NC Literary Hall of Fame




CHARLOTTE—Judy Goldman's new memoir is forthcoming in 2019. She's a widely published author and renowned teacher of creative writing. More than that, she's been awarded for her commitment to the literary community and the world of arts and letters.

Judy will lead the Master Class in Creative Nonfiction "How to Get the Words on the Page to Match the Fabulous Vision You Have in Your Head " at the North Carolina Writers' Network 2018 Fall Conference, November 2-4, at the Hilton Charlotte University Place.

Registration is now open.

Judy Goldman’s memoir Together: Memoir of a Marriage and a Medical Mishap, will be published by Nan A. Talese/Doubleday in February 2019. She’s also the author of two novels, two poetry collections, and an earlier memoir. That memoir, Losing My Sister, was a finalist for SIBA’s Memoir of the Year and ForeWord Review’s Memoir of the Year. Her fiction won the Sir Walter Raleigh Award, Mary Ruffin Poole Award for First Fiction, and was a finalist for SIBA’s Novel of the Year. Her poetry won the Gerald Cable Prize and the top three prizes for a poetry book by a North Carolinian. Her work has appeared in The Southern Review, Kenyon Review, Gettysburg Review, Ohio Review, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, Crazyhorse, and Real Simple magazine. She received the Hobson Award for Distinguished Achievement in Arts and Letters, the Fortner Writer and Community Award for “outstanding generosity to other writers and the larger community,” and Queens University’s Beverly D. Clark Author Award.

This year, NCWN has been celebrating publishers based in North Carolina, so we asked Judy to tell answer the following prompt:

"Congratulations! You've inherited a large fortune, on the condition that you use it to start your own publishing house. What kind of books are you going to publish?"

Here's what Judy said:

"I would be happy publishing the books that other publishers say are too 'quiet' (because I can never follow an intricate, dramatic plot). I would publish books that are distinguished by their feeling, by their reverence for the emotional tightrope we all walk. I’d publish books that are unsettling—well, let’s just say it—books that are sad. I love sad books. Oh, and exceptional prose wouldn’t hurt—stories that are written with great care, sentence by sentence, word by word."

Interested in registering for Judy's Master Class in Creative Nonfiction?

You know how to write. But sometimes it’s hard to get what’s so clear in your mind onto the page, polished and perfect. How do you make those words fall gracefully into place? How do you get the story to come to life on the page? Judy Goldman wants to teach you the tips she wishes she’d known when she started writing creative nonfiction. Whether you’re writing memoir, essays, travel pieces, etc., her goal is to take you from where you are to where you’d like to be. Attendees will focus on structure, pacing, building potent sentences, dialogue strategies, scene vs. summary, use of reflection (what you knew then, what you know now). They'll talk about finding their story, the narrative arc. Judy will touch on the tricky business of writing about people you love (or don’t love). Oh, and she'll even throw in a little advice on how to turn self-doubt into an advantage.

Each registrant should be ready to handle the intensive instruction and atmosphere of the Master Class.

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. Additional Master Classes will be led by Maureen Ryan Griffin (Poetry) and Randall Kenan (Fiction), who, as a 2018 inductee into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame, also will give the Keynote Address.

Register 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


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