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Spring Conference

Spring Conference 2007 was held at Elliott University Center in Greensboro, NC. The conference is over, but we have left this conference information on the site so that you can refer to it as a model of what our Spring Conference is like.

Spring Conference 2007

Saturday, June 2, 9:00am - 5:30pm
Elliott University Center, Greensboro, NC

The North Carolina Writers' Network and the Center for Creative Writing in the Arts bring you a full day of workshops on the campus of the University of North Carolina- Greensboro. We're giving you more of what you've asked for -- small classes, top writing faculty, and intensive workshops in fiction, memoir, poetry, and publishing.

Keynote: Fred Chappell

Spring Conference 2007 is made possible with support from the Center for Creative Writing in the Arts, UNC-Greensboro, and the North Carolina Arts Council.
UNC Greensboro NC Arts Council


Conference Classes

New! All-Day Workshops with

Intensive Half-Day Workshops with

Choose one of the all-day workshops, which meet in the morning and resume after lunch.

Or

Choose from among the half-day workshops and select one class for the morning session and another class for the afternoon session.

Either way,

  • Morning sessions from 9:00 - 11:00am
  • Keynote with Fred Chappell at 11:15
  • You have lunch on your own
  • Afternoon sessions from 2:00 - 4:00pm
  • Faculty readings from 4:15 - 5:30pm
  • Publishers Exhibits open all day

See the schedule for more information about the day's activities.

Costs

Early registration ended Thursday, May 17. Members may register on-site June 2 for $135.

Early registration:
  • $110 for members
  • $145 for non-members
On-site registration as a walk-in:
  • $135 for members
  • $165 for non-members

Cancellations

Cancellations must be made in writing and arrive at the Network office by 4 pm, Thursday, May 17, for you to receive a 50% refund. Send request to NC Writers' Network, Box 954, Carrboro, NC 27510.

No refunds for cancellations received after May 17 or for no-shows.


Nearby Hotels

For favorable rates at the following hotels, mention that you are attending an event at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.

 


 

Spring Conference

Spring Conference 2007 was held at Elliott University Center in Greensboro, NC. The conference is over, but we have left this conference information on the site so that you can refer to it as a model of what our Spring Conference is like.

Faculty Biographies: Spring Conference 2007



Keynote

Keynote Fred Chappell is an author and poet who teaches at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Chappell was the Poet Laureate of North Carolina from 1997 to 2002. He attended Duke University. He has written thirty books in forty years, work that has been honored with dozens of prizes, including the Prix de Meilleur des Livres Etrangers and the Bollingen Prize in Poetry. He is a 2006 honoree in the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame.

Fiction Faculty

Quinn Dalton is the author of a novel, High Strung, and a story collection, Bulletproof Girl. Stories have appeared in literary publications such as Glimmer Train, StoryQuarterly, and New Stories from the South: The Year's Best, 2006. She was the recipient of a 2002-2003 NC Arts Council artist fellowship.
Michael Parker is the author of three novels -- Hello Down There, Towns Without Rivers, and Virginia Lovers -- as well as a collection of novellas and stories, The Geographical Cure (Scribner's, 1994), which won the Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction. In 2004 he was awarded fiction fellowships from the North Carolina Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. He has two books forthcoming from Algonquin Books. He teaches creative writing and literature at UNC-G.

Poetry Faculty

Stuart Dischell is the author of Good Hope Road, Evenings & Avenues, and Dig Safe, and the forthcoming Backwards Days -- all published by Penguin. His poetry has won awards from the National Poetry Series, the National Endowment for the Arts, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. He teaches in the Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
James Clark directs the UNC-Greensboro MFA Writing Program, James Clark edits The Greensboro Review and coordinates the visiting writers' series. He has published fiction and a variety of non-fiction, in addition to serving as an editorial consultant for numerous presses and magazines. He supervises graduate tutorials in publishing and editing and directs teaching internships for MFA students.
Costa Rican-American Mark Smith-Soto is Director of the Center for Creative Writing in the Arts at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he edits International Poetry Review. He was 2005 winner of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in creative writing, and his poetry has appeared in many journals. His award-winning chapbooks include Green Mango Collage and Shafts, and his full-length collections include Our Lives Are Rivers (University Press of Florida, 2003) and Any Second Now (Main Street Rag Press, 2006).
Carolyn Beard Whitlow's second book, Vanished, won the 2006 Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared in journals such as The Kenyon Review, Indiana Review, Cold Mountain Review, and The Massachusetts Review, and her essays and poems have appeared in a number of anthologies, including A Formal Feeling Comes: Poems in Form by Contemporary Women and Writing Your Rhythm. She is Charles A. Dana Professor of English at Guilford College, where she has taught creative writing since 1993.

