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NC Literary Hall of Fame




Final judge Sharyn McCrumb selected Billie Harper Buie of Asheville, NC as the winner of the 2007 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize of the N.C. Writers Network, for her short story, "Shining Rock Wilderness." McCrumb praised Buie's story highly, saying, "This was a moving story, well told, and without a pat happy ending. . . . This story read as if one were hearing a real housecleaner talk about her day, and it is the convincing voice of this character, coupled with the poignant vignette of an abused child, that made 'Shining Rock Wilderness' such a memorable work." Buie will receive a $1,000 prize from the Network, and her story will be considered for publication by The Thomas Wolfe Review.   In addition to Buie, McCrumb gave honorable mentions to Jason Mott of Bolton, NC, for his story, "The Dream that was Arcadia," and to Leslie McCray of Cartersville, GA, for her story, "Climbing the Sphinx." 

McCrumb, the highly acclaimed author of two NASCAR novels, Once Around the Track and St. Dale, is perhaps best known for her Appalachian "Ballad" novels set in the North Carolina/Tennessee mountains. Her novels include New York Times Best Sellers She Walks These Hills and The Rosewood Casket, which deal with the issue of the vanishing wilderness. Other novels include The Ballad of Frankie Silver and Ghost Riders, an account of the Civil War in the Appalachians. St. Dale won a 2006 Library of Virginia Literary Award as well as the AWA Book of the Year Award. Once Around the Track will be published this June. 

Billie Harper Buie, who lives in Asheville with her husband and three children, is a member of the Great Smokies Writing program at UNC-Asheville where she has been a member of its advanced prose workshop for six years. Buie has recently had a story published in CALYX journal. She is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and has an MA in landscape architecture from N.C. State. Jason Mott received his BFA from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where his is also pursuing his MFA. McCrumb said of his story, "This story was like a day trip into a disordered mind. Creating a believable OCD character who is neither absurd nor extreme is a difficult task, and this writer managed it well." Of Leslie McCray, McCrumb wrote, ". . .this is the writer I voted 'Most Likely to Be Able To Quit Her Day Job Someday.' She writes likeable characters, and she tells a good story with a clear point to it."   McCray and her husband operate a community theatre in Cartersville, GA, where she is involved in local arts organizations. She has finished a collection of short stories, started another, and is polishing her first novel. 

The North Carolina Writers' Network serves writers at every stage of development through programs that offer ample opportunities for professional growth in skills and insight. The Network builds audiences for literature, advocates for the literary arts and for literacy, and provides information and support services. For further information or if you are interested in becoming a member please call (919) 967-9540.

"The wisest teacher of writing I know."
--Peter Elbow, from the Foreword of Writing Alone and with others by Pat Schneider
“Pat Schneider is a fuse lighter. Her work is gentle, playful, brilliant, and revolutionary. She is the real animal."--Julia Cameron, author of The Right to Write and The Artist's Way 
“Pat Schneider’s method was a wonderful revelation. There was a dramatic increase in self-confidence in the student writers in my classroom.” - Cynthia Kennison, AWA workshop leader 


Leader of Groundbreaking Workshop Comes to N.C. to Offer Special Opportunity to Teachers.

For teachers of creative writing workshops, for public school teachers of all grades and for anyone who works with marginalized populations, a special Sunday afternoon workshop is being offered to teachers just this year as an introduction to Pat Schneider’s groundbreaking writing techniques. Pat Schneider, the founder of the Amherst Writers & Artists Method, who had originated these workshops in a MassachusettsSewanee Review, Minnesota and, Ms. Magazine. For more about Pat Schneider and her work, see housing project 15 years ago and now has 400 certified writing workshop leaders, will teach the class herself. She has published widely in literary journals and magazines, including Review

The workshop, Sunday, July 9, 1-5 pm will begin with a short introduction and a DVD presentation on working with young writers. Participants can receive .4 contact hours of Teacher Continuing Education credits. This four hour workshop will be held at The Peace College Campus in Raleigh, NC. and is sponsored by the N.C. Writer’s Network. The fee is $60 for the afternoon.

The North Carolina Writers Network, founded in 1985, is one of the largest statewide writer’s organizations in the nation. It fulfills its mission to connect, promote, the writing community by offering national spring and fall conferences and also critiquing services. The Network awards writers more than $30,000 annually in honoraria, competition prizes, and stipends through its competitions. For further information about the workshop, you can go to the website: or call Virginia Freedman or Marjorie Hudson at (919)967-9540.






Carrboro, NC, 30 Oct. 2007 – This fall, North Carolina writers are eagerly anticipating the state’s most valuable professional development opportunity to explore the publishing and writing world: The North Carolina Writers’ Network Fall Conference on Writing and Publishing. 


The conference runs from 5pm Friday, Nov. 16 to 1pm Sunday, Nov. 18 at the Hawthorne Inn Hotel in downtown Winston-Salem. Registration is open through Wednesday, Nov. 7. Registration ends at midnight on Nov. 7 if registering online; it ends at 5pm if registering by calling the NC Writers’ Network at 919-967-9540. Walk-in registration is also available.

The conference features three days of classes, panels and special events on the craft of writing, techniques for getting published, and networking opportunities with editors, agents and other writers. It offers more than 35 classes and workshops; manuscript critiques with distinguished teaching  writers; pitch sessions with agents and editors; faculty readings; master classes in fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry; a cocktail reception on Friday with honored Winston-Salem guests and faculty, and more.

The keynote speaker is well-known author Jill McCorkle, a Lumberton native, at 9pm Friday. (The Jill McCorkle keynote is free and open to the public. All other speakers and events are for conferees only.) Robert Morgan (Gap Creek; Boone: A Biography), a native of Hendersonville, will give a talk at Saturday’s banquet. Winston-Salem educator and filmmaker Nathan Ross Freeman of the Winston-Salem Youth Arts Institute will perform with four young poet friends at Saturday’s luncheon. Saturday morning’s “Breakfast with Author” talk features Carole Boston Weatherford of High Point (whose latest book, Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom, is a Caldecott Honor Book) in conversation with Kim Underwood of the Winston-Salem Journal. Sunday morning’s “Breakfast with Authors” features Salisbury native and New York Times best-selling author John Hart (King of Lies; Down River) and Louise Hawes of Pittsboro, a children’s’ and short story writer whose 14 books include the new Anteaters Don’t Dream, in conversation with editor Lauren Mosko.

UNC-TV’s “Bookwatch” host D.G. Martin recently wrote, ”If you ask me, ‘How do I get published?’, my answer will be: Go to the Writers’ Network Fall Conference. Then we’ll talk…… You will rub shoulders with North Carolina literary heroes like Jill McCorkle, Robert Morgan, Randall Kenan and Tony Abbott. Over the years, this conference has been instrumental in generating publishing deals for North Carolina writers. It has a reputation as one of the best - and most affordable - conferences of its kind for writers in the country.”

The North Carolina Writers’ Network is a nonprofit organization founded in 1985 to connect, promote and lead the writing community from beginners to published professionals. Its annual conference is held in different regions of the state each year. The Network’s publications, programs and services are made possible with support from the North Carolina Arts Council.


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