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Thursday–Sunday
July 19–22
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695

 

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OVERVIEW / VENUE / REGISTRATION / FEES & DEADLINES /

SCHEDULE / COURSE DESCRIPTIONS / FACULTY /

 

Workshops in Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, and Fiction

Paul Cuadros

Rob Greene

Elaine Neil Orr

 


Overview

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The 2018 Squire Summer Writing Workshops (SW18) are three intensive workshops with accomplished instructors, plus group events such as readings and discussions, a chance to share your work with other dedicated writers, and a unique opportunity to bond with writers from across the state and beyond.

SW18 will begin Thursday afternoon, July 19, with registration and check-in at this year’s venue, North Carolina State University. After an opening program that evening, workshop sessions in the genre of your choice—Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, or Poetry—will begin Friday morning and continue until mid-day Sunday, July 22.

Those 15 hours of workshop time will create a community on common ground, a safe place to refine and polish your work, and maybe the opportunity and inspiration to try something new. Morning and afternoon breaks between workshop sessions give writers a leisurely writing period.

The seven group meals will be followed by panel discussions, readings by instructors and residents, and other special programs, allowing participants rare insight into the craft and business of writing.

Support for this residency is provided by the NC Arts Council, the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, and the family of Chick and Elizabeth Daniels Squire.

 

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Venue

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This year the Squire Summer Writing Workshops will take place on the campus of North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

Room rates are included in your registration fees if you select either the Shared Room or Single Room options. All SW18 registrants who stay on-campus will be in dorm-style suites with shared bathrooms in Sullivan Hall.

For those who wish to participate but not spend their nights on-campus, nearby hotels are plentiful, and can be found at www.visitraleigh.com.

 

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Registration

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We recommend that you register early, particularly if you want to stay on-campus. Workshops are small, and they fill fast. Only 42 registrants are accepted for the Squire Summer Writing Workshops.

A $350 deposit is required with registration; the balance is due Thursday, July 5. (Or you're welcome to pay the entire fee at once; we won't mind.)

You may register online here, by phone at 336-293-8844 or 919-308-3228, or by mail to the address below:

NCWN
ATTN: SW18 Registration
P.O. Box 21591
Winston-Salem, NC 27120

Your workshop manuscript must be sent the same day as your registration and deposit (please see Course Descriptions for manuscript requirements). Your registration cannot be processed until we receive and review your workshop manuscript.

 

Commuters

Registrants who wish to commute daily from home or a hotel may register at the commuter rate of $425 (for NCWN members) or $575 (for nonmembers). This rate includes all group meals from Friday breakfast to Sunday breakfast, attendance at the workshop sessions of your choice, and all evening programs and readings.

 

"Tag Alongs"

If a registrant has a friend or family member who would like to spend the weekend in Raleigh, but not participate in a workshop, that person can register at the “Tag Along” rate of $175. This rate includes all group meals, readings, and other programs, but not workshops. Those registering at the “Tag Along” rate must accompany a NCWN member who is registered at the single-room rate.

 

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Fees & Deadlines

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All SW18 registrations must be received and paid in full by 12:00 p.m., noon, Thursday, July 5.

Requests for refunds must be made in writing, and must be received by 12:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 3, in order to be refunded up to 50% of the total registration fee. No refunds will be given for no-shows or requests made after July 3.

Fees: 2018 Squire Summer Writing Workshops

  • $425 – NCWN Member Rate, commuter
  • $575 – NCWN Member Rate, shared room
  • $675 – NCWN Member Rate, single room
  • $575 – Nonmember Rate, commuter*
  • $675 – Nonmember Rate, shared room*
  • $175 – Tag Along Rate (meals only)#


* Nonmembers may join for $75 (adult) / $55 (student or senior) and be eligible for the member rate.

# Those registering at the “Tag Along” rate must accompany a NCWN member who is registered at the single-room rate.

A $350 deposit is required with registration, with balance due July 5.

 

Scholarships

A limited amount of scholarship aid will be available for deserving writers. To apply for a scholarship, please send your current CV and a brief “statement of writing intent,” describing your habits and goals as a writer, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than June 22.

