Showing posts with label Bob Grove. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bob Grove. Show all posts

Friday, June 29, 2018


Pat Meece Davis, NC Writers Network West member from Brevard has announced the winners of the Flash Fiction Contest for NCWN West members only.

Our winners:

    1. "The Gift" by Lorraine Bennett
Lorraine Bennett
Lorraine grew up in Murphy, NC, graduated with her high school class journalism medal and received a scholarship to UNC Chapel Hill.
   Her career began on the Atlanta Journal where she covered news and met her husband. His job took them west. She was hired by the Los Angeles Times and became the newspaper’s first woman to head a domestic bureau.
   The Bennetts returned to Atlanta and she joined fledgling CNN as a news writer. She became copy editor, producer and editorial manager before ending her career at CNN International.
   She retired in 2006 and built a farmhouse on Martins Creek family land. She still practices her craft by covering county government and copy editing for the Clay County Progress weekly.
   She is trying to leap from journalist to novelist and finished her first book, a psychological thriller, last year. She is writing a sequel and seeking an agent.

    2. "Show Me the Cache" by Bob Grove

Bob Grove

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Bob Grove earned his Bachelor’s degree at Kent State University and his Master’s degree at Florida Atlantic University. During his 17-year public school career, he taught courses in English, science, and psychology. He has published 19 books and hundreds of articles in 24 magazines, including his own, Monitoring Times. His writings have earned several gold medals in the North Carolina Silver Arts literature competition. 
 As a public affairs director for an ABC-TV station, he hosted numerous programs. Now retired, he is a prose critique facilitator for the North Carolina Writers Network and an officer for the Ridgeline Literary Alliance. Bob’s public readings are popular as a performance art form, typified by his well-attended annual reading, in costume and multiple character dialects, of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol.  

     3. "Mother-Daughter Act" by Nancy Swanson

Nancy Swanson
Nancy Swanson is a retired educator living just outside of Brevard. She was a winner of the 2003 South Carolina Fiction Project, and her poetry has been published in English Journal, South Carolina Review, and Chattahoochee Review, among others. This year she won the Sidney Lanier Poetry Award for poetry. She and her husband, Ben, share four children, one grandchild, and a love for mountain trails. She thanks her writing mentors, Nancy Purcell and Darlene O'Dell, as well as her writing groups for their encouragement and support.

Congratulations to our winners and thank you to all who entered the contest.

A special thanks to Pat Davis who has facilitated this contest for the second time and to the judges who are not members of NCWN West, but are experienced and well published writers. 

 Pat Meese Davis, author of books for children


Monday, March 26, 2018

Reading Your Writing to an Audience is Performance Reading

By Bob Grove 

           Whether you are competing in a speech contest or reading to a public audience, the rules are the same. The contents should be well organized, and the delivery done convincingly enough to evoke appreciative audience response.
            Anyone can read a printed page, but performance reading is an oral presentation enhanced by gestures, facial expressions, eye contact, costume, voices and dialects, music, sound effects, props and audience interaction. In other words, you’re an actor.
            Performers don’t merely read lines, they make them sound fresh, like they are being uttered for the first time. Charisma and relevance are two essential traits for effective delivery. An audience is more responsive if they feel involved and can identify with characters. Performance art makes such identification easier: “Joan was a delightful guest – giddy and charming, a pleasure to be with. Her bright eyes sparkled as she asked seductively, ‘Would any of you gentlemen care to dance with me?’
            I’m sure you’ve endured church sermons that drone on: “In the Apocrypha and outlined in the Pentateuch, especially the synoptic gospels of John 21:14, Luke 8:16, Mark 11:9 and Matthew 21:7….” Maybe this is why some clergymen have to shout and rant to keep the attention of their audience, or to wake up the parishioners who are nearly comatose in the rearmost pews.
            We’ve all had the experience of straining to listen to a reader who mumbles or reads so fast that you can’t keep up. Read at a normal rate as if you were talking to someone; in fact, you are. Your audience came to hear what you have to say, not how fast you can say it. You don’t have to shout, but articulate loudly enough to be heard in the back row.

            Readers are entertainers. Your audience expects us to take them away from the humdrum and cares of every day. But performance reading should not be excessively exaggerated unless it’s comedy or if you’re narrating a cartoon. You don’t have to scream, flail your arms or stomp to make a point. Realism is the key. Sometimes it’s difficult, for example when a deep-throated man is quoting a young child or a female character. But it can be done:

            Johnny looked up at his father and asked, “When is mommy coming home?”
            "Not for a while, son.”
             Mrs. Higgins chided her husband for his bad manners: “Charles, put that napkin on your lap.” The character change in vocalization makes its point.

             One of the trickiest deliveries is with dialects and foreign accents. The Englishman may say, Good morning, Dear, a German may ask, Was ist los? and a Frenchman may greet you with, Bon jour. But if you can’t imitate the dialect, don’t try to; there’s no substitute for reality.

