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RALEIGH—At the North Carolina Writers' Network 2021 Fall Conference, November 19-21, at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Durham/RTP, Karin Wiberg of Clear Sight Books will lead the session "For Love and Money: Business Professionalism for Writers."

Conference registration is open.

Karin Wiberg is owner of Clear Sight Books, where she helps seasoned business leaders write nonfiction books. Whether she ghostwrites, edits, or coaches, her clients develop a clear message and compelling voice; and for those who choose to self-publish, she turns manuscripts into books. Karin’s professional experience ranges from the Fortune 500 and association management to small businesses and nonprofits. She’s served on grant panels for the City of Raleigh Arts Commission and the NC Arts Council and judged writing contests for Writer’s Digest and the Jane Austen Society of North America. Karin holds an MBA from the University of Iowa and a business coaching certificate from North Carolina State University. Her poetry has been published in Stirring, Petrichor Review, riverSedge, Two Hawks Quarterly, and elsewhere, and she is the author of Chicken Haiku, an illustrated book of poems. Find Karin online at www.clearsightbooks.com.

This year, NCWN is asking authors for "one good piece of advice," either something they were once told that they never forgot, or something they wished they could go back and tell their younger selves. This is what Karin has to offer:

"Learn to love feedback.

"In creative writing workshops, many new writers bristle at feedback. It’s okay to feel a little protective of your work; that’s natural. But take some space and consider the feedback objectively. Feedback is how we learn and progress.

"Consider this: Babies can’t walk right away, and they don’t get embarrassed when they tip over while learning; they just figure out how to regain their balance and try again. As writers, we shouldn’t be afraid to 'tip over' in our writing. We will not write masterfully from the start, and we will never do it 'perfectly.' Feedback helps us regain our balance and speed up our learning. You don’t have to accept every suggestion or incorporate every bit of feedback, but listen closely to 1) patterns that arise and 2) what the more seasoned and insightful readers offer. (Not all opinions are created equal!)

"If you have trouble accepting feedback or making mistakes, read Mindset by Carol Dweck. Speaking as a perfectionist, I’ll tell you this book was a gamechanger for me in how I view attempts, mistakes, and feedback on everything I do. It helped take the pressure off—and it helped me learn to love feedback."

If Karin Wiberg ruled the world, writers would be able to write all day and not worry about money . . . Sigh. But most of us have to pay attention to business as well as craft, so let’s make it as easeful as possible. In "For Love and Money: Business Professionalism for Writers," we’ll cover the foundations of being a writing professional—things like bookkeeping (aargh!), client contracts (hmm), getting paid (yay!), and processes and tools for looking like a pro. We’ll also explore some of the issues writers tend to struggle with (pricing, anyone?) and ideas for moving past the struggle. You’ll walk away with a checklist of priorities and tips for implementation. Whether you’re trying to get a book deal or land a client, showing up as a professional pays dividends.

Fall Conference attracts hundreds of writers from around the country and provides a weekend full of activities that include lunch and dinner banquets with readings, keynotes, tracks in several genres, open mic sessions, and the opportunity for one-on-one manuscript critiques with editors or agents. North Carolina Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green will give the Keynote Address. Other sessions that address the business side of writing include "How to Get Paid without Anyone Getting Hurt" with Alice Osborn: Author/Book Coach/Editor; "Nerd Cool 101: Making Your Book Shine Online" with Ellen C. Bush and Phillip Loken of UNC Press; and "Pathways to Publishing: Know ALL Your Options" with Tracy Crow of Tracy Crow Literary Agency.

Register here.

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.

 

RALEIGH—Former Piedmont Laureate David Menconi  will lead the session “Creative Nonfiction 101” at the North Carolina Writers' Network 2021 Fall Conference, November 19-21, at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Durham/RTP.

Conference registration is open.

