A Message From our President

When I was growing up, I loved to climb trees. My favorite tree was in my own backyard. It was a big oak and halfway up the tree, a limb branched off leaving behind a perfectly shaped chair designed by God especially for me or at least I thought.

With writing pad clinched between my teeth and a pencil behind my right ear, I climbed the tree to do my writing.

The tree also served as a great escape from my six younger brothers and sisters. In the quietness, I would write for hours with excitement and enthusiasm.

Then, I grew up and with the busyness of life, I lost the enthusiasm. The writing stopped until after my retirement from nursing a few years ago.

I joined the Burlington Writers Club and rediscovered my enthusiasm for writing.

We are a unique club which strives to meet the needs of both the aspiring and experienced writer by providing workshops, critique groups, guest speakers and contests for both adults and students.

Whether you write poetry, fiction, non-fiction, children’s stories, memoirs, etc., we invite you to come join us.

Let’s write with the enthusiasm of a child.

Carolyn Councilman



October 13, 2018                                Mebane Arts Center 
Beng Jones                                            Editing Secrets

November 10, 2018                        Graham Civic Center
Kim Carruth                                          Prompt Writing

December 8, 2018                         Alamance Arts
Xmas Party and Member Reading

January 12, 2019                           Mebane Arts Center
Jackie Shelton-Green                         Poetry for All

February 9, 2019                             Alamance Arts
Chris Roerden                                      Writing for Publication

March 9, 2019                                   Alamance Arts
Nicole Galante                                      Writing for Children

April 13, 2019                                    Alamance Arts
Mary Turner                                          Playwriting

May 21, 2019                                     Alamance Arts
Adult Contest Banquet

June 8, 2019                                       Alamance Arts
Jane Tesh                                                Plotting Your Novel 



BURLINGTON WRITER’S CLUB

We meet the 2nd Saturday each month 
September through June at 10:00 am-noon.
Mark your calendar! 

Read Recap and See Photos From Our 60th Anniversary - Diamond Jubilee

Upcoming Meetings / Events

10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location:
 September 8, 2018
Graham Civic Center
503 McGee Street
Graham, NC

Visitors welcome. (see below)

September 8, 2018

Alice Osborn  - HOW TO BE A ROCK STAR AT PR

How do you stand out from the crowd to make others remember who you are? Through your personal brand!

Alice started her own writing and editing business over a decade ago, and through dedication, talent, and by following her own rules about PR and branding, she’s built a successful career in the arts. In her workshop, you’ll learn how to grow your author brand by highlighting what makes you different from the crowd through your personal story, how you show up, and how you network/volunteer your time. In this program with information you can use right away, you’ll see how creating a powerful brand for you and your book will help attract, engage, and retain new readers and fans as it builds the loyalty of your current ones. 

Bio: Alice Osborn’s past educational and work experience is unusually varied, and it now feeds her work as a poet/book editor and singer/songwriter on acoustic guitar. Alice has taught writing workshops to thousands of aspiring fiction, poetry, and memoir authors of nearly all ages from 9 to 90 both around the corner and across continents. Heroes without Capes is her most recent collection of poetry. A former editor for Wake Living magazine, Alice is also the editor of the anthologies Tattoos and Creatures of Habitat, both from Main Street RagA NC Writers’ Network, NC Poetry Society, and NC Songwriters Co-op board member and a Pushcart Prize nominee, her work has appeared in the News and Observer, The Broad River Review, The Pedestal MagazineSoundings Review and in numerous journals and anthologies. 

Guests are welcome. 

This event is made possible by NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources through the Alamance Arts Council.


Membership in the club is not required. Visitors are welcome. Contact Elizabeth Solazzo at 336-578-8072 or elizabeth.solazzo@gmail.com for additional information. 

Location: Graham Civic Center

Past Events

June 9, 2018

Come out and enjoy fellowship and planning for next year. I'm not sure what program Alice has planned but it will be a fun morning enjoying the literary arts. If you placed 2nd, 3rd or with an Honorable Mention in the adult contest, bring your entry and hopefully there will be some time to hear some of them.

Membership in the club is not required. Visitors are welcome. Contact Elizabeth Solazzo at 336-578-8072 or elizabeth.solazzo@gmail.com for additional information. 

April 14, 2018

The Burlington Writers Club is pleased to welcome John Claude Bemis for our April meeting. He was originally scheduled for our December meeting which was cancelled due to snow. The author of The Wooden Prince, Lord of Monsters, The Clockwork Dark trilogy, The Prince Who Fell from the Sky, and Flora and the Runaway Rooster, he is an inspiring speaker and entertaining performer.  He received the Excellence in Teaching Award from UNC Chapel Hill’s School of Education and served as NC Piedmont Laureate. John lives in Hillsborough with his wife and daughter. He will offer a presentation and workshop. Guests are welcome. 

