Words from a member

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

Monday, August 9, 2021

Virtual Open Mic Night, NCWN-West, Jackson County, Friday, August 20th, 7:15 PM

 NCWN-West Jackson County is hosting its monthly Open Mic night, courtesy of Jackson rep Matt Nelson, via Zoom on Friday, August 20th, beginning at 7:15 p.m. It's a supportive and friendly group which has kept in touch through 2021. Writers from beyond Jackson County are welcome to join us!  Length of readings will be determined by number of readers; if there are only a few, readings can go to ten minutes, but if we have more than six, we'll ask writers to keep their readings to five minutes.  For the link, please e-mail Matt at mattnelson.poet01@gmail.com, or City Lights Bookstore in Sylva at more@citylightsnc.com. 

Monday, August 2, 2021

Anthology of Poems from Jayne Jaudon Ferrer

 Jayne Jaudon Ferrerfounder and host of YourDailyPoem.com, which has featured a number of North Carolina poets through the years, has just published an anthology featuring 100 classic and contemporary poems entitled Poems to Lift You Up and Make You Smile. Featuring the work of poets from across the U.S., Canada, England, and Ireland, the collection offers upbeat perspectives, positive outlooks, feel-good scenarios, and smiles galore—“exactly what we need after this past year and a half,” says Jayne. 

Published by Parson’s Porch & Company, part of the proceeds from the book will go to support a food ministry program. Poems to Lift You Up and Make You Smile is available upon request from booksellers and on Amazon. 






ISBN 978-1-955581-09-7 
$18.95 Retail 

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Brenda Kay Ledford Featured in The Laurel of Asheville


Brenda Kay Ledford's book, "The Singing Convention," is featured in "The Laurel of Asheville," August, 2021 issue.

Her  book is available at the Shelton House Museum; Waynesville, NC and The Beal Center; Hayesville,  NC.

Friday, July 30, 2021

Awesome Open Mic 7 30 21

Reminding people that I'm still here and to give people an idea of what another kind of Open Mic Night is like. I hope to have a much bigger crowd next time.

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Have you taken an online writing course?

If you have not taken an online writing course, I suggest you read this post on the NCWN blog. 


Jeremy B. Jones a professor at Western Carolina University and author of Bearwallow: A Personal History of a Mountain Homeland (Blair, 2014), was interviewed by Gretchen Thomas. She asked him about teaching online during the pandemic and asked for good advice for writers. As writers, we all have judged ourselves on whether our work was accepted or rejected. I like Jones' comment on this and found it to be my philosophy as well.

What do you think?

If you have taken an online course, please tell us about it. You can email or leave a comment below. 

We have been asked to do a poetry online course. Would you be interested? Catherine Carter would be the instructor.

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Your Correct Email Address

 To all members of NCWN-West,

Please be sure you update your email address with the Network if you have made a change recently or if you have recently renewed your membership. 

Some complain that they do not get reminders to renew membership, and I find that often the emails I send are not opened or delivered due to a wrong email address. 

To get the full benefit of your membership in both NCWN and NCWN-West, we need your current email address. 

Visit charles@ncwriters.org or Deonna@ncwriters.org to be sure your membership is up to date and your information is all correct.

Don't be left out

Some of you who have been members for a long time are no longer on the list I receive from NCWN because you have not renewed. If you are not on the list, you will not receive emails from Netwest nor the Network.

I am deleting old membership lists so only the latest lists will be in my computer and only those people will get the news about events that are local as well as those that are statewide.

If you subscribe to this site, you can see most of what is offered each month. Take a minute to do that.

See you on Zoom for Writers Night Out in August when our guest will be Kanute Rarey, storyteller, writer, and man of many talents. Members will be sent the link to attend.

Glenda Beall

Program Coordinator for NCWN-West




Saturday, July 17, 2021

Carroll S. Taylor to be Featured Reader at Mountain Wordsmiths

Mountain Wordsmiths’ host, Carroll S. Taylor, will be the featured reader for the group on Thursday morning, July 22, at 10:30 a.m.

