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When You’re Ready to Stop Talking About It and Actually Write that Book….

Depending on where they are on the path to (and beyond) publication, authors need different types of support. One author may still be in the process of hammering out their final draft and need a critical eye to make that manuscript the best it can be. Another author may have already taken their book to […]

Help Roll Out New Black Feminist Bookmobile

Over the past decade, food trucks have become a culinary phenomenon, perhaps nowhere more so than in Durham. So it seems appropriate that in 2018, the Bull City will welcome its first black feminist bookmobile, a natural, road-worthy extension for wheeled customer service. If food, why not books? Anyone who grew up in a rural […]

Happy Trails, Lucy Cole Gratton

Lucy Cole Gratton has served as the longtime NCWN-West regional rep for Cherokee County. Alas, all good things must come to an end. Lucy will step down as regional rep at the end of this month, and we wish her nothing but the best in her move south to the Atlanta area. She’s moving for […]

Giving Tuesday

On this #GivingTuesday, the North Carolina Writers’ Network welcomes and appreciates any donation, in any amount, that any lover of literature sees fit to give. All you have to do is visit our website, www.ncwriters.org, and click on the “Nobody Writes Alone” banner below our logo. The Network, however, is doing fine. Our membership is […]

Who Will Be NC’s Next Poet Laureate?

North Carolina has had eight state poet laureates. The first, Arthur Talmadge Abernethy, served from 1948-1953. He was followed by James Larkin Pearson, who was literally “poet laureate for life,” serving from 1953 until his death, at 102, in 1981. Sam Ragan (1982-1996); Fred Chappell (1997-2002); Kathryn Stripling Byer (2005–2009); Cathy Smith Bowers (2010–2012); Joseph […]

Blue Ridge Books Has Moved!

We’re about to hit the crush of the holiday season, when bookstores—and all retailers, really—do the majority of their year’s business. If you’re out in Western North Carolina and planning to buy some books, this is just a heads up that Blue Ridge Books has moved to a new location, official as of last week! […]

Firefly Helps Women Heal by Finding their Voice

For years, LaVenson Press Studios, in Hillsborough, has offered “women and young women writing workshops that instill emotional, and psychological truth in their writing.” Founded by Zelda Lockhart, the 2010 Piedmont Laureate, LaVenson Press Studios helps women use writing as a mode of healing and a way to celebrate their natural gifts. Firefly Ridge Literary […]

In the Company of Laureates

This past October, state poet laureates of Delaware, Maryland, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, and of course, North Carolina—among other noted poets—gathered for “In the Company of Laureates,” an hours-long celebration of poetry at the Hylton Center for the Performing Arts on George Mason University’s Science and Technology Campus in Manassas, VA. Hosted by the Poetry […]

How to Recognize, and Avoid, Plagiarism

For a writer, there is perhaps no worse crime than plagiarism. The “practice of stealing someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as one’s own” is unfortunately not uncommon, from high-school students to New York Times bestsellers. Young writers, though, are especially vulnerable to plagiarism simply given the enormous amount of information freely […]

Snapdragon Offers Healing and Direction for Our Creative Powers

In healing tradition, the snapdragon flower helps redirect creative power into more culturally appropriate endeavors, easing physical ailments such as mouth and jaw tension, grinding teeth, and oral fixations. Snapdragon: a Journal of Art & Healing, offers a platform for self-expression and the healing of the soul. Through poetry and prose, the journal hopes to […]