By Sherri Hollister
Chair, Pamlico Writers Group
Reflections, like the face of the moon’s silver glow on the Pamlico or the sunlight’s dappled drops of golden light, we along the river’s edge can view the passing of time through the ebb and flow of the tides. Our native history lives on in our farmers, loggers, watermen, and hunters. Though times have changed all around us, many things here in rural North Carolina have stayed the same. Like our tar-heeled ancestors, we often dig in and remain—even when change might be easier, even preferable.
When I first started with the Pamlico Writers’ Group over fifteen years ago, I was unsure of my craft, believing it only to be a hobby. On and off again, I returned to the group over the years, gleaning information and struggling to write amid the chaos of a busy household. As my children grew and left home, I devoted more and more time to the dream of writing professionally. A few years ago, I came out to friends and family, announcing “I am a writer!”
Once the gauntlet has been laid down, it is challenging to then produce a work worthy of publishing. I have been on the cusp many times, struggling to have my work recognized. With
the birth of the Pamlico Writers’ Group 2016 Anthology, “A Carolina Christmas,” my dream of being published finally came true.
The effort to produce a book worthy of being published takes time and effort, and dedicated people. This year’s anthology, “Reflections” was a labor of love. Louis Edwards, Pamlico Writers’ Group assistant chairperson, designed the cover. The theme was chosen by a committee vote with the hopes that the stories and poems would be varied and reflective of each authors’ individual interpretation of the idea.
The Pamlico Writers’ Group has evolved from a group of friends getting together to discuss their writing, to a serious group of talented writers sharing information, their work and assisting each other to become the best writers they can be.
When Doris Schneider first brought the idea of the Pamlico Writers’ Conference to Jim Keen, the chairperson of the Pamlico Writers’ Group, they could not have conceived of the changes the conference would have on the group. With each conference we challenge ourselves to greater diversity and expansion. We have hosted some of the greatest writers and poets in North Carolina as keynote speakers and presenters: Jill McCorkle, Sharyn McCrumb, Zelda Lockhart and Shelby Stephenson, just to name a few. We have met writers, agents and publishers who have led workshops and spoken at luncheons. We have had award winning presenters who have given blurbs for our anthologies, acted as judges, and served as mentors to our group. As the conference grew and morphed into a state-respected conference, our group has become the place to be in Eastern North Carolina if you are a serious writer.
February 3rd, 2018 the Pamlico Writers’ Group will announce their first Heart of the Pamlico Poet Laureate at the Turnage Theater with live performances by the top five finalists.
March 23rd, 2018 will launch our Sixth Annual Pamlico Writers’ Conference with Keynote Speaker, Shelby Stephenson, 2015 North Carolina Poet Laureate.
March 24th, 2018 our Sixth Annual Pamlico Writers’ Conference, “Shape Shifting Your Writing: Transforming Your Writing for Other Successful Markets”