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GREENSBORO—The North Carolina Writers' Network 2017 Spring Conference happens Saturday, April 22, in the MHRA Building and Curry Auditorium on the University of North Carolina at Greensboro campus. Registration is now open.

Fred Chappell will give the Keynote Address.

In 2004, Fred Chappell retired after teaching for forty years in the English Department of the University of the North Carolina at Greensboro. He is guilty of thirty-odd books of poetry, fiction, and literary commentary. Various awards have fallen upon him. His wife Susan has made gratitude one of the healthier parts of his life, as have his children, animals, neighbors, and colleagues. He in an inductee of the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame. For five years he served as Poet Laureate of North Carolina, and in that capacity, visited some 250 or so schools, colleges, universities, retirement homes, churches, and other venues.

His latest book of verse is Familiars (LSU Press, 2014); his novel A Shadow All of Light, was published by Tor Books in 2016.

His son Heath and daughter-in-law Patty live in Chicago. Fred and Susan still live in Greensboro, tending their cat, their plants, and mostly, their own business.

Fred was recently profiled in YES! Weekly, the cultural publication for the Triad area. 

The North Carolina Writers' Network 20117 Spring Conference is a full day of workshops and session in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, as aspects of the craft such as writing for children, publishing, and social media for self-published authors. Lee Zacharias, an NEA and Arts Council Fellow, will lead the Master Class in Creative Nonfiction. New York Times bestselling author David Payne will lead the Master Class in Poetry. Julie Funderburk, whose new poetry collection was published in 2016 by LSU Press, will lead the Master Class in Poetry.

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.

 

GREENSBORO—The North Carolina Writers’ Network will host its 2017 Spring Conference on Saturday, April 22, in the MHRA Building and Curry Auditorium on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The depth and generosity of North Carolina’ literary community, and its legacy of great writing, will be on display.

Registration is now open.

Julie Funderburk will lead the Master Class in Poetry, “A Poem that Sings.” Julie’s debut poetry collection, The Door that Always Opens, was published by LSU Press in 2016. Currently teaching in the Creative Writing Program at Queens University of Charlotte, she is a graduate of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at UNCG, where Fred Chappell was one of her professors.

North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame inductee Fred Chappell will give the Keynote Address at Spring Conference. The former poet laureate of North Carolina, Fred’s newest book is a fantasy novel, A Shadow All of Light. He taught for forty years at UNCG.

Lee Zacharias, who will lead the Master Class in Creative Nonfiction, “The Art of Structuring Personal Nonfiction,” taught at UNCG herself for thirty-three years. An NEA and NC Arts Council Fellow, Lee’s newest book is a collection of essays, The Only Sounds We Make.

Another Queens University of Charlotte faculty member, David Payne, will lead the Master Class in Fiction, “Acting Out on the Page.” The New York Times Notable author of five novels and a 2015 memoir, Barefoot to Avalon, A Brother’s Story, the The Dallas Morning News called him “the most gifted American novelist of his generation.”

Fiction writers can choose from additional offerings, including “Flash Fiction: Sometimes Less Is More” with Steve Cushman, whose new novel Hopscotch is forthcoming in 2017; “The Mystery of Plot in Fiction” led by James Tate Hill, whose novel Academy Gothic won the Nilsen Prize for a First Novel; and writers for children can sign up for “Exercising the Imagination,” led by John Claude Bemis, North Carolina’s Piedmont Laureate for Children’s Literature.

On the slate for poets? “Poetic Architects: Building Poems Editors Publish” with Crystal Simone Smith, poet and publisher of Backbone Press; and “Documenting Life through Poetry” with Barbara Presnell, whose Piece Work documents the textile industry in North Carolina and won the Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s First Book Prize.

Nonfiction writers can choose additional courses including “Asking the 5 Hard Questions: Revising Memoir” with Melissa Delbridge, whose memoir Family Bible (University of Iowa Press, 2008) evolved from essays written during her fellowship at Duke University’s John Hope Franklin Center for Interdisciplinary and International Studies.

Attendees wanting to gain insight into the business of books, including self-publishing and promotion, can register for Russell Hatler and Nikki Brate’s “Social Media for Self-Published Authors” and “Big, Medium, Small, or Self?,” a class on self-publishing led by Edmund R. Schubert, who served for ten years as head editor of the online, bi-monthly magazine InterGalactic Medicine Show (including publishing three IGMS anthologies and winning two WSFA Small Press Awards).

NCWN also will host its third annual “Slush Pile Live!” Like last year, poetry and prose will be read aloud in two rooms in front of panels of editors and publishers who will raise their hands as soon as they hear something in the pieces that would make them stop reading if they came across the submission in a slush pile. Many attendees have commented how much they learn in this hour of rapid-fire tidbits of wisdom and common sense.

Familiar features remain, including faculty readings, an open mic for conference participants, an exhibit hall packed with publishers and literary organizations, and “Lunch with an Author,” in which 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. Preregistration and an additional fee are required for this offering.

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 and the North Carolina Arts Council

Pre-registration closes April 16. Register now!

 


CHARLOTTE—Registration is now open for the North Carolina Writers' Network's online class "The Tao of Self-Doubt: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Writers" led by Malcolm Campbell.

The class will take place on Thursday, February 16, at 7:00 pm, online. This course is capped at forty (40) registrants, first-come, first-served. There is a $25 fee to register.

Register here.

Writing is a difficult, lonely endeavor—one marked by occasional vacillation between self-doubt (“I’m a hack”) and grandiosity (“I’m the greatest writer ever”). Yet, self-doubt and heightened self-esteem are healthy, useful emotions for the writer, when they exist within certain limits. How can we put these and other emotions to use in our apprenticeship as writers? What are some effective means of preparing ourselves for the emotional realms of writing? Of working with editors and in writing groups? And of dealing with the time we spend alone, in reflection, both when we’re writing and when we’re not? Malcolm will present ten lessons—culled from Taoist, Buddhist, Christian, and Judaic teachings (plus from snippets of existential philosophy)—for how to work through the emotional demands on creative individuals. We’ll laugh, we’ll cry, we’ll sing Kumbaya.

Malcolm Campbell is the author of two adventure travel guidebooks, editor of professional golf instructor Dana Rader’s golf instructional book, Rock Solid Golf, and founder of the independent publishing house, Walkabout Press. In Malcolm’s twenty years as a commercial writer, he’s written everything from power-tool-accessory catalogs to television commercials to cover/feature stories for national magazines. Malcolm is the 2008 recipient of the Doris Betts Fiction Prize, a member of the NCWN Board of Trustees, and teaches in the University of North Carolina at Charlotte's Writing Program.

"The Tao of Self-Doubt: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Writers" is the North Carolina Writers' Network's third offering in their 2016-2017 Winter Series. The final class will be held in March.

"This new program initiative allows us to further our mission to connect and serve all the writers of North Carolina," said NCWN communications director Charles Fiore. "We view these online courses as a supplement to our current programs, and we remain committed to continuing to offer ample opportunities for all of us to get together face-to-face and in-person as well."

The online class "The Tao of Self-Doubt: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Writers" is available to anyone with an internet connection. Instructions for accessing the online class on Thursday, February 16, will be sent to registrants no less than twenty-four hours prior to the start of class.

Register here.

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, visit www.ncwriters.org.

 

 
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