Club History

October 10, 2015

Amy Barr is the co-author of the book: Graham, North Carolina. The book is a photographic history, part of the Images of America Series by Arcadia Publishing.  Researching and writing the book was a labor of love for this small-town girl.  Her love of history was handed down from her parents, especially her mother Emily.   As a child, Amy went along on many trips to the archives, to cemeteries and libraries as her parents traced their family tree. This was back in the "good-old days" before the internet made it easy to research from home. 

Amy works at Graham Public Library where she has served for over 25 years, holding many positions, including "Miss Amy," the story time lady,  and local history librarian for the branch.  Jerry Peterman, mayor of Graham and curator of the Graham Historical Museum, calls on her occasionally to scan old photos from local families.  Jerry and Amy co-authored the Graham book.

Amy's writing is squeezed into a very busy schedule.  Besides the demands of her library career, she and her husband have raised two eagle scouts and one brownie scout.  Amy gets most of her down time after the kids are tucked in bed, and on her family's occasional camping trips.  

The technological advances of the internet have changed Amy's focus in local history.  She spends much of her free time gathering information from local sources and putting them on the internet for access by other researchers. Amy and her family have photographed over 200 local historic markers and added them to the historic marker database.  When the family travels, they will stop and upload markers along the way. She also contributes to the "Find-A-Grave" database, taking photos of tombstones and entering them online. 

Amy is a member of several local history organizations:  The Alamance County Genealogical Society, and the Graham Chapter of United Daughters of the Confederacy.  She currently serves as secretary for The Alamance County War Memorial Committee.

She knows the town of Graham like the back of her hand, and is the first person Graham Library patrons look to when they have a local history question. Whether they're looking for the "Silver Coach," a long-lost grave, or a story about a local crime from long ago, Amy can usually find the answer.  Amy and her family currently live in Burlington but she still calls Graham home.

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

September 27, 2015

Burlington Writers Club Reading Salon

Members will read from original works in prose and poetry. Reception and book signings follow. For more info call 336 227 3177. A great way to spend the afternoon!

September 12, 2015

Pippa Hoover is a Raleigh-based indie folk singer-songwriter and cellist with a soulful sound and a flair for writing smart, introspective lyrics. With a “rich and haunting voice, ” Pippa sings stories of swimming pools and snowstorms, baby fireflies and black holes. Pippa’s cello work showcases her twelve plus years of classical training with rich bass lines, textural chords, and lyrical solos. Pippa made her live performance debut in February of 2014, and has performed in coffee shops, bars, and restaurants throughout the Triangle.


In April of 2014, Pippa partnered with guitarist Gary Adams. They won second place in the Grassroots Band Competition at the Fall 2014 Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance (Pippa’s second second place win). In 2015, Pippa and Gary added drummer Anthony Floyd to form a trio. They are currently finishing their first album, which will be released in the fall of 2015.


In addition to her solo music, Pippa plays with the Triangle-based folk band Honey Magpie. Pippa contributes cello, vocals, and songwriting to the project. Honey Magpie won first place in the Spring 2015 Shakori Hills Grassroots Band Competition, and has played Triangle venues and festivals including Honeysuckle Tea House, Local 506, and Festival for the Eno. 

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

Rosemary Lancaster
Celebration of Life Service - Aug 15
Rosemary was an active member of BWC for many years, but declining health made it difficult for her to attend meetings on a regular basis in recent months. She was an active member of the Mixed Genre Critique Group and wrote her book Facing Retirement Disabled while participating in it. The book is an inspiring collection of personal experiences and lessons in adjustment necessitated by her late husband's illness. It was was published in 2014.

There will be a Celebration of Life Service and Reception for Rosemary on Saturday, August 15 at 2:00 p.m. in the May-Foley Chapel at Twin Lakes Retirement Community.

Norma C. Davis
Memorial Service - July 5
Norma C. Davis, charter member of the Burlington Writer’s Club, died on June 30, 2015. She served on numerous committees and held officer positions throughout the years. Everyone who met Norma became a recipient of her attention and encouragement, whether novice or accomplished.

