Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Writers' Night Resumes

After breaking for the holidays, Writers’ Night Out begins again on the second Friday of each month at 7 p.m.  Featured on February 8 is Charlotte, NC poet and publisher, M. Scott Douglass.  An open microphone follows for those who’d like to read their own work. The event takes place at Brother’s Willow Ranch Restaurant in Young Harris, GA.
 Douglass is Publisher/Editor of The Main Street Rag, which publishes books and has produced a print magazine of the same name since 1996. His own work has appeared in The Asheville Poetry Review, Iodine Poetry Journal, and Southern Poetry Review (among others). He’s a Pushcart Prize nominee, an ASC Grant recipient; has earned two PICA Awards and a 2010 Eric Hoffer Award nomination for graphic design work. His books include Auditioning for Heaven, Balancing on Two Wheels, STEEL WOMB Revisited, Dip Says Hi, and most recently, Hard to Love (2012).
On February 9, Douglass will also teach a workshop for local writers. Sponsored by the North Carolina Writers’ Network-West, the workshop, “Selling Your Work by Selling Yourself” takes place at Young Harris College, 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Douglass describes the class in the following way:  “After years of publishing authors, I learned that one reason why some authors do not sell well is because they are not very good at presenting their work in front of an audience. This workshop starts with presentation, how well an author reads in public, but includes other aspects that writers--fiction writers in particular--don't spend enough time considering when they are given a reading opportunity.” The cost is $25 per person, and participants should bring something to read. To reserve a spot, please email NCWN-West Program Coordinator, Rosemary Royston, rosemary28rr@gmail.com

In the coming months the Writers’ Night Out schedule includes the following Georgia and North Carolina writers:
March 8 - Poet Robert S King
April 12 – Writer and Poet Jo Caroline Bebe
May 10 – Journalist, Writer and Poet Brenda Kay
June 14 – Poet Scott Owens
July 12 – Writer and Poet Maren Mitchell
Aug 9 – Poet Will Wright

For open microphone, readers of prose or poetry can sign up at the door, and each person has three minutes. Brother’s Willow Ranch Restaurant is located at 6223 Hwy 76 West across from Brasstown Valley Resort, phone 706-379-1272. The event is in the upstairs room, accessible via stairs inside the restaurant or the ramp (no stairs) from the upper parking lot. Food and beverages will be available for purchase; please come by 6:15 pm to order.
            For more information, please contact Karen Holmes at (404) 316-8466 or kpaulholmes@gmail.com

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