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CHARLOTTE—What makes great fiction? Specifically, what elements of the craft, once mastered, lead to unforgettable prose and spectacular stories?

Sarah Creech will lead the fiction workshop at the North Carolina Writers’ Network 2016 Squire Summer Writing Residency, June 23-26 at Queens University of Charlotte. 

Registration is open.

In this workshop, attendees will begin with the advice given by Elena Ferrante's protagonist in the brilliant “Neapolitan Novels.” The protagonist, who is also named Elena, tells the reader that great writing has three key components: sincerity, naturalness, and mystery.

Conferencegoers will let this advice guide their discussions as they focus on the most important techniques of fiction (character, conflict, yearning, setting, structure, and language). They will read aloud from professional short stories, and they will write together and share creative exercises that highlight the techniques of fiction they’ve discussed during workshop. They will also workshop short fiction submissions.

The Squire Summer Writing Residency is the Network’s most intimate and intensive conference: only forty-two registrants will be admitted. Potential attendees should apply with a writing sample and be ready to handle the intensive instruction and atmosphere of the Residency.

Sarah Creech is the author of the novel Season of the Dragonflies, published by William Morrow in 2014. The novel was a SIBA OKRA pick for the summer of 2014. Publishers Weekly described the book as “charming and suspenseful...a memorable debut.” Her second novel will be published by William Morrow in 2017. Her short fiction and essays have appeared at various publications, including The Cortland Review, Writer'sDigest.com, storySouth, and Literary Mama. She lives in Charlotte with her husband and children and teaches at Queens University of Charlotte.

The 2016 North Carolina Writers' Network Squire Summer Writing Residency offers an intensive course in a chosen genre (fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry), with ten hour-and-a-half sessions over the four days of the program. Registrants work in-depth on their own manuscript samples, as well as their colleagues’, while also studying the principles of the genre with their instructor. Other features include faculty readings, panel discussions, and open mic sessions for residents.

For more information, and to register, click here.

 

 
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