CHARLOTTE—At the North Carolina Writers' Network 2018 Fall Conference, NCWN trustee Georgann Eubanks will lead the session "Write What You Don't Know" (creative nonfiction).
Fall Conference runs November 2-4, at the Hilton Charlotte University Place. On-site registration opens at 3:00 pm on Friday, November 2, in the hotel ballroom foyer.
Georgann Eubanks is the author of the three-volume Literary Trails series commissioned by the NC Arts Council and published by UNC Press. Her latest book is The Month of their Ripening: North Carolina Heritage Foods Through the Year (UNC Press, 2018). Georgann has published poetry, fiction, profiles, reviews, and essays in many magazines and journals, including Southern Cultures, South Writ Large, Our State, and Oxford American. Since 2000, she has been a principal with Donna Campbell in Minnow Media, LLC, an Emmy-winning multimedia company that primarily creates independent documentaries for public television. Eubanks has taught creative writing and the power of story to nonprofit leaders, UNC undergraduates, public school students, and adult writers in many contexts. Eubanks is director of the Table Rock Writers Workshop and a founder of the North Carolina Writers’ Network. She is the current president of the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association and serves on the NCWN board.
This year, NCWN has been celebrating publishers based in North Carolina, so we asked Georgann 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 Georgann said:
"Name of Press: First Books.
"Mission: Publishing first novels, memoirs, and collections of poetry and stories by Native Americans, African-Americans, and other voices less heard."
When you use your own curiosity to drive the story, you don’t have to be an expert, you just have to do your homework and bring your readers along! "Write What You Don't Know" is a workshop designed to generate ideas for stories you can sell with tips on finding your sources, interviewing the right subjects, creating tension in the story, and finding your audience. Participants will do a bit of freewriting, too. This workshop is for writers at all levels and will draw upon the expertise of the group so that you leave with at least two ideas to pursue.
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. Randall Kenan, a 2018 inductee into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame, will give the Keynote Address.
NCWN will host a Pre-Conference Tailgate at noon on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Novelist Bryn Chancellor will kick off the weekend festivities by leading the session "The Alchemy of Paying Attention." This event is free and open to the public; one need not register for Fall Conference in order to attend.
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 www.ncwriters.org.