July 2018 Meeting @ ECPI University
Jul 14 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm


Topic: Write Your Heart Out at the HCRW PlotLuck Party !

Because several of our members are preparing for the RWA National Conference in Orlando in July, we are offering an opportunity to participate in a chapter write-in and  plotluck party. This is an opportunity to brainstorm, ask questions, or otherwise bounce ideas off your fellow writers. Please join us, because it’s also going to just be fun! The chapter is also providing lunch for those planning to attend. We will send a survey asking for a head-count very soon.


Simply bring the opening of your stunning, stirring, sweet, scary, or sexy Work in Progress. We’ll post the entries on the wall of our meeting room at the top of the meeting and count the votes at the end. You needn’t enter to vote. But you must attend to enter. Unpublished mss only. One entry per writer.

PRIZES:  (first place winner gets first choice)

$25 Amazon gift certificate (in the form of a cute bookmark!)

$25 Barnes & Noble gift certificate


One page printed on white paper – Black Times Roman 12 (or similar standard typeface) – No byline – Max 27 lines of type

First line must read: Title of Work in Progress (Genre)*

*It’s more fun if it’s anonymous. If you suspect that your title will give away your authorial identity, your first line should be: Untitled (Genre)


August 2018 Meeting @ ECPI University
Aug 11 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Topic: Write from the Inside Out!

Presenter: Alice Osborn, Professional Manuscript Editor, Book Writing Coach and Marketing Specialist

Alice Osborn has taught writing workshops to thousands of aspiring fiction and memoir authors of nearly all ages from 9 to 90 both around the corner and across continents. Heroes without Capes is her most recent collection of poetry. Previous collections are After the Steaming Stops and Unfinished Projects. Alice is also the editor of the anthologies Tattoos and Creatures of Habitat, both from Main Street RagA North Carolina Writers’ Network and NC Songwriters Co-op board member and a Pushcart Prize nominee her work has appeared in the News and Observer, The Broad River Review, The Pedestal MagazineSoundings Review and in numerous journals and anthologies. When she’s not editing or writing, Alice is an Irish dancer who plays guitar and violin. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her husband, two children, four loud birds and Mr. Nibbles, the guinea pig. Visit Alice’s website at

September 2018 Meeting @ ECPI University
Sep 8 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Topic: Arm your Fiction with Facts!

Presenter: Harvey Webb

Harvey Webb is going to demonstrate the types and uses of weapons that we rely on in our fiction to promote our characters’ conflicts. He will bring props for us to handle so we can get the feel of the weapons our characters might use and he will arm us with informational details that will make our fiction more realistic and believable.

Besides having the extreme good sense to be married to our good friend, Laura Browning, Harvey Webb has been a high school fencing coach for the past 15 years at Morehead High School in Eden and is certified by the United States Fencing Coaches Association in saber, epee, and foil (the three weapons used in sport fencing). In addition, he worked six years for Triplette Competition Arms building sport and SCA (re-enactment) weapons. In fact, he made the weapons that were used in the TV series “The Originals”. Harvey now runs his own business, Gunz Rx LLC. He holds a diploma in gunsmithing from Piedmont Community College. In addition to restoring and repairing all types of firearms, he holds a Federal Firearms License and is a National Rifle Association certified pistol instructor.

November 2018 Meeting @ ECPI University
Nov 10 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
December 2018 Meeting @ ECPI University
Dec 8 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Our holiday party!