Literary Groups/Resources

Triangle ArtWorks strives to include all Triangle groups in this listing, but needs your help in keeping it complete and current.  Please inform us of any changes/additions by email.

These entries are for convenience only and the information regarding each organization was provided by the organization or from their websites.  Triangle ArtWorks makes NO endorsement or recommendation regarding any of the businesses or organizations listed.  Be sure to review their websites and other sources independently before you patronize them.

Literary Resources/Statewide Groups

National Humanities Center The National Humanities Center is the only major independent American institute for advanced study in all fields of the humanities. Privately incorporated and governed by a distinguished board of trustees from academic, professional, and public life, the Center was planned under the auspices of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and began operation in 1978. It provides a national focus for the best work in the liberal arts, drawing attention to the enduring value of ancient and modern history, language and literature, ethical and moral reflection, artistic and cultural traditions, and critical thought in every area of humanistic investigation. By encouraging excellence in scholarship, the Center seeks to insure the continuing strength of the liberal arts and to affirm the importance of the humanities in American life.  Website

Nazim Hikmet Poetry Festival The Nazim Hikmet Poetry Festival is an annual celebration of poetry that brings together artists, the community, scholars and lovers of poetry in April. The one-day festival gathers in the humanistic spirit of internationally renowned poet Nazim Hikmet. The Festival incorporates year round events such as a Poetry Competition and a Poetry Workshop. The Festival and its events are admission free and open to the public.  Contact:  ATA-NC Turkish House, 303 E. Durham Rd. Suite F, Cary  27511;  919-608-5815. EmailWebsite

N C Center for the Book: A collaborative project of the community of the book to focus public interest on books, reading, libraries, literacy, print culture, and the literary heritage of the state. The North Carolina Center for the Book develops and coordinates a wide range of programs hosted locally by public libraries and their community partners, and it sponsors a statewide writing contest for secondary school students. Website

North Carolina Folklore Society Founded in 1913, the North Carolina Folklore Society promotes the appreciation and study of North Carolina’s folklife.  We host an annual meeting, an annual professional development workshop, and several Folk Salons throughout the year.  The NCFS publishes the North Carolina Folklore Journal twice a year and gives out an annual set of awards to individuals and community groups that are preserving the folklife of our state. Contact:  Barbara Lau, PO Box 62271, Durham   27715;  EmailWebsite

North Carolina Haiku Society The North Carolina Haiku Society was founded in 1979 to promote the writing and appreciation of haiku in English. Members support these goals by writing haiku, by participating in meetings and events, and by maintaining the Web site. Most NCHS members try to write haiku in English that capture some elements of traditional Japanese haiku.  Website

North Carolina Poet Laureate Governor Beverly E. Perdue appointed Cathy Smith Bowers of Tryon as North Carolina’s Poet Laureate on January, 29, 2010.  Website

NC Writers Network- Founded in 1985, the North Carolina Writers’ Network seeks to educate, connect, promote, and lead writers, no matter their level of skill and experience, throughout North Carolina and beyond. The Network builds audiences for literature, advocates for the literary arts and for literacy, and provides information and support services.  Mailing address: PO Box 21591, Winston-Salem, NC 27120, Phone: 336-293-8844 or 919-308-3228.  Twitter: @WritingestState  Email, Website.

North Carolina Songwriters Co-op (NCSC) is dedicated to the support and promotion of songwriters in the state of North Carolina.  The NCSC assists new and established songwriters by providing a supportive environment, including resources for marketing and promotion, the opportunity to network with other songwriters, the chance to assist with and participate in its annual song contest, and to attend seminars and workshops designed to enhance songwriting and performing skills.  Website.

Piedmont Laureate Program – . A joint program of the Triangle’s arts organizations, the Piedmont Laureate Program promotes has, as its primary goal: “to promote awareness and heighten appreciation for excellence in the literary arts in the Piedmont region.”   The program is dedicated to building a literary bridge for residents to come together and celebrate the art of writing, enriching the lives of all our citizens.  Each year, the chosen Piedmont Laureate, works in the region to further the programs goals. Website

Raleigh Review – The Raleigh Review is a national non-profit magazine of poetry, short fiction, and art, offering work that is emotionally and intellectually complex without being unnecessarily “difficult.” At Raleigh Review, we believe that great literature inspires empathy by allowing us to see the world through the eyes of our neighbors, whether across the street or across the globe. Our mission is to foster the creation and availability of accessible yet provocative contemporary literature through our biannual magazine as well as through workshops, readings, and other community events. See the Southern Recitations workshop and reading series below. Website

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators – Whether your manuscript is complete or just a glimmer in the back of your mind, SCBWI is a must for any children’s author or illustrator. With conferences, workshops, and other resources, you can sharpen your skills, learn tips and tricks to getting published, and meet others who share your dream. If you are looking for a local networking and support group, the local Carolinas Chapter is very active.  National website.  Carolinas Chapter.

