What do bookstores look for from authors? Get the inside scoop Thursday evening at our panel discussion, “Publishing is the Easy Part”.

You’ve written your book and decided to self-publish. Now what? Marketing, pricing, scheduling events, and getting your book into bookstores can be a daunting task.

Thursday night, our panel will walk you through some of the realities of self-publishing from both the bookstore and author’s perspectives. Brian Lampkin and Steve Mitchell, from Scuppernong Books in Greensboro, will talk about publishing realities, including building relationships with bookstores and an audience. Deb and Dave White, authors of Let’s Take the Kids to London and Lollie White, author of Play Music, will discuss their experiences with successful self-publishing and the roadblocks they encountered along the way.

This could be considered Part Two of our recent and very well received panel discussion featuring regional publishers. You won’t leave this program without lots of helpful information to consider. Oh – bring your questions!

Winston-Salem Writers annual meeting is this Saturday.

Many of our programs throughout the year focus on specific needs of our members, like the publishing panel discussion tomorrow night. We do ask all our members to get together this one time a year, and it’s always an encouragement to see folks with diverse writing interests coming together.

One of the orders of business at our annual meeting will be electing new officers and board members for the 2015-16 club year. Here are the nominees:


President – Sam Barbee; VP Membership – Barbara Mellin; VP Programs – Susan Williamson; Treasurer – Rob McOuat ; Secretary – Angell Caudill

Board Members:

Lynn Byrd, Judie Holcomb-Pack, Steve Mitchell, Dan O’Sullivan, Pat Hall, Steve Lindahl, and Donna Wallace.

A special feature of this year’s annual meeting will be presentations by the poets whose works were selected for our Poetry in Plain Sight posters during the second quarter. The annual meeting will be held on Saturday, June 13 at 10:30 a.m. at the New Winston Museum, with the PIPS reading following at 11:00. If you’re a WSW member, you’ll want to be on hand for this important meeting.

Bring books for the prison ministry to the annual meeting.

This will be a good opportunity for us all to donate paperback books for which we’ve been meaning to find a new home. We’re asked to try and keep them as positive as possible – I’m guessing books about jailbreaks might not be appropriate, for example. Bring them with you on Saturday, and we’ll take it from there, and thanks for your help in this worthwhile project.

Here’s an idea we’re hearing more about lately: an “ekphrasis” evening, and your writing is wanted. 

The term ekphrasis is derived from the combination of two ancient Greek words: ek, which can mean “for the sake of,” and phradzein, meaning “to show, point out, describe”. The term is used here for poetry or prose that describes or is inspired by a work of art.

An Ekphrasis Evening will be held on July 17 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. in conjunction with the exhibition, Art from SouthHouse Studio at the Unleashed Gallery, 203 W. 6th St. in downtown Winston-Salem. For a preview look, see the artist’s website: (Artwork for this exhibit is indicated with an *asterisk.)

You are invited to submit a poem or brief (400 words maximum) work of prose related to the artwork in this exhibit. It may be a description or an imaginative piece inspired by the artwork. The writing will also be displayed in the gallery and published (with author’s permission) on the artist’s website. Submit your ekphrastic writing to by midnight, July 12. Be sure to include: title of artwork, your name, and contact information.

Congratulations to the poets selected for Poetry in Plain Sight for June.

Poems selected this month are:

“Moving Out with Billy Joel” by Barbara Conrad

“Clouds” by Tom Davis

“Hidden” by Nancy Walker Benjamin

“Release” by Valerie Nieman, from Hotel Worthy

We look forward to hearing these poems read at our annual meeting on Saturday.

Registration is now open for the North Carolina Writers’ Network 2015 Squire Summer Writing Residency.

The Residency runs Thursday evening, July 23, through Sunday, July 26, at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. The long weekend offers intensive workshops with accomplished instructors, group events such as readings and discussions, a chance to share your work with other dedicated writers, and a unique opportunity to bond with writers from across the state and beyond.

Registrants will spend the entire weekend in one workshop, in either fiction (led by Luke Whisnant), poetry (led by Amber Flora Thomas), or creative nonfiction (led by Jan DeBlieu). Participation is limited to the first sixteen qualified registrants in each workshop, for a total of forty-eight attendees. For more information, and to register, visit

Women Writers of the Triad invite you to The Longest Day Write-a-Thon on Sunday, June 21.

You’re invited to Scuppernong Books for an all day Write-a-Thon to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. It will be a day of awareness, fundraising, and remembrance, so come down and stay all day or drop in as you can.

Joining or making donations is not required to be part of the fun, but every generosity is appreciated. There will be writing, readings, open mic, prizes, a writers’ first aid station, poetry booth, and more. Click here for more details.

Writing opportunity of the week.


Deadline: August 1…Prize: $250 and publication…Entry fee: $15 includes 1-year subscription 

“This is the debut year for the Alex Albright Creative Nonfiction Prize (named for the North Carolina Literary Review’s founding editor)! Finalists will also be considered for publication in the 2016 issue, NCLR’s 25th. Creative nonfiction may be on any subject, but feel free to use this year’s theme as inspiration.” Submission details here.

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