Locations of Site Visitors

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Writers' Morning Out


Change in meeting location.  We can no longer meet at the Carolina Brewery due to new construction there. We will meet at  the Greek Kouzina , 964 East Street. (next door to the YMCA)

Pittsboro Writers’ Morning Out will meet Saturday, December 10,   2016, 1:00 PM.

Program:  Open Mic.   Bring something short and Christmassy to share.  Let us get into the holiday season.

Come early and have lunch.

 All writers, any genre are invited.

See the North Carolina Writers’ Network website for information about conferences, contests and submission opportunities:

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

Friday, November 18, 2016

Submission Opportunity

The 2017 Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition is now open for submissions. This contest awards $1,500 in prizes to a piece of lasting nonfiction that is outside the realm of conventional journalism and has relevance to North Carolinians.

 Subjects may include traditional categories such as reviews, travel articles, profiles or interviews, place/history pieces, or culture criticism.
The first-, second-, and third-place winners will receive $1,000, $300, and $200 respectively. The winning entry will be considered for publication by Ecotone.

For full guidelines, and to submit, click here.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Poetry Contest Winner

Each year we post the winning entry for our Poetry contest. This year's winner is Bonnie Korta.   
The theme this year was "The Long Hot Summer."

Summer Splintered 
My summer ruined 
its softness destroyed by sharp forces 
June's laser ballet behind my eye
July's humerus bone in jagged smithereens
August's regrets gnawing at my soul
their forked tongues have sucked all the sugar out

I am captive in summer's humid envelope
like a butterfly in a Mason jar
able to see the season blooming all around me
yet unable to open myself to her short lived beauty

No sashaying bright frocks
no outdoor music at Bynum or Saxapahaw
no skinny dipping in pools of redemption
no inhaling roses in the garden I promised myself 
no picnics or hikes or vacations 

Porch bound spectator, I dive into self pity 
not knowing if these few moments of splendor 
will be my last summer 
out of the corner of my sidelined eye
glimpse of iridescence, ruby and jade
a hummingbird's wing fluttering, a whirligig
same speed, same sheen my brother once owned

How his heart would leap
to sweat under this brute sun 
take delight in the return of the honeybee
marvel at the strange purple flower shooting up among the weeds 
alive again for just one hour in this long hot summer 

I pray that he is one of the winged creatures 
ruffling the zinnias of my discontent on this wasted afternoon
I know it is my duty as his agent, representing all my dead 
to move my eyes across the panorama of all our summers 
seize the remains of this one while it still blazes
rejoice in the grace I do not deserve

Sunday, October 23, 2016

WMO location change

WMO will no longer meet at the Carolina Brewery, due to construction changes to the Barley Lounge.

Beginning on November 12, we will meet at the Greek Kouzina, 964 East Street, next door to the YMCA. Meeting time will still be 1:00 PM. Come early to enjoy lunch.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Arts Council Fellowships


Applications are now being accepted for $10,000 fellowships for writers, offered by the North Carolina Arts Council. Categories include prose (fiction and creative non-fiction), poetry, and playwrighting/screenwriting. The deadline is November 1, 2016. To qualify, applicants must have been North Carolina residents for the year leading up to the deadline date; must be physically present in the state for the majority of the grant period (July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018), and must not be enrolled in a degree-granting program at the time of application.

The primary criteria for consideration is the artistic merit of the applicants’ work.

Please visit and follow the link for writers. Songwriters and composers are also eligible; follow the appropriate links for more information.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Writers' Morning Out

Pittsboro Writers' Morning Out will meet on Saturday, September 10 at 1:00 PM

Program: "Why not read some poetry" with Ralph Earle, poet and instructor in the Creative Writing Program at CCCC.

All writers, any genre are invited.

Come early if you plan to have lunch.

The 2016 North Carolina Writers' Network Fall Conference is November 4-6 at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley. Registration is now open at:  

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Writers' Morning Out

Writers' Morning Out meets Saturday, August 13, 1:00 PM in the Barley Lounge of The Carolina Brewery.

All writers are invited.

Come early if you plan on lunch with the other writers.

Program:  Writers' Block.   What is it?  What causes it? What can you do to defeat it?

Monday, August 1, 2016

Take 5

1st Thursday Take 5
Poetry and Prose Open mic.

Karma Boutique and Coffee Bar
131 Wicker St., Sanford, NC

6:00 PM - 8:00 on first Thursday of every month.

Open mic signup begins at 5:30 PM

This month's gathering hosted by Sanford poet, Laura Younger.

Take 5

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Book Sale

Pat Dawson at Paperbacks Plus in Siler City has a great book sale going on. If you go in , tell her Judith Stanton referred you and she'll give you an extra 20% discount.  Also check out the special sales bin in the back room, where prices are going down to $.50 a book.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Pittsboro Writers' Morning Out

Writers' Morning Out meets Saturday, July 9, 1:00 PM in the Barley Lounge at the Carolina Brewery.

Program:  Fifty Shades of Green: Can you make money writing romance, erotic romance or erotica?  And how to tell the difference.

All writers, any genre, are incited. Come early and have lunch with the group.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Writers' Morning Out

Pittsboro Writers' Morning Out meets Saturday, June 11 1:00 PM in the Barley Lounge at Carolina Brewery.

All writers, any genre, any level of experience are invited.

Come early and have lunch with the group.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Submission Party

Join Anne Anthony and Ron Jackson to learn the finer details of how to submit your writing to literary magazines and journals. The party includes a short lesson on Flash Fiction, after which you'll select a prompt to write a 25-word story. You'll swap stories with the other partygoers.

You'll also learn about different ways to submit and track your stories and poems, and concludes by sending off your flash fiction to be considered for publication.

Ideally bring your charged laptop to connect with the Library's WiFi network, although paper and pen are fine also. This workshop is geared to the beginning writer, but writers at any level are encouraged to attend.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 21, 2016 from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM.
WHERE: Chapel Hill Library, 100 Library drive, Chapel Hill

This workshop is FREE and open to any writer at any level.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

                            The Salutary Effects of Poetry

Poetry, per se, these days will never make me wealthy;
but a poem a day consumed, I say, is key to staying healthy.

There's something in the well-turned phrase
or in the measured line
that lifts the spirit in such ways
approximating wine.
There's ecstasy in metaphor,
a state of grace imbued
when words in combination form
a heightened amplitude.

The body takes its nourishment
from what it can digest,
in meats, in grains, in nutriments
that make for stalwartness.
But souls subsist on sweeter things
than what can tease the tongue;
and poetry that soars and sings
keeps old men feeling young.


© by Mike Orlock.
Used with the author’s permission.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Saturday is Independent Bookstore Day

Saturday, April 30, is Independent Bookstore Day, an event celebrated by more than 400 independent book stores in NC.

Support your local bookstore.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Poem for the Day

The Scheme
Gone is the ear splitting quiet that did enthrall
And corrupted by
Angry voices on lifting breezes—
Deer in the woods loudly sneezes—
Jazz fusion from late sixties.

Country, exurbia, bows to suburban crawl
Offending my eye
With noises cities exude—
Electrical hum so rude—
Famished fauna search for food.

Embrace power outage; the forced silence it brings
Appreciate those
Whispers floating down the street—
Bird glides at a bite to eat—
Rocking chair with tea and treat.

Generator spits and interrupts everything
Salutes life we chose
Light pollution pours like rain—
Fidgety squirrel bolts insane—
Lost the life I sought to gain.

My future’s unwritten, and when I sleep, I dream
Of our conveniences bowing to nature’s scheme.

Rick Bylina