Our Writing

Sunday, Nov. 25 at 4:00pm
Brenda Loy Wilson & Pastor Christi Dye
Reading & Writing Event

Poems, Psalms and Hope
Swepsonville United Methodist Church
1307 E, Main Street
Graham, NC 

Tuesday, Nov. 27th at 7:30pm
Brenda Willson will be reading from 'Suzanne Stories'
at the Haw River Historical Museum

It's located at 201 E. Main Street in Haw River, come early so that you can see
 the family photos and artifacts and gain knowledge of this 175 year old town!

October 27,  2018
Brenda Loy Wilson was selected as one of the four Poetry in  Plain Sight fall winners. She read and was presented a poster of her poem 'Break Downs' at ARTZ in Winston Salem on Oct. 27. Poetry in Plain Sight is sponsored by the Winston  Salem Writers, Press 53, NCPS, NCWN and Arts NC.

The Story Sisters - At Solgarden in Mebane, NC - Saturday, October 13, 2018, 11 am -3 pm
Live Music! India Cain & Keith Allen - Folk, 60s, Blues & Bluegrass
Meet the Authors
                        Joe Sledge - Did You See That?
                        Kimberly Hamilton - Missions & Mayhem, Adventures of a Female Private Investigator
                        The Story Sisters: Doris Caruso, Brenda Wilson, Liz Solazzo, Jan Sady

Sep 8, 2018 @ 11 am - 2 pm, Reading and Book Signing
Brenda Loy Wilson - 'Suzanne Stories'
Story Titles: First Beach Trip, A Pig Tale, Vows with Chickens
5226 S College Road #6
Wilmington, NC 28412

May 20, 2018

The Story Sisters, Brenda Loy Wilson, Doris Caruso and Janet Sady, will be at the Burlington Artists League at Holly Hill Mall on Sunday, May 20 from 2-4pm.  Carolyn Teague, local artist, who designed covers for several of our books, is the featured artist at BAL during the month of May. 

February 17, 2018

The Story Sisters

11:00 till 1:00 - 
The Story Sisters will appear and sign books at the Gibsonville Antiques and Collectibles at 106 E Railroad Avenue in Gibsonville. 

Download the Flyer: 
pdf or jpg

April 2017
Mebane Poetry Contest

Congratulations to the winners:
Ages 6-12: Emma Jackson, "I Ride My Peloton"
Ages 13-18: Isabel Marti, "My Not-So-Hispanic Quinceanara"
Adult: Alice Johansen, "Celebrating the Skate Key"

Meanwhile, the poems will remain on the hallway wall of Filament throughout April, which of course is Poetry Month. So stop in at Filament when you come 

to the Dogwood Festival and read the poems of those who submitted to the
2017 contest.

Sept. 25, 2016
Brenda Loy Wilson will read at 2:00 pm at Red Door Books & Local Art, 1616 Jordan Drive, Saxapahaw.

May 2016 Updates

One County/One Prompt 
Janet Sady - 1st Place for 'My Carousel of Life' 
Brenda L. Wilson - 3rd Place for 'Family Circles'

Alamance/Burlington Senior Games - Literary 
Janet Sady - 1st Place Fiction for 'The Antique Box'
Brenda Loy Wilson - 1st Place Poetry for 'Kitchen 1949  and 2nd Place Poetry for 'Frugal'
Kate Gaydos - 1st Place in Life Experience for 'A Secure Nest' and 1st Place in Visual Arts for 'Face'

Elizabeth Solazzo, Janet Sady and Brenda L Wilson have books for sale at The Red Door Books & Local Art in Saxapahaw.

Janet Sady recently published a non-fiction story 'Angel Unaware' in the Spiritual Writers Network contest anthology "Finding Our Wings."

May 14, 2016 - The first ever spring series of “Artisan Writers’ Nights” will continue Saturday, May 14th
from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Burlington Artists League Gallery, space 340, in the Holly Hill Mall, Huffman Mill Road in Burlington, North Carolina. The May event is free and will feature a discussion, reading and book signing by three Alamance County residents: Beth Canada, Sally Svee and Liz Solazzo.

