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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC—Pre-registration for the North Carolina Writers' Network 2013 Fall Conference ends Friday, November 8. Which means there's only one week left to sign up for North Carolina's largest and most inclusive writing conference at the discounted rate.

The deadline to pre-register is Friday, November 8, at 5:00 pm by phone or mail; midnight if registering online. Attendees who register prior to the conference can save up to 50 percent. And signing up now can help ensure registrants land spots in classes before they close.

The Fall Conference attracts hundreds of writers from around the country and provides a weekend full of activities that include a luncheon, an annual banquet, readings, workshop tracks in several genres, open mic sessions, and an exhibit hall packed with literary organizations, presses, and publishers. Conference faculty includes professional writers from North Carolina and beyond.

Wilmington resident Clyde Edgerton will give the Keynote Address. Edgerton, a North Carolina native, is the author of five New York Times Notable Books and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. Master Classes will be led by Philip Gerard (Creative Nonfiction), Rebecca Lee (Fiction), and Peter Makuck (Poetry).

Because publishing is an evolving business offering more opportunities for authors than ever before, several workshops are designed to help writers navigate this rapidly shifting landscape. Ellyn Bache, author of Safe Passage (made into a 1995 movie starring Susan Sarandon), will lead a workshop titled “Presses and Agents and E-Books, Oh My: 40 Years in the Book Biz.” Jen McConnel will lead a workshop on “The Ins & Outs of Indie Publishing,” and Bridgette A. Lacy will help writers learn how to market their books with “From Book to Buzz.”

Registrants will choose from craft-based workshops such as Virginia Holman’s “Getting Started: The Short Personal Essay” and “What’s in Your Attic? Recovering Your Old Poems” with Mark Cox. James Dodson, author of ten books including American Triumvirate: Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan and the Age of Modern Golf (named one of the top 100 books of 2012 by the New York Times) will lead a workshop titled “Writing a Life—Including Your Own,” and UNCW’s Malena Mörling will lead a workshop on “The Short Poem.”

Wilmington-based Ecotone literary magazine and Lookout Books will lead a panel on Saturday morning titled “How to Work with a Publisher (So They Want to Work with You)”. Lookout Books publisher Emily Louise Smith will also sit on the Sunday panel, “Agents and Editors,” along with literary agents Michelle Brower of Folio Literary Management and Paul Lucas of Janklow & Nesbit Associates, as well as Christine Norris of Press 53. These editors and agents will participate in manuscript and marketing marts, and the critique service, where registrants can have their manuscripts evaluated by professionals. The 2013 Fall Conference offers coastal residents their best chance this year to meet with literary agents and editors, ask questions, and pitch their manuscripts.

Registration for the NCWN 2013 Fall Conference is open through Friday, November 8. For a complete list of workshops, to see the weekend's full schedule, or to register, visit


Malcolm CampbellMalcolm Campbell is the author of two adventure travel guidebooks, editor of professional golf instructor Dana Rader’s golf instructional book, Rock Solid Golf, and founder of the independent publishing house Walkabout Press. In Malcolm’s twenty years as a commercial writer, he’s written everything from power-tool-accessory catalogs to television commercials to cover/feature stories for national magazines. Malcolm is the 2008 recipient of the Doris Betts Fiction Prize, and he teaches in UNCC’s Writing Program.

At the North Carolina Writers' Network 2013 Fall Conference, Malcolm will lead a workshop titled, “The Tao of Self-Doubt: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Writers.” Writing is a difficult, lonely endeavor—one marked by occasional vacillation between self-doubt (“I’m a hack”) and grandiosity (“I’m the greatest writer ever”). Yet, self-doubt and heightened self-esteem are healthy, useful emotions for the writer, when they exist within certain limits. How can we put these and other emotions to use in our apprenticeship as writers? What are some effective means of preparing ourselves for the emotional realms of writing? Of working with editors or in writing groups? And of dealing with the time we spend alone, in reflection, both when we’re writing and when we’re not? Malcolm will present ten lessons for how to work through the emotional demands on creative individuals. We’ll laugh, we’ll cry, we’ll sing “Kumbaya.”

Malcolm will also serve as a Critiquer for those attendees who register for the Critique Service. The Critique Service provides writers with in-depth literary critiques of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry by a seasoned writer or editor. A one-on-one, thirty-minute review session will be scheduled for those who choose to participate in the Critique Service.



What are you reading right now?
The Lost Weekend by Charles Jackson (plus student papers).

If you could have a torrid but guilt-free affair with a fictional character, who would it be?
Lady Brett Ashley from The Sun Also Rises.

