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A Whole Lot of Tools for Writers

Tools: they’re what separate us, as humans, from wild beasts. Sure, an ape might be able to dig into an ant mound with a stick, and a scientist might point to that primate and say he or she is using a “tool.” But we humans are the only ones using jackhammers. Writers, specifically, have more […]

Summer Writing Camps for Young People

It’s Memorial Day Weekend, which means summer is here. Before you know it, your children will be out of school and needing activities to occupy their time. And let’s face it: you’re going to want them out of the house, at least for a few hours this summer. Here are some summer writing workshops for […]

Two Members Title Photographs on Bloomstations

A few months ago we posted a contest in our Opportunities e-blast (and on our website) where writers were invited to submit titles for photographs on Bloomstations and More, an online store selling photographic “postcards.” Two North Carolina Writers’ Network members had their titles chosen. Gary Ader of Hendersonville titled this photograph “Glass Universe.” Kate […]

New Podcast Gets All Up In Your Ears

Audio is a natural extension for the written word. It seems like short prose and poetry especially thrive on the airwaves. Now a new podcast, featuring a couple of NC poets, not only celebrates the joys of hearing poetry out loud, but also gets down and dirty between  stanzas to see what is, and what […]

Grants for Non-Profit Publishers

Non-profit publishers have more freedom than commercial houses; they can publish books because they deem them worthy in some way, without quite as much concern for the bottomline (although they each watch their bottomline very, very carefully). One of the challenges, of course, is that just because a book is worthy of publication doesn’t mean […]

Introducing Zoozil

Book lovers of a certain age may remember the “Choose Your Own Adventure” series, where, at certain points in the narrative, readers were given the option to make decisions that affected the outcome of the story. We’d come upon a cliffhanger, and the book would offer options to turn to one page or another. Some […]

Carl Sandburg Writer-in-Residence

The Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site is located on 264 acres in western North Carolina. Carl Sandburg, of course, was a Pulitzer-Prize winning author and poet who made his home in Flat Rock for nearly twenty-five years. The park’s vast historical and cultural resources include pastures, ponds, small mountains, hiking trails, and fifty structures, […]

I’m Only a Dolphin, Ma’am

“Candy Gram,” says the Land Shark in the classic Saturday Night Live skit. Now authors can create their own promotional trailers (and knock on myriad types of virtual doors) through Book Candy Grams, a service “designed to help authors and publishers extend the reach of their video marketing to short-form social media platforms like Twitter […]

Saturday is Independent Bookstore Day

Saturday, April 30, is Independent Bookstore Day, an event celebrated by more than 400 bookstores nationwide. Here’s what’s happening in North Carolina: Supporting the efforts of self-published and small press authors, The Country Bookshop in Southern Pines has a full day of readings scheduled, showcasing indy writers as part of their “Authors in the Country” […]

Introducing Kazabo

The publishing industry has undergone substantive change over the past decade-plus. Traditional publishers have had to adjust their business models to keep up with the demand for e-books and fight piracy (not to mention Amazon’s price-slashing approach to bookselling). But sometimes, from chaos comes innovation. Kazabo is a “new” kind of start-up publisher. They ask […]