Nana and the “c” by local author Doris Schneider

An incident took place 10 years ago as I was struggling with the all too common enemy—breast cancer. I shared the story with friends, and they kept insisting I should write it. About a year later, I did and also took photographs of my grandchildren to be used as inspiration for illustrations. So much time has passed, but the story has now floated to the rim of my long-ignored bucket.

 

Nana and the “c” is told from the perspective of my seven-year-old granddaughter as she fearfully prepares to see her grandmother who has become bald as a side effect of chemotherapy. It is a humorous, upbeat story about hope, wonder, and family love—suitable for all ages, especially to anyone with a loved one going through cancer treatment or who is a patient or survivor themselves.

My dear friend, Wenhai Ma, responded with a quick “yes” to do the illustrations. I requested that a literary friend, Michael Colonnese, read the story just to give me feedback. He could not resist editing while he read, thus making a serious improvement to the text. Then Jo Michaels, a book and cover designer who has worked with me in the past, offered her help in support of the project.

I refer to it as a “project” because it is just that. I always knew the book was not something I wanted to “cash-in” on. It was always meant to be a gift. When I told each of the professionals mentioned above that the book was to be donated to cancer center waiting rooms, they generously offered their time and talents without charge.

So, it is done. It has been published and is available on Amazon. Two hundred copies are ready to begin distribution to cancer centers in North Carolina. The profits from any Amazon sales will be used to print more books to be donated. It doesn’t have to be limited to our state.

My hope is that people will share this to their own Facebook page and purchase copies and donate them to a cancer center or library near them, in whichever state they reside.

Doris Schneider is an artist, scene designer, writer, and educator. She taught at William Carey University and was a tenured professor of theatre at North Carolina Central University. She published two novels: Borrowed Things and By Way of Water. After her own bout with breast cancer, she wrote this story based on a real event with her granddaughters. While the illustrator, Wenhai Ma, was teaching at Duke University, the two became long term friends—culminating in their collaboration on Nana and the “c”.

We each have an excellent opportunity to pass this healing and heartfelt message along to others who are struggling through similar situations. And hopefully it will be the balm they need to keep going.

Our bookstore is running a special for Nana and the “c.” We’re offering two books for $10. One for yourself and the other we ask that you donate to a cancer center, a survivor or someone going through this now.

Please click on the link below to purchase “Nana and the “c.”: https://www.pamlicowritersgroup.org/

 

Tammera Cooper: Finding workshops that fit your budget. (Re-blog)

Hello again,

During the course of a week/month/year I receive lots of blog pieces from various writers across the world. Those I save, on my own computer, contain information that helps me to grow as a writer. And since there’s only a 1 in 10,000 chance of all of us receiving the same posts I’ve decided to share (Re-Blog) some of my finds with their links in hopes of reaching and helping other writers.

So let’s get to it. Recently I came across one I think might interest you. I know you’re busy, who isn’t, right? Take a minute, sit back, breathe and check it out.

The blog is written by writer Tammera Cooper who lives in Washington, NC and is a member of the Pamlico Writers Group. Her website is called Southern Romance on the Pamlico and her blogs are under Brackish Blogging. I have added the link below with her permission.

https://www.southernromanceonthepamlico.com/brackish-blogging/finding-a-writers-workshop-priced-in-your-budget

 

Tammera Cooper

 

And before I go I’d like to remind you about Pamlico Writers Conference, Friday, March 23rd and Saturday, March 24th. For more information about our group, becomming a member, registering for the conference  and so much more go to our website: https://pamlicowritersgroup.org/

You also might be interested in our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pamlicowritersgroup/

or our Twitter page https://twitter.com/PamlicoWritersC

See you soon.

Kay Wilson

Am I prepared?

