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GREENSBORO―Pre-registration for the North Carolina Writers’ Network 2015 Spring Conference is moving along at an unprecedented clip, but conferencegoers still have until midnight on April 12 to save more than 30 percent by registering early.

Spring Conference happens Saturday, April 18, in the MHRA Building and Curry Auditorium at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. This annual event includes workshops in several genres, “Lunch with an Author,” faculty readings, an open mic for conference participants, and a brand new program for 2015: Slush Pile Live!

Have you ever wondered what goes through an editor's mind as he or she reads through a stack of unsolicited submissions? Slush Pile Live! is your chance to find out. Over the course of the day, attendees will drop off either 300 words of prose or one page of poetry (40-line max) at the registration table. At 5:00 pm, these anonymous submissions will be read out loud for a panel of editors. The editors will raise their hands when they come across something in the text that would make them stop reading. When each hand has been raised, the editors will discuss what they did and did not like about the piece, offering constructive feedback on the manuscript itself and the submission process. As many submissions as we can get to in an hour, that's how many we'll read: all anonymous—all live! (Authors can reveal themselves at the end, but only if they want to.)

Terry L. Kennedy (Greensboro Review), Crystal Simone Smith (Backbone Press), and Ross White (Bull City Press) will serve as the poetry panelists. Jason T. Graves (Second Wind Publishing), Anna Sutton (John F. Blair, Publisher) and Kevin Morgan Watson (Press 53) will serve as the prose panelists.

Class offerings include poetry workshops with Jaki Shelton Green and Rachel Richardson; fiction workshops with New York Times bestselling author Charlie Lovett and Jacob Paul; creative nonfiction with Marianne Gingher and Tom Maxwell (formerly of Squirrel Nut Zippers); writing for children with award-winning author Eleanora E. Tate; and two workshops focused on the publishing industry: “Don’t Forget the Small Stuff: Building Your Career” with Press 53 publisher Kevin Morgan Watson and “The Art of Branding for Authors” with Faun Finley.

North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame inductee Jaki Shelton Green will give the Keynote Address. A dozen exhibitors will be on hand, representing some of the finest literary organizations and publishers in North Carolina.

The NCWN 2015 Spring Conference is sponsored in part by 88.5 WFDD Public Radio, the Greensboro News & Record, and UNCG’s MFA in Creative Writing Program. Free parking for Spring Conference registrants will be available in the Oakland Avenue Parking Deck, across Forest Street from the MHRA Building (behind Yum Yum Better Ice Cream and Old Town Draught House).

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, and to register, visit www.ncwriters.org.


GREENSBORO―Registration for the North Carolina Writers’ Network 2015 Spring Conference is in full swing. On Saturday, April 18, in the MHRA Building at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, conferencegoers will attend workshops in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, as well as writing for children, the art of branding, and how to build a literary career.

Programming for the NCWN 2015 Spring Conference is made possible in part by our sponsors.

The Creative Writing Department at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro is a two-year residency program with an emphasis on providing students with studio time in which to study the writing of fiction or poetry. The program’s flexibility permits students to develop their particular talents through small classes in writing, literature, and the arts. As a community of writers, students read and comment on each other’s work under the guidance of resident and visiting faculty, who also meet with students in one-on-one tutorials. The MFA Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro is one of the oldest such programs in the country. They are the proud publishers of the Greensboro Review. Follow them on Twitter, and visit their Facebook page.

Greensboro’s News & Record is a leading multimedia news, information, advertising, and entertainment source for the cities of Greensboro and High Point, Guilford County, and Rockingham and Randolph counties in North-Central North Carolina. The News & Record launched its first online edition in the winter of 1994-95. Its digital channels now include News-Record.com, an e-Edition for desktop computers and tablets, and mobile editions for smartphones and tablets. You can find the News & Record on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

88.5 WFDD, Public Radio for the Piedmont, is the only public radio station of its kind located in the Piedmont Triad. They broadcast news, information, and public affairs programming covering the arts, people, and institutions in the area. They are the state’s charter NPR® member and the longest continuously broadcasting public radio station in North Carolina. WFDD is a member of the North Carolina Public Radio Association. It is a broadcast service of Wake Forest University. In downtown Greensboro, you can hear WFDD at 104.7 FM.

The North Carolina Arts Council was created in 1964 by executive order of governor Terry Sanford to strengthen North Carolina’s creativity, invention, and prosperity. Their mission? To utilize the arts for the benefit of North Carolina citizens and communities. The NC Arts Council seeks to create a strong and efficient arts infrastructure across North Carolina; plan and implement economic development initiatives using the arts; utilize the arts as an effective way to teach the public school curriculum, preserve our state’s heritage, and provide arts experiences to youth; and provide data models and conduct research that documents the impact of the state’s arts industry on North Carolina’s economy.

Pre-registration for the NCWN 2015 Spring Conference closes Sunday, April 12. Attendees save nearly 30 percent by registering early, so don’t delay!


ASHEVILLE—Mesha Maren of southern West Virginia is the winner of the 2015 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize for her short story “Chokedamp.” She will receive $1,000 and possible publication in The Thomas Wolfe Review.

Final Judge Lee Smith, a 2008 inductee of the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame, chose Maren’s story from more than 220 entries—a record number.

“It is very realistic, a big story,” Lee said. “I was impressed by the complexity of theme, situation, and the brothers’ relationship; the narrative voice rang true, and the writing was wonderful throughout.”

Mesha Maren is a fiction writer whose work appears in Tin House, The Oxford American, Hobart, The Barcelona Review, and Forty Stories: New Writing from Harper Perennial. She is the recipient of a 2014 Elizabeth George Foundation Grant, an Appalachian Writing Fellowship from LMU University, and a residency fellowship from the Ucross Foundation.

Elizabeth Oliver of Apex and Roz Spafford were named Honorable Mentions for their stories “Just Wait” and “Painting the Door,” respectively. The stories will also be considered for publication in The Thomas Wolfe Review.

The Thomas Wolfe Review is the official journal of The Thomas Wolfe Society, publishing articles, features, tributes, and reviews about Wolfe and his circle. It also features bibliographical material, notes, news, and announcements of interest to Society members.

To join the Thomas Wolfe Society and participate in yearly conferences and other activities, go to www.thomaswolfe.org. You can also follow Wolfe news on Facebook, Flickr, Pinterest, and other media.

The 2015 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize was facilitated by The Great Smokies Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. The Great Smokies Writing Program is a joint effort between the UNC Asheville departments of Literature and Language, Creative Writing, and the Office of Professional Education. The program offers opportunities for writers of all levels to join a supportive learning community in which their skills and talents can be explored, practiced, and forged under the careful eye of professional writers.

Final Judge Lee Smith is a New York Times bestselling author and longtime professor of creative writing at North Carolina State University. Her novels include Fair and Tender Ladies, The Last Girls, and most recently, Guests on Earth. She is the recipient of two O. Henry Awards for her short stories, two Sir Walter Raleigh Awards, the North Carolina Award for Literature, the Robert Penn Warren Prize for Fiction, and the Southern Book Critics Circle Award, among many others. She is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers.

The Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize opens for submissions annually on December 1 and runs through January 30. It is open to all writers, regardless of geographic location or prior publication. Submitted stories must be unpublished and not exceed twelve double-spaced pages.

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.


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