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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 April 24th is Tony Rankine. To download the material Click Here

Laura Anne Middlesteadt, author of What Doesn’t Kill Us: My Battle With Anxiety, will be guest speaker at High Country Writer’s April 10th meeting at the Watauga County Public Library in Boone at 10am. Attendance is free and the public is invited.

Written under the pen name, LA Nicholson, What Doesn’t Kill Us, is a memoir of survival after two near-fatal suicide attempts during her darkest days of anxiety. These episodes were later thought to be brought on by a chemical imbalance in her brain. Her talk will address the question of turning personal pain into a worthwhile writing endeavor that can help others.

Middlesteadt was born in Georgia and raised in NC, where receive a degree in Biology at UNC-Chapel Hill. She has authored numerous articles for gardening and general interest magazines and horticultural journals. She is a certified presenter for the “In Our Own Voice” program of the national alliance of mental illness.

Laura Anne Middlesteadt is the student teaching coordinator for the Reich College of Education, ASU. She lives in Boone with her son and three pets. What Doesn’t Kill Us: My Battle With Anxiety, is Middlesteadt’s first book. It can be purchased at Black Bear Books, ASU Bookstore and

See you all at the Watauga County Library on April 10th.

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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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