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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.

Members be sure to fill out your Writers Profile. You can download it here and either email or mail the completed form to Sheila Cruse.

click here to download Writers Profile

Click here for our current calendar.


The member supplying our critique materials for our meeting on January 22nd is Cherye Pace. To download the material Click Here

Award Winning Screenwriter Glenn A. Bruce to Speak on the ART of DIALOGUE on Janurary 8th

Screenwriter and novelist Glenn A. Bruce will present the Art of Dialogue to High Country Writers on January 8th. He is known for his natural-sounding, story-effective dialogue writing skills, and has several easy-to-use tips to offer to improve your own dialogue writing.

Glenn is an award-winning video writer/director who wrote the original screenplay for the movie Kickboxer (four sequels and another announced), as well as Victor-One, which he also co- Produced. His final production script for Cyborg Cop resulted in an unexpected sequel for the producers, and he also wrote episodes for Walker: Texas Ranger, Baywatch and Assaulted Nuts. He is a member of the Writers Guild of America and International Thriller Writers.

He has authored five novels and two collections of short stories. The latest novel, The Man, a Mob thriller, has been picked up for re-publication by Litchfield Literary Books. His short stories have appeared in “Red Fez,” “Alfie Dog,” “LLR,” and Carolina Mountain Life, with an excellent interview piece of Maryrose Carroll in the blog, “Beat Poets Forever.”

Glenn has an MFA in Writing from Linden- wood University and teaches Screenwriting and Acting for the Camera at Appalachian State Uni- versity.

High Country Writers are looking forward to improving their dialogue skills with Glenn A. Bruce’s help. In his presentation, Glenn will have attendees do several short dialogue exercises. So bring pen and paper, laptop or tablet, to expand your dialogue-writing skills!

See you all at the Watauga County Public Library on January 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


-MaryRose Carroll 


Printing and Distribution

- Linda Steele



- Ree Strawser



- Lee Bernier



- Rich Bussone



- Bill Kaiser

Author Events Coordinator

- Nancy Kaiser


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