Thursday, June 30, 2016

A workshop with Carol Crawford, editor, teacher, writer and poet

Carol Crawford

Saturday, July 16
10 - 1 p.m.

Write How You Know 
Use life skills you already have to get your writing done.  Any big project can be overwhelming, whether it’s putting in a garden or writing a book. Break down the project into manageable pieces that are not so scary, and make a step-by-step plan of action to keep you on course.  In this workshop students will make a blueprint to begin a new project, create a worksheet for approaching it, and make a brief start on the writing itself. 


Become Your Own Beta Reader
Learn habits and writing methods that will help you stand back and see your work more clearly. Discover how asking yourself the right questions about your manuscript will show you its strengths and the places it needs more work.  Overcome common mistakes that blur your story line and muddy your language.  Please bring three to five pages you have already written for revision.

Fee: $35.00 - 

Carol Crawford is the editor and owner of Carol has been teaching creative writing for two decades. She is the author of The Habit of Mercy, Poems about Daughters and Mothers, and has been published in the Southern Humanities Review, Appalachian Heritage, the Concho River Review, the Chattahoochee Review, and the Journal of Kentucky Studies among others. 

Carol has been program coordinator for the annual Blue Ridge Writers’ Conference since its inception in 1996 and holds a degree in journalism and English from Baylor University.

She loves all things literary: books, bookstores, poetry, word puzzles and libraries, Also, Baylor women’s basketball, snowy days, Tex-Mex, knitting, civility in debate, single-mission charities, needlepoint, Star Trek movies (except the first one), family reunions, all dogs, and cats on a case-by-case basis. 

She has never mastered cake-baking, but can produce a respectable scratch pie crust. She has a strong conviction that margaritas are not margaritas unless they are lime (peach or pineapple do not qualify), and the only Peeps worth the name are Easter Peeps.

She and her husband live in the north Georgia mountains with two rescue dogs of good heart but little brain. Carol is originally from Texas and visits it regularly for a fix of big sky, prairie and open spaces. 

Fee: $35 - can be paid with PayPal or send check to Glenda Beall, 581 Chatuge Lane, Hayesville, NC 28904  - Deadline: July 10

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Poets Read at Writers' Night Out in Blairsville, GA

Blairsville and Hiawassee Poets to Read on July 8

Rosemary Royston and Karen Paul Holmes, both well-published poets, are featured at this month’s Writers’ Night Out at the Union County Community Center in Blairsville, GA. 

The two plan to do a coordinated reading, alternating their poems on similar subjects. The event takes place on Friday, July 8 at 7 p.m. followed by an open microphone for those who’d like to share their own work. The event is free and open to the public.

Royston, author of Splitting the Soil (Finishing Line Press, 2014), resides in Blairsville with her family. Her writing has been published in journals such as NANO Fiction, Appalachian Heritage, Southern Poetry Review, Town Creek Review, *82 Review, and Razor Literary Magazine. She’s the VP for Planning at Young Harris College and teaches creative writing and composition. Royston holds an MFA in Writing from Spalding University.

Holmes, founder and host of Writers’ Night Out, is a freelance writer and poet whose work will be included in the upcoming Best Emerging Poets anthology from Stay Thirsty Media.  Her poetry book is Untying the Knot (Aldrich Press, 2014). Holmes teaches at Writer’s Circle in Hayesville, NC, and the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC. She also hosts a poetry workshop in Atlanta. Publishing credits include Poetry East, Atlanta Review, Atticus Review, Slipstream, the Southern Poetry Anthology Vol 5: Georgia, and many more.
Writers’ Night Out is sponsored by NC Writers Network-West and takes place on the second Friday of the month. Prose writers or poets wishing to participate in the open mic can sign up at the door to read for three minutes. The Union County Community Center hosts the event at 129 Union County Recreation Rd., Blairsville, Georgia 30512, off Highway 129 near the intersection of US 76, phone (706) 439-6092. Food is available for purchase in The View Grill, but please arrive by 6 pm to get served.  For more information, please contact Karen Holmes at (404) 316-8466 or

Thursday, June 16, 2016

I enjoy Abbie's writing about Wyoming

My Blogger friend, Abbie Johnson, lives in Sheridan Wyoming. I enjoy reading about  her life and her writing community. She recently attended a writing conference which she tells about and bought a book, The Dance House: Stories from Rosebud, which gives the reader a vivid picture of American history through the eyes of a native American. She reviewed his book on her blog. 

Abbie said, "We all should read books like this to understand how we, as a nation, did a disservice to Native Americans by forcing them onto reservations, placing their children in government-run boarding schools, and commandeering their land. Remember that Indians were here before any of the first settlers came to this country in the 1600’s."

I hope we never do this kind of disservice to any other group of human beings.

The book can be purchased on

Thursday, June 9, 2016

What is an elevator speech? Why is it important?

