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By Ed Southern The North Carolina Writers’ Network is open to all writers, at all levels of skill and experience, working in all genres, with all manner of goals and aspirations. We say it, and we mean it. Because we mean what we say, we want to explain why we ask registrants for certain programs […]

Here’s to the Writingest State!

At this year’s Squire Summer Writing Residency, registrants got to know one another by collaborating on new stanzas for North Carolina’s State Toast. North Carolina is the only U.S. state with an official toast. Here’s the first stanza of the original: Here’s to the land of the long leaf pine, The summer land where the […]

A New Toast to the Old North State: Part I

Did you know that North Carolina has an official state toast? Neither did we. But at the Welcome Program for the 2013 Squire Summer Writing Residency, registrants broke into small groups to take a stab at rewriting stanzas for “The Old North State Toast.” First, here’s the original toast: The Old North State Toast Here’s […]

Only One More Week for SR12

You have only one more week to register for the 2012 Squire Summer Writing Residency.  And when we say one week, we mean one week. Registration for this year’s Residency (SR12) will close at 5 p.m., Wednesday, June 27 – with finality, without exception.* So if you want to immerse yourself in the craft of […]

“As the Leaves to a Tree”: Some Thoughts on Inspiration and Poetic Technique

By Morri Creech Few statements about writing unnerve me as much as this from John Keats: “If Poetry comes not as naturally as the leaves to a tree it had better not come at all.” Now, just what is it that the poet means by this? Certainly not that poems should be easy to write: […]

In This Country We Call Creative Nonfiction

Pat MacEnulty is the author of four novels, a short-story collection, and a memoir. Her most recent book, Wait Until Tomorrow: A Daughter’s Memoir, was nominated for the 2012 SIBA Nonfiction Book Award. She will lead the Creative Nonfiction workshop at the 2012 Squire Summer Writing Residency at Queens University of Charlotte, July 19-22. She […]

Is Our Fiction Autobiographical?

Robert Inman will lead the Fiction Workshop at the North Carolina Writers’ Network’s 2012 Squire Summer Writing Residency. This conference runs July 19-22 at Queens University of Charlotte. Here’s what Inman has to say about writing fiction—the idea that at heart, we always “write what we know.” Kris Kristofferson: that gravel-voiced singer/songwriter/actor who came to […]

Jan B. Parker Says: “Park It” at this Year’s Squire Summer Writing Residency

Registration is still open for the 2012 Squire Summer Writing Residency, July 19-22, at Queens University of Charlotte. Author and NCWN Board Member Jan B. Parker attended back in 2009, and here’s what she had to say about her experience: My first experience with the Squire Summer Writing Residency occurred in the heat of 2009 on […]

What are Folks Saying About the Squire Summer Writing Residency?

Well, we don’t know what everyone is saying, but here’s what author and 2011 Squire Summer Writing Residency attendee Danny Bernstein had to say about her experience: Last summer, I attended the NC Writers Network’s Squire Summer Writing Residency. I had just finished walking the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, a thousand miles through North Carolina. I wanted […]

A Fringe Benefit . . .

. . . of having the 2011 Squire Summer Writing Residency in eastern NC: A good lunch on the drive down.