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Since the last Triangle Writers newsletter, the group has surpassed 1,000 members. What a feat! A growing group brings more opportunities to improve our manuscripts, stories, and learn more about the publishing journey. A few members have stepped up to spearhead new subgroups. A new critique group for children’s books authors started this month. Some members start a new collective in the Garner area in the New Year. In March, a new subgroup forms in downtown Raleigh. Take a look at what our members have to share below. If you’re new to this site, I organize Triangle Writers, a group of creative writers in the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina.

Public registration opens January 1st, but Triangle Writers members have access to early registration now.

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Thursday, March 8 – Sunday, March 11
Country Retreat for Creative Professionals – Saxapahaw – Give yourself the time, space, and community to pursue what matters most to you. Through a combination of focus sessions, motivational presentations, and fellowship with creatives, this retreat allows you to get in the right mindset to move forward with what you’ve been meaning to start or complete. Fee includes accommodations in private guest room for 3 nights, 6 meals (3 breakfasts, 3 dinners), plus snack bars and coffee/tea throughout each day, two 90-minute guest speakers on developing a mindset for powerful creation and mastering your confident voice, riverside walking trails, quiet time and space to create, daily community with creatives and nightly fireside social time. $679 single; $899 double

Tuesday, March 20
Media Training: Get the Media Interested – Research Triangle Park – Learn different approaches for developing authentic long-term relationships with journalists, what to avoid when pitching the media, and how to craft news about your product/service so that the media pays attention. Participants will leave with actionable steps to get media exposure and learn what to avoid to prevent missed opportunities. Lunch included. $39

query writing workshop

Saturday, March 24
Pitch Agents and Magazines: Write the Successful Query – Chapel Hill – How do you approach literary agents and magazines with words that get a positive response? Learn the dos and don’ts of querying—from the pitch to the synopsis to the bio. Review queries that worked and get started outlining your own query. With Tara Lynne Groth, experienced freelancer and journalist, and Lyn Fairchild Hawks, agented YA author, you’ll get useful tips to use today and a current perspective on the business of pitching your work. Includes two query letter critiques. $59


Mary Cole and Kim McAllister announce a new writer’s group forming in the New Year. New writer’s group for writers in all genres, called The Write Stride. Meetings will be held the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. at Moonrunners in Garner; a new meetup (separate from Triangle Writers) will be created soon. Our format alternates between critique sessions (second Wednesdays) and prompt writing, done prior to the meetings, and technique discussions (fourth Wednesdays). If interested, come to the kickoff, off-cycle meeting on January 31, 2018 at 7 p.m. at Moonrunners in Garner.

Kevin Davis is forming a new twice-monthly subgroup in downtown Raleigh, which will be added to the Triangle Writers calendar in early March.

Skip Dyer took first place in the Fall 2017 Writer’s Weekly 24-hour Short Story Contest with his story “Souling.” Skip lives in Cary and is a member of the North Raleigh Critique Group.

Cynthia Gary authorCynthia M. Gary is a contributing author for the recently released Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Kind of America book. Her story is entitled “The Other Bus Story.” The story recounts a powerful experience that her mother had as a child.

Tara Lynne Groth’s (me!) piece in INDY Week profiled the youngest artist ever admitted to the Orange County Artist Guild. Teen artist Eli Melet is known for his unique artwork featuring eggshells. Groth also published a piece on Medicaid Trusts in Next Avenue, which was syndicated on Market Watch.

Read Barbara Hengstenberg’s column, Let’s Create!, in the Pittsboro/Hillsborough/Chapel Hill/Carborro monthly newspaper, Southern Neighbor (available online and in print). Barbara shares new ideas each month, in the hopes of inspiring creatives and everyone who shies away from creating. She also features a local creative happening. Contact her with any ideas, questions, comments, or events. The launch of the Children’s Book Critique Group was a great success! A new session is planned for January and filled fast.

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Writing to Awaken Spiritually, a 4-week writing course for learning how to access the shadow voice in a fun and connected way. Mary Agnes Rawlings, LCSW is offering this guided learning experience beginning in January. Cost is 50 dollars for the four two hour sessions. Please contact her if interested – 919-370-8381.

charlie cat bookMichelle Ristuccia recently released the next installment in her Charlie Cat picture book series, Charlie Cat Takes a Break on Thanksgiving: “Charlie cat loves Thanksgiving, but when noisy guests arrive, Charlie needs a quiet room. Find out how Momma Cat helps Charlie enjoy Thanksgiving.” Find Charlie Cat on Facebook and sign up for Ristuccia’s newsletter to preview the upcoming Easter installment. Is your preschool or group interested in a Charlie Cat program dealing with feelings and self control? Contact Michelle Ristuccia

istanbul to ireland bookRick Steeves published his book, Istanbul to Ireland: A Solo Cyclist’s Journey, personalizing a journey across Europe. Included are numerous anecdotes from his almost 30 years of cycling experiences. Comments from the Triangle Writers Meetup group helped to make this a better book!

Timothy W. Tron now makes his home near Lenoir, NC. at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. He has a sequel written to “Bruecke To Heaven,” but has not published. Instead, he has been working on his blog, located at http://www.timothywtron.dreamhosters.com where he writes about his new life, the mountains, and occasionally, the joys of teaching Math at Watauga High School in Boone. He is published monthly in the Blue Ridge Christian News where he as an established column known as, “Tim’s Treasures.”


Missed the group newsletters this year? Here they are:

Fall 2017
Summer 2017
Spring 2017