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RALEIGH—Do you have an idea that you think would make a terrific movie? Have you read a book recently—or written one—that you think would translate well to the silver screen?

While a successful film script shares certain characteristics with other successful forms of writing, screenwriting is its own beast entirely, one worthy of deep exploration and consideration before you sit down to write that first line of dialogue.

On Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at 7:00 pm, screenwriter, playwright, and documentarian Ellen Shepard will lead the online class "Screenwriting: It's Not Like Writing a Novel."

Registration is now closed.

This course is capped at forty (40) registrants, first-come, first-served. There is a $30 fee to register.

Screenwriting is a lean craft, meaning that everything is very succinct: scenes, dialogue, action, and description. We’ll look at the Academy Award Winning screenplay Manchester by the Sea, written by Kenneth Lonergan, as he builds his plot and characters brick-by-brick (scene by scene).

Patricipants will be asked to read the script and come to class ready to discuss it. Manchester by the Sea can be read for free, here.

Ellen Shepard is a critiquer for the North Carolina Writers' Network, focusing on screenwriting and playwriting. She was Assistant Professor of Film Production at Saint Augustine's University in Raleigh, where she developed their BA degree in Film Production and taught classes in Screenwriting, Playwriting, and Documentary Filmmaking. Shepard is also a produced playwright and screenwriter and a member of the WGA. Ellen is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose last film Sitting at God's Table has had numerous screenings across the South, including the NC Museum of History as part of their Billy Graham Exhibit. It also was an Official Selection at the Indigo Moon Film Festival.

"Screenwriting: It's Not Like Writing a Novel" is the North Carolina Writers' Network's second offering in their 2018-2019 Winter Series of online classes.

"This program is a great way for writers from all over North Carolina to connect without having the hassle of driving somewhere and finding parking," said NCWN communications director Charles Fiore. "Online classes offer top-shelf instruction for a fraction of the cost, and the software itself is very intuitive and easy to use."

The online class "Screenwriting: It's Not Like Writing a Novel" is available to anyone with an internet connection, or who even owns just a telephone. Instructions for accessing the online class on Wednesday, January 16, will be sent to registrants no less than twenty-four hours prior to the start of class.

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 www.ncwriters.org.

 

ASHEVILLE—Bestelling novelist Jill McCorkle, a 2018 inductee of the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame, will serve as the final judge for the 2019 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize.

The deadline is January 30, 2019.

The contest, sponsored by NCWN and administered by the Great Smokies Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, is open to any writer regardless of geographical location or prior publication. Submissions should be unpublished fiction manuscripts of less than 3,000 words.

To submit, click here.

The winner will receive $1,000 and possible publication of their winning entry in The Thomas Wolfe Review.

Jill McCorkle has the distinction of having her first two novels published on the same day in 1984. Since then she has published four other novels and four collections of short stories. Five of her books have been named New York Times notable books, while three of her stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories anthologies. McCorkle has received the New England Booksellers Award, the John Dos Passos Prize for Excellence in Literature, and the North Carolina Award for Literature. She is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers. McCorkle has taught at UNC-Chapel Hill, Tufts, and Brandeis, where she was the Fannie Hurst Visiting Writer. She was a Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in Fiction at Harvard for five years where she also chaired Creative Writing. She currently teaches creative writing in the MFA Program at NC State University and is a core faculty member of the Bennington College Writing Seminars. A native of Lumberton, she lives with her husband, photographer Tom Rankin, in Hillsborough.

The Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize honors beloved North Carolina writer and Asheville native Thomas Wolfe. He was the author of Look Homeward, Angel, considered one of the great coming-of-age novels. His novels and collected short stories go beyond autobiography, trying to, in William Faulkner’s words, “put all the experience of the human heart on the head of a pin.” His intense poetic language and thoughtfully developed symbology, combined with his uncanny ability to enter the minds of his other characters and give them powerful voices, elevate the books from memoir to undeniable literary art.

He was inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Famewith the inaugural class of in 1996.

The full competition guidelines for the 2019 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize are listed below and can be found at www.ncwriters.org.

Postmark deadline: January 30 (annual)
Submissions accepted: December 1 – January 30

The Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize honors internationally celebrated North Carolina novelist Thomas Wolfe. The prize is administered by the Great Smokies Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. The winner receives $1,000 and possible publication in The Thomas Wolfe Review.

Eligibility and Guidelines

  • The competition is open to all writers regardless of geographical location or prior publication.
  • Submit two copies (if submitting by mail) of an unpublished fiction manuscript - short story or self-contained novel excerpt - not to exceed 3,000 words, double-spaced, single-sided pages (1" margins, 12-pt. Times New Roman font).
  • Author's name should not appear on manuscripts. Instead, include a separate cover sheet with name, address, phone number, e-mail address, word count, and manuscript title. (If submitting online, do not include a cover sheet with your document; Submittable will collect and record your name and contact information.)
  • An entry fee must accompany the manuscript: $15 for NCWN members, $25 for nonmembers.
  • The entry fee is per submission. You may submit multiple entries.
  • You may pay the member entry fee if you join the NCWN with your submission. Checks should be made payable to the North Carolina Writers’ Network.
  • Entries will not be returned.
  • The winner is announced each April.
  • Simultaneous submissions ok, but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • To submit online, go to https://ncwriters.submittable.com/submit. Submittable will collect your entry fee via credit card ($15 NCWN members / $25 non-members). (If submitting online, do not include a cover sheet with your document; Submittable will collect and record your name and contact information.)
  • To submit by regular mail:

Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize
Great Smokies Writing Program
UNC Asheville
1 University Heights - CPO 1915
Asheville, NC 28804

Questions? Please contact Tommy Hays at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

 

CHARLOTTE—During an illustrious career spanning fifty-six years, reporter, feature writer, and columnist Rose Post won numerous state and national awards for her writing. Now, the contest that bears her name seeks to honor the best nonfiction writing by writers across North Carolina and beyond.

The Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition is now open. The deadline is January 15, 2019.

This year's contest will be administered by the  MFA in Creative Writing Program at Queens University of Charlotte.

Sponsored by the North Carolina Writers' Network, the Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition is open to any writer who is a legal resident of North Carolina or a member of NCWN. Entries must be no more than 2,000 words.

The winner will receive $1,000 and possible publication of their winning entry in Ecotone.

The final judge is North Carolina native and Queens MFA graduate Madge McKeithen.

Growing up amid the white sand and tall pines of eastern North Carolina, Madge McKeithen headed to the College of William and Mary and then to Washington, DC, to graduate school at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

In 2001, the search for a diagnosis for her older son’s progressive degenerative illness led her to take a leave from full-time high school teaching and subsequently to begin writing seriously.

She studied in the Queens low-residency MFA program in Charlotte from 2003 to 2006, had her first book published in 2006, and that fall began teaching nonfiction writing at The New School in New York where she continues to teach nonfiction writing workshops.

Her first book, Blue Peninsula (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2006), is a collection of essays that tell of her turn to poetry in the wake of her older son’s undiagnosed degenerative neurological illness. Since his death in 2016, she has been working on a collection related to his life.

Madge’s writing has been published in The New York Times Book Review, TriQuarterly, Utne Reader, Lost and Found: Stories from New York (Mr. Bellers Neighborhood Books, 2009), Best American Essays 2011, Lumina 2018, and in other journals, newspapers, and anthologies.

Madge blogs at www.madgemckeithen.com and tweets @MadgeMcKeithen.

The Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition encourages the creation of lasting nonfiction that is outside the realm of conventional journalism and has relevance to North Carolinians. Subjects may include traditional categories such as reviews, travel articles, profiles or interviews, place/history pieces, or culture criticism. The first-, second-, and third-place winners will receive $1,000, $300, and $200 respectively.

Designed to benefit committed writers who want to hone their craft without uprooting their lives, the Queens University of Charlotte MFA Program brings together experienced and emerging writers for intensive residencies and connects students and teachers online through the rest of the year as they work on their writing in the privacy and comfort of their own homes. With courses of study in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and writing for stage and screen, the MFA program offers a community of writers in-residence and online who share the immersive experience over four semesters of intense study and writing.

Queens faculty includes NCWN trustee Julie Funderburk; Pulitzer-nominated poet Morri Creech and fiction writer Jonathan Dee; Myla Goldberg; Judy Goldman; and more.

Learn more about the Queens MFA Program here.

Ecotone’s mission is to publish and promote the best place-based work being written today. Founded at the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2005, the award-winning magazine features writing and art that reimagine place, and our authors interpret this charge expansively. An ecotone is a transition zone between two adjacent ecological communities, containing the characteristic species of each. It is therefore a place of danger or opportunity, a testing ground. The magazine explores the ecotones between landscapes, literary genres, scientific and artistic disciplines, modes of thought.

The full competition guidelines are listed below and can be found at www.ncwriters.org.

 

Eligibility and Guidelines

  • The competition is open to any writer who is a legal resident of North Carolina or a member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network.
  • The postmark deadline is January 15.
  • The entry fee is $10 for NCWN members, $12 for nonmembers.
  • Entries can be submitted in one of two ways:
    1. Send two printed copies through the U.S. Postal Service (see guidelines and address below), along with a check for the appropriate fee, made payable to the North Carolina Writers' Network.
    2. Submit an electronic copy online at http://ncwriters.submittable.com, and pay by VISA or MasterCard.
  • Simultaneous submissions ok, but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • Each entry must be an original and previously unpublished manuscript of no more than 2,000 words, typed in a 12-point standard font (i.e., Times New Roman) and double-spaced.
  • Author's name should not appear on manuscripts. Instead, include a separate cover sheet with name, address, phone number, e-mail address, word count, and manuscript title. (If submitting online, do not include a cover sheet with your document; Submittable will collect and record your name and contact information.)
  • An entry fee must accompany the manuscript. Multiple submissions are accepted, one manuscript per entry fee: $10 for NCWN members, $12 for nonmembers.
  • You may pay the member entry fee if you join NCWN with your submission. Checks should be made payable to the North Carolina Writers’ Network.
  • Entries will not be returned. Winners will be announced in March.
  • If submitting by mail, send submission to:
North Carolina Writers' Network
ATTN: Rose Post
PO Box 21591
Winston-Salem, NC 27120

 

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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