On the Pamlico

by Heather Newton on November 29, 2017

Thanks to my beautiful niece for serving as my model as I show you the setting for my new novel. More to come.

Goings On at the Flatiron Writers Room

by Heather Newton on November 23, 2016

Some exciting things going on at the Flatiron Writers Room in the next few months, among them a conversation with authors Norma Watkins and Marjorie Klein in Sunday, December 10th at 3pm with book sales by Malaprop’s (free event), and a day-long Pop-Up Writers Retreat January 20th 9:30am-4:30pm. You can check out all FWR offerings AND buy a gift certificate for the writer in your life at www.flatironwritersroom.com

Methodical Madness: A Creative Prose Workshop

October 21, 2016

Looking forward to writing more and better in 2018? Join me Tuesday evenings starting February 20th (6-8:30 p.m.) for ten weeks of Methodical Madness with the Great Smokies Writing Program: This course is for writers of fiction who want to generate new work, and have work critiqued for revision in a supportive workshop setting. Students […]

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Etiquette When A Friend Publishes a Book

October 1, 2016

My writing group is having a stellar year. One member has a YA novel coming out soon and three others of us have finished first drafts of new novels. It therefore seems like a good time for me to suggest some rules to follow when a friend publishes a book.   1. Comments are closed. […]

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Join Me for a Summer Writing Workout–Great Smokies Writing Program

May 3, 2016

Do you long to write, but just can’t seem to work it into your life? Do your writing resolutions last about as long as your New Year’s resolutions to go to the gym? Whip your atrophied writing muscles into shape this summer with this generative class for beginning or experienced fiction and creative nonfiction writers. We’ll do […]

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Gearing Up For AWP

March 28, 2016

I think AWP (annual conference of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs) will be chill this year. I don’t have a new book out so I don’t have to self-promote. I have an agent, so I don’t have to corner agents in the ladies’ room and push sample pages under the stall door. I’m […]

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The Case Against Compartmentalization in Creating Your Writing Life

March 26, 2016

I’m a writer and a lawyer and a mother and wife and a person of faith. For many years, I believed that the best way to make time for all of these important aspects of my life–especially the writing–was to compartmentalize, setting up rigid mental walls to designate the time and energy I would allot […]

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Under the Mercy Trees

February 1, 2016

Praise for Under The Mercy Trees, winner of the 2011 Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award, SIBA Okra Pick, Women’s National Book Association Great Group Reads Selection: From Publishers Weekly Newton delivers a stirring debut novel told from the perspectives of four central characters embroiled in a family drama that spans generations and is riddled with […]

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Legal Lessons for North Carolina Teachers

August 11, 2015

  For many years, I have represented North Carolina educators as they try to perform their jobs with diminishing resources, at times without the support they deserve from administration and their elected representatives. As we enter a new school year, here are my tips to educators for how to protect their employment while providing high-quality […]

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September Is The Literary-est Month!

September 9, 2014

Two more literary events I hope you’ll join me for in Asheville this month: On September 21st at 3 p.m., I’ll be reading with other members of the Great Smokies Writing Program faculty at Malaprop’s as part of the Writers At Home Series.  Haven’t decided what to read yet. Maybe something from my new novel […]

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