Showing posts with label Rosemary Royston. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Rosemary Royston. Show all posts

Friday, December 7, 2018

Rosemary Royston in Split Rock Review

We are happy to congratulate Rosemary Royston for her poem and her contributor's remarks in Split Rock Review. Click on the link below to read the poem and Rosemary's remarks about the poem.

Rosemary is our new NCWN-West treasurer. She lives in Blairsville, GA.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Local Writers to hold Therapeutic Writing Workshop on Saturday, April 7, 2018

Mary Rose Workshops
 You are invited to the premier presentation of Therapeutic Writing Workshops for Women, by Mary and Rosemary (Mary Rose).

The First Mary Rose Workshop will be held 4/7/2018. It will be led by:

Mary Ricketson
Rosemary Royston

Mary Ricketson, (left), published writer of poetry, and Licensed Professional Counselor.

Rosemary Royston, (right), published writer of poetry and prose, Master of Fine Arts, Lecturer at Young Harris College, GA.

The theme of this workshop:

Therapeutic writing, any genre:  crafting your own poem or prose

Saturday, April 7, 2018:

10 AM – 4 PM                        $50 per person             limit 12 participants

What to bring:
A bag lunch, notebook and pencils/pens.                  Healthy drinks and snacks will be provided.

447 Pet Lane, Murphy NC 28906  
Directions will be provided upon registration.  Count on a 20 minute drive north of Murphy NC.
Arrive at a cabin in a quiet wooded setting.

Expressive writing about your own experience, including trauma, even for only 15 minutes a day, is known to be helpful to the immune system, stabilize blood pressure, calm the body and mind, and contribute to overall good health.

This workshop is geared toward writers of intermediate and advanced levels.
Expect informative sessions, time to write, read your own words, receive and offer critique.
Break times will allow for indoor/outdoor seating, walks, conversation or quiet solitude.

Register by:
Contact Mary or Rosemary:

Fees may be paid by cash or personal check.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Clay County Historical and Arts Council and the North Carolina Writers’ Network-West co-sponsor a Poetry and Song Writing Lyric Contest for Clay County, NC Middle and High School

The Clay County Historical and Arts Council and the North Carolina Writers’ Network-West are please to announce that they are co-sponsoring a Poetry and Song Writing Lyric Contest for Clay County schools Hayesville Middle School and Hayesville High School. There are 3 prizes in each category at each school.

This contest began March 2017 and continues until April 5, 2017

The winners will be announced at the schools on April 17, 2017

A presentation will be given at the Hayesville High School Auditorium on April 25, 2017 at 6:30 PM

Rosemary R. Royston
Judges are:

Rosemary Royston—Poetry (NCWN-West Representative for North Georgia, and author of Splitting the Soil)

Rob Tiger—Song Writing Lyrics
Brian Kruger—Song Writing Lyrics
Wyatt  Esplain—Song Writing Lyrics

Contacts for this event are:
Reba Beck, Clay County Historical and Arts Council
Joan Gage, North Carolina Writers’ Network-West

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Photos from NCWN-West's booth at the Festival on the Square, Hayesville, NC, July 2016

North Carolina Writers' Network West's booth at the Festival on the Square, Hayesville, North Carolina hosted poet and writer attendees including: Tom and Polly Davis, Glenda Council Beall, Mary Ricketson, Rosemary Royston, Marcia Hawley Barnes, Joan M. Howard, Lucy Cole Gratton, Janice Townley Moore, Staci Lynn Bell,Bob Grove, and Joan Ellen Gage. Below are some photos of the event.

Rosemary Royston

Glenda Council Beall

Bob Grove and Lucy Cole Gratton

Glenda Council Beall, Bob Grove, Lucy Cole Gratton, Janice Townley Moore, and Lucy Rozier. Hidden is Joan M. Howard

Tom Davis and Janice Townley Moore
Marcia Hawley Barnes

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Something a Little Different at Writers' Night, July 8

Royston and Holmes to do "Call & Response" Poetry Reading, Blairsville, GA

Back by popular demand, the duo of Rosemary Royston and Karen Paul Holmes plan to once again pair up their poems and alternate their reading, rather than one poet reading all her poems followed by the other.

This month's Writers’ Night Out is on Friday, July 8. The 7 p.m. reading will be followed by an open microphone for those who’d like to share their own work. The event is free and open to the public at the Union CountyCommunity Center in the heart of Blairsville, GA. If you'd like to purchase food or drink at The View Grill, please come by 6 p.m. (the food is good but service can be slow).

