• Be discovered by readers, agents and other authors

  • Become a part of a growing family of writers

  • Take advantage of media distribution

  • Win FREE admission to our 2018 Writers' Conference

  • Get up to $110.00 worth of additional prizes for 1st Place

  • Three Category to choose from

    • Fiction

    • Non-fiction

    • Poetry

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If you love to write, and want your work to be seen, today is your opportunity. Now until September 30, 2017 you can enter your work for FREE.

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The Pamlico Writers' Group of Washington, North Carolina, is pleased to announce its first ever search for the Heart of the Pamlico Poet Laureate to represent Eastern North Carolina. If you are interested in this position, click on this link: Heart of the Pamlico Poet Laureate.

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Featured Authors

Many books allow us to escape the cares of this world, and enter places we have never been. Today, we are featuring some of those authors and their works. Please join us as we take a trip and explore new adventures with their books.

We would like to hear your comments about this site or any suggestions you may have at: The Pamlico Writers' Group.

D. A. Lay

 Donna Anderson Lay was born in 1941 on what had been a slave plantation in eastern North Carolina in the not too distant past. The plantation had been downsized to a big farm operated mostly by poor tenant farmers, both black and white. Donna is married to Robert Lay and lives in Washington, North Carolina. They have one son, John. She is involved in politics and church work as well as local charities, and has retired from being a nurse for 39 years. She has also been a real estate broker, writes poetry and gospel songs, and is the backup singer for The Waymarkers.

  Liz Olfson has seen a lot in her long life, but she can still remember when she was 5 years old and into as much trouble as she could find. Unfortunately for her long suffering Mama there was a lot of trouble to get into. In Eastern North Carolina, in 1942, there were fish to catch, bootleggers to talk to, ghosts to watch out for, and a murder to solve. There is also the sea that always felt like home to her. The great depression didn't end quickly in rural Eastern North Carolina and poverty was a way of life for her family. Fortunately, her easygoing Daddy was able to keep things lively with stories that always kept Liz's spirits up.

To get her book click: HERE

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Upcoming Featured Authors

Please Contribute to 

High School Scholarship Fund

This fund provides our annual High School Writers Competition Cash Scholarship Awards.

Scholarship Fund Donations

Collected: $634.25
Goal: $1,000.00
Scholarship Funds are used for Cash Scholarships for the winners of the annual High School Literary Competition.

The Pamlico Writers Group would like to say thank you to all who gave to the High School Scholarship fund. You are part of a group who are helping shape the future.

Do you ever search for the right word? Does it sometimes elude you? It does me. I struggle with vocabulary, wanting just the right word to convey a font of information.

Each month I’d like to challenge you to add to my vocabulary list as I search for just the right word.

Click Here

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Local Business Helps With High School Anthology

Beverly Horvath, in an effort to promote education through the arts, has agreed to film the winners of the Pamlico Writers' Group Middle and High School anthology contest. The film will be in a youtub format of the students preforming their work. This will be place on youtub and the Pamlico Writers' Group website.

Mrs. Horvath, is a professional videographer and film editor who's love for students and the arts has made this possible. We would like to thank her for supporting the students and the Pamlico Writers' Group.

Show her your gratitude by sending her an e-mail at: southcreekmedia@gmail.com

October Workshop

Pamlico Writers Group
Hosts Romance Writer Reese Ryan  

By: Gloria Loftin

The Pamlico Writers Group is proud to host multi-published fiction writer, Reese Ryan who will be giving a two-part workshop, “Building Believable Characters” and “Creating Functional, Yet Compelling, Secondary Characters,” at the Turnage Theater, 150 West Main Street, Washington, North Carolina on Saturday, October 14th,  2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

To register for the workshop, go to www.pamlicowritersgroup.org Events Calendar, October 14th.  Early registration is $35 for members and $40 for non-members, there will be an increase of $5 at the door.

Ms. Ryan is the author of the Pleasure Cove Series, set in a fictional North Carolina coastal town,  the Playing by the Rules series, set in London, and the upcoming Bourbon Brothers series set in the hills of Tennessee.

As a transplanted Midwesterner, Reese now makes her home in Central North Carolina where she’s found her groove writing sexy contemporary fiction with colorful characters and an emotional love story.

Past president of her local Romance Writers of America chapter and a panelist at the 2017 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Reese is an advocate for the romance genre and diversity in fiction.

I had the privilege to interview Ms. Ryan and ask her about her writing.

GL What do you write and when were you first published?

RR  I primarily write contemporary romantic fiction featuring diverse characters. My first book was published with Carina Press---an imprint or Harlequin—and was released in July 2013. By the end of the year, my ninth book will be on bookstore shelves.

GL Are there other genres that you are interested in working in?

RR  I have projects either in progress or in development that are in genres ranging from historical fiction to thrillers and literary fiction.

GL  What kind of books did you read as a kid?