Preparing for the Writing Conference

By Eileen Lettick

 

It’s the weekend of March 23rd – 24th and time for the annual Pamlico Writers’ Conference. You saved for it and looked forward to it all year, so you grab your favorite polka-dotted notebook and lucky red feather pen and set off for a day that is sure to jumpstart your writing —a day full of literary epiphanies and hobnobbing with high-powered agents and publishers who recognize that you are the obvious choice for the next Nobel Prize in Literature. Sounds like a dream? It probably is. As any veteran conference attendee knows, there is great value in preliminary planning and realistic expectations. When I attend a writers’ conference I want to get my money’s worth, so I take the following steps.

First, I study the presenters. What are their credentials? How many publications or successes do they have? What can I learn from them? Will a variety of genres be represented? Which ones will offer me something unique? I want to choose workshops that will nudge me out of my comfort zone.

Second, I look at the format of the workshops. Are there panels to promote discussions? Are there lectures that will spew out a lot of information that I can take home with me? Do the workshops offer interactive pen to paper offerings to get my creative juices flowing—something to ensure I use my writing skills? Since I’m a writer who likes to strut her stuff, I tend to gravitate toward the interactive ones.

Finally, I ponder whether or not there will be opportunities for networking. What is the ratio of writers to publishers and agents? What are my chances of pitching a publisher or having lunch with an agent who may be interested in looking at my work? It’s important that I have opportunities to put myself out there if I choose to.

Taking the time to prepare for the conference is the best way to ensure I will get the proper value for my investment.

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Thank you Eileen, you’re right, having a clear idea and plan ahead of time helps us get the most out of the conference.

And for those of you who haven’t already registered for this year’s Pamlico Writer’s Conference, “Transforming Your Writing for Other Successful Markets,” I’d like to remind you to register now before you miss it. This years workshop presenters plan to bring those who attend their sessions a wealth of information. Don’t miss out, sign up now.

Our conference starts:

Friday, March 23rd at 6pm. 

Our Keynote Speaker this year is 
North Carolina's 2015-2017 Poet Laureate, Shelby Stephenson.

 

Saturday, March 24th at 8:30am begins registration and check-in.

After registration and check-in there will be a panel discussion on "Shape Shifting Your Writing." After that we'll break out into a variety of interesting workshops with some pretty amazing presenters lasting until 5pm. 
Our aim each year is to reach more and more writers from all genre's and levels of experience, novice to published authors.
For more information about our 2018 Writer's Conference or to register please go to our website: https://pamlicowritersgroup.wildapricot.org/
our Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/pamlicowritersgroupor our Twitter page:  https://mobile.twitter.com/PamlicoWritersC

For more information about Pamlico Writer’s, our critique group, upcoming programs or workshops click on the above links.

We look forward to seeing and being able to network with each of you at this years writer’s conference.

See you there,

K Wilson

 


Writer’s workshop with Marni Graff and Access to Cpl. Sean Burk

Mini Writers Police Academy Workshop

Hosted by
Pamlico Writers Group

November 12, 2016, 10am to  2:45pm

George H. & Laura E Brown Library

122 Van Norden St, Washington, NC (library access is off 2nd Street)

Cost: $15.00 members/ $20.00 non-members

This will be a hands-on writing workshop featuring local award-winning mystery writer Marni Graff.

Even if you don’t write mystery or crime fiction, chances are most genres will at one time or another contain some kind of law enforcement issue.  (Let’s say your romance character is involved in a traffic stop, or maybe your young adult character gets arrested for something they didn’t do, you want to get the details right.)


Marni Graff

Grew up in Floral Park, Long Island, New York and lived there for most of her life before moving with her husband and youngest son to North Carolina. They settled on Montgomery Point on the Pungo River in rural Hyde County, where Marni enjoys writing on her screened porch overlooking the river while watching her dog frolick in the water.

Marni author of two mystery series, will give writers the benefit of her knowledge from attending Lee Lofland’s famed Writers Police Academy. She will cover topics such as separating the myths from the realities in several areas of criminal justice, and will explain search and seizure rules.

Corporal Sean Burk of Plymouth’s Police Department will be on hand to discuss topics ranging from weapons to traffic stops; from crime scenes to types of handcuffs; from APB’s to BOLO’s. There will be several hands on opportunities for writers in terms of fingerprinting, handcuffs, and other areas.