This event is made possible by NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources through the Alamance Arts Council.


Membership in the club is not required. Visitors are welcome. Contact Elizabeth Solazzo at 336-578-8072 or elizabeth.solazzo@gmail.com for additional information. 

Location: Captain White House

March 10, 2018

‘Where the Words Come From’

India Cain and Keith Allen will offer a presentation focused on creativity. Our speakers will explore how we find the words to say what we have inside us. They will also play their special brand of music. Come be enlightened and entertained.

This event is made possible by NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources through the Alamance Arts Council.


Membership in the club is not required. Visitors are welcome. Contact Elizabeth Solazzo at 336-578-8072 or elizabeth.solazzo@gmail.com for additional information. 

Location: Captain White House

February 10, 2018

Sharon Wheeler, owner of PURPLE CROW BOOKS, will speak with the club about what independent bookstores look for in the books they purchase.  The Purple Crow is a venue for readers to find new and used books, a place to relax, sit or peruse the latest works by local authors. Because they specialize in local writers, the store is a favorite tourist destination.

This event is made possible by NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources through the Alamance Arts Council.


Membership in the club is not required. Visitors are welcome. Contact Elizabeth Solazzo at 336-578-8072 or elizabeth.solazzo@gmail.com for additional information. 

Location: Captain White House


Sunday, February 4, 2018 - Remembrance for Sally Svee

Captain White House,  Alamance Arts at 2:00.

All four of her children will be in attendance and there will be time to mingle, have a snack and talk with them. Hope you can come.

January 13, 2018

The speaker/workshop leader for January will be Richard Krawiec, publisher of Jacar Press.

This event is made possible by NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources through the Alamance Arts Council.


Membership in the club is not required. Visitors are welcome. Contact Elizabeth Solazzo at 336-578-8072 or elizabeth.solazzo@gmail.com for additional information. 

Location: Mebane Arts Community Center

December 16, 2017

Come to the Author Fair on Saturday, December 16, 2017 for a fun meet and greet with local authors! The Author Fair will feature over 10 published authors.  Both children's and adult authors will be present, so bring the kids.

Meet some of our wonderful Authors, buy books and collect autographs too!

Featured Authors

Children’s Books
Janet R Sady – Winston Wants a Home for Christmas

Fiction
Doris Dix Caruso – The Violet Shawl 
Elizabeth Wilmoth Solazzo – Chasing the Wind 
Sally I Svee – Ready to Read Stories

Murder/Mystery
J. Edward Gray – The Greater Good – Murder Comes to the High Sierra

Non-Fiction
Jean Bailey Robor – ‘She Has a Big But’! Get Past Your Excuses and Realize Your Dreams
Shirley Sanders – From Rescue Dog to Therapy Dog: Ginger’s Journey

Poetry
Nancy Clark – The Essence of Less
Robert Demaree – Other Ladders

Location: Captain White House


December 9, 2017 - CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER

The Burlington Writers Club is pleased to welcome John Claude Bemis for our December speaker. The author of The Wooden Prince, Lord of Monsters, The Clockwork Dark trilogy, The Prince Who Fell from the Sky, and Flora and the Runaway Rooster, he is an inspiring speaker and entertaining performer.  He received the Excellence in Teaching Award from UNC Chapel Hill’s School of Education and served as NC Piedmont Laureate. John lives in Hillsborough with his wife and daughter. He will offer a presentation and workshop. 

This event is made possible by NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources through the Alamance Arts Council.


Membership in the club is not required. Visitors are welcome. Contact Elizabeth Solazzo at 336-578-8072 or elizabeth.solazzo@gmail.com for additional information. 

Location: Captain White House


November 11, 2017

Our guest speakers/readers will be recently published BWC members who will share excerpts from their new publications.

Membership in the club is not required. Visitors are welcome. Contact Elizabeth Solazzo at 336-578-8072 or elizabeth.solazzo@gmail.com for additional information. 

October 14, 2017

Alice Johansen will present a workshop on metaphors  entitled "Metaphors Be With You." She’ll start with an explanation of metaphors followed by an activity that will get us all thinking. Bring your active imagination! 

Membership in the club is not required. Visitors are welcome. Contact Elizabeth Solazzo at 336-578-8072 or elizabeth.solazzo@gmail.com for additional information about the club. 

