Our focus for 2020 is “member-driven” with a list of upcoming workshops and pop-up labs to share knowledge with fellow AW members and the community. 

These educational activities are available at no cost to Alleghany Writers members. 

Join now and attend 2020 member workshops for FREE!

Luncheon fundraiser - Writing across the curriculum

Sunday, March 15, 2020 (Snow Date April 15th)

1:30pm -  Horizon Bistro - 38 S. Main Street, Sparta, NC 28675 (336) 372-7444 

The John Claude Bemis Writer Residencies lead the Alleghany Writers three year plan to support teachers as they bring Writing Across the Curriculum to the classrooms of Alleghany County. John Claude worked with Glade Creek School in 2019, and in 2020 he will work with PIney Creek School. 

Proceeds from the Sunday Lunch Fundraiser go toward the 2021 residency at Sparta Elementary School. 

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business workshops

April 18 – Business & Marketing for Publishing Entrepreneurs

Startup checklists, resources & more.

FREE to the public.

April 17 - The Writers Track

Formatting, PowerPoint, Media Kit Basics

AW Members - FREE. Non-members: $35.00

Follow Alleghany Writers on Facebook or check back here for details on location and registration.

Presented with support from Wilkes Community College

Presented with support from Wilkes Community College


jack grossman

May 16, 2020

Jack Grossman returns to Sparta for “Lunch with the Author,” followed by a 2:30pm book talk at the Alleghany Library. 

Since his visit in 2019, Grossman has moved forward with the movie version and has reprinted Child of the Forest with added photos and maps for use in the classroom. He is committed to sharing this inspiring true story of a young girl’s tenacity to survive. We look forward to his return!

Follow Alleghany Writers on Facebook or check back here for details on “Lunch with the Author” location and tickets. 

Jack Grossman

Jack Grossman

bren mcclain

September 24, 2020

Bren brings her award-winning novel, One Good Mama Bone to Sparta for a 5:30pm Reception and 6:00pm book talk at the Alleghany Library.


Bren McClain

Bren McClain