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RALEIGH—At the North Carolina Writers' Network 2016 Fall Conference, November 4-6 in Raleigh, sci-fi novelist and owner of Sharkflight Publshing, Ian J. Malone, will teach the course "Beyond Vanity: How Indie Publishing Builds Professional Writers."

Registration for the North Carolina Writers' Network 2016 Fall Conference is open.

Independent Publishing can be the gateway to total liberation for a writer’s career. Just ask Andy Weir, author of a little book called The Martian. It can also see hours of work and dedication go completely unrewarded. While there is no clear-cut path to the former, it is easier for an author to get published today than ever before…and miracles do happen. This class will teach aspiring authors how to navigate the publishing process and take their book to market, while teaching them the skills they need to write and effectively market their books. Both of these are skills that agents look for, bringing a traditional publishing deal that much closer to reality. And who knows? Maybe you sign a multi-million-dollar movie deal along the way.

We asked Ian, “What is one piece of advice that you would give to your younger writer self?”

"Write a thousand words a day, six days a week, no matter what. Even if they're garbage, doesn't matter. Just write, and they won't be for long. "

Ian J. Malone is the author of the sci-fi/space opera series, The Mako Saga, and owner of Durham-based Sharkflight Publishing. A graduate of Florida State University, he’s written in a number of arenas ranging from public health to news and sports. When it comes to his fictional work, however, Malone credits his tenures in radio, law enforcement, and the military for much of his thematic inspiration, plus the legion of family and friends who’ve stood with him along the way. Beyond writing, Malone is an avid fan of audiobooks and music, though it’s also not uncommon to find him at a beach, a ball field, or somewhere by a grill. Malone presently resides in the Bull City with his wife, son, and their two dogs—but he’ll always be a “Florida boy” at heart. For more on him and his books, visit him online at www.ianjmalone.net.

Register for NCWN's 2016 Fall Conference now at www.ncwriters.org.

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.

 

RALEIGH—At the North Carolina Writers' Network 2016 Fall Conference, November 4-6 in Raleigh, fiction writer Barbara Claypole White will teach the course "Crazy Characters and How to Excavate the Troubled Mind."

Registration for the North Carolina Writers' Network 2016 Fall Conference is open.

Many of Barbara's lead characters battle invisible disabilities: mental illness, neurological disorders, or extreme emotions such as grief. During her session, she will discuss the techniques she uses to research and flesh out these complex characters—some of whom might call themselves crazy—in believable ways. Attendees will also flex their collective writing muscles with exercises that can be applied to any troubled character. Registrants should bering their work-in-progress or just their imagination.

We asked Barbara, “What is one piece of advice that you would give to your younger writer self?”

"Embark on the journey to publication with a realistic understanding of the commitment and sacrifice that lie ahead. Snagging a publishing deal is not a diamond-studded tiara, but the beginning of a treacherous mountain climb that often reminds me of the wonderful children’s book, More More More Said the Baby. The writing life always demands more: more deadlines, more rejection, more social media, more promotion, and increased productivity. Sign up with eyes wide open, and when the author life threatens to overwhelm or dishearten, let more writing be the cure.

Register for NCWN's 2016 Fall Conference now at www.ncwriters.org.

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.

 

RALEIGH—At the North Carolina Writers' Network 2016 Fall Conference, November 4-6 in Raleigh, fiction writer Kim Church will teach the course "Minute Particulars."

Registration for the North Carolina Writers' Network 2016 Fall Conference is open.

William Blake wrote that “he who wishes to see a Vision, a perfect Whole / Must see it in its Minute Particulars.” So it is with making literature. Stories and novels are built of scenes; scenes are built of moments. Breaking an experience down into small units of time is a way of adding structure and emotional depth to writing; it can also make the composition of a story or a longer work less daunting. In this workshop we will look at experiences that occur within small, contained units of time and how these small moments can energize and shape our writing.

We asked Kim, "What is one piece of advice you'd give your younger, writer self?"

“Write write write write write until you figure out your process. Then trust it.”

Kim Church's debut novel Byrd (Dzanc Books, 2014) received the Crook’s Corner Book Prize, among many other awards and honors. Her short work appears in the Norton anthology Flash Fiction Forward, The Sun Magazine, Shenandoah, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a 2016 literature fellowship from the North Carolina Arts Council. She lives in Raleigh with her husband, artist Anthony Ulinski.

Kim will also co-teach the course "How to Work with an Agent," with literary agent Emma Patterson of Brandt & Hochman.

What you’ve heard is true: the author-agent relationship is a sort of marriage—and like any good marriage, it needs care and feeding. In this workshop, we’ll discuss finding the right agent, knowing what to expect (and not expect), and how to make the relationship a stronghold amid the slings and arrows of the ever-changing business of publishing.

Register for NCWN's 2016 Fall Conference now at www.ncwriters.org.

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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