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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH—Melissa Crowe, co-editor of Beloit Poetry Journal, will lead the session "Fine Lines" at the North Carolina Writers' Network 2017 Fall Conference, November 3-5, at the Holiday Inn Resort in Wrightsville Beach.

Registration is now open.

In this class, attendees will explore “line logic," the line as the poem’s primary unit of composition; they’ll pay some attention to how skilled poets make choices about line length and line breaks, and they’ll have a look at the ways in which contemporary poets trouble or test convention, fiddling with a line's music and structure, perhaps discovering new ways to create tension and energy. Participants will engage in exercises designed to get them experimenting with lines and line breaks in their own poems and should come away surprised at the difference this kind of attention to the line can make in their work.

NCWN has been celebrating literary journals this year, so we asked Melissa to tell us about her first publication.

"I was in the Ph.D program at the University of Georgia when I really started sending work out in earnest, and I was also the mother of a very small girl. I was mostly writing about her—the experience of pregnancy, birth, and mothering. These subjects were, aside from my coursework, about all I could manage to think about in those days. I was also hearing, on a pretty regular basis, that nobody likes 'mother poems.' Disheartening to say the least. But I kept writing them, and I kept sending them to magazines, and the first one to get picked up was 'Bruise,' a brief lyric about watching Annabelle walk for the first time. It appeared in the Winter/Spring 2003 issue of Crab Orchard Review. Suddenly I was a bonafide mother-poet, and suddenly that felt like a truly good thing. I’ve remained grateful to Allison Joseph and Jon Tribble ever since."

Melissa Crowe is the author of two chapbooks, Cirque du Crève-Cœur (dancing girl, 2007) and Girl, Giant (Finishing Line, 2013), and her poems and essays have appeared in the Atlanta Review, the Crab Orchard Review, and the Seneca Review, among other journals. She’s co-editor of Beloit Poetry Journal and coordinator of the MFA program in Creative Writing at UNCW. She lives in Wilmington with her husband, Mark, and their daughter, Annabelle.

The University of North Carolina at Wilmington Department of Creative Writing will sponsor the Closing Reception of Writers' Week, which leads directly into the Opening Reception of NCWN's 2017 Fall Conference, on Friday, November 3, beginning at 6:00 pm.

Fall Conference attracts hundreds of writers from around the country and provides a weekend full of activities that include lunch and dinner banquets with readings, keynotes, tracks in several genres, open mic sessions, and the opportunity for one-on-one manuscript critiques with editors or agents. This year's Master Classes will be led by Dan Albergotti (Poetry); Wendy Brenner (Creative Nonfiction); and Nina de Gramont (Fiction).

The nonprofit North Carolina Writers’ Network is the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to all writers, in all genres, at all stages of development. For additional information, visit www.ncwriters.org.

 

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH—Deonna Kelli Sayed joined the Network as its Membership Coordinator this summer, and she'll lead the class "The Writing Life: Strategies for Being an Artist in the Real World (or How to Make the Writing Life Happen)" at the North Carolina Writers' Network 2017 Fall Conference, November 3-5, at the Holiday Inn Resort in Wrightsville Beach.

Pre-registration is open through October 27.

Deonna Kelli Sayed is an internationally published author. Her books include Paranormal Obsession: America’s Fascination with Ghosts & Hauntings, Spooks & Spirits, a cultural studies discussion on why America loves high strangeness. Her essays appear in The New York Times' featured anthology, Love, Insh’allah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women, and Faithfully Feminist: Jewish, Christian and Muslim Women on Why We Stay. She was a freelance writer in the Kingdom of Bahrain, and is the recipient of state and national awards for her multimedia work in Yes!Weekly, an independent newspaper in Greensboro. She has appeared on NPR, The State of Things, Coast to Coast AM, and WUNC-TV. Deonna serves NCWN as Membership Coordinator, and is currently writing a memoir about faith, love, and ghosts.

NCWN has been celebrating literary journals this year, so we asked Deonna to tell us about her first publication.

"I think the first time I had something significant in a journal was after September 11, 2001. It wasn't literary; it was Foreign Policy in Focus, an academic journal. I wrote an op-ed with my then husband, an Afghan, about the situation in Afghanistan. It was first published in an English language paper in Pakistan, and then picked up by Foreign Policy in Focus.

