NC Literary Hall of Fame




ASHEVILLE—Megan Shepherd will lead the workshop "Writing Young Adult Fiction" at the North Carolina Writers' Network 2015 Fall Conference, November 20-22, in Asheville.

We selected a passage from Thomas Wolfe's Look Homeward Angel (one of Asheville's most famous texts) and removed a few words. Then we prompted Megan to fill in the resulting blanks, for what we're calling "Word Plugs: The Thomas Wolfe Edition." Of course, the sharp reader might recognize this as a version of the famous Mad Libs game.

Below is Megan Shepherd's contribution to "Word Plugs: The Thomas Wolfe Edition". To read the original passage, click here:

"A destiny that leads the goatherd to the lemon is strange enough; but one that leads from Beaufort into fire, and thence into the hills that lasso in Altamont after the proud gray cry of the lips, and the soft stone smile of an chicken, is touched by that dark gesundheit! which makes delicate magic in a buddy comedy world.

"Each of us is all the sums he has not counted: Skip us into dialogue and night again, and you shall see begin in Crete four thousand years ago the blast that ended yesterday in Shangrila.

"The seed of our depressed will blossom in Beaufort, the goat's milk of our cure pondered by a mountain rock, and our lives are haunted by a saucy slattern, because a London policeman went strolling. Each moment is the fruit of forty thousand years. The minute-winning days, like pitching a ball, fly home to Beaufort, and every moment is a casserole on all time.

"This is a moment."


Megan Shepherd will lead the workshop "Writing Young Adult Fiction." Young Adult fiction is one of the fastest-growing categories of books, in large part because it's read by much more than just teenagers! Hits like Twilight, The Hunger Games, and The Fault in Our Stars have found a wide audience because of their universal themes and riveting plots. This workshop will discuss both the craft portion of writing young adult books, including the common tropes and rules of YA, and the philosophy of writing for teens; and also the business side, looking at the many avenues of publication (indie publishing, transitional publishing, hybrid publishing), how to find an agent, and what to expect during publication. There will also be a Q&A.

Megan Shepherd is the author of many works for young people, including The Madman's Daughter series and The Cage series, as well as the forthcoming The Secret Horses of Briar Hill. Her works have been translated into eight languages, and The Madman's Daughter was optioned for film and won the NC Book Award for Young Adult Literature. Born in Brevard, and raised in her parents’ independent bookstore, she now lives on an old dairy farm outside of Asheville.

Registration for the North Carolina Writers' Network 2015 Fall Conference is now open.


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