**He has asked writers who plan to attend to list any specific areas or equipment they might like to see first hand on the sign-up form. So he can make sure to address those areas.**

Both Marni and Sean will be on hand to answer writers questions.

Time’s running out, click on the website link below to sign up today before you miss it!

http://pamlicowritersgroup.org/Events

Following this workshop attendees should come away with a greater sense of the realities of law enforcement and bring that sense to their scenes that contain any aspect we’ve discussed.

**Participants should bring a notebook along with any questions they have going into the day.

The Nora Tierney Mysteries – set in the UK

The Blue Virgin: A Nora Tierney Mystery (Oxford)

First place winner: Mystery and Mayhem award for British cozy, Chanticleer Book Media

Despite a planned move, the mysterious death of photographer Bryn Wallace keeps American writer Nora Tierney glued to Oxford in order to clear her close friend, artist Val Rogan, who has been wrongfully accused of Bryn’s murder. Or has she?

The Green Remains: Book 2 (Lake District)

Shortlisted for Mystery and Mayhem Awards

American writer Nora Tierney is living at Ramsey Lodge in England’s glorious Lake District, anticipating two life-changing events: the publication of her first children’s book and the birth of her first child. When Simon is implicated in the death, Nora dives headfirst into the murder investigation to discover the real killer.

The Scarlet Wench: Book 3 (Lake District)

Shortlisted, Best Mystery, Chanticleer Book Media

In the third Nora Tierney Mystery set in England, American writer Nora awaits the arrival of a traveling theatre troupe who will stage Noel Coward’s play “Blithe Spirit” at Ramsey Lodge in the Lake District. When a series of pranks and accidents escalate to murder during a flood that traps everyone, Nora realizes her child is in jeopardy and determines to help Detective Inspector Declan unmask a killer.

 

Death Unscripted: A Trudy Genova

Manhattan Mystery

Trudy Genova has the best job any nurse could want, working on set as a medical consultant for a movie studio. No more uniforms, bedpans or emergencies, until the actor whose overtures she’s refused dies suddenly while taping a hospital scene–but not before pointing his finger accusingly at Trudy. When detectives view Trudy as a suspect, she sets out on an investigation to clear her name. Then a second death occurs, and Trudy realizes she’s put herself in jeopardy. Marni is also a Managing Editor at Bridle Path Press and as Antie M., writes a weekly blog with book reviews (https://auntiemwrites.com/ ).


Mini-Workshop “The Dreaded Query Letter” & “Searching for an Agent in a Match.com World” 9-27-16 at the Turnage Theatre

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Pamlico Writers Group’s Tuesday, September 27th critique session at 7:00pm at The Turnage Theatre will begin with an hour mini-workshop presented by our Chair, Sherri Hollister. Her topic will be The Dreaded Query Letter & Searching for an Agent in a Match.com World. 

We understand that for the most part writers are a solitary bunch. We work/create alone with pencil or pen or sit in front of a computer. Most of us talk to the characters in our heads and write down the stories.

But personally, I’ve find value in being a part of a writers critique group. Each of our members has helped me grow and become a better writer. Our group is an eclectic mix of genres (fiction (romance, women’s fiction, suspense, mystery), non-fiction and poetry) (We have published authors as well as those still working toward it) but it works for us.

If you’re a writer here or in any of the surrounding areas and looking for a group that can help you grow as a writer, we could be what you’re looking for. Ours is an eclectic mix of published and unpublished authors. We write in a variety of genres (fiction (romantic/suspense, romance, women’s fiction, suspense, mystery) non-fiction and poetry) allowing members to hear and critique our works.

COME OUT AND JOIN US

We look forward to meeting you at our next critique session.

Pamlico Writers Group meets each month on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday, at 7:00pm in The Turnage Theatre.

See you soon,

Kay Wilson

Speakers Luncheon Great Success!

 

Today’s PWG Speakers Luncheon

featuring

Diane Taylor

Taylor Made Publishing, Inc.

