ASHEVILLE—The North Carolina Writers' Network 2015 Fall Conference will be held November 20-22 at the Doubletree by Hilton Asheville-Biltmore.
Betsy Teter, founder and Executive Director of Hub City Press, will serve as a reviewer for the Manuscript Mart, where registrants have the opportunity to pitch their manuscripts and get feedback from an editor or agent with a leading publisher or literary agency. Betsy will also sit on the Brilliant at Breakfast: "Agents & Editors" panel on Sunday morning.
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 Betsy 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 Betsy Teter's contribution to "Word Plugs: The Thomas Wolfe Edition". To read the original passage, click here:
"Where is the day that watered into one rich person's use of the term "centered around"? Where the music of your elbow, the strum of your teeth, the dainty languor of your poncho, your frothy firm brain, your slender fingers, to be ironed like wild raspberries, and the little cherry groundhog of your white knuckle? And where are all the tiny hand vacuums of finespun maidenhair? Quick are the sink holes of earth, and quick the teeth that fed upon this Buick. You who were made for neurology, will twist electricity no more: in your dark Nana's House the hard freeze is silent. Ghost, ghost, come back from that twisted ankle that we did not foresee, return not into the Land of the Cyclopes, but into Up John's Creek, where we have never sliced, into the enchanted wood, where we collected rocks, strewn on the boat garage. Come up into the hills, O my young Mao Tse Tung: return. O lost, and by the wind-grieved Addie Bundren, come back again."
At the NCWN 2015 Fall Conference, Betsy will will serve as a reviewer for the Manuscript Mart, and sit on the Brilliant at Breakfast: "Agents & Editors" panel on Sunday morning. The panel is sponsored by Robert Beatty: Disney-Hyperion author of Serafina and the Black Cloak.
Manuscript Mart provides writers with the opportunity to pitch their manuscripts and get feedback from an editor or agent with a leading publisher or literary agency. A one-on-one, thirty-minute pitch and Q&A session will be scheduled for you, to take place on Saturday, November 21, sometime between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm, or on Sunday, November 22, between 9:00 am and 12:30 pm.
Please note, a Manuscript Mart session can lead directly to publication—but don't expect it to do so. Think of it, instead, as a learning opportunity, and you'll get more out of it.
Manuscript Mart sessions are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. YOUR MANUSCRIPT MART REGISTRATION, WITH MANUSCRIPT AND PAYMENT ENCLOSED, MUST REACH THE NETWORK BY FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6.
Betsy Teter is a founder and executive director of the Hub City Writers Project of Spartanburg, SC, which serves readers and writers through its independent small press, community bookshop, and diverse literary programming. Since 1995, Hub City Press has published more than seventy titles by Southern writers and sold more than 120,000 books. Hub City also operates the city’s independent bookstore, Hub City Bookshop, which hosts dozens of readings, workshops and other events each year. The organization also runs The Writers House residency program and hosts the Writing in Place summer writers’ conference. Betsy holds a BA in History from Wake Forest University. Prior to helping found the Writers Project, she was a journalist for fifteen years and served as business editor and columnist for the Spartanburg Herald-Journal. She is married to author John Lane, an English and Environmental Studies Professor at Wofford College. They have two sons, Rob and Russell.
Registration for the North Carolina Writers' Network 2015 Fall Conference is now open.