April 2016 - Onc County / One Prompt: Winners from our Club: Jan Sady won 1st and Brenda Loy Wilson won 3rd.

April 24, 2016 - 
Brenda Wilson's Special to the Times-News - http://www.thetimesnews.com/article/20160424/NEWS/160429621

September 27, 2015 - A Readers’ 
Autumn  Salon, 
2:00pm – Alamance Arts, 
213 S. Main Street, 
Graham, NC
Sandra Redding After I’m Gone
Bob Demaree Five Years Later: 2015
Leon Hinton Larceny (selected from 'A Living Culture’)
Liz Solazzo Listening to Mama
Doris Caruso Lost in the Colors of Water
Sally Svee Sensory Triggers
Alice Johansen Saving the Roses: a brief memoir
Kathy Noyes The Snake Man
Kim Carruth Saturday Morning & With Regrets
Seena Granowsky Here Comes the Sun
Brenda Wilson Kitchen – 1949
Nancy Clark Sell! Sell!
Following the program there will be a reception and book signing

June 25, 2015 - Join Wayne Drumheller for a lively discussion of his book 'A Photographer's Notebook: My Journey into Everyday Life' and his photography exhibit at Burlington Artist League, Holly Hill Mall in Burlington.  'Heart of Alamance County Writers Project' authors Doris Caruso, Brenda Wilson, Jean Sturgill and Darryl Peebles will be on hand. 5:30 pm-7:00 pm.

June 11, 2015 - Alice Johansen and Brenda Wilson will read from their poetry at the POINT OF VIEW ART GALLERY, 4th Annual June Jam on Thursday, June 11th. Music, readings, visual art, song, cookout and more! 717 Chapel Hill Road, Burlington, 6:00-9:00pm.

May 2015  'One County, One Prompt', the new contest to celebrate Poetry Month in April, was held with 'Haw River' as the topic. Second place with 'Snapshot From the Walking Trail' went to Brenda Wilson and  Janet Sady won honorable mention with 'O Great Haw River.' To read The Times News article on May 17th go to http://www.thetimesnews.

May 2015 Alamance/Burlington Senior Games Literary winners are Seena Granowsky, Kate Gaydos, Doris Caruso, Brenda Wilson and Jan Sady.
May 2015
Mike Papadeas was recognized for his book, John D. Xanthos: The People’s Advocate, in an article entitled, "Xanthos is a name you should know. This book will help." by Don Bolden in the Burlington Times News on May 3rd.

April / May 2015
Story SistersLiz Solazzo, Sally Svee, Janet Sady and Brenda Wilson's books are available at The Main Line, 134 Main Street, Graham, NC. - Flyer

Readings/Book Signings - Story Sisters

           March 2    A-O Civitan Club                                                 Brenda Wilson
           March 8    Burlington Artist League, Holly Hill Mall
                  Doris Caruso, The Violet Shawl    Janet Sady, A Sound in the Night
                                                          Carolyn Teague, watercolor artist who painted covers for both books
March 12   Hawfields Civitan Club                                        Brenda Wilson
March 14   Burlington Writers Club                                       Brenda Wilson
March 16   Kernodle Senior Center                                        Story Sisters
March 21   May Memorial Library Book Salon                     Story Sisters
April   7    Alamance-Burlington Senior Games Breakfast 
                                                         Kernodle Senior Center,Doris Caruso and Janet Sady 
April 14    Cedar Ridge, Burlington                                       Story Sisters
April 25    The Main Line, Graham                                        Story Sisters
May   6     Spring Arbor, Greensboro                                     Story Sisters
May 13     Women's Div Chamber Commerce, Burlington   Brenda Wilson
 To Book the Story Sisters for your event, call 336 684 5456 or 336 229 7104

January 2015 - Brenda Wilson's poem "Conversion" is included in the 2014 Best of Spiritual Writers Network.

