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CHARLOTTE—At the North Carolina Writers' Network 2018 Fall Conference, novelist, playwright, and screenwriter Robert Inman will lead the session "From the Page to the Stage."

Fall Conference runs November 2-4, at the Hilton Charlotte University Place. Registration is open through October 26.

Robert Inman is a native of Elba, Alabama, where he began his writing career in junior high school with his hometown weekly newspaper. He left a thirty-one-year career in television journalism in 1996 to devote his full time to fiction writing. Inman’s latest stage play is Liberty Mountain, a drama about the settling of the Carolinas and the Revolutionary War Battle of Kings Mountain. It is staged every summer at the Joy Performance Center in Kings Mountain. He is the author of two musicals—Crossroads and The Christmas Bus: The Musical—for which he wrote book, lyrics, and music. His other stage plays are The Christmas Bus, Dairy Queen Days, Welcome to Mitford, A High Country Christmas Carol, and The Drama Club. He has written screenplays for six motion pictures for television, two of which have been “Hallmark Hall of Fame” presentations. His script for The Summer of Ben Tyler, a Hallmark production, won the Writers’ Guild of America Award as the best original television screenplay of 1997. His other Hallmark feature was Home Fires Burning, a 1989 adaptation of his novel.

This year, NCWN has been celebrating publishers based in North Carolina, so we asked Robert to answer the following prompt:

"Congratulations! You've inherited a large fortune, on the condition that you use it to start your own publishing house. What kind of books are you going to publish?"

Here's what Robert said:

"If I had had a large fortune to open a publishing house, I would publish first books by unknown authors and give them all the proceeds until the money ran out."

In the session "From the Page to the Stage," participants will take part in a lively discussion about the challenge of transforming a story meant for a single reader into one crafted for a larger visual audience. They'll discuss the particular “language” of stage and screen and examine techniques unique to successful stage and screen storytelling.

Fall Conference attracts hundreds of writers from around the country and provides a weekend full of activities that include lunch and dinner banquets with readings, keynotes, tracks in several genres, open mic sessions, and the opportunity for one-on-one manuscript critiques with editors or agents. Master Classes will be led by Judy Goldman (Creative Nonfiction), Maureen Ryan Griffin (Poetry), Randall Kenan (Fiction), who, as a 2018 inductee into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame, also will give the Keynote Address.

Register here.

The nonprofit North Carolina Writers’ Network is the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to all writers, in all genres, at all stages of development. For additional information, visit www.ncwriters.org.

 

CHARLOTTE—November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), and attendees of the North Carolina Writers' Network 2018 Fall Conference will have the chance to kick-off this splendid event in style.

Author and NCWN trustee Michele T. Berger will host a NaNoWriMo launch party, "NaNoWriMo: Support, Sharing, and Tips," on Friday, November 2, following the booksigning and reception for keynote speaker Randall Kenan, in the Hilton Charlotte University Place (room TBD).

Conference registration is open through October 26.

Anyone planning to take part in NaNoWriMo, or anyone even mildly curious, is invited to meet for a casual, informal gathering. Some light refreshments will be provided, but participants should also feel free to BYO!

National Novel Writing Month asks writers to commit to writing 50,000 words during the thirty days of November. A 501(c)(3) non-profit that has become an international phenomenon, NaNoWriMo values "enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline...for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel."

The NaNoWriMo website allows users to create accounts where they can plan their novel, receive online encouragement, and be part of a worldwide community of writers all trying to crank out 50K words in a month.

For more information about NaNoWriMo, click here.

Michele T. Berger is a professor, writer, creativity expert, and pug-lover. Her main love is writing speculative fiction, though she also is known to write poetry and creative nonfiction, too. Her fiction has appeared in UnCommon Origins: A Collection of Gods, Monsters, Nature and Science by Fighting Monkey Press; You Don’t Say: Stories in the Second Person by Ink Monkey Press; Flying South: A Literary Journal; 100wordstory; Thing Magazine; and The Red Clay Review. Her nonfiction and poetry have appeared in The Chapel Hill News, Glint Literary Journal, Oracle: Fine Arts Review, Trivia: Voices of Feminism, The Feminist Wire, Ms. Magazine, Carolina Woman Magazine, Western North Carolina Woman, A Letter to My Mom (Crown Press), Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia Butler (Twelfth Planet Press) and various zines. Her sci-fi novella “Reenu-You” was recently published by Book Smugglers Press.