Location: Captain White House.

Autumn Reading Salon - Oct 15, 2017

The Burlington Writers Club will present an Autumn Reading Salon on October 15th at 2:00 pm at Alamance Arts. Eleven writers will read from their collections of memoir, poetry and fiction. The public is invited to come and appreciate these diverse voices from our artistic community. The Captain White House is located at 213 S Main Street in Graham.

September 9, 2017

The club welcomes the new executive editor of the Times News, Rich Jackson, for our first meeting of the 2017-2018 club-year. A veteran journalist and editor, Jackson began his newspaper career 25 years ago as the crime reporter for the Beaver Dam Daily Citizen in Wisconsin. He has since served as an editor at six different newspapers, most recently at The Derrick and The News-Herald in Oil City, Pennsylvania.

He has taught writing/journalism classes at the college level and will talk about writing for newspapers and magazines.

This event is made possible by NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources through the Alamance Arts Council.


Membership in the club is not required. Visitors are welcome. Contact Elizabeth Solazzo at 336-578-8072 or elizabeth.solazzo@gmail.com for additional information. 

Location: Captain White House.


June 10, 2017

Contest winners to read.

Do not –  I repeat –  do not  take that writing ‘break’ this summer!


May 13, 2017 

Carrie Knowlesis the 2014 Piedmont Laureate in Short Fiction. She has published widely in both fiction and nonfiction and has won a number of prestigious writing awards. She is the author of Lillian’s Garden, Ashoan’s Rug, and The Last Childhood: A Family Story of Alzheimer’s. Her latest book is entitled A Garden Wall in Provence, and has been called a love letter to a beloved place.

This event is made possible by NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources through the Alamance Arts Council.


Membership in the club is not required. Visitors are welcome. Contact Elizabeth Solazzo at 336-578-8072 or elizabeth.solazzo@gmail.com for additional information. 

Location: Captain White House.

April 8 , 2017 

Debra Kaufman is a local poet and playwright. She has published in Southern Poetry Review, Greensboro Review, Poetry East, North Carolina Literary Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, and Carolina Quarterly, among others. Her newest collection of poetry is Delicate Thefts, published in 2015. Debra has taught many creative writing workshops for children and adults, including in Durham's Creative Arts in the Public Schools program, at High Point University's Phoenix Festival, in libraries, for writers' groups, and for Our Stories in Focus, a public arts and history collaboration sponsored by the towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro and the UNC Humanities Program. 

Debra is a motivating and inspiring author who has much to share with aspiring writers. Please join us if you can.

Membership in the club is not required. Visitors are welcome. Contact Elizabeth Solazzo at 336-578-8072 or elizabeth.solazzo@gmail.com for additional information. 

Location: Captain White House.

March 11 , 2017 

Faun Finley Director, Creative and Brand Marketing, has been an Innovator and Speaker on “The Art of Branding, How to Sell Books” at the North Carolina Writer’s Conference. She lives in Greensboro and has clients in both retail and non-profit. An editor of digital communications and a team builder, she is also an award winning copywriter who will present us with a workshop.

This event is made possible by NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources through the Alamance Arts Council.


Membership in the club is not required. Visitors are welcome. Contact Elizabeth Solazzo at 336-578-8072 or elizabeth.solazzo@gmail.com for additional information. 

Location: Captain White House, 213 S. Main Street in Graham

February 11, 2017

Peter Makuck will present a workshop. Mr Makuck is a Professor Emeritus at East Carolina University and Founding editor of “Tar River Poetry”. A Poet and Short Story author, he has a dozen books to his credit and a new short story collection, just released. He has received countless honors and is a teacher extraordinaire.

This event is made possible by NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources through the Alamance Arts Council.


Membership in the club is not required. Visitors are welcome. Contact Elizabeth Solazzo at 336-578-8072 or elizabeth.solazzo@gmail.com for additional information. 

Location: Graham Public Library   

January 14, 2017 

Tracy Crow – With an MFA in creative writing from Queens College, Charlotte, NC, this former Marine officer is an award-winning author of Memoir and Short stories. A professor of creative writingshe has also been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize and will present a workshop for us.

Location: Captain White House (Alamance Arts)

This event is made possible by NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources through the Alamance Arts Council.




December 10, 2016 

“Imagine the Possibilities.”  Workshop led by member Doris Dix Caruso, and a Holiday Party!  

Location:  Captain White House


November 19, 2016


Elizabeth Solazzo, author of A Little Book of Stories and Saxapahaw Girl, will present a program entitled, One Great Sentence. The workshop will consist of prompts to encourage the group to write creative and thoughtful sentences. 


