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ASHEVILLE—For the uninitiated, and even for some who've been writing for the vast majority of their lives, the publishing world can seem a labyrinthine and unknowable place, a country from which people return inexplicably changed.

How does a book go from a writer's personal computer to the bookstore shelves? What's it take to attract an editor's eye? What concrete steps can a writer take to reach their goal of publication? 

On Wednesday, February 13, at 7:00 pm, poet and publisher Luke Hankins will lead the online class "Behind the Scenes: Small Press Publishing."

Registration is now open.

This course is capped at forty (40) registrants, first-come, first-served. There is a $30 fee to register.

There is a lot more to publishing a book than many writers realize! Join Orison Books founder and editor Luke Hankins for a discussion of the publication process from the publisher's perspective, from reading submissions and manuscript acquisition, to the editorial process, to book design, to printing and distribution, to marketing—and the author's role in each of these steps. Luke will include recommendations for authors seeking publication or with books already under contract.

Luke Hankins is the author of a collection of poems, Weak Devotions, and a collection of essays, The Work of Creation. He is also the editor of Poems of Devotion: An Anthology of Recent Poets. His latest book is a collection of translations from the French of Stella Vinitchi Radulescu, A Cry in the Snow & Other Poems, recently released in an international edition by Seagull Books. Hankins is the founder and editor of Orison Books, a non-profit literary press focused on the life of the spirit from a broad and inclusive range of perspectives.

"Behind the Scenes: Small Press Publishing" is the North Carolina Writers' Network's third offering in their 2018-2019 Winter Series of online classes.

"This program is a great way for writers from all over North Carolina to connect without having the hassle of driving somewhere and finding parking," said NCWN communications director Charles Fiore. "Online classes offer top-shelf instruction for a fraction of the cost, and the software itself is very intuitive and easy to use."

The online class "Behind the Scenes: Small Press Publishing" is available to anyone with an internet connection, or who even owns just a telephone. Instructions for accessing the online class on Wednesday, February 13, will be sent to registrants no less than twenty-four hours prior to the start of class.

Register now.

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


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