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ASHEVILLE—The North Carolina Writers' Network 2015 Fall Conference will be held November 20-22 at the Doubletree by Hilton Asheville-Biltmore. Heather Newton will lead the workshop, "Writers and the Law."

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 Heather 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 Heather Newton's contribution to "Word Plugs: The Thomas Wolfe Edition". To read the original passage, click here:

"Where is the day that loomed into one rich internet security question? Where the music of the nape of your neck, the off-key of your teeth, the dainty languor of your sweat sock, your pithy firm liver, your slender fingers, to be basked like a durian, and the little cherry-chipmunk of your white fifth metatarsal? And where are all the tiny rice cookers of finespun maidenhair? Quick are the fjords of earth, and quick the teeth that fed upon this jerk. You who were made for videotape rewinding, will comply eyebrow threading no more: in your dark dog kennel the flash floods are silent. Ghost, ghost, come back from that paper cut that we did not foresee, return not into Solace Fork, but into Asheville, where we have never decorated, into the enchanted wood, where we practice archery, strewn in the junk room. Come up into the hills, O my young Belva Lockwood: return. O lost, and by the wind-grieved Cherry Ames, come back again."


At the NCWN 2015 Fall Conference, Heather Newton will lead the workshop, "Writers and the Law." This workshop will discuss legal issues writers commonly encounter in the areas of copyright and defamation. Come learn what your copyright protects, what constitutes "fair use" of another's work and when you need permission, and what you need to know if the main character in your novel bears a striking resemblance to your litigious Aunt Maude.

Heather Newton’s debut novel Under the Mercy Trees (HarperCollins 2011) won the 2011 Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award, was chosen by the Women’s National Book Association as a Great Group Reads Selection, and named an “Okra Pick” by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (“great southern fiction fresh off the vine”). She teaches creative writing for the Great Smokies Writing Program and is a founding member of the Flatiron Writers, a writers’ collective which sponsors workshops, salons, and other events for the western North Carolina literary community. Her Asheville law practice focuses on employment law, employee benefits, and business advice for writers, artists, and entrepreneurs:

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


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