Location: The Meeting Room at May Memorial Library, 342 S. Spring St., Burlington, NC.


All Visitors Welcome. For more information call 336-578-8072 

or email Elizabeth.Solazzo@gmail.com


October 8, 2016


Doris Caruso will present a program on writing literary non-fiction. Doris is an award-winning writer who has published for many years. Most recently, she released three books of fiction, The Violet Shawl, Little Summer of St. Luke and The Dreamin' Tree.


Location: The Meeting Room at May Memorial Library, 342 S. Spring St., Burlington, NC.


September 10, 2016

The Burlington Writers Club is excited to kick off  the fall meeting with a workshop by Shelby Stephenson, North Carolina Poet Laureate, NC Literary Hall of Fame Inductee, and recipient of the NC Award in Literature. 

Stephenson grew up on a small farm near Benson NC.  He holds a B.A. from UNC-Chapel Hill where he also studied law, the University of Pittsburg (M.A.), and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He worked in a variety of jobs, including as a radio and television announcer, salesman, right-of-way agent and farmer. But, the love of words caught up with him and he soon held positions in university English departments. He retired in 2010 from UNC Pembroke where he was professor of English and editor of Pembroke Magazine.

His publications include a poetic documentary: Plankhouse, Middle Creek Poems, Carolina Shout!, Finch’s Mash, The Persimmon Tree Carol, Poor People, Greatest Hits, Fiddledeedee, Possum, Playing Dead, Play My Music Anyhow and Family Matters: Homage to July, the Slave Girl.  With his family, he has also recorded four CDs. 

Says Stephenson, “ I believe in memory and imagination. Everywhere l go across the state, I see and hear others who feel as  I do. I believe one's life is worth writing about, so write your memories. Serving as Poet Laureate is gratifying as well as fun and leaves me with a sense of encouraging others. To each of you I say remember, research, and write!”

Location:
Textile Heritage Museum ‘North of Charleston’ meeting room
(Handicap Accessible)
For more info, either call the Textile Heritage Museum at 
336 260 0038 or call Brenda at 336 684 5456. Her  e-mail is 1rewrite97[at]bellsouth.net

Photos from the event:

            


June 11, 2016
The Burlington Writers Club will host the winning members of the adult writing contest on Saturday, June 11th at the May Memorial Library, Downtown Burlington, NC. 
They will read from their winning selections and answer questions regarding their writing styles during the session. (Pictured - all winners.)

The club meets from 10-12:00 and guests are always welcome.
For more information contact: Wayne Drumheller, Program Chair 336-266-6461


May 14, 2016


The Burlington Writers Club speaker for Saturday, May 14 is Wayne Drumheller, Editor and Founder of The Carolinas-Virginia Short Book Writers Project.  He will present “Writing as Art, Editing and Publishing” along with two recently published Alamance County guest writers. The Club meets at the Captain White Art Council in Graham from 10-12:00 noon. Guests are always welcome.


This will be a great way for aspiring artists, writers and gifted artisans and craftsmen of all types and ages, to put their belated new year’s resolution into action to write and publish a book, family album, scrapbook of art, poetry and photography portfolio. He will guide attendees through the steps of designing and writing from cover page, title page, copyright statement, introduction, use of art and illustrations, content pages and biographical back page.


Wayne is a Virginia native and Burlington, NC based photojournalist, writing consulting, book editor and photographer.  He is the author of My Alamance: A Photographer’s Notebook, Appalachian Sunrise: Finding My Way Home, A Photographer Notebook: Photographs and Lyrical Writing from the 60’s and

A Photographer’s Notebook: My Journey Into Everyday Life. All are printed and published using CreateSpace, an Amazon.com company. They are available at Burlington Artists League Gallery and www.amazon.com.


Previous Events


April 9, 2016


The April Burlington Writers Club guest speakers are ‘The Story Sisters," a group of local authors consisting of Doris Caruso, Janet Sady, Elizabeth Solazzo, Sally Svee and Brenda Wilson. They will present a program on writing, publishing and marketing your work and how working with a group of like minded authors can benefit the group as a whole. The program will include opportunities to write and read your work. All visitors welcome.


For more information, call 336-578-2496, aejwrite@aol.com, or
336-578-8072,
Elizabeth.Solazzo@gmail.com



March 12, 2016


The March Burlington Writers Club guest speaker is Christine Wethman, a former church administrator now adult coloring artist and author of the Kaleidoscopes of My Mind:  From Elvis to the Beatles in writing and color.


