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ASHEVILLE—For the second year in a row, the North Carolina Writers' Network will 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 2019 NCWN Fall Conference will be November 8-10 at the DoubleTree Hilton Asheville-Biltmore. The conference will offer sessions for writers for screen or stage, including "Screenplay: Fact vs. Fiction" with Maryedith Burrell and "Improv's Increasing Role in Comedy Writing" led by Tom Chalmers

Full details and registration for the 2019 Fall Conference will be available on or before Sunday, 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 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.

 

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

The deadline to register is Wednesday, July 3, by midnight!

Register here.

The Squire Summer Writing Workshops offer an intensive course in a chosen genre (fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry), with ten ninety-minute sessions over the four days of the program. Space in each workshop is limited, so that registrants can work in-depth on their own manuscript samples, as well as their colleagues’, while also studying the principles of the genre with their instructor.

This year's instructors are Alex Albright (Creative Nonfiction); Emily Colin (Fiction); and Dr. Lenard D. Moore (Poetry).

Other features include faculty readings, panel discussions, and open mic sessions—and training sessions—for registrants.

"I have been away from writing for a long time," said a recent attendee. "This weekend was about determining whether or not writing was something I could begin again. As a result of the quality of the instruction, the quality and insightfulness of my fellow students, both my writing and my critical skills have grown and I am committed to writing again. As a result of this residency, I want to be the best writer I can be."

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

Space is limited.

Register now!

 

GREENVILLE—By now, you've heard—no doubt more than once—many of the reasons not to miss the NCWN 2019 Squire Summer Writing Workshops, July 18-21, at East Carolina University in Greenville.

The faculty, for one: Alex Albright (Creative Nonfiction); Emily Colin (Fiction); and Lenard D. Moore (Poetry). There also will be the opportunity for open mic readings; faculty readings; panel dicussions; and to study one genre with one instructor in a small-group setting over the course of a long weekend, which builds deep community ties.

If you're sold, you can register here.

If not, here are some testimonials from past participants. So, don't just take our word for it:

"(I) needed a jump start for my writing soul. This time provided that jump start. The community building was the greatest thing." 

"We had a wonderful, supportive, knowledge-filled (workshop) group. I have several special memories. The support and outpouring of writing suggestions from my workshop group will stay foremost in my mind. The exposure to the various writers from so many different paths, converging into this writing community, surpassed my expectations."

"I needed writer friends. I have them now. They will be with me beyond this residency. I realize that is why I am here."

"I felt like I got an MFA in fiction in three days."

"I've been to several larger conferences and workshops . . . they were nowhere near as good as the Squire Residency!"

"I have been away from writing for a long time. This weekend was about determining whether or not writing was something I could begin again. As a result of the quality of the instruction, the quality and insightfulness of my fellow students, both my writing and my critical skills have grown and I am committed to writing again. As a result of this residency, I want to be the best writer I can be."

These blurbs were taken from evaluation forms. We offer anonymity so that we hopefully receive honest feedback.

Pre-registration for the NCWN 2019 Squire Summer Writing Workshops closes Wednesday, July 3. Space is limited. Each registrant should be ready to handle the intensive instruction and atmosphere of the workshop.

Register here.

 

 
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