 

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Schedule

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Thursday, July 19

3:00 – 6:00 pm..........Registration and Check-In (dinner on your own)

7:00 – 9:00 pm..........Opening Program: "Here's to the Writingest State"

 

Friday, July 20

7:30 – 9:00 am......... Breakfast

9:00 – 10:30 am.........Workshop Session I

Storytelling from a Point of Truth: Creative Nonfiction with Paul Cuadros
Poems of Experience: Poetry with Rob Greene
From Character to Plot to Atmosphere in Fiction with Elaine Neil Orr

10:30 – 11:00 am..........Break

11:00 am – 12:30 pm..........Workshop Session II

12:30 – 1:30 pm..........Lunch

1:00 – 1:30 pm..........Open Mic Training (optional)

1:30 – 2:00 pm..........Faculty Reading by Paul Cuadros

2:00 – 3:30 pm..........Workshop Session III

3:30 – 4:00 pm..........Break

4:00 – 5:30 pm..........Workshop Session IV

5:30 – 6:00 pm..........Free Time

6:00 – 7:00 pm..........Dinner

7:00 – 8:00 pm.........."All Stories Connect" Presentation

8:00–9:00 pm..........Open Mic Night, Part I
Sign up for the Open Mic readings at the registration table, first come, first served.

 

Saturday, July 21

7:30 – 9:00 am..........Breakfast

9:00 – 10:30 am..........Workshop Session V

10:30 – 11:00 am..........Break

11:00 am – 12:30 pm..........Workshop Session VI

12:30 – 1:30 pm..........Lunch

1:30 – 2:00 pm..........Faculty Reading by Rob Greene

2:00 – 3:30 pm..........Workshop Session VII

3:30 – 4:00 pm..........Break

4:00 – 5:30 pm..........Workshop Session VIII

5:30 – 6:30 pm..........Free Time

6:30 – 7:30 pm..........Saturday Night Picnic (location TBA)

7:30 – 8:00 pm..........Faculty Reading by Elaine Neil Orr

8:00 – 9:00 pm..........Open Mic Night, Part II
Sign up for the Open Mic readings at the registration table, first come, first served.

 

Sunday, July 22

7:30 – 9:00 am..........Breakfast

9:00 – 10:30 am..........Workshop Session IX

10:30 – 11:15 am..........Break (and packing)

11:00 am – 12:45 pm..........Workshop Session X

12:45 – 1:00 pm..........Closing Conversation

 

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Course Descriptions

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Storytelling from a Point of Truth: Creative Nonfiction with Paul Cuadros
Creative Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction, New Journalism, Documentary Writing—no matter what you call it, storytelling from a point of truth is the name of the game. There are many ways to tell nonfiction stories today but they all have tenets that keep them in line and together. The first is finding a compelling story based in truth. Then research, research, research. And then writing, using the creative writer’s tools to craft a compelling, rich, true narrative with a beginning, middle, and end. The nonfiction work depends on the research of the event or story wishing to be told, and so we’ll discuss methods on how to collect information, interview people, hang out, challenge memory, recreate important events and times, and develop a story that reads like a novel but is as true as we can make it. Nonfiction requires the writer to be part reporter, part creative writer. We’ll discuss, examine, and learn both sets of techniques and skills. Voice is also key in this, and developing the right voice for the narrative is important. Finally, we’ll discuss pitching the nonfiction work and the development of the all-important proposal. We’ll go over your ideas in class, as well as your work, and any exercises we may have time for. You should come away from the session with an understanding of the work involved in researching a story, putting it together, and pitching it to someone.

Please submit up to 800 sequential words from a single work (an opening, please, of your work or idea), along with your current CV, on the same day you register for the Squire Summer Writing Workshops. If you do not have a sample opening for your nonfiction piece, please submit the idea and an outline. Submissions should be saved in a single MS Word document, using double-spaced, 12-point, Times New Roman font, with numbered pages, and sent as an attachment to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The title and your name should appear on the submission. The sample or outline you submit will be the work discussed in class, and accepted registrants will be asked to circulate their drafts to others in the class prior to the conference.

Each registrant should be ready to handle the intensive instruction and atmosphere of the workshop.

