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Monthly Archives: August 2012

Joseph Bathanti Named North Carolina’s Poet Laureate

Joseph Bathanti, who just last year was named a Council Trustee by the North Carolina Humanities Council, has been named North Carolina’s Poet Laureate by Governor Bev Purdue. From the press release: “Joseph Bathanti is an award-winning poet and novelist with a robust commitment to social causes. He first came to North Carolina to work […]

The Cost and True Value of the Arts in North Carolina

In the past few months, we’ve passed along several stories about how arts and culture benefit local economies. The North Carolina Arts Council released a study in June; while just last week the Arts Council announced SmART Initiatives for five North Carolina counties. A recent editorial in the Raleigh News & Observer addresses this same […]

Why You Might Not Want to Trust that Five-Star Review

These days, just about everything gets reviewed online—books, movies, blenders, smart phones, restaurants…. Consumers are better informed than ever before when making a purchase, aided by hundreds of generous strangers who have taken the time to give this product or that product a certain number of stars, leave a snarky comment, or “Like” it on […]

NC Arts Council Announces SmART Initiatives for Five Communities

The North Carolina Arts Council has granted a total of $135,000 to fund SmART Initiatives in five communities around the state. Burnsville, Durham, Greensboro, Wilson, and Winston-Salem were chosen for pilot projects that will “use the arts for leveraging local creative talents and creative assets to stimulate community prosperity and growth.” From the press release: […]

The Year’s Worst Sentences

Of all the annual writing contests out there, this one might be our favorite here at the Network: The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, where “WWW means ‘Wretched Writers Welcome.’” Each year, contestants submit the worst sentences they can write in a variety of genres, from crime to romance to “purple prose.” There was a representative from […]

An Invitation to NetWest Members

NCWN Executive Director Ed Southern (yep, that’s me) is heading west this Thursday, August 16, to visit with the good folks of NetWest. If you don’t know, NetWest is short for the North Carolina Writers’ Network-West, a chapter of the Network established to connect and serve the writers in North Carolina’s nine westernmost counties – […]