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How to Celebrate National Mystery Series Week

Henderson County author Joe Perrone, Jr., a former regional rep of NCWN, brought this to our attention: October 1-7 is National Mystery Series Week. A very cursory amount of Googling turned up no details, really, about what National Mystery Series Week entails. It  may or may not have been launched by (now defunct?) Purple Moon […]

Dr. Newton Smith, RIP

By Glenda Council Beall Program Coordinator, NCWN-West It is with a sad heart that I report that Dr. Newton Smith, NCWN-West Treasurer since 2009, and longtime member of NCWN-West, passed away. Newt was an active and loyal member of NCWN-West, and I could always count on his support. His help with A Day for Writers, […]

New Literary Podcast for NC

A literary podcast launches October 2 called Charlotte Readers Podcast: Where Authors Give Voice to Their Written Words. This is a show that features Charlotte-area authors and those who visit the Queen City. Author Landis Wade, a member of the NC Writers’ Network, encourages authors to read and talk about their award-winning, published, and emerging […]

Technology Can Help You Write Better

At the NCWN 2018 Fall Conference, CharlotteLit’s Paul Reali will lead the session “Technology Toolkit: Software and Tech Stuff for Writers.” He’ll discuss “Scrivener vs. Microsoft Word (and the seven things that will make you go to Scrivener and never come back); online grammar and proofreading tools; how to back up and never lose your […]

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 […]