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You and the entire membership of Netwest have been an inspiration to me in my writing life. The group is a welcoming & encouraging gathering of like-people. Thank you for all you've done for others. It does not go unnoticed.
Nancy Purcell

Events, Groups, Workshops

NCWN-West Event Page

Events/groups are listed by state, county and city. If you have a NCWN-West (Netwest) event that you'd like to have listed here, please contact us at: 


Cherokee/Clay County


JC Campbell Folk School Readings - The Literary Hour, sponsored by NC Writers' Network-West

Poets and Writers Reading Poems and Stories, most 3rd Thursdays, 7:00 PM. Two members  of NC Writers' Network are featured each month. Readers are selected in January of the year. Contact Glenda Beall, pcncwnwest@gmail.com  for more information.


Coffee With The Poets and Writers, sponsored by the NC Writers' Network-West and hosted by Moss memorial Library.

Held the third Wednesday of each month, March - December,  10:30 AM, at Moss Memorial Library, 26 Anderson St., Hayesville, NC. Featured reader(s) followed by Open Mic. Facilitator: Joan Howard: Publicity: Carroll Taylor.                          
Contact: Glenda Beall: glendabeall@msn.com


NCWN-West Poetry Critique Group

Held the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM, Tri-County College, Murphy NC. Critiques by NCWN-West members; observers always welcome. Contact: Janice Moore: janicem@yhc.edu


NCWN-West Prose Critique Group

Held the 2nd Thursday of each month, 7:00 PM, Tri-County Community College, Murphy, NC. Critiques by NetWest members; observers always welcome. Contact: Bob Grove:  bobby.grove@gmail.com

Henderson County



Henderson County's Literary Open Mic Night is held on the third Monday of each month from 5:30 - 7:30 PM at the Henderson County Public Library, 301 N. Washington St., in Hendersonville, NC.

Poets, fiction writers, playwrights, essayists, and memoirists are welcomed. Time limits are actively encouraged and vary, depending on the month, between 3 - 5 minutes for poets and 5 - 7 minutes for prose writers. Sign-in, meet and greet begins at 5:30 PM., and reading begins at 6. Sponsored by the North Carolina Writers' Network-West, a program of the NCWN, hosted by the Henderson County Public Library. For more information, please contact Charlie Wilkinson or Meagan Lucas at: opmiclit1@gmail.com.


"In the Company of Writers"

Second Wednesday of every month at 7pm, at the Brandy Bar on 7th. Each meeting begins with a presentation by featured local authors and ends with an open mic. Readers can sign up at the door. Sponsored by the North Carolina Writers' Network-West, a program of the NCWN, hosted by the Henderson County Public Library. For more information, please contact Charlie Wilkinson or Meagan Lucas at: opmiclit1@gmail.com.


Bleeding Lessons

Held on the first wednesday of every month, Bleeding Lessons, is a craft lesson, exercise, and discussion led by a variety of local authors/teachers. Usually held downtown at Black Bear Coffee, for March and April of 2020 it will be held at the Hendersonville Co-Op Community Room. Sponsored by the North Carolina Writers' Network-West, a program of the NCWN, hosted by the Henderson County Public Library. For more information, please contact Charlie Wilkinson or Meagan Lucas at: opmiclit1@gmail.com. 


Lost Playwrights Meeting

Last Saturday of the month at 2:00 PM, at Henderson County Library auditorium, 301 N. Washington St.  Playwrights read scenes from their works. Persons interested in creative writing or theater are invited to attend. Contact: ludy@shelby.net


Blue Ridge Writers' Support Group
First and third Mondays, 2:00-4:00 PM, County Parks and Recreation Athletics and Activity Center, 708 S. Grove St. The Blue Ridge Writers' Support Group is open to anyone seriously interested in being published.  Contact: Tom Hooker,  828-691-0118

Fletcher, NC 

Writers Guild of Western North Carolina 

Held the 2nd Thursday of each month, 1:30-3:30 PM at Fletcher Public Library, 120 Library Rd. All writers are invited for a lively discussion about current projects related to publishing and marketing our work. Learn tricks and techniques from published authors and aspiring writers. Contact: John Waterman:  writersguildwnc@gmail.com

Haywood County

Waynesville, NC 

Netwest and Mountain Writers, sponsored by NC Writers' Network-West.

Meets the second Tuesday of each month at 12:00 PM at Panacea restaurant at noon in Waynesville, NC. Call 828-235-2003 for more information.  Merry Elrick, County Rep for NCWN- West is facilitator.

Transylvania County

Brevard, NC

The Appalachian Roundtable 

An advanced writers' critique group that meets every other Wednesday from 5 to 6:30 at Food Matters, Brevard.  ART has limited capacity and is by-invitation only. contac

Jackson County

Netwest Open Mic, sponsored by the NC Writers' Network-West, hosted by City Lights Bookstore

Meets one night per month at 7:00 PM at City Lights Bookstore on Spring Street in Sylva. Call 828-586-9499 for more information.  Catherine Carter, County Rep for NCWN- West, and/or Eon Alden of City Lights Bookstore, facilitate.  Drinks and dessert for those who want them.  

Swain County

Open Mic held in Bryson City, NC each month sponsored by the NC Writers' Network-West.  Free and open to the public. Contact NCWN-West Representative, Ben Cutler, benjamincutlerpoet@gmail.com for dates and time. 

Union County


Writers Night Out, sponsored by NCWN-West

Held the second Friday of each month, 7:00 PM, at The Ridges in Hiawassee, Georgia. Event is sponsored by NCWN-West and is free and open to public. There will be a featured author, followed by open mic. Contact, Karen Holmes, kpaulholmes@gmail.com

Towns County

Young Harris

A Poetry Critique Group, sponsored by NCWN-West

The purpose is to provide poets constructive verbal and written feedback. Group meets at the Mountain Regional Public Library, 698 Miller St., Young Harris, GA . Time: 2:00 - 4:00 PM, Third Tuesday of each month. Contact Library (706)279-3732 for information.
Facilitator: Maren Mitchell, marenomitchell@gmail.com