NC Literary Hall of Fame

 

 

Thursday–Sunday
July 22-25
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC

 

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OVERVIEW / VENUE / REGISTRATION / FEES & DEADLINES /

SCHEDULE / COURSE DESCRIPTIONS / FACULTY /

 

Workshops in Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction

Kathryn Kirkpatrick

 Mark Powell

Zackary Vernon

 


Overview

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The 2021 Squire Summer Writing Workshops (SW21) are three intensive workshops with accomplished instructors, a chance to share your work with other dedicated writers, and a unique opportunity to bond with writers from across the state and beyond: masked, socially distanced, safe, but—at long last—in person.

SW21 will begin Thursday afternoon, July 22, with registration and check-in at this year’s venue, Appalachian State 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 25.

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 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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Venue

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This year the Squire Summer Writing Workshops will take place on the campus of Appalachian State University in Boone.

Room rates are included in your registration fees if you select either the On-Campus Room option. All SW21 registrants who stay on-campus will be in single-occupancy dorm-style suites with shared bathrooms in the residential wing of the Living Learning Center.

No SW21 registrants will be allowed to share a room, except with a member of their own household.

For those who wish to participate but not spend their nights on-campus, nearby accommodations are plentiful, and can be found at https://www.exploreboone.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. No more than 36 registrants, 12 per workshop, are accepted for the Squire Summer Writing Workshops.

A $350 deposit is required with registration; the balance is due Wednesday, July 7. (Or you're welcome to pay the entire fee at once; we won't mind.)

Please note: Your deposit applies only to your SW21 registration fee. Membership dues and donations must be paid in full.

You may register online here, by phone at 336.293.8844 or 919.308.3228, or by mail to the address below:

NCWN
Attn: SW21 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 any evening programs and readings.

 

"Tag Alongs"

Out of an abundance of caution, “Tag Along” registrations will not be available for SW21.

 

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Fees & Deadlines

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All SW21 registrations must be received and paid in full by 12:00 p.m. noon, Wednesday, July 7.

Requests for refunds must be made in writing, and must be received by 12:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 6, 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 6.

Fees - 2021 Squire Summer Writing Workshops
$425 – NCWN Member Rate, commuter
$675 – NCWN Member Rate, on-campus room
$525 – NCWN Member Rate, shared on-campus room*
$575 – Nonmember Rate, commuter#
$725 – Nonmember Rate, on-campus room#

If you have any mobility issues or require an ADA-accessible room, please include your requirements on your registration form.

* To register for a shared on-campus room, you must include the name of the household member with whom you will share the room, and that person must register for the Squire Workshops, as well.

# Nonmembers may join for $80 [individual] / $60 [reduced] and be eligible for the member rate.

A $350 deposit is required with registration, with balance due July 7.

 

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 25.

 

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Schedule

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

7:00 – 9:00 pm..........Opening Program: "Jack and Jill Tales"

 

Friday, July 23

7:30 – 9:00 am......... Breakfast

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

Poetry with Kathryn Kirkpatrick
Fiction with Mark Powell**Closed**
Creative Nonfiction with Zackary Vernon

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 Zackary Vernon

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

7:30 – 8:30 pm..........All Stories Connect Conversation

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 24

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  Mark Powell

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..........Picnic (location TBA)

7:30 – 8:00 pm..........Faculty Reading by Kathryn Kirkpatrick

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 25

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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About Looking: Poetry with Kathryn Kirkpatrick
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.

Please submit three poems, along with your current CV in a separate attachment, 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 this workshop.

Roaring Off the Page—Writing First Chapters and First Pages: Fiction with Mark Powell**Closed**
Novels and stories are remarkably different forms but both rely on strong openings that establish both stakes and expectations. In this workshop we will focus on crafting openings of both novels and stories, asking along the way: How do you hook a reader while not giving away too much? How do you quickly establish characters and atmosphere? And what are the key differences between the first pages of a short story versus the first pages of a novel? We will look at a number of published examples ranging from Raymond Carver to Emma Cline as well participant work.

Please submit the first 1,500 sequential words from a single work, along with your current CV in a separate attachment, 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 this workshop.

Writing Place: Creative Nonfiction with Zackary Vernon
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.

Please submit up to 1500 sequential words from a single work, along with your current CV in a separate attachment, 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 this workshop.

 

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Faculty

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Kathryn Kirkpatrick (Poetry)

 

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).

 

 

Mark Powell (Fiction)

 

Mark Powell is the author of seven novels including Small Treasons (2017, Gallery/Simon and Schuster) and Lioness, forthcoming from West Virginia University Press in 2022. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Breadloaf and Sewanee Writers' Conferences, and twice from the Fulbright Foundation to Slovakia and Romania. He directs the Creative Writing program at Appalachian State University.

 

 

 

Zackary Vernon (Creative Nonfiction)

 

Zackary Vernon is an associate professor of English at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. He has published numerous articles in magazines and journals, such as The Bitter Southerner, North Carolina Literary Review, Southern Cultures, and 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.

 

 

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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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