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A Triangle Writers Cocktail Hour is scheduled for Friday, March 3 to celebrate our group’s growth to more than 800 members! I’m waiting to confirm the venue before announcing official details. 🙂

Below you will find what may be Triangle Writers‘ largest newsletter ever, which shouldn’t be surprising considering how big the group has gotten! Many of our members have new books, some are teaching classes, looking for new critique group members, winning writing awards, signing with literary agents. Well, see for yourself…


The monthly writing critique groups continue to meet, with a few fun Write Nights organized by Triangle Writers member Laura Rose Shank. As mentioned above, I’ll announce the Triangle Writers Cocktail Hour when details are official. I’m also launching the group’s first-ever 6-week online course on short fiction 2/20-3/31. Subscribers of my monthly newsletter for writers already received advance registration info. TW members can start registering on January 1st, and registration opens to the public on January 15th.


The Early Bird Critique Group is looking to add an experienced writer. They meet every other Thursday morning from 9:30-noon at Earth Fare in Cary (Park West Village, near Cary Parkway and 54). The next meeting is January 12th. Members generally submit every other meeting (i.e., once a month), and the guideline is up to 2,500 words. Three folks submit for each meeting, and submissions consist of sending a digital copy to each member via email. At the present time members write mystery, science fiction, general fiction, historical fiction, and nonfiction, so pretty much any genre is welcome. If you are interested in joining, please forward a writing sample to Triangle Writers member Denis DuBay and plan to attend the next meeting.


Chris Abbate’s poems, “Altar Boy” and “Last Request”, will be published in the Fall 2016 issue of Chagrin River Review.

Sue Barnett instructs: BASIC FICTION WRITING offered through Wake Tech (#167443), Feb 2-March 28 (eight classes), Cost $145. This class helps you recognize the stories in your life by heightening your observation, and harnessing your imagination. BASIC GRAMMAR AND WRITING ENHANCEMENT (#171626), January 21 (one day class), Cost $65. Good writing is more than proper grammar – it pulls readers in, with fresh ideas and interesting presentations. This class teaches fundamental grammar rules alongside techniques for enhancing writing style.

Lavina Bond published her fourth novel, Surviving Graham. You can read sample chapters and buy all four of her novels at www.lavinabond.com.

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Lavina Bond’s books.

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Felicia Bridges’ book.

Felicia Bridges announced the upcoming release of the second volume in The International Mission Force Series, BoliviaKnight, coming March 31, 2017, and revealed the cover art (pictured right). International Mission Force member Peter Parkinson witnesses a murder and becomes the target of an human- and drug-trafficking cartel which threatens everyone he loves. Esperanza, a victim of the cartel, trusts only her brother, until he fails her and she lands in a hospital. When her path collides with Peter’s, she dares to hope for a new life. Both must discover the greatest enemy lies within.

An essay written by Sam Brooks has been selected for an upcoming issue of the US Masters Swimming Magazine. Sam, a master swimmer, writes about the challenge of staying in the fast lane as she ages.

Glenn Cassidy made it to the final round of Poetry Slam! at the University of Illinois at Springfield on November 29, finishing in 3rd place. One of the judges specifically complimented him on the “theatricality” of his performance.

Craig Chapman just signed a contract with Regnery History to publish a war biography based on his father’s experiences in Europe during World War II. Craig is an author of military histories living in Raleigh. His book is scheduled to roll out in the fall of 2017.

K.D. Edwards has signed a 2-book deal with Rene Sears of Pyr for his urban fantasy series The Tarot Accounts. Tarot Accounts imagines a modern-day Atlantis off the coast of Massachusetts, governed by powerful Courts loosely based on the traditional Tarot deck. Rune Saint John, last child of the fallen Sun Court, is hired to search for Lady Judgment’s kidnapped son. Rune and his companion Brand will follow leads through the halls of power they knew as boys, to face down a legendary creature connected to the secret of his Court’s massacre. K.D. Edwards is represented by Sara Megibow of kt literary.

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Tara Lynne Groth on Writers Words Radio

Tara Lynne Groth (me!) won $250 cash and a $25 Amazon gift card for her short story “Who Am I?” that placed second in the WOW! Women on Writing Summer 2016 Flash Fiction Contest. She was a guest on Writers Words Radio, which aired on WART 95.5 FM. She was also interviewed by AND CO about freelance life. She read along with other Living Poetry members at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science’s Poetry Science Cafe, which was broadcast live on ABC Livestream. She will co-facilitate a free poetry workshop with Chris Abbate (noted above) and Bartholomew Barker at the Holly Springs Community Arts Festival on Saturday, February 4th at 1PM. On Friday, March 17th she presents Get Published Now: Markets for Young Writers at the Wake Young Women’s Leadership Academy’s She Leads Conference.

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Heather Little’s book.

Heather Little was signed by The Gernert Agency in May of 2015, and has recently released two commercial fiction novels, East of Oz and Escaping Insanity. East of Oz is the engaging story of one ambitious reporter’s mission to reform the broadcast news industry, from market-driven, sensationalized infotainment to unbiased, informative, and relevant newscasting. Escaping Insanity is the gripping tale of a mentally unstable young woman whose corrupt father is poised to become the next President of the United States unless she intervenes.

Mary Kudenov’s narrative essay “A History of Smoking” was distinguished as a notable essay in The Best American Essays 2016. Mary has just signed a book contract with The University of Alaska Press, and her collected essays, Threadbare: Class and Crime in Urban Alaska, will be available in Fall of 2017. Mary holds an MFA in literary nonfiction. Her work appears in Fourth Genre, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Southampton Review, Chautauqua, Permafrost, and other fine magazines.

Karen Pullen author

Karen Pullen’s book.

Karen Pullen’s latest mystery novel COLD HEART will be released by Five Star in January. Margaret Maron says, “Fans of the regional mystery, rejoice! SBI Special Agent Stella Lavender is back, and the murder that sets off the action is even more engrossing than her first. I loved getting to see more of Stella’s sexy grandmother and the people who populate Essex County.” McIntyre’s Fine Books in Pittsboro will host Karen’s book launch party on February 4 at 2:00 PM. Check out her website for other reading events.

Todd Speidell’s new book Fully Human in Christ: The Incarnation as the End of Ethics is an academic work in the field of Christian theological ethics. Wipf & Stock recently published his book.


Missed the last one? Read the fall newsletter here.