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Writer’s Luncheon w/Merry Simmons – Tuesday, 4-28-15

Upcoming event:

Luncheon Meeting
with Merry Simmons (Hannah Merridith)

Date: Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015
Time: 11:45 AM EDT

Golden Corral Restaurant
1424 Carolina Ave, Washington, NC

Hannah Merridith




A luncheon meeting open to the public featuring Wilson, North Carolina resident Merry Simmons, aka Hannah Meredith, a successful historical romance writer. Her program, Leaping, Falling, & Laughing: A Primer for Those Who Write will cover areas she found easy and those where she stubbed her toe in her writing career. See her work here and on Facebook.

Merry has a BA and MA in English from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She taught English Composition and Literature at both the high school and university level for 20 years, then sold real estate for 25 years while dabbling in writing.

In 2000, she won the Writer of the Future Contest (with a $6,000 cash prize and a free California writing workshop) and used this as entrée to submit articles to major sci-fi and fantasy magazines. Over the next few years, she sold a dozen short stories to magazines such as Asimov’s Science Fiction, Realms of Fantasy, and Paradox.

Like most writers, she wanted to write a novel and wrote a 250,000 word manuscript that flowed in a dozen different directions. She decided to write a more linear plot and chose historical romance primarily because she loved history and enjoyed reading romance.

She quickly discovered that publishing romance was very different. She set up her own publishing house, Singing Spring Press which now has 5 books available in print and ebook formats which have all been decently successful. Her Christmas anthology continues to sell in April at the rate of about 4 a day. She will have her books for sale.

Merry has presented programs at Wilson libraries and Arts Council. She has served as an enrichment speaker on two different Princess Cruise Line’s ocean cruises where she honed her speaking craft.

Attendees should go through the normal buffet line and assemble in the private meeting room. Please leave a tip for your server so that we may reduce our facility costs.

Don’t forget the General Critique Group that meets on April 28th as usual.

More information: Luncheon Meeting

Best regards,

Pamlico Writers Group


About Pamlico Writers Group

This is a publication of the Pamlico Writers Group, created to help promote and advance writers skills along with expanding our groups membership and reach. Our aim on this site is to keep you our readers and participants aware of upcoming events. Topics covered during the year will be news regarding our annual Pamlico Writers Conference and Competition, co-sponsored with Arts of the Pamlico, discussion of and from our conferences, participants and group news. PWG's Steering Committee has finalized details for our 5th Annual Pamlico Writers Conference on March 17 & 18th, 2017 at The Turnage Theatre, 150 W. Main St., Washington, NC. This year's theme is "Words," Image and Story". Our Friday night keynote speaker this year will be Author, Teacher, Speaker, and Director of Lavenson Studios, Zelda Lockhart. For more information on Ms. Lockhart visit her website at: http://www.zeldalockhart.com/. For a complete schedule of Friday night and Saturday events, go to our website at: https://www.pamlicowritersgroup.wildapricot.org/. Be sure to check back often for more details of this and other events we have planned. The companion juried writing competition submissions opened on January 1, 2017. Winners are announced and an awards ceremony will be held during our Friday night Kick-Off Event. If you'd like more information on guidelines for entries, please go to our website: https://www.pamlicowritersgroup.wildapricot.org/ All registrations for both conference and/or entry into the competition will be made through our web site: https://www.pamlicowritersgroup.wildapricot.org/. Again, see site for complete details. Thank you for visiting! We hope to see you again soon. **If you are a writer interested in finding a critique group or other writers, we encourage you to come and join us. If you life at a distance please don't let that diswade you, we have several members who participate predominately on-line. Our meetings are the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month at 7:00 pm here in Washington, NC at the Turnage Theatre. We would love to hear from you regarding comments or ideas you have for the group. This blog is authored by members of our writer's group. Thank you for stopping by. See you soon, Kaylene Wilson Program Coordinator


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