Looking Forward to 2018 Pamlico Writers’ Conference by: S L Hollister

I’m looking forward to the 2018 Pamlico Writers’ Conference, “Shapeshifting Your Writing: Transforming Your Writing for Other Successful Markets.” I have attended the Pamlico Writers’ Conferences every year since they first began. Each year there have been presenters, speakers, panelists and programs that have excited me. This year’s morning panel with veteran panelists Michael Colonnese and Marni Graff will debate the process of transforming a raw manuscript into a marketable work with new and various markets.  The new addition of videographer, Beverly Horvath of South Creek Media will add an interesting twist to the discussion.

Bev is a dear, personal friend. Her husband, the late Stephan Horvath was one of my teachers and mentors. She is the author and co-author to several literary works: novels, screen plays and stage plays. Her newest venture as a videographer has allowed her to explore several creative ideas from YouTube videos to book trailers and short Independent films.

I’m excited to have Bev as a member of our panel as well as one of this year’s presenters. Having recently published my first book, I’m searching for new ways to promote and sell my story. Could a book trailer or YouTube video be the thing to launch my novel? Would it be another way to reach readers?

Part of this year’s program is discovering other successful markets for our writing: Marni Graff will explain the process of developing an audiobook, Micah Harris will show us how to create a graphic novel, and Robin Greene will give us the tools we need to make a chap book.

Whether you are a poet or author, fiction writer or non-fiction, editing and revising is an important part of the process. Much of the writing is done in the rewriting, Dr. Michael Colonnese will show us how to shape our work into a finished product.

Angela Beach Silverthorne, an award-winning author of inspirational fiction. She will show us how all great stories use inspiration to connect to the heart of the reader. Giving the writer the creative power to impact, change and transform with the words we choose.

Julia Day will discuss the trends and challenges of publishing in the young adult market, and what makes writing for teens unique.

Becca Lamoreaux of Loving the Book Launch Party will show us the basics of building our author platform, creating a fan base, and marketing your book. I worked with Becca when we launched our Carolina Christmas Anthology. She and her business partner make the work of promoting your book nearly painless.

Richard Krawiec and Melissa Hassard will return with a lunch-time discussion of what to do when the book is done, “The Next Step.”

The Pamlico Writers’ Group are excited to present our very own poet laureate. This year has been a thrill ride, so much has happened behind the scenes to bring the PWG into a new era. The Heart of the Pamlico poet laureate will be chosen in February and part of their application process included a presentation for the 2018 Pamlico Writers’ Conference.

As you can see there is much to be excited about with our upcoming conference. Go to our website, www.pamlicowritersgroup.org/conference or check us out on Facebook and Twitter, for more information about the 2018 Pamlico Writers’ Conference, “Shapeshifting Your Writing.”

Pamlico Writers annual Competition open for submissions


It’s time, it’s time!

Time’s gone by so fast, but this will be our 5th year for our annual PWG Writers Competition. Submissions opened on January 1st. Interested? If so, you still have time to submit your original work, but don’t wait too long because the last day to send in your prose or poetry is March 12th. Need a little more incentive? Here are the awards we’ll be giving out, if you win:

Adult- First Place in each category – $100.

Adult – Second place award in each category – $50.

Adult – Honorable mention Award in each category – Certificate

For the High School students here are the awards for that category:

High School – Prose award – $250.

High School – Poetry award – $250.

For complete details/rules on PWG’s Writers Competition go to our website at: https://www.pamlicowritersgroup.wildapricot.org/2017-Competition-Details.

The Adult category is open for original works of Fiction, Nonfiction or Poetry. Each entry carries a $10 reading fee.

In the High School category is also for original works in Prose or Poetry. There is no reading fee in this category. But you must be a student in grades 9-12 and attending school in North Carolina, South Carolina or Virginia.

I’d like to share excerpts from two of our past competition winners which appear in our published Christmas Anthology titled “A Carolina Christmas”, published in 2016. The book includes both 2016 and 2015 Writing Competition winners. I hope you enjoy them. If so, you can go to the Bookstore on our website at: https://www.pamlicowritersgroup.wildapricot.org/Bookstore.


