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GREENSBORO—Why write about yourself?

Multi award-winning author Lee Zacharias will try to answer this question, and more, when she leads the Creative Nonfiction Master Class at the North Carolina Writers' Network 2017 Spring Conference, Saturday, April 22, at UNCG.

Pre-registration is now open.

The morning session of this nonfiction workshop, "The Art of Structuring Personal Nonfiction," will begin by addressing the significance of personal writing, both in essay and memoir, for the writer and for the reader. That is, participants will discuss personal writing not as autobiography but as art. They will learn to read like writers—to read beyond content for structure—and talk about strategies for structuring personal nonfiction. Because no one's story ends without involving others, registrants will end the morning by considering issues of privacy and legality that are unique to nonfiction, as well as copyright law. Students are welcome to bring questions about privacy and legality that they are facing or think they may face in their own work. In the afternoon session, attendees will turn their attention to discussing the manuscripts they have submitted in advance of the class.

The NCWN 2017 Spring Conference is a full day of classes on the craft and business of writing, as well as faculty readings, Lunch with an Author, an open mic for conference participants, and the third annual Slush Pile Live! Master class registration is first-come, first-served, and all Master Class applications must be received by Friday, April 7.

To apply, attendees should submit up to 1,500 sequential words from a single work, along with their current CV in a separate attachment, on the same day that they register for the conference. Submissions should be saved in a single MS Word document, using double-spaced 12-point Times New Roman font, with numbered pages, and sent as an attachment to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The title of the work and the author's name should appear on the submission. The sample he or she submits will be the work discussed in class, and accepted registrants will be asked to circulate their drafts to others in the class prior to the conference.

Each registrant should be ready to handle the intensive instruction and atmosphere of the Master Class.

Lee Zacharias is the author of a collection of short stories, Helping Muriel Make It Through the Night, two novels, Lessons and At Random, and a collection of personal essays, The Only Sounds We Make. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the North Carolina Arts Council, North Carolina's Sir Walter Raleigh Award, Southern Humanities Review's Theodore Christian Hoepfner Award, Prairie Schooner's Glenna Luschei Award, and a Silver Medal in Creative Nonfiction from the Independent Publisher Book Awards. At Random was a finalist in literary fiction for the 2013 International Book Awards, the National Indie Lit Awards, and the USA Best Book Awards. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in numerous journals, including, among others, The Southern Review, Shenandoah, and Our State. Ten times her essays have been named Notable Essays of the Year by The Best American Essays, which reprinted "Buzzards" in The Best American Essays 2008. For thirty-three years she taught literature and creative writing at the University of North Carolina Greensboro and is currently on the faculty of the Wildacres Writer Conference.

For full conference details, and to register, click here.

Spring Conference is sponsored in part by The MFA in Creative Writing Program at UNCG,, which will provide free parking for Spring Conference registrants in the Oakland Avenue Parking Deck, across Forest Street from the MHRA Building (behind Yum Yum Better Ice Cream and Old Town Draught House). Other sponsors include 88.5 FM WFDD: Public Radio for the Piedmont, The News & Record in Greensboro, and the North Carolina Arts Council.


ASHEVILLE—More and more authors are turning to indie publishing in order to reach a wider audience and have greater control over their final product. But there's a lot that an indie author has to juggle, and the process can be overwhleming to anyone who has never published before.

On Tuesday, March 21, at 7:00 pm, Danny Bernstein will lead the online class "Indie Publishing." This class will help authors make the journey from finishing their manuscript to taking their book to market.

Registration is now closed.

This course is capped at forty (40) registrants, first-come, first-served. There is a $25 fee to register.

What Color is your Parachute? and The Martian are two of the more famous modern books that started out as self-published books. You’ve got a book in you. You may be writing a book but so far, it’s just a manuscript on your computer.

How can you go from manuscript to a published book and e-book? If you want to skip the traditional agent and publisher route, you can publish a book yourself, independently. It’s not easy, and it’s not quick, but publishing your book allows full control of the physical book such as book cover, content, and price. It also lets you decide how you’ll market the book and where it will be sold. Most important, it gets your book out there in the marketplace.

Danny will talk about the big picture of indie publishing and details that no one seems to think about until you self-publish. Indie publishing is an exciting trip, so let’s take a good look at the whole map before you begin the journey.

Danny Bernstein is a hiker, hike leader, and outdoor writer. She’s written two hiking guides for the Southern Appalachians (Milestone Press), and a travel narrative, The Mountains-to-Sea Trail Across North Carolina (History Press). Her latest book, Forests, Alligators, Battlefields: My Journey through the National Parks of the South, which celebrates the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, was published independently in 2016. Danny has written for many publications including the Mountain Xpress, Blue Ridge Outdoors, and the Smokies Life. She lives in Asheville.

In her previous life, she worked in computer science for thirty-five years, long before computers were cool, first as a software developer, then as a professor of computer science. She’s blogged for almost ten years about the outdoors and writing. See www.hikertohiker.com.

"Indie Publishing" is the North Carolina Writers' Network's fourth and final offering in their 2016-2017 Winter Series.

"This new program initiative is a great way for writers from all over North Carolina to connect without having the hassle of driving somewhere and finding parking," said NCWN communications director Charles Fiore. "These online classes offer top-shelf instruction for a fraction of the cost, and the software itself is very intuitive and easy to use."

The online class "Indie Publishing" is available to anyone with an internet connection, or who even owns just a telephone. Instructions for accessing the online class on Tuesday, March 21, 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.


GREENSBORO—The North Carolina Writers' Network 2017 Spring Conference happens Saturday, April 22, in the MHRA Building and Curry Auditorium on the University of North Carolina at Greensboro campus. Registration is now open.

Fred Chappell will give the Keynote Address.

In 2004, Fred Chappell retired after teaching for forty years in the English Department of the University of the North Carolina at Greensboro. He is guilty of thirty-odd books of poetry, fiction, and literary commentary. Various awards have fallen upon him. His wife Susan has made gratitude one of the healthier parts of his life, as have his children, animals, neighbors, and colleagues. He in an inductee of the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame. For five years he served as Poet Laureate of North Carolina, and in that capacity, visited some 250 or so schools, colleges, universities, retirement homes, churches, and other venues.

His latest book of verse is Familiars (LSU Press, 2014); his novel A Shadow All of Light, was published by Tor Books in 2016.

His son Heath and daughter-in-law Patty live in Chicago. Fred and Susan still live in Greensboro, tending their cat, their plants, and mostly, their own business.

Fred was recently profiled in YES! Weekly, the cultural publication for the Triad area. 

The North Carolina Writers' Network 20117 Spring Conference is a full day of workshops and session in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, as aspects of the craft such as writing for children, publishing, and social media for self-published authors. Lee Zacharias, an NEA and Arts Council Fellow, will lead the Master Class in Creative Nonfiction. New York Times bestselling author David Payne will lead the Master Class in Poetry. Julie Funderburk, whose new poetry collection was published in 2016 by LSU Press, will lead the Master Class in Poetry.

For full conference details, and to register, click here.

Spring Conference is sponsored in part by The MFA in Creative Writing Program at UNCG,, which will provide free parking for Spring Conference registrants in the Oakland Avenue Parking Deck, across Forest Street from the MHRA Building (behind Yum Yum Better Ice Cream and Old Town Draught House). Other sponsors include 88.5 FM WFDD: Public Radio for the Piedmont, The News & Record in Greensboro, and the North Carolina Arts Council.


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