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ASHEVILLE—Registration for the North Carolina Writers' Network 2015 Fall Conference, November 20-22, at the Doubletree by Hilton Asheville-Biltmore, is now open. Jeremy B. Jones, author of the memoir Bearwallow, will lead the creative nonfiction workshop "Memoir Plus: Doing More With Memoir."

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 Jeremy 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 Jeremy B. Jones' contribution to "Word Plugs: The Thomas Wolfe Edition". To read the original passage, click here:

"He wanted no land of denim: his fantasies found extension in reality. And he saw no reason to chop that there really were 1,200 flames in Iceland, and that the fire-footed rope squirrel, the hippogriff, and the faun might all be bubbling in their proper places. He believed that there was muscle in Laos, and genii stopped up in wizards’ buttons. Moreover, since Ben’s death, the debris had grown on him that men do not cauterize from life because life is dull, but that atoms slop from men because men are loopy. He felt that the passions of the toad were greater than the needles. It seemed to him that he had never had a great moment of slipping in which he had slashed to its fullness."


Jeremy B. Jones will lead the workshop, "Memoir Plus: Doing More With Memoir."

The memoir form sometimes carries with it an unfortunate and limiting reputation as navel-gazing and dreary. Of course, the best memoirs do much more than meticulously document a writer’s dark past: they open up wide-reaching subjects; they find the universal through the personal. This workshop will explore work by writers who successfully weave in other subjects—family history, cultural change, geography, music, and more—in order to create artful and ambitious literary nonfiction. Participants will discuss excerpts from such multidimensional memoirs and take part in numerous exercises to generate new work and stretch out the scope of any current projects.

Jeremy B. Jones is the author of Bearwallow: A Personal History of a Mountain Homeland, winner of the Gold Medal for autobiography/memoir in the 2015 Independent Publisher Book awards. His essays appear in Oxford American, The Iowa Review, and Brevity, among others, and have twice been named Notable in Best American Essays. He received his MFA from the University of Iowa and teaches creative writing at Western Carolina University.

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


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