NC Literary Hall of Fame




July 23–25, 2010
Peace College
15 East Peace Street
Raleigh, NC 27604-1194

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Workshops in Fiction, Creative Nonfiction and Poetry

Zelda Lockhart
Zelda Lockhart

Elaine Orr
Elaine Orr

David Rigsbee
David Rigsbee

An affordable, intimate alternative to the large summer conferences, offered especially for North Carolina writers but open to writers nationwide. This year's Summer Writing Residency offers intensive workshops and great value, with exciting new faculty in diverse genres, evening readings, and the opportunity for local area residents to commute to their workshops at a reduced cost.

The 2010 Summer Writing Residency will begin Friday morning with registration and move-in, followed by lunch together and the first two workshop sessions in the genre of your choice—Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, or Poetry. This three-day-long workshop creates a community of common ground and a safe place to explore the art of refining and polishing your work, as well as opportunities to try something new.

Group meals will be followed by faculty readings, allowing participants rare insight into other genres of writing.

Morning and afternoon breaks between workshop sessions give writers a leisurely writing period.

Evening brings writers together for dinner, followed by "Table Talk" and Open Mike sessions.

Location and Housing

This year the Squire Summer Writing Residency will be held on the campus of Peace College in downtown Raleigh. (Get directions)

On-campus housing is modest but comfortable. Dorm rooms are shared, two residents per room. Sharing a room is a great way to get to know another writer! A limited number of single rooms are available at additional cost. No private bathrooms are available.


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We recommend that you register early, particularly if you want to stay on campus. Workshops are small, dorm space is limited, and they fill fast. Only fifty registrants will be accepted for the Squire Summer Writing Residency.

A $250 deposit is required with registration; the balance is due July 12. (Or you're welcome to pay the entire fee at once; we won't mind.

You may register online or by mail or phone. Your registration is not complete until you mail us a copy of your typed workshop manuscript (please see course descriptions for manuscript requirements). If you do not mail in your workshop manuscript with registration, your workshop space may be taken by another registrant, so MAIL IN YOUR WORKSHOP MANUSCRIPT THE SAME DAY THAT YOU REGISTER.


Registrants who wish to commute daily from home may register at the commuter rate of $400 (for members) or $500 (for nonmembers). This rate includes all meals Friday–Sunday, attendance at the workshop sessions of your choice, and all afternoon and all evening programs and readings.

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Support for this residency is provided by the NC Arts Council, Peace College, and the Josephus Daniels Charitable Fund.

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Faculty Biographies
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Zelda Lockhart

Zelda Lockhart (Fiction)

Zelda Lockhart is author of the novels Fifth Born and Cold Running Creek. Ms. Lockhart holds the honor of the 2010 Piedmont Laureate for Literature in North Carolina, and June 2010 will witness the release of her third novel, Fifth Born II: The Hundredth Turtle. Her other works of fiction, poetry, and essays can be found in a variety of anthologies, journals, and magazines. Ms. Lockhart lives in Durham, North Carolina, and continues to lecture and facilitate a variety of workshops that empower adults and children to self-define through writing. She welcomes visits to her Web site:

Elaine Orr

Elaine Neil Orr (Creative Nonfiction)

Elaine Neil Orr is an award-winning professor of literature and creative writing at North Carolina State University. She was born and grew up in southwestern Nigeria. Her memoir, Gods of Noonday: A White Girl’s African Life, was a BookSense selection and nominated for the Old State Award and the SEBA Book Award in creative nonfiction. Her recent essays, fiction, and poetry appear in or are forthcoming in the Missouri Review, Shenandoah, Image: A Journal of Arts and Religion, Cold Mountain, the Louisville Review, Southern Cultures, and SPECS:A Journal of Contemporary Culture and Arts. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the North Carolina Humanities Council and has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Elaine was honored by Image as Artist of the Month for July 2008. Her interviews have aired on NPR and her essays are collected in a number of anthologies, including The Yoruba in Transition, Women on the Edge: Ethnicity and Gender in Short Stories by American Women, and Cries of the Spirit. A literary scholar as well as creative writer, Elaine is also the author of Subject to Negotiation: Reading Feminist Criticism and American Women’s Fictions and Tillie Olsen and a Feminist Spiritual Vision.

David Rigsbee

David Rigsbee (Poetry)

A native of Durham, David Rigsbee is the author of eighteen books and chapbooks, including seven previous full-length collections of poems. His latest books, The Red Tower: New & Selected Poems and The Pilot House, will be published in the fall of 2010. His work has appeared in the American Poetry Review, the Georgia Review, the Iowa Review, the New Yorker, the Iowa Review, the Ohio Review, Poetry, Prairie Schooner, the Sewanee Review, the Southern Review, and many others. Winner of the 2010 Black River Poetry Prize, the Pound Prize, and the Vachel Lindsay Award, he has also been the recipient of fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Virginia Commission on the Arts, The Djerassi Foundation, and the Academy of American Poets. He is a 2010 winner of the Sam Ragan Award for contribution to the arts in North Carolina.



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with Elaine Orr

In this workshop, writers will have opportunities to explore a number of subgenres within creative nonfiction, including travel writing (even if it’s a walk in the park), memoir, family stories, themed essays (whether an obsession with roses or a lifetime of following a ball team), internal dialogues of the self—almost anything a writer brings that she or he wants to explore in literary prose out of personal experience.

