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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.

 

RALEIGH—At the North Carolina Writers' Network 2016 Fall Conference, November 4-6 in Raleigh, fiction writer Kim Church will teach the course "Minute Particulars."

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

William Blake wrote that “he who wishes to see a Vision, a perfect Whole / Must see it in its Minute Particulars.” So it is with making literature. Stories and novels are built of scenes; scenes are built of moments. Breaking an experience down into small units of time is a way of adding structure and emotional depth to writing; it can also make the composition of a story or a longer work less daunting. In this workshop we will look at experiences that occur within small, contained units of time and how these small moments can energize and shape our writing.

We asked Kim, "What is one piece of advice you'd give your younger, writer self?"

“Write write write write write until you figure out your process. Then trust it.”

Kim Church's debut novel Byrd (Dzanc Books, 2014) received the Crook’s Corner Book Prize, among many other awards and honors. Her short work appears in the Norton anthology Flash Fiction Forward, The Sun Magazine, Shenandoah, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a 2016 literature fellowship from the North Carolina Arts Council. She lives in Raleigh with her husband, artist Anthony Ulinski.

Kim will also co-teach the course "How to Work with an Agent," with literary agent Emma Patterson of Brandt & Hochman.

What you’ve heard is true: the author-agent relationship is a sort of marriage—and like any good marriage, it needs care and feeding. In this workshop, we’ll discuss finding the right agent, knowing what to expect (and not expect), and how to make the relationship a stronghold amid the slings and arrows of the ever-changing business of publishing.

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, literary agent Emma Patterson of Brandt & Hochman will co-teach the course "How to Work with a Literary Agent" alongside fiction writer Kim Church.

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

What you’ve heard is true: the author-agent relationship is a sort of marriage—and like any good marriage, it needs care and feeding. In this workshop, attendees will discuss finding the right agent, knowing what to expect (and not expect), and how to make the relationship a stronghold amid the slings and arrows of the ever-changing business of publishing.

We asked Emma, "What is one piece of advice you'd give your younger, writer self?"

“Don’t be afraid to kill your darlings! Everything is a learning process, so if something really isn’t working, it’s better to grow from it as a writer than it is to drown in something utterly unfixable. If you’re feeling stuck, there’s oftentimes a reason for it, and the only solution is working on something new that isn’t slowly depleting all your writing energies.”

Emma Patterson grew up in New Jersey as an avid reader and the daughter of a literary agent. After attending Kenyon College in the Ohio cornfields and graduating with a degree in history, she began her career in publishing at The Wendy Weil Agency, where she stayed for nine years, working with writers that included Mark Helprin, Rita Mae Brown, Anthony Doerr, Karen Joy Fowler, Alice Walker, and Andrea Barrett. In 2013, Emma joined Brandt & Hochman, where she represents fiction ranging from dark, literary novels to upmarket women’s and historical fiction—with special interest in the 19th and 20th centuries—and narrative nonfiction that includes memoir, investigative journalism, and popular history. Her young adult fiction and nonfiction interests are along similar lines. She is drawn to both domestic and far-flung settings that are original and transporting. She is looking for fresh, lyrical, and voice-driven writing, suspenseful plots, emotional narratives, and unforgettable characters.

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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