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GREENSBORO—The North Carolina Writers’ Network plans to hold its 2022 Spring Conference—both on-site and online—on Saturday, April 23.
Kicked off with a keynote address by 2020 NC Literary Hall of Fame inductee Carole Boston Weatherford, the 2022 Spring Conference will be a full day of classes, workshops, readings, and community.
The on-site conference will take place at UNC Greensboro, in and around the MHRA Building and Curry Auditorium. On-site registrants can choose from among five class offerings in both the morning and afternoon sessions, or apply for one of the three Master Classes that will take place over both sessions.
Belle Boggs, author of the acclaimed memoir The Art of Waiting and two books of fiction, will lead “Writing with Urgency,” the Master Class in creative nonfiction.
Derek Palacio, whose debut novel The Mortifications was a New York Times Best Book of 2016, will lead the Master Class “Cause & Effect in Fiction.”
Rona Jaffe Award-winning poet and translator Laura Mullen will lead the Master Class in poetry, “River of Time & Art.”
Each Master Class is open only to 10 well-qualified applicants, who are admitted on a rolling basis. (That means the class may fill prior to the deadline, so don’t wait until the last minute to apply.) Prior publication is not required, but applicants should be ready to handle the intensive instruction of the class.
The on-site conference also will offer craft classes on poetry with Charmaine Cadeau Ward and Stuart Dischell; on prose with Caleb Johnson, Travis Mulhauser, and Julia Ridley Smith; and on screenwriting with Joy Goodwin and Ron Stacker Thompson.
Other classes include “Query an Agent About Querying Agents” with Jamie Chambliss of Folio Literary Management, “Presenting Your Book” with New York Times bestselling author Charlie Lovett, and “The Group: How to Form Your Own Thriving Writing Workshop” with writer and editor Duncan Murrell.
The online conference will include livestreams of Carole Boston Weatherford’s keynote address and other general sessions, an Online Picnic hosted by author and NCWN trustee Michele T. Berger, and two sessions of exclusive online-only classes: on publishing with Hub City Press director Meg Reid; on pitching story ideas with The Bitter Southerner assistant editor Rachel Priest; on the flux of the writing process with acclaimed novelist (and occasional banjoist) Steven Sherrill; and on craft with award-winning writer Maegan Poland.
Registration is open here.
“We’re excited to bring writers together again,” said NCWN Executive Director Ed Southern, “whether they’re joining us online or on-site. The Spring Conference will be a chance to pursue excellence, opportunity, and community, however you participate.”
Scholarship aid will be available to help deserving writers to attend the Spring Conference, either on-site or online. In addition to general scholarships, More Seats Scholarships and the Elliott Bowles Screenwriting Scholarships will be open for applications.
For the on-site Spring Conference, all appropriate and possible safety protocols will be in place, including masking while indoors (with no exceptions), proof-of-vaccination required of all participants, and as much distancing as the venue will allow.
“We also will encourage faculty to lead their classes outdoors, if feasible,” Southern said, “and to keep their fingers crossed for good weather.”
The Network plans to offer popular Spring Conference features such as Open Mic readings and Slush Pile Live!, while recognizing that circumstances might not allow them.
“We hope that by late April, we will be able to gather fully,” Southern said. “But we know that it’s more important to gather safely, to whatever extent and in whatever form we can.”
Registration and more details on the 2022 Spring Conference are available at www.ncwriters.org.
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GREENSBORO—Thanks to a generous but anonymous donor, the North Carolina Writers’ Network will offer two More Seats Scholarships to allow writers from underserved communities to attend the on-site NCWN 2022 Spring Conference.
Each More Seat scholarship (as in, “More Seats at the Table”) will cover the full cost of Spring Conference registration, as well as one year of Network membership—a total value of more than $200.
The NCWN 2022 Spring Conference will be Saturday, April 23, at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Spring Conference faculty includes Carole Boston Weatherford, Derek Palacio, Belle Boggs, Ron Stacker Thompson, and many more,
The More Seats Scholarships are in addition to the usual scholarship aid available to writers in need. The goal of the More Seats Scholarships is to encourage beginning writers from underserved communities, who may not have found a place at the proverbial literary table.
“The donor wants to celebrate and amplify new North Carolina voices,” Southern said. “They especially encourage writers from rural counties, writers of color, and LGBTQ+ writers to apply.”
Selection criteria will focus on commitment to writing, rather than degrees or publications.
To apply, send a current CV—with contact information and a list of any work, education, publications, or other relevant literary experiences or achievements—and a Statement of Writing Intent of no more than 1,000 words to
The deadline to apply is midnight on April 1.
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GREENSBORO—For the first time, the North Carolina Writers' Network will offer the Elliott Bowles Screenwriters Scholarship to attend its Spring Conference, allowing up to four aspiring screenwriters to take advantage of a full day of readings, classes, and community.
“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 Spring Conference registration. 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 CV, and a cover letter describing their habits and goals as a screenwriter. Applicants will submit these materials to
The NCWN 2022 Spring Conference will be Saturday, April 23, on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The conference will offer sessions for writers for screen or stage, including “Creating Characters Round and Flat for the Screen" with Mary M. Dalton and "Is This Idea a Screenplay?" with Joy Goodwin.
Full details and registration for the 2022 Spring Conference are available here.
“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 www.ncwriters.org.
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.