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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 […]

Call to Action: Arts Budget Moves to Senate

Take action no later than Thursday, June 4! The House budget is now in the hands of the Senate. A vigorous grassroots response will be essential in convincing the Senate to accept the House recommendation for arts funding which includes: Sustaining current operations and programs of the North Carolina Arts Council Allocating an additional $500,000 […]

Submit!

By Ed Southern The North Carolina Writers’ Network is open to all writers, at all levels of skill and experience, working in all genres, with all manner of goals and aspirations. We say it, and we mean it. Because we mean what we say, we want to explain why we ask registrants for certain programs […]

Amplifying the Voices of Durham Youth

By Austin Evans Durham’s literary future is looking brighter than ever with the advent of Durham Mighty Pen, a new organization dedicated to providing programs for children and adolescents centered on creative writing, publishing, and tutoring. According to its website, the organization exists “because [we] believe critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills—cultivated seamlessly and […]