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Fall Conference 2007
Opening Reception: "Winston-Salem Writers Welcome"
Sycamore Ballroom (Upstairs) Friday, 5:30-7:30 pm
Jump into the weekend! Greet old friends and meet distinguished faculty and fellow writers over heavy hors d'oeuvres and wine. We will honor some of the Winston-Salem area's most distinguished writers, as well as the organizations that have supported them.
Tickets are $35 in addition to conference fee. Open to the public. Pre-register on website.
Keynote Address: Jill McCorkle
Sycamore Ballroom (Upstairs), 9:00 pm
Beloved North Carolina author and native Jill McCorkle is one of our state's funniest - and most acclaimed - writers, with a slew of awards and prestigious teaching assignments. She is the author of five novels -- The Cheerleader, July 7th, Tending to Virginia, Ferris Beach, and Carolina Moon -- and three story collections, most recently Creatures of Habit. The recipient of the New England Book Award, the John Dos Passos Prize, and the North Carolina Award for Literature, she has taught creative writing at UNC-Chapel Hill, Tufts, Harvard, Brandeis and Bennington College. She is currently the Lee Smith Writer in Residence at NC State University.
Free and open to the public. Pre-register on website. facultyBooks.shtml
Jill McCorkle Book Signing
Enjoy meeting Jill McCorkle as she joins readers at a book signing following her keynote address. Find her books at the on-site conference bookstore Barnes & Noble, upstairs in the Conference Marketplace.
Morning Coffee with an Author: Carole Boston Weatherford
(Room TBA), 8:00 - 9:00 am
Start your day with New York Times best-selling author Carole Boston Weatherford as she talks with the Winston-Salem Journal writer Kim Underwood in an informal armchair interview. The deeply moving Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom, the best-known of her more than two dozen children's books, is a 2007 Caldecott Honor Book and NAACP Image Award winner.
Carole Boston Weatherford Book Signing
Carole will be signing Moses and other books after her talk. Bring a book from our onsite bookstore for her to sign.
Luncheon Speaker: Nathan Ross Freeman
Sycamore Ballroom (upstairs), 12:45 - 2:00 pm
Gather for lunch as award-winning scriptwriter, filmmaker, playwright and spoken word educator Nathan Ross Freeman leads us in a Spoken Word Poetry exercise with young poet friends from the Winston-Salem Youth Arts Institute. His independent feature "Mr. Bones" was an Official Selection of the 2007 San Francisco Black Film Festival, and his independent short film "Francine" was an official Selection of the 2007 New York Short Film Festival. An Impact Communications Specialist, he is founder of Montage Showcase Ensemble, Assegai Film Group, Winston-Salem Youth Arts Institute, Pen & Voice, and Mr. Bones Film, Inc.
(Room TBA), 4:30-6:30 pm
This is your chance to hear your favorite presenters read their own work aloud in 10-minute sections. Great opportunity to get your book signed. All faculty books are on sale at our on-site conference bookseller, Barnes & Noble, upstairs in the Conference Marketplace.
Banquet Speaker: Robert Morgan
Sycamore Ballroom (Upstairs), 7:00 - 9:00 pm
North Carolina native and critically acclaimed author Robert Morgan speaks on his forthcoming book, Boone: A Biography. Published in October 2007, Boone: A Biography evokes the life of Daniel Boone as "the story of America - its ideals, its promise, its romance, and its destiny." Morgan has published eight books of fiction, including Gap Creek, which won the Southern Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction for 2000 and was a selection of the Oprah Book Club, and Brave Enemies: A Novel of the American Revolution, 2003. He has also published eleven books of poetry, most recently The Strange Attractor: New and Selected Poems, 2004. Morgan grew up in Hendersonville and has taught at Cornell University since 1971.
Introductory Presentation: Literary Trails of North Carolina, by Georgann Eubanks
Morgan's talk will be preceded by a brief presentation on the new book, Literary Trails of North Carolina, the first of a three-volume book project being commissioned by the N.C. Arts Council. Author Georgann Eubanks will present. She will sign books following the banquet.
Robert Morgan Book Signing
Chat with Robert Morgan as he signs your copy of his book following the banquet. Find his books at the on-site conference bookstore Barnes & Noble, upstairs in the Conference Marketplace.
Open Mic for Conference-Goers
9:30 pm, Rooms: Poplar 1, Poplar 2, and the Hospitality Suite
Claim your 5 minutes of fame! All conferees are invited to take part in a lively read-out-loud session.
Sign up at Writers' Network Registration Table, Upstairs in Conference Marketplace
Morning Coffee with an Author: Louise Hawes and John Hart (Room TBA), 8:00 - 9:00 am
Both Louise Hart and John Hart have published new books since last year. Come hear them talk with Writer's Digest editor Lauren Mosko about the ups and downs, highs and lows of continuing - as opposed to launching - a writing career. Hart's King of Lies was a New York Times best-selling book last year, and his Down River, set in Salisbury, NC, just came out Oct. 2. Hawes published a collection of short fiction, Anteaters Don't Dream, this spring. She has published 16 books of short fiction, middle-grade and picture books, and young adult fiction.
Louise Hawes and John Hart Book Signing
Join John and Louise as they sign books and mingle with fellow writers after their talk. Bring a book from our onsite bookstore for them to sign.