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DURHAM—The North Carolina Writers’ Network has planned an in-person Fall Conference, scheduled to take place November 19 – 21 at the Sheraton Imperial in Durham-RTP.

Nearly 30 authors, editors, agents, and publishing professionals have agreed to be a part of this conference, including North Carolina Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green; novelists Heather Bell Adams, Barbara Claypole White, Mesha Maren, Karen Tucker, and Daniel Wallace; nonfiction writers Cat Warren, Marianne Gingher, and Georgann Eubanks; poets Dasan Ahanu, Tyree Daye, Mimi Herman, Fred Joiner, and Han VanderHart; and many more.

For more information, and to register, click here.

The conference as planned will feature more than 20 classes on the craft and business of writing, spread across five sessions in two days, in addition to three multi-session Master Classes, a Manuscript Mart and a Critique Service, and three general-session panel discussions: “From Lore to Lit and Back Again,” with the NC Folklife Institute; “Community Journalism,” sponsored by PEN America; and the ever-popular (and self-explanatory) “Agents & Editors.”

And for the first time ever, select Fall Conference programs will be available through online livestream for those unable or unwilling to attend the conference in person.

“We’ve had to wait far too long to be together again, at a conference, in community,” said NCWN Executive Director Ed Southern. “We’re thrilled and grateful that we at last can plan one, and realistically hope that it comes to pass.

“We recognize that the pandemic is not over, and that circumstances may require us to move the conference online yet again,” Southern said. “If we are able to hold the conference in-person, we will follow—if not exceed—all CDC and state safety guidelines regarding gatherings. We want to see our fellow writers again, but we want them to be safe most of all.”

More details and registration can be found here.


DURHAM—On September 1, the North Carolina Writers' Network will open registration for the NCWN 2021 Fall Conference, which happens November 19-21, in Durham. 

Fall Conference rotates locations each year. The last time this weekend-long event was held in the Triangle was 2016. The Triangle generally refers to Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill; this area was recently named the second-best place in the country to live by U.S. News & World Report, leaping up nine spots from the previous year.

"The 2021-2022 Best Places to Live were determined based on a methodology that factored in job market, value, quality of life, desirability and net migration ratings," read the press release. "They were determined in part using a public survey of thousands of individuals throughout the U.S. to find out what qualities they consider important in a place to live."

For writers, that means countless independent bookstores; thriving outlets for independent journalism; top-shelf cultural offerings from the abundance of private and public universities in the area; and plenty of outdoors escapes, if that's your thing, where you can find quiet spots to write, from Jordan Lake to the Eno River, from Umsted State Park to meandering greenways in and around the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The literary scene is jumping too, with regular events and critique groups for every taste and level of experience. When it comes to writing talent, the Triangle has an embarrassment of riches.

At the NCWN 2021 Fall Conference, NC Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green will give the Keynote Address. Master Classes will be led by Tyree Daye (Poetry), Marianne Gingher (Creative Nonfiction), and Mesha Maren. Along with a full day and a half of programs and sessions devoted to the craft and business of writing, there will be open mics, faculty readings, panels, meals, exhibitors, and more.

The confernece will take place at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel, technically in Durham but just off I-40 in Research Triangle Park. There is abundant parking and plenty of amenities at this recently refurbished space.

"As of this very minute, the Network is planning an in-person conference with some online options," said NCWN Communications Director Charles Fiore. "But if the last 20 months have taught us anything, it's that all plans are subject to change. The saftey of our attendees is our first priority."

Registration opens on September 1 here at

The non-profit North Carolina Writers’ Network is the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to all writers at all stages of development. For additional information, visit


ASHEVILLE—The North Carolina Writers' Network will once again offer the Elliott Bowles Screenwriters Scholarship, allowing up to four aspiring screenwriters to attend the annual Fall Conference of the North Carolina Writers’ Network.

“The Elliott Bowles Screenwriting Scholarship was created in remembrance of our son’s screenwriting passion and generous nature,” Beverly Nipper Bowles, Elliott’s mother, said. “This scholarship seeks to lend support to aspiring young screenwriters as they continue to learn and refine their craft, develop connections with industry advisors and production companies, and pursue their dreams in the love of film.”

This scholarship will pay for full Fall Conference registration and two nights’ lodging in the conference hotel. Recipients also will receive a one-year complimentary membership in the North Carolina Writers’ Network.

Any North Carolina resident who has written an unproduced/unoptioned screenplay may apply for the Elliott Bowles Screenwriting Scholarship. Applicants will submit a twenty-page sample of their screenplay, along with their resume or C, and a cover letter describing their habits and goals as a screenwriter. Applicants will submit these materials to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., with “Elliott Bowles Screenwriting Scholarship” in the subject line.

The NCWN 2021 Fall Conference will be November 19-21 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Durham-RTP. The conference will offer sessions for writers for screen or stage, including “'I Want to Start with an Earthquake and Build to a Climax'” with Ian Finley and "Writing Scripted Audio" led by Tamara Kissane

Full details and registration for the 2021 Fall Conference will be available on Wednesday, September 1.

“The inspiration for this scholarship sprang to mind during my darkest day,” Beverly Nipper Bowles said. “I was planning the memorial service. The initial thought was a dim but emerging ray of sun, mixed with the tiniest sparkle of joy. When I heard myself share the idea with my husband and saw his face, it was suddenly obvious that this was the path we were intended to take as a way to preserve the memory and share the dream of our beloved Elliott.”

Others can donate to support the Bowles Scholarship, either with a check made out to “NCWN-Bowles Scholarship” and mailed to P. O. Box 21591, Winston-Salem, NC, 27120; or with a VISA, MasterCard, or Discover at

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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