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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 NCWN Squire Summer Writing Workshops 2021.

Each More Seat scholarship (as in, “More Seats at the Table”) will cover the full cost of Squire registration, including a single room in our on-campus accommodations, as well as one year of Network membership—a total value of more than $750.

The NCWN Squire Summer Writing Workshops 2021will be July 22—25 at Appalachian State University in Boone. Kathryn Kirkpatrick, Mark Powell, and Zackary Vernon will lead multi-day workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, respectively.

The More Seats Scholarships are in addition to the usual scholarship aid available to writers in need.

“We’re very grateful to be able to help deserving writers join our first post-pandemic, in-person program,” said NCWN Executive Director Ed Southern.

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.

The Network usually provides More Seats Scholarships to its Spring Conference, but the 2021 Spring Conference’s “pay what you can” fee structure made scholarships unnecessary.

“The Squire Workshops are much more focused and intensive than the Spring Conference,” Southern said, “and therefore much more expensive. We’re glad we can help writers get to Squire who otherwise wouldn’t be able to.”

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The subject line should specify the applicant’s interest in a More Seats Scholarship. Questions should be sent to that e-mail address, as well.

The deadline to apply is midnight on Friday, June 25.


WINSTON-SALEM, NC—As writers, we likely find our inspiration in different places, but all of us must nurture that creative spark that keeps us curious about the world. Sometimes, that creative spark needs a jumpstart.

Even if we usually find inspiration somewhere other than art, listening to music, absorbing images, and checking in with our own bodies to notice how we move through a space can serve as cross-training exercises for our creativity, which will give us more flexibility and depth as writers.

On Wednesday, June 23, at 7:00 pm ESTGregory DeCandia will lead the online class "Creative Curiosity."

Registration is closed.

Multimedia Artist Gregory DeCandia will guide a 90-minute class that curiously questions the crossroads of creativity through mindfulness, movement, and reflection. Writers will be immersed in multiple artistic mediums to explore the essences of inspiration, access the subconscious, and utilizes the power of reduction.

The cost for the class is $35 for NCWN members, $45 for non-members. Space is limited.

Gregory DeCandia has engaged the industry as an educator, performer, director, podcaster, and cultivator of new works in five different states and abroad. He is the Founder and current Executive Director of Ignition Arts. For the last four years he was the Head of the BA Theatre and Performance devising program at Oklahoma City University. Most recently Gregory was on stage as James Reston Jr in Frost/Nixon at Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma. Last May marked his digital directorial debut with elevated, a devised film adaptation of the poetry graphic novel elevated thoughts: 100 shadormas from 9,000 ft. from Literati Press. His new play Animals received a reading at the National Winter Playwrights Retreat 2019 and a 2020 workshop with Ignition Arts. Gregory also tours his solo docudrama Silhouettes Of Service and has created four podcasts: Thank You 10, Fair Play, Devising, and The Brennan Book Blog Podcast. He is a proud graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill (MFA) and Emerson College (BFA) and member of Actors’ Equity Association and the National Alliance of Acting Teachers.

"Creative Curiosity" is the final installment of North Carolina Writers' Network's 2020-2021 series of online classes. The 2021-2022 lineup will be announced this summer.

"The Network has offered online programming since 2016," said NCWN communications director Charles Fiore. "We're proud to already have the educational framework in place that allows us to continue to serve the writers of North Carolina, and beyond, during this time of social distancing."

The online class "Creative Curiosity" is available to anyone with an internet connection, or who even owns just a telephone. Instructions for accessing the online class on Wednesday, June 23, will be sent to registrants no less than twenty-four hours prior to the start of class. The class will be archived and made available to registrants for repeated viewings.

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


BOONE—A summer event in Boone is always something to look forward to, but even more so this year, as the NC Writers' Network Squire Summer Writing Workshops 2021 will be held in-person, marking the first face-to-face event the Network has hosted since March of 2020.

"SW21" happens July 22-25 at Appalachian State University, in Boone. Register here.

This conference offers fifteen hours of workshop time in a single genre with a single instructor. Registration is capped, allowing plenty of time and space for registrants to get to know one another and learn one another's work. Additional weekend highlights include Faculty Readings, Open Mics, group writing activities, conversations, and more.

"We're very grateful to be able to offer in-person events again," said NCWN Executive Director Ed Southern. "SW21 will have all the inclusiveness and creativity our members have come to expect from an NCWN event, while also keeping everyone safe."

Kathryn Kirkpatrick will lead the Poetry Workshop, "About Looking." Workshop participants will use John Berger's About Looking as a jumping-off point to write their own ekphrastic poems and to learn from other poets who have used art expansively in their work. Kathryn is the author of seven collections of poetry, including three recipients of the NC Poetry Society’s Brockman-Campbell award. The Fisher Queen: New & Selected Poems (Salmon, 2019) received the NC Literary and Historical Society’s Roanoke Chowan Poetry Prize. She is a Professor of English at ASU.

The Fiction Workshop, "Roaring Off the Page—Writing First Chapters and First Pages," will be lead by Mark Powell, Director of the Creative Writing Program at ASU. Registrants In this workshop will focus on crafting openings of both novels and stories, discussing the differences between the forms and looking at famous examples of great openings. Mark is the author of seven novels including Small Treasons (2017, Gallery/Simon and Schuster) and Lioness, forthcoming from West Virginia University Press in 2022.

Zackary Vernon will lead the Creative Nonfiction Workshop, "Writing Place," which will explore how to write about places and spaces, while remaining mindful of the interconnections between the natural and cultural, the built and non-built, the human and animal. Participants will consider how the places they've been have made them who they are today. Zackary is an associate professor of English at ASU. He is the editor of two recent scholarly collections: Summoning the Dead: Essays on Ron Rash (USC Press, 2018) and Ecocriticism and the Future of Southern Studies (LSU Press, 2019).

Because registration is limited, after fifteen hours of workshop time and seven group meals, including a celebratory picnic on Saturday night, attendees at the Squire Summer Writing Workshops tend to form even closer bonds than at other Network events.

"We had a wonderful, supportive, knowledge-filled (workshop) group," wrote an attendee in 2017, the last time the Squire Summer Writing Workshops were held in Boone. "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."

Out of an abundance of caution, some changes have been made to ensure the well-being of the attendees. For 2021, there will be no "tag-along" registrations; only those who attend workshops will be allowed to use overnight accommodations at ASU. The "Shared Campus Room" registration option is only available to attendees who live in the same household. Commuters are still very welcome.

For more information about the NCWN Squire Summer Writing Workshops 2021, and to register, click here.

 Support for these workshops is provided by the NC Arts Council, the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, and the family of Chick and Elizabeth Daniels Squire.

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


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