Tar River Writers, sponsored by the Franklin County Arts Council,  supports and encourages writers of all genres and levels of expertise. New members are always welcome.   


For latest news on meetings, events, local contests and other opportunities for writers, or just to talk about writing, join us on Facebook!


The 2023 Carolina Prize Writing Contest is now Closed for Submissions

Winners willbe announced on April 30! 


Watch this space for information about County Lines: a Literary Journal opening for submissions soon!


Fifth Wednesday Writers' Mini-Retreat
Wednesday, March 29

at the Falls Lake Beaverdam Recreation Area Shelter #23

In any month that has a fifth Wednesday in it, we hold a mini-retreat at Falls Lake Beaverdam Recreation Area at 14600 Creedmoor Road, Wake Forest. RSVP on our Facebook Page at

No registration or entry fee is required for this casual get-together. Be sure to bring a bag lunch. These gatherings are open to all writers and poets, and you are encouraged to bring a friend.

After the morning meet-and greet you will be free to write or just follow the trails along the lakeshore and seek inspiration in nature. Writing-prompts will be provided if you want one, or you can just work on your current Work In Progress. After our lunch break, there will be time to share you work with other attendees if you wish.



County Lines: A Literary Journal
Volume 11 - 2024 Issue

Submissions for the 2024 issue of County Lines: A Literary Journal will open on April15, 2023!

Each year County Lines: A Literary Journal is sponsored by the Franklin County Arts Council. This Journal represents the best of short fiction, poetry, and artwork or photography submitted by authors and artists from all over the world.

Authors and artists whose work is accepted for inclusion will receive a free coppy of that year's journal. Proceeds from sales of the journal go to support all of the Arts Council's many programs to promote the arts in Franklin County, NC. 

Watch this space for details on where and how to submit your work!


Spring Writing Retreat

The 2023 Spring Writing retreat will take place on Saturday, June 3rd, from 9am until 4 pm. We have once again procured Falls Lake's beautiful Rolling View community building at 4201 Baptist Road in Durham for our retreat. Writers of all stages of writing experience are encouraged to attend.


Our featured speaker will be Tammy Falkner, USA-Today best-selling romance author. She will talk to us about ways to publish, increase sales, and turn the hobby of writing into a job that makes money while not giving up any of the pleasure. The rest of the day will be filled with writing, shared readings, and networking with fellow writers.


Attendees should bring a bag lunch. Drinks and snacks will be provided. A table will also be available for those who have published work they wish to sell at the retreat.


Registration fee is $30. To register for the retreat, download the registration form below and mail it, along with your check, to Franklin County Arts Council, P. O. Box 785, Louisburg, NC 27549. You may also pay via PayPal using the button below; scroll down to "Select Class / Event and Amount" and select "$30 - Spring Writing Retreat"


Registration form - Click to download: 2023SpringRetreatRegistration.pdf



Tar River Writers 
meets at the Franklin County Arts Council's
Gallery on Nash 
(213 E Nash St. Louisburg NC 27549) 
at 2:PM on the second Saturday of every other month
for a brief business meeting, networking, and discussion about writing in general.


Upcoming meetings will take place on May 13,  July 8, September 9, and November 11 2023.

You can download minutes from previous meetings below.


Please visit our Facebook page to learn more about what we'll be discussing at upcoming meetings, or to ask to have an item added to the agenda.

Meeting Minutes

Past News

New Poetry Group!

The Franklin County Arts Council announces a formative meeting for poets on February 25 at 2 PM at Gallery on Nash, 213 Nash St., Louisburg, NC.

Anyone interested in writing poetry, whether experienced or not at all experienced, and any age, from anywhere are welcome to join us. It is not required to be members of Franklin County Arts Council. We will discuss what we expect from a poetry group: workshops, sharing your poems, open mics and other. Bring you suggestions and enthusiasm!

Writers' Guild Has a New Name!

The North Carolina Arts Council is moving away from the "Guild" model in all its sponsored organizations and asked us to change our name. A poll was taken at our January meeting and also on our Facebook page, and the most popular name choice by a clear margin was Tar River Writers!

County Lines 2023 Launch Party

The Launch Party for our tenth anniversary issue of County Lines: A Literary Journal was a great success. Readers filled the conference room, leaving some standing! Six of our faithful members were among the readers. Our Team Leader Kim Beall was the prose winner for the Carolina Prize Writing contest. We sold ALL of our copies of the 10th Edition of County Lines. The Gallery is ordering more, and this year's journal (along with previous editions) is also available on Amazon:

213 E Nash St
Louisburg NC 27549



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