Raleigh St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival

Location: Parade in downtown immediately following is the Festival is in City Plaza, 400 Fayetteville St., Raleigh, NC 27601
Saturday, March 14, 2015 Time: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.Alice Osborn dancing on St. Patrick's Day

The Raleigh St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Wearin’ ‘O the Green Festival Parade celebrate the great St. Patrick and Irish and Celtic traditions and culture. Alice Osborn will be dancing her jigs and reels with Trionoide Academy of Irish Dance. The festival has lots of food and drink, activities for kids on Leprechaun Lane. The Irish Village will have Celtic inspired jewelry and arts and crafts. Live music will be on the Shamrock ‘n Roll Stage on Fayetteville St. and Pipers and Dancers will be at the Celtic Street Stage on Martin Street all afternoon!


Main Street Rag Open Mic Series at So & So Books featuring Kim Hyclak-Blum

Location: So & So Books, 704 N Person St. Raleigh, NC 27604
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. (Social Hour is at The Station at Person Street from 6:30 p.m. till 7:15 p.m. and the open mic starts at 7:30 p.m.)

Open Mic NightBring poems, stories, or essays to read to this Third Wednesday monthly event. Twelve people will read for 5 minutes, and any literary genre is welcome. Our featured reader is Kim Hyclak-Blum from Charlotte, North Carolina who will read from her most recent work, In the Garden of Love and Death. If you would like to read your work 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.


Writer’s Night in the Forest with Alice Osborn

How to Rock Your Fiction Writing
Location: Renaissance Centre, 405 South Brooks Street, Wake Forest, NC 27587
Thursday, March 19, 2015 Time: 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Free and Open to the PublicAlice Osborn photo2

Join author mentor and fiction editor Alice Osborn at the Renaissance Centre for an invigorating workshop on fiction writing. Fiction begins with the main character wanting something so badly it hurts. Your job as the writer is to make life very difficult for your main character so a fresh and inventive plot and story will emerge without cliché. We’ll discuss the craft of storytelling, along with point of view, setting, dialogue and pacing. Alice will give a few prompts to strengthen and support your work. All levels of fiction writers are encouraged to attend. Alice is an experienced fiction book editor and fiction ghostwriter who has guided scores of novelists on the traditional and independent path to publication.


Wonderland Book Club, co-sponsored by the NC Writers’ Network  Presents Author Belea T. Keeney , author of The Tiger Whisperer

Location: Center for Excellence, 3803-B Computer Dr. Suite 106, Raleigh, NC
Friday, March 27, 2015 Time: 10:00–noon
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Belea T KeeneyJoin us as we welcome Belea T. Keeney of Apex, North Carolina, who will discuss her novel, The Tiger Whisperer. Belea_Tiger WhispererJared Montaine owns a big cat rescue in Florida and faces financial pressures, getting over his ex-wife, and the challenge of suburbia creeping ever closer to his enclave for the animals. But when a tornado wrecks part of the refuge, Jared’s worst fear comes to life: his Siberian tiger, Sultan, escapes. Jared races against the police, the media, and the hysterical public, all of whom are clamoring for the tiger’s hide. He must re-capture Sultan before the cat is killed—by traffic, by SWAT, or by a civilian who just wants to shoot a tiger. With fellow wildlife handlers at his side, Jared fights desperately to find and capture Sultan before the tiger injures or kills a human. Jared’s commitment is tested: to his animals, his refuge, and his belief that saving the life of even one tiger is worth losing everything.


Correspondence Course with Alice Osborn for Fiction, Memoir and Poetry

$1200 for 12 months (that’s only $100/month!) — or $600 in two payments for Fiction and Memoir
$600 for 12 months (that’s only $50/month!) — or $300 in two payments for Poetry
Self-paced year-long class begins April 15th 2015—April 15th 2016
To Register Click Here

Do you want to write/finish your book this year?
MailmanDo you have a dream of getting published?
Do you need help navigating the publication maze?

This correspondence class is perfect for fiction, memoir and poetry writers who want a one-on-one writing/editing session with Alice, but don’t necessarily live in North Carolina or need more accountability with their writing practice. Writers submit 1 piece per month based on Alice’s emailed writing prompt, up to 20 pages, double-spaced (or one poem, single-spaced). Then the critique is emailed back to the participant. With published author Alice Osborn as your writing coach you’ll improve your writing and get published this year!

