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RALEIGH—At the North Carolina Writers' Network 2016 Fall Conference, November 4-6 in Raleigh, fiction writer Barbara Claypole White will teach the course "Crazy Characters and How to Excavate the Troubled Mind."

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

Many of Barbara's lead characters battle invisible disabilities: mental illness, neurological disorders, or extreme emotions such as grief. During her session, she will discuss the techniques she uses to research and flesh out these complex characters—some of whom might call themselves crazy—in believable ways. Attendees will also flex their collective writing muscles with exercises that can be applied to any troubled character. Registrants should bering their work-in-progress or just their imagination.

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

"Embark on the journey to publication with a realistic understanding of the commitment and sacrifice that lie ahead. Snagging a publishing deal is not a diamond-studded tiara, but the beginning of a treacherous mountain climb that often reminds me of the wonderful children’s book, More More More Said the Baby. The writing life always demands more: more deadlines, more rejection, more social media, more promotion, and increased productivity. Sign up with eyes wide open, and when the author life threatens to overwhelm or dishearten, let more writing be the cure.

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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