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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.


Kakalak Reading at Flyleaf Books with Poet Alice Osborn

Location: Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd., Chapel Hill
Saturday, December 6, 2014 Time: 2:00-4 p.m.
–>Open to the Public

Please join the Kakalak editors, poets, and artists to celebrate, Kakalak 2014, which is an annual publication of poetry and art by North and South Carolina writers and artists, edited by Beth Ann Cagle, Lisa Zerkle, and Richard Allen Taylor. Alice Osborn will be reading her poem, “Chorus: The Hero of Acheron.”


County Lines Literary Reading and Book Launch Party with Poet Alice OsbornAlice_facebook

Location: Vance Granville Community College, 8100 N. C. 56 Highway (Building 4), Louisburg, NC
Thursday, December 11, 2014 Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
–>Open to the Public

The Franklin County Arts Council Writers Guild presents the launch party and reading for the Second Edition of County Lines: A Literary Journal. On the program will be readings by the contributors, refreshments and books will be available for purchase $10.00 each. Alice Osborn will read her poems “Coffee Ode,” “Midnight Meeting at the Crossroads near Clarksdale, Mississippi,” and “Dick’s Ode.” More information available at


The 8th Annual Celtic Christmas at Tir na nOg Presents Rince Go Halainn Irish Dance Academy

Wrapped Gift - Alice OsbornLocation: Tir Na Nog Irish Pub, 218 S Blount St, Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
Sunday, December 14, 2014 Time: 4 to 8 p.m.
Free admission with an unwrapped gift to support Kids Need Christmas

Join us for the 8th Annual Celtic Christmas at Tir na nOg featuring Alice Osborn and the Rince Go Halainn Irish Dance Academy dancers, as well as local Celtic vendors, traditional Irish music, plus the Wake & District Christmas band performance. A traditional Irish dinner will be served as well favorites from the regular menu. This event is in loving memory of Andrew and Christopher Britton. Call (919) 833-7795 to make your stage side dinner reservation.


Main Street Rag Open Mic Series at So & So Books Featuring David T. Manning

Location: So & So Books, 704 N Person St. Raleigh, NC 27604Open Mic Night
Wednesday, December 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.)

–>Open to the Public and ALL WRITING GENRES WELCOME

Bring 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 David T. Manning of Cary, NC, who will share his latest collection, Soledad.
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.


Wonderland Book Club Holiday Open HouseRed and Green Wrapped Gifts

Co-sponsored by the NC Writers Network
Location: Center for Excellence, 3803-B Computer Dr. Suite 106, Raleigh, NC
Friday, December 19, 2014 Time: 10:00–noon
To Register Click Here

This is our final meeting of the year where we exchange wrapped used books, eat holiday cookies and present the reading/author schedule for 2015! OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and especially folks who are interested in learning what we have to offer which is a fabulous forum for readers, writers and live author discussions. More details at


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.
To Register Click Here 

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).


One Day Women’s Writing Retreat with a Focus on Fiction

Location: Private home in North Raleigh (you’ll receive the directions once your registration is complete)Retreat 2013 Bend of Ivy Lodge 005
Sunday, January 25, 2015 Time: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $99, spaces limited. Please register early.
Includes coffee and fruit in the morning & a lovely lunch with a glass of wine
To Register Click Here

Give yourself the gift of writing time in the New Year! Enrich your writing practice with a morning session of fiction techniques led by author/editor Alice Osborn, followed by three hours of uninterrupted time to work on your novel and short stories. 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 prompts to strengthen and support your work. Alice is an experienced fiction book editor who has guided scores of novelists on the traditional and independent path to publication. Continuing and intermediate fiction writers are welcome.


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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