Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Brenda Kay Ledford Graduates From Stratford Career Institute

Brenda Kay Ledford earned a diploma of highest honors in Creative Writing from Stratford Career Institute.  She maintained a 96% grade average in the course. 

This institute offers more than 60 courses online for adults who wish to further their education.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Brenda Kay Ledford Published in ENO

Brenda Kay Ledford's poem, "Reece Farm," appeared in ENO.  This magazine is published by Duke University, the Nicholas School of Environment.  The poem was included in Issue 4/2015.
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Steven Harvey Class, The Mnemonics of Memoir, June 27, 10 AM–1 PM, Hayesville, NC

Steven Harvey
Steven Harvey, Instructor

Memory coming to us as a strange concoction of thought and dream is the source of memoir, personal essays, and other forms of creative nonfiction. Some memories come unbidden, others emerge in the writing process, and some reluctant ones need to be teased out.

What tools can the writer use to access these memories, even the shy ones, and see them vividly enough and in enough detail to use in a memoir or essay? In this class we will begin by looking at a range of techniques that can be used to access memories.

Then, through a series of exercises, we will apply a number of these techniques to a single memory to enrich our experience of it. Finally, we will offer suggestions to use these techniques, in our writing, to make our personal texts more powerful.

Students should bring paper and a pen even if they plan to use a computer to write. Interested parties should contact Glenda C. Beall, at Hayesville, NC.

Upcoming Anthology for WNC Women, "It's All Relative" - A Reminder from Celia H. Miles and Nancy Dillingham

To those who have submitted and those who may submit poems and prose for the fourth anthology: "It’s All Relative"

A reminder and a request from Celia H. Miles and Nancy Dillingham

· The deadline for submitting is June 1.

· Publication is planned for the fall with a party and perhaps a reading at a local bookstore

· If you know a Western North Carolina woman writer who may not have received our announcement, pass on the information or have her contact Celia or Nancy.

· All those whose submissions are published will receive a complimentary copy of the anthology. But…

· You may reserve additional copies—to help us determine the initial print order—at the tentative price of $16.00 per copy. Your reserved copies will stay at that price, but since we don’t know the cost yet of the printing, the final price may be higher (though we hope not).

· Please let us know if you wish to reserve one or more additional copies.

· We are also offering Women’s Spaces Women’s Places at $10.00 per copy to contributors. Clothes Lines is now out of print.

We are looking forward to an interesting compilation of family stories and situations.

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Congratulations to Bob Grove

Bob Grove, author of several books, has been awarded three gold medals for his  entries in the Cherokee and Clay County Silver Arts writing competition.

The first-place medals were for his short story, The Switch; his essay, A moral Conundrum; and his performance reading of The Follies of Youth, also written by Bob and delivered at the closing ceremonies of the Senior Games on May 16.

Bob Grove, medal winner

His recent memoir, Misadventures of an Only Child, can be found on Bob is facilitator of the NCWN West Prose group that meets monthly at Tri-County Community College in Murphy, NC. He is known locally for his humor, his tales of the antics of his youth and his annual Christmas season performance of Dickens' A Christmas Carol at the John C. Campbell Folk School.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Just one more day - Kakalak submission due May 15

Submit now to Kakalak 2015. 

 Poets and Artists of the Carolinas, this is from editors of Kakalak 2015. 
Thanks to everyone who has already entered the KAKALAK 2015 poetry and art contests. If you haven't, this is a gentle reminder that we need your poems, your inside art (photography or photos of your artwork) by May 15.

Please visit the Main Street Rag web site for guidelines (, click on Kakalak 2015).    

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A Large Turnout For Karen Holmes, Poet, at Coffee with the Poets and Writers, Hayesville, NC

Coffee with the Poets and Writers met Wednesday at Joe’s Coffee House in Hayesville, NC. We had an overflow crowd. Our hostess, Cindy, brought in chairs from outside to seat everyone as they continued to enter.

A lovely day here in the Appalachian Mountains invited us all to get out and enjoy the sunshine, low humidity, and a poet who has blossomed this past year.  Karen Paul Holmes, a resident of Atlanta and Hiawassee, Georgia, published her first book of poetry, Untying the Knot, last year. Reviewers praised her work and she has read to large groups in Atlanta as well as other places. Her book is for sale online. To get an autographed copy, find Karen locally at Writers Night Out in Blairsville, GA on the second Friday night of the month. The event takes place at the Union County Community building at Butternut Creek Golf Course.

