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ASHEVILLE—The North Carolina Writers' Network 2015 Fall Conference will be held November 20-22 at the Doubletree by Hilton Asheville-Biltmore.
Betsy Teter, founder and Executive Director of Hub City Press, will serve as a reviewer for the Manuscript Mart, where registrants have the opportunity to pitch their manuscripts and get feedback from an editor or agent with a leading publisher or literary agency. Betsy will also sit on the Brilliant at Breakfast: "Agents & Editors" panel on Sunday morning.
We selected a passage from Thomas Wolfe's Look Homeward Angel (one of Asheville's most famous texts) and removed a few words. Then we prompted Betsy to fill in the resulting blanks, for what we're calling "Word Plugs: The Thomas Wolfe Edition." Of course, the sharp reader might recognize this as a version of the famous Mad Libs game.
Below is Betsy Teter's contribution to "Word Plugs: The Thomas Wolfe Edition". To read the original passage, click here:
"Where is the day that watered into one rich person's use of the term "centered around"? Where the music of your elbow, the strum of your teeth, the dainty languor of your poncho, your frothy firm brain, your slender fingers, to be ironed like wild raspberries, and the little cherry groundhog of your white knuckle? And where are all the tiny hand vacuums of finespun maidenhair? Quick are the sink holes of earth, and quick the teeth that fed upon this Buick. You who were made for neurology, will twist electricity no more: in your dark Nana's House the hard freeze is silent. Ghost, ghost, come back from that twisted ankle that we did not foresee, return not into the Land of the Cyclopes, but into Up John's Creek, where we have never sliced, into the enchanted wood, where we collected rocks, strewn on the boat garage. Come up into the hills, O my young Mao Tse Tung: return. O lost, and by the wind-grieved Addie Bundren, come back again."
At the NCWN 2015 Fall Conference, Betsy will will serve as a reviewer for the Manuscript Mart, and sit on the Brilliant at Breakfast: "Agents & Editors" panel on Sunday morning. The panel is sponsored by Robert Beatty: Disney-Hyperion author of Serafina and the Black Cloak.
Manuscript Mart provides writers with the opportunity to pitch their manuscripts and get feedback from an editor or agent with a leading publisher or literary agency. A one-on-one, thirty-minute pitch and Q&A session will be scheduled for you, to take place on Saturday, November 21, sometime between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm, or on Sunday, November 22, between 9:00 am and 12:30 pm.
Please note, a Manuscript Mart session can lead directly to publication—but don't expect it to do so. Think of it, instead, as a learning opportunity, and you'll get more out of it.
Manuscript Mart sessions are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. YOUR MANUSCRIPT MART REGISTRATION, WITH MANUSCRIPT AND PAYMENT ENCLOSED, MUST REACH THE NETWORK BY FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6.
Betsy Teter is a founder and executive director of the Hub City Writers Project of Spartanburg, SC, which serves readers and writers through its independent small press, community bookshop, and diverse literary programming. Since 1995, Hub City Press has published more than seventy titles by Southern writers and sold more than 120,000 books. Hub City also operates the city’s independent bookstore, Hub City Bookshop, which hosts dozens of readings, workshops and other events each year. The organization also runs The Writers House residency program and hosts the Writing in Place summer writers’ conference. Betsy holds a BA in History from Wake Forest University. Prior to helping found the Writers Project, she was a journalist for fifteen years and served as business editor and columnist for the Spartanburg Herald-Journal. She is married to author John Lane, an English and Environmental Studies Professor at Wofford College. They have two sons, Rob and Russell.
Registration for the North Carolina Writers' Network 2015 Fall Conference is now open.
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ASHEVILLE—On Friday, November 20, from 12:00-1:30 pm, Asheville's Dale Neal, author of The Half-Life of Home, will lead the Pre-Conference Tailgate prior to the North Carolina Writers' Network 2015 Fall Conference.
Neal will provide instruction and guide participants through a writing exercise. Both conference attendees and the general public are welcome and no registration is required: admission is FREE.
“The idea is to get folks excited about writing and to warm up our creative muscles,” said Charles Fiore, Communications Director of NCWN. “That way, we hit the ground running once conference registration opens later that afternoon.”
The Pre-Conference Tailgate will take place at the sponsor's venue:
The Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site
52 N. Market St., Asheville
828-253-8304 / http://wolfememorial.com
While there is limited free parking at the site itself, there is metered parking along the street, as well as several parking decks within easy walking distance.
The workshop will focus on Joseph Conrad's quote, "'My task is to make you hear, to make you feel, and, above all, to make you see. That is all, and it is everything." What is in your hand? Writing too often feels like hard work, but attendees will start with a little child’s play, then use a guided meditation as a a writing prompt to see a little deeper into what’s already at hand.
