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GREENVILLE—"I teach because writing isn’t easy, and I wish I’d had someone to mentor me when I started out," says Emily Colin, who'll lead the fiction workshop at the North Carolina Writers' Network 2019 Squire Summer Writing WorkshopsJuly 18-21, on the campus of East Carolina University in Greenville.

"I teach because my first creative writing professor was cruel, and discouraged me from writing fiction for over a decade," she says. "I vowed to do everything I could to help other writers, so they’d never have to feel the way I did in his class: As if their voice didn’t matter."

The Squire Summer Writing Workshops offer a limited number of attendees the chance to spend fifteen hours studying one genre with one instructor in a small-group setting, along with ample time to attend programs and readings, write, reflect, and dine with one another. In other words, the chance to live a literary life, at least for one long weekeend.

Register here.

Emily Colin will lead the fiction workshop, "Writing Fiction that Resonates with Your Readers."

The core of this workshop, to which attendees will return again and again, will be their own work. They will explore the crucial elements that make readers want to keep turning pages, including stellar character development, a tightly-knit plot, and vivid descriptions that give insights into your characters and storyline. They’ll discuss what makes readers care about characters, how to include details that drive the story rather than bogging it down, and what to do when writer’s block strikes. Through the lens of their own writing as well as that of others, participants will pay attention to what makes certain authors so good at what they do . . . and then sharpen your prose to reflect these discoveries. They'll try their hand at new, short fiction in response to what they’ve discussed over the course of the workshop, then cap off the weekend with a conversation about the business of publishing, and how to find their niche in an ever-evolving industry.

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

"I teach because it gives me joy to share what I’ve learned with others—and to learn from them along the way," Emily explains. "I teach to create a safe space for students to share their ideas, to listen and to be heard, to create community and confidence. As the great Albus Dumbledore once said, 'Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.'"

Emily Colin is The New York Times bestselling author of The Memory Thief, selected as a Target Emerging Authors Pick, and The Dream Keeper’s Daughter (Ballantine Books), which Publisher's Weekly called "a splendid mix of romantic yearning, time travel, and moving on after grief." She is also the editor of the young adult anthology Wicked South and the author of the upcoming Seven SinsYA trilogy, both from Goldenjay Books.

A former independent bookseller, Emily has served as an editor for both magazines and small presses. She was the co-founder of Carolina Women's Partnership, an imprint of Coastal Carolina Press through which she published two books featuring women leaders throughout North Carolina. Emily is a recipient of the 2018 GFWC-NC Lucy Bramlett Patterson Award for Excellence in Creative Writing and the 2017 North Carolina Sorosis Award for Excellence in Creative Writing. A fervent believer in paying it forward, Emily served as a 2017 Pitch Wars Writing Mentor and is a 2019 TeenPit Mentor. Her diverse life experience includes organizing a Coney Island tattoo and piercing show, hauling fish at the Dolphin Research Center in the Florida Keys, and roaming New York City as an itinerant teenage violinist. When she’s not writing, you can find her reading anything with a good love story; traveling; drinking too much coffee; and hanging out with her son, whose hair changes color as regularly as his moods.

Additional workshops include Creative Nonfiction led by Alex Albright and Poetry led byLenard D. Moore.

Registration for the Squire Summer Writing Workshops is open. Register now.

 

GREENVILLE—The North Carolina Writers' Network 2019 Squire Summer Writing Workshops run July 18-21 on the campus of East Carolina University in Greenville.

The Squire Summer Writing Workshops offer a limited number of attendees the chance to spend fifteen hours studying one genre with one instructor in a small-group setting, along with ample time to attend programs and readings, write, reflect, and dine with one another. In other words, the chance to live a literary life, at least for one long weekeend.

Register here.

Alex Albright will lead the creative nonfiction workshop, "Dramatic Plot Not Required."

Good creative nonfiction is an immersion into another world. It needn’t be plot driven: it’s always more than a record of what happened, and much more than simply writing from an "I" point-of-view. Its definition, in fact, sometimes seems fluid and subjective. This session will begin with a brief historical overview of how the newest literary genre came to be before, and of how it’s variously defined. Writers will soon settle on personal goals of CNF that match their interests in writing nonfiction prose: memoir? travel, history, review or opinion piece? biography? Primary emphasis is on how writers at any stage in their career can employ the techniques usually common to writing fiction—setting, dialog, and character development especially—to better authenticate their creative nonfiction work, with a special emphasis on developing settings and a narrator’s identity appropriate to both your story and the time and place in which it occurs. Participants should bring to class introductory paragraphs for two or three of their favorite nonfiction pieces by other writers.

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

"I don't so much teach writing as personal editing skills," says Alex. "How do you get the distance needed to read your own manuscript with the same kind of attention to detail that you bring to others' manuscripts?

"Why you're wanting to tell the story you're telling is your business—and I'm glad for it. What I want to happen in a good workshop is to help you better authenticate the two traditional aspects of good writing, setting and character development.

