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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

Judy Geary To Host a Self Publishing Workshop at Watauga Art Council

 Independent publishing is the hot topic in the publishing world today. Even big-name authors with NY Times bestsellers under their belt are releasing books under their own label, and we all know how our former member Hugh Howey got his start. Independent publishing is not the right path for every author or for every book, but it always helps to know what your options are.

Judy Geary joined Bob and Barbara Ingalls in forming High Country Publishers in 2001 and still edits for its successor, Ingalls Publishing Group, Inc, as well as editing and designing freelance. She has taught in the Department of Communication at Appalachian State since 1985 and currently serves as Scenario Director (first evaluator) for the NC affiliate of International Future Problem Solving and as an evaluator on the international level. Geary is currently in the process of designing the second volume of the HCW anthology, High Country Headwaters II.

    Geary is author of the Getorix Series: Celtic adventure in ancient Rome. Getorix: The Eagle and the Bull is recommended for classroom use in 16 states, was a finalist in the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards in both YA and adult historical fiction. The second, Getorix: Games of the Underworld, is internationally reviewed and commended for characters, plot and for bringing alive the world of ancient Rome.

“Independent Publishing: FAQs”

Thursday, October 1, 10 am to noon

Blue Ridge Artspace

(Watauga County Arts Council)

377 Shadowline Drive

Boone, NC 28607 

HCW member Judy Geary draws on her own experience of 13 years with Ingalls Publishing and freelance work in editing, design and shepherding authors through the publication process, as well as the experience of other HCW members, to offer a practical guide to the process of independent publishing. Get your questions answered about: How much does it cost? What skills do I need to get started? How can I get help at a reasonable cost if I lack the skills myself? Bring your experience to help others in the group. 

    This program is part of the continuing series of skills workshops sponsored by High Country Writers. The workshops meet the first Thursday of each month, at 10 am to noon, now at Blue Ridge Artspace. All HCW meetings are free and open to the public. 

See you all at the Watauga County Arts Council on October 2nd.

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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