What aspect of craft do you feel you handle especially well, or is especially important to you?
Dialogue comes naturally to me and is important in the way it conveys tension.

Any memorable rejections?
Two for two for the NC Arts Council $10k grants.

Do you own an electronic reading device?

What’s one thing that bugs you more than anything else when you see it in a piece of writing?
Too much exposition in third-person.

Do you steal pens from hotels?
No–only from motels.

If you could be a different author, living or dead, who would you be?
Cormac McCarthy.

Do you write to discover, or do you write point-to-point (for example, from an outline)?
Write to discover.

The Cape Fear Coast is a hotbed for the film industry. In your opinion, what has been the best book-to-screen adaptation?
The Road by Cormac McCarthy is one of my favorites, if not the best I’ve seen.

What was the worst?
The Great Gatsby is the most recent, disappointing adaptation I’ve seen. I cannot think of the worst.

What’s one piece of advice no one gave you when you were starting out, that you wished they had?
That the protagonist’s desire-resistance pattern should exist on a literal level, as well as have deeper currents of desire and resistance.

Please fill in the blank: I have read __ of the Harry Potter books.


Pre-registration for the North Carolina Writers' Network 2013 Fall Conference closes November 8. Register now.


Alice OsbornAlice Osborn is the author of three books of poetry, most recently After the Steaming Stops, and is the editor of the short fiction anthology Tattoos. She’s working on her next poetry book, Heroes without Capes. Her past educational and work experience is unusually varied and now it feeds her strengths as an editor for hire who takes good writers and turns them into great authors. A Pushcart Prize nominee, she has taught writing workshops to hundreds of aspiring authors from nine to ninety years old, both in person and online. Her pieces have appeared in the News and Observer, The Broad River Review, The Pedestal Magazine, Soundings Review, and in numerous journals and anthologies. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the North Carolina Writers’ Network and performs her poetry to captivated audiences throughout the South and beyond. Alice lives in Raleigh with her husband and two children. Visit her website at

At the North Carolina Writers' Network 2013 Fall Conference, Alice will serve as a Critiquer for the Critique Service, which provides writers with in-depth literary critique of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry with a seasoned writer or editor. A one-on-one, thirty-minute review session will be scheduled for registrants wishing to participate in the Critique Service.

Alice will also serve as a reviewer for the Marketing Mart, which provides writers with an opportunity to create or refine an effective plan to pitch, promote, and sell their current, upcoming, or proposed books. The Network will schedule a one-on-one, thirty-minute session with a publishing or bookselling professional for those who register for the Marketing Mart.


What was your favorite book as a child?
Animal Farm by George Orwell—I read it when I was nine years old, and I loved its utter (or udder) simplicity.

If you weren’t a writer, what kind of job would you like to have?
Hollywood casting director, not because I’d have the power to make/break careers, but because I love seeing actors in the right role.

What’s one piece of advice no one gave you when you were starting out, that you wished they had?
As a new writer, don’t enter your work into contests that ask for money—you’ll lose a lot of money.

Any memorable rejections?
You want just one? This is more of a compilation: working really long and hard on a creative project and then, after the presentation, having the decision-maker not take notice or be dismissive.

Hemingway wrote standing up; Truman Capote wrote lying down. What posture do you write in?
Slouching in one of my formal dining room chairs.

The Cape Fear Coast is a hotbed for the film industry. In your opinion, what has been the best book-to-screen adaptation?
Atonement by Ian McEwan. It was perfectly cast!

What was the worst?
Memoirs of a Geisha.

Why do you feel it’s important for writers to attend conferences such as the NCWN Fall Conference?
To meet other writers in the state, to know what’s going on in the local, regional, and national publishing/writing markets, and to feel a part of something greater than yourself.

Do you have pet peeves as a reader? As a writer?
As a reader, authors who telegraph everything to the reader because they’re afraid the reader isn’t smart enough to get it the first time. As a writer I get frustrated by people who think writing is going to bring them immediate fame and fortune. Ha, ha.

Are you scheduled in the time you set aside to write, or is your writing time more flexible than that?
I write by deadlines, and I set aside days of the week where I’m in my office all day to write.

Do you write to discover, or do you write point-to-point (for example, from an outline)?
I definitely write by the seat of my pants after I have a title or theme in mind or an emotion I need to convey.

What was the first thing you ever published?
A newsletter in the fourth grade and I had a robin, cardinal, parrot, and goldfinch representing the different sections like book reviews, tips, and events. Funny, because I now live with two parakeets and a cockatiel, and I write a monthly newsletter!

Who is your favorite North Carolina author?
Jason Mott.

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