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Elizabeth Daniels Squire Summer Writing Residency Expanded in 2007


Carrboro, NC –From July 8 to 13, the North Carolina Writers’ Network will offer five days of writing workshops at Peace College, close to downtown Raleigh. This offering is an intimate alternative to the large summer conferences and a rare opportunity to create new bonds in your writing community, get manuscript critique, and take time to focus on generating new ideas. This year’s Writing Residency program has expanded to include four workshop areas: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and the Amherst Writers and Artists Method. To register or for more details, please go to or call (919) 967-9540.

The Elizabeth Daniels Squire Summer Writing Workshops include:

Poetry workshop : Inspiration and Crafting the Poem, with Evie Shockley
This workshop will encourage poets to identify and capitalize on their strengths, but also to step outside of their comfort zones and experiment with techniques and topics that are less familiar to them. –

Fiction workshop: Strategies and Winning Game Plans, with Bill Henderson
In this workshop, beginning and experienced writers will read and critique each other's work with particular attention to character, story or chapter structure, and style, the three key elements of a winning game plan.

Creative Nonfiction workshop : True Stories, with Sebastian Matthews .This class is designed for both beginning and advanced writers. In it, we will work with a variety of creative nonfiction forms, including personal essay and memoir. We will read and discuss published creative nonfiction, workshop each other's work and explore revision strategies.

Amherst Writers And Artists Method workshop: From Revery to Revelation -- Freeing the Voices Within, with Carol Henderson
Based on the Amherst Writers and Artists method, this workshop is appropriate for all skill levels -- from the professional, looking to discover new creative sparks, to the beginner, eager to delve into the challenges of writing for the first time. Come prepared to write a lot.  


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. or call (919) 967-9540.

The North Carolina Writers' Network
Brings Creative Writing Conference to UNCG

Carrboro, NC – On Saturday, June 2, 2007, the North Carolina Writers’ Network will bring its annual Spring Conference for Writers to the UNCG Campus in Greensboro, NC, for the first time.  In collaboration with UNCG’s Center for Creative Writing in the Arts, the conference will feature talented area faculty and keynote Fred Chappell, past poet laureate of North Carolina.

This conference is a rare opportunity for area writers and aspiring writers to work in small-format All Day Workshops with Quinn Dalton (Fiction) and Marianne Gingher (Memoir). In addition, attendees will have access to intensive courses in Poetry (Stuart Dischell and Carolyn Beard Whitlow), Creative Nonfiction (Lee Zacharias), and Fiction (Michael Parker). Editors from Press 53, Main Street Rag Press, International Poetry Review, and the Greensboro Review will provide a panel about what it takes to get published.

Two conference events are free and open to the public:

  • Midmorning Keynote with Fred Chappell and
  • Faculty Reading and Book Signing at 4:15.

The conference will take place at the Elliott University Center, from 9 am to 5:30 pm.

Workshop attendance is limited to registrants only. For more information or to register for the conference, see or call 919-967-9540.

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 University of North Carolina at Greensboro's Center for Creative Writing in the Arts aspires to foster the efforts of those who believe in the power of the crafted word to transform and to improve our lives as individuals and as a society. The beginning wordsmith and the established word master, the student and the professional alike will find in the Center a place from which to draw strength, encouragement and support in producing their work and in finding the opportunity to share it with others.


Sherry Shaw of Gastonia, NC  is the winner of the 2006 Thomas Wolfe Fiction prize.Humphreys, the distinguished author of four widely acclaimed novels, most recently Nowhere Else on Earth (2000), also named two honorable mentions, “The Descent” by Lis Anna of Asheville, NC, and “Outside the Lines” by Therese Fowler of Raleigh, NC. A former student of Doris Betts at UNC-CH, she received her M.A. in English and Creative Writing from Hollins University, where her fiction took top honors. Shaw has won a Fellowship in Literature from the NC Arts Council and a grassroots artist grant from the United Arts Councils of  Mecklenburg /Gaston County. She lives in Gastonia with her husband and has  recently completed a novel.

“To win is a great honor,” Shaw said. “This competition is but one example of how the North Carolina Writers Network is a great resource for writers and book lovers across our state. Conferences, author readings and other events create a feeling of community that inspires me to write. You know they are there for you and they want to help you to succeed. Whether you’re a writer or simply love books, their work is key to promoting literature.”  

The first honorable mention winner, Lis Anna, is a prize-winning writer, film maker, and photographer. Her films have been screened internationally, and her photography published in Asheville Through the Seasons, a coffee table book by Twin Lights Publishers. Therese Fowler, the second honorable mention winner, is a 2005 graduate of North Carolina State University’s new creative writing MFA program. She works as editorial assistant for the literary journal, Obsidian III. 

The Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize, one of the N.C. Writers Network’s most popular and successful competitions , had been suspended for several years, but was re-instituted in 2005 by the Board of Directors, and will be continued annually. The final judge for the 2007 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize has not yet been selected, but will be announced in the coming months.

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