Norma began her career in merchandizing, modeling and as an assistant buyer in Richmond, Atlanta and New York City. She was an excellent gardener, teacher, real estate agent, historian and book club member.  Her exploration of family history and genealogy culminated in the publication of A Nineteenth Century Family Memoir-Matti. “My love of history started in elementary grades when Marco Polo held me hostage, and I was captivated by the Belgian Congo,” she stated.

The members of the Burlington Writer’s Club are grateful to Norma for her dedication over these nearly sixty years. We will miss her kindness, intelligent conversation, inquisitive mind, excellent writing and sparkling personality. 

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, July 5 at 3 p.m. in the Chapel of the Front Street United Methodist Church, 136 S. Fisher Street, Burlington, NC.

Times-News, Burlington, NC
July 2, 2015

June 13, 2015

Winning Club members of the Annual Adult Contest will read their winning entries at the June 13 monthly meeting. You will be entertained with fiction, non-fiction, poetry, light verse, and poetry and stories for children. For more information call Alice at 336-578-2496 or Wayne at 336-266-6461. 

May 9, 2015

Olivia Stogner, 
author of  The Unfading, will speak on "The Joys, Challenges and Rewards of a First Novel."

Olivia Stogner is a North Carolina native. She is currently an English instructor at Alamance Community College. She enjoys reading and traveling. She has taught English in Beijing, China. She also enjoys painting and dance. She credits the woods and the stream near her home for giving her at least some of her inspiration.

Under the light of the fading stars, a bright-eyed child in a strange boat washes up on the shores of the River Blythe. Calder is expecting another day of fishing, but instead he finds her. He takes the child home to his wife, Eldoris. They call her Carina. So begins Carina’s journey to find out who she is and what a faded book in a strange language and a tear shaped jewel have to do with her ancestry and her destiny. Throughout her journey, Carina is both helped and hunted. In the land of Kelwynden, things are not always as they seem. Carina has heard many stories from the Eldress Altea and the wanderer, Elias. There are tales of those with wings, those who live in the sea, an ancient book, and a wonderful spring. Were those only legends or could they be true? Carina is about to find out. The Unfading is more than a story. It is a story about stories and about finding out who it is you are becoming.

Olivia's photo by her sister -  Suzie Stogner, Photographer

April 11, 2015
 Heather Holley-HallAlamance County Public Libraries’ Associate Director of Operations, will speak on "Writing Book Reviews: the pleasure and challenges." 

Heather Holley-Hall is a native of Alamance County. She graduated Cum Laude from UNCG in 1992, with a BA in English and History, and a minor in Classical Studies. After several years in marketing, Heather went back to school and earned her MLIS from UNCG in 2001. Heather has worked for Alamance County Public Libraries since 2000, but her love of libraries began in her childhood. 

Heather began writing a monthly library column for the Burlington Times-News in 2002. Her columns feature book reviews, library news, and updates on library programs. To date, she has written over 150 columns. At approximately 500 words per column, that’s ove
r 78,000 words, mostly about how much she loves books!

Heather resides in Haw River with her husband, her youngest son, and a completely crazy Dalmatian mix named Darla.

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

March 14, 2015
Deadline for Adult Contest Entries

"The Heart of Alamance County Book Writers Project." Featured will be Brenda Wilson: Mama Moves To Ossipee; Darryl Peebles: A Slap and A Frown; Linda Angel: Alamance Memories; and Laurie Smith: Granny and the History of her Little Log Cabin.

"The Heart of Alamance County Book Writers Project" is the result of an invitation to 10 BWC members to write a short book with illustrations about their cultural, literary and historical connection to Alamance County. The Individual books created will become a permanent collection for display in Alamance County.

Join them for a lively and entertaining discussion about "why" they wrote the book and "what" they hope the readers will learn from the experience.
Alamance Arts, 213 S. Main Street, Graham 10 - 12:00. Visitors welcome.

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

February 14, 2015

Ed Southern, Executive Director of the North Carolina Writers' Network will speak on "North Carolina-The Writing State."

 He is a North Carolina native.  His books include Voices of the American Revolution in the Carolinas, The Jamestown Adventure, and his first work of fiction, Parlous Angels, a collection of connected short stories. 

