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The Art to a Healthy Reading Habit

Our friend Patricia Oliver, the Community Engagement Specialist in the Catawba County Library System, recently wrote the following article for the library’s e-newsletter. We liked it so much, we wanted to share it with you. How to Pack More Books into Your Life The Art to a Healthy Reading Habit NEWTON—So many books and so […]

Split This Rock’s Poetry Database

There are occasions when only a poem will do. To that end, Split This Rock has launched The Quarry: A Social Justice Poetry Database: The Quarry is a searchable collection of over 300 poems by a diverse array of contemporary socially engaged poets, published by Split This Rock since 2009. Like all of Split This […]

Thirteen Steps to Landing an Agent

The Book Doctors send out a semi-regular e-newsletter. Earlier this month, David Henry Sterry offered a “baker’s dozen” pointers to finding a literary agent. To subscribe to their e-mail list, which we recommend, click here. Now, without further ado: 1. Research. “There is a fine line between research and stalking.” Read books similar to yours. […]

Beating Writer’s Block? Improving Fluency? There’s an App for That

By Austin Evans Do you ever have the urge to write, but you’re not sure what to write about? Need ideas for inspiration? Or maybe you would simply like a fun challenge during those moments in your day when you would otherwise pass time scrolling through your inbox or social media. For that, there’s Writing […]

Squire Summer Writing Residency Offers “Supportive Community”

They say word of mouth is the most powerful marketing tool. So we’re not going to list the reasons you should attend NCWN’s 2015 Squire Summer Writing Residency, July 23-26 at East Carolina University in Greenville. We won’t go on and on about our awesome faculty (Jan DeBlieu, Amber Flora Thomas, Luke Whisnant) or how […]

The Insatiable Sea

Sven Birkerts is the editor of AGNI. He recently wrote an article for the AGNI Newsletter (subscribe here): “Five Things the Submitting Writer Should Know.” Birkerts invokes the phrase “the insatiable sea” to describe the slush pile at AGNI because: “…while the submitter thinks of herself as a lone writer writing (at least this submitter […]

Reading Recs from Amber Flora Thomas

Amber Flora Thomas will lead the poetry workshop at the North Carolina Writers’ Network 2015 Squire Summer Writing Residency, July 23-26, at East Carolina University, in Greenville. This workshop will provide space and time for participants to generate new poems, evaluate existing poems, and engage with tool building activities and discussions to inspire revision and […]

Punsters U-Knighted in Durham

This spring, The Regulator Bookshop hosted the Fourth Annual Great Durham Pun Championship at Motorco in Durham. Contestants went head-to-head in front of a sold-out crowd. Participants were assigned a subject; the first “punster” was given ten seconds to think of a pun. The second contestant then had ten seconds to retort, and so on, […]

Reading Recs from Jan DeBlieu

Which stories in our lives most demand to be told? What themes connect them? Jan DeBlieu will lead the Creative Nonfiction Workshop at the North Carolina Writers’ Network 2015 Squire Summer Writing Residency. Her workshop participants will study the art of the personal essay, in which scraps of material with no apparent connection can be […]

Why Attend the Squire Summer Writing Residency?

The North Carolina Writers’ Network 2015 Squire Summer Writing Residency runs July 23-26 at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. Registration is happening right now, and there are plenty of good reasons to join us Down East this summer, including our three amazing workshop offerings: Creative Nonfiction with Jan DeBlieu Poetry with Amber Flora Thomas […]