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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 July 24th is Noyes Capehart. To download the material Click Here

Author Rebecca Alghrary-McRee Presents Talk At High Country Writers!

     High Country Writers is delighted to welcome Rebecca (Becky) Alghrary-McRee as speaker at our July 10 meeting at the Watauga County Public Library at 10am. The meeting is free of charge and the public is invited.

Becky McRee, former Banner Elk resident, recently published her new book – From the Catawba to the Tigris.  The book tells of Alghrary-Ree’s adventures visiting and living in Iraq in the Middle East during the 1970s and 1980s.

     A native of Catawba County, NC, Becky is a 1963 graduate of Lees-McRae Jr. College and later, a 1995 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte majoring in English and Communications –Mass Media.

     McRee met her husband, a native of Baghdad, while interning at Presbyterian Hospital, Charlotte, in 1964, and during the 33 years of their marriage visited his family numerous times and spent one year living in Baghdad.  

    “I kept journals during those years and had adventures that were quite out of the ordinary,” said McRee.  “One I especially remember is a ‘Woman’s party’ or shower, that my husband’s sisters gave me to celebrate our marriage. I sat in the middle of a dusty courtyard surrounded by dancing gypsies with tambourines and guests placing silver and gold jewelry all up and down both my arms.   I also tell of visiting the ancient city of Babylon and in the north of Iraq, the Biblical city of Nineveh.”

     McRee lived in Banner Elk for 11 years and wrote for the Avery Journal -Times newspaper and occasionally for the Avery Post newspaper.  She was also a freelance writer for High Country Magazine and several other publications during her years in the mountains.  She will be remembered for her popular books, Mountain Magnolias, and Hemlocks and Magnolias – stories of Avery and Watauga County mountain people.

     McRee lived in Charlotte for approximately 30 years and is the mother of two, a daughter, Sabryah, who lives and teaches in Key West, Florida, and a son, Joseph, who is a minister in Mooresville, ,NC. She has five grandchildren.  McRee currently lives in Newton, NC with her husband, a former Newton-Conover classmate, Michael McRee.

     Her books can be purchased on Amazon, Hickory Barnes & Noble, Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce, and can be purchased directly from McRee at

See you all at the Watauga County Library on July the 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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