We laughed, we sang, we toasted to all the fun we had in 2018, and toasted again to our new status as a 501c3 non-profit, beginning in January, 2019. At the party, member Suzanne Irwin shares her latest in the Stratford Tales children's book series.
Alleghany Writers partnered with the Sparta Revitalization Committee to answer children's letters dropped in Santa's Mailbox. Jordon Edwards (left) delivered the letters from the box on Main Street and writers club members assisted Santa and Mrs. Claus in answering each and every one.
Historical fiction author and Book Club favorite Kathleen Grissom joined us November, 2018 and shared the fascinating stories behind her bestsellers The Kitchen House and Glory Over Everything. In a special lunch Kathleen also offered a wealth of inspiration to our writers.
Carmen Long, food writer from Yadkin Valley Magazine, prepared the cakes from The Kitchen House novel which were raffled off with proceeds benefiting Alleghany Writers. The recipes, and an interview with Grissom will appear in the January/February issue.
Author, Writing Teacher and Food Blogger Georgann Eubanks made a weekend Mountaintop Stop in September, 2018 bringing her latest book The Month of Their Ripening to Alleghany County. Events included a library Book Talk, farm visits, and a special farm to table dinner menu created by Georgann along with Horizon Bistro chef Garrison Wagoner.
Georgann writes about her visit here calling Alleghany Writers a "scrappy literary group with a big vision in this small mountain county."
Charlie was a dynamo during his visit to Alleghany Writers in August. In one very full Saturday, he led a workshop on "Beginnings" for AW members, gave us inside information and writer tips during "Lunch with the Author," and delighted the afternoon audience of 35 with details on the research and creation of his latest book, The Lost Book of the Grail.
Well-versed in the world of non-profit, Charlie has also agreed to advise as Alleghany Writers moves forward.
Redge read from his novels Billy Bowater and Justice by Another Name to an audience of 40, which included some familiar faces from his close-by Roaring Gap neighborhood. He answered questions with wit and charm, and promised to come back for another visit.
He has since become an adviser to the Alleghany Writers organization.
Ron Houchin had three poetry sessions; one with 7th graders and 8th graders, one with a group of high schoolers, and one with adults as part of his three-day writer's residence.
Ron gave us a performance on his didgeridoo!
The title was "From Lemons to Lemonade," and SE 'Susan' Smith's presentation on her rise from a third grade teacher to bestselling author told a story of grit, determination, and stepping out to claim your destiny. Susan is recognized by USA Today, NYTimes, and has a wide range of other publishing awards for her captivating tales from other worlds. She is an inspiration to all who strive to achieve their dreams. We are happy to have her as part of the Alleghany County community and are thrilled to have her as a strong supporter of Alleghany Writers.
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