Since 2008, he has been executive director of the North Carolina Writers’ Network, after more than eight years with John F. Blair, Publisher. He lives in Winston-Salem. 

The nonprofit North Carolina Writers’ Network is the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to writers at all stages of development. For additional information, visit

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

January 10, 2015

Robin Fitzgerald brings a wealth of writing experience to her profession. She started out as a clinical social worker and marriage counselor. She grew up as a "PK" (Preacher's Kid). She now home schools her two boys and assists her pastor husband in their mission and work at Glen Raven Baptist Church. She knows well the challenges of "Faith Based Writing" and will share her experiences, goals and future expectations with us.

Robin Fann Fitzgerald graduated from Liberty University with a 
B. A.  in psychology and an M. A. in counseling.  She holds a Doctorate in Biblical Studies (DBS) from Colorado Theological Seminary.  Robin is a licensed professional counselor, a jail ministry preacher, and a Bible teacher.  She has written three faith based books: The Price of Love; Jesus and the Jewish Festivals; and Discovering God's Ceaseless, Unequivocal, Unconstrained Love for Me.

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

December 13, 2014

Former winners of the Annual Student Contests will present "Young Adult Writers on Poetry and Fiction."  They will discuss their writing, publication, and how winning this contest has impacted their creativity.

Even the Stars Go Out 
Jamie Rollins, a senior at Southern Alamance High School, has been awarded High Honors by her school for sustaining a "top three" class average since her freshman year. In her junior year, she won first place in the County-wide Student Poetry Contest sponsored by the Burlington Writers' Club. After graduation, she plans to attend college and major in English, the fine arts and social sciences. More importantly, she dreams of exploring the world and making a significant mark in her community and society at large. She resides in Graham, North Carolina with her parents, younger brother and their family dog. 

Into The Light
Katherine "Katie" Dodson, a sophomore at Burlington Christian, loves every aspect of the arts. Writing to her is an escape to an alternate world that she can create. She uses it as her diary and as an outlet to truly let her creativity live and flourish. She describes it as “a place where I can freely express my emotions. It is where I can use my God-given capabilities to honor Him through my work.” She likes writing short stories, songs, poems, narrative stories and short pieces for news journals and ads. She has drafted and illustrated a children’s book, Luna, for young readers. She would love to study creative writing and other arts in college. She hopes to make writing and the arts her career one day. Katie says, “It all just depends on where God wants me to go with my life.” She lives with her parents in Haw River, North Carolina. 

Shaping Life
Joshua Fitzgerald, a senior in the Alamance County Home School Group, is enrolled in an online advance placement college program with Oral Roberts University.  His future plans include attending Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. 

He is active in Glen Raven Baptist Church where his father is the associate pastor.  His mother is very active in the Home School Group and has published two faith-based books. He is appreciative of the opportunity they have given to participate in the Burlington Writers' Club as a presenter.
Joshua's book, Shaping Life is a collection of narrative writings, essays and opinions about his life and the world as he sees it.  He has created a series of computer designs that present this theme in graphic form for the reader.

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

November 8, 2014

J. Edward (Jim) Gray will present "Historical Fiction Writing & Marketing." Jim is the author of New Garden, an epic tale of an
American family swept apart by the conflicts of the Mexican War, the California Gold Rush, and the American Civil War. 

He received his degree in history from the University of Virginia. An avid student of American history, particularly accounts of the antebellum and Civil War eras, Jim also writes a blog for

We welcome visitors and the program is free. Please join us at the Mebane Arts & Community Center, 633 Corregidor Street, Mebane. For more information call 336-578-2496.

October 11, 2014

Carrie Knowles, 2014 Piedmont Laureate 
in short fiction, will present a workshop at the Burlington Writers Club meeting on October 11th. Carrie is a freelance writer, arts advocate and organizer. She has published three books: The Last Childhood: A Family Story of Alzheimer’s, two novels, Lillian’s Garden and Ashoan’s Rug. Her short stories have won awards in The Village Advocate Fiction Contest, the Blumenthal Writers & Readers Series, the North Carolina Writer’s Network Fiction Syndication and Glimmer Train’s Very Short Fiction Competition. She was a Doris Betts Fiction finalist and received an honorable mention in the National Literary Awards.