 2016 Competition Nonfiction First Place:

Long, Cold Roads by Richard Knowles


It was late December 1961, and I was hitchhiking home for Christmas from the Naval Air Station in Memphis, Tennessee, to western Pennsylvania– nearly 800 miles. It was 11:00 at night, and it was cold. the icy wind blowing out of the north drove before it tiny stinging granules of snow, something between sleet and freezing rain. Hitting my face, they felt like grains of sand…

In those days, Marines were required to be in dress uniform when leaving the base. While our winter dress uniform included a fairly warm overcoat, footwear was the same year-round: low cut, brown leather dress shoes. Our headwear, which looked impressive on Marines in recruiting posters, wasn’t terribly functional in these conditions. Mostly, the damn thing just wanted to blow off my cold head…


2016 Competition Student Prose First Place:

Rolling in Her Grave by Michaela Rappleyea


Miss Adalyn Montgomery, daughter of the honorable Judge Travis Montgomery, died in her home at 11:32 pm on December 31st. The doctor, as he prepared to leave her home, commented that it was a shame that she hadn’t lived long enough to reach the turn of the century. The year 1900 promised to be the beginning of modernity, in the doctor’s eyes. The doctor’s apprentice commented the she wouldn’t have made it for very long after that anyway, so it was really quite lucky for her. The doctored responded by backhanding the boy and telling him to find out who her next of kin was so that they could send a telegram with the unfortunate news…

Adalyn was bankrupt. Steven was very displeased to hear that the old woman’s money was going to be wasted, paying off the extravagant lifestyle she had been living. There was still a large sum of money left after the face, of course, but Adalyn had never shared money with them before, she could start now. It was true that Adalyn had never let them see a cent of her money, which was why they were estranged now. So Steven buried her in the graveyard of an abandon plantation and marked the spot with a handmade wooden cross. As he was standing over the grave, saying his goodbyes, Helen turned to him.

“You know the old woman would be rolling in her grave if she knew what we buried her next to.”…


Adalyn was very displeased by all of this…


Remember, before it’s too late, take time, pull out that pen and paper or open up that computer and get your entry ready to submit for this year’s Writers Competition. As an added bonus, if you are one of this year’s winners you’ll also be included in PWG’s next published Anthology.

For more information on Pamlico Writers Group go to our website at: https://www.pamlicowritersgroup.wildapricot.org/

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by Kay 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!


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/ ).


Another site to check out.

Amanda's Book Nook

Marni Graff had a successful career as a registered nurse who wrote on the side before writing full time. She has a degree in English Lit and studied Gothic Mystery at Oxford University in England. She also wrote articles for Mystery Review magazine, where she interviewed many of the authors whose work she admired.
Marni is the award-winning author of The Nora Tierney Mysteries, set in England. The Blue Virgin introduces Nora, an American writer living in Oxford. The Green Remains and The Scarlet Wench trace Nora’s move to the Lake District where murder follows her.  In process is The Golden Hour, set in Bath, England. Premiering in the next few months will be Graff’s new Manhattan series, Death Unscripted, featuring nurse Trudy Genova, a medical consultant for a New York movie studio. This new series is based on Marni’s favorite nursing job in real life.
Marni is also co-author…

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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.


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

Author, Shane Wilson to speak September 20th at Speakers Luncheon

September 20th Luncheon Speaker will be Shane Wilson from the Fayetteville, NC, at The China Bay Buffet, 2871 US Hgwy 17S, Chocowinity, NC 27817, at 11:45 am.

Shane Wilson - headshotShane will be leading attendees in an interactive discussion on the creative impulse and how labels play into the publishing process.

He is the author of A Year Since the Rain, a magical realism novel available now from Snow Leopard Publishing.

A Year Since The Rain cover - Shane Wilson




He was born in Alabama and raised in Georgia and considers himself a child of the southeastern United States where he feels simultaneously at-home and out-of-place.

Shane graduated from Valdosta State University in South Georgia with a Masters in English. He taught college English in Georgia for four years before moving to North Carolina in 2013 where he currently teaches at Fayetteville Technical Community College.

He has published poetry in Tethered by Letters and the Stonepile Writers’ Anthology, Volume III. He is currently working on a new novel along with as a collection of short stories based on the mythos of and set in the same town as A Year Since the Rain.

For Shane, no matter the outside temperature, there is always an iced coffee in his hand as he walks into class in the mornings. He tends to chase the day with a whiskey and a re-run of The Office.

For more information check out his website at: http://www.shanewilsonauthor.com/.
Mark your calendars and join us to meet author, Shane Wilson on September 20th at The China Bay Buffet Restaurant in Chocowinity.

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, October, November and December.


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 and published authors are encouraged to attend and join our group.

Pamlico Writers Group and Arts of the Pamlico are co-sponsors of the annual Pamlico Writers Conference and Competition. 2017’s Conference information will be available soon.  Look for this and other events on our web site at www.pamlicowritersgroup.org where you may also join our group.


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