Heart of the Pamlico Poet Laureate

Pamlico Writers Group and Arts of the Pamlico has named the first ever

Heart of the Pamlico Poet Laureate at the Turnage Theatrer.

Malaika King Albrecht

is the new Poet Laureate.

Malaika King Albrecht with poet Marty Silverthorne during the reception.

Malaika King Albrecht (left)

 is presented a cash prize by Eileen Lettick, Poet Laureate Chair

Photos by Tammera Cooper

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  Our sixth annual Pamlico Writers' Conference will take place at the Turnage Theatre, Friday, March 23rd and Saturday, March 24th, 2018, Shape Shifting Your Writing: Transforming Your Writing for Other Successful Markets. Our keynote speaker, North Carolina Poet Laureate Shelby Stephenson, will introduce the first Heart of the Pamlico Poet Laureate.

2018 Writers' Conference Registration

Have Lunch with a Publisher

Pamlico Writers' Group 6th annual writers conference Saturday lunch event.

Pitch Like a Pro


   You've worked hard to complete your manuscript. Now what? Bring or buy your boxed lunch for an informal session that will focus on what to pitch and how to pitch your completed manuscript to a publisher. Diane N. Taylor is the owner of Taylor Made Publishing, a full service book publishing company.

   Her company has both traditional publishing and self-publishing services. She's had the pleasure of working with numerous celebrity clients, pitching books to Scholastic and much more. She's prepared to take the hot seat and field your questions and lead the discussion on making a perfect pitch to a publisher. 

Get Your Copy Today!

Whether you are a contributing author, or just love to read, you can experience local talent in a way you never have before.

This book is filled hidden talent that is sure to satisfy any readers desire. It covers a broad range of genera from fiction to poetry.

If you have a friend or loved-one who enjoys reading, then this book will be one they will keep forever.

So, give a gift that keeps on giving for generations to come.

Click the link: Pamlico Writer's Bookstore to get your copy today.  

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.

Jeanne Julian

   Jeanne Julian’s chapbook, Blossom and Loss, was published by Longleaf Press. Prairie Wolf Press Review, Poetry Quarterly, The Lascaux Prize 2016 Anthology, Kakalak, and other journals have included her poems. Her work also has won awards sponsored by The Comstock Review, Naugatuck River Review, The North Carolina Poetry Society, and the Asheville Writers’ Workshop. She lives on a creek in New Bern, NC, where she makes an effort to practice yoga when not distracted by tennis, gardening, and photography.

   These 21 poems reflect the seasons of our lives, combining lyrical observations of the natural world with reflections on the poignancy of mortality. According to poet David E. Poston, “Jeanne Julian has both divined and composed a perfectly imagined landscape of beautiful contraries presented in finely crafted, sonically sophisticated poems….The reader will be haunted by them.”

Her website: 


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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: $665.00
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.

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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

    • 09 Jan 2018
    • 26 Jun 2018
    • 12 sessions
    • Turnage Theatre

    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.

    • 23 Mar 2018
    • 24 Mar 2018
    • Turnage Theater, 150 W. Main Street, Washington, NC

    Shape Shifting Your Writing

    Literary vendors are welcome for Friday evening and all day Saturday, March 23-24, 2018 at the Turnage Theater in Washington, NC. Author personal books and other literary items may be displayed on a half table ($50) or full table ($100). Vendor should supply table covering, signage for front of table and extension cords as needed. Vendor set-up is 5pm on Friday and 7am on Saturday.

    Items pertaining to current political contests or items depicting gross sexual or degrading physical behavior are not welcome and will not be permitted.

    Each vendor registration will allow one person FULL ACCESS to the conference. Additional personnel should register for the conference as normal.
    • 23 Mar 2018
    • 24 Mar 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • Turnage Theater, 150 W. Main Street, Washington, NC

    Keynote Speaker

    Shelby Stephenson

    A Snapshot of our March 23rd-24th Conference

    Friday evening’s event is FREE and will begin with a reception of finger foods and a time to meet with authors and publishers. 


    Shelby Stephenson, Keynote speaker and North Carolina Poet Laureate will address the audience and introduce the first Heart of the Pamlico Poet Laureate.


    Saturday promises to be a day filled with a slate of exciting topics:

    • Writing for Teens 
    • Graphic Novels 
    • Screenplays
    • Audio Books
    • Poetry
    • Marketing
    • Panel discussions
    • And more


      Lunchtime discussion session (optional)     

      Enjoy a discussion with two publishers as you eat lunch. Get your questions answered about your book in progress and how to move forward toward its publication.

      Afternoon sessions continue following lunch.


      We will see you there!

      • 25 Mar 2018
      • 01 Jun 2018
      • Online submission through Submittable.com

      Flavors of Home

      (Stories, Poems, and Recipes Competition )

      Flavors of Home competition entries are stories, poems and recipes that remind you of home. Your entry can be leaving home, returning home or anything about home, even your home away from home. Please include a complimentary recipe with your submission. 


      In order to make entries "ready for publication," we need the following items for upload for your competition entry.

      • Have a biography file ready for upload (100 words or less).
      • Have a head-and-shoulders photo ready for upload.
      • Have your entry - one prose or three poetry entry files ready for upload.
      • Have a favorite recipe ready for upload.

      Your entries will be collected through Submittable.com. You will be required to create a free Submittable account (or use your existing Submittable account) for identification of your entry within their system.

      Enter PROSE works HERE

      Enter POETRY works HERE


      • Your entry must be your original, unpublished work.
      • You must own all publication rights (i.e., the work must never have been published in a manner in which you gave away your rights). You generally do not give away rights when the work is published on the Internet (your website, etc.).
      • All rights remain with the author. If your entry is selected, the author grants Pamlico Writers Group rights to publish your entry in the 2018 PWG Anthology.


      • Prose entries (fiction and nonfiction) are limited to 3,000 words.
      • Poetry entries are limited to 300 words.
      • Prepare your manuscript electronically using your word processor choice of Adobe Acrabat (pdf), Word (doc or docx), Notepad (txt), Rich Text Format (rtf), Word Perfect (wpf and wpd), Word/Open Office/Libre (odt), formats.
      • Entries should be appropriate PG-13 level or less.
      • Entries flaunting degrading sexual and physical violence or espousing extreme political views will not be considered.
      • The Anthology Committee reserves the right to make minor grammatical and structural corrections. Changes will be sent to authors for approval before publication.
      • Entrants must acknowledge acceptance of the Anthology Terms and Conditions (at time of uploading) before submissions will be accepted.


      Prepare a short author bio—less than 100 words–for submission at the time of uploading your entry. Include your publications, website and Facebook address. Have a head-and-shoulders photo ready for upload. Both items will be used in the published anthology if your entry is chosen.

      Contribute to 

      High School Scholarship Fund

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

      • 24 Jun 2018
      • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
      • 150 West Main St. Washington, NC. 27889

      2018 Flavors of Home

      Adult Competition Awards Reception

      and Open Microphone

      Turnage Theater, 150 West Main Street. Washington, NC

       Competition participants will have the chance to share their work with an audience.

      The 2018 Flavors of Home Adult Writing Competition will open on March 25th and close on June 10th. Adults may enter one prose (fiction or nonfiction) entry or poems (up to three). Each entry should be include a story, poem and recipe that remind you of home. It can be leaving home, returning home or anything about home, even your home away from home. Please include a complimentary recipe with your submission. 

      This event is free to the public!

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