Welcome to Heart of Carolina Romance Writers

We are a Raleigh, NC-based chapter of the Romance Writers of America and our membership is drawn from all over North Carolina. We offer a variety of exciting programs, an active and accomplished membership, and an opportunity to meet and mingle with a really fun group of writers. We meet the second Saturday of each month in or near Raleigh, N.C. We invite you to join us!

All meetings from 1 to 3 p.m. at Glen Eden Pilot Park, 1500 Glen Eden Dr., Raleigh NC, unless otherwise noted.

Please note that the pre-meeting lunches will be at the K&W Cafeteria at Cameron Village at 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Coffee and discussion following the meeting will continue to be at Carolina Café in Cameron Village.

Our next meeting is February 11, 2017. 

Growing into Your Voice

Carrie Knowles will present “Writing and growing into your voice through your characters and your genre.”

Bio: Carrie Knowles has been a freelance writer and arts advocate and organizer for the last 45 years. As a freelance writer she published dozens of short stories and hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles. Twenty years ago, she was the restaurant critic for the News and Observer. She has also written three books: a memoir called The Last Childhood: A Family Story of Alzheimer’s (Three Rivers Press, 2000) and two novels, Lillian’s Garden (Roundfire Books, 2013) and Ashoan’s Rug, (Roundfire Books, 2013). Her website: cjanework.com

Her latest novel, Ashoan’s Rug, is actually a closely linked series of short stories about ten people who owned the same prayer rug and how it changed their lives.

Carrie’s short stories have won numerous awards, including the Village Advocate Fiction Contest, the Blumenthal Writers & Readers Series, the North Carolina Writer’s Network Fiction Syndication and Glimmer Train’s Very Short Fiction Competition. Twice she has been named a finalist in other Glimmer Train competitions, and she was a finalist in the Doris Betts Fiction Contest and received an honorable mention in the National Literary Awards.

In 1994, she was awarded a North Carolina Arts Council Creative Nonfiction Grant to complete the work on her memoir, The Last Childhood: A Family Story of Alzheimer’s. This memoir has been noted as one of the top 100 books written about Alzheimer’s.

As an arts advocate she has been a board member for the Symphony Orchestra Development Association, Carolina Wren Press, Raleigh Chamber Music Guild, Burning Coal Theatre and the American Forum. She served as a judge for the Raleigh Fine Arts Society’s Annual Fiction Contest for eight years and was the co-coordinator of the Reader’s Series at the Hardback Café in Chapel Hill with Paul Jones and Georgann Eubanks.

Carrie was also the founder and coordinator of the Boylan Heights ArtWalk from 1992-2007 and the founder and director of the Cary Cross Currents Festival from 2008-2012.

Carrie and her husband, Jeff Leiter, have called Raleigh home since 1978. They have three children and one grandchild.



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