Ever wonder what "Hunka Hunka Burning Love" by Elvis has to do with the Bible? Published late last year, the selections in Musical Kaleidoscope reveal how God connects to us through music. This includes music of the pioneers of rock and roll like Elvis Presley up to The Beatles who wrote over 275 songs. It was obvious that some of the songs that reached the top of the Billboard chart during 60s and 70s had their roots in Gospel music. For others, it was not so obvious. Religious and spiritual influences and references were more latent, requiring a close examination of the lyrics and gaining insight into the lives of the song writers. In addition to Elvis and The Beatles, some other artists included in the book are Willie Nelson, Joni Mitchell, John Denver and Pete Seeger. This is truly a trip down memory lane back to the time of Woodstock, love-ins, anti-war protests and environmental activism. A hand-colored drawing accompanies and complements each message.


Mrs. Wethman will lead a discussion and read sections from her book to illustrate how music lyrics, one’s faith and writing can come together to produce a kaleidoscope of vivid colors and dramatic art renderings.


February 13, 2016


The February Burlington Writers Club guest speaker is Nancy Clark, author of The Essence of Less--a collection of poetry and prose that follows the exploration and celebration of  "lessness." A retired educator, she is a member of the Burlington Writers Club and plans to lead the group through a focus on members’ own wisdom about what makes successful writing, as well as applying a “hands on” process to generate writing sprung from critical little things from our life experience.   


January 9, 2016


The January Burlington Writers Club guest speakers are a mother and daughter author and poet writing team. 


After nine children, Tanya Moore completed a library workshop on writing as art, editing and publishing. After many years of diapers, child raising, and home schooling, she feels that she is finally able to begin putting her scribbled thoughts and notes from all sorts of paper, napkins and even shopping bags, into a book so others can read and enjoy them. She found time and in three months put her pen to paper and wrote her first book, Moore Thoughts: Selected Writings and Poems - an inspirational and great read about a mother’s love, loss, surrender, devotion and determination against many of life’s challenges.


Morgan Taylor Moore, a sophomore home-schooled student, is a biblical adventure writer. She has been writing stories since she was eight years of age. However, she has only recently consulted with her parents and seven siblings on her style, genre and desire to complete a full-length biblical adventure book series. She hopes reader will find her first book exciting and will be blessed and inspired to read other books in The Jariel's Biblical Adventure Series - which is energetic and gives the contemporary reader a rare descriptive glimpse into a biblical world where a fearless and sensitive young woman strives to defeat evil while maintaining a strong faith and love of family. Besides writing, she is an accomplished guitar player and loves her family, friends, music, knitting and reading.


Together, they will present a discussion and presentation of their book editng process, writing style, and goals for the future. They reside in Alamance County, where the family enjoys reading great books, talking with anyone who will listen and sharing a good meal with family and friends. They are currently traveling full-time with their blue grass band, SALT & LIGHT, in hopes to minister to others and share the good news wherever they go.


This event is made possible by NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources through the Alamance Arts Council.



December 12, 2015


The Burlington Writers’ Club speaker for Saturday, December 12th is Taneka Bazemore- Bennett. She is the creator of Mental: The Musical as well as other theatrical works. Her work has been featured alongside Dr. Maya Angelou, James Earl Jones and Ossie Davis. She is a classically trained viola player, composer, lyricist and vocalist with a Master’s Degree from St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas.  As a performer, Bennett has toured with the Sunbelt Theater Company and the Touring Theater of North Carolina.


Charity Apple in the Burlington Times News, June 4, 2015, calls Bennett’s, “Mental: The Musical, humorous, energetic, toe-tapping and Broadway! It will make you laugh until you cry and cry until you laugh,” said Apple. 


At the December club meeting, she will give a one-person rendition of the play while discussing its style, origin and musical content.


This event is made possible by NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources through the Alamance Arts Council.




November 14, 2015


Guest speaker is author Cecil Murphey, who has written or co-written more than 135 books, including the New York Times bestseller 90 Minutes in Heaven (with Don Piper) and Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story (with Dr. Ben Carson). His books have sold in the millions and have brought hope and encouragement to countless people.


The title of the workshop is

Good, Better, Best

How to Improve your Writing


Visitors welcome to this FREE Workshop 

FOR NOVEMBER ONLY – WE WILL MEET IN THE FELLOWSHIP HALL AT GRAHAM PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, LOCATED ON THE CORNER OF HARDEN AND MAPLE STREETS IN GRAHAM.


For more Information, CALL 336-264-9764 or email to

AEJWRITE [at] AOL.COM