Johnston County NC Writers Group Announces Fall Events, Local Author News

Johnston County (NC) Writers TC Carter, Hope Dougherty and Dot La Motta. Source: Cindy Brookshire
Johnston County (NC) Writers TC Carter, Hope Dougherty and Dot La Motta. Source: Cindy Brookshire

The Johnston County Writers Group recently moved to Smithfield, North Carolina, has upcoming writers meetings and open mic nights, and local writers are invited to take part. Check out the upcoming events below, followed by news from local authors.

For future notices and announcements, join the Johnston County (NC) writers’ Facebook Group.

Monthly Meetings

The Johnston County Writers Group meets monthly on the second Thursday of each month. Meetings begin at 6pm and wrap-up around 7:45pm.

  • September 12, 2019 — Guest author announced: Wanda Robinson Lee
  • October 10, 2019
  • November 14, 2019
  • December 12, 2019

Guest authors will be announced before each coming date.

The group recently changed their location, and now meets at Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield, 305 E Market Street, Smithfield, NC.

Open Mic Nights

Step up to the mic! Writers and poets share their works. Open Mic events are held on the fourth Friday of each month, starting at 6:30pm. Upcoming dates:

  • September 27, 2019
  • October 25, 2019
  • November 22, 2019
  • December 27, 2019

The location is the Max G. Creech Selma Historical Museum, 104 W Anderson Street, Selma, NC.

County Writers’ News

The following Johnston County authors have good news to share.

TC Carter’s poem, “Church in the Sierry Petes,” won honorable mention in the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield’s annual poetry contest. He is currently collecting poems for a chapbook to be produced by the Southern Collective Experience. He lives in Four Oaks and has been a regular at Open Mics in Four Oaks and Selma, NC.

Hope Dougherty has signed a contract for her fourth manuscript, working title, “Forever Music.” Like Hope’s Facebook page and sign up for her e-newsletter. She offers tips for working writers, such as how to organize a “street team” to help promote your book.

Dot La Motta’s freelance writing business, The Blazing Pen, won the Business of the Month Award from the Greater Cleveland Chamber of Commerce. Dot writes for Johnston Now magazine and is active in the Triangle Association of Freelancers, which meets in Raleigh, NC.

Cindy Brookshire won the August “Short Story Contest” at Labrar Coffee in Goldsboro, NC. The title of her story is “The Oyster House” and it is available to read at the coffee shop.


Source: Cindy Brookshire, Facilitator, Johnston County Writers Group

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