Friday, August 8, 2014

"Writers on the Writing Process," an Interview with Karen Paul Holmes

A chance meeting on Facebook results in a San Fransisco writer interviewing a Netwest member. 

Writer, Laura E. Davis, who lives in San Fransisco, and Netwest Rep for Georgia, Karen Paul Holmes, met through an international women's writers' group on Facebook. Learning of Karen's new book, Untying the Knot, Laura offered to interview her for the series called "Writers on the Writing Process."  Read the interview here

The Lake Chatuge view that inspires Karen Paul Holmes to write
Untying the Knot is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle, and also at City Light Bookstore in Sylva, NC.

On August 9, Karen Paul Holmes and Co-Netwest Rep, Rosemary Royston, will be the featured readers at Writers' Night Out in Blairsville. Rosemary also has a new book, Splitting the Soil (available on Amazon and from Finishing Line Press). The two poets plan to try a new approach to their reading: They will pair their poems in some logical/artistic way and read them alternately, rather than each poet reading alone. The event takes place at the lovely Union County Community Center at Butternut Creek Golf Course (map here). Food and beverages (including alcohol) are available for purchase at 6 pm during the social hour. An open mic follows after the reading. Sign up at the door to read 3 minutes of prose or poetry. Writers' Night Out takes place on the second Saturday of every month.

Monday, May 12, 2014

The Literary Hour at JC Campbell Folk School

On Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 7:00 PM, John Campbell Folk School and N.C. Writers Network West are sponsoring The Literary Hour, an hour of poetry and prose reading. The reading, held in the Keith House, is free of charge and open to the public. Accomplished poets Heidi Sherlock and Rosemary Royston will be the featured readers.

Heidi Sherlock

Heidi Sherlock is a student at The University of North Carolina-Greensboro and is pursuing her MA degree in English. She is a 2012 graduate of Young Harris College. Besides being published in Wild Goose Poetry Review, she has won multiple awards for her poetry and prose through The Corn Creek Review and the Clay County Historical and Arts Council annual literary awards programs.

Rosemary Royston

Rosemary Royston, author of Splitting the Soil (Finishing Line Press, 2014), is a poet living in northeast Georgia. She administrates and teaches at Young Harris College. Her poetry has been published in Southern Poetry Review, The Comstock Review, Main Street Rag, Town Creek, *82 Review, KUDZU, Coal Hill Review, STILL, New Southerner, FutureCycle, Flycatcher, Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume V: Georgia, and Echoes Across the Blue Ridge. Two of her essays are included in the anthology Women and Poetry: Tips on Writing, Teaching and Publishing by Successful Women Poets(McFarland). She holds an MFA in Writing from Spalding University.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

You don't want to miss this one!

We have the opportunity to take advantage of Rosemary Royston's years of study and her knowledge of where to submit our poems for publication. Don't be frightened if you haven't submitted your poetry. This is the time to learn all about it with others who need some of the same guidance you need.

Send it Out, Now!
Saturday, August 25, 10:00 – 1:00 PM, 2012

This class is for Intermediate to Advanced poets, or those who write poetry but have not had the courage to submit their work.

Purpose of the Class: You will leave with at least one new journal to which you can submit your finished poems, along with a resource list of journals and websites that are helpful to the publishing poet. The class facilitator will lead a discussion on how to ascertain what a particular journal is looking for, which contests are worthy of your time and money, and the in’s and out’s of good practice in submitting. This will be a discussion-based class, with time set aside to read at least one of your poems

What to Bring:

1) The print journal and/or a printout of your work in the online journal, web address included.

2) 3-5 poems that you are ready to submit.

3) Envelopes and stamps.

Instructor: Rosemary Royston
Fee: $25.00 
Contact Glenda Beall @ 828-389-4441 or E-mail 

Instructor bio: 

Royston holds an MFA in Writing from Spalding University. Her poetry chapbook Splitting the Soil is forthcoming in 2012 by Redneck Press, and she is currently seeking a publisher for her first full collection, Soulangenea. She has also had poetry published in journals such as The Comstock Review, Main Street Rag, Coal Hill Review, FutureCycle, and Alehouse. Her essays on writing poetry are included in Women and Poetry: Tips on Writing, Teaching and Publishing by Successful Women Poets. Her poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and she was the recipient of the 2010 Literal Latte Food Verse Award. Most recently, she received Honorable Mention in the George Scarbrough Poetry Contest, Mountain Heritage Literary Festival.  She currently serves as the Program Coordinator for the North Carolina Writers Network-West.  Her blog is

Friday, January 21, 2011

Poets Meet for Lunch

The best  cure for cabin fever in the dead of winter is to meet for lunch with fellow poets. That is what some NC Writers Network Poets did today. They met at the Copper Door in Hayesville, NC, shared a delicious meal and shared some of their recent publications.