This event, sponsored by North Carolina Writers’ Network-West, is being held via Zoom because of COVID concerns. We hope to meet again in person in the Fall of 2021; however, we are happy that not only local writers are attending our meetings but writers outside our state are also joining us.

Carroll S. Taylor

Carroll Taylor grew up on a dirt road in rural West Central Georgia. A graduate of Tift College (Mercer University), she holds graduate degrees in French, English, and Educational Leadership. She retired after teaching for over forty years. 

She is the author of two young adult novels, Chinaberry Summer and Chinaberry Summer: On the Other Side. Her books emphasize generational storytelling and her love for reptiles and amphibians. Her children’s book, Feannag the Crow, introduces young readers to the joy of making new friends. Her poem, “Final Wishes,” is included in a newly released anthology, Poems to Lift You Up and Make You Smile. Her poetry has also appeared in The Reach of Song published by the Georgia Poetry Society and in the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International's online gallery.

She and her husband live in Hiawassee, Georgia, and she’s always finding adventures, whether it’s standing on Prime Meridian, studying in Oxford, watching alligators in the Okefenokee Swamp, or hoping to be photobombed by Nessie while sailing on Loch Ness.

Taylor is a member of  North Carolina Writers’ Network-West and the Georgia Poetry Society. Readers may find her journal blog at chinaberrysummer.com and follow her at Facebook/chinaberrysummer.

Mountain Wordsmiths meets on the fourth Thursday of each month. We welcome those who were regulars at Coffee with the Poets and Writers which met at Moss Memorial Library prior to COVID-19 restrictions. 

Those wishing to attend Mountain Wordsmiths may contact Carroll Taylor at vibiaperpetua@gmail.com to receive the Zoom link. Anyone who wishes to participate in Open Mic may sign up upon entering the meeting, and we welcome those who would simply like to listen to the beauty of wordsmithing.

Friday, July 16, 2021

Jackson County (virtual) Open Mic night July 30th

The Jackson County branch of NCWN-West, in partnership with City Lights Bookstore, will host the  monthly Open Mic night via Zoom on Friday, July 30th.  The link will open at 7:00 p.m., but the reading will probably start after 7:15.  For the link, please e-mail Jackson County reps Matt Nelson (mattnelson.poet01@gmail.com), Catherine Carter (ccarter@email.wcu.edu), or City Lights Bookstore in Sylva (more@citylightsnc.com).  We hope to see some of you there and hear your new work! 

Sunday, July 11, 2021


Carroll S. Taylor and Hugh Taylor

In spite of a rainy day Friday, Carroll and Hugh Taylor and I put up our tent, tables and chairs to create a booth at the annual Festival on the Square. 

This delightful event is sponsored by the Clay County Historical and Arts Council in Clay County North Carolina. Over 70 artists and crafters set up their booths around and on the historic square that surrounds the old Courthouse which has been renovated and is now a convention center with the name, The Beal Center. 

NCWN-West has been a part of this festival for years and this year has been one of the most successful for our authors and for Netwest. We gave away brochures and sold lots of books on both days.

Carroll Taylor was kept busy talking to those interested in her young adult novels and Feannag, the Crow, her picture book. Echoes Across the Blue Ridge was popular with the out of state visitors. Tourists wanted to take home this book from the mountains. Brenda Kay Ledford found visitors interested in her new picture book, The Singing Convention.

The small town of Hayesville, NC hosts thousands of guests as the folks from Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama and surrounding states vacation here in this scenic area. A young couple from California dropped by, extremely interested in our booth.

People signed up for our giveaways every two hours and asked to be put on our mailing lists. 
Appreciation goes out to Bob Grove,  Brenda Kay Ledford, Jim Davis, and Anne Wheeler for staffing the booth along with Glenda Beall and Carroll on Saturday.

On Sunday, a new member, Raven Chiong enjoyed meeting fellow members and talking with anyone interested in writing. She also used this opportunity to purchase books.

Joan Howard was another member who worked in the booth and was there when the big rain came. Joan is a supportive member of Netwest and volunteers to help when she is needed. She is a poet whose poems I recommend.

Caesar Campana, a member for only a year, helped with taking down the booth. His wife, Monica, sat at a book table. Check out his Amazon page to learn more about this novelist.

