WINSTON-SALEM—Founded in 1985, the North Carolina Writers’ Network is a statewide nonprofit with about 1,400 members, located everywhere from Canada to California, and in 77 of North Carolina’s 100 counties.
“And that,” said NCWN Executive Director Ed Southern, “isn’t good enough.”
This year, the Network is launching its 1 in 100 Campaign: a membership drive not simply to recruit new members in those 23 counties, all of them rural, but to learn how the Network could better serve creative writers in North Carolina’s rural communities.
The North Carolina Writers’ Network, or NCWN, connects, promotes, educates, and leads writers at all levels of skill and experience, working in all creative genres, with all sorts of writing goals, all across this state, and beyond.
“Whether you’re a bestselling novelist like Lee Smith or Ron Rash, or a novice just starting to put pen to paper, the Network offers you something of value,” Southern said.
The NCWN’s programs, services, and resources include its annual Spring and Fall Conferences, the Squire Summer Writing Workshops, five annual writing contests, a year-round Critiquing & Editing Service, online classes in the craft and business of writing, the North Carolina Literary Calendar, and much more. NCWN also oversees the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame, the Sally Buckner Emerging Writers Fellowship, and NCWN-West for writers in the state’s nine westernmost counties.
The Network has no criteria for membership, and is open to anyone interested in creative writing. Member dues are $80 a year, with discounts available for writers with disabilities, full-time students, and writers over the age of sixty-five or under the age of thirty.
“Like the state itself, the Network has grown immensely over the last thirty-four years,” Southern said. “But like the state, it hasn’t grown equally or equitably in all parts of the state. Our mission is to serve the entire state, not just its metro areas.
“We hope the 1 in 100 Campaign will help us fulfill our mission, by connecting us with writers we don’t yet know, and figuring out how we can serve them best.”