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GREENSBORO—The North Carolina Writers’ Network is pleased to welcome Deonna Kelli Sayed of Greensboro as our new Membership Coordinator.

Deonna started Tuesday, August 22, in time to get her feet wet before the floodgates of Fall Conference registration open next week.

As Membership Coordinator, Deonna is the Network’s “first responder” for member service, for current members, lapsed members, and potential members who don’t know yet that they want to be members. She can be reached at 919-308-3228 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to help with joining, renewing, registering for a conference or online class, entering a contest, or learning more about the Network.

“Deonna brings not only a wealth of writerly experience to our staff, but a new perspective, and new ideas on how best to serve our members and honor North Carolina’s literary tradition,” NCWN executive director Ed Southern said.

In addition to her work for the Network, Deonna is a writer, storyteller, and an award-winning journalist. She is the author of Paranormal Obsession: America’s Fascination With Ghosts & Hauntings, Spooks & Spirits. Her work is included in The New York Times-featured anthology Love, Inshallah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women, as well as Faithfully Feminist: Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Feminists on Why We Stay. She writes features for Yes! Weekly, an independent newspaper in Greensboro.

Her podcast work received multiple awards at the 2016 North Carolina Press Association, and top honors at the 2017 Association of Alternative Newsmedia gathering in Washington, D.C. Deonna has enjoyed Wildacres and Weymouth writing residencies. She is currently working on a memoir about faith, love, and ghosts. You can learn more about Deonna at her website, www.dksayed.com.

“I hope all our members are as excited to work with her as her new co-workers are,” Southern said.


WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH—The North Carolina Writers' Network 2017 Fall Conference runs November 3-5 at the Holiday Inn Resort in Wrightsville Beach. While we're not ready to spill the beans on all the highlights quite yet, here's what we can tell you.

Registration will open Monday, August 28.

Bestselling author Wiley Cash will give the Keynote Address. 

And early November is the perfect time to get some sand between your toes. With an average high of 68 degrees and a low of 45 degrees, the weather is warm enough to sit outside and enjoy a beverage writh writer friends you haven't seen in a while, but cool enough where you can enjoy this year's Pre-Conference Tailgate with Anna Lena Phillips Bell, a prose and poetry prompt walk through the charming beachside town of Wrightsville Beach.

The Holiday Inn Resort offers direct access to pristine beach. It's only minutes from Wilmington attractions such as the historic downtown, the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, and the USS NC Battleship. Dine al fresco or choose a room with an ocean view. And enjoy complementary internet access, as well as the pool.

Fall Conference on the coast is always very well-attended: offerings such as Master Classes, the Critique Service, and Manuscript Mart fill up early. So if you're planning to register for one of these popular programs, you'll want to do so as soon as registration opens on August 28.

For more information about Wrightsville Beach, click here.


WINSTON-SALEM—Though we’re saying more of a “So long” or “See you later” than a full-on “Goodbye,” we’re still sad to announce that this week will be Salem Dockery’s last as the Network’s Membership Coordinator.

Salem is stepping down to pursue other opportunities, but she plans (and we hope) to remain a part of North Carolina’s literary community, from whom we’ll hear much in years to come. Please join the Network staff and board in wishing Salem the best of luck in her writing, and all her other endeavors.

Friday will be her last official day with the Network, though she graciously has agreed to help out with various projects through the Squire Summer Writing Workshops next month.

We will begin searching for a new Membership Coordinator immediately. In the meantime, the Network’s 919-308-3228 phone number will remain active, so you still can reach us there or at 336-293-8844.

If you are interested in learning more about the Membership Coordinator position—or if you know someone who is—you can read about it here.


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