Bob Grove is a member of NCWN-West.
 Now retired after 35 years as founder of Grove Enterprises, an international supplier of radio communications equipment, Bob has more time to write. Most recently, he has published a mystery novella (Secrets of Magnolia Manor), his memoir (Misadventures of an Only Child), a collection of children’s stories (Adventures of Kaylie and Jimmy), and has written several flash fiction stories as well as some forgettable poetry. He has been awarded gold, silver and bronze medals in the Silver Arts literature competition.
 Bob’s public readings are popular as a performance art form, typified by his annual December reading, in costume and dialect, of Dickens’s A Christmas Carol at the John C. Campbell Folk School.  Visit his website:

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Writers Bob Grove and Deanna K. Klingel to read at The Literary Hour at John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC, Thursday, March 15, 2018, at 7:00 PM

On Thursday, March 15, 2018, at 7:00 PM, John C. Campbell Folk School and NC Writers' Network-West will sponsor The Literary Hour, an hour of writers reading, is held at Keith House on the JCCFS campus, in Brasstown, NC. This event is held on the third Thursday of the month unless otherwise indicated. The reading is free of charge and open to the public. This month's featured readers will be Bob Grove and Deanna K. Klingel.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Bob now lives in the mountains of North Carolina. He earned his Bachelor of Arts at Kent State University and his Master of Science at Florida Atlantic University. His diversified curriculum enabled him to teach courses in English, journalism, creative writing, physics, chemistry, biology and psychology.

Bob has been an ABC-TV public affairs director, an on-air personality, and the founder and publisher of Monitoring Times magazine. A prose critique facilitator for the North Carolina Writers’ Network and an officer with the Ridgeline Literary Alliance, he has published seventeen books and hundreds of articles in sixteen national magazines. All Grove’s publications are available on Amazon Kindle, and he can be found online at . Bob's readings entertain, and his audience laughs with delight at his humor.

Deanna Klingel calls Sapphire Valley NC home. She was born and raised in Michigan, left MSU with her husband Dave and lived in New York, Ohio, Kentucky, Raleigh, NC, Maryland, Atlanta and finally retired to the mountains.  A compulsive writer all her life, she never sought publication until their seven children were grown and gone from home.

Klingel writes primarily, not exclusively, for young adult readers. She has thirteen books published and others in the que. In addition, one of the picture books is also in Spanish, and there are teacher/classroom study guides for two historical fictions. Many of the books have received recognitions and awards. Two of her short stories were contest winners. She's a member of SCBWI, ACFW, Catholic Writers Guild, and NCWN. She blogs twice a week at, and travels with her books across the South and beyond, appearing at schools, museums, and events. Her books are widely distributed and are available wherever books are sold. Klingel’s  website is:

For more information, please call  the John C. Campbell Folk School at: 828-837-2775, or Mary Ricketson at: 828-361-0721.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Round Robin Reading with Poets and Prose writers at Coffee with the Poets and Writers, at the Moss Memorial Library, Hayesville, NC, Wednesday, November 15, 2017

On November 15th, 2017, at 10:30 AM, the North Carolina Writers’ Network-West will host Coffee with the Poets and Writers at the Moss Memorial Library. The event will be round-robin style, with several members reading from their works for approximately 40 minutes. Members will include: Glenda Council Beall, Joan Ellen Gage, Bob Grove, Joan M. Howard, Mary Ricketson, and Carroll Taylor. 

After the member readings, guest attendees will be invited to read their work. All open Mic readings will be approximately 3 minutes. 

Coffee and cookies will be provided, and the public is invited. For more information, please contact Joan Ellen Gage at 828-389-3733.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Meet Bob Grove, local writer and interesting person

Recently Bob Grove, prose critique facilitator for NCWN-West, told us that he had published three more books. Bob has published 18 books already, but he has not stopped writing or publishing. I asked Bob to write something for our blog about him and his writing. This is what he said:

I suspect the fact that I bounced through five different colleges and universities before I settled down on a major could account for the diversions of my life—at least partially. I was on a first-name basis with the university registrar who patiently processed me through about a dozen different changes.

Although I've written and published 18 books, the most recent three were spawned by vastly separate circumstances.

I have a large extended family—sixteen grandchildren (last count) and a half-dozen great-grandchildren. They like to hear amusing stories about my life, and I enjoy telling them. Thus, was born Misadventures of an Only Child.

My autobiography continues to serve well for public readings; the revelations are usually followed up by one typical question from the audience: “Did you really do that?”  Yes, I did.

One of my fifty or so professions, occupations, and odd jobs included (and still includes) auctioneering. A personal fascination, is the endless assortment of bogus medical contraptions that have been foisted on the vulnerable public for centuries. I began collecting some of them myself, and finally wrote a descriptive, illustrated collection of these devices, entitled Medical Quackery.

And thirdly, my fascination with the workings, and more specifically, misworkings of the human mind led me to teach adult education classes in the recognition of mental disorders (my wife says I’m ADHD/OCD). I soon realized that there weren’t many easy-to-read volumes available on the subject, propelling me to publish my own textbook for classroom instruction, Abnormal Psychology.

Bob earned his bachelor’s degree from Kent State University and his master’s degree from Florida Atlantic University. He and his wife Judy live in Brasstown, NC.

You will find Bob’s books on, Kindle and on Create Space:      Misadventures of an Only child      Medical Quackery       Abnormal Psychology

Interview by Glenda Council Beall