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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 September 11th is Diane Blanks. To download the material Click Here

Author, Attorney and Environmental Activist Jay Leutze To Speak At High Country Writers Meeting

      High Country Writers is delighted to welcome Jay Erskine Leutz as speaker at their August 28 meeting at the Watauga County Public Library at 10am. The meeting is free of charge and the public is invited.

Jay Erskine Leutze was raised in Chapel Hill, NC, and lives in the Southern Appalachian mountains on the North Carolina-Tennessee border. Trained as an attorney, he has become a leading voice for state and federal conservation funding for investment in public lands. He is a Trustee for Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, one of the nation's most established land trusts. From 2006-2011 he and several partners spearheaded an effort that successfully protected the #1 ranked USFS target for acquisition, the 10,000 acre Rocky Fork tract, enabling creation of a new state park, and filling in a critical gap in Cherokee National Forest.  He is the author of Stand Up that Mountain: The Battle to Save One Small Community in the Wilderness Along the Appalachian Trail (Simon & Schuster, 2012). In the tradition of A Civil Action, it's the compelling true story of a North Carolina outdoorsman who teams up with his Appalachian "mountain people" neighbors to save a treasured landscape from being destroyed.  

Leutze is a  national spokesman for the Land and Water Conservation Fund coalition. He is also frequently asked to be a guest lecturer on conservation. Most recently he has appeared as a guest lecturer at Sewanee, Davidson College, and Wake Forest University.  He also recently appeared at the National Press Club in Washington DC.  In 2012, he was awarded North Carolina's highest civilian honor, The Order of the Longleaf Pine, for his contribution to the conservation of his native state.  He is the winner of the  2013 North Carolina Governor's Conservation Communicator of the Year Award. 

Stand Up That Mountain has won numerous awards, including The Reed Environmental Writing Award from the Southern Environmental Law Center, and was named the SIBA (Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance) Nonfiction Book of the Year.  The American Bar Association honored the book at its Silver Gavel Awards dinner in July, 2013, citing it as "a work of art that has added to the public's understanding of the law." 

See you all at the Watauga County Library on August 24th.

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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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