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ASHEVILLE—The North Carolina Writers' Network 2015 Fall Conference will be held November 20-22 at the Doubletree by Hilton Asheville-Biltmore. Catherine Reid will lead the workshop "Creative Nonfiction: Exploring Possibilities, Generating New Work."

We selected a passage from Thomas Wolfe's Look Homeward Angel (one of Asheville's most famous texts) and removed a few words. Then we prompted Luke to fill in the resulting blanks, for what we're calling "Word Plugs: The Thomas Wolfe Edition." Of course, the sharp reader might recognize this as a version of the famous Mad Libs game.

Below is Catherine Reid's contribution to "Word Plugs: The Thomas Wolfe Edition". To read the original passage, click here:

"Where is the day that cajoled into one rich person's indifference? Where the music of your knee, the adagio of your teeth, the dainty languor of your jeans, your elegant firm spleen, your slender fingers, to be considered like raspberry, and the little cherry star-nosed mole of your white knee? And where are all the tiny electric kettles of finespun maidenhair? Quick are the monadnocks of earth, and quick the teeth that fed upon this shearwater. You who were made for quilt-making, will design blacksmithing no more: in your dark bull pasture the hailstorms are silent. Ghost, ghost, come back from that broken rib that we did not foresee, return not into Gilead, Iowa, but into Balsam Gap, where we have never dreamt, into the enchanted wood, where we kept bees, strewn on the kitchen table. Come up into the hills, O my young Annie Peck: return. O lost, and by the wind-grieved Lila Doll, come back again."

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At the NCWN 2015 Fall Conference, Catherine will lead the workshop "Creative Nonfiction: Exploring Possibilities, Generating New Work."

Creative nonfiction, sometimes called literary or narrative nonfiction, emphasizes craft as much as content—the way something is written as much as its choice of subject matter. Many of the techniques we use come from the fiction writer’s repertoire, such as how to begin scenes, build momentum, and keep a reader turning pages. We also rely heavily on the poet’s sensibilities, paying particular attention to the rhythms and sounds of language as well as to the careful use of images and metaphors.

In this workshop, we will look at several short examples from masters of the craft as well as at the range of possibilities, from memoir and personal essays to more complex, braided forms. The session will include writing exercises that illustrate aspects of CNF and tips on revision, all aimed at helping shape detailed, compelling work. Participants will leave with several “flash nonfictions,” suggested reading lists, and a refined sense of what constitutes well-crafted CNF.

Catherine Reid is on the faculty at Warren Wilson College, where she specializes in creative nonfiction and environmental writing. A recipient of recent fellowships from the North Carolina Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, she is the author of two works of creative nonfiction—Falling into Place: An Intimate Geography of Home (Beacon Press) and Coyote: Seeking the Hunter in Our Midst (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). Her essays have also appeared in such literary journals as Georgia Review, Fourth Genre, Massachusetts Review, Under the Sun, and Bellevue Literary Review. More information can be found at www.catherinereid.org.

Registration for the North Carolina Writers' Network 2015 Fall Conference is now open.

 

ASHEVILLE—Registration for the North Carolina Writers' Network 2015 Fall Conference, November 20-22, at the Doubletree by Hilton Asheville-Biltmore, is now open. Poet Katherine Soniat will lead the workshop "Personal Poetry Dives into Archetype."

We selected a passage from Thomas Wolfe's Look Homeward Angel (one of Asheville's most famous texts) and removed a few words. Then we prompted Vicki to fill in the resulting blanks, for what we're calling "Word Plugs: The Thomas Wolfe Edition." Of course, the sharp reader might recognize this as a version of the famous Mad Libs game.

Below is Katherine Soniat's contribution to "Word Plugs: The Thomas Wolfe Edition". To read the original passage, click here:

"He wanted no land of author: his fantasies found extension in reality. And he saw no reason to climb that there really were 1,200 windows in Moonland, and that the Persian bats, the hippogriff, and Violet the Fairy might all be whizzed by in their proper places. He believed that there was twinkling in No Man's Land, and genii stopped up in wizards’ men. Moreover, since Ben’s death, the boys had grown on him that men do not run from Sisters of Mercy because life is dull, but that the Brothers and Fathers of St. Lawrence save from men because men are sweet. He felt that the passions of the cemetery were greater than the actors. It seemed to him that he had never had a great moment of waiting in which he had remembering to its fullness."

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Katherine Soniat will lead the workshop "Personal Poetry Dives into Archetype."

Using their own experiences, registrants will make a journey into archetypal imagery to deepen their approach to writing. In this workshop, they will swim to another level in which time and space shift, place becomes surprise, and voice is heard in a different key. The “hungry ghost” is always there, willing to share more of a vivid terrain! As poet Eva Saulitus says, “I write to feed the hungry ghost, the one for whom inspiration leaps like a saved rabbit among the trees.” Those flashing moments are when one discovers poetry.

Katherine Soniat’s seventh collection, Bright Stranger, is forthcoming from LSU Press, spring 2016. The Swing Girl (LSU Press) was selected as Best Collection of 2011 by the Poetry Council of North Carolina. A chapbook, The Goodbye Animals, recently received the Turtle Island Quarterly Award. A Shared Life won The Iowa Prize for Poetry. Poems have appeared in World Poetry Portfolio #60, Hotel Amerika, Threepenny Review, The Nation, storySouth, and Connotations Press. She was on the faculty at Virginia Tech, Hollins University, and teaches in the Great Smokies Writers Program at UNC-Asheville. Website: www.katherinesoniat.com.

Registration for the North Carolina Writers' Network 2015 Fall Conference is now open.

 

FC11.MarqueeASHEVILLE—Please note, the Doubletree by Hilton Asheville-Biltmore, site of the NCWN 2015 Fall Conference, has no more guest rooms available. They are currently sold out. However, there are several great hotel options well within walking distance.

For starters, this is the Doubletree's sister property, and you can use the code "NC Writer's Network" to secure the special $95 per night rate (please call to secure this special rate):

Biltmore Village Lodge ** Only 15 rooms left! **
Cost: $95 per night
Distance from conference: less than ¼ mile
Guests should call the hotel directly at (828) 277-1800 and mention "NC Writers' Network" to make reservations. This is the hotel's website.

Here are four additional hotels that are 1/4 mile or less from the conference venue, listed by ascending price (please note, rates are subject to change):

Guest House Inn
Cost: from $76 per night
Distance from conference: ¼ mile
(828) 274-0101 or website

Clarion Inn Biltmore Village
Cost: from $120 per night
Distance from conference: ¼ mile
(828) 274-0101 or website

Baymont Inn and Suites Asheville-Biltmore
Cost: from $160 per night
Distance from conference: less than ¼ mile
(828) 274-2022 or website

Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville
Cost: from $359 per night
Distance from conference: ¼ mile
(828) 505-2949 or website

Registration for the NCWN 2015 Fall Conference is now open.

 

 
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