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ASHEVILLE—Pre-registration for the North Carolina Writers' Network 2015 Fall Conference, November 20-22 at the Doubletree by Hilton Asheville-Biltmore, closes Friday, November 13. Registrations must be received by 5:00 pm on that day if registering by phone or mail, or by midnight if registering online.

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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.

New York Times bestselling author and North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame inductee Lee Smith will give the Keynote Address. NC Literary Hall of Fame inductee and former North Carolina Poet Laureate Kathryn Stripling Byer will be the featured guest at Saturday's luncheon, while Keith Flynn & the Holy Men will entertain at the banquet on Saturday night, where the Network will celebrate its 30th birthday.

On Friday, November 20, from 12:00-1:30 pm, at The Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site, Asheville's Dale Neal, author of The Half-Life of Home, will lead the Pre-Conference Tailgate. Neal will provide instruction and guide participants through a writing exercise. Both conference attendees and the general public are welcome and no registration is required: admission is FREE. For more information about the Pre-Conference Tailgate, click here.

Please note, there are no more guest rooms available at the conference venue. However, there are several hotels within walking distance in a wide range of prices. For more information on where to stay, click here.

The exhibit hall is going to be packed with vendors representing literary organizations from North Carolina and beyond. For a preview of who's going to be there, click the appropriate links for part 1, part 2, and part 3.

2015 Fall Conference sponsors include Lenoir-Rhyne University’s MA in Writing Program; Chatham-Lee Counties NCWN regional rep Al Manning; Alice Osborn and Write from the Inside Out; The Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site; WCQS Western North Carolina Public Radio; Western Carolina University’s MA in Professional Writing Program; Robert Beatty: Disney-Hyperion Author of Serafina and the Black Cloak; and the North Carolina Arts Council.

 

The cost of the conference is significantly reduced for those registering early. Plus, pre-registrants have the option to dine at the conference venue. To pre-register, click here.

On-site registration will open at 3:00 pm on Friday, November 20, at the Doubletree by Hilton Asheville-Biltmore.

 

ASHEVILLE—The North Carolina Writers' Network 2015 Fall Conference will be held November 20-22 at the Doubletree by Hilton Asheville-Biltmore.

Betsy Teter, founder and Executive Director of Hub City Press, will serve as a reviewer for the Manuscript Mart, where registrants have the opportunity to pitch their manuscripts and get feedback from an editor or agent with a leading publisher or literary agency. Betsy will also sit on the Brilliant at Breakfast: "Agents & Editors" panel on Sunday morning.

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

"Where is the day that watered into one rich person's use of the term "centered around"? Where the music of your elbow, the strum of your teeth, the dainty languor of your poncho, your frothy firm brain, your slender fingers, to be ironed like wild raspberries, and the little cherry groundhog of your white knuckle? And where are all the tiny hand vacuums of finespun maidenhair? Quick are the sink holes of earth, and quick the teeth that fed upon this Buick. You who were made for neurology, will twist electricity no more: in your dark Nana's House the hard freeze is silent. Ghost, ghost, come back from that twisted ankle that we did not foresee, return not into the Land of the Cyclopes, but into Up John's Creek, where we have never sliced, into the enchanted wood, where we collected rocks, strewn on the boat garage. Come up into the hills, O my young Mao Tse Tung: return. O lost, and by the wind-grieved Addie Bundren, come back again."

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At the NCWN 2015 Fall Conference, Betsy will will serve as a reviewer for the Manuscript Mart, and sit on the Brilliant at Breakfast: "Agents & Editors" panel on Sunday morning. The panel is sponsored by Robert Beatty: Disney-Hyperion author of Serafina and the Black Cloak.

Manuscript Mart provides writers with the opportunity to pitch their manuscripts and get feedback from an editor or agent with a leading publisher or literary agency. A one-on-one, thirty-minute pitch and Q&A session will be scheduled for you, to take place on Saturday, November 21, sometime between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm, or on Sunday, November 22, between 9:00 am and 12:30 pm.

Please note, a Manuscript Mart session can lead directly to publication—but don't expect it to do so. Think of it, instead, as a learning opportunity, and you'll get more out of it.

