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High Country Writers

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High Country Writers

Energizing Writers Since 1995

Members include writers of fiction and non-fiction  -- mystery, romance, poetry, Civil War,  Appalachian women, memoir, erotica, Roman historical, young adult fiction and non-fiction, children's books, local history, real estate, as well as Southern fiction.

The High Country Writers organization meets the second and fourth Thursdays of most months from 10 a.m. to noon at the Watauga County Public Library, 140 Queen St., Boone, NC. Visitors are welcomed!

We are pleased to announce the introduction of a Writers Workshop which will be held on the first Thursday of every month. This is an optional meetings to be held in addition to our regularly scheduled meetings.  The first workshop will be presented by Judy Geary on Thursday March 6th. The topic will be Editing and Critiquing.

How long these workshops continue will be dependent on member participation, so let's see everyone there on Thursday.

Click here for our current calendar.


The member supplying our critique materials for our meeting on November 20th is MaryRose Carroll. To download the material Click Here


High Country Writers organization launches the second anthology of members’ work, High Country Headwaters II, at the regularly scheduled Second Saturday Reception of the Watauga County Arts Council, Blue Ridge ArtSpace, 5:50 – 7:30 pm, Saturday, November 8. The public is invited.

Headwaters II is a lively collection of short stories, memoir and poetry from High Country Writers, juried, edited, designed and published by members of the organization. This second in the series includes portraits of the region, its beauty, history and unique characters; elements of the supernatural; humor and satire and personal reminiscences.  The price of the anthology is $14.00 and proceeds from the sale will benefit the Watauga County Arts Council and the Appalachian Regional Libraries.

The Watauga County Arts Council has made its mission, since 1981, to sponsor and encourage the cultural arts in Watauga County. Since spring of 2013, the Blue Ridge ArtSpace, 377 Shadowline Drive, Boone, NC, has housed an expanding  range of services and resources. Each second Saturday Reception features demonstrations and work by local artists; for the book launch, those artists are published authors from among HCW members. For more information about the regular Second Saturday Arts Receptions and the WCAC, visit the website: Watauga County Arts Council

High Country Writers has been “energizing writers since 1995!” Regular meetings are at the Watauga County Public Library on the second and fourth Thursdays of most months from ten until noon and speakers’ presentations are co-sponsored with the Library. For the past few months HCW members have been presenting skills workshops the first Thursday of the month, and have recently partnered with the Watauga County Arts Council in hosting those workshops. For more information and a current calendar, visit the website: High Country Writers

See you all at the Blue Ridge ArtSpace on November 8th.

Regional Publishers in the Southeastern US List

High Country Writers organization was founded in 1995 to lend support to aspiring writers in the High Country of North Carolina.  Since that time it has grown from a group of half a dozen, focusing specifically on romance writing, to an organization of over fifty members, actively pursuing some form of written expression. 

Our goal remains to work toward and achieve publication for all our members who desire publication.  Examine the links on our Members Page to get a better idea of our success in this area.


Past Speakers:

Hugh Howey

Sharyn McCrumb

Orson Scott Card

Albert Bell

Sandra Balzo

Jerimiah Healy

Joseph Bathanti

Ron Rash

Jack Pyle & Taylor Reese

Charles Price

Robert Morgan

Silas House

Monty Joynes

Joan Medlicott

Christy Tillery French


-Jesse Cook


Vice Pres/Program Chair

-Maryrose Carroll



Lee Bernier



- Sheila Cruse

 JournalEditor                                                                          - Anita Laymon


-Danielle Bussone     


Printing and Distribution

- Linda Steele



- Ree Strawser



- Lee Bernier



- Rich Bussone



- Bill Kaiser

Author Events Coordinator

- Nancy Kaiser


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High Country Writers * Boone * NC * 28607