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CHARLOTTE—The word “constraint” often carries a negative connotation, bringing to mind a loss of freedom or a hemming in of our creativity. But for many writers, “constraint” is just another word for “form,” which, instead of holding back the muse, can actually help to free it.

Pulitzer-prize nominated poet Morri Creech will lead the poetry workshop at the North Carolina Writers’ Network 2016 Squire Summer Writing Residency, June 23-26, at Queens University of Charlotte. Registration is now open.

For the poetry tract, the focus will be on form, which, rather than proving to be a constraint, for many poets helps to generate content, provide a sense of discovery, and liberate the poetic imagination. In this workshop, registrants will analyze poets who compose in a variety of forms, reading published formal poets, and writing original poems using formal techniques—as well as workshopping poems by students in the class. Participants will focus primarily on blank verse, sonnets, villanelles, and triolets. Students will workshop at least one of their submitted poems in class, in addition to generating new material.

Morri Creech was born in Moncks Corner, SC, in 1970, and was educated at Winthrop University and McNeese State University. He is the author of three collections of poetry, Paper Cathedrals (Kent State U P, 2001); Field Knowledge (Waywiser, 2006), which received the Anthony Hecht Poetry prize and was nominated for both the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the Poet’s Prize; and The Sleep of Reason (Waywiser, March 2013), a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize. A recipient of NEA and Ruth Lilly Fellowships, as well as grants from the North Carolina and Louisiana arts councils, he is the Writer-in-Residence at Queens University of Charlotte, where he teaches courses in both the undergraduate creative writing program and in the low residency MFA program. He lives in Charlotte with his wife and two children.

The 2016 North Carolina Writers' Network Squire Summer Writing Residency offers an intensive course in a chosen genre (fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry), with ten hour-and-a-half sessions over the four days of the program. Registrants work in-depth on their own manuscript samples, as well as their colleagues’, while also studying the principles of the genre with their instructor. Other features include faculty readings, panel discussions, and open mic sessions for residents.

The Squire Summer Writing Residency is the Network’s most intimate and intensive conference: only forty-two registrants will be admitted. Potential attendees should apply with a writing sample and be ready to handle the intensive instruction and atmosphere of the Residency.

Registrants may also choose the creative nonfiction tract led by Cynthia Lewis, or the fiction workshop led by Sarah Creech.

For more information, including full faculty bios and registration details, click here.

The non-profit North Carolina Writers’ Network is the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to writers at all stages of development. For additional information, and to register, visit


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