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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—The North Carolina Writers' Network 2015 Fall Conference will be held November 20-22 at the Doubletree by Hilton Asheville-Biltmore. Pre-registration closes Friday, November 13.
Laurence Avery, former Chairman of the English Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will lead the poetry workshop "To Rhyme or Not to Rhyme, That is the Question."
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 Laurence 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 Laurence Avery's contribution to "Word Plugs: The Thomas Wolfe Edition". To read the original passage, click here:
"Where is the day that pursed into one rich person's snoring? Where the music of your lips, the adagio of your teeth, the dainty languor of your baseball cap, your great firm kidney, your slender fingers, to be pursed like apples, and the little cherry cat of your white tongue? And where are all the tiny stoves of finespun maidenhair? Quick are the mountains of earth, and quick the teeth that fed upon this beauty. You who were made for stone cutting, will laugh prostitution no more: in your dark attic the flood is silent. Ghost, ghost, come back from that broken arm that we did not foresee, return not into Altamont, but into the Pisgah Inn, where we have never cried, into the enchanted wood, where we bear hunted, strewn on the basement. Come up into the hills, O my young J. Edgar Hoover: return. O lost, and by the wind-grieved W.O. Gant, come back again."
At the NCWN 2015 Fall Conference, Laurence Avery will lead the poetry workshop, "To Rhyme or Not to Rhyme, That is the Question."
The workshop will focus on that question—whether in a given poem to make use of rhymes and rhyme schemes, or not. Rhyme can be an important element in the sound activity of a poem, and there is no question that people find rhyming sounds pleasurable. But rhyme can also bring problems for the writer, as when he or she is tempted to move words out of their normal position in a sentence in order to get the needed rhyming sound at the end of a line. For this reason and a number of others, poets frequently decide that rhyme, on balance, isn’t worthwhile in a given poem. Such decisions reflect the sensibility of individual writers, of course, and may differ from person to person. But the decisions involve questions that are important to think about as you plan a poem. For instance, would rhyme help establish the tone you aim for—humorous, solemn, ironic, earthy? Do you want to expand the pool of rhyming sounds by experimenting with assonance and consonance? What considerations would lead you to forego the use of rhyme in a poem? In the workshop we will explore such matters, using poems by recent writers as examples.
Laurence Avery had a decades-long career as teacher and scholar at UNC-Chapel Hill, where he served as chairman of the English department. He has published numerous articles on British and American playwrights and six books, among them A Southern Life: Letters of Paul Green, 1916-1981, winner of the C. Hugh Holman Award for distinguished contributions to the study of Southern literature. Avery also published the definitive edition of Green’s The Lost Colony, the play that launched the nation-wide outdoor drama movement. In 2006 he received the NC Literary and Historical Association’s R. Hunt Parker Award for significant contributions to North Carolina literature. Mountain Gravity, his first book of poetry, appeared in 2014.
Registration for the North Carolina Writers' Network 2015 Fall Conference is open through November 13.