"To that end, I'm interested in raising awareness of the importance of multiple layers of temporal and spatial settings, often with a mix of emotional and literal takes on the particular times and places in which your narratives occur.

"And too many writers, it seems, demonstrate in their writing the belief that creative nonfiction is merely a true story told from an 'I' point of view, a partial truth at best. Without making your narrator a real character, no one can really hear your voice or know the motivations of your lead character. Your relationships to the narrative you're telling and to the places and times of that narrative ought to round out your character in a way that draws readers in. But if the narrator remains a generic 'I,' that's a tough sell. To that end, I find it helpful to add to almost any major character, narrator included, a sense of distant and recent pasts as well as notions of what will happen soon in their lives, as well as what they hope, or dream of, for their future.

"It's a package, of course, in different sizes and wraps, depending on you, the maker. And the best packages are personal in a way that transcends the facts of their narrative. Helping you to find that transcendence is one of the most important ways a community of writers functions, and it's a major reason for treasuring these communities wherever you can find them. They are never guaranteed and they almost always take work and patience, some good editorial eyes, and writers whose egos are strong enough to withstand questions.

Alex Albright developed one of the first creative nonfiction curriculums in the U.S. while teaching at East Carolina University, where he also founded the North Carolina Literary Review. A Graham native, he earned degrees in English and journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MFA from UNC Greensboro, where he studied with Fred Chappell. His book The Forgotten First: B-1 and the Integration of the Modern Navy was a 2014 Montaigne Medal finalist. In 2015, the NCLR established the Alex Albright Award for Creative Nonfiction. His recent publicatons include “Langston Hughes in Reno” in Nevada Magazine; “Carolina Bluegrass Band: Getting Good Grades from Russell Johnson” in Bluegrass Unlimited; “On Bohemian Bluegrass, Beer, Some Barbecue and a Few Weeks in Prague” in storySouth; and “Mose McQuitty’s Band and Minstrel Days, 1899-1937” in Bandwagon, which won the 2017 Stuart Thayer Prize for Best Publication on Circus History. He lives in Fountain and with his wife, Elizabeth, operates Fountain General Store; they were co-recipients of the 2012 Brown-Hudson Award from the NC Folklore Society.

Additional workshops include Fiction led by Emily Colin and Poetry led byLenard D. Moore.

Registration for the Squire Summer Writing Workshops is open. Register now.

 

GREENVILLE—The North Carolina Writers' Network 2019 Squire Summer Writing Workshops run July 18-21 on the campus of East Carolina University in Greenville.

The Squire Summer Writing Workshops offer a limited number of attendees the chance to spend fifteen hours studying one genre with one instructor in a small-group setting, along with ample time to attend programs and readings, write, reflect, and dine with one another. In other words, the chance to live a literary life, at least for one long weekeend.

Register here.

Lenard D. Moore will lead the poetry workshop, "Form & Texture."

In this workshop, participants will write new poems in poetic forms, particularly ghazal, kwansaba, sestina, and jazz poetry. They will read and discuss poets who write in these forms. They will encourage one another to take risks in his or her poetry. They will focus on various literary elements, such as imagery, simile, metaphor, and rhythm. The workshop will emphasize creating texture in poetry. At least one of the participants’ poems will be workshopped in class.

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

"I write because it is a way of life," says Lenard. "In short, writing helps to find meaning within the natural world and the journey of life."

Lenard D. Moore a North Carolina native and U.S. Army Veteran, is the Founder and Executive Director of the Carolina African American Writers’ Collective and Co-founder of the Washington Street Writers Group. Moore’s poems, short stories, essays and reviews have appeared in over 400 publications, including Callaloo, Obsidian, Prairie Schooner, Southern Cultures, and North American Review, as well as in more than 100 anthologies. He is the author of The Open Eye (NC Haiku Society Press, 1985), Forever Home (St. Andrews College Press, 1992), Desert Storm: A Brief History (Los Hombres Press, 1993), A Temple Looming (WordTech Editions, 2008) and The Open Eye, Limited 30TH Anniversary Edition (Mountains & Rivers Press, 2015). He currently teaches Advanced Poetry Writing and African American Literature at the University of Mount Olive, where he directs the literary festival.

In 2014, Lenard was awarded the North Carolina Award for Literature, the highest civilian honor bestowed by the state. Presented annually since 1964, the award recognizes significant contributions to the state and nation in the fields of fine art, literature, public service and science.

Teresa L. Church offers this insight into the man many consider a master of haiku:

A small notepad stays conveniently tucked into the inside pocket of his jacket, along with an assortment of ink pens. Wherever his travels take him, he observes the world around him, notes its rhythms, sights, and sounds, and sketches poems that capture significant moments in time. He has put his poetry toolbox to good use building a body of work that commands the attention of the literary world. His writings are featured in nearly four hundred major journals and anthologies and several full-length collections. Many of his poems are prize-winning works and some of his writings have been translated into more than a dozen languages.

Additional workshops include Fiction led by Emily Colin and Creative Nonfiction led by Alex Albright.

Registration for the Squire Summer Writing Workshops is open. Register now.

 

 
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