Friday, August 31, 2012

Joseph Bathanti named new Poet Laureate for NC

Governor Beverly Purdue named Joseph Bathanti as new North Carolina Poet Laureate.

From a press release issued by the North Carolina Arts Council, Governor Purdue is quoted as saying, “Joseph Bathanti is an award-winning poet and novelist with a robust commitment to social causes. He first came to North Carolina to work in the VISTA program and has taught writing workshops in prisons for 35 years. As North Carolina’s new Poet Laureate, he plans to work with veterans to share their stories through poetry—a valuable and generous project.”

Writers Circle congratulates Joseph Bathanti.

Visit Press 53 to order a package of his poetry books along with one by the former Poet Laureate, Cathy Smith Bowers.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

New Date and Time for Ronda Birtha's class

We want to bring to your attention the change in date and time for a class at Writers Circle that was planed in September but has been moved to Saturday afternoon, October 27.
Ronda Birtha's class last year was highly praised by those attending.  Students said she is knowledgeable and generous, taking time to answer questions and explain the "mysterious" Internet for those of us who still struggle to keep up with the fast pace of technology.
In the class in October she will discuss Amazon's CreateSpace where Print on Demand is made more accessible to writers. Mark this date on your calendar now.
We will have a more in depth description of the class in a week or two. Come back and click on Schedule to see the update.

October 27, 1:00 - 4:00

Ronda Birtha –

Self-publishing Using Amazon's CreateSpace
We will discuss how and why it may be useful, how it has benefited authors, and how cost-effective it may be, as it has a "built-in" advertising infrastructure. Discussion on E-books.
$25.00 registration fee
We will begin taking registrations the last week in September.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The North Carolina Poetry Society recognizes health issues of members

The most heart-felt appreciation goes out to the editor and others in the North Carolina Poetry Society for their support of those of us who must deal with chemical fragrances in today’s society. In the most recent issue of Pine Whispers, the jam-packed informational newsletter of the poetry society, a small article titled  “Clearing the Air” requests those who attend meetings of NCPS refrain from using scented products.
Artificial scents in deodorant, aftershave, hair products, cologne, shampoo, laundry detergents or other personal care and cleaning products release chemicals into the air, causing breathing difficulty and other adverse reactions for some people. 

See for more information on the contests sponsored by the North Carolina Poetry Society. 

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Poets, Send It Out Now! Royston Class

Rosemary Royston

Send it Out, Now!
Saturday, August 25, 10:00 – 1:00 PM,  2012

This class is for Intermediate to Advanced poets, or those who write poetry but have not had the courage to submit their work. 

What to Bring:

1) The print journal and/or a printout of your work in the online journal, web address included.

2) 3-5 poems that you are ready to submit.

3) Envelopes and stamps.

Purpose of the Class: You will leave with at least one new journal to which you can submit your finished poems, along with a resource list of journals and websites that are helpful to the publishing poet. The class facilitator will lead a discussion on how to ascertain what a particular journal is looking for, which contests are worthy of your time and money, and the in’s and out’s of good practice in submitting. This will be a discussion-based class, with time set aside to read at least one of your poems

Registration fee: $25.00

Contact Glenda: or call 828-389-4441 for mailing information.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

My Thoughts on JCCFS

Although I am not teaching at John C. Campbell Folk School this year, I encourage my readers to take one of the writing classes offered this summer or fall. JCCFS has influenced my growth as a writer and poet and as a teacher. Click on the link below and read my thoughts on this wonderful little place in Brasstown, NC.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Welcome July Subscribers!!

A great big thank you to those who subscribed to Writers Circle in the month of July, 2012. 
I hope you find our posts enlightening and informational. If you want to see on this blog, a particular subject pertaining to writing, just let me know.

Our instructors at Writers Circle around the table, have the experience to answer questions and write articles on various subjects. 

Today I want to share an article by Stephen King on the subject of short stories.
Click here.

What do you think? Are short stories going the way of  the dinosaur?