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World Book Night Happens Tomorrow

Wednesday, April 23, is World Book Night, an annual celebration dedicated to spreading the love of reading, person to person. One night a year, tens of thousands of people go out into their communities and give half a million free World Book Night paperbacks to light and non-readers. Each year, 30-35 books are chosen by […]

NCWN: Now on LinkedIn

Thanks to Chuck Thurston, the Regional Rep for Cabarrus and Rowan Counties, the North Carolina Writers’ Network now has a Group page on LinkedIn. LinkedIn is a “business-oriented social networking service.” If Facebook is a high school reunion and Twitter is a cocktail party, LinkedIn is a business lunch—a place to build your professional identity, […]

Chuck Stone, RIP

Chuck Stone, a “pioneering black journalist and an influential journalism professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,” died Sunday, April 6, at 89. Stone served on the North Carolina Writers’ Network Advisory Board and worked as a reporter and editor at several influential black newspapers at the height of the civil rights […]

Instructors Return to Conference: As Attendees

There might be no better proof of the value of our writing workshops than the fact that four former NCWN conference instructors have registered for the 2014 Spring Conference on Saturday, April 12, in the MHRA Building on UNCG’s campus. Paul Austin (Fall Conference 2012), Rebecca Black (Spring Conference 2012), Terry L. Kennedy (Spring Conference […]

Goggin Repeats as NC Representative for Poetry Out Loud

Moore County high school student Casey Goggin was crowned the North Carolina champion of the 2014 Poetry Out Loud Competition for the second year in a row. That’s back-to-back championships for the sixteen-year-old from Pine Crest High School—officially making him a dynasty. At least in our books. Goggin recited complex poems “The Bad Old Days” […]

Landscapes of the Heart: The Elizabeth Spencer Story

Three years before Harper Lee published To Kill a Mockingbird, North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame inductee Elizabeth Spencer published The Voice at the Back Door, one of “the earliest novels recounting racial tension in the South.” Spencer was nominated for the 1957 Pulitzer Prize. But instead of awarding what is arguably literature’s most distinguished […]

Six Things about Elevator Pitching You Won’t Hear from Me Live

by Linda Rohrbough At the North Carolina Writers’ Network 2014 Spring Conference, I’ll be leading my “How to Make an Elevator Pitch” workshop. In it, I’ll teach a three-step formula that works for any book. Want to hear more? I’ll let you in on my secrets live on Saturday afternoon, April 12. But in the […]

Famous Meals in Literature

As writers, we know everything about our characters—their likes and dislikes, how they respond to challenges, their hopes and dreams. But what about the food they eat? There are some truly memorable meals in literature: the Mad Hatter’s tea party from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland; the bouillabaisse made by Henry Perowne in Ian McEwan’s Saturday; […]

Carrie Knowles Named New Piedmont Laureate

Longtime North Carolina Writers’ Network member Carrie Knowles, of Raleigh, has been selected as the 2014 Piedmont Laureate in the Short Story. As Piedmont Laureate, Knowles will receive an honorarium and serve until December 31, 2014. Her duties will include presenting public readings and workshops, participating at select public functions, and creating at least one […]

Who’s Reading These New-Fangled e-Books?

Book-marketing guru Sandra Beckwith writes a terrific blog and offers a must-read e-newsletter. In her most-recent, she breaks down a few statistics gleaned from Dan Zarrella’s book The Science of Marketing: When to Tweet, What to Post, How to Blog, and Other Proven Strategies. Zarella “wants you to toss out much of what you’ve heard […]