Carrie founded the Free Range Studio in Raleigh which provides office space for a wide range of writers and other artists to work. Visit Carrie at

Visitors are welcome to attend and the workshop is free. Join us at the Alamance Arts Council, 213 S Main Street, Graham NC from 10:00am-12:00pm on Saturday, October 11. For more information call Alice at 336-578-2496. Flyer

September 13, 2014

Topic: "Every Day Life: Creative Writing Workshop"
Designed & Facilitated by Zelda Lockhart
Author of Fifth Born, Fifth Born II and Cold Running Creek
In this workshop participants produce raw material from the core of their experiences. Exercises to help participant get in the creative zone quickly and access their joys and pains will produce short poetry and prose as well as teach some invaluable skills for daily writing while leading a very busy life.

Time Frame: This workshop requires a minimum of 1 hour.

ZELDA LOCKHART is Director of LaVenson Press Studios:Inspiring Women to Self-Define Through Writing & Publishing and is award winning author of novels Fifth BornCold Running Creekand Fifth Born II: The Hundredth Turtle. Lockhart was awarded Piedmont Laureate for Literature in North Carolina, a Barnes & Noble Discovery Award, and was finalist for both a Hurston Wright Award and a

 Lambda Literary Award. Lockhart is recognized nationally and abroad as an inspiring public speaker.
She lives in Hillsborough on the 3.5 acres of land that she recently converted into LaVenson Press Studios, which 
offers a series of workshops, hosts a literary magazine and feeds participants from its organic garden. Visit her websites at .

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

June 14, 2014 at 10:00 am at the Captain White House (Alamance County Arts Council), 213 S. Main Street, Graham NC.  Winners of the annual BWC contest read winning entries. Open to the public.

May 10, 2014, guest speaker Dan Walker joined the Burlington Writers Club at their monthly meeting. Dan writes a feature magazine article'Dining with Dan', for Cooperative Living, a magazine in Virginia, and shared his expertise. Guests welcomed!!  This event made possible by NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources through the Alamance County Arts Council.

The 2014 Student Awards Ceremony was held with ninety plus people in attendance. A total of 396 entries were received from students in Alamance County. First Place winners read winning entries. A reception followed at the Alamance County Arts Council.

April 12th, 2014
The Burlington Writers Club met at the Captain White house where local potter and writer, Jan Holloman, discussed how writing has become an integral part of her daily life. Public invited to join us. This event made possible by NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources through the Alamance County Arts Council.

February 8, 2014
The Burlington Writers Club hosted Cassandra Kircher, Associate Professor at Elon University, at the Captain White House in Graham. Kircher's nonfiction has appeared in South Dakota Review, Cold Mountain Review, Apalachee Review, and Permanent Vacation: Twenty Writers on Work and Life in Our National Parks. She is the winner of Flyway's 2010 Notes in the Field Contest and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2011. Kircher spoke on writing nonfiction. Visitors welcomed. This event made possible by NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources through the Alamance County Arts Council.

January 11, 2014    
Nora Gaskin Esthimer, a resident of Chatham County, a writer, publisher, teacher, and editor presented the program. She is the author of Until Proven: A Mystery in 2 Parts,  a book that recounts two murders which take place in Chapel Hill 40 years apart, one is solved and one is not. Both crimes involve the same families. The public was invited. 

December 14, 2013
Mike Papadeas read from his Collected Poems. He was born in Athens, Greece and his writing is influenced by Greek culture and present-day life in the American South. Poetry is his favorite genre, but Papadeas has also written Coming to America, a memoir written mainly for his grandchildren that covers the first twenty years of his life.  

Visitors welcomed.

November 9, 2013
John Claude Bemis
An inspiring speaker and entertaining performer, John Claude Bemis brings his passions for music, folklore, and spinning exciting tales to his novels and presentations. 