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With 16 in attendance Mrs. Taylor’s wealth of knowledge on writing and publishing was impressive. Her presentation included the many facets involved in getting a book ready and published. She also shared things authors should be aware of and look for during this process. The personal stories she shared were very inspiring and helpful. She freely shared with all in attendance the wealth of information and knowledge she’s acquired over the years. From beginning to end, her presentation held each of us rapt in attention. When her program ended she opened the floor for questions and was met with many thought provoking discussions. For more information on Taylor Made Publishing, Inc. go to: www.taylormadenc.com.

Today’s audience of 16 total was made up of Pamlico Writers Group members, guests, as well as new comers to our luncheons.

I have a couple thank you’s.

First – PWG would like to thank you Diane Taylor for carving out time from your day to come and share your expertise with each of us. We appreciated all of it.

Second – PWG would like to thank each of you who helped, attended and participated in todays event.

If you’d like information about Pamlico Writers Group check out our website at:

https://www.pamlicowritersgroup.wildapricot.org

Kay Wilson

August 16th, Diane Taylor – Taylor Made Publishing to speak at Speakers Luncheon

On February 3, 2016 The Daily Reflector ran an interesting article on Diane Taylor and Taylor Made Publishing located in Greenville, NC, entitled “A Story of Success, Pursuing Dreams.” The article covered the company’s inception as well as a few stories about some of their first clients. Pamlico Writers Group contacted Ms.Taylor and are pleased to announce that she will be our August 16th Luncheon Speaker. A few of the topics she’ll be covering are: What are publishers looking for? What should authors look for and be aware of before submitting their work? How does the overall publishing process work?

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Diane Taylor, Publisher/CEO

Taylor Made Publishing

 

Diane N. Taylor is a wife, a mother and an entrepreneur. Originally from upstate New York, Mrs. Taylor has over seven years’ experience in broadcast journalism in television, radio and newspaper mediums. Mrs. Taylor was also a Communications Instructor at Pitt Community College for two years. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast/Journalism from Morgan State University and a Master’s in Technical and Professional Communications from East Carolina University.
Mrs. Taylor moved to North Carolina to pursue a career in Public Relations and Public Health in 2002 and met her husband Garrett. After years as a certified Substance Abuse Prevention Professional Mrs. Taylor authored A Game of Faith – The Story of Negro League Baseball Player Carl Long. Self-publishing her book was the beginning of her latest business venture as the Founder and CEO of Taylor Made Publishing. Taylor Made Publishing is a full service book publishing company that specializes in helping steer authors from manuscript to print. TMP offers everything from cover design, to copyright to ISBNs. Their job is to help everyday people tell extraordinary stories. In addition to Taylor Made Publishing she is also a blogger. Mrs. Taylor currently resides in Greenville, NC with her husband Garrett and their two children, Morgan and Garrett M. Her Chocolate Mother blog can be found at www.chocolatemother.com.  For more information about her publishing company visit www.taylormadenc.com.

Taylor Made Publishing logo-1As a multifaceted publishing house offering various services to authors, Diane will share with us what’s involved (from start to finish) in finding a publisher and getting your book published. She’ll also be sharing what publishers are looking for in the artists/writers/authors they choose to contract with. And in this day of vanity presses she’ll also be giving us her frank assessment of what authors should look for before submitting their work.

August 16th Luncheon Speaker

Diane Taylor, CEO, Taylor Made Publishing

The China Bay Buffet, 2871 US Hgwy 17S, Chocowinity, NC 27817

11:45am to 1:00pm

Mark your calendars and join us for this event.

 Our free Luncheon Meetings are open to the public.

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

Our public Luncheon Meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month except the following months: January, March, July, November and December.

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Pamlico Writers Group is affiliated with Arts of the Pamlico and meets as small critique groups on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month at 7 p.m. at the Turnage Theater. Novice through published authors are encouraged and invited to join our meetings.
Pamlico Writers Group and Arts of the Pamlico co-sponsor the annual Pamlico Writers Conference and Competition. 2017’s Conference information is not available at this time.  Look for this and other events on our web site at www.pamlicowritersgroup.org where you may also join our group.