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“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”
Louis L'Amour

You have a story you want to tell. Maybe you’ve been working on your novel for a while or maybe you are just getting ready to write for the first time. Whether you are a poet, a novelist, or short story writer, if you want to improve your craft, the Orange County Public Library can help.

At the library, you will find books for writers, events and book clubs.

We have also compiled links to resources to help you in your quest. To connect with other writers online, check out:

Online Writing Communities

Absolute Write

Critique Circle

Critter’s Workshop


My Writers Circle

National Novel Writing Month


The Young Writers Society

Websites for Writers

Inky Girl

Jane Friedman

Nathan Bransford

Plot Whisperer

Women on Writing

Writer Unboxed

Writer’s Digest: 101 Best Websites for Writers

Writer’s Organizations


The Authors Guild

Horror Writers Association

Mystery Writers of America

Poetry Society of America

Romance Writers of America

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America

Society of American Travel Writers

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators of America

Songwriters Guild of America

Western Writers of America

Writers Guild of America East

Writers Guild of America West

Triangle Writers

The Triangle is home to many writers, with Hillsborough, NC dubbed by the Wall Street Journal as “America’s Little Literary Town.” To find out what’s happening in and around the Triangle and the rest of North Carolina, you can start by taking in:

Local Readings

Fly Leaf Books

McIntyre’s Books

The Regulator Bookshop

Quail Ridge Books

Purple Crow Books

Local Author Interviews

The Spine


Carolina Book Beat

Local Authors

Kianna Alexander

Anne Barnhill

Natania Barron

Aaron Belz

John Claude Bemis

Samantha Bryant

Amy Kaufman Burk

Barbara Davis

Gabe Dunston

Allan Gurganus

Jeremy Hawkins

Carrie Knowles

Nathan Kotecki

A J Mayhew

James Maxey

Frances Mayes

Jill McCorkle

Laurie McKay

Deborah Fletcher Mello

Michael Parker

Jessica Scott

Lee Smith

Celisa Steele

Daniel Wallace

Barbara Claypole White

Jeremy Whitley

Local Writing Groups

Hillsborough Poetry Meetup

Hillsborough Writer’s Workshop with David Payne

Chapel Hill Carrboro Fiction Writers

Nancy Peacock

Zelda Lockhart

Chapel Hill Wrimos

Orange Dog Poets Society

And if you’d like to check out the rest of North Carolina, you may want to start with taking a look at the NC Literary Map. And that’s just the beginning.For writers of all persuasions, there’s so much more…

Author Interviews

Paris Review


Writer’s Digest


Writer’s Organizations


North Carolina Writers’ Network

North Carolina Poetry Society

Carolina Romance Writers

Southeast Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America

Writing Contests and Competitions

NC Writer’s Network

Poets & Writers

The Writer

Writing Retreats

Alliance of Artists Communities

Poets & Writers

Squire Summer Writing Residency

Wildacres Retreat

Writing Workshops, Conferences, and Festivals

Blue Ridge Bookfest

Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference

Book ‘Em North Carolina

Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors

Carolina Mountains Literary Festival

High Country Festival of the Book

NC Writer’s Network Literary Calendar

North Carolina Writer’s Network Conference

On the Same Page Literary Festival


West End Poetry Festival

Western Carolina University Spring Literary Festival