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The 24th Annual South Carolina Writers’ Workshop Conference in Myrtle Beach, SC

Hilton Myrtle Beach ResortLocation: Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort, 10000 Beach Resort Drive, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
Friday, Oct 24–Sunday, Oct 26, 2014
Registration starts at $235 (Member Rate)
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South Carolina Writers’ Workshop (SCWW) is proud to host the 24th 3-day writers’ conference in Myrtle Beach. The conference offers writers in various genres the opportunity to meet accomplished and acclaimed professionals in the field of literature. Package plans are available. Meals, social hours including cocktails and music, author book signings, exhibits, and vendors will be part of the events offered. Alice Osborn is teaching three workshops on Saturday, 10/25: “Be the Hero of Your Own Story, A Memoir Writing Sample”; “Intro Into Comedy Writing”;” Marketing Yourself Like a Rock Star.” For more info, contract for more information or contact


Wonderland Book Club, Co-sponsored by the NC Writers’ Network Presents Author Jason Mott, The Jason MottReturned

Location: Center for Excellence, 3803-B Computer Dr. Suite 106, Raleigh, NC
Friday October 31, 2014 Time: 10:00 a.m.–noon
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NC WriteThe Returnedrs’ Network board member Jason Mott will present about his New York Times bestseller, The Returned. He holds an MFA from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, his poetry and fiction have appeared in various literary journals, and he was nominated for a 2009 Pushcart Prize award and Entertainment Weekly listed him as one of their “10 New Hollywood: Next Wave” people to watch. The Returned is being published in more than thirteen languages. The Returned is Jason’s debut novel and has been optioned by Brad Pitt’s production company, Plan B. The series aired last March on ABC network under the title Resurrection. Harold and Lucille Hargrave’s eight-year-old son, Jacob, died tragically in 1966. In their old age they’ve settled comfortably into life without him … until one day Jacob mysteriously appears on their doorstep—flesh and blood, still eight years old. Join us for the book club discussion and then join us afterwards for lunch as we continue the conversation with the author.
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One Day Women’s Writing Retreat

Location: Private home in North Raleigh (you’ll receive the directions once your registration is complete)Alice Osborn, Raleigh Author
Sunday, November 2, 2014 Time: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $49, spaces limited. Please register early.
Includes coffee and fruit in the morning and a lovely lunch with a glass of wine
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Give yourself the gift of writing time before the holiday rush. Empowered women are powerful writers. Together over the course of the day, we’ll delve into our stories of defining moments, healing and self-discovery. Enrich your writing practice with two morning sessions of creative writing lessons facilitated by experienced workshop and retreat leader, Alice Osborn, followed by three hours of uninterrupted time to work on your novel, journal, poems, or memoir. Continuing and intermediate writers welcome.


Writing Your Memoir with Alice Osborn

Location: West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary, NC 27519
Thursday, November 5, 2014 Time: 7-8:30 p.m.
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, but RSVP at 919-463-8500

Diary 140When you write your memoir you are the hero. You have overcome obstacles, experienced failures, braved the elements and have come out on top. In this free program, you’ll learn how you can harness the power of your hero’s journey for future generations. In-class writing exercises and gentle feedback from experienced writing teacher Alice Osborn will help you generate memorable prose using all of your senses. Alice will help you create a gripping beginning as you recover childhood memories and deal with painful material without coming off as a victim. We invite all levels of writers to join us. Alice is an author of three books of poetry and has taught memoir for over eight years to hundreds of writers around the corner and around the world.


Peak City Book Festival Reading and Writing Rodeo

Location: Halle Cultural Arts Center of ApexHalle Cultural Arts Center of Apex
237 N. Salem St., Apex, NC 27502
Saturday, Nov 8 11:00 a.m to 5 p.m.
Free and Open to the Public

Peak City Publishing and the Halle Cultural Arts Center co-sponsor the 2nd Annual Literary Festival with the goal of bringing readers, writers and artists together to collaborate, learn and share literacy initiatives in the community. Featuring a Q&A with author/editor Alice Osborn, Li’ Wranglers Corral: Craft Activities and Story Time, “Writing a Children’s Book” with Dolly Sickles, author of Peggy Noodle, Hula Hoop Queen and instructor at Wake Tech Community College, and much, much more! More info here:


Main Street Rag Open Mic Series at So & So Books featuring poet Bruce LaderBruce Lader, Author

Location: So & So Books, 704 N Person St. Raleigh, NC 27604
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 from 7:30-9:30 p.m.
(Social Hour is at The Station at Person Street from 6:30 p.m. till 7:15 p.m.)

