ONLINE—The North Carolina Writers' Network is proud to present its first-ever entirely online Cabin Fever Conference, April 16-18, 2020. This event offers 630 minutes of high-quality, socially-distant instruction in the craft and business of writing.

Registration is closed.

Attendees may sign up for the full conference (7 classes); half conference (4 classes); or quarter conference (2 classes)—or even just one single class. The weekend will conclude with an Open Mic reading for conference registrants and readings by conference faculty.

Classes include:

  • Make a Scene: Emotional Building Blocks of Fiction with Quinn Dalton
  • Public Speaking for Writers with Cameron Kent
  • Writing Your Life: Turning Personal Stories into Universal Narratives with Bridgette A. Lacy
  • Narrative Medicine: Stories of Illness & the Power of Reflective Writing with Aimee Mepham
  • What a Long Strange Trip: From Manuscript to Finished Book with Robin Miura and Lynn York
  • More than Meaning (poetry) with Timothy O’Keefe
  • The Art of Writing Memoir with M. Randal O’Wain

Classes will take place online using Zoom. Participants may attend the classes using a laptop or mobile device, from anywhere they happen to find an internet connection.

Attendees can even attend using just a telephone!

Instructions for accessing the conference classes will be sent to registrants no less than twenty-four hours prior to the start of the conference. The class will be archived and made available to registrants for repeated viewings.

Also during the conference, "exhibitors" will offer special pricing on select titles through our Virtual Exhibit Hall. These exhibitors represent NC-based publishers and literary organizations that rely on handselling their products in-person at physical events. Attendees are encouraged to spend time over the weekend poking around the exhibitor sites and purchasing a few things to read during this time of quarantine.

"No pandemic can disrupt the Network’s mission, or its importance: to connect, promote, educate, and serve the writers of this state, and beyond; and to nourish our remarkable literary tradition and community," said NCWN Executive Director Ed Southern. "This Cabin Fever Conference is just a different way of doing what we’ve always done—bring writers together for excellence, opportunity, and community.”

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

We hope many of you will join us...at a safe, non-contagious distance.

 

GREENSBORO—We have decided to cancel the NCWN 2020 Spring Conference.

Two weeks ago, this decision would have been difficult. A month ago, it would have been unthinkable.

Today, it seems the obvious choice to make.

In the coming days, we will issue refunds to all registrants and exhibitors.

If you registered for the Spring Conference but do not want your fees refunded, please tell me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and we will convert—with gratitude—your registration fee into a donation.

If you donated to the NCWN 2020 Spring Conference, we hope you will let us apply your donation to scholarship aid for future NCWN conferences. If you would rather we refund your donation, please tell me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and we will be glad to do so.

We have begun planning an online alternative to Spring Conference: our first-ever Cabin Fever Conference, to be held April 17-18, with many of the same instructors leading many of the same classes. We will finalize this Cabin Fever Conference and open registration for it as soon as possible, and we hope many of you will join us . . . at a safe, non-contagious distance.

We also are holding an Online Open Mic next week, allowing writers to share their infectious work, without sharing any infections. We will open registration for that Online Open Mic later today.

In the meantime, we promise you this: However long the Covid-19 pandemic requires social distancing, however much it may disrupt what we think of as “normal,” the Network will be here—supporting and connecting writers around and beyond the state; nourishing and nurturing the literary arts; providing access to excellence and opportunity, and even to a community . . . that’s not communicable.

 

ONLINE—The North Carolina Writers' Network will host its fifth Online Open Mic on Tuesday,  March 24, at 7:00 pm

The public is welcomed and encouraged to join the event, to show support for our fellow writers and experience some much-needed "face-time."

Anyone with an internet connection can participate, or you can even read and listen over the phone!  

To view (or simply listen) to the event on Tuesday, March 24, at 7:00 pm, go to https://zoom.us/j/326961596 (Meeting ID: 326 961 596) or dial-in by phone, 1-646-876-9923 (Meeting ID: 326 961 596).

Readers will be given five-minute time slots, first-come, first-served, up to sixteen readers. All genres welcome; this open mic is free for participants.

Registration is closed.

NCWN launched its online open mic series in 2017. These ninety-minute events have proven surprisingly effective in terms of bringing writers together from all over the state of North Carolina, from Flat Rock to Fayetteville, Asheville to Kill Devil Hills, and beyond.

Online open mics feel both intimate and new-fangled, but even if you feel a little shy about participating through this technology, don't be. Most of the other readers are probably feeling a bit shy—not to mentioned cooped up—too!

The fifth iteration is always a milestone. Perhaps this one more than most.

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.

 

 
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