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Memoir: The Next Level with Alice Osborn

Wonderland Book Club, Co-sponsored by the NC Writers’ Network Presents Author A.J. (Anna Jean) Mayhew, The Dry Grass of August

Location: Center for Excellence, 3803-B Computer Dr. Suite 106, Raleigh, NC Anna Jean (A.J.) Mayhew
Friday, July 25, 2014 Time: 10:00 a.m.–noon
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Join us for July’s Wonderland Book Club as Charlotte-born author A.J. (Anna Jean) Mayhew joins us for our discussion of her debut novel, The Dry Grass of August. On a scorching day in August 1954, thirteen-year-old Jubie Watts leaves Charlotte, North Carolina, with her family for a Florida vacation. Crammed into the Packard along with Jubie are her three siblings, her mother, and the family’s black maid, Mary Luther. Jubie takes note of the anti-integration signs they pass and of the racial tension that builds as they journey further south. But she could never have predicted the shocking turn their trip will take. More information about ordering the book and book club discussion questions are at


Celebrate Poetry in Plain Sight featuring Alice Osborn

Location: Barnhill’s Books, 811 Burke Street, Winston-Salem, NC
Saturday, August 2, 2014 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Open to the Public, Light Refreshments Served

Alice Osborn and three North Carolina poets (Glenn Cassidy, Val Nieman, Joyce Brown) and will read their poems selected for the Poetry Plain Sight Project for August and all attendees will receive a map of the poster locations. This is an innovative program that brings poetry to downtown Winston-Salem and it is endorsed by the Downtown Arts District Association of Winston-Salem. Four poems are chosen each month and displayed on posters in 16 shop windows throughout Winston-Salem’s Arts District and downtown. With the Poetry in Plain Sight project, Winston Salem Writers, a group of writers who write fiction, non-fiction, plays and poetry and who care about the art and craft of writing, in collaboration with Press 53 and Barnhill’s Books, seeks to support North Carolina poets and bring poetry to a wider audience.


Kick Start Your Memoir: The Next Level with Alice Osborn

Location: Center for Excellence, 3803‐B Computer Dr. Ste. 106 Raleigh NC Diary 140
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).


Coffee Talk Art Opening Presenting Artist Deb Wuliger Featuring Poet Alice Osborn

Location: Durham Arts Council
Friday, August 15, 2014 Time: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Open to the public and refreshments served

Celebrate the opening of artist Deb Wuliger’s “Coffee Talk Series” at the Durham Arts Council during Durham’s Third Friday Art Walk. This exhibit also features the poetry of Alice Osborn, Cherryl T. Cooley, Arthur Powers, Bianca Diaz, and A. Kat Reece in collaboration with Deb’s work. See the Coffee Talk paintings here: Durham Third Friday is always a great time to gallery hop and check out everything downtown Durham has to offer in terms of food, art and culture.


Main Street Rag Open Mic Series at So & So Books Featuring Poet Maureen Sherbondy

Location: So & So Books, 704 N Person St. Raleigh, NC 27604
Thursday, August 20, 2014 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. (Social Hour is at Piebird from 6:30 p.m. till 7:15 p.m.)
Open to the Public

Alice3Bring poems, stories, or essays to read to this monthly event on the first Thursday of every month. Twelve people will read for 5 minutes. Our featured reader is Raleigh poet and educator Maureen Sherbondy, author of seven books, most recently After the Fairy Tale. In order to read, come to Piebird (618 N Person St) 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 Elaine Neil Orr, A Elaine Neil Orr
Different Sun

Location: Center for Excellence, 3803-B Computer Dr. Suite 106, Raleigh, NC
Friday, August 29, 2014 Time: 10:00 a.m.–noon
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Set in 1853, this novel centers around Emma, from a slave-holding family in Georgia and Henry, a former Texas RaA Different Sunnger and now a missionary. Newly married, they leave for West Africa and this is where their faith and trust are tested at every turn. Author Marjorie Hudson says, “This novel turns Emma’s life on its head, letting in the light of a different sun, a brighter sun. Beautifully written, compassionate, and accurate, the novel draws on historical research into the life of a missionary woman and the author’s heart-home in Africa, where she was raised, a young white American, among Yoruba people. A truly satisfying tale in a morally complex world.” Elaine Neil Orr’s website is


Book Launch for author Eric Shonkwiler with a special appearance by poet Alice Osborn

Location: The Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St., Durham, NC 27705
Monday, September 22, 2014 Time: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Meet novelist Eric Shonkwiler ( while he visits the Triangle on his national tour for his debut novel, Above All Men. Raleigh poet Alice Osborn makes a special appearance at the event and will read poems from her published as well as unpublished works.


Write and Publish Your Memoir Like a Rock Star with Belea T. Keeney and Alice Osborn

Location: Center for Excellence, 3803‐B Computer Dr. Ste. 106 Raleigh NC 27609
Saturday, Oct. 7, 2014 Time: 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.—Refreshments servedChild Rock Star MS Image
Fee: $29, spaces limited. Please register early.
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When you write your memoir you are the rock star of your story. You have overcome obstacles, experienced failures, braved the elements and have come out on top. In this workshop with editors/authors Alice Osborn and Belea T. Keeney, you’ll learn how you can harness the power of your inner rock star by charting your narrative arc, finding your theme and giving your characters a strong voice. This workshop offers fun exercises and guidance to help you write your memoir and launch it out into the world stage for readers. We invite all levels of writers to join us.

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