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Raleigh—On Friday, November 4, at 12:00 pm in the Longleaf Room of the North Carolina Museum of History, the North Carolina Writers' Network will host their fourth annual Pre-Conference Tailgate. This event is free and open to the public; no registration is required.

Dr. James W. Clark, Jr., Emeritus Professor at North Carolina State University, will begin the event by talking about Raleigh's rich literary heritage, and introduce the many lauded writers who have been affiliated with NC State over the years.

This brief lecture will be followed by a conversation about writing and a series of writing prompts led by author and NCWN communications director Charles "LC" Fiore. The event, which will include complimentary light snacks and non-alcoholic beverages, will end between 1:30 and 2:00 pm.

“The idea is to get folks excited about writing and to warm up our creative muscles,” said Fiore. “That way, we hit the ground running once conference registration opens later that afternoon.”

The Pre-Conference Tailgate will take place at the sponsor's venue:

North Carolina Museum of History
Longleaf Room
5 E. Edenton St.
Raleigh, NC 27601
12:00-1:30 pm
www.ncmuseumofhistory.org

Parking is available in three lots close to the museum. Street parking is also available. For a map and full parking details, click here.

Dr. James W. Clark, Jr., English Professor Emeritus at North Carolina State University, focused his career on the cultural geography and literary history of North Carolina, his native state. Studying Thomas Wolfe and other Tar Heel writers engaged him, his students, and the general public. Dr. Clark has also served as president of The Thomas Wolfe Society and The North Carolina Literary and Historical Association. At present, he is president of The Paul Green Foundation and The North Caroliniana Society. Clark is widely known for his scholarship in folklore and literature, and for his dedication to promoting educational opportunities for North Carolina children and adults. In 2011, he received a 4-H Lifetime Achievement Award. The next year the William C. Friday Award for Distinguished Service in Retirement was presented to him.

L.C Fiore's new novel is The Last Great American Magic. His debut novel, Green Gospel, was Runner-Up in the Eric Hoffer Book Awards (General Fiction). His short stories have appeared in Ploughshares, Michigan Quarterly Review, New South, and storySouth, among many other anthologies and journals. His nonfiction has appeared in The Good Men Project, TriQuarterly Review, and many baseball publications. He lives in Durham: www.lcfiore.com.

The North Carolina Writers' Network 2016 Fall Conference opens Friday, November 4, at 3:00 pm at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley. Fall Conference offers courses in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, lectures and panels on publishing and finding an agent, and readings by distinguished authors from North Carolina and beyond.

Faculty includes poets Alice Osborn and Chris Tonelli; fiction writers Clare Beams and Kim Church; and authors such as Howard L. Craft, Jen McConnel, and Barbara Claypole White. Current NC poet laureate Shelby Stephenson will be the featured guest at Saturday night's banquet; 2016 NC Literary Hall of Fame inductee Margaret Maron will give the Keynote Address on Friday night.

On-site registration for the NCWN 2016 Fall Conference opens at 3:00 pm on Friday, November 4, at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley.

 

RALEIGH—Attendees at this year's North Carolina Writers' Network Fall Conference will be able to enhance their conference experience with a new event app developed in-house by NCWN staff and NCWN trustee Paul Jones.

Technically a website, the URL will function as an event app when viewed from a mobile device. Bookmark: www.NCWNFallConference.com.

The app includes:

  • The Fall Conference Schedule, including room assignments
  • Faculty bios
  • Sponsor details
  • Exhibitor information
  • Conference logistics inluding tips on
    • Parking
    • Wi-Fi
    • Connecting through social media
  • And more!

"Attendees have been asking for something like this for a couple of years now," said NCWN communications director Charles Fiore. "We look forward to receiving feedback from users during and after the conference, so that we can add features in the future to make this app a one-stop enhancement of everyone's Fall Conference experience."

The NCWN Fall Conference runs November 4-6 at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley, in Raleigh. On-site registration opens at 3:00 pm on Friday. For full conference details click here.

Access the app at www.NCWNFallConference.com.

 

WINSTON-SALEM—Registration is now open for the North Carolina Writers' Network's first online class, "How to Be a Rock Star at PR," led by author and NCWN trustee Alice Osborn.

The class will take place on Wednesday, December 14, at 7:00 pm, online. This course is capped at forty (40) registrants, first-come, first-served.

Register here.

Hemingway, Whitman, and Morrison. These notable authors created their own brand by tooting their own horn and you can too. If you don’t stand out in the crowd in this new publishing world, you’ll be a “one and done” author. A decade ago Alice Osborn started her own successful writing and editing services company from the ground up and is here to share her secrets and hacks with you. In this talk you’ll learn how to build your brand by doing what no one else does and by learning and identifying your strengths as an author. You’ll also learn how to self-promote and enhance the presentation of your own skills, even if you’re a die-hard introvert. This workshop is useful for all writers across all genres and publication achievements.

Alice Osborn’s past educational (MA in English, NCSU, and BS in Finance, VA Tech) and work experience is unusually varied, and it now feeds her work as an editor, writing coach, and poet-musician. In the past decade, Alice has taught writing workshops to thousands of aspiring fiction and memoir authors of nearly all ages, both around the corner and across continents. Heroes without Capes is her most recent collection of poetry. Previous collections are After the Steaming Stops and Unfinished Projects. Alice is also the editor of the anthologies Tattoos and Creatures of Habitat, both from Main Street Rag. A North Carolina Writers’ Network board member and a Pushcart Prize nominee, her work has appeared in The News and Observer in Raleigh, The Broad River Review, Pedestal Magazine, Soundings Review, and in numerous journals and anthologies. When she’s not editing or writing, Alice is an Irish dancer who plays guitar and violin. She lives in Raleigh with her husband, two children, four loud birds, and Mr. Nibbles, the guinea pig. Visit Alice's website at www.aliceosborn.com.

"How to Be a Rock Star at PR" is the North Carolina Writers' Network's first offering in their Winter Series. More online classes are planned for January, February, and March.

"This new program initiative allows us to further our mission to connect and serve all the writers of North Carolina," said NCWN communications director Charles Fiore. "We view these online courses as a supplement to our current programs, and we remain committed to continuing to offer ample opportunities for all of us to get together face-to-face and in-person as well."

The online class "How to Be a Rock Star at PR" is available to anyone with an internet connection. Instructions for accessing the online class on Wednesday, December 14, will be sent to registrants no less than twenty-four hours prior to the start of class.

Register here.

The nonprofit North Carolina Writers’ Network is the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to writers at all stages of development. For additional information, visit www.ncwriters.org

 

 
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