West End Poets Weekend – Carrboro The West End Poets Weekend is held annually for the purpose of providing a connection between the significant poetry talent that is deeply rooted in our community and the many poetry enthusiasts that reside in the Triangle area. The weekend event wishes to recognize and reward emerging talent as well. Most importantly, The West End Poets Weekend aims to bring together all ages to read, hear and talk about the art of poetry.  Produced by: Carrboro Parks & Recreation;  Phone: 919-918-7364; EmailWebsite

Local Writers Groups

Apex Writers Guild – The Literary Arts, from prose to poetry, are a very important part of our services. We provide classes in creative writing, arrange book signings, public poetry readings, and author showcase events. Email.

Bynum Comedy Writers Workshop –  Meets on the 1st Monday, 3rd Thursday and 5th Tuesdays.) Writing time 6-7:00pm  — workshop is 7:00-9pm at the Bynum General Store, 950 Bynum Road, Pittsboro, NC 27312.  The workshop includes a quick improv game to get warmed up, reading from your chair or performing on stage with a mic (from where you’re comfortable), with positive feedback following. Pieces are usually 5-10 minutes. Longer times are available. It is open to sketch comedy writers, playwrights, funny poets and storytellers – short and long form fiction writers. The workshop is free, but we ask for a $5 donation to the store. Location  Facebook page

Research Triangle Science Fiction Society RTSFS provides a discussion forum and social outlet in central North Carolina for like-minded Triangle-wide fans of speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, horror) in print, film and TV, as well as for related activities such as RPGs.  Website

Triangle Area Freelancers (TAF) – TAF is an informal but actively working organization of North Carolina-based freelance writers. TAF’s mission is to “network and to provide advice, encouragement and information to area freelancer writers. We also mentor those new to the profession”.  The markets in which TAF members have been published are as diverse as the group itself and include regional newspapers, national health and medical publications, national pet and animal publications, regional and national gardening publications, national humor publications, national military publications and more.  EmailWebsite

Triangle Writers Meet-up Group – The Triangle Writers Meetup Group is a collection of writers from various paths with the same goal: to get published. Raleigh-Durham area writers meet to further improve each other’s short stories, memoirs, novels, screenplays, queries and various other works in Raleigh, North Carolina. Website.

Durham Writers Meetup Group  – Come meet other local writers and let creativity bloom! Looking to make this group writer friendly, helpful and encouraging to new and experienced writers. Critique for growth will be encouraged- but it should be appropriate and given in a helpful manner!  We have several different meetings each month and hopefully we will soon have more. Most of the meetings follow a similar format – readers present their work and other members give feedback.  We are all trying to be better writers so we try to keep feedback helpful without attacking members. Website

Triangle Sisters in Crime – Triangle Sisters in Crime is a chapter of the international organization Sisters in Crime. We are authors, readers, publishers, agents, booksellers and librarians bound by our passion for the mystery genre and our support of mystery writers. We welcome Sisters and Brothers in Crime from anywhere who have an interest in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill mystery community of North Carolina. Triangle SinC meets the second Sunday of each month. Website

Workshops/Classes

LaVenson Press Studios -Inspiring Women to Self-Define Through Writing & Publishing – Located on 3.5 acres of inspiring rural land in Hillsborough,  LaVenson Press Studios seeks to offer women and young women workshops that instill emotional, and psychological truth in their writing. Director Zelda Lockhart facilitates workshops along with other teaching artists like Kelly Starling Lyons, Grey Brown, Alexis Pauline Gumbs and Kim Arrington. Genres include fiction, memoir, song writing, children’s literature writing, poetry and screenwriting. Because Lockhart feels that one’s writing is not finished until it reaches its audience, LaVenson Press Studios also hosts a literary magazine, Firefly Ridge, which hosts a Poetry & Prose Literary Competition yearly. Website P.O. Box 1432, Hillsborough, NC 27278, 919-819-4910. Email.

Raleigh ReviewRaleigh Review’s Southern Recitations series (Fall 2014-Spring 2015 ) offers 6 award-winning authors, teaching a weekend workshop (10am-4pm Saturday, 10am-2pm Sunday). These workshops offer a comfortable yet focused experience, and are a great option for working adults who love to write and want to keep learning from excellent teachers, but don’t have time to dedicate to a semester-long course. Workshops are open registration and limited in size to a maximum of 15 participants. Lunch is included both days. Scholarships are available! Each author will also give a free public reading with an emerging writer of their choice the Saturday night of the workshop. Website.