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ASHEVILLE—At the North Carolina Writers' Network 2019 Fall ConferenceChristine 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.

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 www.ncwriters.org.

 

ASHEVILLE—Jessica Jacobs, winner of the New Mexico Book Award in Poetry, will co-lead the Master Class in Poetry, "Coming Back to Your Senses," at the North Carolina Writers' Network 2019 Fall Conference, November 8-10, at the Doubletree by Hilton Asheville-Biltmore.

Registration is open.

Jessica Jacobs is the author of Take Me with You, Wherever You’re Going (Four Way Books) and Pelvis with Distance(White Pine Press), winner of the New Mexico Book Award in Poetry and a finalist for the Lambda Literary and Julie Suk Awards. Her poetry, essays, and fiction have appeared in publications including Orion, New England Review, Guernica, and The Missouri Review.  An avid long-distance runner, Jessica has worked as a rock-climbing instructor, bartender, and professor, and now serves as the Associate Editor of Beloit Poetry Journal. She lives in Asheville with her wife, the poet Nickole Brown, who will co-lead the Poetry Master Class at the NCWN 2019 Fall Conference.

This year, NCWN has been celebrating libraries, so we asked Jessica to give us her best library memory.

Here's what she wrote:

"I first read Sylvia Plath as a high school freshman, discovering Ariel in my local library in Central Florida. At a small table tucked behind the furthest row of shelves, the room frigid with too much air conditioning and swimming with dust motes, I flipped to 'Daddy': 'You do not do, you do not do / Any more, black shoe. . . .' Two lines in and the day disappeared—that emphatic, relentless end-rhyme of the long u. The simple, mostly monosyllabic diction that nonetheless expressed complex despair and rage. History and war twining around the intensely personal. Only after 'Daddy, daddy, you bastard, I’m through,' did I return to myself, stunned and panting, as though I’d forgotten to breathe while reading. I started writing in earnest after that library afternoon, believing if I could create even one piece that made a single person feel that way, it was the finest thing I could do with my life."

With so much of our lives spent in the disembodied world online, "Coming Back to Your Senses: Poetry Master Class" will focus on reconnecting us to our senses, encouraging greater awareness of ourself and our environment, and strengthening our poems by helping them sing with the texture of the well-observed world. Through a combination of close-readings of writers both old and new, and generative exercises, this course will help writers refresh their senses and descriptive powers through a deep practice of awareness and an unflinching dedication to scrubbing away one’s preconceived notions of a thing in order to see it anew.

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. Jeremy B. Jones will lead the Master Class in Creative Nonfiction; Ron Rash 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 www.ncwriters.org.

 

ASHEVILLE—At the North Carolina Writers' Network 2019 Fall Conference, Maryedith Burrell will lead the session "Screenplay: Fake vs. Fiction."

Fall Conference runs November 8-10 at the Doubletree by Hilton Asheville-Biltmore. Registration is open.

Maryedith Burrell is a stage and screen veteran who has worked for just about every major film and television studio in the world. With more than twenty-four films to her credit and numerous TV series, she is an award-winning writer, producer, and actor. Her latest project, the documentary RAISE HELL: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins, won raves at Sundance 2019, the Audience Award at SouthBySouthwest 2019, and is now due for wide release. An overall deal at Disney Studios introduced her to a career as a “script doctor” which she enjoys to this day. Maryedith has also contributed to Rolling Stone, The Los Angeles Times, and Vogue, among other publications and her essay, “And Affair to Forget”, appears in the bestseller What Was I Thinking? (St. Martin’s Press). Currently she is writing Black Angel, a film about the 19th century violin virtuoso George Polgreen Bridgetower. Maryedith is a professor of Stage & Screen at Western Carolina University, a member of Flatiron Writers, and lives in Asheville with her dog, Miss Butters.

This year, NCWN has been celebrating libraries, so we asked Maryedith to give us her best library memory.

Here's what she wrote:

"I grew up in Gilroy, California. My house was across the street from the public library. When I was in grammar school, I did my homework over there because the librarian, Mrs. Grodehouse, would slip me salt-water taffy if I diagrammed sentences correctly.

"Later on, when I was an adult living in Los Angeles and a member of the Writers Guild of America, I worked on a benefit to rebuild LA libraries destroyed by the Rodney King riots. At the event, I won a day at The Getty Institute Research Library.

"For some reason, I thought I could just show up over there and browse the stacks. I had no idea how vast The Getty was or how closely its treasures were guarded. The general collection includes over one million books, periodicals and auction catalogs. It is a center for the study of Medieval and Renaissance art. The vaults house tons of prints, drawings and volumes of primary and secondary sources, plus the special collections contain rare books, photographs, sketchbooks, manuscripts, letters, etc. that trace human creative thought over millennia. In short, browsing at The Getty was not only forbidden, it was futile.

"The research staff took pity on me and asked what my interests were so they could pull items for my visit. At the time, I was working on a WWII screenplay and getting ready to direct a stage production. So what was waiting for me at The Getty?

"1) Diaghilev’s original designs for the 1910 Ballets Russes production of The Firebird. 2) Hitler’s favorite architect, Albert Speer, and his pencil-on-butcher paper plans for a vegetable garden at Spandau prison. 3) And letters Mozart wrote to his father plus a grocery list for the 1791 Magic Flute cast party.

"Fun fact: Mozart underlined 'Italian wine' twice."

"Never let the facts get in the way of a good story." Was Mark Twain right? When film credits announce "based on a true story," or "actual events," or a bestselling book, how can the audience know what's really true? And, more importantly, does it matter? Whether a screenwriter is dealing with history or headlines, the job is to honor the source and still deliver a good film: not an easy task. This class will explore the basics of dramatic structure and adaptation. It also highlights the purpose of storytelling and why, whether we're catching The Avengers in 3D or binging Sherlock at home, we will always need good stories.

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 Abigail DeWitt (Fiction), Jeremy B. Jones (Nonfiction), and Nickole Brown and Jessica Jacobs (Poetry).

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 www.ncwriters.org.

 

 
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