NC Literary Hall of Fame



CHARLOTTE—At the North Carolina Writers' Network 2018 Fall Conference, Kathy Izard will lead the session "The Passion Project: Writing and Selling a Book that Matters."

Fall Conference runs November 2-4, at the Hilton Charlotte University Place. Registration is open through October 26.

Kathy Izard was an award-winning graphic designer for twenty years in Charlotte before launching the pilot program Homeless to Homes for the interfaith Urban Ministry Center in 2007. She led the city-wide effort to build Moore Place, Charlotte’s first permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless men and women. After Moore Place opened in 2012, Kathy worked on numerous civic projects, most recently leading the development campaign for HopeWay, Charlotte’s first nonprofit residential mental health treatment center that opened in 2016. She wrote about her efforts in the originally self-published memoir The Hundred Story Home, which received the 2017 Christopher Award. In 2017, the book and movie rights to her story were purchased by Thomas Nelson, a division of Harper Collins, and a new edition released June, 2018:

This year, NCWN has been celebrating publishers based in North Carolina, so we asked Kathy 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 Kathy said:

"No Platform Publishing will seek manuscripts from talented authors of quirky fiction, inspirational nonfiction, and memoirs with preference for writers who have less than 100 followers combined on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. "

You want to write book. But not just any book—you want to write a book that matters. One that will make readers think and call them to action. The stories you weave will not only tell, they will teach. Along with a great manuscript, you will need to find your tribe—those people who care about what you care about. Who are they and how will you find them? And finally, who will be your publishing partner that encourages you to tell the story just the way you want to write it?

In this course we will discuss:

  • What is a passion project?
  • Why is it different than any book you might write?
  • How to connect to readers and groups that will care about your book
  • And the critical question: self-publish or traditional press

This course is for emerging writers as well as published authors wanting to try a different genre.

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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