At the NCWN 2018 Fall Conference, Michele also will lead the session "Shut Up and Write," sponsored by Freedom.to.

This session will ask registrants to do exactly that: Shut up, and write. Think of it as study hall, except you’re writing instead of reading (or passing notes—none of that, now). Registrants for this option will get ninety minutes of glorious, uninterrupted silence in which to dream, plan, create, or edit.

Pre-register for the NCWN 2018 Fall Conference at www.ncwriters.org.

The exact breakout room location of "NaNoWriMo: Support, Sharing, and Tips" will be announced during the conference, and on the Fall Conference "app," www.ncwnfallconference.com.

 

CHARLOTTE—At the North Carolina Writers' Network 2018 Fall Conference, Erika Marks will lead the session "The Perfect Pitch" alongside fellow novelists Kim Boykin and Kim Wright.

Fall Conference runs November 2-4, at the Hilton Charlotte University Place. Registration is open through October 26.

Erika Marks is the author of five women’s fiction novels for Penguin’s NAL imprint: Little Gale Gumbo, The Mermaid Collector, The Guest House, It Comes in Waves, and The Last Treasure—as well as several romance novellas for Tule Publishing. Having written and submitted over a dozen manuscripts before receiving her first contract, she knows that the road to publication can be both challenging and deeply rewarding. She has led workshops for writers on all aspects of the publication process, as well presented on topics of craft. Originally from New England, she spent nearly the last decade in beautiful North Carolina and has recently moved to Maryland.

This year, NCWN has been celebrating publishers based in North Carolina, so we asked Erika to answer the following prompt:

"Congratulations! You've inherited a large fortune, on the condition that you use it to start your own publishing house. What kind of books are you going to publish?"

Here's what Erika said:

"When I'm asked what books formed my early understanding of the craft of storytelling, I always answer—brace yourselves!—comic books. I was a card-carrying, comic book junkie, devouring them and the escape they offered on their wonderfully fragrant and flimsy newsprint pages.

"Now my daughters are growing up with an ever-growing collection of graphic novels, and if I weren't constantly digging into their stash, I would surely be bitter at their generation's good fortune. I am blown away by the diversity and ingenuity and all-around-brilliance of today's graphic novelists—the writers and illustrators who are expanding and reinventing the craft of story in ways that inspire me as a writer, and certainly as a reader.

"Which is why, with my windfall, I'd choose to open a publishing house for graphic novels, and continue to support this exciting and ever-changing genre."

It’s one thing to write a book—but it takes a whole other skill set to describe it, especially if you only have a single page to intrigue an agent or editor. Even if writers aren’t pitching this go-round, at some point everyone needs to ask themselves “What’s the major premise of my book?”

In The Perfect Pitch, novelists Kim Boykin, Kim Wright, and Erika Marks—who have collectively published twelve books with Big Five publishers—will give you tips on what makes an effective pitch and how to break your big idea down into a few potent paragraphs. Then we’ll divide into small groups to tweak and practice pitches. By the end of this session you’ll be able to describe your latest work in a concise and compelling way so that when it’s your turn at the Manuscript Mart or the elevator stalls, you’ll be ready!

Fall Conference attracts hundreds of writers from around the country and provides a weekend full of activities that include lunch and dinner banquets with readings, keynotes, tracks in several genres, open mic sessions, and the opportunity for one-on-one manuscript critiques with editors or agents. Master Classes will be led by Judy Goldman (Creative Nonfiction), Maureen Ryan Griffin (Poetry), Randall Kenan (Fiction), who, as a 2018 inductee into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame, also will give the Keynote Address.

Register here.

The nonprofit North Carolina Writers’ Network is the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to all writers, in all genres, at all stages of development. For additional information, visit www.ncwriters.org.

 

 
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