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Thursday–Sunday
July 14–17
Hilton New Bern/Riverfront
100 Middle St.
New Bern, NC 28560

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OVERVIEW / VENUE / REGISTRATION / FEES & DEADLINES / COURSE DESCRIPTIONS / FACULTY / SCHEDULE

 

Workshops in Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, and Fiction

Virginia Holman
Virginia Holman

Peter Makuck
Peter Makuck

Liza Wieland
Liza Wieland

 


Overview

The 2011 Squire Summer Writing Residency (SR11) offers intensive workshops with accomplished instructors, group events such as readings and discussions, a chance to share your work with other dedicated writers, a unique opportunity to bond with writers from across the state and beyond, and now, an extra day.

SR11 will begin Thursday afternoon, July 14, with registration and check-in at this year’s venue, the Hilton New Bern/Riverfront, overlooking the picturesque Trent River in historic downtown New Bern. After dinner and special programming that evening, workshop sessions in the genre of your choice—Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, or Poetry—will begin Friday morning and continue until mid-day Sunday, July 17.

Those fifteen hours of workshop time will create a community of common ground, a safe place to refine and polish your work, and maybe the opportunity and inspiration to try something new. Morning and afternoon breaks between workshop sessions give writers a leisurely writing period.

The five group meals will be followed by panel discussions, readings by instructors and residents, and other special programs, allowing participants rare insight into the craft and business of writing.

Support for this residency is provided by the NC Arts Council, the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, and the family of Chick and Elizabeth Daniels Squire.

 

Venue

This year, for the first time, the Squire Summer Writing Residency will be held not on a college campus, but at a hotel: the Hilton New Bern/Riverfront.

Room rates are included in your registration fees if you select either the Shared Room or Single Room option. Please visit the hotel’s website for details about guest rooms and amenities. Registrants who select the Shared Room or Single Room option do not need to reserve a room themselves; the Network will do so for you.

All SR11 activities will be held in “The Inn,” a freestanding building on the Hilton property.

 

Registration

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We recommend that you register early, particularly if you want to stay on-site. Workshops are small, and they fill fast. Only fifty registrants are accepted for the Squire Summer Writing Residency.

A $300 deposit is required with registration; the balance is due July 1. (Or you're welcome to pay the entire fee at once; we won't mind.)

You may register online here, by phone at 336-293-8844, or by mail to the address below:

NCWN
ATTN: SR11 Registration
P.O. Box 21591
Winston-Salem, NC 27120

Your registration is not complete until you send a copy of your typed workshop manuscript (please see Course Descriptions for manuscript requirements). If you do not send your workshop manuscript with registration, your workshop space may be taken by another registrant, so send your workshop manuscript the same day that you register.

 

Commuters

Registrants who wish to commute daily from home or another hotel may register at the commuter rate of $500 (for members) or $600 (for nonmembers). This rate includes all group meals from Thursday dinner to Sunday breakfast, attendance at the workshop sessions of your choice, and all evening programs and readings.

 

“Tag Alongs”

If a registrant has a friend or family member who would like to spend the weekend in New Bern, but not participate in a workshop, that person can register at the “Tag Along” rate of $250. This rate includes all group meals, readings, and other programs, but not workshops. Those registering at the "Tag Along" rate must accompany a NCWN member who is registered at the single-room rate.


Fees & Deadlines

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All SR11 registrations must be received and paid in full by 5:00 pm, Friday, July 1.

Requests for refunds must be made in writing, and must be received by 5:00 pm, Friday, July 1, in order to be refunded up to 50 percent of the total registration fee. No refunds will be given for no-shows or requests made after July 1.

Registrants who select the Shared Room or Single Room option do not need to reserve a room themselves; the Network will do so for you.

Fees:

  • $500 – NCWN Member Rate, commuter
  • $650 – NCWN Member Rate, shared room
  • $750 – NCWN Member Rate, single room
  • $600 – Nonmember Rate, commuter*
  • $700 – Nonmember Rate, shared room*
  • $250 – "Tag Along" Rate (meals only)#


* Nonmembers may join for $75 (adult) / $55 (student or senior) and be eligible for the member rate.
# Those registering at the “Tag Along” rate must accompany a NCWN member who is registered at the single-room rate.

Deadline:

A $300 deposit is required with registration, with balance due July 1.


Course Descriptions

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Creative Nonfiction with Virginia Holman
In our time together, we will focus on helping you find and write the story you most want to tell, whether it's a personal essay or a book-length narrative. We'll generate ideas and pages for new work through in- and out-of-class exercises and short readings; we'll address specific issues of craft by reviewing your nonfiction in a workshop-style review; and we'll work to clarify your intent. You'll leave the weekend with insightful critique on the work you submit, raw material for future essays, and an awareness that you can make time for your work with the time you have.

Please submit no more than eight pages (12 pt., double-spaced) of prose, to arrive no later than July 1, to the address below. You will also be asked to e-mail your manuscript as an attachment to your fellow workshop registrants. Be sure to include your name and the title of your work on the manuscript’s first page. Please mail a hard copy of your manuscript to:

NCWN
ATTN: SR11 Creative Nonfiction
P.O. Box 21591
Winston-Salem, NC 27120

Poetry with Peter Makuck
We will closely read at least one of the three poems submitted for the course. More, if time permits. We will also consider several kinds of poems—letter, list, object, place, persona, and how-to. I will distribute examples. My goal is to have writers leave the workshop with the beginnings of at least one new poem. We will also concern ourselves with the process of revision and the range of questions writers should ask about a poem they think is ready to be submitted to a journal for publication.

