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Introducing NCWN Fall Conference Exhibitors: Part 2

The North Carolina Writers’ Network 2017 Fall Conference runs November 3-5 in Wrightsville Beach. We’ll be introducing our exhibitors over the next couple weeks (if you missed Part 1, click here).

We’re excited to have so many of our friends joining us, and it helps to have friends who represent some of the best and brightest literary organizations in the state!

Here are four more exhibitors you’ll definitely want to check out during your time on the coast:

Library Partners Press, the digital publishing imprint of Wake Forest University, aims to “publish quality books (of any length and size, in both electronic and print-on-demand formats) created by Wake Forest University and North Carolina library patrons and friends.” Authors submit potential projects to the press, which are screened by one or more members of the editorial board. Recent titles include Five For Your First Five: Own Your Career and Life After College by Allison McWilliams and Adopting Grace: A Parenting Journey from Fear to Freedom by Tricia Wilson. A self-described “hybrid-indie” small press, LPP uses various print-on-demand and digital platforms to offer “publishing and distribution services to content creators looking to have their works collected and preserved and protected by libraries post-publication.”

Minerva Rising Press published books (and a literary journal) that seek to celebrate the “creativity and wisdom in every woman by giving them space to tell their stories and to tell them well.” Published three times a year, Minerva Rising Literary Journal offers a platform for “women artists to share their diverse experiences and talents in order to nurture a collective creativity.” They publish thought-provoking fiction, nonfiction, memoir, essays, poetry, and photography and art by emerging and established women writers and artists. Issues are themed (check submission guidelines), and payment is by contributor copies and a small stipend: $50 for fiction or nonfiction prose and $35 for poetry. Recent issues include writers Mary Jo Balistreri, Jessica Brophy, and Paula Martinac.

The North Carolina Arts Council is a sponsor of the NCWN 2017 Fall Conference. At the Saturday night banquet, the Arts Council will celebrate their 50th anniversary with featured speaker Susi H. Hamilton, secretary of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. Events throughout the year will celebrate a half-century of supporting the arts in the Tar Heel State, and the Arts Council is profiling fifty prominent North Carolina artists on their website as part of that celebration. The NCAC has been at the forefront of bringing arts tourism to North Carolina, publishing several guidebooks to heritage trails and designating the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area. The Arts Council also offers fellowships to artists and organizations each year. The deadline for the next Artist Fellowship grant is November 1.

The mission of the North Carolina Literary Map is to highlight the literary heritage of the state by connecting the lives and creative work of authors to real (and imaginary) geographic locations. Through the development of a searchable and browseable data-driven online map, users are able to access a database, learning tools, and cultural resources, to deepen their understanding of specific authors as well as the cultural space that shaped these literary works. The NC Literary Map also offers apps for literary tours of Asheville, Charlotte, and Greensboro, with more in the works.

Registration for the North Carolina Writers’ Network 2017 Fall Conference is now open. Click here to register!

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