Carteret Writers: Origins
Carteret Writers was formed by five writers in 1983. The only founding members known by name are Kay Stephens, who wrote the bylaws, and Carol Bessant Hayman, first president of the organization. In March of 1998, under the leadership of president Les Ewen, Carteret Writers became a 501(c3) nonprofit organization. That status enabled Carteret Writers to apply for and receive grants to sponsor a local children’s writing contest as well to underwrite workshops and speakers.
As membership grew over the years, the group has included award-
The first writing contest and awards banquet was held in 1991; gradually, cash prizes were introduced. In 1992, contest winners were published in the first issue of Shoal, a simple, stapled pamphlet. In 2006-
Some contest winners have said that a Carteret Writers prize was the first payment they’d ever received for their writing. Other saw their work in print for the first time in Shoal.
Click here for a list of presidents of Carteret Writers since its founding.
Carteret Writers Today
Today, Carteret Writers continues to encourage the novice and cheer the successful in our ranks. Members have published essays, novels, memoirs, poems, creative nonfiction, poetry collections, and young adult fiction (see links to our writers’ web pages for details).
For over 20 years, we have hosted monthly luncheon meetings with such notable speakers as
In addition, we have sponsored open mics and workshops. While in-
Carteret Writers looks forward to producing its first member anthology; reinstituting its annual writing contest; and continuing relationships with other writers associations in North Carolina and beyond.