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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH—The North Carolina Writers' Network 2017 Fall Conference runs November 3-5 at the Holiday Inn Resort in Wrightsville Beach. Registrants will look forward to a full weekend of sessions, panels, readings, a Keynote Address by Wiley Cash, a NaNoWriMo launch party, open mics, and more.

Pre-registration is open: click here.

This programming, which comes to the North Carolina coast only once every four years, is made possible in part through the generosity of sponsors.

NCWN's 2017 Fall Conference kicks off with the Closing Reception of Writer's Week, hosted by the University of North Carolina at Wilmington Department of Creative Writing. The closing reception will flow into the Opening Reception for Fall Conference. The UNCW Department of Creative Writing is a community of deeply committed writers who believe that the creation of art is valuable to self and culture. Their faculty encourages a rigorous yet safe, supportive environment in which diverse writers can grow as artists and as individuals. They believe excellence starts with an informed application of craft, and they encourage writers to explore aesthetics and methods across genre lines. Writers' Week (October 30 - November 3) brings together visiting writers of local and national interest, UNCW students, and members of the general public with an interest in literature and writing. Activities throughout the week include workshops, panels, and readings. Both the literary magazine Ecotone and the small press Lookout Books are produced at UNCW.

The Arts Council of Wilmington / New Hanover County will sponsor the Booksigning by Wiley Cash following Cash's Keynote Address on Friday night. The mission of the Arts Council of Wilmington & NHC is to support artists and arts organizations through innovative public/private partnerships that support jobs, stimulate commerce, and showcase the region as an arts destination. The Arts Council aims to significantly contribute to quality of life in the region; provide a stream of funding to support the sustainability of artists and arts organizations; facilitate communication and collaboration within the arts community; and to advocate for the arts at the local, state and national levels. Rhonda Bellamy is the Executive Director.

The Master of Arts in Writing at Coastal Carolina University will sponsor Saturday morning's "All Stories Connect" breakfast panel, where Hannah Dela Cruz Abrams, Krista Bremer, and Marian Fragola will dicuss the "Importance of Story to Understanding" and celebrate the winner of the 2017 Linda Flowers Literary Award. The Master of Arts in Writing is a thirty-three-credit-hour program that offers courses in creative writing, composition and rhetoric, professional writing, literature, and linguistics. Offering a diverse, flexible curriculum, students study extensively in one genre (creative writing, composition, or professional & technical writing) while also broadening their educational range through coursework in additional genres. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for a range of professional opportunities after school or for continued study in MFA or Ph.D programs. The program offers a wide range of opportunities for students to gain experience in writing, editing, and teaching in professional contexts. An on-campus literary journal and available graduate assistantships in teaching and research make the MAW program a professional training arena for writers and scholars.

Alice Osborn: Editor / Book Coach / Author will sponsor the Happy Hour on Saturday night of Fall Conference. Her past educational (MA in English, NCSU, and BS in Finance, VA Tech) and work experience is unusually varied, and it now feeds her work as an editor, writing coach, and poet-musician. In the past decade, Alice has taught writing workshops to thousands of aspiring fiction and memoir authors of nearly all ages, both around the corner and across continents. Heroes without Capes is her most recent collection of poetry. Previous collections are After the Steaming Stops and Unfinished Projects. Alice is also the editor of the anthologies Tattoos and Creatures of Habitat, both from Main Street Rag. A North Carolina Writers’ Network board member and a Pushcart Prize nominee, her work has appeared in The News and Observer in Raleigh, the Broad River Review, Pedestal Magazine, Soundings Review, and in numerous journals and anthologies. When she’s not editing or writing, Alice is an Irish dancer who plays guitar and violin. She lives in Raleigh with her husband, two children, four loud birds, and Mr. Nibbles, the guinea pig. Visit Alice's website at www.aliceosborn.com.

Al Manning, aka The Resident Curmudgeon, is a Trustee of the North Carolina Writers' Network and the NCWN regional rep for Chatham and Lee Counties. He facilitates Pittsboro's Writers' Morning Out, which meets the second Saturday of the month at 1:00 pm at Greek Kouzina, 964 East St., in Pittsboro. Typically, they welcome a guest speaker and enjoy lively conversation centered around the craft of writing. Al is the author of the poetry collection, The Curmudgeon's Book of Nursery Rhymes. Saturday night's Open Mic is made possible through Al's generosity.

