Birthplace of the
​​​​​​​Southern Literary Renaissance
& Home of the
N. C. Literary Hall of Fame

On the evening of January 21, 1937, historical novelist James Boyd stood at his work desk in his home on Weymouth Heights, now the Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities, and began to write a letter to his editor, Maxwell Perkins.

“Tom Wolfe just left last night after a 3 day visit,” Boyd wrote. “He arrived here (at 4:47 a.m.) thoroughly whipped down by New Orleans and Atlanta cheer and in his state was disposed to take on roles of Prometheus Bound and having refreshed himself, Ajax defying the literary Agents.”

Open to North Carolina natives, current residents, or to those with significant ties to the state, the program has nurtured and inspired hundreds of writers over the years, many of whom attribute their flow of creativity to the beautiful surroundings and peaceful solitude.

The competition seeks to promote writing throughout Moore County and honor the work that goes into creating superior writing. The 2018 Contest is not yet open for submissions but guidelines stay the same. Dates will be available soon.

The James Boyd Book Club reads the work of North Carolina authors – past and present. Meetings are on the third Tuesday of each month, September through May, at 2 pm in the Weymouth Library. This discussion group is open members and non-members alike.
The NC Literary Hall of Fame is open to the public inside the James Boyd House, Monday through Friday, from 10AM until 2PM.  For more information about group tours or other inquiries including directions, call (910) 692-6261.