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Sunday, March 24, 2019

Minutes: March 2019

Here are the March WMO meeting notes and forward-looking information. WMO meets at 1 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month in the backroom of in Pittsboro. Come early for lunch, literary gossip, and then the meeting. Send comments, updates, or questions to Rick Bylina. Al Manning opened the meeting by welcoming guests and noting upcoming events. Dwayne Wells proudly showed his new book “Backstage at ‘The Lost Colony’”

March’s feature presentation was “Developing your own Style Sheet and Standardizing Your Punctuation Practices” by Judith Stanton. Novelist, poet, and scholar, Judith has also worked as a technical editor and an acquiring editor for an E-press. She loves talking about style, usage, grammar, and punctuation. Her example author Style Sheet for Wendy Lindstorm is attached. (  Her message: make your own style sheet appropriate to your material and limit those mistakes later. Here are the links to sentence punctuation and hyphens.

April’s feature presentation is “YOU”. Bring your or a favorite poem or prose piece for an OPEN MIC. 5-6 minutes in length, including your intro, reading, and follow-up. It is, after all, Poetry Month.

May’s feature presentation is “So You Want To Self-Publish Your Book And You Don’t Know Squat” by Rick Bylina. An umbrella presentation on how to get started with copious references to additional resources. A Chatham County author, Rick has self-published seven books and has a website that needs a serious update.

Writing-related Timely Events. Got one? Let Rick Bylina know.

*03/19. 4:30 p.m. “Stories that Matter” University Room, Hyde Hall, UNC. Center for the Study of the American South.

*03/22-24. The High Road Festival of Poetry and Fiction in Winston-Salem.

*03/31 Deadline. Joyful Jewell’s call for “Vision & Voice” submission.

*03/31 Deadline. Raleigh Review is accepting poetry, flash, and short fiction for Fall 2019 issue.

*03/31 Deadline. Bosque Journal is accepting short fiction from old farts (40+) for contest/publication.

*04/01 Deadline. Alex Albright Creative Nonfiction Prize. No submission fee. Theme “expatriate” writers.

*April. Get published during Poetry Month. WMO is looking to publish a poem per day on the blog. This counts as you being published. WMO retains for publication rights for the month of April 2019. Send poems to Al Manning.

*04/14. 2 p.m. Book Launch. “Death in Delmarva” a mystery by Caroline Taylor at McIntyre’s Fine Books.

*04/17. Follow this link for details about the NCWN Spring Conference.

*For more about writing-related contests and events, See the NCWN website.

Writing-related Ongoing Events. Got one? Let Rick Bylina know.

*Monthly. 1st Thursdays. 6-8 p.m. “Take Five Poetry and Prose Open Mic.” Karma Boutique and Coffee Bar in Sanford. Five-minute yaks. Questions?:

*Monthly. 3rd Thursdays. 6:30-8:30 p.m. “Pop-Up Poetry”. Pittsboro Center for the Arts, Poetry gabbing and learning.

*Monthly. 4th Sundays. 2 p.m. “NC Poetry Society Poetry Series” McIntyre’s Fine Books, Fearrington Village. Selected poetry, poems, or poets discussions. Questions?:

*Dates vary. Central Carolina Community College —Creative Writing Program writing workshops and courses.

*Ongoing. Performances and programs at the Pittsboro Center For The Arts and Sweet Bee Theater. Check back often.

Bonus Item. If you write flash fiction, you need to read this interview with Pamelyn Casto.

Official Stuff. Got a future topic suggestion or a comment about this notification, email Rick Bylina:

The NCWN sponsors WMO. Al Manning is WMO Head Brain. WMO’s blog:

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

February WMO

Chatham/Lee WMO meets Saturday, Feb. 16, 1:00 PM at the Greek Kouzina.  Come early, have lunch, and enjoy the discussions with other writers.
All writers in Chatham and Lee countries are invited.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Writers’ Morning Out

Pittsboro/Lee Writers’ Morning Out will meet Saturday, January 19, 1:00 PK at the Greek Kouzina.  Come early for lunch and discussion with other writers.
Rick Bylina will give a presentation, and lead the discussion on self-editing.

Writers’ Morning Out is sponsored by the North Carolina Writers’ Network.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Morning After Christmas

Twas the morning after Christmas
And all through the house
The children were sleeping
All quiet as a mouse.

The stockings we had hung
By the fireplace with care
Now look forlorn
Cause there’s just nothing there.

Toys, blocks and legos
Were strewn on the floor
Totally surrounded 
By wrapping paper galore.

I slumped on the sofa
My hangover was bad
As I tried to remember 
How much fun we had.

Then out on the lawn
I heard such a clatter
I stumbled to my feet
To see what was the matter.

I spotted Santa getting out
Of a big limousine
The look on his face
Was the worst I had ever seen.

He looked at me sadly
With a shake of his head
“You ain’t gonna believe
What my GPS said.”

“Nothing in this world can 
Make me get over my stress
Many presents I delivered
Were to the wrong address.”

“They want me to fix this
Now, today.
I’ve got news for them
I ain’t gonna play.”

“There’s a new outfit in town
That can take over my chore
You probably know it already
It’s called Amazon store.”

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Happy Holiday Time

Considering the time of year, here are some definitions to assist your writing:

Definitions every writer should know:

Merry Christmas English
Feliz Navidad Spanish
Buon Natale Italian
Frohliche Weinachten German
Joyeux Noel French
Gelukkig Kerstfeest Dutch
Nollaig Shona Irish
Merikurismasu Japanese
Mele Kalikimaka Hawaiian
Schastivogo  Russian

And just for the truly brilliant scholars:
Errymay ristmaschay

Anyway, ENJOY.

Monday, November 12, 2018

WMO-November 17

Writers’ Morning Out meets Saturday, November 17, 1:00 PM at
Greek Kouzina.  Come early and have lunch and discussions with other writers.


Is there a difference between a “multiple submission” and a “simultaneous submission?”
Are “first rights” better than “one-time rights?”
These are contract terms every writer should know.
We will look at these terms and definitions and see why writers need to understand them.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

WMO October 20

Writers’ Morning Out meets Saturday, October 20, 1:00 at Greek Kouzina in Pittsboro.

Our program is a fun one.  We call it Slush-Pile live. What is a Slush-Pile?  It’s that pile of unsolicited manuscripts on the desk of a publisher, who must read all these to determine if any are worth follow-up or should be rejected
We’re going to imitate that procedure.  Submit your work as directed below. Randomly submissions will be read to our panel of judges who are filling the role of publisher.
If the judges find fault they will explain why they voted to reject that submission, or why they think that submission has real promise.

If you want to participate here are the rules.
I page, typed, double-spaced.  Any genre.  No ID on page 1.
Name, of author and title of work on page 2.
FOUR COPIES.  One for the reader and three for the judges.
The reader will randomly select one and read it to the judges.

Writers’ Morning Out is sponsored by the North Carolina Writer’s Network.