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RALEIGH—At the North Carolina Writers' Network 2016 Fall Conference, November 4-6 in Raleigh, intellectual property attorney Mitch Tuchman will teach the course "Copyright Infringement."

Registration for the North Carolina Writers' Network 2016 Fall Conference is open, but pre-registration ends tonight at midnight.

Copyright ownership conveys exclusive rights on authors. These include rights to reproduce literary and other works in copies (hence the term “copy right”), to distribute and display those copies, to perform the protected works and to create derivative works. Authors may exercise these rights or license others to do so. Exercise of any of these rights without the author’s consent constitutes infringement in most cases. This session examines best—and worst—practices in the attempted enforcement of copyrights against infringers.

We asked Mitch, “What is one piece of advice you'd give to your younger, writer self?”

"Consider the letter you write pitching your work to a publisher the most important piece of writing you will ever do. Word it carefully, check it for errors and proofread it over and over and over again.

Mitch Tuchman is an intellectual property attorney in the RTP office of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP. Before he became an attorney, Mitch spent fourteen years as the head of the publications department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He has also been a freelance writer for more than four decades. Consequently a significant focus of his legal practice is in the realm of copyright matters. Mitch understands copyright issues from the author’s perspective because he has been both a writer and publisher himself. Mitch writes and speaks frequently on copyright law, most recently about the nine unsuccessful plaintiffs who sued James Cameron, claiming his motion picture Avatar infringed their works.

Register for NCWN's 2016 Fall Conference now at www.ncwriters.org.

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.


RALEIGH—With some 200 writers in attendance, as well as dozens of faculty and publishing professionals, the North Carolina Writers’ Network 2016 Fall Conference is the largest writing conference in the state and one of the biggest and most inclusive in the country. It’s a great chance for writers to network, but more importantly, it’s a chance for beginners and bestselling authors alike to focus on writing for an entire weekend and quickly improve their craft.

Pre-registration is now closed, but attendees can register on-site beginning at 3:00 pm on Friday, November 4. For full conference details, click here

Fall Conference happens November 4-6 at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley.

2016 North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame inductee Margaret Maron, of Willow Springs, will give the Keynote Address. Maron is the five-time Agatha Award-winning mystery writer of the Deborah Knott series, which is set in Johnston County. In 2015, she was given a lifetime achievement award by Bouchercon, the world mystery convention.

Saturday’s luncheon will feature three authors from UNC Press’ Savor the South series: Debbie Moose, Bridgette A. Lacy, and John Shelton Reed. They’ll talk about how good food writing is about so much more than just food.

2014 North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame inductee and current NC poet laureate Shelby Stephenson will be the featured guest at Saturday night’s banquet. He’ll talk about writing, read some poetry, and most likely strum a little bit on his guitar.

Program offerings include the second annual All Stories Connect panel discussion. This year’s theme is “A Conversation about Culture” with Shervon Cassim, Sheila Smith McKoy, Donna Miscolta, and Elaine Neil Orr. Sunday morning will once again feature the popular Brilliant at Breakfast panel discussion “Agents and Editors,” featuring Michelle Brower of Zachary Shuster Harmsworth; Robin Miura, editor of Carolina Wren Press; Emma Patterson of Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents, Inc.; and Kathy Pories, Senior Editor at Algonquin Books.

Poetry courses include “Image and Narrative” with Guggenheim and NEA fellow Joseph Millar; “Writing Haiku” with Lenard D. Moore, recipient of the 2014 NC Award for Literature, the state’s highest civilian honor; and “The Furniture of the Poem: The Space of the Page and How We Fill It” with Chris Tonelli, poet and owner of Raleigh’s So & So Bookstore.

Fiction writers will choose from a full slate of class offerings including “Minute Particulars” with Raleigh’s Kim Church, whose debut novel Byrd won the Crook’s Corner Book Prize for best debut novel set in the South; “Ending Well: Short Story Endings and Their Lessons” with Clare Beams, author of the forthcoming short-story collection We Show What We Have Learned (Lookout Books, 2016). Poet, playwright, and arts educator Howard L. Craft will teach “Developing Authentic Dialog”; and Art Taylor, winner of the Agatha Award for Best First Novel, will teach “Sharp, Succinct & Suspenseful: Crafting the Mystery Story.”

