NC Literary Hall of Fame



CHARLOTTE—At the North Carolina Writers' Network 2018 Fall Conference, bestselling author Gail Z. Martin will lead the fiction session "Worldbuilding: Making Your Setting Come Alive!"

Fall Conference runs November 2-4, at the Hilton Charlotte University Place. Registration is now open.

Gail Z. Martin writes epic fantasy, urban fantasy, and steampunk for Solaris Books, Orbit Books, and Falstaff Books. Series include Darkhurst, the Chronicles of The Necromancer, the Fallen Kings Cycle, the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga, the Assassins of Landria, and Deadly Curiosities. Newest titles include Vengeance, Tangled Web, and Assassin’s Honor. Gail has also written five nonfiction books on social media and marketing and life change. 30 Days to Social Media Success was named by Life Hack to be one of the Top 20 Business Books to Read in 2016. Her newest books are The Essential Social Media Marketing Handbook and Fresh Start Success (co-written with Larry N. Martin).

This year, NCWN has been celebrating publishers based in North Carolina, so we asked Gail to answer the following prompt:

"Congratulations! You've inherited a large fortune, on the condition that you use it to start your own publishing house. What kind of books are you going to publish?"

Here's what Gail said:

"The best way to make a small fortune in publishing is to start with a large one. But I’d do what I’m doing right now, publish fantasy, sci fi, spec fic."

Whether you write contemporary, historical, or futuristic fiction, your setting is an essential “character” in your book. How do you create a believable society from scratch? What are the tricks to using real people, places and historical events without getting yourself in trouble? What must you keep in mind to make a historical setting fresh for readers, or to help them connect with feeling to a futuristic world? Gail Z. Martin writes epic fantasy, urban fantasy, steampunk, and paranormal romance, and she will share her tips and tricks about creating worlds your readers will never forget!

Fall Conference attracts hundreds of writers from around the country and provides a weekend full of activities that include lunch and dinner banquets with readings, keynotes, tracks in several genres, open mic sessions, and the opportunity for one-on-one manuscript critiques with editors or agents. Master Classes will be led by Judy Goldman (Creative Nonfiction), Maureen Ryan Griffin (Poetry), Randall Kenan (Fiction), who, as a 2018 inductee into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame, also will give the Keynote Address.

Register here.

The nonprofit North Carolina Writers’ Network is the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to all writers, in all genres, at all stages of development. For additional information, visit


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