WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH—On-site registration for the North Carolina Writers’ Network 2017 Fall Conference, November 3-5 at the Holiday Inn Resort in Wrightsville Beach, will open at 3:00 pm on Friday, November 3, in the lobby of the Holiday Inn.
At 6:00 pm, the University of North Carolina at Wilmington Department of Creative Writing will host the grande finale of Writer's Week, followed immediately by the Opening Reception for NCWN's Fall Conference. The evening will culminate with a Keynote Address by New York Times bestselling author Wiley Cash, whose new novel is The Last Ballad, about the real-life 1929 Loray Mill strike and the murder of balladeer Ella Mae Wiggins.
Weekend offerings include Saturday morning’s “All Stories Connect” panel discussion with the North Carolina Humanities Council, which will include the announcement of the winner of the 2017 Linda Flowers Literary Award.
Saturday’s luncheon will feature the documentary CreativeNC, by Dev T. Smith. The film, which debuted at the North Carolina Museum of History, sheds light on what it's like to be a creative in a country fueled by industrial ideals.
On Saturday night, the Fall Conference Network Banquet will celebrate fifty years of the North Carolina Arts Council with special guest Susi H. Hamilton, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Natural & Cultural Resources. As Secretary, Hamilton has focused on economic development, ensuring children and families have a chance to succeed by encouraging companies to bring well-paying jobs to Southeastern NC. She is also a strong advocate for preserving Wilmington’s historic district.
Sunday morning will once again feature the popular “Brilliant at Breakfast” panel discussion, “Agents and Editors,” featuring Malaga Baldi of the Baldi Agency; St. Martin’s Press editor Jaime Coyne; Christopher Rhodes of The Stuart Agency; and Emily Louise Smith of Lookout Books / Ecotone.
Attendees will want to make sure to set aside time to visit the exhibit hall, where literary journals, small presses, and literary organizations from all across North Carolina will be on-hand. It's a great chance to talk about the literary landscape with editors and publishers in a casual setting. Conferencegoers will have the chance to buy books, subscribe to literary journals, and join other writerly organizations around the state.
2017 Fall Conference sponsors include the Arts Council of Wilmington & New Hanover County; Coastal Carolina University; Chatham-Lee Counties NCWN regional rep Al Manning; the North Carolina Arts Council; the North Carolina Humanities Council; the UNCW Department of Creative Writing; WHQR Public Radio 91.3 FM; and Alice Osborn & Write from the Inside Out.
For more information, and to register, visit www.ncwriters.org.