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Thursday–Sunday
July 10–13
William Peace University
15 East Peace Street
Raleigh, NC 27604

 

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OVERVIEW / VENUE / REGISTRATION / FEES & DEADLINES / COURSE DESCRIPTIONS / FACULTY / SCHEDULE

 

Workshops in Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, and Poetry


Scott Huler


Randall Kenan


Shelby Stephenson

 


Overview

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The 2014 Squire Summer Writing Residency (SR14) offers intensive workshops with accomplished instructors, group events such as readings and discussions, a chance to share your work with other dedicated writers, and a unique opportunity to bond with writers from across the state and beyond.

SR14 will begin Thursday afternoon, July 10, with registration and check-in at this year’s venue, William Peace University. After an opening program that evening, workshop sessions in the genre of your choice – Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, or Poetry – will begin Friday morning and continue until mid-day Sunday, July 13.

Those fifteen hours of workshop time will create a community of common ground, a safe place to refine and polish your work, and maybe the opportunity and inspiration to try something new. Morning and afternoon breaks between workshop sessions give writers a leisurely writing period.

The seven group meals will be followed by panel discussions, readings by instructors and residents, and other special programs, allowing participants rare insight into the craft and business of writing.

Support for this residency is provided by the NC Arts Council, the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, and the family of Chick and Elizabeth Daniels Squire.

 

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Venue

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This year the Squire Summer Writing Residency will take place on the campus of William Peace University near downtown Raleigh, a short distance from a multitude of historic and cultural sites.

Room rates are included in your registration fees if you select either the Shared Room or Single Room options. All SR14 registrants who stay on-campus will be in the same residence hall.

Free WiFi will be available both in the residence hall and in the classrooms where the workshops will take place. Free parking will be available for registrants staying on campus and for those who commute each day.

 

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Registration

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Register early, particularly if you want to stay on-site. Workshops are small, and they fill fast. Only fifty (50) registrants are accepted for the Squire Summer Writing Residency.

A $300 deposit is required with registration; the balance is due Wednesday, June 25. (Or you're welcome to pay the entire fee at once; we won't mind.)

You may register online here, by phone at 336.293.8844 or 919.308.3228 (between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm, M-F), or by mail to the address below:

NCWN
ATTN: SR14 Registration
P.O. Box 21591
Winston-Salem, NC 27120

Your registration is not complete until you send a copy of your workshop manuscript, if required (please see Course Descriptions for manuscript requirements). If you do not send your workshop manuscript with registration, your workshop space may be taken by another registrant, so send your workshop manuscript the same day you register.

 

Commuters

Registrants who wish to commute daily from home or a hotel may register at the commuter rate of $400 (for NCWN members) or $550 (for nonmembers). This rate includes all group meals from Friday breakfast to Sunday breakfast, attendance at the workshop sessions of your choice, and all evening programs and readings.

 

"Tag Alongs"

If a registrant has a friend or family member who would like to spend the weekend in Raleigh, but not participate in a workshop, that person can register at the “Tag Along” rate of $150. This rate includes all group meals, readings, and other programs, but not workshops. Those registering at the “Tag Along” rate must accompany a NCWN member who is registered at the single-room rate.

 

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Fees & Deadlines

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All SR14 registrations must be received and paid in full by 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 25.

All required writing samples must be received (as a printed copy; no samples will be accepted electronically) by 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 25.

Requests for refunds must be made in writing, and must be received by 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 25, in order to be refunded up to 50 percent of the total registration fee. No refunds will be given for no-shows or requests made after June 25.

Fees: 2014 Squire Summer Writing Residency

  • $400 – NCWN Member Rate, commuter
  • $550 – NCWN Member Rate, shared room
  • $650 – NCWN Member Rate, single room
  • $550 – Nonmember Rate, commuter*
  • $650 – Nonmember Rate, shared room*
  • $150 – Tag Along Rate (meals only)#


* Nonmembers may join for $75 (adult) / $55 (student or senior) and be eligible for the member rate.

# Those registering at the “Tag Along” rate must accompany a NCWN member who is registered at the single-room rate.

A $300 deposit is required with registration, with balance due June 25.

