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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.

 

RALEIGH—At the North Carolina Writers' Network 2016 Fall Conference, November 4-6 in Raleigh, novelist and director of LaVenson Press Studios, Zelda Lockhart, will teach the course "The Relationship Museum."

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

In this workshop participants produce raw material from the core of their experiences. Using Lockhart’s Relationship Museum writing exercise participants will quickly get into the creative zone and produce short poetry and prose rich in character/voice development and setting development. No previous writing experience is necessary. Participants will produce a short first draft of prose or small group of poems and walk away with an individualized writing tool that provides weeks of daily writing prompts that bring depth to character development and setting.

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

"I would tell young Zelda, 'Listen, you might as well get on with the business of revealing who you are through your art. There are clever tricks and slight of hand that might help you mask who you are in the art-making, but in the end, if you hide who you are, you'll end up with something with short-term appeal as opposed to something with long-term impact.'"

Zelda Lockart is currently pursuing her Ph.D in Expressive Art Therapies at Lesley University, holds an MA in Literature from Old Dominion University and a BA in English from Norfolk State University. She is author of award winning novels Fifth Born, Cold Running Creek, and Fifth Born II: The Hundredth Turtle. Her other works of fiction, poetry and essays can be found in anthologies, journals and magazines. Ms. Lockhart lives in Hillsborough, is Director of LaVenson Press Studios, and travels and lectures regularly. She s the Alumni Endowed Chair for Language and Literature at North Carolina Central University, and welcomes visits to her websites where you can follow her calendar of engagements: www.zeldalockhart.com and www.LaVensonPressStudios.com.

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.

 

RALEIGH—At the North Carolina Writers' Network 2016 Fall Conference, November 4-6 in Raleigh, sci-fi novelist and owner of Sharkflight Publshing, Ian J. Malone, will teach the course "Beyond Vanity: How Indie Publishing Builds Professional Writers."

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

Independent Publishing can be the gateway to total liberation for a writer’s career. Just ask Andy Weir, author of a little book called The Martian. It can also see hours of work and dedication go completely unrewarded. While there is no clear-cut path to the former, it is easier for an author to get published today than ever before…and miracles do happen. This class will teach aspiring authors how to navigate the publishing process and take their book to market, while teaching them the skills they need to write and effectively market their books. Both of these are skills that agents look for, bringing a traditional publishing deal that much closer to reality. And who knows? Maybe you sign a multi-million-dollar movie deal along the way.

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

"Write a thousand words a day, six days a week, no matter what. Even if they're garbage, doesn't matter. Just write, and they won't be for long. "

Ian J. Malone is the author of the sci-fi/space opera series, The Mako Saga, and owner of Durham-based Sharkflight Publishing. A graduate of Florida State University, he’s written in a number of arenas ranging from public health to news and sports. When it comes to his fictional work, however, Malone credits his tenures in radio, law enforcement, and the military for much of his thematic inspiration, plus the legion of family and friends who’ve stood with him along the way. Beyond writing, Malone is an avid fan of audiobooks and music, though it’s also not uncommon to find him at a beach, a ball field, or somewhere by a grill. Malone presently resides in the Bull City with his wife, son, and their two dogs—but he’ll always be a “Florida boy” at heart. For more on him and his books, visit him online at www.ianjmalone.net.

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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