Registration is now open for the North Carolina Writers’ Network 2014 Fall Conference scheduled in Charlotte Friday, Nov. 21 to Sunday, Nov. 23.
The North Carolina Writers’ Network (NCWN) is the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to writers at all stages of development. The Fall Conference brings together hundreds of writers from around the country and provides a weekend full of activities that include lunch and dinner banquets with readings, keynotes, tracks in several genres, open mic sessions, and the opportunity for one-on-one manuscript critiques with editors or agents.
The conference faculty includes professional writers from North Carolina and beyond. Among this year’s speakers are Allan Gurganus, author of the New York Times bestselling Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All and, most recently,
Local Souls. He will give the Keynote Address. Born in Rocky Mount, Gurganus is a Guggenheim Fellow, a PEN-Faulkner finalist, and the recipient of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.
The Master Class in Poetry will be led by Morri Creech. His third collection of poems, The Sleep of Reason, is a 2014 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Poetry. He is the Writer-in-Residence at Queens University of Charlotte, where he teaches courses in both the undergraduate creative writing program and in the low residency M.F.A. program.
Aaron Gwyn will lead the Master Class in Fiction. Gwyn, an associate professor of English at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, is the author of a story collection and two novels, including most recently Wynne’s War.
Cynthia Lewis will lead the Master Class in Creative Nonfiction. She has taught at Davidson College since 1980 and is the Charles A. Dana Professor of English. Her creative nonfiction includes both reportage on American culture and personal narrative, and she has published essays on such diverse topics as serial bomber Eric Rudolph, premeditated spousal murder, American women bodybuilders, women’s love of shoes, and kissing.
From Saturday’s Brilliant at Breakfast panel discussion titled “Words in Civic Life” to Sunday’s panel discussion Creating a Poetry Community, the 2014 Fall Conference offers ample opportunities for writers of all levels of skill and experience to build their own communities and support networks and have fun.
The inimitable Wilton Barnhardt, author of the novel Lookaway, Lookaway, will speak during the Annual Banquet on Saturday night and lead a fiction workshop.
Other fiction workshops will be led by Chantel Acevedo, Sarah Creech, Moira Crone, and A.J. Hartley, who will focus on Y.A. fiction.
Joseph Bathanti, North Carolina’s former Poet Laureate, will read during the luncheon on Saturday. He fronts a stellar lineup of faculty poets including Julie Funderburk, Cedric Tillman, and Alan Michael Parker whose poetry collection, Long Division, won the 2012 North Carolina Book Award.
Registrants looking to learn more about how the publishing industry works can look forward to the The Art of the Pitch, led by Carin Siegfried and Betsy Thorpe.
Priscilla Goudreau-Santos will lead a Business of Writing Workshop, while Kim Boykin, John Hartness, and Karon Luddy will sit on a panel titled The Many Paths to Publication.
The smorgasbord of class offerings doesn’t stop there: Amy Rogers will teach Food Writing, Rebecca McClannahan will lead the all-genre Making Their Stories Your Own, and Scott Owens and Jonathan K. Rice, both hosts of long-running monthly open mic events, will discuss How to Build a Poetry Community.
As always, the Manuscript Mart, Marketing Mart, and Critique Service are available to those who pre-register. The NCWN will also offer the Mary Belle Campbell Scholarship, which sends two poets who teach full-time to the Fall Conference.
Fall Conference sponsors include Charlotte’s Arts & Science Council, Charlotte Magazine, John F. Blair, Publisher, Alice Osborn, Al Manning, and the North Carolina Arts Council.
Registration details are available on the conference webpage.
For additional information about NCWN visit www.ncwriters.org.