A murder mystery, the book follows eccentric detective Leroy Meriwether’s trek to solve the 25-year-old cold case murder of Billy Howell, a local businessman who found himself deeply involved in a drug smuggling operation in the early nineties.


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