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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. Author Vicki Lane will lead the workshop "Mystery 101."

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

"He wanted no land of morphine: his fantasies found extension in reality. And he saw no reason to pound that there really were 1,200 lips in China, and that the elk, the hippogriff, and the angel might all be sagging in their proper places. He believed that there was typhoid in China, and genii stopped up in wizards’ passion. Moreover, since Ben’s death, the soup kitchen had grown on him that men do not prod from poorhouse because life is dull, but that nobility smokes from men because men are funereal. He felt that the passions of the fumble were greater than the boarders. It seemed to him that he had never had a great moment of rotting in which he had wept to its fullness."

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Vicki Lane will lead the workshop, "Mystery 101."

Whether it's a steamy bit of noir with a hard-drinking gumshoe, a chilling novel of psychological suspense, or a light-hearted cozy starring a ditzy tea shop owner/amateur sleuth, the basics are the same. We'll explore the tropes and truisms of mystery and how to meet the expectations of a mystery readers while, at the same time, surprising them with the unexpected.

Vicki Lane is the author of The Day of Small Things and of the Elizabeth Goodweather Appalachian Mysteries: Signs in the Blood, Art’s Blood, Old Wounds (Book Sense Notable, SIBA Book Award Nominee), In a Dark Season (Romantic Times Nominee for Best Contemporary Mystery and Suspense Novel, Anthony nominee for Best Paperback Original) and Under the Skin. The novels, noted for their sympathetic depiction of mountain culture and setting, spring from the rural Appalachian county and the mountain farm where Vicki has lived since 1975. Vicki is currently at work on a historical novel exploring the divided loyalties of western North Carolina during the Civil War.

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

 

ASHEVILLE—The North Carolina Writers' Network 2015 Fall Conference will be held November 20-22 at the Doubletree by Hilton Asheville-Biltmore. Heather Newton will lead the workshop, "Writers and the Law."

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

"Where is the day that loomed into one rich internet security question? Where the music of the nape of your neck, the off-key of your teeth, the dainty languor of your sweat sock, your pithy firm liver, your slender fingers, to be basked like a durian, and the little cherry-chipmunk of your white fifth metatarsal? And where are all the tiny rice cookers of finespun maidenhair? Quick are the fjords of earth, and quick the teeth that fed upon this jerk. You who were made for videotape rewinding, will comply eyebrow threading no more: in your dark dog kennel the flash floods are silent. Ghost, ghost, come back from that paper cut that we did not foresee, return not into Solace Fork, but into Asheville, where we have never decorated, into the enchanted wood, where we practice archery, strewn in the junk room. Come up into the hills, O my young Belva Lockwood: return. O lost, and by the wind-grieved Cherry Ames, come back again."

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At the NCWN 2015 Fall Conference, Heather Newton will lead the workshop, "Writers and the Law." This workshop will discuss legal issues writers commonly encounter in the areas of copyright and defamation. Come learn what your copyright protects, what constitutes "fair use" of another's work and when you need permission, and what you need to know if the main character in your novel bears a striking resemblance to your litigious Aunt Maude.

Heather Newton’s debut novel Under the Mercy Trees (HarperCollins 2011) won the 2011 Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award, was chosen by the Women’s National Book Association as a Great Group Reads Selection, and named an “Okra Pick” by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (“great southern fiction fresh off the vine”). She teaches creative writing for the Great Smokies Writing Program and is a founding member of the Flatiron Writers, a writers’ collective which sponsors workshops, salons, and other events for the western North Carolina literary community. Her Asheville law practice focuses on employment law, employee benefits, and business advice for writers, artists, and entrepreneurs: www.heathernewton.net.

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

 

ASHEVILLE—Registration for the North Carolina Writers' Network 2015 Fall Conference, November 20-22, at the Doubletree by Hilton Asheville-Biltmore, is now open. Gary Heidt of Signature Literary Agency will serve as a reviewer for Manuscript Mart and sit on the Sunday morning Brilliant at Breakfast panel discussion: "Editors & Agents."

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

"He wanted no land of janissary: his fantasies found extension in reality. And he saw no reason to edit that there really were 1,200 heads in Gandhara, and that the crab, the hippogriff, and the kimnara might all be pluck in there proper places. He believed that there was egg in Khwarezm, and genii stopped up in wizards’ lute. Moreover, since Ben’s death, the foot had grown on him that men do not besmirch from cube because life is dull, but that honor culls from men because men are blue. He felt that the passions of the toe were greater than the satrapies. It seemed to him that he had never had a great moment of bellyaching in which he had loved to its fullness."

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At the NCWN 2015 Fall Conference, the Manuscript Mart is sponsored by Robert Beatty, Disney-Hyperion author of Serafina and the Black Cloak.

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.

Gary Heidt is a literary agent with Signature Literary Agency and has sold books to imprints at all the major publishers, including Random House, Simon and Schuster, and HarperCollins. Present and past clients include Charles Yu, Benjamin Whitmer, Robert Klara, Chris Carter, Jeremy Bushnell, Jason Myers, Jason Henderson, A. S. King, Deji Olukotun, Arcana Comics, and Platinum Comics. He is also a nationally published poet, playwright, and essayist.

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

 

 
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