One of the most exciting aspects of being a full-time writer in North Carolina is the support, and guidance to aspiring authors from other writers of all genres. You don’t have to look too far to find talented novelists, poets, playwrights, screenwriters, and authors of creative non-fiction.
The largest organization for writers in the U.S. is based in N.C., the North Carolina Writers’ Network. The organization provides a variety of services for its members including a spring and fall conference for members and non-members.
The Heart of Carolina Romance Writers, an active chapter of Romance Writers of America offers monthly meetings and professional development in person or online for career-focused romance writers.
Another organization that has been very helpful to me is Ninja Writers, an online community that offers daily writing sprints, and online classes from the business of writing to structuring your novel.
North Carolina is a great state to live and work as a writer of any genre. Through the years I’ve been so grateful for the inspiration and expertise shared by Sabrina Jefferies, New York Times author of sexy regency romance; Virginia Kantra, also a New York Times author of contemporary romance; and Sarra Cannon, a talented author of young adult paranormal and new adult fiction. She is an amazingly generous mentor and supporter of writers.
I’ll be sharing tidbits about the state’s literary heritage and news here so check back often. In the meantime mark your calendar for On the Same Page Literary Festival schedule in West Jefferson, N.C. Sept. 13 to 17.
Keep writing and reading!