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CHARLOTTE—Friday, October 26, is the deadline to pre-register for the North Carolina Writers' Network 2018 Fall Conference.

Fall Conference classes are first-come, first-served. While spaces remain in most sessions, spots are not guarunteed.

Register now to secure your seat November 2-4 at the Hilton Charlotte University Place.

By registering early, attendees save more than 50 percent off conference fees.

Fall Conference offers several new or new-ish programs in 2018.

"Shut Up and Write," sponsored by Freedom.to and led by NCWN trustee Michele T. Berger, allows attendees to sit quietly with other registrants and write for ninety minutes, a much-needed conference breather.

Michele also will host a launch party for National Novel Writing Month on Friday, following the Keynote Address and Booksigning by 2018 NC Literary Hall of Fame inductee Randall Kenan. Some light refreshments will be provided, but participants should also feel free to BYO.

Fall Conference offers a track for writers of stage and screen, including classes such as Ian Finley's "Dramatic Structure, or The Story of My Tattoo"; “'You Talking to Me?' How Less Really Can Mean More When Writing Dialogue" with Susan Rivers; "From the Page to the Stage" with Robert Inman; and "Creating Diverse Characters for the Stage, Page, and Screen" with Paula Martinac.

Saturday night's banquet also will feature an abbreviated staging of Ian Finley's new play Native, which explores the relationship and developing tensions between Paul Green and Richard Wright as they try to adapt Wright’s classic novel Native Son for the stage. This special performance will be followed by a panel discussion on the play’s themes, and how writers today still grapple with its questions, featuring Paul Green scholar Dr. Margaret Bauer, playwright Ian Finley, NC Poet Laureate and NC Literary Hall of Fame inductee Jaki Shelton Green, and Native cast members.

Of course, open mics, faculty readings, an exhibit hall packed with vendors, and all the regular, excellent program NCWN members have come to expect will still be on offer.

Register now: www.ncwriters.org.

 

CHARLOTTE—At the North Carolina Writers' Network 2018 Fall Conference, novelist, playwright, and screenwriter Robert Inman will lead the session "From the Page to the Stage."

Fall Conference runs November 2-4, at the Hilton Charlotte University Place. Registration is open through October 26.

Robert Inman is a native of Elba, Alabama, where he began his writing career in junior high school with his hometown weekly newspaper. He left a thirty-one-year career in television journalism in 1996 to devote his full time to fiction writing. Inman’s latest stage play is Liberty Mountain, a drama about the settling of the Carolinas and the Revolutionary War Battle of Kings Mountain. It is staged every summer at the Joy Performance Center in Kings Mountain. He is the author of two musicals—Crossroads and The Christmas Bus: The Musical—for which he wrote book, lyrics, and music. His other stage plays are The Christmas Bus, Dairy Queen Days, Welcome to Mitford, A High Country Christmas Carol, and The Drama Club. He has written screenplays for six motion pictures for television, two of which have been “Hallmark Hall of Fame” presentations. His script for The Summer of Ben Tyler, a Hallmark production, won the Writers’ Guild of America Award as the best original television screenplay of 1997. His other Hallmark feature was Home Fires Burning, a 1989 adaptation of his novel.

This year, NCWN has been celebrating publishers based in North Carolina, so we asked Robert to answer the following prompt:

"Congratulations! You've inherited a large fortune, on the condition that you use it to start your own publishing house. What kind of books are you going to publish?"

Here's what Robert said:

"If I had had a large fortune to open a publishing house, I would publish first books by unknown authors and give them all the proceeds until the money ran out."

In the session "From the Page to the Stage," participants will take part in a lively discussion about the challenge of transforming a story meant for a single reader into one crafted for a larger visual audience. They'll discuss the particular “language” of stage and screen and examine techniques unique to successful stage and screen storytelling.

Fall Conference attracts hundreds of writers from around the country and provides a weekend full of activities that include lunch and dinner banquets with readings, keynotes, tracks in several genres, open mic sessions, and the opportunity for one-on-one manuscript critiques with editors or agents. Master Classes will be led by Judy Goldman (Creative Nonfiction), Maureen Ryan Griffin (Poetry), Randall Kenan (Fiction), who, as a 2018 inductee into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame, also will give the Keynote Address.

Register here.

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.

 

CHARLOTTE—November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), and attendees of the North Carolina Writers' Network 2018 Fall Conference will have the chance to kick-off this splendid event in style.

Author and NCWN trustee Michele T. Berger will host a NaNoWriMo launch party, "NaNoWriMo: Support, Sharing, and Tips," on Friday, November 2, following the booksigning and reception for keynote speaker Randall Kenan, in the Hilton Charlotte University Place (room TBD).

Conference registration is open through October 26.

Anyone planning to take part in NaNoWriMo, or anyone even mildly curious, is invited to meet for a casual, informal gathering. Some light refreshments will be provided, but participants should also feel free to BYO!

National Novel Writing Month asks writers to commit to writing 50,000 words during the thirty days of November. A 501(c)(3) non-profit that has become an international phenomenon, NaNoWriMo values "enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline...for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel."

The NaNoWriMo website allows users to create accounts where they can plan their novel, receive online encouragement, and be part of a worldwide community of writers all trying to crank out 50K words in a month.

For more information about NaNoWriMo, click here.

Michele T. Berger is a professor, writer, creativity expert, and pug-lover. Her main love is writing speculative fiction, though she also is known to write poetry and creative nonfiction, too. Her fiction has appeared in UnCommon Origins: A Collection of Gods, Monsters, Nature and Science by Fighting Monkey Press; You Don’t Say: Stories in the Second Person by Ink Monkey Press; Flying South: A Literary Journal; 100wordstory; Thing Magazine; and The Red Clay Review. Her nonfiction and poetry have appeared in The Chapel Hill News, Glint Literary Journal, Oracle: Fine Arts Review, Trivia: Voices of Feminism, The Feminist Wire, Ms. Magazine, Carolina Woman Magazine, Western North Carolina Woman, A Letter to My Mom (Crown Press), Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia Butler (Twelfth Planet Press) and various zines. Her sci-fi novella “Reenu-You” was recently published by Book Smugglers Press.

At the NCWN 2018 Fall Conference, Michele also will lead the session "Shut Up and Write," sponsored by Freedom.to.

This session will ask registrants to do exactly that: Shut up, and write. Think of it as study hall, except you’re writing instead of reading (or passing notes—none of that, now). Registrants for this option will get ninety minutes of glorious, uninterrupted silence in which to dream, plan, create, or edit.

Pre-register for the NCWN 2018 Fall Conference at www.ncwriters.org.

The exact breakout room location of "NaNoWriMo: Support, Sharing, and Tips" will be announced during the conference, and on the Fall Conference "app," www.ncwnfallconference.com.

 

 
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