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Jaki Shelton Green Named NC Poet Laureate

From our friends at the North Carolina Arts Council: Governor Roy Cooper today announced that poet, teacher, and community arts advocate Jaki Shelton Green will serve as North Carolina’s ninth poet laureate. “Jaki Shelton Green brings a deep appreciation of our state’s diverse communities to her role as an ambassador of North Carolina literature,” Governor […]

Chapel Hill Kicks Off Great American Read Series

You may have noticed in yesterday’s NCWN Weekly e-Blast an opportunity for readers to let UNC-TV know about their favorite book. In return, readers have the chance to win some righteous Great American Read schwag and be named “Reader of the Week.” As part of the build-up to the re-launch of GAR, there’s a lot […]

Tangled Up in Blue Crow Publishing

It’s immediately clear, upon visiting the website for Blue Crow Publishing, that these are people who love books. You would think that a passion for all things literary would go without saying, but few publishers seem to show the unbridled enthusiasm and the heart-pounding, unconditional romantic feelings these editors have for the printed word. Blue […]

NC Literary Awards Deadline Looms

Each year, the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources hosts The North Carolina Awards, which aim to promote interest in the literary arts all across the Tar Heel State. We thought you might be interested in four awards in particular, all of which have deadlines of July 15. The Sir Walter Raleigh Award […]

Books for a Well-Read Life: Algonquin Books

Let’s just go ahead and get this out of the way: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, published in February by Algonquin Books, was recently named an Oprah 2018 Book Club selection. Congratulations to all: an “instant bestseller” indeed! But even without this eminently recognizable achievement, Algonquin Books has been in the business of producing […]

Relax: All Your Story Ideas Have, in Fact, Been Done Before

The thing about writing fiction is, no matter how flowery your prose, no matter how rich your characters, no matter how many of your metaphors take a reader’s breath away, something has to happen  in your story—there has to be a plot. “A guy walks into a bar” is not a story. “A guy walks […]

Morningstar Law Group Negotiates Movie Option

NCWN member Mitch Tuchman, Intellectual Property attorney at the Triangle-based Morningstar Law Group, has taught sessions at NCWN conferences such as “Copyright Infringement” and “Legal Issues for Writers.” Mitch has also been gracious with his time, visiting with some of the NCWN regional meetings, including Writers’ Morning Out in Pittsboro. In May, Mitch and his […]

What’re ‘Ya Readin’? Squire Workshops Edition

The North Carolina Writers’ Network 2018 Squire Summer Writing Workshops happen July 19-22 on the campus of NC State University in Raleigh. Three instructors will lead three workshops over the course of the long weekend: Paul Cuadros (Creative Nonfiction); Rob Greene (Poetry); and Elaine Neil Orr (Fiction). We caught up with our instructors recently to […]

Bearing Up: A New Collection of Personal Stories

By Randell Jones Bearing up. It’s not always easy to do…or write about. But that writing challenge was taken on this winter by over twenty-five North Carolina writers who joined authors from Kentucky to share personal essays on making do and overcoming adversity when faced with daunting and peculiar life challenges. Bearing up. Bearing Up […]

A Region’s Many Parts: UNC Press

A region’s culture is defined by many things. This is especially true for the American South, where, through port cities such as Charleston and New Orleans, a diverse community of people has tried to get along with one another—and sometimes not—for longer than America has been a country. Perhaps no press better exemplifies the South […]