RALEIGH—There are all sorts of reasons for poets to attend the North Carolina Writers' Network 2018 Squire Summer Writing Workshops, July 19-22, on the campus of NC State in Raleigh.
The poetry track will be led by Raleigh Review editor Rob Greene. And while Rob's years of editorial and teaching experience are sure to assist even the most experienced writer, his commitment to the writing community serve as an example to attendees of how to comport oneself as a literary citizen.
And community is perhaps the best reason to attend the Squire Summer Writing Workshops—or any literary event at all.
Rob founded RR in 2010 and immediately set about making an impact on his locality. In two years, Raleigh Review was placing poems on Raleigh city buses as part of their Poetry on the Bus program.
In his weekend long workshop, "Poems of Experience," attendees will review three of their previous poems. The remainder of the class will be generative. The generative section of workshop will be spent on the key elements of accessible works of experience that are emotionally and intellectually complex. Registrants will focus on many parts of the craft, though the overriding principle will be on making precise images. Model poems with emotional and intellectual complexity will be shared as the groundwork. Poets will then attempt to make their own poems, and then they will workshop these attempts as they go along. The Poet's Companion and a course-pack will be handed out on the first day in class, and need to be brought to every session.
Each registrant should be ready to handle the intensive instruction and atmosphere of the workshop.
Rob Greene is the editor of Raleigh Review, and he has lived in Raleigh for much of the last two decades. Prior to this he had relocated forty-six times. Greene taught poetry writing at NC State University as a graduate student while earning his Master of Fine Arts. For the past five years he has taught at Louisburg College, where he serves as the advisor for Lou Lit Review. This fall, Greene will begin work on his research Ph.D in creative writing at University of Birmingham (United Kingdom) via distance education. His own poems have been recently published in Open Minds Quarterly, Great River Review, War: Literature & the Arts, and in the Berlin-based annual Herzattacke. His first chapbook, Biloxi Back Bay (Rabbit House Press), was published in early 2017.
The NCWN Squire Summer Writing Workshops offer attendees the chance to study one genre with one instructor over the course of the weekend. There also will be programs, panels, readings, open mics, and more.
Paul Cuadros will lead the track in Creative Nonfiction, "Storytelling from the Point of Truth." Elaine Neil Orr will lead the track in Fiction, "From Character to Plot to Atmosphere."
Registration is capped at forty-two registrants, first-come, first-served.