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A Slice of Life: An Evening of Stories at Black Mountain Center for the Arts

April 21, 2018 from 7:30pm to 9pm
Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 7:30 pm, join nationally celebrated storyteller, Connie Regan-Blake, as she hosts her "Taking the Stage" workshop participants, for an enchanting evening of storytelling in picturesque Black Mountain, NC. You'll enjoy a variety of stories and storytelling styles featuring tellers Jane O Cunningham from Rome, GA; Gabriele Marewski from Black Mountain, NC; Christine Phillips Westfeldt - Fairview,…See More
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Writers Circle around the Table

We are located in Hayesville, NC. In April we begin our new season with outstanding Poet Mike James. Mike will read at Writers' Night Out in Blairsville, GA on Friday evening April 13. On Saturday, April 14, he will teach a class at my studio.Formally SpeakingThis class will focus on different types of traditional poetic forms such as the sonnet, the villanelle, and the sestina, and will also include other verse forms such as erasures, found poems, prose poems, and last poems.Contact Glenda…See More
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Rachel Carson, Silent Spring Chautauqua History Alive at UNC Asheville, OLLI Reuters Center, Manheimer Room

April 15, 2018 from 3pm to 4:30pm
Step inside the revolutionary book, Silent Spring as its author Rachel Carson reveals the reckless destruction of our living world. Written more than 55 years ago Silent Spring inspired the Environmental Movement and has never been out of print. And now you have a chance to ask the author, Rachel Carson, how this came to be. But these aren’t just performances. They’re a chance to step into Living History – to ask questions and go one on one with a women whose books shaped our country and our…See More
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"This is so perfect ... the thought of every woman, who KNOWS what the men are thinking!  But now at least we have an idea! This makes me happy in a sad, lovely sort of way!"
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Mom in Her Writing Nook ...

She was working on the "About the Authors" section of "Echoes Across the Blue Ridge" when I captured this one morning. Though you can't see it, her coffee cup was within gentle reach that morning. Roxie is at her feet.
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Lexie likes to sleep in the sunshine even on cold days.
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In 1945 Indiana prohibited marriage between a white person and anyone with more than one-eighth "Negro blood." Yet Daniel (black) and Anna (white) gave up family, friends, and eventually even country to create a life together. Their 42-year marriage…
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Nancy Werking Poling replied to Rob Neufeld's discussion Bent Creek, the 4-part story
"Rob, Thanks for putting this into one document. I've been following the narrative in the Citizen-Times. I find it an added resource for my next writing project. In 1910 my husband's grandfather (1866-1947) showed up in Missouri and said…"
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"Great Article!  Heart wrenching about her destroyed manuscripts and letters and notes but I will look for more of Olive Dargan!     Lee Ann Brown"
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Focusing on the aftermath of the 2008 Financial Crisis, The Bang Bang Brokers tells the story of a hedge fund manager (based on a composite of real life traders) who got rich off of predicting the subprime fallout. His guilt and suicidal impulses lead him to a chance meeting with a Latino Gang, headed by small time weed dealer Ramon (Erik Michael Estrada). In hopes that Ramon will kill him in exchange for the favor, Rolley (played by Donihue) robs a rival Black Gang, earning the pair a ton of…See More
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How Food Gives Authors a Sense of Place

Part of being an author is being able to write about a particular place, having the ability to transport the reader where you desire. Today I want to write about the humble white sweet potato, a western North Carolina delicacy. 

Once frost coats the punkin' and Thanksgiving is behind me, I enjoy …


Posted on December 4, 2013 at 9:00pm

Stepping over to the e-side: Why I released Mountain Memories: True Stories and Half Truths exclusively as an ebook

Readers who have either met me briefly or who are life-long friends know that I am a champion for the printed word and Independent Booksellers. I’ll do just about anything to help those folk out which is why I dressed up in overalls and rode a stick pony while filming the…


Posted on September 26, 2013 at 9:00am

How Book Trailer's Increase Sales

I must admit, when I first started writing I didn’t understand the importance of having a book trailer. At the time I believed the word trailer and book didn’t go together. Unless I was speaking about Hollis Gillespie’s book, Trailer Trashed.

Then I began spending time with successful authors. What I discovered is that most of them have a book trailer that teases readers. Authors offered readers a video snapshot into the story, book…


Posted on August 14, 2013 at 7:32pm

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At 8:21pm on July 15, 2013, DONALD MAROTTA said…

Hello Renea,

Thanks for your message.  I am a writer with a humorous approach in ongoing works.  I also have a background with training for working in teaching, counseling, and parenting, and have done much, some now with surprising worth.  Now, not wanting to work as a counselor formally, I write and enjoy life whenever possible. I do talk with many young adults seriously, yet often with some lightness and praise for their efforts.

I need to soon wrap up NOT JUST SERIOUS SELF-CARE ACTIONS FOR EARTH ADVENTURERS & Part Time Screw-Ups, which is mainly a serious work aimed at persons feeling somewhat alienated who have some reading skills and laughter to build on.  Usually, I succeed after entertaining their morale spirit with humor or related.  I have been a student of humor applied for several years.

I published a practical book with an illustrator on buying affordable antique furniture earlier, with one to complete of humor about not obsessing about antique furniture. A work of Appalachian humor is nearly ready.  It has taken a long while to locate a worthwhile print on demand publisher, and be able to focus concisely enough on publicizing--almost every writer's plight who hopes to insure a profit.  There is a collection of poems done, and a small novella written from the point of view of a black woman transplanted to somewhere resembling the nearby area of Roan Mountain.  I had a lengthy career requiring much sink or swim gaining of depth of feeling and purpose, and humor to prevent being too serious.  I have lived extensively in several states, and carry much varied diction and cultural flavors of speech.  I defend Appalachia when appropriate, my mother from a large family in western Virginia.  I received 2 bug bites today without my misbehaving, as far as I know. Thanks.

Don Marotta

At 10:10am on July 15, 2013, Mary A. Berger said…

Hi Renea - Thanks for the friend invite. I'm really enjoying this writers' site and reading about everyone's accomplishments. Hope you are too. What type of writing do you do?

Mary Berger


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