"I was living in Azerbaijan and pregnant with my son, an Afghan-American, who was a combination of two cultures now in conflict. It was during that time when I started to seriously write, partially because I was in exile while America endured 9/11, and because I had nothing else to do while abroad.

"A few years later, I was living in the Kingdom of Bahrain. I started freelancing for English language magazines, and I started a writing workshop for expats and others. Living outside of the U.S. was a huge factor in my writing journey. I needed distance from the familiar. A geographical fix can do wonders.

"My story demonstrates that there are many paths to writing, and the process is sometimes influenced by events beyond our everyday world."

In "The Writing Life: Strategies for Being an Artist in the Real World (or How to Make a Writing Life Happen)," Deonna will explore various ways to honor creative space in the life you have. She’ll share writing models that highlight different approaches to creativity and craft, and how to navigate individual barriers to a successful writing practice. Participants will investigate how perceptions of creativity can erode writing confidence. The workshop will be part interactive, part lecture, and part celebration of the wild and wonderful world of writing.

Fall Conference attracts hundreds of writers from around the country and provides a weekend full of activities that include lunch and dinner banquets with readings, keynotes, tracks in several genres, open mic sessions, and the opportunity for one-on-one manuscript critiques with editors or agents. This year's Master Classes will be led by Dan Albergotti (Poetry); Wendy Brenner (Creative Nonfiction); and Nina de Gramont (Fiction). New York Times bestselling author Wiley Cash will give the Keynote Address.

Register here.

The nonprofit North Carolina Writers’ Network is the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to all writers, in all genres, at all stages of development. For additional information, visit www.ncwriters.org.

 

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH—Robert Wallace, author of more than fifty essays, will lead the class "Writing the Short Personal Essay" at the North Carolina Writers' Network 2017 Fall Conference, November 3-5, at the Holiday Inn Resort in Wrightsville Beach.

Registration is now open.

Robert Wallace has published more than fifty essays, many of them short personal essays in The News & Observer in Raleigh. He is also the author of over thirty-five fiction stories in journals such as the North Carolina Literary Review, the Bryant Literary Review, The Long Story, and others. He is a two-time winner of the Doris Betts’ Fction Prize. He is the author of the novel A Hold on Time. Wallace has received an Emerging Artist grant from the Durham Arts Council and a Writer’s Fellowship from the NC Arts Council.

NCWN has been celebrating literary journals this year, so we asked Robert to tell us about his first publication.

"My first publication was in Spectator in 1993, a weekly Triangle newspaper that was bought out by The Independent. The Spectator held a fiction contest in those days. But my first strictly literary journal publication was in Cities and Roads, another publication that is no longer in print.

"Tom Kealey, a former Greensboro resident who now teaches at Stanford University, started Cities and Roads. The subtitle of Cities and Roads I have memorized to this day: 'A collection of short stories for North Carolina readers and writers.'

"Tom only published fiction in his journal, but I was struck by a couple of things about him. One was that he was a go-getter with an attitude about words and their importance that was going to take him places, and secondly, that he emphasized the importance of readers. In those days it was nice to have a publication that was strictly devoted to only North Carolina writers. Tom gave many of us our first publication, and for that I’m grateful."

"Writing the Short Personal Essay" will define what makes an essay personal and what it means to make oneself a character in the story. Participants will discuss craft, narrative voice, and other devices commonly thought of in fiction-storytelling. Additionally, they'll explore examples of short personal essays and allow time for participants to begin crafting their own short personal essay. Time will be allowed for asking questions, and for the business side of writing personal essays, such as places that publish this genre, and where to go to learn more.

Fall Conference attracts hundreds of writers from around the country and provides a weekend full of activities that include lunch and dinner banquets with readings, keynotes, tracks in several genres, open mic sessions, and the opportunity for one-on-one manuscript critiques with editors or agents. This year's Master Classes will be led by Dan Albergotti (Poetry); Wendy Brenner (Creative Nonfiction); and Nina de Gramont (Fiction). New York Times bestselling author Wiley Cash will give the Keynote Address.

Register here.

The nonprofit North Carolina Writers’ Network is the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to all writers, in all genres, at all stages of development. For additional information, visit www.ncwriters.org.

 

 
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