Manuscript Mart sessions are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. YOUR MANUSCRIPT MART REGISTRATION, WITH MANUSCRIPT AND PAYMENT ENCLOSED, MUST REACH THE NETWORK BY FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6.

Betsy Teter is a founder and executive director of the Hub City Writers Project of Spartanburg, SC, which serves readers and writers through its independent small press, community bookshop, and diverse literary programming. Since 1995, Hub City Press has published more than seventy titles by Southern writers and sold more than 120,000 books. Hub City also operates the city’s independent bookstore, Hub City Bookshop, which hosts dozens of readings, workshops and other events each year. The organization also runs The Writers House residency program and hosts the Writing in Place summer writers’ conference. Betsy holds a BA in History from Wake Forest University. Prior to helping found the Writers Project, she was a journalist for fifteen years and served as business editor and columnist for the Spartanburg Herald-Journal. She is married to author John Lane, an English and Environmental Studies Professor at Wofford College. They have two sons, Rob and Russell.

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

 

ASHEVILLE—On Friday, November 20, from 12:00-1:30 pm, Asheville's Dale Neal, author of The Half-Life of Home, will lead the Pre-Conference Tailgate prior to the North Carolina Writers' Network 2015 Fall Conference.

Neal will provide instruction and guide participants through a writing exercise. Both conference attendees and the general public are welcome and no registration is required: admission is FREE.

“The idea is to get folks excited about writing and to warm up our creative muscles,” said Charles Fiore, Communications Director of NCWN. “That way, we hit the ground running once conference registration opens later that afternoon.”

The Pre-Conference Tailgate will take place at the sponsor's venue:

The Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site
52 N. Market St., Asheville
828-253-8304 / http://wolfememorial.com

While there is limited free parking at the site itself, there is metered parking along the street, as well as several parking decks within easy walking distance.

The workshop will focus on Joseph Conrad's quote, "'My task is to make you hear, to make you feel, and, above all, to make you see. That is all, and it is everything." What is in your hand? Writing too often feels like hard work, but attendees will start with a little child’s play, then use a guided meditation as a a writing prompt to see a little deeper into what’s already at hand.

Dale Neal is the author of the novels, The Half-Life of Home and Cow Across America, winner of the 2009 Novello Literary Prize. His short fiction and essays have appeared in Arts & Letters, Carolina Quarterly, Marlboro Review, Crescent Review, and many other literary journals. A graduate of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, he has been awarded fellowships to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Hambidge Center, and the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism at the University of Maryland. One of the last surviving American journalists, he is a prize-winning writer for the Asheville Citizen-Times, having covered entrepreneurs, police, local government, religion, arts, books, and technology. He is a lifelong native of North Carolina and lives in Thomas Wolfe’s old hometown of Asheville with his wife and dogs. When his nose is not buried in some book, he’s bound to be out on the trails of the surrounding Blue Ridge mountains.

Thomas Wolfe is considered one of the most autobiographical novelists in American literature. During his short life he wrote four novels; Look Homeward, Angel, Of Time and the River, The Web and the Rock, and You Can’t Go Home Again, as well as numerous short stories, novellas, and plays. The historic Old Kentucky Home boardinghouse has been a memorial to Wolfe since 1949. It is now operated as a North Carolina State Historic Site. A visitor center offers exhibits about Wolfe and his family and an audio-visual presentation about Wolfe’s life and writings. Guided tours of the Old Kentucky Home are also offered daily. Wolfe foresaw the future of his mother’s boardinghouse when he wrote in his second novel Of Time and the River that the “old dilapidated house had now become a fit museum.”

The North Carolina Writers' Network 2015 Fall Conference opens Friday, November 20, at 3:00 pm at the Doubletree by Hilton Asheville-Biltmore. Fall Conference offers workshops and master classes in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, lectures and panels on publishing and finding an agent, and the opportunity to have your manuscript reviewed by literary agents and editors.

Faculty includes poets Nickole Brown and Keith Flynn; fiction writers Robert Beatty and Vicki Lane; and creative nonfiction authors Danny Bernstein and John Lane. Keith Flynn & the Holy Men will perform at the Annual Banquet on Saturday night, for what will be a thirtieth birthday celebration for Network.

Pre-registration is open through Friday, November 13. Register now!

 

 
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