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!

"make a scene of your scene"

February 1, 2020 2-3pm – Alleghany County Library, 115 Atwood St. Sparta, NC

Make your scenes come alive with Zoe’s mix of lessons, examples, and short exercises. Suitable for all writing levels. Group meets after workshop for a social.

Zoe is known for her ability to give rough manuscripts a “spit-polish finish.” Workshop suitable for all levels and genres. Group will meet after workshop for a social.

Alleghany Writers Members - Free, Non-members $35 

Register here. 

Zoe M. McCarthy

Zoe M. McCarthy

Luncheon fundraiser - Writing across the curriculum

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

In 2020, the John Claude Bemis Writers Residencies in Alleghany County move to Piney Creek School, part of the Writing Across the Curriculum initiative to bring creative writing and critical thinking into all Alleghany classrooms.

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

Purchase Tickets Here

John Claude Bemis

John Claude Bemis

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

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Presented with support from Wilkes Community College

Presented with support from Wilkes Community College

developing alleghany thinkers

Through April 2020

The use of Thinking Maps in Alleghany County schools continues to develop with a new collaboration between Sparta Elementary School, Communities in Schools of NW- NC, and Alleghany Writers. This new project is part of our commitment to support Alleghany County teachers as they implement Writing Across the Curriculum in the classroom.

Developing Alleghany Thinkers was initiated by parent request and designed to bring parents and children together to share these new tools for critical thinking and explore ways to use Thinking Maps as a family for the development of life-long thinking skills.

Photo (right):  Dr. Elaine Moretz and Dr. Melba Johnson will oversee the training sessions. Both are experienced educators and Dr. Johnson has previously led training for Alleghany teachers on Thinking Maps and their uses in the classroom. They are shown here with an example of the Spanish translations available.

Dr. Elaine Moretz and Dr. Melba Johnson

Dr. Elaine Moretz and Dr. Melba Johnson


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!

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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