Other classes focus on some aspect of the publishing industry. Poet, NCWN trustee, and NCWN regional rep for Wake County, Alice Osborn, will teach “How to be a Rock Star at PR”; the Triangle Area Freelancers will lead the panel discussion on “Freelance Writing 101”; intellectual property attorney Mitch Tuchman will talk to writers about “Copyright Infringement”; Ross White, poet and founder/publisher of Bull City Press, will lead “Grammar Gone Wild”; and Kim Church and Emma Patterson will chat about “How to Work with an Agent.”

Other classes are meant to appeal to authors who write across genres: award-winning Young Adult and New Adult author Jen McConnel will ask “YA/NA: What’s the Big Deal?”; Zelda Lockhart, founder of LaVenson Press Studios, will guide attendees through “The Relationship Museum”; award-winning writer and folklorist Eleanora E. Tate will lead a class on children’s writing; and sci-fi writer Ian J. Malone will teach a class called “Beyond Vanity: How Indie Publishing Builds Professional Writers.”

Once again, the Network will offer the Mary Belle Campbell Scholarship, which sends two poets who teach full-time to the Fall Conference. Other scholarships are available, including one sponsored by Marc Graham, author of Of Ashes and Dust.

2016 Fall Conference sponsors include Chatham-Lee Counties NCWN regional rep Al Manning; Alice Osborn: Editor/Book Coach/Author; The 2017 Piedmont Laureate Program; the University of North Carolina Press; Marc Graham, author of Of Ashes and Dust; and the North Carolina Arts Council.

For more information, and to register, visit www.ncwriters.org.


Raleigh—On Friday, November 4, at 12:00 pm in the Longleaf Room of the North Carolina Museum of History, the North Carolina Writers' Network will host their fourth annual Pre-Conference Tailgate. This event is free and open to the public; no registration is required.

Dr. James W. Clark, Jr., Emeritus Professor at North Carolina State University, will begin the event by talking about Raleigh's rich literary heritage, and introduce the many lauded writers who have been affiliated with NC State over the years.

This brief lecture will be followed by a conversation about writing and a series of writing prompts led by author and NCWN communications director Charles "LC" Fiore. The event, which will include complimentary light snacks and non-alcoholic beverages, will end between 1:30 and 2:00 pm.

“The idea is to get folks excited about writing and to warm up our creative muscles,” said Fiore. “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:

North Carolina Museum of History
Longleaf Room
5 E. Edenton St.
Raleigh, NC 27601
12:00-1:30 pm

Parking is available in three lots close to the museum. Street parking is also available. For a map and full parking details, click here.

Dr. James W. Clark, Jr., English Professor Emeritus at North Carolina State University, focused his career on the cultural geography and literary history of North Carolina, his native state. Studying Thomas Wolfe and other Tar Heel writers engaged him, his students, and the general public. Dr. Clark has also served as president of The Thomas Wolfe Society and The North Carolina Literary and Historical Association. At present, he is president of The Paul Green Foundation and The North Caroliniana Society. Clark is widely known for his scholarship in folklore and literature, and for his dedication to promoting educational opportunities for North Carolina children and adults. In 2011, he received a 4-H Lifetime Achievement Award. The next year the William C. Friday Award for Distinguished Service in Retirement was presented to him.

L.C Fiore's new novel is The Last Great American Magic. His debut novel, Green Gospel, was Runner-Up in the Eric Hoffer Book Awards (General Fiction). His short stories have appeared in Ploughshares, Michigan Quarterly Review, New South, and storySouth, among many other anthologies and journals. His nonfiction has appeared in The Good Men Project, TriQuarterly Review, and many baseball publications. He lives in Durham: www.lcfiore.com.

The North Carolina Writers' Network 2016 Fall Conference opens Friday, November 4, at 3:00 pm at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley. Fall Conference offers courses in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, lectures and panels on publishing and finding an agent, and readings by distinguished authors from North Carolina and beyond.

Faculty includes poets Alice Osborn and Chris Tonelli; fiction writers Clare Beams and Kim Church; and authors such as Howard L. Craft, Jen McConnel, and Barbara Claypole White. Current NC poet laureate Shelby Stephenson will be the featured guest at Saturday night's banquet; 2016 NC Literary Hall of Fame inductee Margaret Maron will give the Keynote Address on Friday night.

On-site registration for the NCWN 2016 Fall Conference opens at 3:00 pm on Friday, November 4, at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley.


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