Student Scholarships

Press Release

Pamlico Writers’ Group Announces Student Scholarships for Annual Writing Conference

The Pamlico Writers’ Group is pleased to announce that it will award 5 tuition-free work scholarships to high school or college students who would like to attend the 2020 Spring Writers’ Conference. This year’s theme is Writers’ Blocks: Building Your Vision. The applicants will need to furnish the following for submission.

  • An original prose or poetry writing sample no longer than 500 words, which may be an excerpt from a larger work
  • The name and email of a teacher who will recommend you
  • A short letter of introduction

All successful applicants will be responsible to work in some capacity the weekend of the conference.

Pertinent documents may be submitted electronically to Eileen Lettick, PWG Scholarship Chair, email: eileenlettick@, no later than March 1, 2020.  Please reference email with “Student Scholarship” in the subject box.

To learn more about workshop presenters and monthly critique meetings, follow Pamlico Writers Group on Facebook.

For more information contact:

Eileen Lettick,     252-623-1975  or

8th annual Pamlico Writers’ Conference

Preparing for Conference

It is hard to believe this will be our eighth conference. Wow, eight! This is the sixth that I have been a part of. I am so thankful this year that Adrienne Dunning stepped up as chairperson for the conference steering committee. She is doing an awesome job. I’m trying not to micromanage. It is difficult when you have been the one in charge to allow someone else to have their vision.

This year not only are we having the conference, we are also in the process of searching for our next Heart of the Pamlico Poet Laureate. If you are a poet who meets the criteria to be the next ambassador for poetry and literacy in the eastern North Carolina, then check out the qualifications and submit your application. The information is on our website at

Our emcee for Heart of the Pamlico Poet Laureate finale Friday, April 3rd is our present poet laureate, Malika King Albrecht. Keynote speaker and North Carolina Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green will do the honors of introducing our new Heart of the Pamlico Poet Laureate. She will finish the evening with her keynote address. Come for the poet laureate final competition, enjoy our reception in the gallery and check out the authors who’ll have their books on display.

Saturday, April 4th we will have six workshops, open mic and we will end the day with a special award ceremony for the late Marty Silverthorne. Marty was a beloved member of the Pamlico Writers family, a renowned local poet, teacher and mentor, his legacy will continue through his words and deeds. Richard Krawiec and Jacar Publishing would like to honor the family of Marty Silverthorne with the Unsung Poet Award. North Carolina Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green will make the presentation to the family. Several of Marty’s family will read excerpts of his work.

by S.L. Hollister

Heart of the Pamlico Poet Laureate

Could You Be the 2020 Heart of the Pamlico Poet Laureate?

The Pamlico Writers’ Group is pleased to announce its search for a 2020 Heart of the Pamlico Poet Laureate to represent Eastern North Carolina. The Search Committee has determined that the successful candidate for poet laureate will be an accomplished poet who has resided in Eastern North Carolina (east of the I 95 corridor) for a minimum of one (1) year. The candidate will be one who has advocated for poetry as a means to inspire, inform, and entertain its people, and is dedicated to continuing to do so. The Heart of the Pamlico Poet Laureate will serve as the ambassador of Eastern North Carolina’s vibrant literary life, promoting its poetry community, and celebrating the written word in North Carolina, always mindful of the fact that poetry matters.

The finalists will compete for the title and a cash award before a live audience on the evening of April 3rd at the Historic Turnage Theatre in Washington. The competition will kick off the annual writers’ conference. This year’s theme is Writers’ Blocks: Building your Vision. Applications for the distinguished award will be submitted online at .

Submissions open beginning January 5th and continue through March 1, 2020. Please see website for submission guidelines. Follow Pamlico Writers Group on Facebook.

by S.L. Hollister

Not Just For Poets


It’s me again with one more presenter for you to check out. If you haven’t already registered for the upcoming Pamlico Writer’s 7th Annual Writers’ Conference, April 5th & 6th at the Turnage Theatre, Washington, NC, you need to get it done or you’ll miss it. And believe me, you don’t want to do that.

Here’s today’s workshop presenter for you to consider.




ABOUT THIS SESSION: Connecting with our Authentic Selves―Poetic Strategies for Self-Liberation with Robin Greene

Writing well requires a deep connection with our authentic emotional selves, but in our busy daily lives, tapping into that connection is often a challenge. In this 75-minute workshop, Robin Greene will offer poetic strategies designed to help poets connect to their authentic selves and to write without the self-judgment. Robin will discuss the poetic line, the power of specific images, and how ideas can be linked through sound. Intended to liberate both poets and non-poets alike, this workshop will include writing with prompts and sharing in an atmosphere free of taboo and judgment.

Not just for poets!

Robin Greene is Professor of English and Writing and Director of the Writing Center at Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC, where she held the McLean Endowed Chair in English from 2013-2016. Robin has published two collections of poetry (Memories of Light and Lateral Drift), two editions of a nonfiction book (Real Birth: Women Share Their Stories), and a novel (Augustus: Narrative of a Slave Woman). Robin’s second novel, The Shelf Life of Fire, is forthcoming from Light Messages Publishing in spring 2019, and Robin is currently working on a sequel. Robin is a past recipient of a North Carolina-National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Writing, and publishes her poetry, fiction, and nonfiction regularly in literary journals. She’s received two teaching awards, the latest of which, the Cleveland Award, received in 2017, is the most prestigious award offered by her university. Robin has given over a hundred academic presentations, literary readings, and writing workshops in a variety of venues throughout the US, and teaches an annual women’s writing, yoga, and meditation retreat in Oaxaca, Mexico. Additionally, Robin is a registered yoga teacher (RYT200), co-founder and editor of Longleaf Press, and co-founder of Sandhills Dharma Group, a Buddhist meditation group. She holds a M.A. in English from Binghamton University and a M.F.A. in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Art at Norwich University.

