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GREENSBORO—The North Carolina Writers' Network seeks to serve writers of all levels and abilities, no matter where they are in their writing careers. To those ends, the NCWN 2017 Spring Conference will offer classes on the business of books, to help those writers who have a manuscript they're ready to take to market.

The NCWN 2017 Spring Conference happens Saturday, April 22, at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Registration is now open.

Industry offerings include:

Social Media for Self-Published Authors with Russell Hatler and Nikki Brate. Self-published authors in general have a tough time promoting their books. There are literally hundreds of options available on the Internet, all for a price. Choosing among the options can be a daunting experience. Once an option has been selected, working with the people who’ve promised to deliver fame and fortune can be treacherous. This workshop showcases the experiences of a self-published author when trying to wade through the technological mire that lurks in the arena of Social Media. It also addresses the joys and sorrows of building a website and shooting and posting a YouTube video.

Big, Medium, Small, or Self: What’s the Right Publishing Option for You? with Edmund R. Schubert. Having their work published by one of the big houses in New York used to be every writer’s dream; but more and more authors today—even those who’ve successfully published with New York before—are opting instead to self-publish. And in the space between New York and self-publishing, there’s a vast spectrum of small, mid-sized, and regional publishers. Exactly what role do each of these publishers play in today’s new and ever-evolving ecosystem of books, contracts, and money?

NCWN will also host the third annual Slush Pile Live!, where a panel of editors will listen to anonymous submissions being read out loud and raise their hand when they hear something that would make them stop reading if the piece were being submitted to their publication. The editors will discuss what they did and did not like about the sample, offering constructive feedback on the manuscript itself and the submission process. All anonymous—all live! (Authors can reveal themselves at the end, but only if they want to.)

At Slush Pile Live!, the writing tips fly fast and furious—it's an event not to be missed! For more details, including a listing of panelists, click here.

Pre-registration closes April 16. Register now!

 


GREENSBORO—The North Carolina Writers' Network 2017 Spring Conference will offer its third annual Slush Pile Live! event on Saturday, April 22. This popular program allows attendees to peek inside an editor's head while he or she reads through a stack of unsolicited submissions. All anonymous, all live! 

Registration for the NCWN 2017 Spring Conference is now open.

How does Slush Pile Live! work? Beginning at 4:00 pm, attendees may drop off either 300 words of prose or one page of poetry in the room of their choice (prose and poetry will be read in both MHRA rooms 1214 and 1215). The author’s name should not appear on the manuscript.

Then, at 5:00 pm, a panel of editors will listen to the submissions being read out loud and raise their hand when they hear something that would make them stop reading if the piece were being submitted to their publication. The editors will discuss what they did and did not like about the sample, offering constructive feedback on the manuscript itself and the submission process. All anonymous—all live! (Authors can reveal themselves at the end, but only if they want to.)

Those interested in having their anonymous submission read should bring a hard copy of up to 300 words of prose from a single work or one page of poetry (40-line max) to one of the Slush Pile Live! rooms. Submissions should be double-spaced, 12-point, Times New Roman font. No names should appear on the submissions.

This year's panelists include: 


As many submissions as the panelists can get to in an hour, that's how many they'll read. Authors can reveal themselves at the end, to thunderous applause, befitting their bravery, but only if they want to.

“If you’ve never worked or volunteered for a publisher or literary magazine before, the submission process can seem kind of mysterious,” says NCWN Executive Director Ed Southern. “‘Slush Pile Live!’ will give attendees a peek into the editorial screening process, with the added bonus of giving feedback to anonymously submitted manuscripts in a non-threatening way.”

Other familiar programs will remain, including faculty readings, an open mic for conference participants, an exhibit hall packed with publishers and literary organizations, and “Lunch with an Author,” where conference-goers can spend less time waiting in line and more time talking with the author of their choice. Spaces in “Lunch with an Author” are limited and are first-come, first-served. Pre-registration and an additional fee are required for this offering.

Pre-registration for the North Carolina Writers' Network 2017 Spring Conference closes Sunday, April 16. Register now!

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

 

GREENSBORO—Julie Funderburk's debut poety collection, The Door that Always Opens, was published by LSU Press in 2016. Julie will lead the Master Class in Poetry at the North Carolina Writers' Network 2017 Spring Conference on Saturday, April 22, at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro—where Julie once earned her MFA in Creative Writing. 

Registration for Spring Conference is now open.

In Julie's Master Class, "A Poem That Sings," she will work from the premise that poems often tell or suggest stories. Yet, as poet Ellen Bryant Voigt writes in her book of essays The Flexible Lyric, poetry’s “first allegiance must be to music.” Attendees will begin by exploring a series of model poems to discover how they present stories without being burdened by too much narrative weight, so that the poems still sing. Then, when students explore work from the class together, they will focus on the ways that these strategies and structures can provide inspiration for revision.

Those interested in attending the Master Class should submit three poems, along with their current CV, on the same day that they register for the Spring Conference. At least one of the three poems should be narrative. Poems should be saved in a single MS Word document, using single-spaced, 12-point, Times New Roman font, and sent as an attachment to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The registrant's name and the title of each poem should appear on the submission. Accepted registrants will also be asked to circulate their drafts to others in the class prior to the conference.

Master class registration is first-come, first-served, and all Master Class applications must be received by Friday, April 7. Each applicant should be ready to handle the intensive instruction and atmosphere of the Master Class.

The NCWN 2017 Spring Conference is a full day of classes on the craft and business of writing, as well as faculty readings, Lunch with an Author, an open mic for conference participants, and the third annual Slush Pile Live! 

Julie Funderburk is the author of The Door that Always Opens, her first full-length collection of poetry from LSU Press (2016). She is a recipient of a North Carolina Arts Council Artist Fellowship and scholarships from the Bread Loaf and Sewanee writers' conferences. Her poetry has appeared in many journals, including 32 Poems, Best New Poets, The Cincinnati Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and Ploughshares. She is an assistant professor of creative writing at Queens University in Charlotte, and serves on the Board of Trustees of the North Carolina Writers’ Network.

For full conference details, and to register, click here.

Spring Conference is sponsored in part by The MFA in Creative Writing Program at UNCG, which will provide free parking for Spring Conference registrants in the Oakland Avenue Parking Deck, across Forest Street from the MHRA Building (behind Yum Yum Better Ice Cream and Old Town Draught House). Other sponsors include 88.5 FM WFDD: Public Radio for the Piedmont, The News & Record in Greensboro, and the North Carolina Arts Council.

 

 
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