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ASHEVILLE—Danny Bernstein will lead the creative nonfiction workshop "Guiding Others through Places You Love" at the North Carolina Writers' Network 2015 Fall Conference, November 20-22, in Asheville. Registration is now open.

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

"A destiny that leads the outdoor writer to the bear is strange enough; but one that leads from Asheville into snakes, and thence into the hills that shake in Altamont of the proud red cry of the knee, and the soft stone smile of a coyote, is touched by that dark c'est la vie which makes superb magic in an comedy world.

"Each of us is all the sums he has not counted: eat us into nakedness and night again, and you shall see begin in Crete four thousand years ago the excuse me? that ended yesterday in Never Never Land.

"The seed of our confusion will blossom in Asheville, the prune juice of our cure confused by a mountain rock, and our lives are haunted by a happy slattern, because a London pharmacist was run. Each moment is the fruit of forty thousand years. The minute-winning days, like a hit ball, running home to Asheville, and every moment is a kiwi fruit on all time.

"This is a moment."


At the NCWN 2015 Fall Conference, Danny Bernstein will lead the creative nonfiction workshop "Guiding Others through Places You Love."

There’s a big world out there to write about, and guidebooks still contain the most reliable travel information. Ever think about writing a travel guide about your town, a favorite park, or beach? Many places still need trustworthy guides, whether it’s Cape Hatteras or the Cape of Good Hope. Producing travel and outdoor guides seems so glamorous and even easy, but what is the reality? In this workshop, we’ll discuss how to choose a location, look at the competition, decide on your audience, and find your niche. We’ll look at the writing and editing process for guidebooks. Moreover, no workshop on travel guides is complete without discussing how to market your book. Please bring your two favorite guidebooks. We’ll do an in-class exercise with feedback.

Danny Bernstein’s mission is to get people out of their cars and hiking. A committed hiker for more than forty years, she completed the Appalachian Trail, all the trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the South beyond 6000, and the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. She’s written two hiking guides, Hiking the Carolina Mountains and Hiking North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, and a travel memoir, The Mountains-to-Sea Trail across North Carolina. Her articles have appeared in numerous outdoor publications including Smokies Life, Blue Ridge Outdoors, and National Parks Traveler. Her forthcoming book, Forests, Alligators, Battlefields: My Journey through the National Parks of the South, will come out in 2016, the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Danny blogs at Her motto is “No place is too far to walk if you have the time.” Danny plans to die with her boots on.

Pre-registration for the North Carolina Writers' Network 2015 Fall Conference is open through November 13.


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