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CHARLOTTE—The pre-registration deadline for the North Carolina Writers' Network 2018 Fall Conference has been extended until 11:59 pm on Sunday, October 28.

Fall Conference classes are first-come, first-served. While spaces remain in most sessions, spots are not guaranteed.

Register now to secure your seat November 2-4 at the Hilton Charlotte University Place.

By registering early, attendees save more than 50 percent off conference fees.

Fall Conference offers several new or new-ish programs in 2018.

"Shut Up and Write," sponsored by Freedom.to and led by NCWN trustee Michele T. Berger, allows attendees to sit quietly with other registrants and write for ninety minutes, a much-needed conference breather.

Michele also will host a launch party for National Novel Writing Month on Friday, following the Keynote Address and Booksigning by 2018 NC Literary Hall of Fame inductee Randall Kenan. Some light refreshments will be provided, but participants should also feel free to BYO.

Fall Conference offers a track for writers of stage and screen, including classes such as Ian Finley's "Dramatic Structure, or The Story of My Tattoo"; “'You Talking to Me?' How Less Really Can Mean More When Writing Dialogue" with Susan Rivers; "From the Page to the Stage" with Robert Inman; and "Creating Diverse Characters for the Stage, Page, and Screen" with Paula Martinac.

Saturday night's banquet also will feature an abbreviated staging of Ian Finley's new play Native, which explores the relationship and developing tensions between Paul Green and Richard Wright as they try to adapt Wright’s classic novel Native Son for the stage. This special performance will be followed by a panel discussion on the play’s themes, and how writers today still grapple with its questions, featuring Paul Green scholar Dr. Margaret Bauer, playwright Ian Finley, NC Poet Laureate and NC Literary Hall of Fame inductee Jaki Shelton Green, and Native cast members.

Of course, open mics, faculty readings, an exhibit hall packed with vendors, and all the regular, excellent program NCWN members have come to expect will still be on offer.

Register now: www.ncwriters.org.

 

 
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