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Thursday–Sunday
July 18–21
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC

 

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OVERVIEW / VENUE / REGISTRATION / FEES & DEADLINES /

SCHEDULE / COURSE DESCRIPTIONS / FACULTY /

 

Workshops in Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, and Poetry

Alex Albright

Emily Colin

Lenard D. Moore

 


Overview

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The 2019 Squire Summer Writing Workshops (SW19) are three intensive workshops with accomplished instructors, plus group events such as readings and discussions, a chance to share your work with other dedicated writers, and a unique opportunity to bond with writers from across the state and beyond.

SW19 will begin Thursday afternoon, July 18, with registration and check-in at this year’s venue, East Carolina University. After an opening program that evening, workshop sessions in the genre of your choice—Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, or Poetry—will begin Friday morning and continue until mid-day Sunday, July 21.

Those 15 hours of workshop time will create a community on common ground, a safe place to refine and polish your work, and maybe the opportunity and inspiration to try something new. Morning and afternoon breaks between workshop sessions give writers a leisurely writing period.

The seven group meals will be followed by panel discussions, readings by instructors and residents, and other special programs, allowing participants rare insight into the craft and business of writing.

Support for this residency is provided by the NC Arts Council, the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, and the family of Chick and Elizabeth Daniels Squire.

 

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Venue

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This year the Squire Summer Writing Workshops will take place on the campus of East Carolina University in Greenville.

Room rates are included in your registration fees if you select either the Shared Room or Single Room options. All SW19 registrants who stay on-campus will be in dorm-style suites with shared bathrooms in Gateway Residence Hall.

For those who wish to participate but not spend their nights on-campus, nearby accommodations are plentiful, and can be found at https://visitgreenvillenc.com.

 

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Registration

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We recommend that you register early, particularly if you want to stay on-campus. Workshops are small, and they fill fast. Only 16 registrants are accepted into each of the three Squire Summer Writing Workshops.

A $350 deposit is required with registration; the balance is due Wednesday, July 3. (Or you're welcome to pay the entire fee at once; we won't mind.)

You may register online here, by phone at 336-293-8844 or 919-308-3228, or by mail to the address below:

NCWN
ATTN: SW19 Registration
P.O. Box 21591
Winston-Salem, NC 27120

Your workshop manuscript must be sent the same day as your registration and deposit (please see Course Descriptions for manuscript requirements). Your registration cannot be processed until we receive and review your workshop manuscript.

 

Commuters

Registrants who wish to commute daily from home or a hotel may register at the commuter rate of $425 (for NCWN members) or $575 (for nonmembers). This rate includes all group meals from Friday breakfast to Sunday breakfast, attendance at the workshop sessions of your choice, and all evening programs and readings.

 

"Tag Alongs"

If a registrant has a friend or family member who would like to spend the weekend in Greenville, but not participate in a workshop, that person can register at the “Tag Along” rate of $175. This rate includes all group meals, readings, and other programs, but not workshops. Those registering at the “Tag Along” rate must accompany a NCWN member who is registered at the single-room rate.

 

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Fees & Deadlines

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All SW19 registrations must be received and paid in full by 12:00 p.m. noon, Wednesday, July 3.

Requests for refunds must be made in writing, and must be received by 12:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 2, in order to be refunded up to 50% of the total registration fee. No refunds will be given for no-shows or requests made after July 2.

Fees: 2019 Squire Summer Writing Workshops

  • $425 – NCWN Member Rate, commuter
  • $575 – NCWN Member Rate, shared room
  • $675 – NCWN Member Rate, single room
  • $575 – Nonmember Rate, commuter*
  • $675 – Nonmember Rate, shared room*
  • $175 – Tag Along Rate (meals only)#


* Nonmembers may join for $80 (adult) / $60 (writers over 65; writers under 30; persons with disabilities) and be eligible for the member rate.

# Those registering at the “Tag Along” rate must accompany a NCWN member who is registered at the single-room rate.

A $350 deposit is required with registration, with balance due July 3.

 

Scholarships

A limited amount of scholarship aid will be available for deserving writers. To apply for a scholarship, please send your current CV and a brief “statement of writing intent,” describing your habits and goals as a writer, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than June 26.

