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GREENSBORO―Pre-registration for the North Carolina Writers’ Network 2015 Spring Conference is moving along at an unprecedented clip, but conferencegoers still have until midnight on April 12 to save more than 30 percent by registering early.

Spring Conference happens Saturday, April 18, in the MHRA Building and Curry Auditorium at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. This annual event includes workshops in several genres, “Lunch with an Author,” faculty readings, an open mic for conference participants, and a brand new program for 2015: Slush Pile Live!

Have you ever wondered what goes through an editor's mind as he or she reads through a stack of unsolicited submissions? Slush Pile Live! is your chance to find out. Over the course of the day, attendees will drop off either 300 words of prose or one page of poetry (40-line max) at the registration table. At 5:00 pm, these anonymous submissions will be read out loud for a panel of editors. The editors will raise their hands when they come across something in the text that would make them stop reading. When each hand has been raised, the editors will discuss what they did and did not like about the piece, offering constructive feedback on the manuscript itself and the submission process. As many submissions as we can get to in an hour, that's how many we'll read: all anonymous—all live! (Authors can reveal themselves at the end, but only if they want to.)

Terry L. Kennedy (Greensboro Review), Crystal Simone Smith (Backbone Press), and Ross White (Bull City Press) will serve as the poetry panelists. Jason T. Graves (Second Wind Publishing), Anna Sutton (John F. Blair, Publisher) and Kevin Morgan Watson (Press 53) will serve as the prose panelists.

Class offerings include poetry workshops with Jaki Shelton Green and Rachel Richardson; fiction workshops with New York Times bestselling author Charlie Lovett and Jacob Paul; creative nonfiction with Marianne Gingher and Tom Maxwell (formerly of Squirrel Nut Zippers); writing for children with award-winning author Eleanora E. Tate; and two workshops focused on the publishing industry: “Don’t Forget the Small Stuff: Building Your Career” with Press 53 publisher Kevin Morgan Watson and “The Art of Branding for Authors” with Faun Finley.

North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame inductee Jaki Shelton Green will give the Keynote Address. A dozen exhibitors will be on hand, representing some of the finest literary organizations and publishers in North Carolina.

The NCWN 2015 Spring Conference is sponsored in part by 88.5 WFDD Public Radio, the Greensboro News & Record, and UNCG’s MFA in Creative Writing Program. Free parking for Spring Conference registrants will be available in the Oakland Avenue Parking Deck, across Forest Street from the MHRA Building (behind Yum Yum Better Ice Cream and Old Town Draught House).

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

 

 
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