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NC Arts Council Needs Your Input

North Carolina is an “affordable, livable, artist-friendly state,” thanks in no small part to a plan laid out more than forty years ago by the North Carolina Arts Council: After decades of vigorous work, experimentation, and refinement, our state’s arts infrastructure reaches into all 100 counties through one of the most highly developed and effective […]

Poets & Writers Local App

By R.A. King Writing, at its center, is a solitary practice. As a result, finding fellow writers can be like digging up members of an underground movement. And while the North Carolina Writers’ Network helps build a literary community in this state, online and through our NC Literary Calendar e-blast, what if you’re traveling and […]

Making the Most of a Writing Conference

  The North Carolina Writers’ Network 2015 Spring Conference is right around the corner. So how to make the most of a day spent on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro? Sandra Beckwith, a “recovering publicist with more than 25 years of award-winning publicity experience,” runs the website Build Book Buzz. […]

The Masters Review

by R.A. King The term “emerging writer” evokes many thoughts into the writing and reading community—excitement, anticipation, untapped potential. But where does an emerging writer get their creativity in print and finally emerge? It’s crossing this threshold that’s the hardest, from unpublished to published. Have no fear, the Masters Review is geared toward this specific […]

A Few Remarks from Ed Southern

Ed Southern, the Executive Director of the North Carolina Writers’ Network, was given the Ethel N. Fortner Writer and Community Award on Thursday, March 5, at St. Andrews University in Laurinburg. Over the years, this award has been given to ardent supporters of the arts in communities ranging from journalists to activists to publishers. North […]

What Not to Say to a Bookseller

Most of us probably spend far too much time in bookstores. So here are a few helpful tips from Book Riot for what NOT to say to booksellers as we meander through the shelves. Among the best? “Which books should I have on my dating profile to not seem idiotic, politicized, out of shape or […]

The Truth about Finding Time to Write

Get enough writers together in one room, and the question is bound to come up: “How do you find time to write?” Michael Nye, managing editor of The Missouri Review, tackles this question on TMR blog. His post responds to Ann Bauer’s recent essay in Salon, where she called for more transparency among writers in […]

City of Oaks Welcomes Boucheron 2015

By R.A. King North Carolina mystery, thriller, and crime writers rejoice: Bouchercon 2015 will be held in Raleigh! This annual convention, which has moved from state to state since 1970, is named in honor of Anthony Boucher, a writer, editor and reviewer of mystery fiction. It’s one of the biggest mystery genre conventions in the […]

Dark Miracles of Chance

Greensboro resident Jan Hensley just donated his book collection to the Z. Smith Reynolds Library’s Special Collections and Archives at Wake Forest University. And what a collection: more than 10,000 books, including “autographed copies and first editions, and upward of 50,000 ephemera, including chapbooks, newspaper and magazine articles, letters, journals and personal notes of his […]

Our Very Own Ed Southern Wins Fortner Award

From St. Andrews University: St. Andrews University will present the 2015 Ethel N. Fortner Writer and Community Award to North Carolina Writers’ Network Executive Director Ed Southern on March 5. The invitation-only presentation will be made during the weekly Writers’ Forum timeslot. Created in 1986 to honor Ethel N. Fortner, who was a friend to […]