The first novel in his Clockwork Dark trilogy, The Nine Pound Hammer, was nominated for the North Carolina Children’s Book Award and was selected as a New York Public Library Best Children’s Book for Reading and Sharing. The trilogy continues with The Wolf Tree and The White City and has been described as “original and fresh” and “a unique way of creating fantasy.” His latest novel is The Prince Who Fell from the Sky. A musician and educator, John lives with his wife and daughter in Hillsborough, NC.  If that is not enough, John is also our Piedmont Laureate for 2013. 

Visitors welcome. Mebane Arts & Recreation Center, 633 Corregidor Drive, Mebane. John Claude's topic was "Exercising the Imagination."

October 12, 2013
Author Sandra Redding of Greensboro gave a presentation of her newest book Naomi Wise: A Cautionary Tale.
Redding has taught writing classes at GTCC, ACC, UNC Greensboro, and High Point University.  She has over 60 short stories, more than 50 poems, and hundred of book reviews and feature articles.  She also writes a monthly column for Greensboro's New and Record and O'Henry Magazine.               

To learn more about Sandra go to www.sandraredding.comVisitors welcomed.

September 14, 2013
The first meeting of the club year was held at the GRAHAM CIVIC CENTER, 503 McGee Street, Graham.  (MAP)  Visitors welcomed.

September 2013 
- "The Heart of Alamance Heritage Book Collection Project" was launched by Wayne Drumheller who teamed up with participants from the club and community volunteers to write, edit and produce this collection.

July 2013 
-  Hats Off to Brenda Wilson whose poem "Pond From My Deck" was placed on a poster and displayed in sixteen shop windows in Winston-Salem's Arts and Entertainment District.  Poetry in Plain Sight is sponsored by the Winston Salem Writers, Press 53, Barnhill's Books, Competitive Edge, Downtown Arts District Association, Delta Arts Center, and Forsyth County Public Library.

June 2013
 -  Congratulations to the Burlington Writers Club members whose entries won in the annual Alamance-Burlington Senior Games Literary Event.  They were recognized at the Alamance County Arts Council in June of 2013.

Best in Show Provisions  Genny Dickson
1st Place   A Passion for Poetry  Doris D. Caruso
2nd Place Grandpa's Gifts      Brenda L. Wilson
Best in Show  Elvis and Me  Seena Granowsy
1st Place Newspaper Ad   Janet Sady
Best in Show   They're Gone Now   Alice Johansen
1st Place   Wheels Parked at Gate B7 Doris D. Caruso
2nd Place  Astonishing Pleasure  Doris D. Caruso
Best in Show  Dilemma   Janet Sady
1st Place Tobacco Barns & Submarines Brenda L. Wilson

June 8, 2013  

BWC President Kathy Noyes presented the program, which focused on “Goal Motivation and Conflict: How to make characters seem alive and well.”

The final meeting of the 2012-13 season was held at the Alamance Arts Council building in Graham.  Visitors welcomed.

May 11, 2013
Wayne Drumheller—Writing As Art and Business

"After 25 years as a professional development and estate planning officer for five national nonprofit organizations,  
Wayne Drumheller is pursuing his life-long dream of helping others write their stories. Through free “Writing As Art and Business” workshops and critique groups, he helps others organize; write, technically edit and produce their first draft or signature 8.5 x 11 or 8 x 8 soft cover books of prose, poetry, memoir, children’s stories and collection of prose-poetry with photographs or illustration. 

He has helped over 40 writers, design, technically edit,critique and produce books of prose, poetry and verse for families, friends and associates."

Visitors welcome.

April 13, 2013

Guest Speaker Mimi Herman

Mimi Herman is a writer, editor, teaching artist and consultant. Logophilia is her newest collection of poetry. She hosted a writing retreat in a castle in the French countryside. 

She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College. She has worked as an arts and education consultant for over twenty years.   The author of The Art of Learning, Mimi has published in Crab Orchard Review, Shenandoah, The Hollins Critic and many other journals.

Mimi does her own carpentry and plumbing, and can milk a cow and a goat, though not at the same time.
Visitors welcomed.

