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GREENVILLE—The North Carolina Writers' Network 2019 Squire Summer Writing Workshops run Thursday-Sunday, July 18-21, on the campus of East Carolina University in Greenville.

Registration is open.

The Squire Summer Writing Workshops offer an intensive course in a chosen genre (fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry), with ten ninety-minute sessions over the four days of the program. Space in each workshop is limited, so that registrants can work in-depth on their own manuscript samples, as well as their colleagues’, while also studying the principles of the genre with their instructor.

This year's instructors are Alex Albright (Creative Nonfiction); Emily Colin (Fiction); and Dr. Lenard D. Moore (Poetry).

Other features include faculty readings, panel discussions, and open mic sessions—and training sessions—for registrants.

Alex Albright will lead "Dramatic Plot Not Required: Creative Nonfiction."

Good creative nonfiction is an immersion into another world. It needn’t be plot driven: It’s always more than a record of what happened, and much more than simply writing from an "I" point-of-view. Its definition, in fact, sometimes seems fluid and subjective. This session will begin with a brief historical overview of how the newest literary genre came to be before, and of how it’s variously defined. Writers will soon settle on personal goals of CNF that match their interests in writing nonfiction prose: memoir? travel, history, review or opinion piece? biography? Primary emphasis is on how writers at any stage in their career can employ the techniques usually common to writing fiction—setting, dialog, and character development especially—to better authenticate their creative nonfiction work, with a special emphasis on developing settings and a narrator’s identity appropriate to both your story and the time and place in which it occurs. Participants should bring to class introductory paragraphs for two or three of their favorite nonfiction pieces by other writers.

"Writing Fiction that Resonates with Your Readers" will be led by Emily Colin.

The core of this workshop, to which we will return again and again, will be your own work. We will explore the crucial elements that make readers want to keep turning pages, including stellar character development, a tightly-knit plot, and vivid descriptions that give insights into your characters and storyline. We’ll discuss what makes readers care about characters, how to include details that drive the story rather than bogging it down, and what to do when writer’s block strikes. Through the lens of your own writing as well as that of others, we will pay attention to what makes certain authors so good at what they do . . . and then sharpen your prose to reflect these discoveries. We’ll try our hand at new, short fiction in response to what we’ve discussed over the course of the workshop, then cap off the weekend with a conversation about the business of publishing, and how to find your niche in an ever-evolving industry.

Dr. Lenard D. Moore will lead "Form & Texture: Poetry."

In this workshop, participants will write new poems in poetic forms, particularly ghazal, kwansaba, sestina, and jazz poetry. We will read and discuss poets who write in these forms. We will encourage one another to take risks in his or her poetry. We will focus on various literary elements, such as imagery, simile, metaphor, and rhythm. The workshop will emphasize creating texture in poetry. At least one of the participants’ poems will be workshopped in class.

For full conference details, including faculty bios, click here.

This year’s workshops and on-campus housing will be in the same facility, Gateway Hall in the College Hill part of campus. Gateway Hall is the hub for the school’s Living Learning Community programs, and opened just a few weeks after the last Squire Summer Writing Workshops held at East Carolina, only four years ago.

Registrants will take most of their meals together in the nearby Todd Dining Hall, except for Thursday evening dinner on your own and the traditional Squire Saturday evening picnic.

Register now.

The non-profit North Carolina Writers’ Network is the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to all writers at all stages of development. For additional information, visit


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