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RALEIGH—The North Carolina Writers' Network 2016 Fall Conference runs November 4-6 at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley. Programming includes breakfast panel discussions, faculty readings, an open mic for conference participants, and a Saturday night banquet featuring North Carolina's poet laureate Shelby Stephenson.

Registration opens on Monday, August 29.

Fall Conference is the largest annual writing event in the state and one of the largest and most inclusive writing conferences in the country. But it wouldn't be possible without support from our sponsors.

Alice Osborn: Editor/Book Coach/Author will sponsor the Welcome Reception on Friday night. (Thanks to Alice, there will be food at the reception!) Alice has published three poetry collections and edited two anthologies. She is the founder of Write from the Inside Out, a professional manuscript editing service specializing in fiction, creative nonfiction, memoir, and poetry. She coaches authors through the book writing process; works with published authors on their book marketing and publishing strategies; and is a sought-after speaker at engagements across the southeast. Alice is a Trustee of the North Carolina Writers' Network and will lead a class at Fall Conference titled "How to be a Rock Star at PR."

2016 North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame inductee and five-time Agatha-award winning mystery writer Margaret Maron will give the Keynote Address on Friday night.

A Book Signing will follow the Keynote Address, sponsored by The Piedmont Laureate Program. The Piedmont Laureate Program, co-sponsored by the City of Raleigh Arts Commission, Durham Arts Council, Orange County Arts Commission, and United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County, has as its primary goal: “to promote awareness and heighten appreciation for excellence in the literary arts in the Piedmont region.” The program is dedicated to building a literary bridge for residents to come together and celebrate the art of writing, enriching the lives of all our citizens. The program nominates one Piedmont Laureate each year in a rotation of genres.

The 2017 application is open to writers living in Wake, Durham, or Orange Counties who meet the application criteria. The 2017 Piedmont Laureate will be a poet. The deadline is September 22.

At Fall Conference, Saturday's lunch will offer a panel discussion on Food Writing, featuring Debbie Moose, Bridgette A. Lacy, and John Shelton Reed—all of whom have books out from the University of North Carolina Press, which will sponsor Saturday's luncheon.

For over ninety years, the University of North Carolina Press has earned national and international recognition for quality books and the thoughtful way they are published. UNC Press books explore important questions, spark lively debates, generate ideas, and move fields of inquiry forward. They illuminate the life of the mind. With almost 5,000 titles published and almost 3,000 titles still in print, UNC Press produces books that endure. Titles include Southern Holidays by Debbie Moose; Sunday Dinner by Bridgette A. Lacy; and Barbecue by John Shelton Reed—all of which are part of the Savor the South cookbook series from UNC Press.

On Saturday night, Al Manning will sponsor the Open Mic, which is open to all conference registrants on a first-come, first-served basis. Al is a Trustee of NCWN and the regional rep for the Chatham-Lee Counties regional group of NCWN, otherwise known as the Pittsboro Writers' Morning Out. This group meets on the second Saturday of the month in the Barley Lounge of the Carolina Brewery in Pittsboro. Al is the author of Curmudgeon's Book of Nursery Rhymes.

The NCWN 2016 Fall Conference is made possible in part by the North Carolina Arts Council. The Arts Council has been a statutory state agency since 1967. Their core functions include creating a strong and efficient arts infrastructure across North Carolina; planning and implementing economic development using the arts; education; and research.

The Arts Council believes that artists are an integral part of civic life as they stimulate creativity, innovation and dialogue. Our cities vibrate with the energy of the arts; and our rural communities reach deep into their roots and celebrate their unique traditions. Residents in every corner of N.C. have the chance to engage their artistic aspirations. The arts help children flourish through a complete education that prepares them for the workforce with 21st century skills. The arts build bridges where diverse communities reach across boundaries to celebrate and share their cultures. The arts are an essential ingredient in state policy, practice and pride.

Registration for the NCWN 2016 Fall Conference opens Monday, August 29.

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, visit www.ncwriters.org.

 

 
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