NC Literary Hall of Fame



GREENSBORO—Why write about yourself?

Multi award-winning author Lee Zacharias will try to answer this question, and more, when she leads the Creative Nonfiction Master Class at the North Carolina Writers' Network 2017 Spring Conference, Saturday, April 22, at UNCG.

Pre-registration is now open.

The morning session of this nonfiction workshop, "The Art of Structuring Personal Nonfiction," will begin by addressing the significance of personal writing, both in essay and memoir, for the writer and for the reader. That is, participants will discuss personal writing not as autobiography but as art. They will learn to read like writers—to read beyond content for structure—and talk about strategies for structuring personal nonfiction. Because no one's story ends without involving others, registrants will end the morning by considering issues of privacy and legality that are unique to nonfiction, as well as copyright law. Students are welcome to bring questions about privacy and legality that they are facing or think they may face in their own work. In the afternoon session, attendees will turn their attention to discussing the manuscripts they have submitted in advance of the class.

The NCWN 2017 Spring Conference is a full day of classes on the craft and business of writing, as well as faculty readings, Lunch with an Author, an open mic for conference participants, and the third annual Slush Pile Live! Master class registration is first-come, first-served, and all Master Class applications must be received by Friday, April 7.

To apply, attendees should submit up to 1,500 sequential words from a single work, along with their current CV in a separate attachment, on the same day that they register for the conference. Submissions should be saved in a single MS Word document, using double-spaced 12-point Times New Roman font, with numbered pages, and sent as an attachment to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The title of the work and the author's name should appear on the submission. The sample he or she submits will be the work discussed in class, and accepted registrants will be asked to circulate their drafts to others in the class prior to the conference.

Each registrant should be ready to handle the intensive instruction and atmosphere of the Master Class.

Lee Zacharias is the author of a collection of short stories, Helping Muriel Make It Through the Night, two novels, Lessons and At Random, and a collection of personal essays, The Only Sounds We Make. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the North Carolina Arts Council, North Carolina's Sir Walter Raleigh Award, Southern Humanities Review's Theodore Christian Hoepfner Award, Prairie Schooner's Glenna Luschei Award, and a Silver Medal in Creative Nonfiction from the Independent Publisher Book Awards. At Random was a finalist in literary fiction for the 2013 International Book Awards, the National Indie Lit Awards, and the USA Best Book Awards. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in numerous journals, including, among others, The Southern Review, Shenandoah, and Our State. Ten times her essays have been named Notable Essays of the Year by The Best American Essays, which reprinted "Buzzards" in The Best American Essays 2008. For thirty-three years she taught literature and creative writing at the University of North Carolina Greensboro and is currently on the faculty of the Wildacres Writer Conference.

For full conference details, and to register, click here.

Spring Conference is sponsored in part by The MFA in Creative Writing Program at UNCG,, 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). Other sponsors include 88.5 FM WFDD: Public Radio for the Piedmont, The News & Record in Greensboro, and the North Carolina Arts Council.


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