Chris' Blog. AKA, what's happening in the sticks these days?

Holiday Wordkeepers is Always Big!

December 13, 2015

Tags: Wordkeepers, Ashe County Arts Council, December 19, salon, writers, reading

Our December Wordkeepers is coming up on Saturday the 19th. It's always a big show -- generally the biggest attendance of the year. Not sure why. You'd think people have plenty to do this close to Christmas, but they do like to come out and read and listen in December.

The Arts Center isalways decked with a display of local trees, and that's pretty special. And we do always have extra good refreshments, including wine and some special punch (yes, it WILL be leaded).

We're usually full up with readers and have a plenty big audience to enjoy the fun. So come on out if you're in town. 303 School Avenue in West Jefferson NC. It's the place to be at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 19. Email me if you're thinking you have something to share.

Wordkeepers - December 15

December 7, 2012

Tags: writing, salon, free event, reading, listening, writers, authors

It's Wordkeepers time again. Saturday, December 15. We start with music at 3:00 p.m.; at 4:00 p.m. we begin the 5-minute open mic readings.

This is the group that started it all here in Ashe County, although we welcome writers from all over the High Country. Many of the contributors to our recent book, Mountain Memoirs, started out sharing their work with the Wordkeepers salons.

We'll continue bi-monthly Wordkeepers salons on into 2013 at the Ashe County Arts Center, on School Street in West Jefferson, NC. It's a wonderful space for our casual and supportive gatherings. We always have new readers and welcome new listeners each go around. Refreshments are provided, too.

Come on out in December and enjoy some wonderful writing.

Wordkeepers!

December 17, 2011

Tags: writing, writers, Ashe County, Arts Council

Anna, Luis & Chris at Wordkeepers.
What a fabulous day today at Wordkeepers in West Jefferson. Fellow writers Scot Pope, Julie Townsend and I started the Wordkeepers salons last year. We thought the annual Night of the Spoken Word, through the Ashe Arts Council was always such a big hit that there was probably an audience and a wide group of writers who would be game more often than once a year. We were right.

So, now, every other month we get together at the Arts Council with local writers and avid listeners to hear the latest work. From a handful of people at last year's first Wordkeepers, we've grown to a dandy crowd. (more…)

Wildacres Fall Gathering

November 11, 2011

Tags: writing, writers, Wildacres, book

Great fun and work and fellowship at the Wildacres Fall Gathering. Talking about writing, doing some writing, listening to people read their writing - what a great way to start November.

I received some wonderful gifts from friends there including a really cool flute from among those Dave was making. I bought some gorgeous (more…)

The Pressure's On

November 12, 2010

Tags: writing, writers, reading, west jefferson, ashe county, allegheny county, avery county, watauga county

There is no end to how I can pressure myself. I have successfully done it again royally.

On Saturday, November 20, a couple of writer pals here in the neighborhood are getting together with me to do readings of our latest stuff. (more…)

CHECK OFF THAT JOB FROM THE LIST OF STUFF TO DO

October 18, 2010

Tags: writing, writers, Nc Writers Network, workshop, conference

Today I mailed off a set of excerpts from my manuscript "No I Don't Want to Hold Your Baby." Along with those 20 pages was a newly constructed cover letter and a one-page synopsis. The package with its two crisp and clean copies is now on its way to the NC Writers Network Manuscript Mart folks. They will assign them to an agent who I'll meet with for an assigned half hour at the upcoming NCWN conference in Charlotte. (more…)

Blocking the Notion of Blocking

May 15, 2010

Tags: writing, writers, writers block

At the On the Same Page Literary Festival last fall here in Ashe County, Jill McCorkle told us about the box she keeps in her office. It's her writing stash. The clips and drips of thought that might someday turn into stories - even novels - she deposits in a box of idea treasures. (more…)