In spite of the on again and off again showers both days, the writers did not fold their tent and leave. When table cloths were soaked, they were removed and books were put back on the bare tables. 

This event is wonderful for networking with others. We met the new owners of Curiosity Books in Murphy, NC. They want writers to come by and talk with them. They are interested in books by local writers. 

All booths were directed to stay open until 4:00 PM Sunday. When the time came to break it all down, Hugh and Caesar made short order of folding the tent and chairs and loading it all in Hugh's truck. 

Carroll and Hugh endured rain showers but saved the books and brochures.

This event would not have happened without Carroll Taylor and the support of her husband Hugh. Carroll's novels sold well and her bright display drew attention to our booth. She is very good at meeting people and discussing NCWN-West. 

This event serves several purposes for writers. It shows we are a strong active part of the community and we welcome new people. Because we are open to the public, beginning writers and those who are a little hesitant to join a writers' group find they are comfortable with our members. That is very important when speaking to novice writers. I am sure we will have new members after this weekend.

Often out of state visitors discover NCWN at this festival and find that they can join even if they don't live in North Carolina. Our brochures, designed by Meagan Lucas, are filled with information, and they were in the hands of everyone who stopped to speak at our booth.

See photos of the booth and the people who managed it this weekend.

Brenda Kay Ledford and Carroll Taylor ready to meet festival-goers

Our poster, Books by Local Authors, 
drew attention from the passersby

Caesar Campana and Raven Chiong work the Sunday afternoon shift

Photos by Glenda Beall, Carroll Taylor and Raven Chiong.

Glenda Beall and Raven Chiong

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Dr. Bill Everett Featured at Writers' Night Out, July 9 ZOOM

NCWN-West presents
Bill Everett
Writer, Woodworker & Former Ethics Professor

Writers' Night Out via Zoom
July 9, 7 pm
Reading & Discussion + Open Mic

With a Yale Divinity School BD and a Harvard PhD, William Johnson Everett taught ethics in theological seminaries and graduate schools for over 30 years. During that time, he published seven books and many articles in English and German on ethical issues in religion and society. His teaching took him to Milwaukee, Atlanta, and Boston as well as Germany, India, and South Africa. In 2001 he turned to literary fiction, poetry, and woodworking.

This fall Everett’s “expository memoir” Making My Way in Ethics, Worship, and Wood is forthcoming. He frames the book around the cultural contexts that have shaped his life. In Red Clay, Blood River (2008), Everett put his inter-continental experience into a wide-ranging historical novel about connections between America’s “Trail of Tears” and South Africa’s “Great Trek.” The book is written from an ecological standpoint, in which Earth is the narrator. Everett’s poetry collection is Turnings: Poems of Transformation (2013). Both his ethics and his poetry explore the ways we give shape and meaning to our thoughts, feelings, and actions within the mysterious powers of creativity and love that undergird our existence. He also co-authored with his friend John de Gruchy, Sawdust and Soul: A Conversation about Woodworking and Spirituality. For more of his writing, you can follow Everett's blog, www.WilliamEverett.com.

Everett also creates furniture for worship settings, focusing on round communion tables that symbolize circle dynamics of reconciliation. Visit www.WisdomsTable.net for more information and to see photos of his work and also the textiles and mosaics of his wife Sylvia, who uses these media to explore spiritual, religious, and feminist themes. He and Sylvia live in Waynesville, NC.  
Zoom Link & Open Mic
3-4 minute maximum of poetry or prose (2 poems only, please)
For the Zoom link, please email Glenda Beall.  To sign up for Open Mic, please send Glenda an email with a sentence she can use to introduce you. glendabeall@msn.com

Writers' Night Out is on the second Friday of every month.
We will continue via Zoom for now. 
 Some time in 2021, we hope to continue in person at our new location:
The Ridges Resort on Lake Chatuge 
so please check your email.
But don't wait, join the fun and camaraderie on Zoom! 

Upcoming guests:
Aug 13: Kanute Rarey
September 10: Michael Diebert
Oct 8: John Clarke (from England!)