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Monthly Archives: January 2013

Call to Action for NCWN Members: Vote Now

If you’re a member in good standing with the North Carolina Writers’ Network, you now have the opportunity to vote on recent revisions to the NCWN Bylaws. These revisions have been provisionally approved by the NCWN Board of Trustees. However, the final vote lies with our membership. That is, the final decision is up to […]

Learn How to Pitch, Persuade, and Sell

Some call it the “Elevator Pitch”. Say you find yourself on an elevator with a power-agent. The agent asks what your unpublished book is about. Well, you have only thirty seconds—the length of an elevator ride—in which to convince that agent to take a look at your manuscript. What do you say? That’s the Elevator […]

Join Us at the NC Museum of History This Saturday

The North Carolina Writers’ Network is pleased to be a sponsor of the 12th annual African American Cultural Celebration, this Saturday at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh. The Network is sponsoring a panel discussion on ‘North Carolina’s African American Voices,’ moderated by NCWN board member Zelda Lockhart, and featuring Dr. Anjail Rashida […]

Ten Cool Apps for Writers

Your smartphone helps you keep in touch with friends, tells you what song is playing on the radio, and navigates your car around town. But can it also help you write better—or even get you published? Sandra Beckwith, a “recovering publicist with more than 25 years of award-winning publicity experience,” recently listed “10 Best Apps for […]

Winston-Salem Hit with Poetry in Plain Sight

A collective of our friends in Winston-Salem have announced a new initiative: Poetry in Plain Sight. From the press release: Poetry in Plain Sight is an innovative program created to bring poetry to a wider audience and to increase readership of North Carolina poets. Each month through 2013, four different poems will be displayed on […]

Give Away Free Books: Deadline is January 25

A reminder from Durham’s Regulator Bookshop: January 25 is the deadline to apply to be a World Book Night Giver. World Book Night is an international program that sends tens of thousands of people out on the anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth—April 23—to give away millions of books. The idea is to spread the joy of […]

Friends Don’t Make Friends Read Their Novels

Maybe you’ve been there: a friend of yours publishes a novel and gives you a copy. You’re thrilled for your friend, of course, but you also have a creeping sense of unease. Will the book be any good? Will you like it? Cripes, your too-read pile is big enough already…how will you fit it in? Any or […]