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Monthly Archives: June 2012

Seeking the Work-Promotion Balance

Whether we’re an indy author or we’ve been published through the traditional route, we’re expected to play some part in the promotion of our book. More than likely, we’re playing a large part. But one day, we feel our eyes glaze over from scouring Amazon.com for potential reviewers. We might find ourselves wondering, “Is this the best use of […]

Only One More Week for SR12

You have only one more week to register for the 2012 Squire Summer Writing Residency.  And when we say one week, we mean one week. Registration for this year’s Residency (SR12) will close at 5 p.m., Wednesday, June 27 – with finality, without exception.* So if you want to immerse yourself in the craft of […]

“Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against PublishAmerica,” says Writer Beware

I’ve said it before, and I’m sure I’ll say it again: writing is an extraordinary and challenging and satisfying pursuit, but publishing is a business. Once a writer decides to seek publication – through whatever avenue – that writer needs to start thinking like a business person, and a savvy business person at that.  Put […]

“As the Leaves to a Tree”: Some Thoughts on Inspiration and Poetic Technique

By Morri Creech Few statements about writing unnerve me as much as this from John Keats: “If Poetry comes not as naturally as the leaves to a tree it had better not come at all.” Now, just what is it that the poet means by this? Certainly not that poems should be easy to write: […]

Economic Impact of Creative Nonprofits Equals $1.2 Billion

In May, we encouraged readers of this blog to contact their state legislators to remind them that any further cuts to the state arts budget would negatively affect every county and “strike at the heart of arts-driven economic development.” But just how impactful would further cuts be? The North Carolina Arts Council released the results […]

Ashe County Arts Council Earns South Arts Grant

From our friends at the North Carolina Arts Council: The Ashe County Arts Councilin West Jefferson is one of 11 presenting organizations sharing $15,869 in Literary Arts Grants funding from South Arts for the 2012-2013 season. The Literary Arts Grants program offers organizations the opportunity to receive financial support to engage writers of fiction, creative […]

Natasha Trethewey Named 19th U.S. Poet Laureate

Natasha Trethewey, native of Gulfport, Mississippi, and current resident of Decatur, Georgia, has been named the next Poet Laureate of the United States. She is the first Southerner to hold the title since the original poet laureate: Robert Penn Warren. She is also the first African-American poet laureate since Rita Dove in 1993. From the […]

A Life in the Arts

It’s graduation season, and if you’re considering a life in the arts–or if you’re in the process of making one–this commencement address by British author Neil Richard Gaiman is a must-see (or at least a must-listen). Courtesy of the University of the Arts. Neil Richard Gaiman is an English author of short fiction, novels, comic […]

Ron Rash on Doc Watson

A while back, the North Carolina Arts Council taped  author Ron Rash talking about Blue Ridge music in literature—including Deep Gap native and flat-picker Doc Watson, who passed away last week at the age of 89. Here are the links: Ron Rash on Growing Up with Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs and Traditional Music Ron Rash […]

In This Country We Call Creative Nonfiction

Pat MacEnulty is the author of four novels, a short-story collection, and a memoir. Her most recent book, Wait Until Tomorrow: A Daughter’s Memoir, was nominated for the 2012 SIBA Nonfiction Book Award. She will lead the Creative Nonfiction workshop at the 2012 Squire Summer Writing Residency at Queens University of Charlotte, July 19-22. She […]