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Emergency Assistance for NC Writers

With parts of I-40 and I-95 still closed and plenty of inland cities in North Carolina still feeling the effects of Hurricane Florence, we were glad to get an e-mail last week from Isabel Howe, the Executive Director of The Authors League Fund. The Authors League Fund “provides emergency assistance to professional writers facing unexpected […]

This Revolution Will Not Be Televised

It’s not every day that reading feels revolutionary. Anachronistic, sure, like when you’re reading a book in public and people stare at you like you’re rubbing two sticks together to make a fire. Reading can even occasionally feel countercultural, like rocking a fanny pack without irony. But revolutionary? Banned Books Week, which runs September 23-28, […]

This Is Our Home

By Ed Southern, Executive Director North Carolina Writers’ Network This is our home, this state—every corner, every inch. Mountains, hills, and fields; rivers, creeks, and seas: we claim it all, held in common with everyone who has found their imaginations rooted, boosted, buoyed by this “goodliest soil under the cope of heaven,” the Old North […]

Reading Is Like Burpees for the Brain

If you want rock-hard abs, a slower heart-rate, or biceps like cantelopes, you have to exercise. (It also helps to eat right.) The point is, there are definite steps you can take to acheive your physical goals. But what if you want to be a better human? To develop deeper empathy? To be smarter? A […]

An Open Letter to Regional Reps, Present and Future

By Glenda Council Beall, Program Coordinator, NCWN-West Dear NCWN-West Representatives and other Regional Reps, I hear from some of you that the attendance of your free monthly meetings have fallen in recent months. If you host an Open Mic event, consider how it might be made more appealing. Ask those who come each month for […]

Hurricane Resources for the Arts

As Hurricane Florence approaches, our friends at the North Carolina Arts Council have provided the following recommendations for resources for artists and arts organizations. As follows: Resources for Arts Organizations: Americans for the Arts: Visit AFTA’s Disaster Preparedness page to learn more about preparation and disaster relief in collaboration with the National Coalition of Arts […]

Cancellations and Postponements around the State

Due to the approach of Hurricane Florence, the following closings and events have been cancelled or postponed. We’ll try to keep this list updated throughout the week. **Updated 9/13/18, 7:45 am** LITERARY EVENTS Albemarle / OBX NCWN Regional Meeting: Saturday, September 15 (Cancelled) Burwell School Historic Site (Hillsborough): Thursday, September 13 (Closed through Tuesday, September […]

Piedmont Laureate Applications Now Open

“If you are a writer, you must listen,” says current Piedmont Laureate Nancy Peacock. “You must disengage, every day, from the noise and commerce and traffic and politics of the world. You must not let anyone tell you how to do it. You must not let anyone tell you what’s important…What did you do before […]

Words Awake 3 to Honor A.R. Ammons

Please note, this event has been postponed due to Hurricane Florence. From our friends at Wake Forest University: On Friday, September 14, 2018, Wake Forest University is hosting an event celebrating the poetry of A. R. “Archie” Ammons. “About Ammons” will combine readings of favorite Ammons poems with a talk by Wake Forest alumnus Robert […]

Come See Us at Bookmarks!

The North Carolina Writers’ Network will have an exhibitor’s booth at the 2018 Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors this Saturday, September 8, in downtown Winston-Salem. Come by and say hello! We’ll be sponsoring two sessions of Slush Pile Live!, an interactive event for aspiring writers to get immediate feedback on their work from editors […]