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NEW YORK, NY—At the North Carolina Writers' Network 2021 Fall Conference, November 19-21, at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Durham/RTP, registrants will have the opportunity to participate in the Manuscript Mart, which provides writers with the opportunity to submit their manuscripts and get feedback during a private, thirty-minute session from an editor or agent with a leading publisher or literary agency.  

Kim Lindman of Stonesong will serve as one of the Manuscript Mart Reviewers. 

Kim joined Stonesong as an assistant, and now holds the positions of Associate Literary Agent and Social Media Coordinator. Originally from the West Coast, Kim studied English Literature with a subfocus in Journalism at Seattle Pacific University. After moving to the NYC area, she has worked at a distillery and as a researcher with the United Nations, among others. She is interested in representing adult fiction, with particular interest in literary fiction and magical realism, and nonfiction, with particular interest in food and the environment.

Registration for the NCWN 2021 Fall Conference is open.

This year, NCWN is asking faculty 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. 

"Literary devices are more than garnish to a story; they are tools with specific purposes, whether you realize it or not," Kim says. "Most people don’t pick up a saw unless they know they want to cut wood. So why would you reach for an allusion or a particular P.O.V. unless you know what you’re trying to accomplish? Spend some time familiarizing yourself with your tools before starting (or revising) your next project. "

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 Manuscript Mart Reviwers include Maggie Cooper of Aevitas Creative; Tracy Crow of Tracy Crow Literary Agency; and Cassie Mannes Murray of Murray, Howland Literary.

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.

 

CHAPEL HILL—Author Daniel Wallace, who directs the Creative Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will lead the session "Adaptation" (all genre) at the North Carolina Writers' Network 2021 Fall Conference, November 19-21, at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Durham/RTP.

Conference registration is open.

Daniel Wallace is the author of six novels, including Big Fish and, most recently, Extraordinary Adventures. He directs the Creative Writing Program at UNC-Chapel Hill.

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. 

"For a young writer: don’t be too concerned with outcomes—finishing a story or a novel, getting an agent, publishing," Daniel says. "Focus instead on process, the day-to-day attention, devotion, obsession with craft. Think more about sentences. Find a joy in the struggle to create something beautiful, cogent and something that’s all yours. The rest will come. "

In the class "Adaptation," our time together will be spent talking about the pleasures of adapting work from one form to another, from stories and novels to script and film, with examples from his own experience provided by the author. Discussion will follow.

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 multigenre session offerings include "Getting Back into the Writing Groove" with Heather Bell Adams; "The Power of Mindset for Your Writing Life" with NCWN Trustee Michele T. Berger; and "The Art of Work" with NCWN Communications Director L.C. Fiore.

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.

 

DURHAM—Former Piedmont Laureate Tamara Kissane will lead the session "Writing Scripted Audio" at the North Carolina Writers' Network 2021 Fall Conference, November 19-21, at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Durham/RTP.

Conference registration is open.

Tamara Kissane is Founder & Executive Director of Artist Soapbox (www.artistsoapbox.org) and Soapbox Audio Collective. She is a Durham-based playwright, theatre-maker, parent, and podcaster. In 2020, Tamara was the Piedmont Laureate and received Outstanding Contribution to the Arts from Chatham Life & Style. She also is a co-founder and playwright for Curious Theatre Collective and leads Soapbox Audio Collective Writers’ rooms, Public Works events, and Creative Accountability Groups.

In North Carolina, she’s worked with University Theatre at NC State, PlayMakers Repertory Company, Seed Art Share, Burning Coal, Manbites Dog Theater, The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, Duke Theatre Studies, Transactors Improv, Summer Sisters, Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern, Archipelago and both hands theatre company. Recently she’s received grants from the Manbites Dog Theater Fund, the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, Durham150, and the Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artist Award (Durham Arts Council). She is the parent of two young children.

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 best writing advice I've received is: Start in the Middle," Tamara says.

"Begin your story as close to the 'good stuff' as possible—within the big action, the heightened emotion, the moment of change—so the reader is immediately swept into your world without lengthy set up, exposition, or explanation.

"Another way to say this is to shorten the runway and take to the air ASAP. You can build in the explanation once everyone has committed to the journey and feeling excited about where they are headed."

Have you considered adapting your theatre scripts into audio fiction pieces? Would you like to dip your pen in writing for audio? As podcasts grow exponentially, audio storytelling is flourishing, providing opportunities for writers to create robust contemporary audio dramas. These aren’t your grandpa’s radio plays!

Join playwright and audio dramatist Tamara Kissane when she leads "Writing Scripted Audio" and get started down this burgeoning path. Topics include: the hallmarks of audio as a medium, pros and cons, practical tips and considerations, writing for audio vs. adapting to audio, and more.

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 session offerings for writers of stage and screen include "I Want to Start with an Earthquake and Build to a Climax" (playwriting) with Ian Finley and "Adaptation" with Daniel Wallace.

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.

 

 
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