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A few Asheville Writers members have won book awards, published short stories, and one member won a screenplay award. A lot is happening in Western North Carolina among the literary crowd! Take a look at a few events coming soon, plus all the accolades among our members.


Asheville Wordfest April 18-23 – Several days of events honoring poetry and the written word all around Asheville.

North Carolina Writers Network-West and the Jackson County Library present A Day for Writers on Saturday, May 6: One-day writing conference for writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, children’s literature, and anyone who wants to publish their writing. A full day of sessions, plus a panel, lunch included. Speakers include Glenda Beall, Terry Kay, Kathryn Stripling Byer, Catherine Carter, Deanna Klengel, Gary Carden, Tara Lynne Groth (me!), and more.


face painting bookSherrie Cronin, author of x0, the speculative fiction book on empathy and telepathy, has published a new ebook called Face Painting for World Peace. In a variety of quick articles that range from humorous to passionate, she turns a science fiction writer’s eye on the subject of whether we as a species can get really along without killing each other. She describes her new book as her own personal way of wishing hope, joy and peace to every human on earth, with no exceptions. More information can be found on her blog 46 Ascending.

Stanley Dankoski has published his third short story at Lime Hawk. He has fiction published at Literary Orphans and The Great Smokies Review. His first published story landed on the 2016 Wigleaf longlist. Having spent most of his life in New England, he now writes from Asheville, North Carolina, and is working on a linked collection of stories.

steve wechselblatt book coverNews from Jennifer FulfordBlack Bomb Books, LLC, Asheville’s micro-press of fiction, memoir, and poetry, will publish a book of short stories in mid-March by Asheville writer Steve Wechselblatt. Diamonds and Moths features shorts that are a unique blend of irony and magic. Steve’s work has been published in Modern Poetry in Translation, Circa, and Smoky Blue Literary and Arts Magazine.

literary circus groupFour Asheville writers who’ve dubbed themselves the Literary Circus invite the literary crowd to lighten up. The group―Alli Marshall, novelist and arts and entertainment editor for the Mountain Express; Randi Janelle, performance artist and novelist; Nina Hart, writing educator and short story writer; and novelist/poet Jennifer Fulford―will perform at the upcoming WordFest, scheduled for April 19-23 in Asheville, coordinated by Lenoir-Rhyne University.

Tara Lynne Groth (me!) will speak on “Why Authors Should Have Bylines in Magazines” at A Day for Writers in Sylva, NC on May 5th. Her next book, a guide to freelance journalism, will release early in May 2017 with wide release in June. The book release coincides with her celebration of 7 years of full-time freelancing.

Gisela Hausmann writerGisela Hausmann, author of the multi-award winning “naked (no fluff)” author book series just released her latest book BOOK MARKETING: The Funnel Factor (including 100 media pitches). It reveals her tricks how to get featured in top-notch mass media outlets. Gisela’s books have been featured on NBCNews, on Bloomberg, in the SUCCESS magazine, in Entrepreneur and in dozens of other publications. She is a mass media expert who worked for six years in the industry. Gisela tweets @Naked_Determina.

Chris Highland, who writes a regular column for the Citizen-Times, has a series of “Meditations of Robert Green Ingersoll” published in the North American Review along with a “Past Perfect” article in the Winter 2017 issue.

Carrie Highley’s memoir Blue Apple Switchback is a finalist in the IBPA Benjamin Franklin awards and also the Foreword Indies awards. The gold and silver winners for the Ben Franklin awards will be announced on April 7th in Portland, Oregon. Finalist for the Foreword Indie awards move into judging by librarians and booksellers now with winners being announced in Chicago on June 24th.

Mars Hill resident Denise Meyers was recently selected by the Atlanta Film Festival as one of three winners of the 2017 Atlanta Film Festival screenplay competition. Meyers was a finalist in the WeScreenplay Diverse Voices contest, and her short film, THE DARK OF NIGHT, was directed by Robin Wright (“House of Cards,” Forrest Gump) in December 2016. The film stars Leslie Bibb (Talladegah Nights), Sam Rockwell (Confessions of a Dangerous Mind), Callie Thorne (“Rescue Me”), Michael Godere (The Affair) and Nini Le Huynh (“House of Cards”). Over 80 crew members from “House of Cards,” including Emmy Award-nominated Director of Photography, Dave Dunlap, volunteered their time on the film. Meyers was interviewed by Laura Powers about her writing career and in a podcast published on February 12 called “Pursuing the Dream.” Her TV pilot, about the all girl bands in World War Two, was selected for inclusion by the Scriptapalooza TV contest and is currently in submission to two high profile production companies along with RIDE THE WIND; The Bessie Stringfield Story, an Athena List winner in 2016.

Ian Rudick, new to Asheville Writers, recently learned two of his stories of appreciation linked from the website Love All Serve All will be featured in the upcoming May and June issues of WNC Women’s Magazine. The May issue features Sara Laws Executive Director of the Hope Chest for Women. The June issue features a woman Rudick met in the 1970s while working at Boston State hospital and reflects on gender roles and HB2.
Rudick feels honored to have been touched in his life by both women.


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