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A busy season for Asheville Writers members. One of our writers has sold more than 50K copies of his book, another won best book awards, and other members are having their work recognized in journals and contest finals. Get the full scoop below.


No in-person events are scheduled for the winter. Depending on venue availability, an event may take place in March/April.


Call for a novel writers critique group in Asheville area. Those working on a novel who want to meet weekly to review and be reviewed by a consistent and small group of writers, please email Sheefra with your interest and for more info.


Stanley Dankoski has a new short story, Graveyard Shift, published at The Great Smokies Review. A flash fiction piece was previously published at Literary Orphans and landed on the 2016 Wigleaf longlist. Having spent most of his life in New England, Stan now writes near Asheville, North Carolina.

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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 wrote the story at an Asheville Writers Write-In last year.) She was a guest on Writers Words Radio, hosted by Asheville Writers member Donna Levine, which aired in October on WART 95.5 FM in Marshall, NC.

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Author Chris Highland

Chris Highland has learned that his first book, Meditations of John Muir, has now sold over 50,000 copies. He brings Muir and ideas from his other nine books into his classes on Freethinkers at the Reuter Center. He writes a weekly column for the Citizen-Times, and has a piece on Robert Ingersoll coming out in the North American Review. Highland had two columns printed recently: The Good Beyond Us and Them and Adopting the Bethlehem Baby.

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Carrie Highley’s book.

Carrie Highley’s memoir Blue Apple Switchback is winner of 2016 USA Best Book Award – Non Fiction Gay & Lesbian. Also winner of Beverly Hills Book Awards – LGBTQ Non-Fiction and Southeast Regional Non-Fiction.

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Alana Lorens’ book.

Babs Mountjoy (writing as Alana Lorens) had her short story “Creative Solutions” published in Romance Magazine in November. The tagline: “The last place you’d expect to find love is in the divorce lawyer’s office.” Mountjoy, a retired family law attorney and author of 21 published novels, including the Pittsburgh Lady Lawyer Series, became an Asheville resident this past summer.

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Carla Parvin’s book.

Exquisite Designs is the third coloring book for grownups from Coloring Book Mania in Mars Hill, NC. Coloring Book Mania has successfully introduced products into the local market (selling well at local stores, gift shops and festivals) and is now ready to reach a larger audience by partnering with a successful publisher of quality adult coloring books. Please contact Carla Parvin for more information.

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.

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Yol Swan’s books.

The Indigo Journals: Spiritual Healing For Indigo Adults & Other Feminine Souls by local author Yol Swan placed Finalist in the 2016 International Readers Favorite Book Award under the Spiritual/Supernatural category. “Whether you are an Indigo or not, everyone and especially every woman needs to take a look at this book … A deeply compelling and insightful read.” ~Readers’ Favorite

Hendersonville writer, R. Allan Worrell (aka, “Big Al”) has released two new ebooks. The first, Talk to Strangers! Break the Ice is a motivational book for those who may feel uncomfortable to speak first when meeting a stranger. The second ebook entitled, Father John’s Gift, is an irreverent and provocative story about a 1960s Catholic priest who gains the power to heal after an encounter with a UFO on the outskirts of Chicago.


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