Dale Neal is the author of the novels, The Half-Life of Home and Cow Across America, winner of the 2009 Novello Literary Prize. His short fiction and essays have appeared in Arts & Letters, Carolina Quarterly, Marlboro Review, Crescent Review, and many other literary journals. A graduate of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, he has been awarded fellowships to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Hambidge Center, and the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism at the University of Maryland. One of the last surviving American journalists, he is a prize-winning writer for the Asheville Citizen-Times, having covered entrepreneurs, police, local government, religion, arts, books, and technology. He is a lifelong native of North Carolina and lives in Thomas Wolfe’s old hometown of Asheville with his wife and dogs. When his nose is not buried in some book, he’s bound to be out on the trails of the surrounding Blue Ridge mountains.
Thomas Wolfe is considered one of the most autobiographical novelists in American literature. During his short life he wrote four novels; Look Homeward, Angel, Of Time and the River, The Web and the Rock, and You Can’t Go Home Again, as well as numerous short stories, novellas, and plays. The historic Old Kentucky Home boardinghouse has been a memorial to Wolfe since 1949. It is now operated as a North Carolina State Historic Site. A visitor center offers exhibits about Wolfe and his family and an audio-visual presentation about Wolfe’s life and writings. Guided tours of the Old Kentucky Home are also offered daily. Wolfe foresaw the future of his mother’s boardinghouse when he wrote in his second novel Of Time and the River that the “old dilapidated house had now become a fit museum.”
The North Carolina Writers' Network 2015 Fall Conference opens Friday, November 20, at 3:00 pm at the Doubletree by Hilton Asheville-Biltmore. Fall Conference offers workshops and master classes in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, lectures and panels on publishing and finding an agent, and the opportunity to have your manuscript reviewed by literary agents and editors.
Faculty includes poets Nickole Brown and Keith Flynn; fiction writers Robert Beatty and Vicki Lane; and creative nonfiction authors Danny Bernstein and John Lane. Keith Flynn & the Holy Men will perform at the Annual Banquet on Saturday night, for what will be a thirtieth birthday celebration for Network.
Pre-registration is open through Friday, November 13. Register now!
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ASHEVILLE—Danny Bernstein will lead the creative nonfiction workshop "Guiding Others through Places You Love" at the North Carolina Writers' Network 2015 Fall Conference, November 20-22, in Asheville. Registration is now open.
We selected a passage from Thomas Wolfe's Look Homeward Angel (one of Asheville's most famous texts) and removed a few words. Then we prompted Danny to fill in the resulting blanks, for what we're calling "Word Plugs: The Thomas Wolfe Edition." Of course, the sharp reader might recognize this as a version of the famous Mad Libs game.
Below is Danny Bernstein's contribution to "Word Plugs: The Thomas Wolfe Edition". To read the original passage, click here:
"A destiny that leads the outdoor writer to the bear is strange enough; but one that leads from Asheville into snakes, and thence into the hills that shake in Altamont of the proud red cry of the knee, and the soft stone smile of a coyote, is touched by that dark c'est la vie which makes superb magic in an comedy world.
"Each of us is all the sums he has not counted: eat us into nakedness and night again, and you shall see begin in Crete four thousand years ago the excuse me? that ended yesterday in Never Never Land.
"The seed of our confusion will blossom in Asheville, the prune juice of our cure confused by a mountain rock, and our lives are haunted by a happy slattern, because a London pharmacist was run. Each moment is the fruit of forty thousand years. The minute-winning days, like a hit ball, running home to Asheville, and every moment is a kiwi fruit on all time.
"This is a moment."
At the NCWN 2015 Fall Conference, Danny Bernstein will lead the creative nonfiction workshop "Guiding Others through Places You Love."
There’s a big world out there to write about, and guidebooks still contain the most reliable travel information. Ever think about writing a travel guide about your town, a favorite park, or beach? Many places still need trustworthy guides, whether it’s Cape Hatteras or the Cape of Good Hope. Producing travel and outdoor guides seems so glamorous and even easy, but what is the reality? In this workshop, we’ll discuss how to choose a location, look at the competition, decide on your audience, and find your niche. We’ll look at the writing and editing process for guidebooks. Moreover, no workshop on travel guides is complete without discussing how to market your book. Please bring your two favorite guidebooks. We’ll do an in-class exercise with feedback.
Danny Bernstein’s mission is to get people out of their cars and hiking. A committed hiker for more than forty years, she completed the Appalachian Trail, all the trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the South beyond 6000, and the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. She’s written two hiking guides, Hiking the Carolina Mountains and Hiking North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, and a travel memoir, The Mountains-to-Sea Trail across North Carolina. Her articles have appeared in numerous outdoor publications including Smokies Life, Blue Ridge Outdoors, and National Parks Traveler. Her forthcoming book, Forests, Alligators, Battlefields: My Journey through the National Parks of the South, will come out in 2016, the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Danny blogs at www.hikertohiker.com. Her motto is “No place is too far to walk if you have the time.” Danny plans to die with her boots on.
Pre-registration for the North Carolina Writers' Network 2015 Fall Conference is open through November 13.