 

Scholarships

A limited amount of scholarship aid will be available for deserving writers. To apply for a scholarship, please send your current C.V. and a brief “statement of writing intent,” describing your habits and goals as a writer, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than June 18.

 

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Course Descriptions

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Creative Nonfiction with Scott Huler
In nonfiction, good writing begins with good reporting, progresses through rigorous thinking, and comes into being through disciplined writing and fierce, unsentimental revision. That doesn’t mean you can’t write an emotional, sepiatone reminiscence of the smell of your Aunt Sophie’s pound cake, it just means you’ll need to understand where your information comes from and what you’re trying to say, and you’ll need to be willing to work hard enough to keep at it until you’ve said exactly what you mean. We’ll talk about telling true stories so they engage the reader, satisfy the writer, inform the cultural conversation -- and above all remain true. We’ll work on personal memoir, descriptive prose, highly reported documentary-style narrative, and whimsical, voicey short essays. We’ll keep our hands busy in class by doing exercises and sharing them, and we’ll try to emerge with at least one small finished piece by the end of the weekend. Come prepared to write, to read, and to fool around.

Registrants should submit ten (10) typewritten pages of prose, preferably with their registration, but if not, then to arrive no later than June 25. This submission may be one of the following: a single part of a longer work; one self-contained work; two excerpts from two longer works; two short, self-contained works. In any case, the submission should not exceed ten pages. Your registration is not complete until the Network receives your writing sample in the mail.

Please send writing samples to:

NCWN
ATTN: SR14 CNF
P.O. Box 21591
Winston-Salem, NC 27120

Registrants should also be prepared to e-mail their submission to others in the CNF workshop prior to the start of the Residency.

Fiction with Randall Kenan**Closed**
Good fiction is like a good stew: created from strong constituent parts that are seasoned and cooked well together. Normally we think of character, language, a sense of place, dialogue, plot, form, etc. as the basic meat and potatoes and carrots and celery of outstanding prose fiction. In this workshop we will be looking at what many authorities consider the "meat" of modern fiction -- character. As Alice Walker once said in an interview: “Character is King.” You can never know too much about your characters. We will be reading selections from published works, focusing on various techniques and styles and possibilities involved in creating strong characters on the page. And we will be given a number of in-class writing exercises centered around the idea of character.

Registrants should submit eight (8) typewritten pages of prose, preferably with their registration, but if not, then to arrive no later than June 25. This submission may be one of the following: a single part of a longer work; one self-contained work; two excerpts from two longer works; two short, self-contained works. In any case, the submission should not exceed eight pages. Your registration is not complete until the Network receives your writing sample in the mail.

Please send writing samples to:

NCWN
ATTN: SR14 Fiction
P.O. Box 21591
Winston-Salem, NC 27120

You should also be prepared to e-mail your submission to others in the fiction workshop. Please be sure to include your name and the title of your manuscript in the body of the e-mail, as well as on the manuscript itself.

Poetry with Shelby Stephenson
I try to set an atmosphere for writing.

I use the participants' writings as text.

We will read each other's work aloud and respond. And as the sessions gain momentum, we shall hope to see the sessions make themselves, with discussion, revisions, visions for new, the breakthoughs which might free us from stasis or stoppage, blockage. Hopefully things like image, forms, figures, personal experiences, reading -- all those matters -- plus the music of the lines (I've forgotten who said poetry is the music of the soul) -- those things will happen, as the writing, the poem or poetic expression, finds itself..

Mainly we shall read our work to each other. And respond. I have learned this: if a poem, a piece, wants to live -- it will. And the magic word seems to be "cut."

Each registrant should submit five (5) typewritten pages of poems, no more than one poem per page, preferably with their registration, but if not, then to arrive no later than June 25. Participants should submit poems they consider to be in progress or poems they are willing to reconsider; participants should also be prepared to e-mail their submission to others in the poetry workshop prior to the start of the Residency. Your registration is not complete until the Network receives your writing sample in the mail.