Author/journalist David Menconi spent 34 years writing for daily newspapers, 28 of them at The News & Observer in Raleigh. He has also written for Rolling Stone, Billboard, Spin, and The New York Times, also serving as the Triangle’s Piedmont Laureate for 2019. His latest book, Step It Up & Go: The Story of North Carolina Popular Music, from Blind Boy Fuller and Doc Watson to Nina Simone and Superchunk (University of North Carolina Press, 2020) won the 2021 North Caroliniana Society Book Award and first runner-up in the culture category of the Eric Hoffer Awards. His next book will be a history of the folk label Rounder Records, to be published in 2022 by UNC Press.

This year, NCWN is asking authors for "one good piece of advice," either something they were once told that they never forgot, or something they wished they could go back and tell their younger selves.

"The bigger the project, the smaller you should think," David says. "This especially applies to books, where it’s easy to go down the rabbit-hole of despair if you dwell too much on the scope of the whole thing. But if you can break it down into chunks or segments you can work on one at a time, it’s manageable.

"In my case, when writing a book, I think of each chapter as a lengthy magazine article; a separate entity while I’m working on it, but part of the whole. Start the process rolling and as long as you can keep moving forward, don’t worry too much about how fast or slow it’s going. That’s what gets it done."

From longform features to books, "Creative Nonfiction 101" will cover how to find CNF stories, how to write CNF stories, and how to sell CNF stories. The class will discuss pointers about what editors are looking for, and how to make them happy enough for repeat business. 

Fall Conference attracts hundreds of writers from around the country and provides a weekend full of activities that include lunch and dinner banquets with readings, keynotes, tracks in several genres, open mic sessions, and the opportunity for one-on-one manuscript critiques with editors or agents. North Carolina Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green will give the Keynote Address. Marianne Gingher will lead the Creative Nonfiction Master Class. Other sessions for truthtellers include "To Tell the Truth" (creative nonfiction) with Cat Warren and the "Community Journalism" lucheon panel discussion sponsored by PEN America.

Register here.

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.

 

RALEIGH—The Redbud Writing Project will host the Pre-Conference Tailgate before the North Carolina Writers' Network 2021 Fall Conference. Led by Redbud co-founder Arshia Simkin, the Pre-Conference Tailgate will get participants' creative juices flowing before conference registration opens later that day. The Pre-Conference Tailgate is free; no pre-registration required.

Arshia Simkin was born in Pakistan and spent the first six years of her life there. She grew up in Arlington, Virginia and currently lives in Raleigh with her husband. A former lawyer, she is a graduate of the North Carolina State University MFA program in creative writing and the co-founder of the Redbud Writing Project, a creative writing organization that teaches workshops in the Triangle. Her writing has appeared in Crazyhorse; she was one of three winners of the 2020 CRAFT Flash Fiction contest; and received honorable mention in NC State's James Hurt Prize for fiction. In her spare time, she enjoys playing badminton and water coloring.

Here are the details:

Friday, November 19, 12:00 pm
The Redbud Writing Project
719 N. Person St.
Ralegh, NC 27604
www.redbudwriting.org

There is limited parking available on-site; public parking lots a few blocks away, near the museum campus; and on-street paid parking nearby. The North Carolina Writers' Network will provide light refreshments.

The Redbud Writing Project is the Research Triangle’s only adult education writing school. The Redbud Writing Project offers six-week courses online, at bookstores and community spaces around the Triangle, and at their headquarters. They want their workshops to feel open and inviting—places where students feel supported and excited to write, share, and revise. They are guided by the principles of empathy, compassion and candor: they seek to approach each story with an open mind and an eye toward understanding the writer’s intentions, ultimately helping the author write the story they want to tell.

Fall Conference attracts hundreds of writers from around the country and provides a weekend full of activities that include lunch and dinner banquets with readings, keynotes, tracks in several genres, open mic sessions, and the opportunity for one-on-one manuscript critiques with editors or agents. North Carolina Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green will give the Keynote Address. Inspirational, all-genre classes include "Getting Back into the Writing Groove" with Heather Bell Adams, sponsored by Freedom.to; "The Power of Mindset for Your Writing Life" with Michele T. Berger; and "The Art of Work" with L.C. Fiore.

Conference registration is not required to attend the Pre-Conference Tailgate.

Register for the NCWN 2021 Fall Conference here.

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.

 

 
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