NC Literary Hall of Fame




ASHEVILLE—Joy Neaves will lead the workshop "Ready to Submit?" at the North Carolina Writers' Network 2015 Fall Conference, November 20-22, in Asheville. Joy will also serve as a Critiquer for the Critique Service.

We selected a passage from Thomas Wolfe's Look Homeward Angel (one of Asheville's most famous texts) and removed a few words. Then we prompted Joy to fill in the resulting blanks, for what we're calling "Word Plugs: The Thomas Wolfe Edition." Of course, the sharp reader might recognize this as a version of the famous Mad Libs game.

Below is Joy Neaves' contribution to "Word Plugs: The Thomas Wolfe Edition". To read the original passage, click here:

"A destiny that leads the miracle worker to the wonder is strange enough; but one that leads from Windy Gap into ghost, and thence into the hills that wander in Altamont in the proud purple cry of the axilla, and the soft stone smile of a least weasel, is touched by that dark illegitimi non carborundum which makes bellicose magic in a silent film world.

"Each of us is all the sums he has not counted: Hop us into narrative of distance and night again, and you shall see begin in Crete four thousand years ago the fiddlesticks that ended yesterday in Empire Falls.

"The seed of our joy will blossom in Windy Gap, the slime of our cure jumped by a mountain rock, and our lives are haunted by a salacious slattern, because a London boat captain went walking. Each moment is the fruit of forty thousand years. The minute-winning days, like a stroke, skip home to Windy Gap, and every moment is a star fruit on all time.

"This is a moment."


At the NCWN 2015 Fall Conference, Joy will serve as a Critiquer for works of fiction and writing for children. The Critique Service provides writers with in-depth literary critique of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry, by a seasoned writer or editor. A one-on-one, thirty-minute review session will be scheduled for those who register, to take place on Saturday, November 21, sometime between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm, or on Sunday, November 22, between 9:00 am and 12:30 pm.

Critiques are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.

In the workshop "Ready to Submit," you can learn everything you need to know about writing an effective synopsis and query letter, how to format your manuscript, how to target editors and agents, and how to respond to any encouraging feedback you may receive about your work. The instructor will provide resources and handouts, and will facilitate a structured conversation about how to approach writing queries and synopses that will grab editors’ and agents’ attention.

Joy Neaves is a teacher, editor, administrator, and mother of two, with more than fifteen years of experience as an editor of children’s literature, first from Front Street, an award-winning publisher of books for children, and later at Boyds Mills Press. She is currently a freelance editor of children's books at namelos. She has taught for the Great Smokies Writing Program, the Highlights Foundation, the North Carolina Humanities Council, the namelos writers workshop, and has presented at the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators conferences. She enjoys helping writers hone their work, with an eye toward publication. She has helped many writers see their books come to fruition.

Registration for the North Carolina Writers' Network 2015 Fall Conference is now open.


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