Wednesday, April 23, 2014

NetWest Writers Conference is Rapidly Approaching

May 10, the date for our Writers Conference, is just over two weeks away. Please click here for details, including photos and a map of the venue, registration information, course descriptions and staff bios and photos. We are anticipating a great day and hope that you can join us.

Friday, April 11, 2014

News Flash! Don't Miss April's Writers' Night Out

Writers’ Night Out takes place on Saturday, April 12 with a social hour at 6 p.m. and reading at 7 p.m., followed by open microphone for poets and prose writers. The event is free (food available for purchase) and open to the public. This month, the two featured readers are Ron Salzer and Dana Wildsmith.

Salzer is a writer of fiction with a humorous or ironic twist. He’s been a favorite at Writers’ Night Out since he first started participating four years ago. Salzer has also been a sculptor of iron for over 40 years and builds private property bridges nationwide as president of Bridges to the Other Side, Inc. He lives in Hayesville, NC with his wife Charlene.

Wildsmith's environmental memoir, Back to Abnormal: Surviving With An Old Farm in the New South, was finalist for Georgia Author of the Year. She is the author of five collections of poetry, including most recently, Christmas in Bethlehem. Wildsmith, who lives outside of Atlanta, GA, has served as Artist-in-Residence for Grand Canyon National Park and as Writer-in-Residence for the Island Institute in Sitka, Alaska. She is also a Fellow of the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences in Rabun Gap, Georgia.

Anyone wishing to participate in the open mic can sign up at the door to read for three minutes. Writers’ Night Out is sponsored by NC Writers Network-West and normally takes place on the second Saturday of the month. Its new location is the Union County Community Center, 129 Union County Recreation Rd., Blairsville, Georgia 30512, off Highway 129 near the intersection of US 76, phone (706) 439-6092

For more information, please contact KarenPaul Holmes at (404) 316-8466 or

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

NetWest Writers conference Staff Bios and Photos

Their biographies and photos have been published, and can be seen here. They reveal the depth of experience and talent of the staff at our upcoming Writers Conference in Sylva, NC on May 10, 2014. It promises to be an inspirational day and we look forward to seeing you there.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

April 2014's Coffee With the Poets and Writers

Coffee with the Poets and Writers, a monthly literary event held at Blue Mountain Coffee and Grill, 30 North Carolina 141, Murphy, NC, will celebrate poetry month Wednesday, April, 9, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.

Featured will be poet, Brenda Kay Ledford, from Hayesville, NC.  She is a seventh-generational native of Clay County, NC, and holds a Master of Arts in Education from Western Carolina University.

She writes about her heritage and has done post-graduate work in Appalachian studies.  Brenda received the Paul Green Multimedia Award from North Carolina Society of Historians seven times for her books, collecting oral history, and blog, Historical Hayesville.

Her work has appeared in Our State, Carolina Country Magazine, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Appalachian Heritage, Wild Goose Poetry Review, Country Extra Magazine, Blue Ridge Parkway Anniversary Edition Celebration, and many other journals.

Finishing Line Press published Brenda's award-winning poetry books:  Shewbird Mountain, Sacred Fire, and Beckoning. She co-authored Simplicity with Blanche L. Ledford.  These books are available at the John C. Campbell Folk School Craft Shop and

Coffee with the Poets and Writers is open to the public at no charge.  Bring a poem or short story and read at Open Mic.  Those attending are invited to join the writers and poets after the event as we pull tables together and enjoy a social hour.

Coffee with the Poets and Writers is sponsored by North Carolina Writers' Network West.  Contact NCWN West Representative Glenda Beall at 828-389-4441 or for information.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

2014 NetWest Writers Conference Course Descriptions

The 2014 NetWest Writers Conference course descriptions have been published here. Click here for complete information about the conference, including fees and registration information. It's shaping up into a great day, and we look forward to seeing you there.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Booktopia Coming to Asheville In August

Booktopia, a series of weekend reader/author retreats hosted by Michael Kindness and Ann Kingman of the Books on the Nightstand podcast is coming to Malaprop's Bookstore August 22-24, 2014.

Envisioned as a way for listeners of Books on the Nightstand to gather together and share their love of books and reading, Booktopia has become something much, much more. It's a place where real connections happen: reader to author, author to author, and person to person. Now in its fourth year, Booktopia has been the starting point for many lifelong friendships, and for Booktopia authors to find lifelong fans. They've brought together readers from across the United States, Australia, Canada, Germany and Switzerland.

For complete details, please see the Booktopia website.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Clay County NC Poetry Contest Is Now Open

April is National Poetry Month and the Clay County Historical and Arts Council is celebrating by hosting their 23rd annual Poetry Contest. 

Adult residents of Clay County are invited to submit up to five of their best poems by mail to: Mrs. Linda Barrett, English Dept, Hayesville High School, Poetry Contest, 205 Yellow Jacket Drive, Hayesville, NC 28904. 

Submissions should be postmarked by the deadline of April 6, 2014. Prizes are: First place: $30.00; Second place: $25.00 and Third Place: $20.00. 

On April 22, winners and judge will be feted at the 'Evening of Art and Poetry' reception at 5:00 pm at the Lecture Hall at Hayesville High School. Winners will have the opportunity to read their winning poems. 

The judge will be Nancy (Brantley) Simpson, a retired teacher and author of three published poem collections.

Her most recent book, poems written in the voice of a woman who is a citizen of the multicultural world and who found herself at home on Cherry Mountain in Clay County, is Living Above the Frost Line - New and Collected Poems (2010 Carolina Wren Press)

For questions please contact Reba Beck, 828-389-0129 or