December 2014 - Michael A. Papadeas', new book, John D. Xanthos: The People’s Advocate, is a part of the Heart
of Alamance County Heritage Book Collection.
For more information about Michael and his new book, please visit Mr. Ben Steelman's blog  for  the post entitled, "
A salute to a Greek-American,"  written on November 7, 2014. More details on how to order will follow.

December 2014 - Brenda Wilson has a devotional in the 2015 volume of Penned from the Heart

Mama Moves to Ossipee is now available in a reformatted version. This is the story of Brenda's mother who moved to Ossipee, NC from Altavista VA to work in the Ossipee Mill at age 14. Four decades of trends and events are sure to stir memories and inform young readers. 64 Pages. Available from the author at 1rewrite97 [at] bellsouth.net, $12.00 (plus $2.50 shipping).

November 2014 - Elizabeth Wilmoth Solazzo has released A Little Book of Stories, available now through Amazon Kindle. It is a collection of sweet and sometimes humorous essays on family and relationships. A print edition will be available at the December meeting or coming soon from Amazon. 

November 2014 - Announcing the  release of a new book A Sound in the Night by Janet R. Sady.

This faith-based “as told to story” is dedicated in loving memory of Robert (Bob) Curry by Marilyn Curry Zimmerman, Bradley Curry and Rebecca Curry Gresock.  Bob Curry was murdered in 1991 by the stalker of his teenage daughter.

The book chronicles how faith sustained his wife and children, and gave them courage to go on with their lives after this tragedy.

Limited supplies will be available locally at various locations. Watch local papers for book signings. You may contact the author at: janfran [at] windstream.net or Marilyn Curry Zimmerman at: 2circles [at] windstream.net to order copies of the book for $11.95 plus postage for out of town orders.
P.S. Books will be available  at the Burlington Writers Club December meeting or the November critique - mixed genre meeting. Call me to reserve a copy:  336-376-6771
Thank you. Jan Sady

June 2014 - Congratulations to Elizabeth Solazzo on publication of her essay 'Caregiver - Who, Me?' in
Pentimento (more than meets the eye) magazine, Issue 3. www.pentimentomag.org.

May 2014 - Brenda Wilson's Guest Opinion Column, 'Swepsonville Bows Out,' appeared in the Burlington Times News
From a height of approximately 120 feet, the top portion of the dome-shaped reservoir came down in one piece.

As it hung suspended from the hooks of the crane in its slow descent to earth, images of spaceships from Mars crossed my mind, and an enormous tea cup ride at the State Fair. Read more ...

2014 Alamance Burlington Senior Literary Arts Winners

Janet Sady, Brenda Wilson, Kim Carruth,
Alice Johansen, Genny Dickson, Seena Granowsky

Best in Show Moonlight Mirage Kim Carruth
1st Place  On the Beach Alice Johansen
2nd Place   Photograph of My Father as a Young Man Alice Johansen  
Best in Show  Somethings Batty Seena Granowsky
1st Place   Harbingers of Spring Janet Sady
Best in Show Mama the Seamstress Brenda Wilson
1st Place Italian Family Reunion Genny Dickson
2nd Place Benefits of Reading to Children Janet Sady
2nd Place PTSD: A Night to Forget Kim Carruth

May 8, 2014 - A SPRING READING by Doris Dix Caruso, Sally Svee and Brenda Loy Wilson was held at The Gentle Giraffe Shoppe, Mebane. Poetry, memoirs, fiction and humor were shared. Brenda read poetry from 'Transitions' then debuted 'Mama Moves to Ossipee', one in a series from a 'Heart of Alamance County' book project.  Doris made us want to rush to the beach with her poetry, then shared part of her touching love story The Violet Shawl, set in Florence Italy and Duke University. Sally's humor made all chuckle, then she took us to a serious situation in Soundings and Ready to Read Stories. Book signings and refreshments followed.

February 2014 - BWC member Michael Papadeas read his poetry at UNC Wilmington.  The event was hosted in the Special Collections area on the 2nd Floor of the William Randall Library on campus. Mike read from his recently published books: "Coming to America"-A Memoir, 1938-1958 and "Collected Poems".