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Good news from our members!

The North Carolina Writers' Network is happy to announce good news from our members. If you have had a piece published, won a prize in a competition, or received an award or honor for your writing, let us know and we'll post the news here. "Hats Off" announcements are available to members only. To post your item on the website, please click here.

Hats Off! to Margaret A. Harrell who will speak about the "Top 10 Editing Mistakes to Avoid" at the third annual Triangle Book & Writer Conference at the McKimmon Center on NC State's campus on September 15, 12:00-1:00 pm. She also will be on the "Writing about the Life and Times of Hunter S. Thompson" panel along with Juan Thompson (author and Thompson's son), William McKeen (author and journalism chair at Boston University), and Tim Denevi (brand-new book: Freak Kingdom; also nonfiction editor of Literary Hub) at George Mason Univeristy, in mid-October. Finally, she will be one of three panelists at the Rand-McNally independent bookstore in Brooklyn, New York, in late November, upon the publication of Tim Denevi's Freak Kingdom, which she went over with her editing eye in manuscript. The event is part of the book tour of Denevi, who invited Margaret into the panel with him because she actually knew Hunter and he liked the way she wrote about him in the Keep This Quiet! volumes I & II.


Hats Off! to Heather Bell Adams of Raleigh who will be a visiting scholar at the 2018 James Agee Conference. The conference will be held September14-15 at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tennessee. Heather's presentation, "The Role of Landscape in Ron Rash's Fiction," will provide a close examination of Above the Waterfall and Burning Bright.


Hats Off! to Nancy Simpson Brantley (1938-2018): the North Carolina Writers' Network gifted a photo of Simpson to the Moss Memorial Library in Hayesville, in honor of her many achievements. Simpson served on the NCWN Executive Board and was a co-founder of NCWN-West, a program of NCWN, to serve writers in the remote NC mountains. She was NCWN-West’s Program Director for over twenty-one years. Nancy Simpson Brantley was a poet, teacher, and mother of three children. She taught in Clay County Schools for twenty-eight years. Author of three poetry collectios, her poems also were published widely in literary journals. 


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