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About Alice Osborn

Alice Osborn’s past educational (MA in English, NCSU and BS in Finance, VA Tech) and work experience is unusually varied, and it now feeds her work as a poet-singer/songwriter, book coach and editor of Wake Living magazine. In the past decade, Alice has taught writing workshops to thousands of aspiring fiction and memoir authors of nearly all ages from 9 to 90 both around the corner and across continents. Heroes without Capes is her most recent collection of poetry. Previous collections are After the Steaming Stops and Unfinished Projects. Alice is also the editor of the anthologies Tattoos and Creatures of Habitat, both from Main Street Rag. A North Carolina Writers’ Network and NC Songwriters Co-op board member and a Pushcart Prize nominee her work has appeared in the News and Observer, The Broad River Review, The Pedestal Magazine, Soundings Review and in numerous journals and anthologies. When she’s not editing or writing, Alice is an Irish dancer who plays guitar and violin. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her husband, two children, four loud birds and Mr. Nibbles, the guinea pig. Visit Alice's website at

My 2017 Year-End Wrap Up

In 2017 I played more music, wrote less poetry, gave far fewer writing workshops, but gave many tours at the NC Museum of History. I continued writing and editing for Wake Living magazine. Two of my favorite stories I covered was about flooring and Operation Coming Home (OCH). OCH is a nonprofit organization that provides [...]

By | December 31st, 2017|Creativity|4 Comments

Are You Ready To Ring In First Night 2018?

By Brittany Wilkins, Wake Living magazine correspondent If you’re looking to do something entertaining and supportive of the Raleigh community this New Year’s Eve, then look no farther than First Night Raleigh. With almost 100 performances in over 35 venues, First Night Raleigh is an awesome way to explore downtown and jump into 2018 by going [...]

By | December 26th, 2017|Performing|0 Comments

Get Out of Your Own Way

I was in love at twenty-three years old. With a red Mustang. Palmetto Ford in Charleston had the one I wanted. I drove a white Fifth Avenue Chrysler that broke down inappropriately in Church’s Chicken parking lots or at the Piggly Wiggly. With its terrible turning radius I rammed it a few times into parking [...]

By | November 5th, 2017|Self Improvement|5 Comments

How to Get a Gig

  I’ve been a musician a very short time, but I’ve been performing, giving talks/workshops and crafting my brand for over a decade. If you want a paying music gig, almost the same rules apply for seeking professional speaking opportunities, which include having a strong website with videos, knowing your audience/platform and constantly invest in [...]

By | July 21st, 2017|Performing|2 Comments

How to Value Yourself as the Awesome Author You Are

You feel like an imposter. You hear your inner voice whispering, “What makes you think you’re a writer? What makes you think you’re any good?” “Why would someone want to read anything I write?” How do you combat these voices and be the rock star author millions will read? How do you value yourself so [...]

By | July 9th, 2017|Creativity|1 Comment

Nobody Writes Alone

Alice Osborn In support of the North Carolina Writers’ Network “Nobody Writes Alone” campaign, the NCWN recently asked me to weigh-in on what the North Carolina Writers’ Network means to me and I responded! Here's my testimonial--enjoy! Fourteen years ago, I declared I was writer. It was time to finally go for it, but while [...]

By | April 26th, 2017|Networking|2 Comments

How Irish Dance Helps Me Get Out of My Own Way

As a kid, I did ballet and tap, but I wasn’t one of those girls who wore a bun at school or who did pliés while waiting for class to start. Back then, ballet and tap didn’t feel hard at all. I loved the once-a-year recitals because of the costumes, makeup, hair and bright lights, [...]

By | March 21st, 2017|Performing, Self Improvement|2 Comments

How To Find the Right Client

Photo Credit: Steven Whitsitt When I first started my writing business back in 2006 I didn’t think about the kind of clients I wanted to attract. If they paid me, then they were great clients! I wouldn’t have thought it possible to turn away ANY client. These were the dark days of the [...]

By | March 3rd, 2017|Editor|2 Comments

How the Right Criticism Can Make You Grow

As a kid I hated getting criticism—it would fill me with shame because I wanted to be perfect and I usually knew exactly what I had done to deserve that criticism. I hated sending thank-yous to my grandma and aunt in France (I’m half French on my mom’s side) after Christmas because I felt that [...]

By | February 23rd, 2017|Creativity|2 Comments

You Just Launched a Book: 8 Tips to Make Tax Day Less Stressful

You Just Launched a Book: 8 Tips to Make Tax Day Less Stressful by Sylvia Inks, author of Small Business Finance for the Busy Entrepreneur Preparing for April 15 Tax Day is not always easy or fun, but what happens if you just launched a book and have book sales?  The biggest mistakes that most authors [...]

By | February 16th, 2017|Self Improvement|0 Comments