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Think You Can’t Possibly Read Another Student Essay?

Even for English teachers who love their jobs, sometimes it all gets to be too much. The bad grammar. The incoherent comparisons. The written diarrhea from students struggling, gamely, to reach the assignment’s word-limit. Sometimes, teachers need a release. Which is why Andrew Kocherga founded, a website showcasing essays, term papers, theses, and reviews […]

Asheville: It’s a Cool Place

The North Carolina Writers’ Network 2015 Fall Conference runs November 20-22 in Asheville. Yeah, you know. Asheville. A little town in the mountains. Western North Carolina. Biltmore Estate. Most breweries per capita. Foilage…. Check out this video and dream a little. We’ll see you there.

It’s Arts In Education Week

North Carolina governor Pat McCrory has declared September 13-19 “Arts In Education Week,” the first NC governor to recognize “the abiding value of ensuring that every child in North Carolina has a complete education that includes arts training, arts integration, and arts exposure.” Arts North Carolina is encouraging folks to forward the governor’s proclamation to […]

Update: Membership Coordinator Position

Tell your friends, tell your family, tell people you kinda know who are detailed-oriented and like books: we’re still on the hunt for a new Membership Coordinator. Details: The North Carolina Writers’ Network is seeking a part-time Membership Coordinator to help with all aspects of its operations. This person will work 10 – 15 hours […]

Find Us Tomorrow at Bookmarks

The Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors is tomorrow, Saturday, September 12, from 10:00 am – 4:30 pm in downtown Winston-Salem, in and around the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts. We’ll have a booth—so come say “hello”! But don’t miss out on appearances by these Network members: Fall Conference faculty member Robert Beatty reading […]

Those Crazy Poets Are at It Again

A little over a year after the controversy surrounding the nomination of North Carolina’s next Poet Laureate—and all the lively conversation that went along with that—the poetry world has a new storm brewing, this time centered on The Best American Poetry 2015 anthology. Guest Editor Sherman Alexie chose a poem written by Michael Derrick Hudson, […]

Scuppernong Celebrates Black Mountain College

This month, Greensboro’s Scuppernong Books will celebrate Black Mountain College in a ten-day festival, September 16-25. Established in 1933 in Black Mountain, NC, the college’s founders believed that “the study and practice of art were indispensable aspects of a student’s general liberal arts education.” Black Mountain College was fundamentally different from other colleges and universities […]

Quail Ridge Books Offers Signed First Editions Club Membership

From friend-of-the-Network Bridgette Lacy and the booksellers at Quail Ridge Books, in Raleigh: Quail Ridge Books & Music offers Signed First Editions Club gift subscriptions for adult literature, children’s picture books, and young adult literature. The subscriptions start in September. The store’s award-winning booksellers have thoughtfully chosen these new, first-edition hardcovers for their exceptional, lasting […]

Job Opening: NCWN Membership Coordinator

NCWN Membership Coordinator Maggie Morgan has accepted a full-time teaching position at Vance-Granville Community College, and will be leaving the Network staff as soon as we find a replacement for her. This means two things: One, you should direct to Ed (at or 336-293-8844) any questions you normally would ask Maggie. Two, the Network’s […]

On Being an Intern

Today we bid farewell to our summer intern, Austin Evans, who’s done yeoman’s work in his time with us. He’s waded through more database entry projects than was probably fair, proofread every newsletter article for the Fall, and even contributed a couple articles to the newsletter and to this blog, one on the Writing Challenge […]