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      The Anson County Writers' Club fosters the art of writing in Anson County through support, awareness and recognition of all writers -- from the beginner to the published author.
     This is accomplished through regular meetings, workshops, lectures and readings; through our annual contests in prose and poetry culminating in a public awards ceremony; and through our grant program.
     The Anson County Writers' Club meets the fourth Sunday of each month (except July and December) at 3:00 p.m. (see meeting announcement below).

Next Meeting

NO meeting in July. The next meeting will be held August 25 at the First Presbyterian Church fellowship hall. Officers for 2024-2026 will be elected and dues (still only $10) collected for the fiscal year.

Several Anson County Writers Club members met July 13 to discuss forming a writers' cooperative. Kelly led us through the advantages of being a group owned and controlled by the people who will use its services. A coop is a legal business structure that serves its members, is controlled by its members, and benefits its members.
Cooperative principles are:

  • Open to voluntary membership
  • Democratic member control
  • member economic participation
  • autonomy and independence
  • cooperation among cooperatives
  • education, training, and information
  • concern for the community
At the meeting, members adopted the name Rural Writers' Cooperative. At the next meeting we will designate a time and place to meet;choose a facilitator or chairperson; set up committees/study circles; come up with a mission statement; and plan goals and benefits. The next meeting will be at 4:00 p.m., August 25, in the First Presbyterian Church fellowship hall. Note that this is the Anson County Writers' Club August meeting. There will be a business meeting at 3:00 to elect officers and collect dues. The coop meeting will follow the business meeting in lieu of a program. This meeting is open to anyone interested in joining. They do not have to be an ACWC member. If you know of anyone who might be interested in a coop for writers, please invite them to this meeting.

Winners of the 2023 contests in prose and poetry were announced February 25. Click HERE to see who won.

Irene Harrington gave a talk about her newest book, "I Can See Clearly Now," at the H.B. Allen Library on Sept. 18. The book is co-written with her aunt, who lost her sight at age 3, and yet lived a full and productive life. Her previous books are "Coley Hill", "A Churchman's Confession", "The Apple Tree", and "The Suitcase".

Carol Ford at the Holiday Market for Missions Nov. 18 at First Presbyterian Church. Carol was one of six ACWC authors who participated; others were Sandy Bruney, Kaye Ratliff, Pamela Turner, Irene Harrignton, and Karen MacMurray.

Carol Ford, Robert Batten, and Sandy Bruney gave author talks at the Hamptpon B. Allen Library June 17.

Pamela Turner, right, talked about the inspiration for her children's book, "Flight of the Zoris" at the H.B. Allen Library February 19. Based on her experiences while living in Hawaii as a chiild, the book is written in haiku. With her is illustrator Melanie Calan Sanchez.

Useful links

Writing for Theater or Film

Historical Research Categories

Best Blog Sites

Creative Jobs for English Majors

Charlotte Writers Club

The North Carolina Poetry Society

The North Carolina Writers' Network

Sit Down and Write Poetry

The Writers Workshop of Asheville

Script Reading

On-line tools for Writers

Check the above links often for news of workshops, contests, etc.

Our Published Authors

Irene Harrington

Kaye Ratliff

Karen MacMurray

Sandy Bruney

Charles Kaska

Carol Ford

J.A. Bolton

Leonidas Smith

Mary H. Jordan

Anson Pathways XI, an anthology of the 2019-2020-2021 contest winners, is now avilable at the Anson County Arts Council for $5 and at amazon.com

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