Creative Nonfiction Faculty

Marianne Gingher has published four books of fiction and nonfiction, including Bobby Rex's Greatest Hit and the memoir A Girl's Life: Horses, Boys, Weddings & Luck. Her writing has appeared in the Oxford American, Southern Review, North American Review, Greensboro Review, Redbook, Seventeen, O, the Oprah Magazine, the Rambler, the Washington Post Magazine, and the New York Times. She has taught creative writing at UNC-Chapel Hill for many years.
Recent nonfiction by Lee Zacharias has appeared in Shenandoah, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Gettysburg Review, Southern Humanities Review, and North Carolina Literary Review among other journals and is regularly cited in the annual Best American Essays. Her books include Helping Muriel Make It Through the Night (stories) and the novel Lessons. A former fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts and the North Carolina Arts Council and recipient of several teaching awards, she is a professor of English at the University of North Carolina Greensboro.

 


 

Spring Conference

Spring Conference 2007 was held at Elliott University Center in Greensboro, NC. The conference is over, but we have left this conference information on the site so that you can refer to it as a model of what our Spring Conference is like.

Keynote: Spring Conference 2007

Keynote Fred Chappell is a novelist and poet who teaches at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Chappell was the Poet Laureate of North Carolina from 1997 to 2002. He attended Duke University. He has written thirty books in forty years, work that has been honored with dozens of prizes, including the Prix de Meilleur des Livres Etrangers and the Bollingen Prize in Poetry.

Chappell is a 2006 honoree in the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame.

 


 

Spring Conference

Spring Conference 2007 was held at Elliott University Center in Greensboro, NC. The conference is over, but we have left this conference information on the site so that you can refer to it as a model of what our Spring Conference is like.

Spring Conference 2007
Faculty Reading and Booksigning: 4:15 - 5:30

Quinn Dalton, Stuart Dischell, Marianne Gingher, Michael Parker, Carolyn Beard Whitlow, and Lee Zacharias

Faculty readings are a great way to get to know a writer better, enjoy dipping into new genres, support the careers of other writers, and get inspired for your own work.

The faculty reading is followed by a booksigning, your chance to speak with writers you admire while you get your book signed.

Faculty books are for sale all day long at the Barnes & Noble table. One of the best ways to support writers and build your own network is to get connected by reading the works of faculty you admire!


 

Spring Conference

Spring Conference 2007 was held at Elliott University Center in Greensboro, NC. The conference is over, but we have left this conference information on the site so that you can refer to it as a model of what our Spring Conference is like.

Member Book Sales: Spring Conference 2007

Members may sell their own books at the conference by arranging in advance with the UNCG bookstore.

  • Contact: Jennifer Gonzales 336-334-3175
  • Be prepared with Book Title, Author Name, ISBN, and Publisher.
  • You may leave a message with this information and your phone number.
  • Deadline for advance ordering: May 25

If you miss the deadline, you may bring up to 10 of a single title to the UNCG Bookstore sale table the day of the conference. Make arrangements onsite with Jennifer Gonzales to pick up your remaining unsold books at the end of the day. The bookstore will inform you about what percentage of sales they will take and what payment policy is.

NOTICE: The NC Writers� Network will not keep unsold books left at the conference.


 

Spring Conference

Spring Conference 2007 was held at Elliott University Center in Greensboro, NC. The conference is over, but we have left this conference information on the site so that you can refer to it as a model of what our Spring Conference is like.

All-Day Workshops: Spring Conference 2007
Saturday, June 2

To register for an all-day workshop, choose between the workshops listed below. The workshop will meet in the morning, and then resume after lunch.

ALL-DAY MEMOIR WORKSHOP, with Marianne Gingher
Part 1 - 9:00 - 11:00 am
Part 2 - 2:00 - 4:00 pm

If you had a childhood you've accumulated enough material to inspire a lifetime of writing. How can you enliven the truth without compromising it? How can you make it interesting on the page? And what about ordinary rather than sensational truths? Can they ever be one in the same? This workshop will offer useful prompts and advice on selecting and dramatizing truths worth telling. Emphasis will be on borrowing the tricks of the fiction writer and employing them as a memoirist without sacrificing the writer's accountability to facts.
Workshoppers should attend both sessions.

