Make Your Reservation Now for the
Next CBW Meeting June 20th
Olivia's in the Village, Gloucester Courthouse
How do you stand out from the crowd and make others remember who you are? Through your personal brand! Alice started her own successful writing and editing services company over a decade ago and is here to share her secrets with you. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to build your brand by highlighting what makes you different from the crowd through your personal story, how you show up, and how you network/volunteer your time. Alice will also discuss how your brand is vital to get readers who don’t know you yet to like and follow you. She’ll also share how your branding must be consistent in all of your printed and online materials to include your website, social media networking, and business cards. Ultimately, a powerful brand will help you attract, engage, and retain new readers and fans as it builds the loyalty of your current ones.
Alice Osborn’s past educational and work experience is unusually varied, and it now feeds her work as a poet/book editor and singer/songwriter on acoustic guitar. In the past decade, Alice has taught writing workshops to thousands of aspiring fiction, poetry, and memoir authors of nearly all ages from 9 to 90 both around the corner and across continents. Heroes without Capes is her most recent collection of poetry. Previous collections are After the Steaming Stops and Unfinished Projects. Alice is also the editor of the anthologies Tattoos and Creatures of Habitat, both from Main Street Rag. A North Carolina Writers’ Network, North Carolina Poetry Society, and North Carolina Songwriters Co-op board member and a Pushcart Prize nominee, her work has appeared in the News and Observer, The Broad River Review, The Pedestal Magazine, Soundings Review and in numerous journals and anthologies. Alice is the musician-in-residence for the Western Wake Farmers' Market. She is also an Irish dancer who plays Celtic fiddle and bluegrass banjo. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her husband, two children, four birds and one messy guinea pig. Visit Alice's website at www.aliceosborn.com and check out her music at www.reverbnation.com/aliceosborn.
On April 9th, Neal Steele will interview Paige Ashley Brotherton, student memberof CBW and daughter of member
Dawn Brotherton, about her debut middle grade book, Avery Appreciates True Friendship. Currently a high school sophomore, Paige is interested
in everything, but she always comes back to writing. Her book is to be published April first and has already won a LitPick Award, so the interview is sure to be interesting!
Dan is entertainment editor at The Virginian-Pilot, directing coverage of arts and entertainment and the Flavor section. In 23 years at The Pilot, he also has worked as a copy editor, copy desk chief and assistant business editor, while staying busy outside the newsroom as, at various times, a Cub Scout den leader, a youth soccer coach, a writing and editing teacher and an amateur musician trying to do right by his 1981 Gibson ES 335.