RR  I was a huge fan of Judy Blume and Beverly Cleary. I still remember those books fondly and can’t wait to introduce them to my grandchildren.

GL  What is the first book that made you cry?

RR  Little Women by Louisa May Alcott is the first that I can remember. And it’s one of the two books that’s had the biggest impact on what I write.  The other is Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice.  I credit both books with my penchant for writing unconventional heroines and lots of family drama.

GL  What’s more important to you—plot or character?

RR  Character, no question. So much of the success of the story hinges on whether the reader likes the character or can at least sympathize with him or her. Character development is so important to me in a story.  The character must be layered and have depth.  Cardboard characters need not apply!  I want to go on a journey with a character, and I expect to see growth and change over the course of the story. Otherwise, what’s the point?

GL  You dedicate part of your all-day workshop to the development of secondary characters. Why do you find them to be so important?

RR  Life doesn’t happen in a vacuum.  Character is revealed by behavior, especially as it relates to other people. A guy sitting on a park bench might be handsome and seem sweet.  But if he kicks a puppy or is rude to his waitress, we see him in a different light.  It’s the same with characters.  A well-developed cast of secondary characters show readers who characters are rather than just telling them.

GL  Do you have a favorite character from one of your books?

RR The character I’ve written that stuck with me most is Jamie Charles of Love Me Not. That book and character are darker than anything else I’ve written, and she’s the most misunderstood of my characters. But I love Jamie and her story.

GL  Speaking of a cast of characters, tell us a little about your current series and the one you’re working on.

RR  My Pleasure Cove series deals with complicated family relationships, forgiveness and secrets.  Each couple finds a way to overcome their painful pasts to build a future together.  My upcoming Bourbon Brothers series chronicles the romantic adventures and family intrigue of the heirs of a bourbon empire in Tennessee.

GL  Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are your trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?

RR  I am a big believer in series.  Readers love them.  So unless I’m writing literary fiction, I will always aim to create a series for any book I write.  However, for me, each book has to stand on its own.  A new reader should be able to enjoy a book and understand exactly what’s going on, even if it’s the fifth book in the series.

GL  What books are you currently reading?

RR  In addition to books on the craft of writing, right now Maisey Yates’s Copper Ridge series is my new obsession.

GL  What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?

RR  The money I invested in my membership at the national and local levels of Romance Writers of America (RWA) was well worth it.  I doubt I’d be a published author if it hadn’t been for the knowledge, encouragement and connections I gained through my membership.

GL If you could tell your younger writing-self anything, what would it be?

RR  Don’t let fear stop you.  Rejection is simply part of the process.  Collect those no’s. They’ll bring you closer to a yes. 

Visit Reese’s website at:  ReeseRyan.com

By Gloria A. Loftin

I would like to thank Reese for taking the time out of her very busy schedule to speak with me.  If you would like to attend this workshop, or obtain information about the Pamlico Writers Group, please contact Sherri Hollister at pwgcritique.group@gmail.com or www.pamlicowritersgroup.org.

You can obtain more information of Ms. Ryan at  ReeseRyan.com

To register click the link: October Workshop

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Events Calendar

Click on the "Switch to Calendar View" below to view a complete list of event for the year.

Upcoming events

    • 15 Jul 2017
    • 12:00 AM
    • 30 Sep 2017
    • 12:00 AM
    • Pamlico Writers' Group On Line

    • Be discovered by readers, agents, and other authors

    • Become a part of a growing family of writers
    • Take advantage of media distribution
    • Win a FREE admission to our 2018 Writers' Conference
    • Get up to $110.00 worth of additional prizes for 1st Place
    • Three categories to choose from
      • Fiction
      • Non-fiction
      • Poetry


      1.  Digital author bio file: 

      Limit to 100 words in a Word (.doc, .docx) or PDF format. Please tell readers something about you as an author.

      2.  Digital head-and-shoulders photo file:

      In .jpg or .png format.

      3.   Digital file in Word (.doc, .docx) or PDF for each Anthology Entry: 

      Limit to 5000 words for prose or 500 words for Poetry. Use a single file for each entry. You will be allowed to upload three separate poetry files.

      4.  The link titled Here:

      When you click the word "Here," you will be transferred to Submittable.com to upload your entry. You will be asked to login or create a free Submittable account. You will pay your $10 reading fee at Submittable before uploading your files.

    Submit Adult Fiction Here

    Submit Adult Non-fiction Here

    Submit up to 3 Adult Poetry Here

    • 08 Aug 2017
    • 12 Dec 2017
    • 9 sessions
    • Turnage Theater

    Our critique groups meets year-round, the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 7pm, Turnage Theater in downtown Washington, NC. We will meet together before breaking out into genre groups.

    Purposely small critique group allows each person time to read a short selection of their latest work and receive constructive criticism in a caring atmosphere. We expect members to respect the boundaries of decency and propriety for the listener and the writer. We look forward to a mutual rich growth.

