ASHEVILLE—Pre-registration for the North Carolina Writers' Network 2015 Fall Conference, November 20-22 at the Doubletree by Hilton Asheville-Biltmore, closes Friday, November 13. Registrations must be received by 5:00 pm on that day if registering by phone or mail, or by midnight if registering online.
Fall Conference attracts hundreds of writers from around the country and provides a weekend full of activities that include lunch and dinner banquets with readings, keynotes, tracks in several genres, open mic sessions, and the opportunity for one-on-one manuscript critiques with editors or agents.
New York Times bestselling author and North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame inductee Lee Smith will give the Keynote Address. NC Literary Hall of Fame inductee and former North Carolina Poet Laureate Kathryn Stripling Byer will be the featured guest at Saturday's luncheon, while Keith Flynn & the Holy Men will entertain at the banquet on Saturday night, where the Network will celebrate its 30th birthday.
On Friday, November 20, from 12:00-1:30 pm, at The Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site, Asheville's Dale Neal, author of The Half-Life of Home, will lead the Pre-Conference Tailgate. Neal will provide instruction and guide participants through a writing exercise. Both conference attendees and the general public are welcome and no registration is required: admission is FREE. For more information about the Pre-Conference Tailgate, click here.
Please note, there are no more guest rooms available at the conference venue. However, there are several hotels within walking distance in a wide range of prices. For more information on where to stay, click here.
The exhibit hall is going to be packed with vendors representing literary organizations from North Carolina and beyond. For a preview of who's going to be there, click the appropriate links for part 1, part 2, and part 3.
2015 Fall Conference sponsors include Lenoir-Rhyne University’s MA in Writing Program; Chatham-Lee Counties NCWN regional rep Al Manning; Alice Osborn and Write from the Inside Out; The Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site; WCQS Western North Carolina Public Radio; Western Carolina University’s MA in Professional Writing Program; Robert Beatty: Disney-Hyperion Author of Serafina and the Black Cloak; and the North Carolina Arts Council.
The cost of the conference is significantly reduced for those registering early. Plus, pre-registrants have the option to dine at the conference venue. To pre-register, click here.
On-site registration will open at 3:00 pm on Friday, November 20, at the Doubletree by Hilton Asheville-Biltmore.