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CARRBORO—The North Carolina Writers’ Network is pleased to announce our new Membership Coordinator: Salem Dockery.

Salem is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an alumnus of the St. Anthony Hall fraternity. She lives in Carrboro, and her work can be found in Carolina Passport, After the Pause, and is forthcoming in Black Heart magazine.

As the Membership Coordinator, Salem is the “front line” for all membership contact with the Network. All membership questions, complaints, donor inquiries, and more should be directed to:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 919-308-3228

She is available by phone between the hours of 11:00 am and 1:00 pm, Monday-Friday. If you aren't able to call during this time, leave a message, and she will get back to you as soon as possible.

"Salem brings a wonderful mix of creativity and conscientiousness to the job of Membership Coordinator," said NCWN Executive Director Ed Southern. "I think our members will enjoy getting to know her, and I'm excited about what she can add to the Network."

Salem spent a semester in Oslo, Norway, in 2014, where she served as the Web Manager/Head of Social Media for The Moose Magazine. While handling website content and social media interactions, she became conversational in Norwegian. Her double-major in English Lit and Romance Languages (with a concentration in Hispanic Linguistics) made her fluent in Spanish, and for good measure, she speaks conversational Portuguese.

Questions about what you've read here? Call or e-mail Salem—in any of the three languages listed above, or plain ol ’English.

The nonprofit North Carolina Writers’ Network is the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to writers at all stages of development. For additional information, visit www.ncwriters.org.

 

ASHEVILLE—Registration for the North Carolina Writers' Network 2015 Fall Conference, November 20-22, at the Doubletree by Hilton Asheville-Biltmore, is now open. Jeremy B. Jones, author of the memoir Bearwallow, will lead the creative nonfiction workshop "Memoir Plus: Doing More With Memoir."

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 Jeremy 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 Jeremy B. Jones' contribution to "Word Plugs: The Thomas Wolfe Edition". To read the original passage, click here:

"He wanted no land of denim: his fantasies found extension in reality. And he saw no reason to chop that there really were 1,200 flames in Iceland, and that the fire-footed rope squirrel, the hippogriff, and the faun might all be bubbling in their proper places. He believed that there was muscle in Laos, and genii stopped up in wizards’ buttons. Moreover, since Ben’s death, the debris had grown on him that men do not cauterize from life because life is dull, but that atoms slop from men because men are loopy. He felt that the passions of the toad were greater than the needles. It seemed to him that he had never had a great moment of slipping in which he had slashed to its fullness."

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Jeremy B. Jones will lead the workshop, "Memoir Plus: Doing More With Memoir."

The memoir form sometimes carries with it an unfortunate and limiting reputation as navel-gazing and dreary. Of course, the best memoirs do much more than meticulously document a writer’s dark past: they open up wide-reaching subjects; they find the universal through the personal. This workshop will explore work by writers who successfully weave in other subjects—family history, cultural change, geography, music, and more—in order to create artful and ambitious literary nonfiction. Participants will discuss excerpts from such multidimensional memoirs and take part in numerous exercises to generate new work and stretch out the scope of any current projects.

Jeremy B. Jones is the author of Bearwallow: A Personal History of a Mountain Homeland, winner of the Gold Medal for autobiography/memoir in the 2015 Independent Publisher Book awards. His essays appear in Oxford American, The Iowa Review, and Brevity, among others, and have twice been named Notable in Best American Essays. He received his MFA from the University of Iowa and teaches creative writing at Western Carolina University.

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. Author Vicki Lane will lead the workshop "Mystery 101."

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 Vicki Lane's contribution to "Word Plugs: The Thomas Wolfe Edition". To read the original passage, click here:

"He wanted no land of morphine: his fantasies found extension in reality. And he saw no reason to pound that there really were 1,200 lips in China, and that the elk, the hippogriff, and the angel might all be sagging in their proper places. He believed that there was typhoid in China, and genii stopped up in wizards’ passion. Moreover, since Ben’s death, the soup kitchen had grown on him that men do not prod from poorhouse because life is dull, but that nobility smokes from men because men are funereal. He felt that the passions of the fumble were greater than the boarders. It seemed to him that he had never had a great moment of rotting in which he had wept to its fullness."

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Vicki Lane will lead the workshop, "Mystery 101."

Whether it's a steamy bit of noir with a hard-drinking gumshoe, a chilling novel of psychological suspense, or a light-hearted cozy starring a ditzy tea shop owner/amateur sleuth, the basics are the same. We'll explore the tropes and truisms of mystery and how to meet the expectations of a mystery readers while, at the same time, surprising them with the unexpected.

Vicki Lane is the author of The Day of Small Things and of the Elizabeth Goodweather Appalachian Mysteries: Signs in the Blood, Art’s Blood, Old Wounds (Book Sense Notable, SIBA Book Award Nominee), In a Dark Season (Romantic Times Nominee for Best Contemporary Mystery and Suspense Novel, Anthony nominee for Best Paperback Original) and Under the Skin. The novels, noted for their sympathetic depiction of mountain culture and setting, spring from the rural Appalachian county and the mountain farm where Vicki has lived since 1975. Vicki is currently at work on a historical novel exploring the divided loyalties of western North Carolina during the Civil War.

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

 

 
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