    • 14 Oct 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • The Turnage Theatre, 150 Main St, Washington, NC

    Pamlico Writer's Group is pleased to announce our Fall writer's workshop on October 14, 2017, from 9am to 4:30pm, at The Turnage Theatre, 150 Main St., Washington, NC, with Reese Ryan.

    Reese Ryan

    Morning Workshop (9:00 am - 12:00 pm)

          Building Believable Characters

     Whether a story is plot-driven or character-driven, it’s memorable, fully-formed characters that draw readers in and keep them turning the pages. We are layered, complex beings with virtues, hang-ups, secrets, phobias and bad habits. Our characters should be, too.

     Part I of this two-part, interactive workshop will give you the tools to delve beyond surface information like age and hair or eye color and get to know your characters intimately. Such knowledge equips you to create wholly-developed, multi-faceted characters who feel real to readers and with whom readers can form an emotional connection.


    Afternoon Workshop (1:30 pm - 4:30 pm)

    Creating Functional, Yet Compelling, Secondary Characters

     None of us exists in a vacuum. Neither should our characters. Our friends, family, bosses, co-workers, and neighbors impact our lives in ways big and small. Our encounters with them often develop or reveal our true character. The same should be true of our secondary characters. Well-developed secondary characters—whether good, bad, or indifferent—shed light on our understanding of the primary characters in a more striking manner than narration alone.

    In Part II of this interactive workshop, we’ll examine how to use secondary characters to reveal key aspects about primary characters and move the plot along. We’ll also discuss how to create a cast of characters that adds to the story rather than distracts from it.

     Following an interactive discussion of each topic, workshop participants will put the techniques learned into action by crafting layered, believable characters specific to your next fiction project during this interactive, full-day workshop led by a multi-published author of romantic fiction populated by complex, emotionally-compelling characters.


    During this two-part workshop you will:

    • ·       Learn the essential elements of engaging, complex characters.
    • ·       Discover simple methods for breathing life into your characters—without completing extensive character profiles.
    • ·       Discover surefire ways for creating characters with conflicting personalities who aren’t caricatures.
    • ·       Learn how to create complementary secondary characters who enrich the story and broaden understanding of the protagonist.
    • ·       You’ll construct primary and secondary characters for your current or future project.


    About the Instructor:

    Reese Ryan is a multi-published author of romantic fiction featuring complex, deliciously-flawed characters. She challenges her heroines with family and career drama, reformed bad boys, and life-changing secrets while treating readers to an emotional love story and unexpected twists.

     Past president of her local Romance Writers of America chapter and a panelist at the 2017 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Reese is an advocate for the romance genre and diversity in fiction. A hybrid author with five titles available from Harlequin imprints and five more hitting shelves in 2018, Reese is also an indie publisher through her Sinfully Sweet Publishing.


    Come and learn from a seasoned professional how to capture your characters on the page and your reader’s attention until the very last page.

     The fee for this workshop is:

                  Members Early Registration:     $35.00

                  Non-Members Early Registration: $40.00

    Registration for this event opens August 1, 2017.

     You can pay online using PayPal or your personal credit card or by check and sending it to: Pamlico Writers Group, 206 Perquimans Dr., Chocowinity, NC 27817.

    To register early for this workshop go to our website, then click on Events Calendar: Pamlico Writers Group.

    Be sure to sign up early or you’ll pay an extra $5.00 at the door.

     See you there.

    • 20 Oct 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Turnage Theater 150 W Main St. Washington NC 27889

    The Pamlico Writers' Group in association with The Arts of the Pamlico is hosting a fundraiser to promote the arts. Proceeds from this event will benefit our Poet Laureate.

    One of these baskets could be yours!

    Click this link: Wine and Design to register.

    • 24 Oct 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 150 W Main St, Washington, NC 27889

    Frank McNair, author of Life on the Line, will be signing his book and offering a mini workshop. His book is a gripping story about two late-middle school boys who struggle to understand themselves and the world around them. 

    His book received honor as being the "Best Book in the Young Adult category for the Spring of 2017 Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards."

    Here what others say about the book!

    “It took me back to my days as a player,” said Shaw Smith, a charter member of UNC-Chapel Hill’s Club Football program. “I could taste the dirt in my mouth, feel the sting of sweat in my eyes, rejoice in the beauty and violence of the game."

    “Frank did a grand job with his realistic portrayal of two young men coming of age…. I wish Frank had written the book 10 years earlier when my son and his friends were this age.”

    “Outstanding! Don't let your sons (or daughters) miss this gripping story of boys growing up in the world of football.”

    Come And Take Part In This Exciting Event!


    Enter to WIN one of these

    gift baskets at the door!

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Pamlico Writers Group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization under Arts of the Pamlico, 150 West Main Street, Washington, NC 27889

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