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Triangle Writers Cocktail Hour

Earlier this month more than a dozen of our members came to the Triangle Writers Cocktail Hour in downtown Raleigh to celebrate our growth to 850+ members. Not only was it great to see/meet other members – we had the best service from the staff at Rye Bar + Southern Kitchen. It was a treat all around!

SPRING EVENTS FOR NORTH CAROLINA WRITERS

This Saturday, March 25th is my inaugural Country Coffee Prompts. I’ve been exploring coffee shops on the fringe of the Raleigh-Durham area and discovering many unique places. The drives on country roads and the laid-back pace of these areas are inspirational – so let’s meet out east of Raleigh for an afternoon session of writing prompts.

Public registration for the spring Pen & Paddle floating writer retreat opens today. We will paddle along the Haw River on Saturday, April 15th!

Writing event registration here.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Shout-out out to Randy The Brand Shark in Hillsborough. If you’re looking for any type of promotional item for your book marketing or author events – contact Randy and tell him Tara Lynne sent you. He provides custom pens, shirts, banners, decals, phone cases, and basically anything you can think of. I asked Randy to make me two unique name tags to use at networking events and speaking engagements – the magnetic kind. I love them! My hair doesn’t get stuck in sticky labels that fall off AND I know everyone can always legibly read my name and immediately know I’m a writer.

Apex writer Linda Formichelli has an upcoming bootcamp with the Freelance Writers Den on negotiation. Registration TBA. The 3rd edition of her book The Renegade Writer: A Totally Unconventional Guide to Freelance Writing Success releases on April 4! The ebook version is available for pre-order now.

MEMBER NEWS

Chris Abbate’s poetry (five poems accepted!) will appear in the Spring issue of Hamilton Stone Review.

Courtney Carter’s first published short story, “Set Them Free,” will appear in the second volume of the Triangle Sisters in Crime anthology, Carolina Crimes: 20 Tales of Need, Greed, & Dirty Deeds. The anthology is due for release in July 2017, and there will be a book launch event announcement soon. She has also launched, and spent the last twelve months building, a new blog: The Writing Desk. Weekly posts include experiences with writing, reading, competition reviews, and exploring the world of publishing. She also plans to start throwing in the occasional author interview.

Denis DuBay’s short story, “Swimming Without Walls,” will be published in the Spring 2017 issue of Razor Literary Magazine. Denis acknowledges the constructive feedback he received from many Triangle Writers who reviewed versions of this story.

Wake Young Women's Leadership AcademyTara Lynne Groth (me!) published an article in INDY Week about Pittsboro’s new theater and art-complex. She led two sessions at the Wake Young Women’s Leadership Academy‘s annual She LEADS Conference, educating high school students on ways they can get published now. On Wednesday, April 5th she speaks at Leadership Triangle‘s Chatham County Regional Class. She will present How to Build Your Professional Authority Through Article Writing. Her next book, a guide to freelance journalism, will release early in May 2017, with wide release in June.

Wake Forest author, Bruce Hillman, has signed with ForeEdge Press, the trade imprint of University Press of New England, to write a creative non-fiction book tentatively titled, The Shaking Palsy: A Physician Confronts Life with Parkinson’s Disease. Part memoir, part detailing the history of the disease, its diagnosis and treatment, with an assessment of ongoing research, Hillman intends to acquaint readers with the challenges faced by Parkinson’s sufferers in a manner that instructs as it entertains.

Brian Lang has undertaken a writing challenge in 2017: to publish a novella every month. The first two, Knight Descendent and Knight Ardent, are available on Amazon and will be followed shortly by the third entry: Knight Evident. These entries are known as the Knight’s Journal and document the tasks being completed by Aidan Garethson, the son of a knight, as he seeks to become a knight himself in post-Roman occupation Britain.

If you have been wanting to set up a swanky modern blog or have your book made into a gorgeous ebook, with an eye-catching cover, Karmen Lizzul is running a special for Triangle Writers this spring, through June 21. Just email Karmen for more info on book covers, ebooks, setting up Amazon, WordPress, SquareSpace, logos and business cards.

For the last eight years, M. Lorrox has been working on an alternate-history, paranormal, action-adventure world, called Infinite Vampire. This spring and summer, he’s finally launching the series and publishing 4 novels. The series prequel is a unique, illustrated novella, and it is free.

Pawan Mishra announces that Lune Spark Books is looking for talented young writers with between 10 years and 16 years old for their 2017 Lune Spark Young Writers’ Short Story Contest. If you know someone who can write a wonderful story in 1,500 words or less (residing in the US, Canada, and the UK), you can register for the online-only as well as On-The-Spot contests at

writing contest info

E.V. Noechel was interviewed for Wordgathering Literary Journal on the topic of writing with mental illness.

Jon Obermeyer’s poem “Father Making” will be published in Vol. 31 of Northern Virginia Review. On Friday, April 7, 2017 he will give a reading from his poetry collection “The Reassurance of Ghosts” at Gallery@625 Trade,Winston-Salem, NC with Welsh-American poet David Williams.

Dawn Ronco seeks members for a new North Raleigh critique group for experienced (not necessarily published) writers. The general focus will be literary fiction, historical fiction, western, mystery and creative non-fiction. Three literary novelists and a memoir writer have already expressed interest, and three more members are welcome. Meetings will occur Sunday afternoons, monthly, from 3-5 p.m., North Raleigh location TBD. Submissions may be book chapters or short stories with a 5,000-word limit, to be submitted one week in advance. The group would critique three submissions per meeting. Interested writers, please respond by email to Dawn Ronco include a note about yourself, your phone number and a writing sample.

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