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Thursday–Sunday
July 23–26
East Carolina University
East Fifth Street
Greenville, NC 27858

 

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OVERVIEW / VENUE / REGISTRATION / FEES & DEADLINES /
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS / FACULTY / SCHEDULE

 

Workshops in Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, and Fiction

Jan DeBlieu

Amber Flora Thomas


Luke Whisnant

 


Overview

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The 2015 Squire Summer Writing Residency (SR15) offers intensive workshops with accomplished instructors, group events such as readings and discussions, a chance to share your work with other dedicated writers, and a unique opportunity to bond with writers from across the state and beyond.

SR15 will begin Thursday afternoon, July 23, with registration and check-in at this year’s venue, East Carolina University. After dinner on your own and an opening program that evening, workshop sessions in the genre of your choice—Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, or Poetry—will begin Friday morning and continue until mid-day Sunday, July 26.

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 chance for refreshment and conversation.

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 this residency 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 Residency will take place on the campus of East Carolina University in Greenville, about halfway between the Triangle and the North Carolina coast.

Room rates are included in your registration fees if you select either the Shared Room or Single Room options. All SR15 registrants who stay on-campus will be in the same residence hall.

Free WiFi will be available both in the residence hall and in the classrooms where the workshops will take place. Free parking will be available for registrants staying on campus and for those who commute each day.

 

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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. Only 48 registrants are accepted for the Squire Summer Writing Residency, and each registrant should be ready to handle the intensive instruction and atmosphere of the Residency.

A $300 deposit is required with registration; the balance is due Friday, July 10. (Or you're welcome to pay the entire fee at once; we won't mind.)

You may register online, by phone at 336.293.8844 or 919.308.3228 (between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm, M-F), or by mail to the address below:

NCWN
ATTN: SR15 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 $400 (for NCWN members) or $550 (for nonmembers). This rate includes all group meals from Friday breakfast to Sunday breakfast, attendance at the workshop sessions of your choice, and all evening programs and readings.

 

"Tag Alongs"

If a registrant has a friend or family member who would like to spend the weekend in Greenville, but not participate in a workshop, that person can register at the “Tag Along” rate of $150. This rate includes all group meals, readings, and other programs, but not workshops. Those registering at the “Tag Along” rate must accompany a NCWN member who is registered at the single-room rate.

 

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Fees & Deadlines

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All SR15 registrations must be received and paid in full by 5:00 p.m., Friday, July 10.

Requests for refunds must be made in writing, and must be received by 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 8, 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 July 8.

Fees: 2015 Squire Summer Writing Residency

  • $400 – NCWN Member Rate, commuter
  • $550 – NCWN Member Rate, shared room
  • $650 – NCWN Member Rate, single room
  • $550 – Nonmember Rate, commuter*
  • $650 – Nonmember Rate, shared room*
  • $150 – Tag Along Rate (meals only)#


* Nonmembers may join for $75 (adult) / $55 (student or senior) and be eligible for the member rate.

# Those registering at the “Tag Along” rate must accompany a NCWN member who is registered at the single-room rate.

A $300 deposit is required with registration, with balance due July 10.

 

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 24.

 

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Course Descriptions

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Creative Nonfiction with Jan DeBlieu
Which stories in our lives most demand to be told? What themes connect them? We will study the art of the personal essay, in which scraps of material with no apparent connection can be woven together to form elegant, compelling narratives. We will learn to create what John Gardner called the “fictive dream”: writing that, whether invented or true, draws readers wholly into our worlds.

Please submit up to 1,500 words from a single work, along with your current CV, no later than July 8. Submissions should be saved as an 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.. Accepted registrants will also be asked to circulate their drafts to others in the class prior to the residency.

Each registrant should be ready to handle the intensive instruction and atmosphere of the Residency.

Poetry with Amber Flora Thomas
This workshop will provide space and time for participants to generate new poems, evaluate existing poems, and engage with tool building activities and discussions to inspire revision and more writing. Our time will be divided between the critique of existing poems and the crafting of new poems. The environment in this workshop is one of support and encouragement, welcoming self-expression and development for writers at all levels. Participants will submit three poems in advance of the workshop (see below), all of which should not have been in a workshop elsewhere. Please be prepared to write during and outside workshop sessions, using writing prompts designed to help you “stumble to the door” and find those poems, no matter what.

Please submit three poems, along with your current CV, no later than July 8. 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.. Accepted registrants will also be asked to circulate their drafts to others in the class prior to the residency.

