CANCELED: Johnston County, NC “Spring Writers Workshop”

JoCo Writers Conference 2020
JoCo Writers Conference 2020

UPDATE: The Johnston County Writers Group’s annual Spring writers workshop has been canceled due to concern for the health of attendees and need for social distancing.


Original article included below.

The “Spring into Action” workshop is scheduled for Saturday, March 28, 2020, 8:30am-2:30pm.

This year’s workshop will be held at the Selma Lions Club, 203 W Oak Street, Selma, North Carolina.

The cost for the workshop is $25 per person, and seating is limited. For a registration form, email The first 50 registrations received with the $25 registration fee will be accepted and a confirmation sent to registrants. Payment (check) and registration form must be received by Sunday, March 15, 2020.

With questions, contact Dorothy La Motta at 919.553.7206 or via email.

Attendees are encouraged to bring copies of their published books with them, and a table will be provided to display books for sale.

To keep up to date, join the Johnston County Writers Group on Facebook.

Workshop Agenda


Browse vendor tables, enjoy light refreshments, and network.

Session 19am-10:30am

“Creating Memorable Characters: From the Darling to the Dastardly” with USA Today best-selling author Susan Schild. Susan lives in Clayton and is the author of six books: three in the Lakeside Resort series, and three in the The Willow Hill series. Her genre/niche is small town romance for women over 40.

Break — 10:30am-10:45am

Session 210:45am-12:15pm

“Writing Memoirs: Dos/Don’ts/Tips/Advice” with award-winning artist Arlene S. Bice. Arlene is the author of “Ghosts Along the Border,” and a dozen+ non-fiction books.  She facilitates memoir writing workshops, leads three writing groups and hosts Poetry in Nature afternoons. She is an award-winning artist who lives in South Hill, Virginia with her psychic cat Mz Lizzie, and drives to Raleigh to attend regular meetings of the Triangle Association for Freelancers.

Lunch — 12:15-1pm

Session 31-2:30pm

Networking & Open Mic, Drawing for Door Prizes


Source: Cindy Brookshire


Ed. Note: Originally published March 1, 2020. Updated March 15 with cancellation due to concerns about coronavirus.


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