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CHARLOTTE—If you're arriving early for the North Carolina Writers' Network 2018 Fall Conference, or if you're local to the Charlotte metro area, consider enjoying The Pre-Conference Tailgate hosted by Bryn Chancellor and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte English Department.

This event is free. There is no registration required, and you do not need to have registered for the conference to participate.

This special program will take place:

Friday, November 2, 12:00-1:30 pm
Fretwell 290B, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 9203 Mary Alexander Rd., Charlotte, 28262

Attendees can park for free in East Deck 1. Simply enter the gate and bring your ticket with you to the Pre-Conference Tailgate. During the program, your ticket will be replaced with a validated ticket, which will allow you to exit the garage for no charge.

Bryn Chancellor will lead "The Alchemy of Paying Attention."

We live in a world of distractions that keep us from granting our attention in meaningful ways. For writers, paying attention—to the world, to our imaginations and memories, and to our work—is essential. To be observant as a writer demands engagement; we must slow down and open ourselves up—not just to see/witness but to listen, smell, touch, and taste. We must activate and fine-tune our senses, which takes constant refinement, especially when we’re busy with other demands. In this session, we’ll practice transforming our observations and memories into language that can be rich material for our stories or poems—maybe even gold.

Bryn Chancellor is the author of the novel Sycamore (Harper/HarperCollins 2017), which was a Southwest Book of the Year, an Indie Next pick, an Amazon Editors’ Best Book of 2017, and among Bustle’s Best Debuts of 2017. Her story collection When Are You Coming Home? (University of Nebraska Press, 2015) won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize, and her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in numerous publications. A recipient of a 2018 North Carolina Artist Fellowship, her honors include fellowships from the Alabama and Arizona state arts councils and the Poets and Writers Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award. A graduate of Vanderbilt University’s MFA Program, she is an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

The Pre-Conference Tailgate is meant to get writers' creative juices flowing prior to the weekend.

On-site registration for the NCWN 2018 Fall Conference will open at 3:00 pm on Friday, November 2, in the lobby of the Hilton Charlotte University Place. Those who have not pre-registered will be able to sign up for classes at that time.

The NCWN 2018 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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