Alice Osborn

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New events:

Memoir: The Next Level with Alice Osborn

Dream It, Do it: Women’s Writing Retreat with Alice Osborn


Wonderland Book Club, Co-sponsored by the NC Writers’ Network Presents Author Justin Kramon, The Preservationist

Location: Center for Excellence, 3803-B Computer Dr. Suite 106, Raleigh, NCThe Preservationist
Friday, March 28, 2014    Time:  10:00–noon
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Justin KramonMeet Justin Kramon, of Philadelphia, to discuss his most recent novel, The Preservationist. A dark tale of psychological suspense, The Preservationist follows Julia Stilwell and Sam Blount in whose unlikely romance at college begins to unravel as a threat of violence approaches and the reader becomes less and less sure whom to trust. It is a tense and intelligent novel where each of the characters may not be what they seem. Justin’s novel is available in stores, and on Amazon,, and through IndieBound. The Preservationist is Justin’s second novel; the first was Finny (Random House, 2010), which was a Wonderland Book Club selection in 2011. Justin is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he has published stories in Glimmer Train, Story Quarterly, Boulevard, Fence, TriQuarterly, Alaska Quarterly Review, and others. He has also received honors from the Michener-Copernicus Society of America, Best American Short Stories, the Hawthornden International Writers’ Fellowship, and the Bogliasco Foundation.


Free Critique Session with Belea T. Keeney and Alice Osborn

Location: Center for Excellence, 3803‐B Computer Dr. Ste. 106 Raleigh NC
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Time: 9:30am-12:30pm—Refreshments served
Fee: FREE, but you must register prior to the session. Limit 12.
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How do you know your manuscript is publication-ready? Come join us at this critique session with experienced editors/authors Belea T. Keeney and Alice Osborn so you can get your novel or memoir off of the ground. After your individual session you’ll walk away knowing what’s working and what’s not working with your masterpiece-in-progress.


Write Like a Rock Star with Alice Osborn (Course # ENC-2-045-001)

Location: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), NC State, Summer Semester 2014
McKimmon Center, 1101 Gorman St., Raleigh, NC 27695, Room: 11/12
Wednesday, April 30th and May 7. 9-10:30am. Two sessions.
Fee: $20 OLLI Membership
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Want to learn how to rock your writing so it’s memorable and powerful? In this nuts-and-bolts class we’ll lay the foundation of good creative writing to include: the use of sensory images, characters, dialogue, description, and scene so your stories will pop from the page into your reader’s heart. Once the groundwork is laid, you’ll build the scaffolding with a narrative arc to make your words not only sing, but become remarkable moments for your readers. The instructor will provide gentle and compassionate feedback for writers interested in memoir and fiction. Recommended for anyone who has ever wanted to write down their stories and share their creativity with others.



Find Your Character’s Motivation Through Finding Nemo

April 21–May 4, 2014 Tuition: $30 (basic member) and $20 (premium member)
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What does your fictional character really want? How do you create memorable characters so fresh and clever your reader will always remember them? Finding Nemo has created one of the most believable characters in twenty-first century film. In this workshop we’ll study Nemo to tell us how to create riveting and complex main characters who will drive our story and connect with our readers. We’ll also examine Joseph Campbell’s The Hero’s Journey, depicted in The Hero with a Thousand Faces, to learn how this film reflects the Hero’s Journey and how studying Nemo can inform our own fictional characters.


Wonderland Book Club, Co-sponsored by the NC Writers’ Network, Presents Author Elisa Lorello, She Has Your Eyes

Location: Center for Excellence, 3803-B Computer Dr. Suite 106, Raleigh, NC
Friday, May 2, 2014 Time: 10:00–noon
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Join us to welcome back novelist and former NC State professor Elisa Lorello to Raleigh, North Carolina. The heartfelt sequel to Kindle bestsellers Faking It and Ordinary World has Andi and David settled happily into Andi’s Northampton home, but David wants more. He wants them to get married. Their discussion is put on hold when Wylie, a fifteen-year-old girl, shows up in their backyard, bearing news that takes David’s mind off the future and sends it spiraling into the past. Reeling from David’s news, Andi receives a startling announcement of her own, one that leads to a relationship with her estranged mother. As Andi and her mother get closer and Wylie weaves her way into their lives, Andi finds solace in an old comfort: her ex-fiancé. With the past threatening to eclipse their future, the timing for a wedding is all wrong. But if Andi knows anything about timing, it’s that there’s no time to waste.


