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AUG. 12 - 7 pm - virtual - Writers Night Out, Hiawassee, GA.

AUG. 21 - 2 pm - Talking about the cross-genre novel with the Murder We Write chapter of the Sisters in Crime, High Point.

SEPT. 8-10 - Carolina Mountains Literary Festival, Burnsville, NC. Friday appearances for secondary students.

SEPT. 16 - Moderating discussion with Grace Marcus and Tim Swink, Scuppernong Books, Greensboro.

SEPT. 18 - 6 pm - Virtual "Book Spiel" event with Michael Bourne, moderated by Pam Van Dyk.

SEPT. 19 - 7 pm - Writers Can Read, Heritage Station, Huntington, WV.

OCT. 12-15 - Fall for the Book, Fairfax, VA. Appearing on Saturday.

OCT. 22 - 12-2 pm - Plot workshop in preparation for NaNoWriMo, Graham Public Library, Graham, NC, followed by a reading open to the public.

OCT. 30-NOV. 5 - Teaching fiction at John C. Campbell Folk School.

NOV. 7 - Talking about setting with the Orange Co./Durham chapter of NC Writers Network, details TBA



FEB. 10 - 10 am - Burlington Writers Club

MARCH 17-18 - Upstate Literary Festival, USC-Union, Union, SC.




Writing Workshops

Valerie Nieman conducts workshops in prose and poetry for adults and young adults.

Her fiction workshops at John C. Campbell Folk School, the North Carolina Writers Network, WriterHouse and other locations include "Who's Your Daddy: Character Building from the Cradle," "Under Pressure," and "The Role of Place."

Her workshops in poetry, include "Peeking Behind the Mask," a workshop on persona and secret identities, as well as sessions on narrative poetry and ekphrasis — writing in response to art. Her events have been described as "superlative," "delightful," "informative," and "rich."

A graduate of West Virginia University and Queens University of Charlotte who was a founding editor of two literary journals, Nieman teaches creative writing at NC A&T State University. 

Readings with Q&A are 45–60 minutes in length. Lectures and workshops are available from one hour to all day. Fees: $200–$600, negotiable, travel expenses additional. Multiday residencies are also offered. Skype chats and in-person visits are gladly offered with high school and college classes and book clubs.

For more information or to book a date, please use the contact form on this website.