February 9, 2013
Chris Roerdon, 'Don't Sabotage Your Submission'

 Author and editor Chris Roerdon discussed her book, Don't Sabotage Your Submission, which is the 2009 Benjamin Franklin Award: Royal Palm Book of the Year. It is a an expansion on Don't Murder Your Mystery, the winner of the Agatha Award for best non-fiction book.

A past president of a publication trade association of commercial and university presses, Ms. Roerdon is also a former board member of Mystery Writers of America, and long-time member of Sisters in Crime and Mensa.

Open to the public.

January 12, 2013

'Altered Books' presented by Carlene Morton

It's a new yearwe're back home at the Captain White House, and it's time to fulfill your resolution to become a better writer. Get all of those thoughts out of your head and on paper.

Take the first step and join us this coming Saturday as our vice president, Carlene Morton discusses altered books. Come take a look and learn.  

December 8, 2012
Poet and Novelist Joanna Catherine Scott

A special friend of the Burlington Writers Club, Joanna provided a fascinating and entertaining presentation.
She is very generous sharing her experience, expertise and passion for writing, researching and the creative process.

She read and discussed, An Innocent in the House of the Dead, which won the North Carolina Poetry Society’s 2012 Brockman-Campbell Book Award.  Her novels include: The Road from Chapel Hill, Child of the South, Charlie, Cassandra Lost, The Lucky Gourd Shop and Kleine Schwester Mi Sook.                        

 Learn more: Joanna Catherine Scott

November 10, 2012

Writing Family Histories and Memoirs

Local historian, retired college instructor and author J. Ron Oakley will be our guest speaker. He will focus on writing family histories and memoirs. His books include:
Mebane—Images of America
God's Country—America in the 50's
Baseball's Last Golden Age, 1946-60
The meeting was held at the Graham Civic Center, 503 Mcgee Street, Graham, NC. Visitors were welcomed.

October 13, 2012
Writing Workshop 

This meeting was an interactive workshop led by Carlene Morton. Through writing exercises personal knowledge was gained between members.

Door prizes were given to lucky attendees. Visitors were welcomed. 

September 8, 2012
Ian Finley, playwright and Piedmont Laureate 

Ian Finley hails from Utah, where he studied at the University of Utah, and premiered YOU CAN SAY THAT AGAIN: A TRIO FOR SECRETARIES (KCATF 2001) and THE NATURE OF THE NAUTILUS (Kennedy Center/Jean Kennedy Smith Award winner 2002).  Written for a company of deaf actors and performed in American Sign Language, NAUTILUS was Finley’s first experience writing material intended to spur conversation between diverse communities.

Finley has worked on film projects and explored the effect of interactivity on narrative structure via computer game design.  His work in this area includes THE KLOCKWERK: THE SHADOW IN THE CATHEDRAL (Textfyre Inc, 2008), KAGED (1st Place, International Interactive Fiction Competition, 2000), EXHIBITION and BABEL (XYZZY Award for Best Story).
Learn more about the Piedmont Laureate program.

June 9, 2012
Marketing and Media Writing in Today’s Environment 

David Day discussed marketing in the current internet environment, search engine optimization(SEO), organic and paid search, social media, analytics and other marketing tools. It's about why and how you must write and design your content to satisfy both computer algorithms and people.

A graduate of Rutgers University with a degree in journalism and communications, David began as a news writer and reporter in radio and television in New Jersey and Florida. He transitioned to traditional integrated marketing communications at LabCorp, and later to Internet marketing at IBM and Lenovo, as a products, services, and support marketing manager on the global marketing team. He is currently employed as the senior marketing manager for the combined companies of EZ Healthcare and Concerned Care, marketing Electronic Health Records (EHR) software and health care services.

April 14, 2012

Jean Bailey Robor
Learn About ePublishing

Jean Bailey Robor is author of "She Has a Big 'But'! Get Past Your Excuses & Realize Your Dreams" . She shared tips on e-publishing and was working on her next book and ongoing magazine articles. 
As an award-winning professional speaker and author, Jean has published three books, numerous magazine articles, blogs and has ghostwritten for clients from the United States to the United Kingdom.
In addition to writing she is also a professional speaker. Visit Jean Bailey Robor for more information.