 

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Schedule

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Thursday, July 18

3:00 – 6:00 pm..........Registration and Check-In (dinner on your own)

7:00 – 9:00 pm..........Opening Program: "Blackbeard's Cup"

 

Friday, July 19

7:30 – 9:00 am......... Breakfast

9:00 – 10:30 am.........Workshop Session I

Creative Nonfiction with Alex Albright
Fiction with Emily Colin
Poetry with Lenard D. Moore

10:30 – 11:00 am..........Break

11:00 am – 12:30 pm..........Workshop Session II

12:30 – 1:30 pm..........Lunch

1:00 – 1:30 pm..........Open Mic Training (optional)

1:30 – 2:00 pm..........Faculty Reading by Lenard D. Moore

2:00 – 3:30 pm..........Workshop Session III

3:30 – 4:00 pm..........Break

4:00 – 5:30 pm..........Workshop Session IV

5:30 – 6:00 pm..........Free Time

6:00 – 7:00 pm..........Dinner

7:00 – 8:00 pm..........All Stories Connect Panel Discussion: "Writing Rural"

8:00–9:00 pm..........Open Mic Night, Part I
Sign up for the Open Mic readings at the registration table, first come, first served.

 

Saturday, July 20

7:30 – 9:00 am..........Breakfast

9:00 – 10:30 am..........Workshop Session V

10:30 – 11:00 am..........Break

11:00 am – 12:30 pm..........Workshop Session VI

12:30 – 1:30 pm..........Lunch

1:30 – 2:00 pm..........Faculty Reading by Emily Colin

2:00 – 3:30 pm..........Workshop Session VII

3:30 – 4:00 pm..........Break

4:00 – 5:30 pm..........Workshop Session VIII

5:30 – 6:30 pm..........Free Time

6:30 – 7:30 pm..........Dinner (location TBA)

7:30 – 8:00 pm..........Faculty Reading by Alex Albright

8:00 – 9:00 pm..........Open Mic Night, Part II
Sign up for the Open Mic readings at the registration table, first come, first served.

 

Sunday, July 21

7:30 – 9:00 am..........Breakfast

9:00 – 10:30 am..........Workshop Session IX

10:30 – 11:15 am..........Break (and packing)

11:00 am – 12:45 pm..........Workshop Session X

12:45 – 1:00 pm..........Closing Conversation

 

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Course Descriptions

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Dramatic Plot Not Required: Creative Nonfiction with Alex Albright
Good creative nonfiction is an immersion into another world. It needn’t be plot driven: it’s always more than a record of what happened, and much more than simply writing from an "I" point-of-view. Its definition, in fact, sometimes seems fluid and subjective. This session will begin with a brief historical overview of how the newest literary genre came to be before, and of how it’s variously defined. Writers will soon settle on personal goals of CNF that match their interests in writing nonfiction prose: memoir? travel, history, review or opinion piece? biography? Primary emphasis is on how writers at any stage in their career can employ the techniques usually common to writing fiction--setting, dialog, and character development especially--to better authenticate their creative nonfiction work, with a special emphasis on developing settings and a narrator’s identity appropriate to both your story and the time and place in which it occurs. Participants should bring to class introductory paragraphs for two or three of their favorite nonfiction pieces by other writers.

Please submit up to 1500 sequential words from a single work (an opening, please, of your work or idea), along with your current CV, on the same day you register for the Squire Summer Writing Workshops. If you do not have a sample opening for your non-fiction piece, please submit the idea and an outline. Submissions should be saved in a single MS Word document, using double-spaced, 12-point, Times New Roman font, with numbered pages, and sent as an attachment to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The title and your name should appear on the submission. The sample or outline you submit will be the work discussed in class, and accepted registrants will be asked to circulate their drafts to others in the class prior to the conference.

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

Writing Fiction that Resonates with Your Readers: Fiction with Emily Colin
The core of this workshop, to which we will return again and again, will be your own work. We will explore the crucial elements that make readers want to keep turning pages, including stellar character development, a tightly-knit plot, and vivid descriptions that give insights into your characters and storyline. We’ll discuss what makes readers care about characters, how to include details that drive the story rather than bogging it down, and what to do when writer’s block strikes. Through the lens of your own writing as well as that of others, we will pay attention to what makes certain authors so good at what they do . . . and then sharpen your prose to reflect these discoveries. We’ll try our hand at new, short fiction in response to what we’ve discussed over the course of the workshop, then cap off the weekend with a conversation about the business of publishing, and how to find your niche in an ever-evolving industry.

