Carnival of Books

Saturday, September 29th

10 am – 4 pm

Turnage Theatre

150 West Main Street  Washington, NC

Event free to the public

Children’s Story Time                         Programs for Writers              Face Painting  Discussions

          Crafts                                              Mini Workshops                              Open Mic and more…

Join us for our celebration of books and writers.

Authors may register for a space to sell their books.   


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Workshop Schedule

  •  10:15: “The Synergy of Yoga & Poetry” with Malaika King Albrecht

     Yoga creates opportunities for deep insights, while writing provides a container for what you discover. Practicing yoga, you find your breath, and through writing, you find your voice. Yoga can inspire and nourish your writing. Come experience the synergy as the benefits of yoga and writing complement each other beautifully.

     Ms. Albrecht is the award-winning author of three poetry books, and her works have been also been featured in many literary magazines and anthologies. She is also the founding editor of Redheaded Stepchild, an online magazine that only accepts poems that have been rejected elsewhere. Ms. Albrecht lives in Ayden, NC, with her family and is the Executive Director of Rocking Horse Ranch Therapeutic Riding Program.

  • 11:15: “SHOW, Don’t Tell” with Marni Graff

     SHOW—Don’t Tell is taught in every writing class. Learn the basics of this simple rule and how to easily follow it in Marni Graff’s workshop.

     Marni Graff is the award-winning author of The Nora Tierney English Mysteries, and The Trudy Genova Manhattan Mysteries. She is also the Managing Editor of Bridle Path Press, an author’s cooperative based out of Baltimore, MD, and writes the crime review blog, Auntie M Writes. Her creative nonfiction has been seen in Southern Women’s Review, Fine Line Anthology, and Shelf Pleasures. Having grown up in Floral Park, NY, she currently resides in rural North Carolina.

  •  12:15: “Passing the Torch: The relevance of poetry now, and an intro to Poets Laureate of the United States” with Jeanne Julian.

     Poems still speak to us, beautifully, in an age of cynicism and commercialism. A writer’s personal observations about why and how poetry can enter our lives will be followed by a few notes on our current Poet Laureate, Tracy K. Smith, and her predecessors. “Poetry can help us make sense of the contemporary moment,” Smith says. (Who couldn’t use a little of that right now?) Each participant will receive a
short folio of selected poems by some of our national Laureates.

       Jeanne Julian is a poet and photographer who lives beside the Croatan National Forest in North Carolina. She belongs to a number of writing and photography groups in coastal North Carolina, and was a featured reader at the 12 th Annual Carolina Mountains Literary Festival in 2017. Her first chapbook, Blossom and Loss, was published in December of 2015. She has two chapbooks and a full-length collection in the works.

  •  1:15: “A Writer’s Quick Guide to Researching Setting” with Adrienne Dunning

     Great characters make for great reading, but so does setting. Done well, a story’s setting can transport a reader to new lands and cities. Learn some quick tips on how to get your setting spot on that you can implement immediately which will carry your readers off to a stunning and unforgettable environment!

     Adrienne Dunning loves creating endearing and feisty characters full of humor and just a little awkwardness to keep them real. Although a possible mystery series is under exploration, her current works are primarily aligned with the contemporary romance/chick-lit genres. An internationally-selling author of three published works, she is heavily active in her local NaNoWriMo chapter, and her debut novel, Seeking Solace, was the resulting product of a NaNo project. Her books are distributed by ViridianFire Publications. Simply a Southern gal who has fun playing poorly at golf when not crafting stories, she lives in coastal North Carolina.

  • 2:15: “Chapbooks” with Michael Worthington

Hands-on fun workshop on preparing chapbooks (folded paper booklets) including saddle-bond chapbooks traditionally used for poetry and single-sheet chapbooks used for promotional
brochures and children's pocket books. Participants will have opportunity to fold their own chapbooks.

Michael Worthington is a full-time writer of YA novellas after retiring from teaching college for thirty years. Usually, his pug sleeps on the recliner’s footrest while he types away on his laptop, looking out the window at his ornamental Bradford Pear tree.

