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GREENSBORO—Of David Payne’s novel, Ruin Creek, the reviewer for The Dallas Morning News wrote: “I begin with what may seem a bold observation: David Payne is the most gifted American novelist of his generation."

David will lead the Fiction Master Class at the North Carolina Writers' Network 2017 Spring Conference on Saturday, April 22, on the campus of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Registration is now open.

In this fiction workshop, participants will begin with a discussion of the writer’s need for psychological self-awareness; or, alternatively, the dangers of “acting out” on the page, using A River Runs Through It as their text. (Everyone should read A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean.) In the afternoon session, registrants will workshop one another's submissions.

Please submit up to 1,500 sequential words from a single work, along with your current CV in a separate attachment, on the same day that you register for the conference. Submissions should be saved in a single MS Word document, using double-spaced 12-point Times New Roman font, with numbered pages, and sent as an attachment to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The title of the work and your name should appear on the submission. The sample you submit will be the work discussed in class, and accepted registrants will be asked to circulate their drafts to others in the class prior to the conference.

Master class registration is first-come, first-served, and all Master Class applications must be received by Friday, April 7. Each applicant should be ready to handle the intensive instruction and atmosphere of the Master Class.

David Payne is The New York Times Notable author of five novels and a 2015 memoir, Barefoot to Avalon, A Brother’s Story. Payne has published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Libération, and elsewhere. He teaches in the MFA Program at Queens University of Charlotte and gives private workshops in Hillsborough: www.davidpaynebooks.com.

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

The conference features intensive workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as publisher exhibits, "Lunch With an Author," readings, an open mic, and the third annual "Slush Pile Live!" The faculty includes poets Barbara Presnell, Julie Funderburk, and Crystal Simone Smith; fiction writers Steve Cushman and James Tate Hill; and creative nonfiction writers Melissa Delbridge and Lee Zacharias. The keynote speaker is poet Fred Chappell.

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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