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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


Main Street Rag Open Mic Series at So & So Books featuring poet Helen Losse

Helen Losse, PoetLocation: So & So Books, 704 N Person St. Raleigh, NC 27604
Wednesday, September 17, 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 Helen Losse of Winston-Salem, NC, who will share her latest collection, Facing a Lonely West. 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.


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

Location: The Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St., Durham, NC
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 Raleigh poet Alice Osborn makes a special appearance at the event and will read poems from her published as well as unpublished works.


Wonderland Book Club, Co-sponsored by the NC Writers’ Network Presents Author L.C. (Charles) Fiore, Green Gospel

L C Fiore authorLocation: Center for Excellence, 3803-B Computer Dr. Suite 106, Raleigh, NC
Friday Sept. 26, 2014 Time: 10:00 a.m.–noon
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L.C. Fiore’s debut novel, Green Gospel, was named First Runner-Up in the 2012 Eric Hoffer Book Awards (General Fiction); short-listed for the 2011 Balcones Fiction Prize; and long-listed for the Crook’s Corner Book Prize (2013). On a rain-swept Florida highway, eco-terrorist Edie Aberdeen is robbed and left for dead. When two police officers rescue her, she offers nothing of where she came from and nothing of what she fled three-thousand miles to leave behind. While recovering from her ordeal, she is taken in by several members of Christ by the Sea, an evangelical mega-church whose pastor preaches a fiery brand of charismatic activism. But the praying in tongues refuse to grant Edie freedom from her dark and ever-encroaching past. Join us for the book club discussion and then join us afterwards for lunch as we continue the conversation with the author.


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
Tuesday, 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.


Market Yourself Like a Rock Star Author with Alice Osborn – Presented by the Charlotte Writers’ Club

Location: Providence United Methodist Church, 2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28211Alice Osborn, Like a Rock Star
Saturday, October 18th Time: 10 a.m to 12:30 p.m.
Fee: $25 for CWC members and $35 for non-members
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This workshop is for both published and yet-to-be published writers who wish to craft a marketing and branding strategy for getting the word out about their books via social media networking, websites, blogs, and the good old-fashioned way with press releases and media contacts. If no one knows who you are, how will they buy your book? Alice Osborn will give tips and tricks from her own experience as a successful published writer/editor and will address publicity/marketing tips for both traditionally and self-published authors. Alice uses social media daily to connect, network and grow her business, which she started six years ago.


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



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