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BOONE, NC—So often, we look without truly seeing. Our eyes pass over familiar objects and use past experiences to make assumptions and draw conclusions whenever we see something new. Yet as poets, we need to train ourselves to look in new and different ways. In so doing, we can elevate our poems beyond the expected ordinary.

At the NCWN Squire Summer Writing Workshops 2021, July 22-25, at Appalachian State University in Boone, Kathryn Kirkpatrick will lead the workshop "About Looking: Poetry."

Space is limited; registration is open.

In this seminar-workshop class, we will read several essays from John Berger’s illuminating book about how we see what we see. We’ll write poems inspired by Berger’s ideas, including those in his famous “Why Look at Animals?” as well as his essays about photography, painting, and sculpture. By exploring how we “look,” one of our aims will be to spark vivid description in poems. And since ekphrasis means “description” in Greek, we’ll engage in the imaginative act of reflecting on a painting, sculpture, or photograph in our poems as well as learning from other poets who have looked at art expansively in their work.

Registrants are encouraged, but not required, to purchase and read John Berger’s About Looking before the Squire Workshops begin.

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

Kathryn Kirkpatrick is the author of seven collections of poetry, including three recipients of the NC Poetry Society’s Brockman-Campbell award, The Body’s Horizon (1996), Our Held Animal Breath (2012), and Her Small Hands Were Not Beautiful (2014). The Fisher Queen: New & Selected Poems (Salmon, 2019) received the NC Literary and Historical Society’s Roanoke Chowan Poetry Prize. Although she grew up in the nomadic subculture of the U.S. Air Force and spent her childhood in the Philippines, Texas, and Germany, she has lived in the Blue Ridge Mountains for many years, where she teaches environmental literature, animal studies, Irish studies, and creative writing as Professor of English at Appalachian State University. As a literary scholar, she has published essays on class trauma, eco-feminist poetics, and animal studies. She is the editor of Border Crossings: Irish Women Writers and National Identities (2000) and co-editor with Borbala Farago of Animals in Irish Literature and Culture (2015).

The NCWN Squire Summer Writing Workshops 2021 offer 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."

Zackary Vernon will lead the creative nonfiction workshop. The fiction workshop, led by Mark Powell, is full.

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 www.ncwriters.org.

 

BOONE, NC—What does it mean to be from a place? Are we of somewhere by the circumstances of our birth, or do we choose the places and spaces that define us? More importantly, how do we write about these places truthfully while being mindful of their impact on our lives-—and our impact on them?

At the NCWN Squire Summer Writing Workshops 2021, July 22-25, at Appalachian State University in Boone, Zackary Vernon will lead the workshop "Writing Place: Creative Nonfiction."

Space is limited; registration is open.

This workshop 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. We will investigate how notions of home and belonging are created and maintained as well as how they can be disrupted by alterations to the cultural traditions and physical environments that surround us and inform our sense of place. During the workshop, we will read and write about the places that have made us who we are today. We will also consider our responsibilities to those places and how to preserve them both in reality and on the page.

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

Zackary Vernon is an associate professor of English at Appalachian State University in Boone. He has published numerous articles in magazines and journals, such as The Bitter Southerner, North Carolina Literary Review, Southern Cultures, and The Carolina Quarterly. He is also 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). He is currently working on a novel-in-stories entitled The Flesh Parade.

The NCWN Squire Summer Writing Workshops 2021 offer 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. The fiction workshop, led by Mark Powell, is full.

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 www.ncwriters.org.

 

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.

 

 
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