Women Writers of the Triad Present Second Saturday at the Tate Street Coffee House with featured poets Alice Osborn and Claudine Moreau

Location: Tate Street Coffee House, 334 Tate Street, Greensboro, NC 27403
Saturday, May 10, 2014 Time: 7-9pm

Enjoy an evening of poetry with Claudine Moreau (Dark Machines) and Alice Osborn, who will read her old favorites from previous collections as well as new selections from her upcoming collection, Heroes without Capes. The open mic follows the two featured readers. Women Writers of the Triad is a group of women writers dedicated to supporting all writers—women and men. For more information, visit


Dream It, Do it: Women’s Writing Retreat with Alice Osborn

Location: Bend of Ivy Lodge, Marshall, NC outside of AshevilleRetreat 2013 Bend of Ivy Lodge 004
Bend of Ivy Rd. Marshall, NC 28753

Fri-Mon August 8-11, 2014 4 Day, 3-Night Retreat!
EARLY BIRD RATE: Initial investment of $50 today and $100 by February 15th, Balance of $500 by 2014 ($650, savings of $150, reg. $800)

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Immerse yourself in a weekend of writing without interruption in the mountains of Western Carolina. This is your answer to, “I’ll write when I can find the time!” Come and fulfill your purpose, which is to write. Empowered women are powerful writers—grab your power so you can dream and accomplish your dreams of writing your story! Together over the course of this weekend, we’ll delve into our stories of defining moments, healing and self discovery.

Retreat 2013 Bend of Ivy Lodge 005This is called “Living the Writing Life!” There’ll be plenty of time for reflection and individual writing during the day, and on Saturday night we’ll share our work over marshmallows and fellowship. Bend of Ivy Lodge is an intimate retreat setting surrounded by woods, rivers and streams that will foster community and creativity. Relax by the waterfall, hear the call of herons and walk the many trails on the converted tobacco farm property.

Participation limited to 15 women writers of any genre and experience. If you haven’t already worked with Alice, please submit a two-page writing sample with your registration to Alice Osborn to best accommodate your experience at this retreat. You’ll be treated to eight organic meals and snacks. Bring your hearts, your pens and paper. All writers receive a 10-minute consult with Alice Osborn.


Kick Start Your Memoir: The Next Level with Alice Osborn

Location: Center for Excellence, 3803‐B Computer Dr. Ste. 106 Raleigh NC Rose on a diary
Thursday, August 14 to Thursday, September 18, 2014 
(Class meets for 6 Thursdays) Time: 11:30am-1:30pm—Bring your lunch!
Tuition: $99
Additional editing package is $250, Tuition includes two 10-min accountability phone chats.
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Have you completed Alice’s Beginning Memoir Workshop Series and wish to continue? Or have you started working on your memoir and now wonder what is the next step? This class offers fun and interactive exercises and feedback to help you construct your memoir and build upon your foundation. Move forward in the direction you want to go by creating a memoir that will dazzle your readers. This class is best-suited for writers who have previous writing experience or who have been working on their memoirs. Participants bring their own lunch and there’ll be a half hour lunch break. Your tuition includes two 10-min accountability phone chats and if you’d like Alice to edit your memoir pages during the class, consider purchasing the $250 editing package (valued at $800).



D.G. Martin of 1360 WCHL Chapel Hill “Who’s Talking” and UNC-TV’s Bookwatch interviewed myself and NC Writers’ Network Executive Director Ed Southern. Here’s the podcast!


Be one of the first to order Alice’s new book of poetry, Unfinished Projects

(Main Street Rag Publishing Company, release date Jan 2011)

Homer Hickam, author of Rocket Boys/October Sky and The Dinosaur Hunter, says:

“She uses words like a master potter—molding the clay of the mind into vessels that hold not things, but life, place, and time.” Order here for your advanced copy:

($6 + shipping/handling)

Wonderland Book Club, facilitated by Alice Osborn Join us the last Friday of every month to discuss literary fiction and selected nonfiction Location: Cameron Village Library (Room 120) Clark Ave, Raleigh, NC 27605 Friday, June 24 Time: 10:15am – 11:45am Persuasion by Jane Austin More details at at