The North Carolina Arts Council is a sponsor of the NCWN 2017 Fall Conference. At the Saturday night banquet, the Arts Council will celebrate their 50th anniversary with featured speaker Susi H. Hamilton, secretary of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. Events throughout the year will celebrate a half-century of supporting the arts in the Tar Heel State, and the Arts Council is profiling fifty prominent North Carolina artists on their website as part of that celebration. The NCAC has been at the forefront of bringing arts tourism to North Carolina, publishing several guidebooks to heritage trails and designating the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area. The Arts Council also offers fellowships to artists and organizations each year. The deadline for the next Artist Fellowship grant is November 1.

WHQR Public Radio 91.3 FM will sponsor the Faculty Readings on Saturday night. Known as the small non-profit radio station with a big reputation for unique performances, solid programming and a community spirit that covers southeastern North Carolina, WHQR also hosts 92.7, a classical and news station. WHQR enhances the artistic life of this region in two basic ways: through their music and cultural programs on the air, and through other events and promotions. Three times a day, they broadcast the Cultural Calendar of events and activities in the Cape Fear region. They offer interviews with cultural leaders, a midday news program, and daily public service announcements, providing valuable local information to the community. In times of emergencies, this local information is particularly important. WHQR also host forums on issues of local interest as well as live concerts.

Pre-registration for the North Carolina Writers' Network 2017 Fall Conference is open. Click here to register.

 

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH—Friday is the deadline to pre-register for the North Carolina Writers' Network 2017 Fall Conference, November 3-5, at the Holiday Inn Resort in Wrightsville Beach.

Attendees can save 50 percent on registration by signing up early. Pre-registration also allows conferencegoers to partake in meals.

Along with specialized sessions that hone in on particular aspects of the writing craft, additional progarms include:

Pre-registration for the NCWN 2017 Fall Conference ends Friday, October 27, at midnight. Classes are already filling up: register now.

Fall Conference offers the perfect opportunity to have conversations with publishing professionals from around North Carolina during exhibit hours. And don't forget Happy Hour—a great chance to mingle and, you know, Network.

Support for the 2017 Fall Conference is provided by the North Carolina Arts Council, the North Carolina Humanities Council, The Arts Council of Wilmington / New Hanover County, Coastal Carolina University, Al Manning, Alice Osborn: Editor/Book Coach/Author, the UNCW Department of Creative WritingWHQR Public Radio 91.3 FM, and the William M. Hendricks Family Foundation.

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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH—Poet and Executive Director of Bull City Press, Ross White, will sit on the panel "Finding Readers through Lit Mags" at the North Carolina Writers' Network 2017 Fall Conference, November 3-5, at the Holiday Inn Resort in Wrightsville Beach.

Pre-registration is open through October 27.

Ross White is the Executive Director of Bull City Press, a small press based in Durham, and the Poetry Editor of Four Way Review. He is the author of two chapbooks, How We Came Upon the Colony and The Polite Society, and the editor, with Matthew Olzmann, of Another & Another: An Anthology from the Grind Daily Writing Series. His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Best New Poets 2012, Poetry Daily, New England Review, The Southern Review, and others. He is a recipient of scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the 2014 Pocataligo Poetry Award from Yemassee, and currently teaches poetry writing and grammar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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

"As a twenty-year-old college student, with a great deal of encouragement from Michael McFee, I mustered up a little courage to send out my first packet of poems, the only four I’d been able to finish to that point. Peter Makuck at Tar River Poetry took one, which stunned and elated me. When I held the issue in my hands a few months later, it felt like a kind of proof that I was now part of centuries-old dialogue between writers. Twenty-two years later, I find that one of the greatest joys of editing is sending a writer that first acceptance letter, their first token of entry to that long conversation."

In the panel discussion "Finding Readers through Lit Mags," Ross will joing Terry L. Kennedy, editor of The Greensboro Review, and Robin Miura, Senior Editor and Associate Publisher with Carolina Wren Press, to discuss how building a readership means finding a readership, and literary journals provide writers with opportunities to connect with readers all over the world and build professional relationships with editors. But with thousands of literary magazines publishing new work every year, and new journals launching all the time, it's hard to know where to start. Our panel of experienced editors will walk you through discovering new literary journals, selecting the right literary journals in print and online, preparing and sending your submission, and what the responses really mean.

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.

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, and to register, visit www.ncwriters.org.

 

 
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