Please send writing samples to:

NCWN
ATTN: SR14 Poetry
P.O. Box 21591
Winston-Salem, NC 27120

 

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Faculty

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Scott Huler (Creative Nonfiction)

 

Scott Huler has written six books of creative nonfiction, most recently On the Grid (Rodale, 2010), about the infrastructure systems that make our world work. He has written about everything from the death penalty to bikini waxing (he likes to say he is for one and against the other), with his essays and reporting appearing in newspapers like the New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times; in magazines like ESPN, Backpacker, and Forbes; and on websites like Scientific American and Grist. His radio work has been heard on “All Things Considered” on NPR and “Marketplace” and “The Splendid Table” on PRI. He contributes writing and video regularly to Our State and Walter magazines and was the 2011 Piedmont Laureate in creative nonfiction.

 

 

Randall Kenan (Fiction)

 

Randall Kenan is the author of a novel, A Visitation of Spirits; two works of nonfiction, Walking on Water: Black American Lives at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century and The Fire This Time; and a collection of stories, Let the Dead Bury Their Dead. He edited and wrote the introduction for The Cross of Redemption: The Uncollected Writings of James Baldwin. Among his awards are a Guggenheim Fellowship, The Whiting Writers’ Award, the North Carolina Award, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Rome Prize. He is professor of English and Comparative Literature at UNC-Chapel Hill.

 

 

 

Shelby Stephenson (Poetry)

 

Shelby Stephenson has published many collections of poems, plus the poetic documentary Plankhouse (with photos by Roger Manley). Shelby is former editor of Pembroke Magazine. His Family Matters: Homage to July, the Slave Girl won the 2008 Bellday Poetry Prize, judged by Allen Grossman. Stephenson’s latest collection, The Hunger of Freedom (2014), is from Red Dashboard (www.reddashboard.com). Shelby's website is shelbystephenson.com.

 

 

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Schedule

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Thursday, July 10

3:00 – 6:00 pm..........Registration and Check-In

6:00 – 7:00 pm..........Free Time (Dinner on your own)

7:00 – 9:00 pm..........Opening Program: Here's to the Writingest State!

 

Friday, July 11

8:00 – 9:00 am......... Breakfast

9:00 – 10:30 am.........Workshop Session I

Creative Nonfiction with Scott Huler
Fiction with Randall Kenan**Closed**
Poetry with Shelby Stephenson

10:30 – 11:00 am..........Break

11:00 am – 12:30 pm..........Workshop Session II

12:30 – 1:30 pm..........Lunch

1:30 – 2:00 pm..........Free Time

2:00 – 3:30 pm..........Workshop Session III

3:30 – 4:00 pm..........Break

4:00 – 5:30 pm..........Workshop Session IV

5:30 – 6:30 pm..........Free Time

6:30 – 7:30 pm..........Dinner

7:30 – 8:00 pm..........Faculty Reading by Scott Huler

8:00 – 9:00 pm..........Table Talk with Karen Wells, executive director of ARTS North Carolina

9:00–10:00 pm..........Open Mic Night, Part I

 

Saturday, July 12

8:00 – 9:00 am..........Breakfast

9:00 – 10:30 am..........Workshop Session V

10:30 – 11:00 am..........Break

11:00 am – 12:30 pm..........Workshop Session VI

12:30 – 1:30 pm..........Lunch

1:30 – 2:00 pm..........Faculty Reading by Randall Kenan

2:00 – 3:30 pm..........Workshop Session VII

3:30 – 4:00 pm..........Break

4:00 – 5:30 pm..........Workshop Session VIII

5:30 – 6:30 pm..........Free Time

6:30 – 8:00 pm..........Dinner

8:00 – 8:30 pm..........Faculty Reading by Shelby Stephenson

8:30 – 10:00 pm..........Open Mic Night, Part II

 

Sunday, July 13

8:00 – 9:00 am..........Breakfast

9:00 – 10:30 am..........Workshop Session IX

10:30 – 11:00 am..........Break

11:00 am – 12:30 pm..........Workshop Session X

12:30 – 1:00 pm..........Closing Conversation

 

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Support for this residency is provided by the NC Arts Council, the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, and the family of Chick and Elizabeth Daniels Squire.

 

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