The Network sponsors three conferences each year—a Spring Conference in April, a Writing Residency in July, and a Fall Conference in late October or November. These conferences bring together hundreds of writers for workshops, readings, networking, and lively discussion.
November 21-23, Charlotte
The Fall Conference attracts 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. Conference faculty include professional writers from North Carolina and beyond. Held every year in a major hotel, the conference rotates annually.
July 10-13, Raleigh
The Squire Summer Writing Residency offers an intensive course in a chosen genre (fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry), with ten hour-and-a-half sessions over the four days of the program. Registrants work in-depth on their own manuscript samples, as well as their colleagues’, while also studying the principles of the genre with their instructor. Other features include faculty readings, panel discussions, and open mic sessions for residents.
April 12, Greensboro
A full day of workshops on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Small classes, top writing faculty, and intensive workshops in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, writing from experience, writing about war, and the art of the pitch. Other features include faculty readings, on-site "lunch with an author," publisher exhibits, and an open mic for conference participants.