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A Cautionary Tale

When writers think of networking, after they choke back the swell of panic over the thought of leaving their writing desk and venturing out into public for a change, they often imagine doing so in order to share publishing opportunities and media connections, to help one another find success. But there’s another, equally important benefit […]

Take a Moment to Thank Your State Government

From our friends at ARTS North Carolina: As the NC General Assembly closes up shop for the 2015-2017 Biennium Session, we turn our attention to you, our stalwart advocates, to express our admiration and respect for your diligent, intelligent, and passionate arts advocacy that carried the day for our industry. Counting the $500,000 increase in […]

Incoming! Freshmen Reading

Summer’s a good time to catch up on your reading. Libraries hold contests to see how many books kids can read each week, and a glance around the local pool or the beach reveals plenty of people turning pages of books or electronic devices. Most colleges and university’s assign a Common Reading Book to incoming […]

RIP Writer’s Classifieds

In the past, one of the perks of being a member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network was having access to the “Writer’s Classifieds” section of our website. Here, editors, designers, writing retreats, and more offered their goods and services; writing groups sought new members; and sometimes an entrepreneur or two would market a specific […]

Pat Conroy Literary Center Set to Open

Pat Conroy, who sadly passed away in March, always felt he owed a debt not only to his loyal readers, but to all of those who helped him along the way. During his lifetime, he was known as a staunch champion and tireless supporter of emerging writers. His tutelage left a legacy nearly equal to […]

Hub City Waters Young Readers, Hoping They’ll Grow

The lifelong benefits of reading to babies and children are well-documented. Reading to one’s child strengthens the parent-child relationship, and the more words a child learns, the more comfortable he or she is using those words. Children with poor reading proficiency have the greatest risk of not finishing high school and failing to find economic […]

RIP Blue Ridge Bookfest

For the past eight years, the Blue Ridge Bookfest has been a cultural fixture of Western North Carolina, and an important thread in our state’s literary tapestry. Unfortunately, in an e-mail sent today by festival organizers, we’ve learned that 2016 was the last year for the festival. “Over the eight years we hosted more than […]

Boston Poets are Only Happy When It Rains

World-renowned street artist Banksy recently painted a mural for a primary school in Bristol, England, which only goes to show how far street art has progressed from being a nuisance to well, being something parents of school-age children can appreciate. Now there’s a fresh take on public art brewing just “across the pond” in Boston. […]

Arts in NC Needs Your Help by Thursday

From our friends at ARTS North Carolina: We have good news and bad news about the state budget. THE GOOD NEWS: the NC House of Representatives included a $500,000 increase for Grassroots Arts funding as allocated by the North Carolina Arts Council. THE BAD NEWS: the Senate budget did not concur. Therefore, arts funding will […]

Ecotone Among O. Henry Prize Winners

A hearty congratulations to North Carolina’s Ecotone magazine: Ron Carlson’s short story “Happiness,” which appeared in Issue 18, has won a 2016 O. Henry Prize. In September, this story, along with the other nineteen winners, will appear in an anthology from Random House, edited by Laura Furman. Since 1919, the O. Henry Prizes have awarded […]