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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH—Robert Wallace, author of more than fifty essays, will lead the class "Writing the Short Personal Essay" at the North Carolina Writers' Network 2017 Fall Conference, November 3-5, at the Holiday Inn Resort in Wrightsville Beach.

Registration is now open.

Robert Wallace has published more than fifty essays, many of them short personal essays in The News & Observer in Raleigh. He is also the author of over thirty-five fiction stories in journals such as the North Carolina Literary Review, the Bryant Literary Review, The Long Story, and others. He is a two-time winner of the Doris Betts’ Fction Prize. He is the author of the novel A Hold on Time. Wallace has received an Emerging Artist grant from the Durham Arts Council and a Writer’s Fellowship from the NC Arts Council.

NCWN has been celebrating literary journals this year, so we asked Robert to tell us about his first publication.

"My first publication was in Spectator in 1993, a weekly Triangle newspaper that was bought out by The Independent. The Spectator held a fiction contest in those days. But my first strictly literary journal publication was in Cities and Roads, another publication that is no longer in print.

"Tom Kealey, a former Greensboro resident who now teaches at Stanford University, started Cities and Roads. The subtitle of Cities and Roads I have memorized to this day: 'A collection of short stories for North Carolina readers and writers.'

"Tom only published fiction in his journal, but I was struck by a couple of things about him. One was that he was a go-getter with an attitude about words and their importance that was going to take him places, and secondly, that he emphasized the importance of readers. In those days it was nice to have a publication that was strictly devoted to only North Carolina writers. Tom gave many of us our first publication, and for that I’m grateful."

"Writing the Short Personal Essay" will define what makes an essay personal and what it means to make oneself a character in the story. Participants will discuss craft, narrative voice, and other devices commonly thought of in fiction-storytelling. Additionally, they'll explore examples of short personal essays and allow time for participants to begin crafting their own short personal essay. Time will be allowed for asking questions, and for the business side of writing personal essays, such as places that publish this genre, and where to go to learn more.

Fall Conference attracts hundreds of writers from around the country and provides a weekend full of activities that include lunch and dinner banquets with readings, keynotes, tracks in several genres, open mic sessions, and the opportunity for one-on-one manuscript critiques with editors or agents. This year's Master Classes will be led by Dan Albergotti (Poetry); Wendy Brenner (Creative Nonfiction); and Nina de Gramont (Fiction). New York Times bestselling author Wiley Cash will give the Keynote Address.

Register here.

The nonprofit North Carolina Writers’ Network is the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to all writers, in all genres, at all stages of development. For additional information, visit www.ncwriters.org.

 

The Holiday Inn Resort in Wrightsville Beach

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH--Our block of rooms at the Holiday Inn Resort has filled up, and we're thrilled people are as excited as we are about the 2017 Fall Conference.

For those who haven't yet booked a room, here are some options that are less than ten-minute drive from the conference hotel, ordered by price, highest to lowest.

Please note, rates are absolutely subject to availability and change:

Blockade Runner Resort ($208)
Distance from Conference: 1.4 miles (5-minute drive)

Hilton Garden Inn Wilmington ($177)
Distance from Conference: 4.1 miles (10-minute drive)

Harbor Inn ($150)
Distance from Conference: 1.2 miles (5-minute drive)

Silver Gull Motel ($139)
Distance from Conference: .6 miles (2-minute drive)

The Surf Suites ($135)
Distance from Conference: 2.3 miles (7-minute drive)

There are plenty of additional hotel options within a four-mile radius (about a ten-minute drive, depending on traffic), so another option would be to check out hotel availabiity on www.Expedia.com.

And don't worry: parking at the conference hotel is free for registrants.

We look forward to seeing everyone in Wrightsville Beach!

 

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH—Novelist and Outer Banks resident Michele Young-Stone will lead the class "The Art of Novel Writing: From Idea to Polished Manuscript and Beyond" at the North Carolina Writers' Network 2017 Fall Conference, November 3-5, at the Holiday Inn Resort in Wrightsville Beach.

Registration is now open.

Michele Young-Stone is the author of three novels: the upcoming Lost in the Beehive (Simon & Schuster, 2018), Above Us Only Sky (2015), and The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors (2010). She recently completed a fourth novel, George Glass Loves Lily Snow, and is at work on a fifth. After teaching high school English for seven years, Michele earned her MFA in fiction writing from Virginia Commonwealth University. She lives in the Outer Banks of North Carolina with her husband and son where she leads a novel-writing workshop for the Dare County Arts Council.

NCWN has been celebrating literary journals this year, so we asked Michele to tell us about her first publication.

"Oddly enough, I never published in a literary magazine or journal," Michele says. "I could have published my work for free, but I felt like I deserved to get paid for my words, so I went from zero publications to a published novel. "

In her class, Michele will discuss how to take an idea and develop it into a publishable novel. She will talk from personal experience in addition to discussing the discipline of writing, outlining, breaking through plateaus, revision, and finding the right agent.

Fall Conference attracts hundreds of writers from around the country and provides a weekend full of activities that include lunch and dinner banquets with readings, keynotes, tracks in several genres, open mic sessions, and the opportunity for one-on-one manuscript critiques with editors or agents. This year's Master Classes will be led by Dan Albergotti (Poetry); Wendy Brenner (Creative Nonfiction); and Nina de Gramont (Fiction).

The nonprofit North Carolina Writers’ Network is the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to all writers, in all genres, at all stages of development. For additional information, visit www.ncwriters.org.

 

 
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