What’s to Come

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January, 2015. Can you believe it? In just a few short weeks (March 20 & 21) the 3rd Annual Pamlico Writers Conference and Competition will be here. (See website for more details http://www.pamlicowritersconference.org ). Have you already signed up? I know, I know, it’s early, but this is one conference you won’t want to miss. With all the talent we’ve lined-up along with workshop topics, I believe this will be our best conference yet.

Over the next few weeks I’ll be spotlighting interviews with each of our panelist/presenters. I hope from the interviews you’ll see what each brings to the table so you’ll be able to pick the workshops that fit your needs.

Just in case, let me give you a tiny teaser for what’s planned for the night before the conference.

On the Friday (March 20th, 5:30pm) at The Turnage Theatre, for $10, There will be a kick-off event featuring the American short story writer and novelist, Jill McCorkle. Ms. McCorkle will be giving a keynote address (Seeking the Source: a discussion about voice). Whether you’re a writer or one of her vast fans, you won’t want to miss hearing her speak.

There will be light hors d’oeuvres and beverages for those in attendance.

If that isn’t enough, (for an additional $10) you’ll have an opportunity to sign up for a 7 minute face to face with a book publisher to pitch your book idea. Do you know of anywhere else you could get this kind of chance? None that I know.

Looking forward to see you all at the conference. Sign up soon.


Kaylene Wilson


10-29-14 Behind the Scenes

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You might not realize it, but a lot is going on behind the scenes in getting ready for our next conference. Lining up speakers, presenters, publishers, finalizing publicity and news releases, collecting author interviews and bio’s, writing Facebook snippets, Twitter tweets and articles for our blog. 2015’s Third Annual, Pamlico Writers Conference and Competition is shaping up to be what I consider our best conference yet. And topping that, we also have a new venue, The Turnage Theatre, which houses our co-sponsor for the conference, the Beaufort County Arts Council. What’s happening you ask? Let me give you just a few of the things to look forward to.

     On Friday, March 20, 2015, from 5:30pm until 8:00pm we’ll be featuring our keynote speaker and Novelist, Jill McCorkle. The fee for this event is $10 per person. We’ll be serving light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. And then for an additional $10 you’ll get an opportunity, to pitch your book idea for (7) seven minutes, to one of our book publishers. Crazy, huh? Know of anywhere else you could get this kind of opportunity for a face-to-face with a publisher? I don’t think so. For this you’ll want to get your name on the list early to make sure you get a spot in the lineup.

     After that, anyone interested can walk a few doors down and re-convene for a Writer’s Open Mike at the Union Alley Coffeehouse.

     Then on Saturday, March 21, 2015, 8:30am until, the conference begins, featuring authors, poets, professors, and publishers who’ll be sharing their expertise, thoughts and ideas on an array of topics which I can’t list here, but if you’re interested in learning more about the conference/speakers/presenters/panelists/topics/registration/etc. you can go to our website at:


     In closing please let me say that whether you’re a serious writer, have a desire to become one, or undecided, you won’t want to miss this conference. Sign up early and make sure you’ll get a seat in workshop sessions you really want to take.

Looking forward to meeting and seeing you there.
Kaylene Wilson
PWCC Steering Committee member





Time is getting short…

14 more weeks

 The Art & Craft of Writing!

The last three posts have been devoted to interviews with three of the of the writers who will be presenters during the Pamlico Writers Conference on March 8, 2014, in Washington, NC.  Hopefully you have had a chance to read them. In the weeks to follow, we are planning more interviews with the remaining eight presenters. Our aim is to give you a brief glimpse of these inspiring writers and interest you in learning more. For more information on presenters, workshops, panels, etc., take a moment and go to our website Pamlico Writers Competition and Contest. While you’re there, don’t forget to sign up so you’ll get to attend the workshops you want. Continue reading “Time is getting short…”

Interview with Lisa Williams Kline

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The Art & Craft of Writing!

Lisa Williams Kline - 2Lisa Williams Kline will be a presenter at the Pamlico Writers Conference in March of 2014. She will discuss writing a multi-volume young adult series.

Lisa authored Sisters in All Seasons, a five-volume young adult series, as well as Write Before Your Eyes, The Princesses of Atlantis (in its fourth reprinting)and Eleanor Hill, winner of the North Carolina Juvenile Literature Award. Her stories for the young have appeared in Cricket, Cicada, Spider, and Odyssey magazines. She earned an MFA from Queens University and lives in Mooresville, NC with her veterinary husband. Continue reading “Interview with Lisa Williams Kline”

Interview with Liza Weiland

16 weeks remaining


The Art & Craft of Writing!

Liza WeilandLiza Wieland is an American novelist, short story writer and poet. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, and the North Carolina Arts Council. Her work has been awarded two Pushcart Prizes. Her novel A Watch of Nightingales won the 2008 Michigan Literary Fiction Award. Liza earned her B.A. in English from Harvard and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. She has taught at Colorado College and California State University-Fresno, and has been a Professor of English at East Carolina University since 2007. Continue reading “Interview with Liza Weiland”