"I’ve learned from experience that the elevator speech matters. It’s one of the most important parts of writing that I learned at conferences. My best pitch I’ve given hundreds of times. I have 45 seconds at reenactment signings before my patron walks away. If I can give the pitch, I sell the books."
from Deanna Klingel on her mini blog.
Deanna Klingel, author 

This prolific author got a late start on writing and marketing her books, but she is a real pro. Her books are loved by parents and grandparents who purchase them for their kids and I have read several of books. I expected them to be simple and on a fourth grade level, but Cracks in the Ice drew me in right away and I had to see what would become of the young skater. Her Avery Series books have turned teenagers on to reading. They can't wait for the next book she writes. 

She is talented but she is also a very hard worker. She writes but makes time to market her books. I think she is a wonderful example of what a serious writer should be and what one should do.
Deanna's website and blog will give you all the information you need to read about her, her books, and you can see what her readers say.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

What's Happening?

What's Happening for writers and poets in these mountains in June?

Coffee with the Poet at City Lights Books in Sylva
Co-sponsored by NCWN-West
Featured poet: Ray Whitaker

June 10 -Two Well-Published NC Poets to Read at Writers' Night Out, Blairsville, GA

Ronald Moran, former Clemson professor, dean, and a Fulbright Lecturer, joins editor Jonathan K. Rice to share their work at Writers’ Night Out on Friday, June 10. The 7 p.m. reading will be followed by an open microphone for those who’d like to share their own work. The event is free and open to the public at the Union CountyCommunity Center in the heart of Blairsville, GA
sponsored by NCWN-West, a program of NCWN. Contact:

Date: Friday, June 10
Time: 7:00 p.m.

June 10 -Sylva NC on Friday evening

NCWN-West Open Mic Night

The North Carolina Writers' Network-West, a program of the North Carolina Writers' Network and City Lights Bookstore will host an open mic night at the bookstore on Friday, June 10th at 7 p.m
Folks are encouraged to bring their poetry or short pieces to share. Sign-ups begin at 6:45 p.m. for 10-minute reading session. 
The North Carolina Writers' Network connects, promotes, and serves the writers of this state.  They provide education in the craft and business of writing, opportunities for recognition and critique of literary work, resources for writers at all stages of development, support for and advocacy of the literary heritage of North Carolina, and a community for those who write. For more information please visit their website.
Event date: 
Friday, June 10, 2016 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
3 East Jackson St.
SylvaNC 28779

Coffee With The Poets and Writers in Hayesville, NC
June 15, 10:00 a.m.
Held the third Wednesday of each month, 10:00 AM, at Moss Memorial Library, 26 Anderson St., Hayesville, NC. Featured reader(s) followed by Open Mic. Contact: Glenda Beall: 

Featured readers for June are Karen Holmes and Bill Ramsey, both well -published authors.

The Literary Hour at John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC
Meets most third Thursdays of the month at 7:30 p.m.  Members of NCWN West are featured readers. This event is open to the public and there is no admission charge. Readers  in June will be Brenda Kay Ledford and Jo Carolyn Beebe, both of them accomplished local writers.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

NEW - Poetry class beginning in June


Poetry Class for beginning and intermediate poets

Texts used in this class 
The Poetry Home Repair Manual, Ted Kooser

In the Palm of Your Hand, Steve Kowit

Instructor: Glenda Beall
Mondays, 4 - 6 p.m., June 20 - July 18

Classes will be held at the studio in Hayesville, NC.
Call 828-389-4441 or  Email for directions.

Fee for 8 hours of class - $25.00

To read some of Glenda's poetry visit 

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Jonathan K. Rice class is open for registration

Jonathan Kevin Rice, editor and publisher of Iodine Poetry Journal, will be a guest instructor at Writers Circle in Hayesville, NC  on Saturday, June 11. Iodine has been widely recognized, and notable poets have graced the pages over the years. 
Jonathan was born in Indiana and grew up in south Florida. He is active in the literary community around Charlotte where he now lives, and we are happy he is coming to the far western area of North Carolina. 

His  latest poetry book is Killing Time, published by Main Street Rag. The poem below is a sample of what you will find in this book.

Tea Towel

She sat at the kitchen table
late in the morning
as the sun angled
across the iron étagère.
Fruit in a bowl were beginning
to overripe. An African violet
bloomed in a small ceramic
pot by the window.
A smooth cotton towel
laid before her as she planned
to embroider black hearts
across the grain of fabric.
She slipped on the brass thimble
traced the broken lifeline
in her palm as she unspooled
soot black thread, took the needle,
and worked them together
to bring an image of permanence,
a sense of meaning through the
impermanence of the morning.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Publishing Class is Rescheduled

I had planned to teach a class on publishing at Tri- County College in Murphy NC on May 21. We have to cancel that class and reschedule for July 23.

This class is for anyone who needs advice and tips on finding the  best place to send poetry or short pieces of  prose. We hope to help new writers  become knowledgeable about the frauds and scams in the publishing world so they don't fall victim to unscrupulous people and companies who take advantage of novice writers.

We will discuss what small presses look for and how to find one for  your book. Why pay to publish your book when so many small presses are doing the same thing the big boys have always done, and no matter who with or how you publish, you still have to market your book. 

Questions you should ask before you publish your book - If you don't know what to ask, you might not get what you need.

Visit the Off Site Classes page above and register for this class.