Voice is uppermost in creative nonfiction and will be emphasized in every part of the workshop. In-class exercises will allow us to experiment with other possible elements of the genre, including dialogue, development of scene, modes of organization, and figurative language. We will explore how to go deeply into the moment—for example, how to write complexly about thirty seconds of experience.

Participants will engage in a series of writing exercises, discussions about published work, and experiments with revision; they will leave with a handful of lyrical miniessays and a refined sense of what constitutes well-crafted creative nonfiction.

Registrants should submit 5 double-spaced pages of prose by July 12. This submission may be a single part of a longer work or one self-contained work. In any case, the submission should not exceed 5 pages. Please send writing samples to:

PO Box 21591
Winston-Salem, NC 27120

Fiction Master Class
with Zelda Lockhart

Zelda will vet your manuscript and present it to you with notes that will help guide you through the experience of completing a whole work of fiction. Lockhart will share her expertise in crafting a story well told, and offer a series of exercises designed to eliminate writer's block. Other writing tools will give depth to character development and plot development, and enhance the language of your story. Participants will also learn invaluable skills on becoming a constructive peer reader.

Registrants should submit 10 double-spaced pages of a manuscript (a whole short story or 10 pages of a novel-in-progress) by July 12 via e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Passion and Restraint in the First-Person Poem
with David Rigsbee

In recent years, the reign of the first-person poem, long unquestioned, has come under heavy scrutiny. How is it possible to make passionate utterance using marks and symbols? How can one write authentically within the conventions of poetry? How is it possible to establish sincerity in a time of irony? This workshop will explore the powers and limits of subjective poetry from a practitioner’s point of view. We will investigate ways contemporary poets have addressed the problems of subjective stance, of persona, of authenticity and authority and use these ideas, techniques, and examples to strengthen our own poems and take them to the next level.

Registrants should submit five pages of poems, no more than one poem per page, by July 12. Participants should submit poems they are willing to discuss in the workshop. Please send poems to:

PO Box 21591
, NC 27120

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Friday, July 23

9 am – 11 am: . . . . . . . . . . . Registration
11:30 am – 1 pm: . . . . . . . . Welcome Lunch
1 – 2:30 pm: . . . . . . . . . . . . .Workshop Session I
Fiction with Zelda Lockhart
Poetry with David Rigsbee
Creative Nonfiction with Elaine Orr
2:30 – 3 pm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Break
3 – 4:30 pm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Workshop Session II
4:30 – 5:30 pm: . . . . . . . . . . Break
5:30 – 6 pm: . . . . . . . . . . . . .Faculty Reading with Elaine Orr
6 – 7:30 pm: . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dinner
7:30 – 8:30 pm: . . . . . . . . . . Table Talk with Publishers & Booksellers
8:30 – 9:30 pm: . . . . . . . . . . Open Mike Readings

Saturday, July 24

8 – 9 am: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Breakfast
9 – 10:30 am: . . . . . . . . . . . Workshop Session III
10:30 – 11 am: . . . . . . . . . . .Break
11 am – 12:30 pm: . . . . . . . Workshop Session IV
12:30 – 1:30 pm: . . . . . . . . .Lunch
1:30 – 2 pm: . . . . . . . . . . . . .Faculty Reading with Zelda Lockhart
2 – 3:30 pm: . . . . . . . . . . . . .Workshop Session V
3:30 – 4 pm: . . . . . . . . . . . . .Break
4 – 5:30 pm: . . . . . . . . . . . . .Workshop Session VI
5:30 – 6:30 pm: . . . . . . . . . .Break
6:30 – 8 pm: . . . . . . . . . . . . .Picnic
8 – 8:30 pm: . . . . . . . . . . . . .Faculty Reading with David Rigsbee
8:30 – 9:30 pm: . . . . . . . . . .Open Mike Readings

Sunday, July 25

8 – 9 am: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Breakfast
9 – 10:30 am: . . . . . . . . . . . Workshop Session VII
10:30 – 11 am: . . . . . . . . . . Break
11 am – 12:30 pm: . . . . . . . Workshop Session VIII
12:30 – 1 pm: . . . . . . . . . . . Closing


Fees and Deadlines
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  • $500—NCWN member rate, double occupancy.
  • $600—NCWN member rate, single room with shared bath
  • $400—NCWN member commuter rate (includes meals)
  • $500—Nonmember commuter rate (includes meals)
  • $700—Nonmember rate, double occupancy
    (Nonmembers may join for $75 [adult] / $55 [student or senior] and be eligible for the member rate.)

A $250 deposit is required with registration, with the balance due July 12.


July 12—Registration Deadline

Required Manuscripts
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You must send two copies of your workshop manuscript with your registration:

  • See Course Descriptions for specific manuscript guidelines
  • Send 1 copy, in MS Word, as an e-mail attachment to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Send a printed copy, with our Workshop Manuscript Cover Sheet, to P.O. Box 21591, Winston-Salem, NC, 27120
  • If registering for Zelda Lockhart’s fiction workshop, please e-mail a copy according to her instructions, rather than mailing a copy to the Network.
  • Please include our Workshop Manuscript Cover Sheet with your submissions

The manuscripts will allow us to be sure you are in the right workshop and to send your work to your faculty leader in advance.

You are responsible for bringing enough copies of your manuscript to the workshop. We will inform you of the size of your class in advance.

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