Each registrant should be ready to handle the intensive instruction and atmosphere of the Residency.

Fiction with Luke Whisnant
In fiction we’re always using patterns and shapes, whether deliberately or intuitively. A character tears up her life and hits the road: Journey. An older couple stays home and an angry grandson comes to spend the week: Visitation. A husband and wife are in bed talking, remembering, and watching a movie: Onion. A character dies and everyone in the book goes to the funeral: Gathering. Using these and other shapes from Jerome Stern’s Making Shapely Fiction, plus some not included in the book, this workshop will help you identify, deploy, and exploit some patterns in your fiction. We’ll also learn about character routines, emotional connect/disconnect, the unique event, lingering in your key scenes, and mashing up a model story. And as time permits, we’ll write a few short pieces using prompts.

Please submit up to 1,500 words from a single work, along with your current CV, no later than July 8. Submissions should be saved as an 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.. Accepted registrants will also be asked to circulate their drafts to others in the class prior to the residency.

Each registrant should be ready to handle the intensive instruction and atmosphere of the Residency.

 

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Faculty

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Jan DeBlieu (Creative Nonfiction)

 

Jan DeBlieu is the author of four nonfiction books and has published dozens of articles and essays in national magazines. Her fifth book, in progress, explores how working to benefit others can heal even the most badly broken heart. Until 2009 she concentrated on writing about the natural world and how our attachments to our landscapes—the places through which we move each day—help shape who we are. Her third book, Wind: How the Flow of Air Has Shaped Life, Myth, and the Land, was awarded the John Burroughs Medal for Natural History writing, the highest national honor in the genre. Wind is being re-released this spring with new material. Jan blogs for the Huffington Post and on her website, www.jandeblieu.com.

 

 

Amber Flora Thomas (Poetry)

 

Amber Flora Thomas is the recipient of several major poetry awards, including the Dylan Thomas American Poet Prize, Richard Peterson Prize and Ann Stanford Prize. Her published work includes Eye of Water: Poems (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005), which won the Cave Canem Poetry Prize, and The Rabbits Could Sing: Poems (University of Alaska Press, 2012). Most recently, her poetry has appeared in Zyzzyva, Callaloo, Orion Magazine, Alaska Quarterly Review, Saranac Review, and Crab Orchard Review, as well as Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry, and numerous other journals and anthologies. She received her MFA from Washington University in St. Louis in 1998. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at East Carolina University. She was born and raised in northern California.

 

 

 

Luke Whisnant (Fiction)

 

Luke Whisnant is the author of the story collection Down in the Flood, the poetry chapbooks Street and Above Floodstage, and the novel Watching TV with the Red Chinese, which was made into an independent film in 2011. His work has appeared in Esquire, Arts & Letters, American Short Fiction, Flash: The International Magazine of the Short-Short Story, and many others, and has been reprinted three times in New Stories from the South: The Year's Best. He edits the journal Tar River Poetry, and is Professor of English at East Carolina University, where he has twice won his department's Excellence in Teaching award.

 

 

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Schedule

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Thursday, July 23

3:00 – 6:00 pm..........Registration and Check-In

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

 

Friday, July 24

8:00 – 9:00 am......... Breakfast

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

Creative Nonfiction with Jan DeBlieu
Poetry with Amber Flora Thomas
Fiction with Luke Whisnant

10:30 – 11:00 am..........Break

11:00 am – 12:30 pm..........Workshop Session II

12:30 – 1:30 pm..........Lunch

1:30 – 2:00 pm..........Free Time

2:00 – 3:30 pm..........Workshop Session III

3:30 – 4:00 pm..........Break

4:00 – 5:30 pm..........Workshop Session IV

5:30 – 6:30 pm..........Free Time

6:30 – 7:30 pm..........Dinner

7:30 – 8:00 pm..........Faculty Reading by Jan DeBlieu

8:00 – 9:00 pm..........Table Talk

9:00–10:00 pm..........Open Mic Night, Part I

 

Saturday, July 25

8:00 – 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 Amber Flora Thomas

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 – 8:00 pm..........Dinner

8:00 – 8:30 pm..........Faculty Reading by Luke Whisnant

8:30 – 10:00 pm..........Open Mic Night, Part II

 

Sunday, July 26

8:00 – 9:00 am..........Breakfast

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

10:30 – 11:00 am..........Break

11:00 am – 12:30 pm..........Workshop Session X

12:30 – 1:00 pm..........Closing Conversation

 

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Support for this residency 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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