NC Literary Hall of Fame

 

 

Thursday–Sunday
July 14-17
Davidson College
Davidson, NC

 

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OVERVIEW / VENUE / REGISTRATION / FEES & DEADLINES /

SCHEDULE / COURSE DESCRIPTIONS / FACULTY /

 

PLEASE NOTE: All registrants and faculty must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 to attend the 2022 Squire Summer Writing Workshops. We will follow or exceed all state and federal safety protocols in place at the time of the conference.

 

Workshops in Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, and Fiction

Jack Jung

Cynthia Lewis

Alan Michael Parker

 


Overview

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The 2022 Squire Summer Writing Workshops (SW22) 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.

SW22 will begin Thursday afternoon, July 14, with registration and check-in at this year’s venue, Davidson College. 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 17.

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 Davidson College in Davidson.

Room rates are included in your registration fees if you select the On-Campus Room option. All SW22 registrants who stay on-campus will be in single-occupancy dorm-style suites with shared bathrooms in Davidson student housing.

No SW22 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. The college lists recommended accommodations at https://www.davidson.edu/about/campus-and-surroundings/accommodations.

 

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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 Thursday, June 30. (Or you're welcome to pay the entire fee at once; we won't mind.)

Please note: Your deposit applies only to your SW22 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: SW22 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 SW22.

 

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Fees & Deadlines

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All SW22 registrations must be received and paid in full by 12:00 p.m. noon, Thursday, June 30.

Requests for refunds must be made in writing, and must be received by 12:00 p.m., Thursday, June 30, 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 June 30.

Fees - 2022 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 June 30.

 

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 17.

 

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Schedule

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Thursday, July 14

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

7:00 – 9:00 pm..........Opening Program: "TBD"

 

Friday, July 15

7:30 – 9:00 am......... Breakfast

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

Poetry with Jack Jung
Creative Nonfiction with Cynthia Lewis
Fiction with Alan Michael Parker

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 Jack Jung

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

8:30–9:30 pm..........Open Mic Night, Part I
Sign up for the Open Mic readings at the registration table, first come, first served.

 

Saturday, July 16

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 Cynthia Lewis

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..........Summer Picnic (location TBA)

7:30 – 8:00 pm..........Faculty Reading by Alan Michael Parker

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 17

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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Poetry as Starship with Jack Jung
Imagine that a starship is about to launch, and we really want you to come hop around the galaxy with us. We can do it together. This class concerns itself with the ways in which language is a means of construction and communication. They are our planets and stars. Language builds and allows for communication in complex ways. Poetic language is, among many things, heightened use of language as such. It is like going beyond the light speed. We might even leap into the multiverse. In this course, we will workshop at least one of your submitted poems in class, in addition to generating new material.

Please submit three poems, in a total of no more than three pages, 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.

Storytelling through Scene-writing in Creative Nonfiction with Cynthia Lewis
This workshop will focus on scene-writing as the foundation of storytelling. Each participant will submit up to 1500 words of creative nonfiction that include two scenes, the second of which builds on the first by advancing the narrative. The submission can be an excerpt from a longer nonfiction narrative, the opening of a projected nonfiction essay, or a self-contained nonfiction story. Each submission should include at least two people, dialogue, and efficient descriptions of the people and of the physical setting. The heart of the workshop will be participants’ responses to one another’s submissions. Each participant’s submission will be discussed twice, and everyone will have the opportunity to revise between sessions. I’ll send out a detailed schedule of the entire workshop in advance.

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.

“How many sentences does it take to cross a room?”: Narrating in Fiction with Alan Michael Parker
In this fiction workshop, we’ll be exploring the ideas of pace, narrative time, POV, room sound, and detail—and how to choose the right amount of language to narrate different kinds of scenes. With numerous examples from published works, and diverse approaches to consider, this class is designed for both writers of short and long-form fiction. But not only will the class be substantive, it will also be fun. I mean, really, really fun: we’ll learn a lot together, play, and spend significant time looking at your work in critique sessions.

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.

 

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Faculty

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Jack Jung (Poetry)

 

Jack Jung is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he was Truman Capote Fellow. He is a co-translator of Yi Sang: Selected Works (Wave Books 2020), the winner of 2021 MLA Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for a Translation of Literary Work. His poems and translations have been published in Poetry Magazine, The Paris Review, Poetry Northwest, and others. He teaches at Davidson College.

 

Cynthia Lewis (Creative Nonfiction)

 

Cynthia Lewis is Charles A. Dana Professor of English at Davidson College, where she has been teaching Shakespeare, Renaissance literature, and creative nonfiction since 1980. She has published numerous articles and two books on Shakespeare and his contemporaries.The latest book is “The game’s afoot”: A Sports Lover’s Introduction to Shakespeare. Her creative nonfiction ranges in focus from American culture to personal essays and has been published in such venues as The Hudson Review, New Letters, The Antioch Review, Southern Cultures, The Massachusetts Review, and Charlotte Magazine. Four of her essays have been cited as a “Notable Essay” in the Best American Essays series between 2006 and 2016. In addition to winning the Thomas Carter Essay Prize in 2016 from Shenandoah and the Meringoff Prize for nonfiction from the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers in 2017, she has received three teaching awards, one of them national.

 

Alaln Michael Parker (Fiction)

 

Alan Michael Parker is a cartoonist, novelist, and poet; he has written four novels, including Christmas in July (Dzanc Books, 2018), and nine collections of poems. Awards for his writing include three Pushcart Prizes, two selections in Best American Poetry, the North Carolina Book Award, the Brockman-Campbell Award, the Medwick Award from the Poetry Society of America, the Fineline Prize, and the Randall Jarrell Poetry Prize (in 2013, 2014, and 2019). New cartoons, poems, and stories of his may be found in Fiction Kitchen (Berlin), Lunate (UK), and The Virginia Quarterly Review, and weekly in Identity Theory; in 2021, he judged the National Book Award in fiction. Houchens Professor of English at Davidson College, he can be found at www.ampydoocartoons.com and www.alanmichaelparker.com.

 

 

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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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