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ASHEVILLE—The North Carolina Writers' Network 2015 Fall Conference will be held November 20-22 at the Doubletree by Hilton Asheville-Biltmore. Luke Hankins will serve as a critiquer for the Critique Service.

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 Luke 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 Luke Hankins' contribution to "Word Plugs: The Thomas Wolfe Edition". To read the original passage, click here:

"Where is the day that dodged into one rich person wearing socks with sandals? Where the music of your hands, the allegro of your teeth, the dainty languor of your coat, your staticky firm bladder, your slender fingers, to be expanded like arugula, and the little cherry-rat of your white feet? And where are all the tiny blenders of finespun maidenhair? Quick are the archipelagos of earth, and quick the teeth that fed upon this chain of islands. You who were made for architecture, will design taxidermy no more: in your dark haunted houses the volcanoes are silent. Ghost, ghost, come back from that ankle sprain that we did not foresee, return not into Wonderland, but into Montford Cemetery, where we have never split open, into the enchanted wood, where we practiced origami, strewn on the widow's walk. Come up into the hills, O my young Rumi: return. O lost, and by the wind-grieved Alice, come back again."

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At the NCWN 2015 Fall Conference, Luke will serve as a Critiquer. The Critique Service provides writers with in-depth literary critique of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry, by a seasoned writer or editor. A one-on-one, thirty-minute review session will be scheduled for those who register, 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.

Critiques are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Luke Hankins is the author of a collection of poems, Weak Devotions, and the editor of Poems of Devotion: An Anthology of Recent Poets (both from Wipf & Stock). A chapbook of his translations of French poems by Stella Vinitchi Radulescu, I Was Afraid of Vowels...Their Paleness, was published by Q Avenue Press in 2011. His latest book, The Work of Creation: Selected Prose, is forthcoming from Wipf & Stock this winter. A graduate of the Indiana University MFA in Creative Writing program, where he held the Yusef Komunyakaa Fellowship in Poetry, Hankins' poems, essays, and translations have appeared in numerous publications, including 32 Poems, American Literary Review, Books & Culture, The Collagist, Contemporary Poetry Review, Image, New England Review, Poetry East, storySouth, Verse Daily, and The Writer's Chronicle, as well as on the American Public Media national radio program "On Being." Hankins serves as Senior Editor at Asheville Poetry Review, where he has been on staff for nine years, and he is the founder and editor of Orison Books, a non-profit literary press focused on the life of the spirit from a broad and inclusive range of perspectives. His website is www.lukehankins.net.

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

 

ASHEVILLE—Megan Shepherd will lead the workshop "Writing Young Adult Fiction" at the North Carolina Writers' Network 2015 Fall Conference, November 20-22, in Asheville.

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 Megan 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 Megan Shepherd's contribution to "Word Plugs: The Thomas Wolfe Edition". To read the original passage, click here:

"A destiny that leads the goatherd to the lemon is strange enough; but one that leads from Beaufort into fire, and thence into the hills that lasso in Altamont after the proud gray cry of the lips, and the soft stone smile of an chicken, is touched by that dark gesundheit! which makes delicate magic in a buddy comedy world.

"Each of us is all the sums he has not counted: Skip us into dialogue and night again, and you shall see begin in Crete four thousand years ago the blast that ended yesterday in Shangrila.

"The seed of our depressed will blossom in Beaufort, the goat's milk of our cure pondered by a mountain rock, and our lives are haunted by a saucy slattern, because a London policeman went strolling. Each moment is the fruit of forty thousand years. The minute-winning days, like pitching a ball, fly home to Beaufort, and every moment is a casserole on all time.

"This is a moment."

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Megan Shepherd will lead the workshop "Writing Young Adult Fiction." Young Adult fiction is one of the fastest-growing categories of books, in large part because it's read by much more than just teenagers! Hits like Twilight, The Hunger Games, and The Fault in Our Stars have found a wide audience because of their universal themes and riveting plots. This workshop will discuss both the craft portion of writing young adult books, including the common tropes and rules of YA, and the philosophy of writing for teens; and also the business side, looking at the many avenues of publication (indie publishing, transitional publishing, hybrid publishing), how to find an agent, and what to expect during publication. There will also be a Q&A.

Megan Shepherd is the author of many works for young people, including The Madman's Daughter series and The Cage series, as well as the forthcoming The Secret Horses of Briar Hill. Her works have been translated into eight languages, and The Madman's Daughter was optioned for film and won the NC Book Award for Young Adult Literature. Born in Brevard, and raised in her parents’ independent bookstore, she now lives on an old dairy farm outside of Asheville.

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

 

Passage I

"A destiny that leads the English to the Dutch is strange enough; but one that leads from Epsom into Pennsylvania, and thence into the hills that shut in Altamont over the proud coral cry of the cock, and the soft stone smile of an angel, is touched by that dark miracle of chance which makes new magic in a dusty world.

"Each of us is all the sums he has not counted: subtract us into nakedness and night again, and you shall see begin in Crete four thousand years ago the love that ended yesterday in Texas.

"The seed of our destruction will blossom in the desert, the alexin of our cure grows by a mountain rock, and our lives are haunted by a Georgia slattern, because a London cutpurse went unhung. Each moment is the fruit of forty thousand years. The minute-winning days, like flies, buzz home to death, and every moment is a window on all time.

"This is a moment."

With Prompts

"A destiny that leads the (Occupation) to the (Noun) is strange enough; but one that leads from (Location in NC) into (Noun), and thence into the hills that (Verb) in Altamont (Preposition) the proud (Color) cry of the (Body Part), and the soft stone smile of an (Animal), is touched by that dark (Foreign Phrase) which makes (Adjective) magic in a (Genre of Film) world.

"Each of us is all the sums he has not counted: (Verb) us into (Element of Craft) and night again, and you shall see begin in Crete four thousand years ago the (Favorite Curse Word) that ended yesterday in (Fictional Place).

"The seed of our (Emotion) will blossom in the (Location in NC), the (Type of Liquid) of our cure (Verb) by a mountain rock, and our lives are haunted by a (Adjective) slattern, because a London (Occupation) went (Verb (Past Tense)). Each moment is the fruit of forty thousand years. The minute-winning days, like (Sporting Action), (Verb) home to (Location in NC), and every moment is a (Food Item) on all time.

"This is a moment."

 
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