ALL-DAY FICTION WORKSHOP: FICTION WORKOUT, with Quinn Dalton
Part 1 - 9:00 - 11:00 am
Part 2 - 2:00 - 4:00 pm

This double session will feature a series of fiction "workouts' focusing on common problem areas in fiction, such as point of view, dialog, and scene development. The workshop will be structured so that participants can use the workouts to generate new work, or to apply to in-progress projects-a stories or novel chapters. Participants will leave with tools to assess problems in future work, as well as strategies to address them. Bring a 10-page sample of your work if you like, and come prepared to write!
Workshoppers should attend both sessions.

 


 

Spring Conference

Spring Conference 2007 was held at Elliott University Center in Greensboro, NC. The conference is over, but we have left this conference information on the site so that you can refer to it as a model of what our Spring Conference is like.

Half-Day Workshops: Spring Conference 2007
Saturday, June 2

To register for separate morning and afternoon classes, choose from among the half-day sessions listed below. Select one class for the morning session, and another for the afternoon session.

Morning Classes, 9:00 - 11:00 am (choose one)

FICTION WORKSHOP: Scene, Summary, and the Handling of Fictional Time, with Michael Parker

An intense look at the two essential temporal components in fiction -- scene and summary -- including their relationship to dramatic tension, character development and, ultimately, meaning. Reading and discussion of passages from classic and contemporary prose.

POETRY WORKSHOP: Now Look What You Have Done, with Stuart Dischell

This intensive class looks at the ways in which poets make poems and provokes the conscious and unconscious decisions that writers make regarding their structures and strategies. We will look a several exemplary poems and may critique poems by the participants. The pace will be fast moving, and the atmosphere critical, supportive, and possibly humorous.
BRING YOUR OWN POEMS.

Afternoon Classes, 2:00 - 4:00 pm (choose one)

PUBLISHING PANEL, with James Clark (moderator), editor of The Greensboro Review

Panelists Mark Smith-Soto, editor of the International Poetry Review, Kevin Watson, editor of Press 53, and Scott Douglass of Main Street Rag talk about what it takes to get published.

POETRY WORKSHOP: Writing In Circles Without Getting Dizzy: The Craft of the Sestina and Villanelle, with Carolyn Beard Whitlow

Using samples from Lewis Turco's The New Book of Forms, workshoppers will explore the challenges and pleasures of reading and then creating poems on contemporary topics written in traditional poetic forms that go beyond the sonnet. The sestina and villanelle require that the poet master techniques of repetition and/or rhyme, while controlling line length and meter. We will explore similarities and differences between these two poetic forms and others that will allow variety in employing traditional verse forms.

CREATIVE NONFICTION WORKSHOP, with Lee Zacharias

This workshop will include a discussion of the range of the genre, examples of ways creative nonfiction can be structured, and such issues as truth and fiction in creative nonfiction. It will also include suggestions for reading and an in-workshop writing exercise.


 

Spring Conference

Spring Conference 2007 was held at Elliott University Center in Greensboro, NC. The conference is over, but we have left this conference information on the site so that you can refer to it as a model of what our Spring Conference is like.

Spring Conference 2007
Schedule

 

Saturday, June 2
8:00 - 9:00am Registration
Exhibit Tables Open, Book Sales
9:00 - 11:00am Morning Classes:
Parker - Fiction
Dischell - Poetry
Gingher - Memoir, Part 1
Dalton - Fiction, Part 1
11:15am - 12:15pm Keynote: Fred Chappell
12:15 - 2:00pm Lunch on your own - Elliott Center Food court and Commons
Link: http://euc.uncg.edu/services/foodcourt/
Exhibit Tables Open, Book Sales
2:00 - 4:00pm Afternoon Classes:
Whitlow - Poetry
Zacharias - Creative Nonfiction
Clark - Publishing Panel
Gingher - Memoir, Part 2
Dalton - Fiction, Part 2
4:15 - 5:30pm Faculty Readings and Book Signing
5:30 - 6:00pm Exhibit Tables Open, Book Sales

 

 

 
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