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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH—If you're arriving early for the North Carolina Writers' Network 2017 Fall Conference, or if you're local, the Network will host a Pre-Conference Tailgate on Friday, November 3, at 12:00 pm.

This event is free. There is no registration required, and one need not register for the conference to participate.

Anna Lena Phillips Bell will lead "Writing from Place: A Poetry & Prose Walk" that will begin in the lobby of the conference venue, the Holiday Inn Resort.

The kind of close looking and listening that makes for good poems is also key to good sentences and paragraphs. And exploring a place, whether new or beloved, is a perfect way to amp up those observational skills and generate new material.

This small jaunt is designed to do just that. Starting from the Holiday Inn Resort, attendees will meander through Wrightsville Beach, pausing often in the shade to write. Suggested prompts will be provided along the way. After they've taken in some of the town/beach and gathered lines and ideas, participants will adjourn to the Holiday Inn Resort for a few more minutes of writing and for optional sharing of the work they’ve begun.

Bring a small notebook and something to write with. A water bottle and sun protection are recommended, although this will not be a strenuous walk, and writers be stopping frequently to write. A minibook of prompts will be provided to all participants for future adventuring.

Anna Lena Phillips Bell is the author of Ornament, winner of the 2016 Vassar Miller Poetry Prize, and A Pocket Book of Forms, a limited-edition, travel-sized guide to poetic forms. The recipient of a North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship in literature, she teaches in the creative writing department at UNC Wilmington, where she is the editor of Ecotone and edits manuscripts for the magazine’s sister imprint, Lookout Books. She lives with her family near the Cape Fear River, and calls Appalachian square dances in North Carolina and beyond.

The "Writing from Place: A Poetry & Prose Walk" was featured recently in The Lumina News

NCWN trustee and NCWN 2017 Fall Conference sponsor Alice Osborn will be on-hand as the Network representative for the Pre-Conference Tailgate.

On-site registration for the NCWN 2017 Fall Conference will open at 3:00 pm on Friday, November 3, in the lobby of the Holiday Inn Resort. Those who have not pre-registered will be able to sign up for classes at that time.

The NCWN 2017 Fall Conference is a full weekend of classes, panels, readings, open mics, a NaNoWriMo launch party, and more. For full details, click here.

 

 
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