Raleigh—On Friday, November 4, at 12:00 pm in the Longleaf Room of the North Carolina Museum of History, the North Carolina Writers' Network will host their fourth annual Pre-Conference Tailgate. This event is free and open to the public; no registration is required.
Dr. James W. Clark, Jr., Emeritus Professor at North Carolina State University, will begin the event by talking about Raleigh's rich literary heritage, and introduce the many lauded writers who have been affiliated with NC State over the years.
This brief lecture will be followed by a conversation about writing and a series of writing prompts led by author and NCWN communications director Charles "LC" Fiore. The event, which will include complimentary light snacks and non-alcoholic beverages, will end between 1:30 and 2:00 pm.
“The idea is to get folks excited about writing and to warm up our creative muscles,” said Fiore. “That way, we hit the ground running once conference registration opens later that afternoon.”
The Pre-Conference Tailgate will take place at the sponsor's venue:
North Carolina Museum of History
5 E. Edenton St.
Raleigh, NC 27601
Parking is available in three lots close to the museum. Street parking is also available. For a map and full parking details, click here.
Dr. James W. Clark, Jr., English Professor Emeritus at North Carolina State University, focused his career on the cultural geography and literary history of North Carolina, his native state. Studying Thomas Wolfe and other Tar Heel writers engaged him, his students, and the general public. Dr. Clark has also served as president of The Thomas Wolfe Society and The North Carolina Literary and Historical Association. At present, he is president of The Paul Green Foundation and The North Caroliniana Society. Clark is widely known for his scholarship in folklore and literature, and for his dedication to promoting educational opportunities for North Carolina children and adults. In 2011, he received a 4-H Lifetime Achievement Award. The next year the William C. Friday Award for Distinguished Service in Retirement was presented to him.
L.C Fiore's new novel is The Last Great American Magic. His debut novel, Green Gospel, was Runner-Up in the Eric Hoffer Book Awards (General Fiction). His short stories have appeared in Ploughshares, Michigan Quarterly Review, New South, and storySouth, among many other anthologies and journals. His nonfiction has appeared in The Good Men Project, TriQuarterly Review, and many baseball publications. He lives in Durham: www.lcfiore.com.
The North Carolina Writers' Network 2016 Fall Conference opens Friday, November 4, at 3:00 pm at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley. Fall Conference offers courses in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, lectures and panels on publishing and finding an agent, and readings by distinguished authors from North Carolina and beyond.
Faculty includes poets Alice Osborn and Chris Tonelli; fiction writers Clare Beams and Kim Church; and authors such as Howard L. Craft, Jen McConnel, and Barbara Claypole White. Current NC poet laureate Shelby Stephenson will be the featured guest at Saturday night's banquet; 2016 NC Literary Hall of Fame inductee Margaret Maron will give the Keynote Address on Friday night.