Serving the Writing Community

Serving the Writing Community

Sherri Hollister 3

Sherri Hollister

A good writers’ group fits your needs but what about as your needs change? Pamlico Writers Group is in the midst of a growth spurt. Like teenagers going through puberty, PWG is struggling to find where they can best serve our writing community. So far we have added a new group website, a fiction forum and a fiction critique group, a fall workshop and monthly luncheons. We hope to expand our group to include other critique groups, as well as a spring workshop.

We are in our fourth year of our annual conference with a two-day event beginning on Friday, March 18th with Pitch to the Publisher, Keynote Address by Sharyn McCrumb and Open Mic Night. On Saturday, March 19th we will have an all-day conference with a morning panel discussion on Voice, followed by an option of three classes with more discussion on voice and what it means for poetry, non-fiction and fiction with our three distinguished panelists Luke Whisnant, Jessica Handler and Virginia Kantra. The afternoon will begin with a Publisher Panel address followed by two more three-option sessions. The first afternoon sessions will be hosted by leading North Carolina historian Kevin Duffas, editor and author Chris Roerden and ardent story-teller Ruth Moose. The late afternoon session choices will be led by historical fiction author Sara Whitford, award winning poet Jaki Shelton Green and publisher Richard Krawiec. We finish our conference with awards and drawings with a reception after.

It is the goal of Pamlico Writers Group to offer something for every writer no matter which rung of the writing ladder they are on. We have a screen writers group in the works and hope to find someone to lead the poetry group. Eventually, we will divide the fiction group into genres but for now, we are working together to bring the Pamlico Writers Group in the new millennium by utilizing our online presence. For those who wish to join the Pamlico Writers Group but live too far away to make regular meetings, don’t hesitate to sign up, our chairperson, Louis Edwards posts a bi-monthly writer’s prompt which we critique and comment to online. We have forums and discussions available to members only, at the present the most active is the fiction forum but we have plans to keep all genres busy both online and in person.

By Sherri Hollister


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