GREENSBORO—On-site registration will be available for the North Carolina Writers' Network 2017 Spring Conference starting at 8:00 am on Saturday, April 22, in the lobby of the MHRA Building on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Those who register on-site will be able to attend the classes of their choice (not including the Master Classes, which require pre-registration). At that time, attendees can sign up for one of two open mics offered later that afternoon and spend time in an exhibit hall packed with vendors representing some of the finest literary organizations in North Carolina.
NCWN members can sell up to five (5) copies of their books on consignment at the Network's Member Book Sales table, and should remember to claim all unsold books before the end of the day (unclaimed books will be donated). Scuppernong Books is once again the official bookseller of Spring Conference, and will have faculty member books on-hand.
All conferencegoers can attend the general sessions, including the Keynote Address by NC Literary Hall of Fame inductee and former NC poet laureate Fred Chappell and the faculty readings after lunch, which will take place in MHRA rooms 1214 and 1215.
Beginning at 4:00 pm, attendees may drop off either 300 words of prose or one page of poetry in the room of their choice (prose and poetry will be read in both MHRA rooms 1214 and 1215), in anticipation of the third annual Slush Pile Live! At 5:00 pm, a panel of editors will listen to the submissions being read out loud and raise their hand when they hear something that would make them stop reading if the piece were being submitted to their publication. The editors will discuss what they did and did not like about the sample, offering constructive feedback on the manuscript itself and the submission process. All anonymous—all live! (Authors can reveal themselves at the end, but only if they want to.)
Those interested in having their anonymous submission read should bring a hard copy of up to 300 words of prose from a single work or one page of poetry (40-line max) to one of the Slush Pile Live! rooms. Submissions should be double-spaced, 12-point, Times New Roman font. No names should appear on the submissions.
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.