After Karen’s reading today, we held Open Mic, a time for our guests to read a couple of poems or a short story. Paul Schofield chose to read a chapter from the upcoming fourth book of his Trophy series. Paul writes Future Fiction. Find his books on

Dr. Eugene Hirsch was with us today and read two poems. Dr. Hirsch, along with Nancy Simpson and Janice Moore, were major players in the creation of NCWN West. Nancy read two poems from her most recent book, Living Above the Frost Line published by Carolina Wren Press.

NCWN West (Netwest) appreciates Joe Powell of Joe’s CoffeeHouse, 82 Main Street, for giving our writers a place to meet. We thank Cindy who is the perfect hostess.

After our meeting several of us walked down the block and had lunch at Angelo’s, on the corner of the town square. We discussed Hayesville, Netwest, and plans for the future. Our literary community in the far western part of North Carolina is thriving.

We invite others to join us on the second Wednesday of each month, 10:30 a.m. at Joe’s. In June our featured readers are Joan Gage and Mary Ricketson. We look forward to another enjoyable day.

Joan Ellen Gage

Mary Ricketson

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Laurence Holden's poem "Only the River Now" in June issue of Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel & at "Seedtime on the Cumberland" Celebration

Laurence Holden will read his poem "Only the River Now" at the June 6th launch of Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel: Volume 18, The Dead, held at the Southern Appalachian Writers Collaborative Summer Gathering/Reading.  This will be Appalshop's 29th annual Seedtime on the Cumberland in Whitesburg, Kentucky, celebrating Appalachian people, music, arts, and culture.

You can listen live to this reading June 6th at 12 noon on WMMT-FM 88.7

Laurence's poem in this issue "Only the River Now" was inspired by the nearby river, the Chattooga, the surrounding mountain community, and the way things pass there. The author says that it is the only poem he has ever written that comes close to being a story. After he had written it, he put it away in a drawer very unsure about its "narrative arc," or even what that really meant. Several writers told him it was very important to have this arc. So months later he had an opportunity to ask his poet friend Mildred Greear, who writes ballads, what a story needs. She said - it only has to be true! Without her saying that, this poem would never have seen the light of day. So, of course, Laurence dedicated the poem to her.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Change in Prose Group date in May

We have a change in the schedule for the Netwest Prose Group that meets at Tri-County College in Cherokee County.

That group will meet on the third Thursday, May 21 at 7:00 p.m. for this month only.

Bob Grove leads those writers who write fiction and nonfiction and they usually meet on the second Thursday of each month.
Because of a change in the John Campbell Folk School reading in May, prose writers meeting was changed. 

Anyone in the area of Murphy, Hayesville, Robbinsville, Blairsville, Young Harris, or Hiawassee are within driving distance. 

This is a small group of writers who want to improve their writing skills by sharing their work with other writers. Feedback is gentle but honest, and many of us have honed our skills around the table with others who write short stories, personal essays, memoirs, and all kinds of writing that is not poetry.

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Contest Winner JC Walkup

We are happy to post the publishing success of JC Walkup whose short story, Sin, about the woman who got revenge on her milk-toast husband and his greedy son, won first place in the Haywood County Silver Arts Contest. Driving West, the post-apocalypse story, took Honorable Mention.

This the fifth First Place win and the first Honorable Mention since she began submitting to contests several years ago. She also has won Second Place three times.

JC Walkup is the author of a novel, Partners, about Texas and Texans.  She lives in Haywood County and served as Haywood County Representative for NCWN West for a number of years.

She speaks of how important it is to belong to a writing critique group. “I'm grateful to my faithful critique group for reading and critiquing both stories. It helps so much to have their support,” JC says.

As most writers know, the fun is in the writing. The work is in the submitting and marketing of your work. JC said, “It is so much more fun to write than it is to do the contests and marketing stuff. My husband, the constant support of my work, reminds me often that it is necessary to expose my work to the world to get better.”

Congratulations, JC for your publication successes, and send us all your good news in the future.