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Monthly Archives: May 2012

Press 53 Promotes Books for Soldiers

Our friends at Press 53 are running the following special promotion. Buy a book from a North Carolina press today, and give something to the men and women in the armed forces: For every book you purchase on our website from Memorial Day weekend until Flag Day (June 14), Press 53 will send, at no […]

Is Our Fiction Autobiographical?

Robert Inman will lead the Fiction Workshop at the North Carolina Writers’ Network’s 2012 Squire Summer Writing Residency. This conference runs July 19-22 at Queens University of Charlotte. Here’s what Inman has to say about writing fiction—the idea that at heart, we always “write what we know.” Kris Kristofferson: that gravel-voiced singer/songwriter/actor who came to […]

Jessica Kariisa Finalist in Poetry Out Loud 2012

In March, we blogged about Raleigh Charter School student Jessica Kariisa, the winner of the North Carolina Poetry Out Loud competition. Well, she made the finals at the National Endowment for the Arts’ national Poetry Out Loud competition, along with only eight other contestants in Washington DC. Photos are up on the web. Jessica is in […]

Jan B. Parker Says: “Park It” at this Year’s Squire Summer Writing Residency

Registration is still open for the 2012 Squire Summer Writing Residency, July 19-22, at Queens University of Charlotte. Author and NCWN Board Member Jan B. Parker attended back in 2009, and here’s what she had to say about her experience: My first experience with the Squire Summer Writing Residency occurred in the heat of 2009 on […]

What are Folks Saying About the Squire Summer Writing Residency?

Well, we don’t know what everyone is saying, but here’s what author and 2011 Squire Summer Writing Residency attendee Danny Bernstein had to say about her experience: Last summer, I attended the NC Writers Network’s Squire Summer Writing Residency. I had just finished walking the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, a thousand miles through North Carolina. I wanted […]

Call To Action!

I just received the following Call to Action from ARTS North Carolina.  Please, Network members, take a few minutes to read and heed their call.  The staff of the North Carolina Arts Council has made heroic efforts on behalf of our state’s artists and arts community, and now they need our help.  Tell these legislators […]

Wayne Martin Named New NCAC Executive Director

I hope all of the North Carolina Writers’ Network will join in welcoming Wayne Martin to the N.C. Arts Council.  We look forward to working with Mr. Martin for many years to come: Wayne Martin Named Executive Director of the North Carolina Arts Council North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Secretary Linda A. Carlisle announced […]

Poet.She Launches “Fight for Literacy” Campaign

From our friends at the Triad-based organization Poet.She: Just in time for summer break, female spoken word and performance group, Poet.She has launched a Fight for Literacy campaign from May 2012 until the new academic school year. The six-week reading and creative writing after school program has been proven to increase the literacy skills of […]

Blonnie Bunn Wyche: RIP

Sad news from Wilmington resident Georgia Mullen, on behalf of the Sea Quills writing group, our Cape Fear Coast regional reps: Wilmington author Blonnie Bunn Wyche, 79, a longtime member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network, died Wednesday May 2, 2012 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. A retired teacher, Blonnie authored two historical novels, […]