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WINSTON-SALEM—Whether we're writing about our home town, eighteenth-century England, or alien planets, it's vital to build a coherent and "realistic" world for our readers to explore. In novels, memoirs, and even poems, we build a lucid dream one detail at a time.
Details are the building blocks of any piece of creative writing. If chosen carefully, they become the cornerstones that support wildly successful endeavors.
On Thursday, February 22, at 7:00 pm, author and assistant professor of English at the University of Kentucky, W. Andrew Ewell, will lead the online class "Materials of Realism (Fiction)."
Registration is now open.
This course is capped at forty (40) registrants, first-come, first-served. There is a $25 fee to register.
James Wood tells us that “life…will always contain a surplus” of detail (How Fiction Works), which poses the writer of fiction at least two serious challenges: to winnow down the excess and to identify what needs winnowing—and why.
This course will explore “detail” as the cornerstone of a convincing fictional world by sharpening our eye for the material around us and by enriching our sensitivity to the implications of a writer’s choices of detail, including tone, metaphor, connotation, symbolic value, and character.
W. Andrew Ewell is an assistant professor of English at the University of Kentucky. He holds an MFA in fiction from Boston University and is a fellow at Yaddo, VCCA, and VCCA-France. His stories and essays have appeared in Salon, TriQuarterly, Narrative, The Chattahoochee Review, and other publications.
"Materials of Realism (Fiction)" is the North Carolina Writers' Network's third offering in their 2017-2018 Winter Series of online classes.
"This program 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. "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 "Materials of Realism (Fiction)" is available to anyone with an internet connection, or who even owns just a telephone. Instructions for accessing the online class on Thursday, February 22, will be sent to registrants no less than twenty-four hours prior to the start of class.
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.
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GREENSBORO—The 2018 Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition is now open for submissions.
The contest awards a single poem $200 and publication in storySouth. The deadline is Thursday, March 1.
To submit, click here.
Final judge Lauren Moseley is the author of Big Windows, which was recently named one of "12 Most Anticipated Poetry Collections Hitting Bookstores in 2018" by Bustle. Lauren's poems have appeared in the anthologies Best New Poets and Women Write Resistance and in such magazines as FIELD, Narrative, Copper Nickel, West Branch Wired, and Pleiades. She holds an MFA in Poetry from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Lauren has been a fellow at Yaddo and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and a recipient of an artist’s grant from the Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. She lives in Durham.
The Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition honors the work and legacy of the poet and critic Randall Jarrell, who taught at what is now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro for nearly eighteen years. He was a 1996 inductee of the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame who left behind nine books of poetry, four books of literary criticism, four children’s books, five anthologies, a bestselling academic novel, a translation of Goethe’s Faust, Part I, and a translation of Chekhov’s The Three Sisters, produced on Broadway by The Actors’ Studio.
The competition is administered by Terry L. Kennedy, Associate Director of the MFA in Creative Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
storySouth is an online literary journal dedicated to showcasing the best poetry (and fiction and creative nonfiction) that writers from the "new south" have to offer. Facilitated by the Graduate Program in Creative Writing at UNCG, storySouth aims to prove that "the internet is not just a medium of flash and style; that excellent writing can attract attention without programming gimmicks and hard-to-read fonts." storySouth believes the American South today is a "mix of traditional and new, regional and international." Published poets include Cathy Smith Bowers, Al Maginnes, Dannye Romine Powell, and Elizabeth Swann.
Here are the complete guidelines to the Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition:
- The competition is open to any writer who is a legal resident of North Carolina or a member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network.
- The postmark deadline is March 1.
- Entries can be submitted one of two ways:
- Send one printed copy through the U.S. Postal Service (see guidelines and address below), along with a check for the appropriate fee, made payable to the North Carolina Writers' Network.
- Submit an electronic copy online at http://ncwriters.submittable.com, and pay by VISA or MasterCard.
Terry L. Kennedy
MFA Writing Program
3302 MHRA Building
Greensboro, NC 27402-6170
The non-profit 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.