DURHAM—When the North Carolina Writers' Network opened registration for our 2021 Fall Conference, in early September, we were careful to use conditional language. We hoped we'd be able to host the conference in-person with online options, but there was no way to be sure such a plan would be feasible by late November.
We're too superstitious to change our conditional language now, so close to seeing so many of our friends again face-to-face—or mask to mask—after two years apart. But there's nothing conditional about this: Registration for the NCWN 2021 Fall Conference, which runs November 19-21 in Durham/RTP, closes Friday, November 12, and we are not offering on-site registration this year.
Attendees must register by phone or mail by 4:00 pm EST; online registrants have until midnight on Friday, November 12. Register here.
All conference participants—attendees, staff, faculty, exhibitors, media, and more—are required to provide proof of vaccination prior to entering the conference. Masks will be required. We'll do our best to safely and amiably socially distance ourselves.
This will allow us to enjoy terrific programming, such as a Keynote Address by North Carolina Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green, sponsored by NC Humanities; a "Communitiy Journlaism" luncheon panel sponsored by PEN America; an "Agents & Editors" panel sponsored by The Piedmont Laureate Program; faculty readings; open mics; and an exhibit hall featuring literary organizations from across the state.
Whether you're trying to find your writing groove again after some time away—or for the first time—or you're putting the finishing touches on a manuscript you hope will be published soon, the NCWN 2021 Fall Conference has sessisons to help. But most of all, we look forward to offering a space for writers to gather again in community. Truly, it's been far too long.
Still not ready to be around people? That's okay! There are some online options available, and all general sessions will be livestreamed for online registrants.
To register, click 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.