NC Literary Hall of Fame




ALEXANDRIA, VA—You've known for a while now that you have a book inside you. But it seems like such a massive undertaking. The scope is so much larger than those essays or short stories you've published, you wonder where to even begin.

And yet, deep down, you know that you can write a great one.

On Tuesday, December 17, at 7:00 pm, National Book Award Finalist Shelia P. Moses will lead the online class "Techniques for Writing Your First Book."

Registration is closed.

This course is capped at forty (40) registrants, first-come, first-served. There is a $45 fee to register.

A good novel, memoir, or children's book should be filled with great images to draw readers into the story. This is achieved via great language. This workshop will explore the art of descriptive writing and how to create memorable narrative.

Workshop discussions will include:

  1. Prewriting
  2. Developing characters
  3. First Draft
  4. Revising you manuscript

Shelia P. Moses, is an African-American writer whose subjects include comedian Dick Gregory and the legend of Buddy Bush. In 2004, she was nominated for the National Book Award and named the Coretta Scott King Honoree for The Legend of Buddy Bush. In 2009, her novel Joseph was nominated for the NAACP Image Award.

Shelia is currently working on a novel titled Yardsale, and she lives in Old Town in Alexandria, Virginia. 

"Techniques for Writing Your First Book" is the North Carolina Writers' Network's second offering in their 2019-2020 series of online classes.

"This program is a great way for writers from all over North Carolina to connect without having the hassle of driving somewhere and finding parking," said NCWN communications director Charles Fiore. "Online classes offer top-shelf instruction for a fraction of the cost, and the software itself is very intuitive and easy to use."

The online class "Techniques for Writing Your First Book" is available to anyone with an internet connection, or who even owns just a telephone. Instructions for accessing the online class on Tuesday, December 17, will be sent to registrants no less than twenty-four hours prior to the start of class. The class will be archived and made available to registrants for repeated viewings.

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


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