New events:


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.


Blake Street Studios Author Showcase featuring Alice OsbornAlice Osborn, Raleigh Author

Location: Blake Street Studios, 300 Blake St., Raleigh, NC 27601 (in City Market downtown Raleigh)
Saturday, October 11, 1:00-4:00 pm
Free and Open to the Public
Refreshments served

Join Belea T. Keeney, Harry James Krebs, Alice Osborn and other local authors as they read and share their work as part of this creative event at Blake Street Studios in the heart of downtown Raleigh’s City Market, off of Moore Square.


Main Street Rag Open Mic Series at So & So Books featuring poet Becky Gould Gibson

Location: So & So Books, 704 N Person St. Raleigh, NC 27604
Wednesday, October 15, 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 PBecky Gibson, NC Poetublic 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, any literary genre welcome. Our featured reader is Becky Gould Gibson of Winston-Salem, NC, who will share her latest collection, Heading Home. 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.


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


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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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:


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.


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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