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Pat MacEnultyCHARLOTTE – Registration is now closed for the 2012 Squire Summer Writing Residency, July 19–22 at Queens University of Charlotte.

The Squire Summer Writing Residency was open only to the first fifty registrants, who chose from one of the following workshops: Creative Nonfiction with Pat MacEnulty, Poetry with Morri Creech, or Fiction with Robert Inman.

“The Squire Summer Writing Residency has become one of our most beloved programs,” NCWN executive director Ed Southern said. “It’s the most effective at forming close bonds between writers from across the state.”

The Squire Summer Writing Residency offers an intensive course in a chosen genre, with ten hour-and-a-half sessions over the four days of the program. Registrants work in-depth on their own writing, while also studying the principles of the genre with their instructor.

MacEnulty’s most recent book, Wait Until Tomorrow: A Daughter's Memoir, was nominated for the 2012 SIBA Nonfiction Book Award. She has also published four novels, a short-story collection, a children's play, poetry, essays, reviews, and interviews. She is an Associate Professor of English at Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, where she teaches creative writing, journalism, and film.

Morri CreechCreech is the Writer in Residence at Queens University of Charlotte, where he teaches courses in both the Undergraduate Creative Writing Program and in the Low-Residency M.F.A. He is the author of two collections of poetry, Paper Cathedrals (Kent State University Press, 2001) and Field Knowledge, which received the Anthony Hecht Poetry prize and was nominated for both the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the Poet’s Prize. His third book, The Sleep of Reason, is forthcoming in 2013.

Robert InmanInman is a novelist, playwright, and screenwriter who in 1996 left a thirty-one-year career in television journalism, much of it as the lead anchor for WBTV in Charlotte, to devote himself full-time to fiction writing. He is the author of four novels, and his fifth novel, The Governor’s Lady, will be published later this year. He has also written seven produced plays for the stage, and the screenplays for six motion pictures for television.

In addition to the workshops, the 2012 Squire Summer Writing Residency will feature a panel discussion on publishing and bookselling, a “Writingest State” trivia contest, and readings by faculty and registrants. Attendees take meals together, and are encouraged—but not required—to stay in guest rooms that will be set aside for this conference.

The Squire Summer Writing Residency is named in honor of the late Chick and Elizabeth Daniels Squire, whose support made the residency possible.

More information about the Squire Summer Writing Residency can be found at www.ncwriters.org, or by calling 336-293-8844.

Recent books by NCWN membersDid you know the North Carolina Writers’ Network offers an ongoing critiquing and editing service for its members? Through this program, Network writers have the opportunity to open a dialogue about their work with established writers and editors of varying backgrounds and areas of expertise.

Whether you write fiction or essays, poetry or travelogues, there is a critiquer waiting to help you and your writing take that next step. Check out some recent testimonials:

 

"It was unbelievably helpful . . . I was totally impressed, and it was well worth the price. You have a very satisfied member."
-NCWN member Reid Wilson

 

"I have been working on my novel for quite some time and really wondered if I was on the right track. Therefore, I decided it would be most helpful to send a few pages just to see what someone thought about it. I must say, I am really glad I did, as Mr. Manchester's words greatly inspired me to continue on. I will likely have a few questions after reading the critique/corrections in its entirety, and I was glad Mr. Manchester gave me his e-mail in which to ask them. "
-NCWN member Jennifer Bower

 

"I’ve never been edited as thoroughly and with as much consideration as Linda (Hobson) showed toward my story. Her micro edits were precise, and her macro edits found things inside the story that even I didn’t realize were there. She wrote all over every page—an incredible amount of work for what turned out to be a very reasonable fee....I found her edits and critique to be spot-on: demanding more from me as a writer, while also engaging with the story so completely that I felt like she was really invested in its eventual success. That’s the very definition of a great editor, isn’t it?"
-Anonymous NCWN member

 

So, how's this work? Here's the rundown.

 

Fees

A base fee of $30 must be included in the total amount paid to the Network.

  • Prose/Poetry/Plays/Screenplays (5-page minimum):
    5-50 pages - $3/page; each page thereafter, $2/page
    Poems must be single-spaced and only one poem per page is allowed.
  • A Manuscript Consultation with your critiquer may be scheduled after the initial critique is complete. The fee for a post-critique consultation is $50/hour, with no base fee.

 

Instructions

All prose manuscripts should be double-spaced, single-sided, with 1-inch margins and in a 12-point font. Poetry must be single-spaced with a limit of only one poem per page. No fancy fonts, please.

Manuscripts should NOT be bound when submitted.

Please indicate your first preference plus two back-ups for a critiquer. Otherwise, we will select an appropriate critiquer based on availability.

Please send your manuscript, along with payment (checks must be made payable to the North Carolina Writers' Network) and a self-addressed envelope with postage sufficient enough for the critiquer to return your manuscript, to:

NCWN Critiquing Service
P.O. Box 21591
Winston-Salem, NC 27120

The critiquer will return the manuscript with comments directly to you.

If you have any questions or wish to schedule a consultation, please call us at 336.293.8844 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Critiquers

For the complete list of critiquers, click here.

Brunch Fundraiser to Honor "Blythe Spirits," Family of Writers

Carrboro, NC, 9 January 2007 – the North Carolina Writers' Network (www.ncwriters.org) is hosting a fundraiser brunch to honor writer, Will Blythe and his family on Saturday, February 10th at the Fearrington Barn beginning at 10:30 am. In addition to serving as editor of Esquire Magazine, Blythe also earned renowned for his book To Hate Like This Is to Be Happy Forever: A Thoroughly Obsessive, Intermittently Uplifting, and Occasionally Unbiased Account of the Duke-North Carolina Basketball Rivalry.

The event additionally recognizes the other literary members of the Blythe family including Will's sister, Anne and his grandfather, Literary Hall of Fame inductee, William LeGette Blythe.

The brunch occurs at the Fearrington Barn in Pittsboro, NC before the Carolina-Wake Forest basketball game on February 10th with traditional southern cuisine by Mama Dip, a reading and book signing by Will
Blythe, live Celtic Music, and a cash bar.

Will's book is getting so much buzz, with the incredible title To Hate Like This Is to Be Happy Forever, ostensibly about the Carolina-Duke basketball rivalry, but really about so much more. It's hilarious,
pensive, poignant, Southern, Northern, and altogether charming.

Like the rest of us, Will worries about his sanity. He consults famous Columbia professor Robert Thurman and ruminates, "I had to know from the point of view of a renowned scholar and practitioner of Tibetan
Buddhism whether hatred of Duke might cause me to be unduly reincarnated, forced to spend billions of years as praying mantis or a screech owl or a coyote baying at a coldhearted moon…Baying seemed an
especially apt fate."

Duke fans will be welcome at this unique event----you may want to come just to defend yourselves!

Tickets to the event are $79.00, based on Will Blythe's graduation date from Carolina in 1979.

Proceeds go to help the NC Writers' Network continue their efforts to support and connect NC writers.

For details or to reserve tickets, please call 919-967-9540.

 
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