ASHEVILLE—At the North Carolina Writers' Network 2019 Fall Conference, Christine Hale will lead the session "Power Up the Truth You Tell: 5 Techniques for Realizing the Creative Potential of Your Nonfiction."
Fall Conference runs November 8-10 at the Doubletree by Hilton Asheville-Biltmore. Registration is open.
Christine Hale is the author of a novel, Basil's Dream (Livingston Press, 2009) and A Piece of Sky, A Grain of Rice: A Memoir in Four Meditations (Apprentice House Press, 2016), which The Los Angeles Review of Books calls "a portrait of a consciousness...[that] will bruise you... even leave you permanently marked." Her prose has appeared in Role Reboot, Arts & Letters, Hippocampus, Prime Number, and The Sun, among other publications. A finalist for the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award and a fellow of MacDowell, Ucross, Hedgebrook, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Hale earned her MFA from Warren Wilson College. She teaches in the Antioch University-Los Angeles Low-Residency MFA Program as well as the Great Smokies Writing Program in Asheville.
This year, NCWN has been celebrating libraries, so we asked Christine to give us her best library memory.
Here's what she wrote:
"When I was a child, the public library was like a temple, because books were my safe place and my greatest joy. I loved the smell of my small town library—old books and old dust in an old Victorian house—and I loved the dim labyrinth of its stacks. My whole family visited the library together, every two weeks when the books we'd checked out were due, and once I'd turned in last week's pile, I was set loose in the children's section to choose my own next set of treasures. I worked my way through the library's collection shelf by shelf, reading omnivorously but by Dewey Decimal category. I think I thought I could read it all—I would learn everything and by that means eventually understand the baffling, buffeting world completely."
"Power Up the Truth You Tell: 5 Techniques for Realizing the Creative Potential of Your Nonfiction" is open to new and experienced writers of creative nonfiction and features 5 mini-lessons (examples + explanation + exercise in application) in creative technique plus Q&A at the conclusion.
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 Nickole Brown and Jessica Jacobs (Poetry) and Jeremy B. Jones (Nonfiction). Ron Rash will give the Keynote Address.
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.