Bring poems, stories, or essays to read to this Third Wednesday monthly event. Twelve people will read for 5 minutes, any literary genre welcome. Our featured reader is Bruce Lader of Raleigh, NC, who will share his latest collection, Fugitive Hope. If you’d like to read at the Open Mic, join us at The Station at Person Street (701 N Person St, across the street from So & So) between 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. for our social hour to put your name on the list. This event is co-sponsored by Main Street Rag Publishing Company and is hosted by Beth Browne, Jane K. Andrews and Alice Osborn.


Wonderland Book Club, Co-sponsored by the NC Writers’ Network

Presents Author Anne Clinard Barnhill, Queen Elizabeth’s Daughter, a novel of Elizabeth IAnne Clinard Barnhill, Author
Location: Center for Excellence, 3803-B Computer Dr. Suite 106, Raleigh, NC
Friday, November 21, 2014 Time: 10:00 a.m.–noon
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC –>To Register Click Here

Queen Elizabeth’s Daughter, a novel of Elizabeth IFrom Anne Barnhill, the author of At the Mercy of the Queen, comes the gripping tale of Mary Shelton, Elizabeth I’s young cousin and ward, set against the glittering backdrop of the Elizabethan court. The powerful British queen loves Mary like a daughter, and like any good mother, she wants her to make a powerful match. The most likely prospect: Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford. But while Oxford seems to be everything the queen admires: clever, polished and wealthy, Mary knows him to be lecherous, cruel, and full of treachery. No matter how hard the queen tries to push her into his arms, Mary refuses. Come join us at Wonderland Book Club for our last live author event of 2014—Anne Barnhill is a veteran guest author of our club and we’re thrilled to have her back! After book club, come join us for lunch where we continue the book conversation and have great networking fun.


The 2014 NC Writers’ Network Fall Conference in Charlotte, NC

Location: Sheraton Charlotte Hotel, 555 S. McDowell St., Charlotte, NC 28204NC Writers Network
Friday, Nov 21 to Sunday, Nov 23
Registration starts at $250 (Member Rate)
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The Fall NCWN Conference attracts hundreds of writers from around the country and provides a weekend full of activities that include a luncheon, an annual banquet, readings, workshop tracks in several genres, open mic sessions, and an exhibit hall packed with literary organizations, presses, and publishers. Conference faculty includes professional writers from North Carolina and beyond. Allan Gurganus, author of Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All will give the Keynote Address. NCWN Board member Alice Osborn is a sponsor.


How to Structure Your Memoir with Belea T. Keeney and Alice Osborn

Location: Center for Excellence, 3803‐B Computer Dr. Ste. 106 Raleigh NC 27609
Saturday, January 17, 2014 Time: 9:30am-12:30pm
Tuition: $49 To Register Click Here

Belea and Alice will help you turn your dramatic real-life events into a compelling story with the arc of a novel.
It takes hard work and courage to record your experiences on the page, and a book-length manuscript poses extra challenges. How do you structure a longer work? How do you capture the people you know and the difficult moments in detail? And how do you keep yourself motivated? Here’s the good news: You don’t have to do it alone. Walk away from this workshop with a clear idea about your memoir’s theme and structure so you can finish writing your memoir in 2015! Note: this workshop is specifically designed for writers who have been working on their memoirs for at least a year.


Alice Osborn, AuthorAdvanced Memoir: Getting Your It Together with Alice Osborn

Location: Center for Excellence, 3803‐B Computer Dr. Ste. 106 Raleigh NC 27609
Thursday, January 22 to Thursday, February 26, 2014 (Class meets for 6 Thursdays) Time: 11:30am—1:30pm
Bring your lunch!    Tuition: $99
Required Reading: Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
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? Get on track with Advanced Memoir: Getting Your It Together with Alice Osborn where you’ll have in-class writing 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 using the Hero’s Journey and turning points. While we’re together, we’ll also read Cheryl Strayed’s memoir Wild. This workshop is best-suited for writers who have previous writing experience or who have been working on their memoirs. Participants bring their own lunch. 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 $500).


Refunds, Cancellations and No Show Policy

There is no penalty for cancellations or class transfers made more than five business days prior to the workshop or event: a full refund will be granted. Cancellations or transfers made one to five business days before the workshop will incur an administrative fee of 25% of the workshop fee. No shows and cancellations made the day of the event (or after) forfeit the entire tuition.


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