Please submit up to 1,500 sequential words from a single work, along with your current CV, on the same day you register for the Squire Summer Writing Workshops. Submissions should be saved in a single MS Word document, using double-spaced, 12-point, Times New Roman font, with numbered pages, and sent as an attachment to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The title and your name should appear on the submission. The sample you submit will be the work discussed in class, and accepted registrants will be asked to circulate their drafts to others in the class prior to the conference.

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

Form & Texture: Poetry with Lenard D. Moore
In this workshop, participants will write new poems in poetic forms, particularly ghazal, kwansaba, sestina, and jazz poetry. We will read and discuss poets who write in these forms. We will encourage one another to take risks in his or her poetry. We will focus on various literary elements, such as imagery, simile, metaphor, and rhythm. The workshop will emphasize creating texture in poetry. At least one of the participants’ poems will be workshopped in class.

Please submit three poems, along with your current CV, on the same day you register for the Squire Summer Writing Workshops. Poems should be saved in a single MS Word document, using single-spaced, 12-point, Times New Roman font, and sent as an attachment to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Your name and the title of each poem should appear on the submission. The sample you submit will be the work discussed in class, and accepted registrants will be asked to circulate their drafts to others in the class prior to the conference.

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

 

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Faculty

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Alex Albright (Creative Nonfiction)

 

Alex Albright developed one of the first creative nonfiction curriculums in the U.S. while teaching at East Carolina University, where he also founded the North Carolina Literary Review. A Graham native, he earned degrees in English and journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MFA from UNC Greensboro, where he studied with Fred Chappell. His book The Forgotten First: B-1 and the Integration of the Modern Navy was a 2014 Montaigne Medal finalist. In 2015, the NCLR established the Alex Albright Award for Creative Nonfiction. His recent publicatons include “Langston Hughes in Reno” in Nevada Magazine; “Carolina Bluegrass Band: Getting Good Grades from Russell Johnson” in Bluegrass Unlimited; “On Bohemian Bluegrass, Beer, Some Barbecue and a Few Weeks in Prague” in storySouth; and “Mose McQuitty’s Band and Minstrel Days, 1899-1937” in Bandwagon, which won the 2017 Stuart Thayer Prize for Best Publication on Circus History. He lives in Fountain and with his wife, Elizabeth, operates Fountain General Store; they were co-recipients of the 2012 Brown-Hudson Award from the NC Folklore Society.

 

 

Emily Colin (Fiction)

 

Emily Colin is The New York Times bestselling author of The Memory Thief, selected as a Target Emerging Authors Pick, and The Dream Keeper’s Daughter (Ballantine Books), which Publisher's Weekly called "a splendid mix of romantic yearning, time travel, and moving on after grief." She is also the editor of the young adult anthology Wicked South and the author of the upcoming Seven SinsYA trilogy, both from Goldenjay Books. A former independent bookseller, Emily has served as an editor for both magazines and small presses. She was the co-founder of Carolina Women's Partnership, an imprint of Coastal Carolina Press through which she published two books featuring women leaders throughout North Carolina. Emily is a recipient of the 2018 GFWC-NC Lucy Bramlett Patterson Award for Excellence in Creative Writing and the 2017 North Carolina Sorosis Award for Excellence in Creative Writing. A fervent believer in paying it forward, Emily served as a 2017 Pitch Wars Writing Mentor and is a 2019 TeenPit Mentor. Her diverse life experience includes organizing a Coney Island tattoo and piercing show, hauling fish at the Dolphin Research Center in the Florida Keys, and roaming New York City as an itinerant teenage violinist. When she’s not writing, you can find her reading anything with a good love story; traveling; drinking too much coffee; and hanging out with her son, whose hair changes color as regularly as his moods.

 

 

 

Lenard D. Moore (Poetry)

 

Lenard D. Moore a North Carolina native and U.S. Army Veteran, is the Founder and Executive Director of the Carolina African American Writers’ Collective and Co-founder of the Washington Street Writers Group. Moore’s poems, short stories, essays and reviews have appeared in over 400 publications, including Callaloo, Obsidian, Prairie Schooner, Southern Cultures, and North American Review, as well as in more than 100 anthologies. He is the author of The Open Eye (NC Haiku Society Press, 1985), Forever Home (St. Andrews College Press, 1992), Desert Storm: A Brief History (Los Hombres Press, 1993), A Temple Looming (WordTech Editions, 2008) and The Open Eye, Limited 30TH Anniversary Edition (Mountains & Rivers Press, 2015). He currently teaches Advanced Poetry Writing and African American Literature at the University of Mount Olive, where he directs the literary festival.

 

 

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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.

 

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