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GREENSBORO—The North Carolina Writers' Network will host their annual Spring Conference on Saturday, April 23, in the Moore Humanities and Research Administration Building on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Registration is now open.

Spring Conference offers two excellent options for writers who focus on Creative Nonfiction.

Jim Minick, Assistant Professor at Augusta University and Core Faculty in Converse College’s low-residency MFA program, will lead the Master Class in Creative Nonfiction, "Tension in Your Prose." Tension causes headaches and family breakups, yet without it, your prose is dead. This workshop will focus on revision—from word choice and sentence rhythm to scene selection and character creation—to analyze how best to create tension that pulls readers in and keeps them reading. We’ll read a few masters and spend most of our time with each other’s drafts, figuring out what to cut and what to keep as we work toward creating art.

Please note, all Master Classes require a separate application process and fee. Those who apply should be ready to handle the intensive instruction and atmosphere of the Master Class.

A stand-alone creative nonfiction session is also available: "True Character: Crafting Portraits in Creative Nonfiction" with Mylène Dressler. In this active workshop, registrants will explore how to vividly portray the reality of others in our nonfiction. They'll study both traditional and lyric models, drawing on examples as they craft their own portraits and experiments. Writers at any level of experience with creative nonfiction are welcome. If you have questions about this workshop, or would like to contact your workshop leader, visit

Mylène Dressler is a critically acclaimed author and the current director of the Sherwood Anderson Creative Writing Program at Guilford College, where she teaches fiction and creative nonfiction.

Along with workshops and sessions hosted by top-notch faculty, Spring Conference will again offer additional beloved programming, including faculty readings, an open mic for conference participants, Lunch with an Author (pre-registration required), and the second annual installment of the popular Slush Pile Live!

The NCWN 2016 Spring Conference is sponsored in part by the Greensboro News & Record; WFDD 88.5 FM: Public Radio for the Piedmont; and UNCG’s Creative Writing Program, which will provide free parking for Spring Conference registrants in the Oakland Avenue Parking Deck, across Forest Street from the MHRA Building (behind Yum Yum Better Ice Cream and Old Town Draught House). For directions, click here.

Pre-registration is open through Sunday, April 17, at


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