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Our monthly luncheon

meetings are held on the

second Wednesday of

each month, September

through April, at Clawson’s 1905 Restaurant & Pub. Although presentations are free and open to the public, members and visitors are encouraged to purchase a meal.

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Luncheon Talks


We welcome new members anytime January through December. Yearly dues are $30 per person or $50 per couple. Membership forms are available on the “About” page or by emailing


2019 marks the 36th year for Carteret Writers. We deeply appreciate all who have worked to make this organization so successful for so long. A special thanks to our guest speakers who have graciously given of their time and talents to visit us, share their knowledge and experiences with us, and help us grow as writers.


When: 2nd Wednesday of the month

           11:45 speaker/lunch/networking  

Where: Clawson’s 1905 Restaurant & Pub, 425 Front Street, Beaufort, NC

Members and guests are encouraged to purchase a meal.

No fee required for presentation.

2019-2020 Speaker Series

SEPTEMBER 11: Polly Frank, nonfiction

Polly Frank dedicated nearly two years to publishing a weekly blog, Polly’s Tea Kettle. The personal essays she wrote evolved into a 300-page book, The Woman in the Mirror, that she self-published through Sable Books. Fellow writers will appreciate her insights into the craft of creative nonfiction, creating a blog, and the pros and cons of self-publishing.

OCTOBER 9: Paloma Capanna, young adult fiction

Paloma Capanna, is the author of Nearly Fifty, a collection of essays. In this interactive presentation, she will help us navigate the joys and pitfalls of being a multi-genre writer. Members will share their experiences, writing-versus-reading preferences, and will experiment with opening lines for different forms.

NOVEMBER 13: Janie Price, publisher and editor

For 28 years, Janie Price worked in various publishing positions at U.S News & World Report in Washington, DC. She is currently a volunteer editor of The Shoreline, Pine Knoll Shores’ monthly newspaper, she also is involved in assorted volunteer efforts.

DECEMBER 11: Nancy L. Smith, visual artist and collaborative writer

Nancy Smith is an award-winning water media and collage artist who has shown her work frequently in the Southeast. In her collaborative book, Women Speak: Portraits, Poetry and Prose of the Feminine Experience, her paintings of the feminine form became prompts for writers to create work on inspiration, relationships, changing roles, misogyny, and the state of our country.

JANUARY 8, 2020: Member Open Mic, readings in all genres!  

We will celebrate ourselves and our work with an Open Mic session, offering our members ten five-minute reading slots for work in progress, followed by discussion if time allows. Sign up, share, and learn from your fellow writers!

FEBRUARY 12: L. Diane Wolfe, editor and consultant

L. Diane Wolfe is senior editor and owner of Dancing Lemur Press LLC, which publishes science fiction and fantasy, new adult/young adult, mystery, paranormal, middle-grade, non-fiction, Christian, and more. A member of the National Speakers Association, she conducts seminars on book publishing, promoting, leadership, and goal-setting, and offers book formatting and author consultation.

MARCH 11: Ron Jackson, fiction, nonfiction, poetry

Ronald Jackson’s work has appeared in numerous well-known publications. He was a finalist for the 2018 Doris Betts Prize and Thomas Wolfe prizes in short fiction and other writing contests. You might see him working on short fiction or a dark crime novel in Durham cafés. Jackson is currently studying in the MFA in Writing (Fiction) program at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

APRIL 8: Cancelled

MAY 13: Annual Contest Awards Dinner (Cancelled)