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GREENSBORO—On-site registration for the North Carolina Writers' Network 2019 Spring Conference opens at 8:00 am on Saturday, April 27, in the lobby of the MHRA Building on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Upon arrival, there will be free biscuits from Biscuitville, coffee, and an open exhibit hall packed with publishers, literary journals, and organizations from around North Carolina.

On-site registrants will be able to chose from among those classes that are still open, including:

  • Real Characters: Capturing People in Nonfiction Prose with Eddie Huffman
  • Metaphor & Memory in Poetry with Ashley Lumpkin
  • Writing Speculative Fiction with Krystal A. Smith
  • The Wonder of Falling (poetry) with Charlotte Matthews
  • The Basics of the Book Business, Part II with Jamie Rogers Southern

Essayist and poet Michael McFee, a recipient of the North Carolina Award for Literature, the state's highest civilian award, will give the Keynote Address.

Faculty readings, open mics, and the annual Slush Pile Live! program, all take place in the afternoon.

Those interested in reading in one of the two open mic rooms can sign-up at registration beginning at 8:00 am.

The annual Slush Pile Live! will offer both poetry and prose in two rooms so that more attendees have a chance to receive feedback on their writing.

Beginning at 4:00 pm, attendees may drop off either 300 words of prose or one page of poetry in the room of their choice (prose and poetry will be read in both MHRA rooms 1214 and 1215). The author’s name should not appear on the manuscript.

Then, at 5:00 pm, a panel of editors will listen to the submissions being read out loud and raise their hand when they hear something that would make them stop reading if the piece were being submitted to their publication. The editors will discuss what they did and did not like about the sample, offering constructive feedback on the manuscript itself and the submission process. All anonymous—all live! (Authors can reveal themselves at the end, but only if they want to.)

Those interested in having their anonymous submission read should bring a hard copy of up to 300 words of prose from a single work or one page of poetry (40-line max) to one of the Slush Pile Live! rooms. Submissions should be double-spaced, 12-point, Times New Roman font. No names should appear on the submissions.

For more details about the NCWN 2019 Spring Conference, click here.

The NCWN 2019 Spring Conference is sponsored by the MFA Program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Biscuitville; and the North Carolina Arts Council.

 

 
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