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RALEIGH—At the North Carolina Writers' Network 2016 Fall Conference, November 4-6 in Raleigh, poet and executive director of Bull City Press, Ross White, will teach the course "Grammar Gone Wild."

Registration for the North Carolina Writers' Network 2016 Fall Conference is open.

Are your stories existentially static? Are your poems lying flat on the line? Even though you know your subject matter is fantastic, sometimes you need a kick-start at the sentence level, a surgical strike on the syntax. In "Grammar Gone Wild," registrants will work through a series of exercises that will ask them to bend, twist, tie in knots, and finally break the rules of grammar to explore the kinetic energy inherent in their poetry and prose.

We asked Ross, “What is one piece of advice that you would give to your younger writer self?”

"A community of writers will be a life buoy, so cling to it. In the years since finishing my MFA, I’ve come to realize that when I was reading on my own, I was swimming in a wide sea of isolation, with a whole canon to navigate. The communities I’ve found through the Network, through my MFA program, and through local writers’ groups have held me up when I began to tire, and they’ve also provided the star maps and sextants that have guided me through that sea and helped me find the ocean—the many poets the canon hasn’t quite expanded to include, like Anna Akhmatova and Yehuda Amachai, and contemporary poets who have most influenced me: Aimee Nezhukumatathil, David Rivard, Vievee Francis, Dilruba Ahmed, and about a thousand others."

Ross White is the author of How We Came Upon the Colony and The Polite Society, both from Unicorn Press. His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Best New Poets 2012, New England Review, Poetry Daily, and The Southern Review, among others. He is the executive director of Bull City Press and teaches creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Register for NCWN's 2016 Fall Conference now at www.ncwriters.org.

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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