Please submit no more than three poems, totaling no more than five single-spaced pages, to arrive no later than July 1, to the address below. You will also be asked to e-mail your manuscript as an attachment to your fellow workshop registrants. Be sure to include your name and the title of your work on the manuscript’s first page. Please mail a hard copy of your manuscript to:

NCWN
ATTN: SR11 Poetry
P.O. Box 21591
Winston-Salem, NC 27120

Fiction with Liza Wieland
This workshop will take a look at contemporary literary fiction, addressing both the work of registrants (in the form of sample chapters and short stories) and several pieces of published fiction. We will pay particular attention to character development and to language. We will also discuss submission of manuscripts to editors and agents. Registrants should come prepared to complete exercises assigned during the workshop. Recommended reading: The Georgia Review, vol. LXV, no. 1, spring 2011: “A Home in Other People: Selected Stories and Art 1984-2007.”

Registrants should submit no more than ten (double-spaced, 11 or 12-pt.) pages (one short story, or the first chapter from a novel-in-progress) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by July 6. You will also be asked to e-mail your manuscript as an attachment to your fellow workshop registrants. Please be sure to include your name and the title of your manuscript in the body of the e-mail, as well as in the manuscript itself.

 


Faculty

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Virginia Holman

Virginia Holman (Creative Nonfiction)

 

Virginia Holman is the author of Rescuing Patty Hearst: Growing Up Sane in a Decade Gone Mad, which was chosen as a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Authors Selection and a Boston Globe Recommended Read.

Holman has also published essays and articles in DoubleTake Magazine, Redbook, Women's Health, Prevention, Glamour, Self, O Magazine, More, Book Magazine, the Washington Post, the Atlanta Journal-

Constitution, the Hartford Courant, and numerous other publications. She teaches in the creative writing program at UNC Wilmington.

 

 

Peter Makuck

Peter Makuck (Poetry)

 

Peter Makuck grew up in New England and graduated from St. Francis College in Maine where he studied French and English. After teaching French for several years, he returned to graduate school for a doctorate in American literature and was later a Fulbright lecturer in France. His Long Lens: New & Selected Poems was released in April 2010, and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He has also published two collections of short stories, Breaking and Entering and Costly Habits; the latter was nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award. Founder and editor of Tar River Poetry from 1978 to 2006, he is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at East Carolina University. His poems and stories, essays and reviews have appeared in The Georgia Review, The Hudson Review, Poetry, The Sewanee Review, The North American Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Nation, and so on. Syracuse University Press will publish his new collection of stories, Family Matters, late next year.

 

 

Liza Wieland

Liza Wieland (Fiction)

 

Liza Wieland has published three novels (The Names of the Lost, Bombshell, and A Watch of Nightingales); three collections of short fiction (Discovering America, You Can Sleep While I Drive, and Quickening; as well as a book of poems (Near Alcatraz). The Names of the Lost was named Best First Novel of the Year by the Dictionary of Literary Biography (1992); Bombshell was a finalist for Foreword Magazine's Best Novel of the Year prize (2001); and A Watch of Nightingales won the Michigan Literary Fiction Award (2009). She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, and the North Carolina Arts Council, and has won two Pushcart Prizes. She teaches at East Carolina University, where she is the fiction editor at the North Carolina Literary Review, and lives near Oriental, NC.

 


Schedule

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Thursday, July 14

1:00 – 5:00 pm..........Registration and Check-In

6:00 – 7:00 pm..........Welcome Dinner

7:00 – 9:00 pm.......... "An evening with the Stanly's" at Tryon Palace, 610 Pollock St.

In our country's humble beginnings and its shaky first years, the Stanly family grew, prospered, and helped determine America's course. During this special tour, you will experience American history through the eyes of the ladies of the Stanly family. While being guided through their home and history, you will have a chance to encounter three generations of Stanly ladies, hear their stories, and see how they fit into the American experience.

 

Friday, July 15

8:00 – 9:00 am......... Breakfast

9:00 – 10:30 am.........Workshop Session I

10:30 – 11:00 am..........Break

11:00 am – 12:30 pm..........Workshop Session II

12:30 – 1:30 pm..........Lunch

1:30 – 2:00 pm..........Faculty Reading by Virginia Holman

2:00 – 3:30 pm..........Workshop Session III

3:30 – 4:00 pm..........Break

4:00 – 5:30 pm..........Workshop Session IV

5:30 – 6:30 pm..........Free Time

6:30 – 8:00 pm..........Dinner

8:00 – 9:00 pm..........“Table Talk on Editing and Publishing”

9:00–10:00 pm..........Open Mike Night, Part I

 

Saturday, July 16

8:00 – 9:00 am..........Breakfast

9:00 – 10:30 am..........Workshop Session V

10:30 – 11:00 am..........Break

11:00 am – 12:30 pm..........Workshop Session VI

12:30 – 1:30 pm..........Lunch

1:30 – 2:00 pm..........Faculty Reading by Peter Makuck

2:00 – 3:30 pm..........Workshop Session VII

3:30 – 4:00 pm..........Break

4:00 – 5:30 pm..........Workshop Session VIII

5:30 – 6:30 pm..........Free Time

6:30 – 8:00 pm..........Dinner

8:00 – 8:30 pm..........Faculty Reading by Liza Wieland

8:30 – 10:00 pm..........Open Mike Night, Part II

 

Sunday, July 17

8:00 – 9:00 am..........Breakfast

9:00 – 10:30 am..........Workshop Session IX

10:30 – 11:00 am..........Break

11:00 am–12:30 pm..........Workshop Session X

12:30 – 1:00 pm..........Closing Conversation


Support for this residency is provided by the NC Arts Council, the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, and the family of Chick and Elizabeth Daniels Squire.

 

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