Editor and Author Alice Osborn will:

Help you with the writing process/ Be your accountability partner
Strengthen and tone your writing
Help you with marketing and publishing your book


Book Launch for Creatures of Habitat Featuring the NC Authors from the New Anthology from Main St. Rag

Location: So & So Books, 704 N Person St. Raleigh, NC 27604
Wednesday, April 15 Time: 6:30-9pm
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and refreshments served

Celebrate the launch of Creatures of Habitat, a Main Street Rag anthology filled with poems, essays and stories about homes and houses edited by Alice Osborn. During this special edition of the Main St. Rag Open Mic Series, you’ll hear the NC authors and editor of Creatures of Habitat voice their contributions to the anthology as well as have a chance of winning door prizes and participating in the open mic (limited to 8 readers), immediately following the readings. Did we mention the amazing wine and cheese reception prior to the readings—come for that too!


Free Critique Session with Belea T. Keeney and Alice Osborn

CentAlice Osborn, Raleigh Authorer for Excellence
3803‐B Computer Dr. Ste. 106Belea T Keeney
Raleigh NC 27609
Saturday, April 18, 2015 Time: 9:30-12:30pm
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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.  Fee: FREE, but you must register prior to the session. Limit 12. Refreshments served


One Day Women’s Writing Retreat with a Focus on Poetry Celebrate National Poetry Month!

Location: Private home in North Raleigh (you’ll receive the directions once your registration is complete)
Sunday, April 26, 2015 Time: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Fee: $99, spaces limited. Please register early.
Includes coffee and fruit in the morning & a lovely lunch with a glass of wine
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Give yourself the gift of a full day to dive into poetry writing exercises in the morning followed by three hours of uninterrupted writing time. Raleigh Author, Alice OsbornCapping off the afternoon will be an open mic with moderated feedback. Even if you’re a fiction or memoir writer, poetry will help you discover a fresh insight into an old idea by performing acrobatics with your words. You just might learn something cool about yourself! The poetry workshop will be facilitated by published poet and poetry workshop leader, Alice Osborn. All participants will leave with several poems in this creative, yet casual atmosphere. Using many classic and contemporary poems as inspiration, the in-class writing exercises, road-tested prompts and gentle feedback from Alice will help you generate memorable poetry using all of your senses. Alice is an award-winning poet and mentor who has guided scores of poets on the path to publication. All writing levels and genres welcome on this retreat.



Sunday, April 26th at the Joyful Jewel 44-A Hillsboro St., Pittsboro

The Joyful Jewel invites writers of all ages and levels to come to the gallery, pen in hand. See which piece of art, jewelry, or craft will inspire your words for a poem, an impression, or a short bit of writing (max 10 minutes to read aloud). You’re welcome to view creative works from our artists any time during our shoppe hours Monday –Saturday 10:30 – 5:30 or Sunday 12 – 4pm. Before you leave, please let us know which piece you are writing about, the artist & the title of the art, so we can take a picture of it to have in case the piece is sold in the meantime.

Submission Guidelines: Submit your writing by email no later than April 4. Please submit your writing along with: 1) your name, 2) telephone number, (3) email address, 4) title of your writing, 5) artist & title of the artwork that inspired you and 6) whether you agree for us to publish this writing in a booklet that might be for sale. Submit to: mariah.joyfuljewel@gmail.com We’ll collect the writings and pictures of the art in a booklet to display at the Joyful Jewel. Plan to come to the Joyful Jewel on Sunday, April 26th to present your writing. Hopefully, the artist whose work inspired you will present along with you.


Refunds, Cancellations and No Show Policy

Revised Refund Policy as of 1/22/15

Any refunds will incur an administrative fee of 50% of the workshop fee or will receive a full credit toward a future workshop if cancelled more than 5 days before the workshop. Cancellations made one to five business days before the workshop forfeit the entire tuition or will receive a 50% credit toward a future workshop. No shows and cancellations made the day of the event (or after) forfeit the entire tuition and any future credit.


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