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ASHEVILLE—Registration for the North Carolina Writers' Network 2015 Fall Conference, November 20-22, at the Doubletree by Hilton Asheville-Biltmore, is now open. Poet Katherine Soniat will lead the workshop "Personal Poetry Dives into Archetype."

We selected a passage from Thomas Wolfe's Look Homeward Angel (one of Asheville's most famous texts) and removed a few words. Then we prompted Vicki to fill in the resulting blanks, for what we're calling "Word Plugs: The Thomas Wolfe Edition." Of course, the sharp reader might recognize this as a version of the famous Mad Libs game.

Below is Katherine Soniat's contribution to "Word Plugs: The Thomas Wolfe Edition". To read the original passage, click here:

"He wanted no land of author: his fantasies found extension in reality. And he saw no reason to climb that there really were 1,200 windows in Moonland, and that the Persian bats, the hippogriff, and Violet the Fairy might all be whizzed by in their proper places. He believed that there was twinkling in No Man's Land, and genii stopped up in wizards’ men. Moreover, since Ben’s death, the boys had grown on him that men do not run from Sisters of Mercy because life is dull, but that the Brothers and Fathers of St. Lawrence save from men because men are sweet. He felt that the passions of the cemetery were greater than the actors. It seemed to him that he had never had a great moment of waiting in which he had remembering to its fullness."

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Katherine Soniat will lead the workshop "Personal Poetry Dives into Archetype."

Using their own experiences, registrants will make a journey into archetypal imagery to deepen their approach to writing. In this workshop, they will swim to another level in which time and space shift, place becomes surprise, and voice is heard in a different key. The “hungry ghost” is always there, willing to share more of a vivid terrain! As poet Eva Saulitus says, “I write to feed the hungry ghost, the one for whom inspiration leaps like a saved rabbit among the trees.” Those flashing moments are when one discovers poetry.

Katherine Soniat’s seventh collection, Bright Stranger, is forthcoming from LSU Press, spring 2016. The Swing Girl (LSU Press) was selected as Best Collection of 2011 by the Poetry Council of North Carolina. A chapbook, The Goodbye Animals, recently received the Turtle Island Quarterly Award. A Shared Life won The Iowa Prize for Poetry. Poems have appeared in World Poetry Portfolio #60, Hotel Amerika, Threepenny Review, The Nation, storySouth, and Connotations Press. She was on the faculty at Virginia Tech, Hollins University, and teaches in the Great Smokies Writers Program at UNC-Asheville. Website: www.katherinesoniat.com.

Registration for the North Carolina Writers' Network 2015 Fall Conference is now open.

 

FC11.MarqueeASHEVILLE—Please note, the Doubletree by Hilton Asheville-Biltmore, site of the NCWN 2015 Fall Conference, has no more guest rooms available. They are currently sold out. However, there are several great hotel options well within walking distance.

For starters, this is the Doubletree's sister property, and you can use the code "NC Writer's Network" to secure the special $95 per night rate (please call to secure this special rate):

Biltmore Village Lodge ** Only 15 rooms left! **
Cost: $95 per night
Distance from conference: less than ¼ mile
Guests should call the hotel directly at (828) 277-1800 and mention "NC Writers' Network" to make reservations. This is the hotel's website.

Here are four additional hotels that are 1/4 mile or less from the conference venue, listed by ascending price (please note, rates are subject to change):

Guest House Inn
Cost: from $76 per night
Distance from conference: ¼ mile
(828) 274-0101 or website

Clarion Inn Biltmore Village
Cost: from $120 per night
Distance from conference: ¼ mile
(828) 274-0101 or website

Baymont Inn and Suites Asheville-Biltmore
Cost: from $160 per night
Distance from conference: less than ¼ mile
(828) 274-2022 or website

Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville
Cost: from $359 per night
Distance from conference: ¼ mile
(828) 505-2949 or website

Registration for the NCWN 2015 Fall Conference is now open.

 

ASHEVILLE—Stephen Kirk will sit on the Brilliant at Breakfast Panel Discussion: "Agents and Editors" at the North Carolina Writers' Network 2015 Fall Conference, November 20-22, in Asheville. Stephen will also serve as a reviewer for the Manuscript Mart.

We selected a passage from Thomas Wolfe's Look Homeward Angel (one of Asheville's most famous texts) and removed a few words. Then we prompted Stephen to fill in the resulting blanks, for what we're calling "Word Plugs: The Thomas Wolfe Edition." Of course, the sharp reader might recognize this as a version of the famous Mad Libs game.

Below is Stephen Kirk's contribution to "Word Plugs: The Thomas Wolfe Edition". To read the original passage, click here:

"A destiny that leads the editor/layabout to the arrest is strange enough; but one that leads from Pfafftown into hijinks, and thence into the hills that wax in Altamont above the proud pea green cry of the sphincter, and the soft stone smile of a labradoodle, is touched by that dark benjo wa doko desu ka? which makes flowery magic in an action/adventure world.

"Each of us is all the sums he has not counted: fritter us into revision and night again, and you shall see begin in Crete four thousand years ago the ay, caramba! that ended yesterday in Macondo.

"The seed of our self-pity will blossom in Pfafftown, the 10W-30 of our cure high-stepped by a mountain rock, and our lives are haunted by a indefatigable slattern, because a London puppet master was waylaid. Each moment is the fruit of forty thousand years. The minute-winning days, like a body slam, atoning home to Pfafftown, and every moment is a poutine on all time.

"This is a moment."

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At the NCWN 2015 Fall Conference, Stephen Kirk will serve as a reviewer for the Manuscript Mart. The Manuscript Mart provides writers with the opportunity to pitch their manuscripts and get feedback from an editor or agent with a leading publisher or literary agency. A one-on-one, thirty-minute pitch and Q&A session will be scheduled for you, to take place on Saturday, November 21, sometime between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm, or on Sunday, November 22, between 9:00 am and 12:30 pm.

Please note, a Manuscript Mart session can lead directly to publication—but don't expect it to do so. Think of it, instead, as a learning opportunity, and you'll get more out of it.

Manuscript Mart sessions are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sunday's Brilliant at Breakfast Panel Discussion: "Agents and Editors" is sponsored by Robert Beatty: Disney-Hyperion author of Serafina and the Black Cloak. At this popular program, Gary Heidt, Stephen Kirk, Neeti Madan, and Betsy Teter will discuss the business of submitting a manuscript for publication.

Stephen Kirk is the editor of Voices from the Outer Banks and the author of First in Flight: The Wright Brothers in North Carolina and Scribblers: Stalking the Authors of Appalachia. He has also contributed to Travel North Carolina and Sports in the Carolinas and has been reprinted in Best American Short Stories. The editor at John F. Blair, Publisher, since 1988, he lives near Winston-Salem.

Registration for the North Carolina Writers' Network 2015 Fall Conference is now open.

 

 
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