Poems of Experience with Rob Greene
The multi-day workshop will be spent going over three of your previous poems, and the remainder of the class will be generative. The generative section of workshop will be spent on the key elements of accessible works of experience that are emotionally and intellectually complex. We will focus on many parts of the craft, though the overriding principle will be on making precise images. Model poems with emotional and intellectual complexity will be shared as the groundwork. We will then attempt to make our own poems, and then we will workshop these attempts as we go along. The Poet's Companion and a course-pack will be handed out on the first day in class, and need to be brought to every session.

Please submit three poems, along with your current CV, on the same day you register for the Squire Summer Writing Workshops. 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.. Your name and the title of each poem should appear on the submission. The sample you submit will be the work discussed in class, and accepted registrants will be asked to circulate their drafts to others in the class prior to the conference.

Each registrant should be ready to handle the intensive instruction and atmosphere of the workshop.

From Character to Plot to Atmosphere in Fiction with Elaine Neil Orr
The heart of the fiction workshop is your own writing, which we will prepare to discuss in advance and give attention to in every session. This work naturally leads us to think about all the key elements of fiction: conflict, character development, place, dialogue, structure. In addition, we will place special emphasis on how to improve language and develop atmosphere and mood. For guidance, we will read and discuss selected passages from great writers whose work we might emulate. In the course of the weekend, we will also begin one or two new pieces of fiction in response to prompts.

Please submit up to 1,500 sequential words from a single work, along with your current CV, on the same day you register for the Squire Summer Writing Workshops. Submissions should be saved in a single MS Word document, using double-spaced, 12-point, Times New Roman font, with numbered pages, and sent as an attachment to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The title and your name should appear on the submission. The sample you submit will be the work discussed in class, and accepted registrants will be asked to circulate their drafts to others in the class prior to the conference.

Each registrant should be ready to handle the intensive instruction and atmosphere of the workshop.

 

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Faculty

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Paul Cuadros (Creative Nonfiction)

 

Paul Cuadros is an associate professor in the School of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, as well as the chair of the UNC Scholars’ Latino Initiative, a college mentoring and preparatory program for Latino high school students at six local public high schools. He is an award-winning investigative reporter and author whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Time Magazine, Salon.com, The Chicago Reporter, and other national and local publications. His book A Home on the Field: How One Championship Team Inspires Hope for the Revival of Small Town America, (Harpers Collins), which tells the story of Siler City as it copes and struggles with Latino immigration through the lives of a predominantly Latino high school soccer team, has been required summer reading for undergraduates at UNC-Chapel Hill and several other colleges and universities. In 2014, the book was adapted into the television documentary series Los Jets, produced by Jennifer Lopez and her production company, Nuyorican Productions, Inc. Cuadros is currently working on another book about the Latino community in the American South.

 

 

Rob Greene (Poetry)

 

Rob Greene is the editor of Raleigh Review, and he has lived in Raleigh for much of the last two decades. Prior to this he had relocated forty-six times. Greene taught poetry writing at NC State University as a graduate student while earning his Master of Fine Arts. For the past five years he has taught at Louisburg College, where he serves as the advisor for Lou Lit Review. This fall, Greene will begin work on his research Ph.D in creative writing at University of Birmingham (United Kingdom) via distance education. His own poems have been recently published in Open Minds Quarterly, Great River Review, War: Literature & the Arts, and in the Berlin-based annual Herzattacke. His first chapbook, Biloxi Back Bay (Rabbit House Press), was published in early 2017.

 

 

 

Elaine Neil Orr (Fiction)

 

Elaine Neil Orr writes fiction, memoir, and literary criticism. Swimming Between Worlds, her newest novel, is described by Charles Frazier as “a perceptive and powerful story told with generosity and grace.” In a starred review, Library Journal said of Orr’s last novel, A Different Sun, “this extraordinary novel shines with light and depth.” Her memoir, Gods of Noonday: A White Girl’s African Life, was a Top-20 Book Sense selection and a nominee for the Old North State Award. She is associate editor of a collection of essays on international childhoods, Writing Out of Limbo, and the author of two scholarly books. In 2016, she was Kathryn Stripling Byer Writer-in-Residence at Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia. Orr has published extensively in literary magazines including The Missouri Review, Blackbird, Shenandoah, and Image Journal. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

 

 

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Support for these workshops is provided by the NC Arts Council, the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, and the family of Chick and Elizabeth Daniels Squire.

 

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