Rosemary Royston, NCWN West Program Coordinator (below)

Janice Townley Moore Leader of the Monthly Poetry
Critique Group, Nancy Simpson co founder of Netwest,
and Linda M. Smith Publicity Chairperson. (below)
Glenda Beall former Program Coordinator and 
Echoes Across the Blue Ridge Marketing Manager

Carole Thompson NCWN West Georgia Representative

Peg Russell monthly Prose Group leader and Linda M. Smith scheduling readers 

for Poets and Writers Reading Poems and Stories, at John C. Campbell Folk School

The poets passed around copies of their most recent poetry publications.

Maren Mitchell shared her recent publication in Southern Humanities Review.

Monday, July 12, 2010


For the next couple of weeks, I will be featuring selected authors from ECHOES ACROSS THE BLUE RIDGE on my Here, Where I Am blog.

The first author is Rosemary Royston. Please drop by and enjoy!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Coffee with the Poets at City Lights in Sylva

I appreciate those who came to hear my reading today.

Coffee with the Poets at City Lights Books in Sylva started with a bang. Newt Smith, Treasurer for Netwest, served as MC for the reading. Kathryn Stripling Byer was not able to attend today.

Cynthia Gallinger, William Everett, Pat Montee

Mary Mike Keller and Rosemary Royston from Young Harris, GA made the trip over the mountains. Both shared poetry with the group which included William Everett, author of Red Clay, Blood River,and Pat Montee, wife of the late Ralph Montee, writer and poet. It was especially nice to see Pat again, in pink above.

From right, Newt Smith, Chris Wilcox, Diana Jurss, Rosemary Royston, Mary Mike Keller.
William and I have been communicating by E-mail for two years, and finally met today. I am very disappointed that both times Bill came to Hayesville I had to be out of town and was unable to see his presentation of his book in which he uses music and a professional actress.
Diana Jurss is the featured reader for the next Coffee with the Poets in Sylva. Her book is forthcoming in August. Cynthia Gallinger was also present today. I look forward to next month's CWP at City Lights. Perhaps other poets and writers will come and share their work at Open Mic.

Chris Wilcox, owner of City Lights, could not have been nicer and more accomodating. We bought books and sold books.

The refreshments were delicious, and we had an informal opportunity to discuss our opinions about poetry, line breaks, reading aloud and reading on the page. After the reading, some of us went downstairs to the Spring Street Restaurant were we had excellent service and excellent food.r more information on Coffee with the Poets in Sylva, contact Newt Smith, or Chris at

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Rosemary Royston, poet, will read on May 12 at Mountain Perk

Reading with Scott Owens on Wednesday evening, May 12, is Rosemary Royston, poet from Blairsville, Georgia. Her work has been published in The Comstock Review, Main Street Rag, Momwriter’s Literary Magazine, Public Republic, and Dark Sky Magazine. Rosemary has led poetry workshops at the Institute for Continuing Learning at Young Harris College, and has spoken to young adults, on more than one occasion,about the wonders of poetry. She was the 2004 recipient of first and third place in poetry, Porter Fleming Literary Awards, and is currently at work on a poetry collection। She holds an MFA in Writing from Spalding University.
Rosemary is a preacher's kid. She often uses this background for her poetry. Although she said she began writing poetry mostly for therapeutic reasons, she has grown far beyond that.
In June, she will teach a class for Writers' Circle.
Space, Time and Tone: The Power of Humor in Contemporary Poetry. This class will examine how humor in poetry allows the poet to go into unexpected territories, allowing for both release and examination of sensitive issues. Contact Glenda Beall at for more information on the class.
The evening of poetry at Mountain Perk , 7:00 p.m. on May 12 also includes open mic for anyone who wants to share original poetry or a short selection of original prose. This is an evening writers and those who enjoy good writing don't want to miss. See you there.