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GREENSBORO—The North Carolina Writers' Network 2017 Spring Conference happens Saturday, April 22, in the MHRA Building and Curry Auditorium on the University of North Carolina at Greensboro campus. Registration is now open.

Fred Chappell will give the Keynote Address.

In 2004, Fred Chappell retired after teaching for forty years in the English Department of the University of the North Carolina at Greensboro. He is guilty of thirty-odd books of poetry, fiction, and literary commentary. Various awards have fallen upon him. His wife Susan has made gratitude one of the healthier parts of his life, as have his children, animals, neighbors, and colleagues. He in an inductee of the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame. For five years he served as Poet Laureate of North Carolina, and in that capacity, visited some 250 or so schools, colleges, universities, retirement homes, churches, and other venues.

His latest book of verse is Familiars (LSU Press, 2014); his novel A Shadow All of Light, was published by Tor Books in 2016.

His son Heath and daughter-in-law Patty live in Chicago. Fred and Susan still live in Greensboro, tending their cat, their plants, and mostly, their own business.

Fred was recently profiled in YES! Weekly, the cultural publication for the Triad area. 

The North Carolina Writers' Network 20117 Spring Conference is a full day of workshops and session in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, as aspects of the craft such as writing for children, publishing, and social media for self-published authors. Lee Zacharias, an NEA and Arts Council Fellow, will lead the Master Class in Creative Nonfiction. New York Times bestselling author David Payne will lead the Master Class in Poetry. Julie Funderburk, whose new poetry collection was published in 2016 by LSU Press, will lead the Master Class in Poetry.

For full conference details, and to register, click here.

Spring Conference is sponsored in part by The MFA in Creative Writing Program at UNCG,, which will provide free parking for Spring Conference registrants in the Oakland Avenue Parking Deck, across Forest Street from the MHRA Building (behind Yum Yum Better Ice Cream and Old Town Draught House). Other sponsors include 88.5 FM WFDD: Public Radio for the Piedmont, The News & Record in Greensboro, and the North Carolina Arts Council.

 

 
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