See the State by Not Going to Places that Aren't Really There: Take the North Carolina Quarantine Literary Tour
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NOWHERE, NC—For a little while longer, we need to stay home, and not travel across this beautiful state.
So since we’re not supposed to go anywhere, why not go places that aren’t really there?
The North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame, the NC Literary Map, and the NC Literary Review are launching the online NC Quarantine Literary Tour: a mountains-to-sea virtual journey to fictional places created by some of the state’s most accomplished authors.
To celebrate, they will host an online event 7:00 pm, Thursday, February 18. The event is free to join. Registration is closed.
The Quarantine Tour features nine places created by NCLHOF inductees in and for fictional works:
- Wellington, from The Marrow of Tradition by Charles W. Chesnutt
- Fulton, from Life After Life and other works by Jill McCorkle
- Tims Creek, from A Visitation of Spirits and other works by Randall Kenan
- Falls, from Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All and other works by Allan Gurganus
- Colleton County, from the Deborah Knott mystery series by Margaret Maron
- Listre, from Raney and other works by Clyde Edgerton
- Stone County, from Tall Houses in Winter and other works by Doris Betts
- Altamont, from Look Homeward, Angel and other works by Thomas Wolfe
- Thicketty Creek, from The Tall Woman by Wilma Dykeman
During the February 18 event, the Quarantine Tour will “stop” at each site through an excerpt by the place’s creator, describing their fictional setting.
A cross-section of North Carolina authors will read these excerpts. In addition to McCorkle and Edgerton reading their own work, the tour will be led by 2020 NCLHOF inductees Bland Simpson and Carole Boston Weatherford reading excerpts by Betts and Chesnutt; Appalachian authors Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle and Leah Hampton reading Wolfe and Dykeman; Eastern NC authors Cindy Brookshire and Jason Mott reading Maron and Kenan; and NCWN executive director Ed Southern reading Gurganus.
To take the NC Literary Quarantine Tour, visit http://library.uncg.edu/dp/nclitmap/tours/details/NCLHOF.
Registration for the February 18 event is closed.
Opened in 1996 at the Weymouth Center in Southern Pines, the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame celebrates and promotes the state’s rich literary heritage by commemorating its leading authors and encouraging the continued flourishing of great literature. It is more than a museum housing photographs and archives. Overseen by the North Carolina Writers’ Network, the NCLHOF honors North Carolina writers through programs, services, and opportunities for children and adults.
Created by the University Libraries at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the mission of the North Carolina Literary Map is to highlight the literary heritage of the state by connecting the lives and creative work of authors to real (and imaginary) geographic locations. Through the development of a searchable and browseable data-driven online map, users are able to access a database, learning tools, and cultural resources, to deepen their understanding of specific authors as well as the cultural space that shaped these literary works.
The North Carolina Literary Review (NCLR) is produced at East Carolina University and published and distributed by the University of North Carolina Press. NCLR publishes poetry, fiction, and nonfiction by and interviews with North Carolina writers and articles and essays about North Carolina writers and the rich literary history and culture of the Old North State. The print issue is published annually in the summer. It is available via subscription and in independent bookstores across the state. Since 2012, a separate, open access online issue is released in the winter.
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GREENSBORO—Let’s try this again, shall we?
And we do mean “try.” After 12 months like no other, the North Carolina Writers’ Network will hold a Spring Conference like no other, April 22—24.
Registration for the North Carolina Writers' Network 2021 Spring Conference is open.
The Spring Conference Master Classes will take place online, on the evenings of April 22 and 23.
The bulk of the conference will take place on Saturday, April 24, online. The day will include traditional Spring Conference features such as two class sessions, faculty readings, optional open-mic readings, and an online picnic lunch.
Much will be different, though. The biggest difference will be the registration fee. In lieu of set fees, those who register for the 2021 Spring Conference will pay what they can. Each registration option—Master Classes, Lunch with an Author, and the Spring Conference itself—will include a suggested fee, but registrants only have to pay whatever amount makes them comfortable. Amounts above the suggested fee will be considered tax-deductible donations.
“We know this has been a tough year for many people,” Southern said. “We hope this will make the Spring Conference accessible to all writers who want to take part. At the same time, we know how much our members value our programs, and we trust those who can to recognize that value.”
The Spring Conference Master Classes will be led by Eric G. Wilson (creative nonfiction), Valerie Nieman (fiction), and Emilia Phillips (poetry).
Saturday’s offerings will include a Poetry track with classes led by Ashley Lumpkin and Joseph Mills; a Creative Nonfiction track with “Writing Trauma,” led by James Tate Hill; and a Fiction track with Zelda Lockhart. Both the Fiction and Creative Nonfiction tracks will be rounded out by “Authors as Entrepreneurs,” led by Terry L. Kennedy and Ross White.
“We all want to see each other again, face-to-face instead of screen-to-screen,” Southern said. “But we have to remain responsible, and cautious.”
For full details and to register, visit www.ncwriters.org.