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Thursday–Sunday
July 11–14
Western Carolina University
1 University Drive
Cullowhee, NC 28723

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

 

Workshops in Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction

Kathryn Stripling Byer
Kathryn Stripling Byer

Elizabeth Lutyens
Elizabeth Lutyens

Catherine Reid
Catherine Reid

 


Overview

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The 2013 Squire Summer Writing Residency (SR13) 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.

SR13 will begin Thursday afternoon, July 11, with registration and check-in at this year’s venue, Western Carolina University. After 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 14.

Those fifteen hours of workshop time will create a community of 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 leisurely writing period.

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 Western Carolina University in scenic Cullowhee, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains an hour’s drive from Asheville.

Room rates are included in your registration fees if you select either the Shared Room or Single Room options. All SR13 registrants who stay on-campus will be in the Blue Ridge Residence Hall.

SR13 workshops will be held in the Blue Ridge Residence Hall, as well.

 

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Registration

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We recommend that you register early, particularly if you want to stay on-site. Workshops are small, and they fill fast. Only fifty (50) registrants are accepted for the Squire Summer Writing Residency.

A $300 deposit is required with registration; the balance is due Wednesday, June 26. (Or you're welcome to pay the entire fee at once; we won't mind.)

You may register online here, by phone at 336.293.8844, or by mail to the address below:

NCWN
ATTN: SR13 Registration
P.O. Box 21591
Winston-Salem, NC 27120

Your registration is not complete until you send a copy of your workshop manuscript, if required (please see Course Descriptions for manuscript requirements). If we do not receive your workshop manuscript (in correct format) by the deadline, your workshop space may be taken by another registrant, so send your workshop manuscript the same day you register.

 

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 Cullowhee, 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 SR13 registrations must be received and paid in full by 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 26.

Requests for refunds must be made in writing, and must be received by 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 26, in order to be refunded up to 50 percent of the total registration fee. No refunds will be given for no-shows or requests made after June 26.

Fees: 2013 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.

Deadline:

A $300 deposit is required with registration, with balance due June 26.

 

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Course Descriptions

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Poetry with Kathryn Stripling Byer
"Love calls us to the things of this world," Richard Wilbur has reminded us, and so we will will follow our calling as poets in this workshop to look attentively and lovingly at the "things" that compose the world of our poems, the fabric their words weave, the music their rhythms sing. We will draw into our conversation the words of writers who matter to us. And we will, if time permits, work on what I prefer to call "prods" that nudge us into what may seem at first glance unfamiliar or even frightening territory. Our first commitment, however, will be to close, attentive reading of and conversation around each participant's work.

Each registrant should submit five pages of poems, no more than one poem per page, no later than June 26. Participants should submit poems they consider to be in progress or poems they are willing to reconsider; participants should also be prepared to e-mail their submission to others in the poetry workshop prior to the start of the Residency.

Please send writing samples to:

NCWN
ATTN: SR13 Poetry
P.O. Box 21591
Winston-Salem, NC 27120

Fiction with Elizabeth Lutyens
Scenes are the building blocks of a story or novel. Through dialogue, gesture, action/reaction, setting, and sensory detail, scenes give fiction the illusion of real life. For this workshop, excerpts from published fiction will model effective scene-work; in-class exercises based on scene will enhance skills and trigger inspiration. Your own writing will play an essential role. Using sample pages of your fiction, we will explore, within a supportive and constructive atmosphere, the most effective ways of honing existing scenes and creating new ones.

You should send a maximum of ten (10) pages (in the form of a double-spaced, 12-pt. Word attachment), to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by June 26. You should also be prepared to e-mail your submission to others in the fiction workshop. Please be sure to include your name and the title of your manuscript in the body of the e-mail, as well as on the manuscript itself.

Creative Nonfiction with Catherine Reid
In this workshop, we will explore some of the more common forms of this exciting genre, from memoir and personal essays to the use of personal experience to illuminate some larger topic relating to the human condition. Our sessions will be divided between discussions of sample essays, exercises to generate new work, experiments with revision, and guided workshops on current (short) manuscripts. Participants will leave with a handful of “flash nonfictions” and a refined sense of what constitutes well-crafted CNF.

Registrants should submit ten (10) pages of prose by June 26. This submission may be one of the following: a single part of a longer work; one self-contained work; two excerpts from two longer works; two short, self-contained works. In any case, the submission should not exceed ten pages.

Please send writing samples to:

NCWN
ATTN: SR13 CNF
P.O. Box 21591
Winston-Salem, NC 27120

Registrants should also be prepared to e-mail their submission to others in the CNF workshop prior to the start of the Residency.

 

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Faculty

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Kathryn Stripling Byer

Kathryn Stripling Byer (Poetry)

 

Kathryn Stripling Byer has published six full-length collections of poetry, including Descent (LSU Press, 2012), her most recent. A re-print of her first, the AWP Award-winning The Girl in the Midst of the Harvest, is forthcoming from Press 53. She served for five years as North Carolina’s first woman Poet Laureate. Her work has appeared in many journals and newspapers, including The Atlantic, Hudson Review, Boston Globe, and Georgia Review. She lives on a hillside above the Tuckasegee River, just a short walk from the WCU campus, with her husband and three dogs.

 

 

Elizabeth Lutyens

Elizabeth Lutyens (Fiction)

 

Elizabeth Lutyens returned to her native North Carolina after a career in the Boston area as a journalist in print and television. She has put feature writing aside to complete a novel set in Boston and the Port Royal islands of South Carolina during the mid-19th century. For a draft of this novel, Medicine Island, she was a semi-finalist in the 2011 William Faulkner – Wisdom Competition. Elizabeth has published feature stories, essays, and profiles for corporate and non-profit clients and for a variety of small presses. A faculty member of the Great Smokies Writing Program at UNC Asheville since 2006, she currently teaches its by-invitation Prose Master Class and is editor-in-chief of its online literary magazine, The Great Smokies Review. Elizabeth received a B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College.

 

 

 

Catherine Reid

Catherine Reid (Creative Nonfiction)

 

Catherine Reid is the author of Coyote: Seeking the Hunter in Our Midst (Houghton Mifflin) and Falling into Place (forthcoming from Beacon Press); she has also edited two anthologies and served as editor of nonfiction for a literary journal. Her essays have appeared in such journals as Georgia Review, Massachusetts Review, Fourth Genre, and Bellevue Literary Review. She is currently the director of creative writing at Warren Wilson College, where she specializes in literary nonfiction and environmental writing.

 

 

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Schedule

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Thursday, July 11

4:00 – 6:00 pm..........Registration and Check-In

7:00 – 9:00 pm..........Opening Program: Here's to the Writingest State!

 

Friday, July 12

8:00 – 9:00 am......... Breakfast

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

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..........Faculty Reading by Catherine Reid

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 – 8:00 pm..........Dinner

8:00 – 9:00 pm..........Table Talk: "Indie Books and IndieBound"

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

 

Saturday, July 13

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 Elizabeth Lutyens

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 Kathryn Stripling Byer

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

 

Sunday, July 14

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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