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Thursday–Sunday
July 19–22
Queens University of Charlotte
1900 Selwyn Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28274

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

 

Workshops in Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction

Morri Creech
Morri Creech

Robert Inman
Robert Inman

Pat MacEnulty
Pat MacEnulty

 


Overview

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The 2012 Squire Summer Writing Residency (SR12) 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.

SR12 will begin Thursday afternoon, July 19, with registration and check-in at this year’s venue, Queens University of Charlotte. After an opening program and “Writingest State” trivia contest 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 22.

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 return to the beautiful campus of Queens University of Charlotte, located in Myers Park, not far from the city center.

Room rates are included in your registration fees if you select either the Shared Room or Single Room options. All SR12 non-commuters will stay on-campus in the Wireman Residence Hall.

SR12 workshops will be held in the Sykes Learning Center.

 

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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 registrants are accepted for the Squire Summer Writing Residency.

A $300 deposit is required with registration; the balance is due Wednesday, June 27. (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: SR12 Registration
P.O. Box 21591
Winston-Salem, NC 27120

Your registration is not complete until you send a copy of your workshop manuscript (please see Course Descriptions for manuscript requirements). If you do not send your workshop manuscript with registration, 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 Charlotte, 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 SR12 registrations must be received and paid in full by 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 27.

Requests for refunds must be made in writing, and must be received by 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 27, 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 27.

Fees:

  • $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 27.

 

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Course Descriptions

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Creative Nonfiction with Pat MacEnulty
In these workshops, we will discuss the transformative aspects of voice, craft, and structure in our nonfiction writing. Through a variety of writing exercises, we will explore the key components of personal writing and practice writing as an act of intimacy. We will experiment, share, and learn workshopping techniques that nurture our own and others' writing. You'll leave the workshops with techniques for mining your own material, seeds for new works, and a renewed sense of the joy of writing. You'll also leave with new tools for committing to your writing process.

If you choose, you may submit up to eight pages (12 pt., double-spaced) of prose, to arrive no later than June 27, to the address below. You may be asked to e-mail your manuscript as an attachment to your fellow workshop registrants or to bring extra hard copies. Be sure to include your name and the title of your work on the manuscript’s first page. Please mail a hard copy of your manuscript to:

NCWN
ATTN: SR12 Creative Nonfiction
P.O. Box 21591
Winston-Salem, NC 27120

Poetry with Morri Creech
In our time together we will examine closely at least one of the three poems submitted for the course; we will also turn our attention to formal composition, examining the possibilities of metrical composition and formal structures such as the sonnet. It is my hope that everyone will leave the workshop with raw material for several new poems that negotiate a balance between free and formal strategies, and with sharpened formal skills that will add metrical composition to the tools available to poets.

Please submit no more than three poems, totaling no more than five single-spaced pages, to arrive no later than June 27, to the address below. You will also be asked to e-mail your manuscript as an attachment to your fellow poets in the workshop. Be sure to include your name and the title of your work on the manuscript’s first page. Please mail a hard copy of your manuscript to:

Morri Creech
921 Bobby Lane
Charlotte, NC 28211

Fiction with Robert Inman
I'm a storyteller, and I believe that all stories—regardless of genre—are about people. Fiction that engages and resonates with readers is fiction driven by strong characterization—not what a story is about, but who? We'll talk a lot about imagining character, and how that helps drive the other elements of the story. Each participant will submit up to fifteen pages of recently-produced work and share it with all workshop participants. In a collegial and constructive atmosphere, we'll look at how we can make our work memorable through the use of strong, intriguing central characters who confront compelling dilemmas. We'll also look at how the techniques of other genres -- stage and screen—can help us sharpen the impact of our prose stories. We'll explore aspects of the writing life such as our work habits—how diligently we apply the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair and sustain the momentum of our imagined worlds. Our goal will be to nurture each other and come away with work that excites us with its possibilities. It's your workshop, so come prepared to work, support, encourage, experiment, and be open to the joy of discovery. I'm there to help.

Registrants should submit no more than 15 (double-spaced, 11 or 12-pt.) pages (one short story, or a chapter from a novel-in-progress), as an attachment in Microsoft Word, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by June 27. You may also be asked to e-mail your manuscript as an attachment to your fellow workshop registrants. Please be sure to include your name and the title of your manuscript in the body of the e-mail, as well as in the manuscript itself.

 

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Faculty

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Morri Creech

Morri Creech (Poetry)

 

Morri Creech is the Writer in Residence at Queens University of Charlotte, where he teaches courses in both the Undergraduate Creative Writing Program and in the Low-Residency M.F.A. He is the author of two collections of poetry, Paper Cathedrals (Kent State University Press, 2001) and Field Knowledge, which received the Anthony Hecht Poetry prize and was nominated for both the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the Poet’s Prize. His third book, The Sleep of Reason, is forthcoming in 2013 from Waywiser Press. He is a recipient of NEA and Ruth Lilly Fellowships, as well as grants from the North Carolina and Louisiana Arts Councils. He lives in Charlotte with his wife and two children.

 

 

Robert Inman

Robert Inman (Fiction)

 

Novelist, playwright and screenwriter Robert Inman left a 31-year career in television journalism in 1996 to devote full time to fiction writing. He is the author of four novels, all published by Little, Brown and Company: Home Fires Burning (1987), Old Dogs and Children (1991), Dairy Queen Days (1997), and Captain Saturday (2002). His fifth novel, The Governor’s Lady, will be published in 2012. Down Home Press published a collection of his nonfiction work, Coming Home: Life, Love and All Things Southern, in October, 2000. He has also written seven produced plays for the stage, and the screenplays for six motion pictures for television, two of which have been “Hallmark Hall of Fame” presentations. His script for The Summer of Ben Tyler, a Hallmark production, won the Writers’ Guild of America Award as the best original television screenplay of 1997. Inman is a member of the Alabama Communication Hall of Fame, the Authors Guild, Writers Guild of America, Dramatists Guild, PEN American Center, North Carolina Writers Conference, North Carolina Writers' Network, and Alabama Writers Forum.

 

 

Pat MacEnulty

Pat MacEnulty (Creative Nonfiction)

 

Pat MacEnulty is the author of four novels, a short-story collection, and a memoir. Her most recent book, Wait Until Tomorrow: A Daughter's Memoir, was nominated for the 2012 SIBA Nonfiction Book Award. She has also had a children's play, poetry, essays, reviews, and interviews published. The recipient of an Individual Artist Grant from the State of Florida, and a Regional Artist Grant from the State of North Carolina, Pat facilitates workshops at conferences around the country. She is an Associate Professor of English at Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, where she teaches creative writing, journalism, and film.

 

 

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Schedule

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Thursday, July 19

4:00 – 7:00 pm..........Registration and Check-In

7:00 – 9:00 pm..........SR12 Welcome and “Writingest State” Trivia Contest

 

Friday, July 20

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 Morri Creech

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 on Editing and Publishing”

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

 

Saturday, July 21

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 Robert Inman

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 Pat MacEnulty

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

 

Sunday, July 22

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


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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