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I think all the snow this winter was the perfect writing weather! Here’s the scoop on what’s happening with writers in Western North Carolina. If you’re new to the blog, learn about Asheville Writers.


Stanley Dankoski is a writer, editor and photographer in Asheville, NC. As an editor, he provides both developmental and copy editing services for your completed novel draft and helps you ensure the written word is aligned with your vision for the work. As a literary photographer, he has covered a variety of literary events, such as writing retreats and conferences. He will be the official photographer for the NCWN spring conference this year in Greensboro. Stan also offers author headshots and lifestyle portraits.

Tara Lynne Groth (me!) published a piece in INDY Week about Chapel Hill’s FRANK Gallery relocation from Franklin Street to a local mall. She is one of three poets reading on April 23 at the Town of Carrboro’s National Poetry Month Celebration, Poetry on Your Plate. She was also accepted to Craig Johnson‘s fiction workshop at the 2018 Looking Glass Writers’ Conference to be held at Brevard College.

jacqui letran bookAward-Winning Author and Mindset Mentor, Jacqui Letran‘s latest book, Unleash Your Inner Super Powers won top honor in the How-To Category at the London Book Festival. Her Words of Wisdom for Teens book series are being optioned by a publishing company in Viet Nam for translations rights.

diane mcphailAn interview with Diane McPhail about her novel THE ABOLITIONIST’S DAUGHTER (release Spring of ’19 from Kensington) has just been released in The Yale Writers Workshop Newsletter. Her wonderful agent, Mark Gottlieb of Trident Media, was recently ranked #1 in the country by Publishers’ Marketplace.

lyndi alexander book

Babs Mountjoy, writing as Lyndi Alexander, has a contract for a new YA fantasy with Dragonfly Publishing. The book is The Lost Chord, A poisonous wave is spreading disease and discord across the eleven known universes. Seven special people, known as Keys, must strike the Lost Chord in order to restore the balance. Among those Keys is Bee Warrick, an autistic teenager from Earth who has traveled between the realms for years without realizing it. Can Bee help the Conductor find the other Keys before a bitter enemy strikes the wrong chord and shatters the universes? Expected release date is July of 2018. This is a special book for her, as she has an autistic teen daughter of her own.


Read the last issue: Asheville Writers Winter 2017 News