March 10, 2012
Guest Author Anna Jean Mayhew 

Author of The Dry Grass of Summer, her topic was "Growing a Book." She is working on a second novel. Previously she published a nonfiction book on medical writing and one of trivia in South Carolina. Anna has been an editor and currently leads two writing groups. She has run a court reporting agency, worked in opera management, and edited a science fiction fan magazine. 

She discussed the roles an editor plays.
Learn more by visiting: AJ Mayhew - The Dry Grass of August

February 11, 2012
Scars of Wars
Scars of War Author to Present

Marilyn Swinson, author of Scars of War, was the speaker. Honored with Editor’s Choice and Rising Star awards, Scars of War is based on one-on-one interviews with more than forty veterans, all members of Combat Airmen/Joshua’s Troops, which meets in Mayodan, NC. 

For over four years, author Marilyn Swinson carefully recorded these true and often horrifying accounts of our nation’s major battles from World War ll through Iraq.  Below are some of the stories that Marilyn told:A sailor aboard a ship moored at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, deals with the aftermath of a surprise attack by the Japanese.
  • A Darby’s Ranger remembers the exhilaration of being part of the earliest US elite special combat unit operating deep behind enemy lines.
  • A battle-weary marine finally sees Old Glory raised on Iwo Jima.
  • A battalion chaplain fashions a baptismal from camouflage and sandbags to baptize converts in the battle ravaged Diyala Province northeast of Baghdad.                                                                  

    Visit Scars of War for more information.

October 15, 2011
Jesn Bailey Robor
Author, Jean Bailey Robor is a member of the Burlington Writers Club and... She Has A Big ‘But’! ...  Book Tour, That is.

In Jean Bailey Robor’s newest book, SHE HAS A BIG ‘BUT’! GET PAST YOUR EXCUSES & REALIZE YOUR DREAMS, you’ll find stories of 15 women who had every excuse to fail yet overcame those excuses, those big ‘buts’ and found success. This event brought to you courtesy of Creek Stone Med Spa. “Our goal is to help you see the beautiful, confident person God created you to be.” 

Details at: Calendar        Book Tour Flyer PDF  309k View | Download        Sample reading: She Has A Big 'But'
 Visit Jean Bailey Robor for more information.

October 8, 2011
Carlene Morton

We had a very special session because, aside from the business portion, it was entirely dedicated to member readings and critique. 

If you did not attend, you missed hearing a variety of moving and fascinating prose or poetry excerpts from our members. There
was a five minute limit per person, which left us wanting for more.

The photo is of the new The Library Pages poster of BWC member and children's author, Carlene Morton

September 10, 2011
2011 Piedmont Laureate, Scott Huler Inspires with Sound Advice, Humor and Lessons Learned
Scott Huler Sept BWC Mtg

Scott Huler is the Piedmont Laureate and author of six books ranging in subjects from NASCAR to the life lessons that can be learned from the classic book, the Odyssey. His latest book is On the Grid--A Plot of Land, an Average Neighborhood, and the Systems that Make our World Work. He devotes each chapter of On the Grid to a different system of the infrastructure that supports our way of life.
Scott shared his experiences and insights gleaned from a career that also includes writing for newspapers—such as the New York TimesWashington PostLos Angeles Times, and the Raleigh News & Observer—magazines, Fortune and Backpacker are two of them, and scripts for radio programs such as, “All Things Considered” and “Marketplace” and “Splendid Table.” 

Visit Scott Huler for more information about his writings.

Learn about the Piedmont Laureate program.

June 11, 2011
Dr. Anthony Realini, M.D.
Dr. Anthony Realini, M.D., guest speaker and Burlington Writers Club alumnus

Dr. Anthony (Tony) Realini, Writers Club member in the 1980's joined out of high school after placing in the Student Contest. He was an enthusiastic member and regular at weekly critique groups.

Now prominent in the medical field of opthamology, he teaches, writes, speaks and conducts research and has a private practice. He still writes fiction.

Tony presented a workshop with discussion on "how to create your own market".