• Workshop
    September 23, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Elements of Suspense
    October 2, 2018
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    - Nora Gaskin Esthimer, author, publisher, and crime writing expert talking about: • The craft of writing crime fiction & suspense • What makes an amazing suspense novel • Her new novel The Worst Thing:

    When Kellah Mace’s parents are killed in an accident—when Kellah is fifteen years old—she overhears someone say, “She’ll go through life knowing the worst thing has already happened.” Numb from loss and grief, Kellah takes these words to mean she need fear nothing. Only one thing can hurt her again: the loss of someone else she loves.

    The Worst Thing begins with the intense friendship of Kellah and Angel, forged on the window ledge outside of their rooms at boarding school—and in the mirror during a hair-cut makeover.

    After high school, these intrepid young women move to an apartment in the city. Angel jumps into a modeling career and her allure is not lost on the world—she’s suddenly, it seems, everywhere. While Angel is at late night parties and photo shoots, Kellah finds the college library her refuge, until Albert shows up.

    Albert Darwin, called Ape by acquaintances, has a story of his own. He was a frightened little boy, grown up to be a desperate man. As he becomes a computer repairman, he muses, how stupid people think the worst thing might happen when they hit their computer reset button. Living off the grid, often invisible, often lurking on the Internet, Albert’s single-mindedness brings new meaning to “the worst thing.”

    With fascinating contemporary realism, Gaskin’s novel The Worst Thing turns commonplace objects from young lives— selfies, cellphones, Google maps, glossy magazines, vintage fashion, haircuts, and ponytails— into elements of suspense.


    Nora Gaskin is the author of two previous books: Time of Death: The True Tale of a Quest for Justice in 1960s Chapel Hill, and a mystery, based on a true crime, Until Proven: A Mystery in 2 Parts. As the founder, editor, and publisher of Lystra Books (an eclectic and growing publisher, based in Chapel Hill, NC), Gaskin has stewarded 23 books into publication.

    Add to that resume her editing byline for Carolina Crimes: 21 Tales of Need, Greed, and Dirty Deeds, a terrific collection of stories set in North Carolina and South Carolina, with an introduction by Jeffery Deaver, published in 2017 by Down & Out Books.

    Meeting Room A.
  • Memoir Workshop
    October 6, 2018
    10:00 am - 12:30 pm
    - This workshop is now full. Thank you for your interest!.

    Words To Leave By: An Interactive Memoir Writing Workshop is a class designed for memoir writers who are looking for a practical approach to getting into the genre.

    Bring a notebook, pencil, or your favorite pen to a one day session on how to write that memoir you’ve always thought about. Learn how to shape your story and plan the process for how to commit memories to the written page.

    Expect one-on-one conversations and personal input from fellow classmates and the instructor. Some time will be provided in class for concrete planning.

    Sue Barry’s writing career has included award-winning journalism and nonfiction, as well as poetry collections for adults and children. A life coach, she has worked with corporate and nonprofit clients to empower and encourage creative planning and personal development. The workshop will include writing exercises and interactive opportunities.​

    Meeting Room A.
  • NaNoWriMo 101
    October 20, 2018
    2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
    - For those of you who've been curious about National Novel Writing Month(NaNoWriMo), this informal drop-in workshop will feature experienced participants providing answers to your questions, helping aspiring writers sign up on the NaNo website, teaching about the tools available to make the month-long writing push a success.

    Meeting Room C
  • NaNoWriMo Kickoff
    October 28, 2018
    3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    - Image courtesy of National Novel Writing Month

    National Novel Writing Month Kick Off Party: Come to Meeting Room C to get to know your fellow participants, ask questions and get input if desired, chat about your novels, get some swag (word trackers! stickers! more!), and maybe win a prize! There will be a place to sit down and do some planning on paper or devices, so feel free to bring those along.

    Meeting Room C
  • NaNoWriMo
    November 3, 2018
    1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    - An open drop in session for writers to complete a novel in just one month.
  • NaNoWriMo
    November 10, 2018
    1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    - An open drop in session for writers to complete a novel in just one month.
  • NaNoWriMo
    November 17, 2018
    1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    - An open drop in session for writers to complete a novel in just one month.
  • NaNoWriMo
    November 24, 2018
    1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    - An open drop in session for writers to complete a novel in just one month.
  • Memoir Workshop
    January 12, 2019
    10:00 am - 12:30 pm
    - Space is limited! Be sure to register - the link is at the bottom of this page..

    Words To Leave By: An Interactive Memoir Writing Workshop is a class designed for memoir writers who are looking for a practical approach to getting into the genre.

    Bring a notebook, pencil, or your favorite pen to a one day session on how to write that memoir you’ve always thought about. Learn how to shape your story and plan the process for how to commit memories to the written page.

    Expect one-on-one conversations and personal input from fellow classmates and the instructor. Some time will be provided in class for concrete planning.

    Sue Barry’s writing career has included award-winning journalism and nonfiction, as well as poetry collections for adults and children. A life coach, she has worked with corporate and nonprofit clients to empower and encourage creative planning and personal development. The workshop will include writing exercises and interactive opportunities.​

    Meeting Room A.
  • Writing & Community Building
    January 24, 2019
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    - Zelda Lockhart has taught many writing workshops and is an Alumni Endowed chair of the Department of Language and Literature at North Carolina Central University. Now the award-winning author (Fifth Born; Cold Running Creek) puts her hard-won advice into book form. Writers still perfecting their craft will want to hear her read from The Soul of the Full-Length Manuscript. The PhD will also lead a writing and community building exercise about how writing - story, poetry, or essays made from personal memories -connect us (including those in the room) as humans regardless of our separate identities.

    About the Presenter: Zelda Lockhart holds a PhD in Expressive Art Therapies, an MA in Literature and a certificate in writing, directing and editing from the New York Film Academy. Her latest book, The Soul of the Full-Length Manuscript takes readers on the emotional, psychological and spiritual journey of utilizing personal stories to transform their lives while completing a work of fiction, memoir or poetry.

    Lockhart is Director at Her Story Garden Studios: Inspiring Black Women to Self-Define, Heal, and Liberate Through the Literary Arts. Lockhart is also publisher at LaVenson Press helping women and girls to take ownership of their stories through publication. She continues her work as a writer and speaker, facilitating writing workshops across the US on issues specific to the human struggle and on ways that consuming and creating literature are good for what ails us.

    Meeting Room B

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