  •  3:15: Open Mic Hour
Children's Programs

  • 10:10 Story Time with Terry A. Rollins, Youth Services Librarian at George H. & Laura E. Brown Library
  • 11:10 Crafts with Gloria Loftin: Origami bookmarks
  • 12:00 Afternoon Tea with a Princess and Story Time with author Cathwren Hermon
  • 1:00 Crafts with Gloria Loftin: Crowns
  • 2:00 Marionette Show with Dennis Listerman-Vierling "Lilies of the Fields Marionettes"
  • 3:00 Face Painting with Denise Toler, Library Aide at BHM's Hazel Guilford Memorial Library, Aurora.

For more information contact Sherri Hollister at

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.

Doris Schneider

Nana and the "c"


An incident took place 10 years ago as I was struggling with the all too common enemy—breast cancer. I shared the story with friends, and they kept insisting I should write it. About a year later, I did and also took photographs of my grandchildren to be used as inspiration for illustrations. So much time has passed, but the story has now floated to the rim of my long-ignored bucket.

Nana and the “c” is told from the perspective of my seven-year-old granddaughter as she fearfully prepares to see her grandmother who has become bald as a side effect of chemotherapy. It is a humorous, upbeat story about hope, wonder, and family love—suitable for all ages, especially to anyone with a loved one going through cancer treatment or who is a patient or survivor themselves.

My dear friend, Wenhai Ma, responded with a quick “yes” to do the illustrations. I requested that a literary friend, Michael Colonnese, read the story just to give me feedback. He could not resist editing while he read, thus making a serious improvement to the text. Then Jo Michaels, a book and cover designer who has worked with me in the past, offered her help in support of the project.

I refer to it as a “project” because it is just that. I always knew the book was not something I wanted to “cash-in” on. It was always meant to be a gift. When I told each of the professionals mentioned above that the book was to be donated to cancer center waiting rooms, they generously offered their time and talents without charge.

So, it is done. It has been published and is available on Amazon. Two hundred copies are ready to begin distribution to cancer centers in North Carolina. The profits from any Amazon sales will be used to print more books to be donated. It doesn’t have to be limited to our state.

My hope is that people will share this blog to their own Facebook page and purchase copies and donate them to a cancer center or library near them, in whichever state they reside.

If you have questions or suggestions, please contact me at:

     Doris Schneider is an artist, scene designer, writer, and educator. She taught at William Carey University and was a tenured professor of theatre at North Carolina Central University. She published two novels: Borrowed Things and By Way of Water. After her own bout with breast cancer, she wrote this story based on a real event with her granddaughters. While the illustrator, Wenhai Ma, was teaching at Duke University, the two became long term friends—culminating in their collaboration on Nana and the “c”.


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Conference Fund

General Fund

These funds are used to cover expense shortfall of event registration fees.

2018/2019 Fund Donations

Collected: $538.79
Goal: $2,000.00
Money donated to the CONFERENCE and GENERAL FUNDS will be used to cover costs of the annual conference or other functions of Pamlico Writers Group.

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.

Events Calendar

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Upcoming events

    • 14 Aug 2018
    • 11 Dec 2018
    • 9 sessions
    • Turnage Theatre

    Our Critique Group meets year-round (EXCEPT JULY) , the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 to 9 pm, Turnage Theater in downtown Washington, NC.

    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.

    • 29 Sep 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Turnage Theater

    Pamlico Writers’ Group

    Carnival of Books

    Saturday, September 29th

    10 am – 4 pm

    Turnage Theatre

    150 West Main Street

    Washington, NC

    Children’s Story Time  Programs for Writers

    Face Painting        Discussions

    Crafts               Mini Workshops

                Open Mic and more…

    Join us for our celebration of books and writers. Authors may register for a space to sell their books.   

    Event free to the public


    includes book sales space

    For more information contact Sherri Hollister at

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