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CHARLOTTE—Registration is now open for the North Carolina Writers' Network's online class "The Tao of Self-Doubt: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Writers" led by Malcolm Campbell.

The class will take place on Thursday, February 16, at 7:00 pm, online. This course is capped at forty (40) registrants, first-come, first-served. There is a $25 fee to register.

Register here.

Writing is a difficult, lonely endeavor—one marked by occasional vacillation between self-doubt (“I’m a hack”) and grandiosity (“I’m the greatest writer ever”). Yet, self-doubt and heightened self-esteem are healthy, useful emotions for the writer, when they exist within certain limits. How can we put these and other emotions to use in our apprenticeship as writers? What are some effective means of preparing ourselves for the emotional realms of writing? Of working with editors and in writing groups? And of dealing with the time we spend alone, in reflection, both when we’re writing and when we’re not? Malcolm will present ten lessons—culled from Taoist, Buddhist, Christian, and Judaic teachings (plus from snippets of existential philosophy)—for how to work through the emotional demands on creative individuals. We’ll laugh, we’ll cry, we’ll sing Kumbaya.

Malcolm Campbell is the author of two adventure travel guidebooks, editor of professional golf instructor Dana Rader’s golf instructional book, Rock Solid Golf, and founder of the independent publishing house, Walkabout Press. In Malcolm’s twenty years as a commercial writer, he’s written everything from power-tool-accessory catalogs to television commercials to cover/feature stories for national magazines. Malcolm is the 2008 recipient of the Doris Betts Fiction Prize, a member of the NCWN Board of Trustees, and teaches in the University of North Carolina at Charlotte's Writing Program.

"The Tao of Self-Doubt: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Writers" is the North Carolina Writers' Network's third offering in their 2016-2017 Winter Series. The final class will be held in March.

"This new program initiative allows us to further our mission to connect and serve all the writers of North Carolina," said NCWN communications director Charles Fiore. "We view these online courses as a supplement to our current programs, and we remain committed to continuing to offer ample opportunities for all of us to get together face-to-face and in-person as well."

The online class "The Tao of Self-Doubt: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Writers" is available to anyone with an internet connection. Instructions for accessing the online class on Thursday, February 16, will be sent to registrants no less than twenty-four hours prior to the start of class.

Register here.

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


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