Time’s running out, so you need to check out our website for more information and to register for the conference.

Here are two more links for our Facebook and Twitter pages:

Hope to see you at the conference.


Why Should I Develope a Press Kit? And What’s Involved.

Hello Again,

I have another workshop presenter to share with you today. I hope your decisions for which of the workshops attend is easier for you, because I’d like to take them all. Check out today’s post.






ABOUT THIS SESSION: “Be Prepared” isn’t just a motto for Boy Scouts with Sherri Lupton-Hollister

The importance of developing a Press Kit, even before becoming a published author, no matter your genre. When I first decided I wanted to be a published author, the first thing I was told was I needed an active presence on social media. So, I went on Facebook. Later I joined Twitter and Linked In and started my own WordPress blog. Okay, I’m on, now what? It is the “now what” we need to plan ahead of time. From your biographies (yes you will need more than one) to excerpts from your books. A Press Kit can save time and your sanity. This information that will sell and promote you and your book/books. Taking the time before you are frantically trying to come up with something on the spot, will help you sound confident and professional.

This class is geared to published authors (and poets) and those hoping to be published soon.

Author, Sherri Lupton-Hollister is the present chairperson of the Pamlico Writers’ Group. She is also a member of Romance Writers of America, where she holds the rank of PAN (published author network). She hosts the Book in a Week challenge each month with local RWA chapter, the Heart of Carolina.

Her second book, “White Gold,” the sequel to “Chrome Pink,” is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Follow Sherri on social media and on her website

Remember to check out our website for more information and to register for the conference.

Here are two more links for our Facebook and Twitter pages:

See you at the conference.


Should You Write Only What You Know? Maybe Not.

Hey There,

I’m back again to share with you another peek at one more of our workshop presenters. Check it out.





ABOUT THIS SESSION: “Giving Voice to the Voiceless” with Paloma A. Capanna

Writers are often called upon to write for or about “others” – other people, animals, environment, and causes. This workshop will offer the opportunity to debate and discuss questions around whether to limit your writing to “what you know,” how to get those who are reluctant to speak on their own behalf to speak to you, and how your life – and that of your subject – can change as a result. It is recommended, but not required, that participants watch the documentary “Booker’s Place” in advance of the conference.

Ideal for intermediate to advanced writers, whether fiction, non-fiction, poetry or news media.

Paloma A. Capanna is the author of “Nearly Fifty,” a collection of essays about how to survive living life and all of its messy, unscheduled, impossible challenges.  After 25 years as a courtroom attorney, Paloma is now sharing her insights on how to be unafraid in moving through life.

Among current writing projects is the upcoming chapbook “#HurricanePoetry” for which she and Susan Schmidt will serve as co-editors of poetry written about hurricanes submitted by people across the state.  The publication will be a fundraiser for relief efforts on the ground in Carteret County, NC.

Paloma is also the new Emcee of the Carteret Writers monthly “Open Mic.”  The spoken word of poetry at open mic has been Paloma’s leading creative writing outlet for decades.  She is also a Board-Member-at-Large to this non-profit organization.

Paloma’s work as an attorney centered around civil rights issues on the privacy of mental health records from undocumented government intrusion.  She also forged inroads into the intersection of privacy, due process, and equal protection vis-à-vis the Second Amendment.  Cases in which Paloma represented individual plaintiffs have reached as far as the United States Supreme Court.  Paloma has published and spoken at national conferences about her field, and is the recipient of related awards, including the “Defender of the Constitution Award” from WYSL and the Shooter’s Committee on Public Education.

Paloma is a graduate of the State University of New York School of Law and she graduated magna cum laude from Wheaton College (MA).  She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Now, Paloma spends her time between the coastal life of the Southern Outer Banks and the rugged woodlands of Upstate New York.  She and her partner Kevin are the proprietors of Downton Antiques & Used Books (Beaufort, NC).  In her free time, Paloma enjoys walking the beaches of the Outer Banks which are inhabited by several, distinct herds of wild horses.


Have you decided which of the workshops you’d like to sign-up for? Remember to register soon or you’ll miss one great Writers’ Conference.

Here’s the link to our website for more information and to register for the conference.

The links for our Facebook and Twitter pages are as follows:

Hope to meet you there.


Teens Writing for Teens


The Pamlico Writer’s 7th Annual Writers’ Conference, April 5th & 6th at the Turnage Theatre in Washington, NC is fast approaching. If you haven’t already registered, you might want to consider it today. I have another of our wonderful line-up of workshop presenters to share with you. Check it out, it’s going to be awesome.





Teens writing for Teens: Exploring the YA voice

In this 75-minute hands-on workshop, teen participants will examine popular YA literature and explore the author craft and common elements that create the “IT FACTOR” in a quality Young Adult work. They will delve into establishing a consistent point of view, finding a unique voice, and exploring subject matter pertinent to the Young Adult audience. Participants should come prepared with a piece of their own work to revise throughout the workshop. Time will be set aside to share with peers. **Especially for Teens**

Eileen Lettick is a former school teacher and literacy consultant. She has presented locally and nationally to teachers and administrators on author’s craft. Ms. Lettick is a published children’s author and an active member of the Pamlico Writers’ Group and The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Her historical time travel, Sarah the Bold, was a finalist in the Tassy Walden Book Award. She is currently completing her first YA novel. She resides in Chocowinity, North Carolina.

For more information and to register go to our website:

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See you there,