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WINSTON-SALEM—Last April, the North Carolina Writers’ Network launched an emergency fund drive that turned into its most successful fundraising campaign ever.

This April, the Network is launching a less urgent but more ambitious fundraiser: the ReCover Campaign.

“We want to tell people that the Network’s story is still powerful and compelling, but its pages sure could use a new binding and dust jacket,” NCWN Executive Director Ed Southern said. “The ReCover Campaign can be everything last year’s ‘COVID April’ appeal was not: assured instead of urgent; bold instead of fearful; forward-looking instead of tentative.”

The ReCover Campaign seeks funds to address specific NCWN needs:

  • An upgraded, more user-friendly platform for
  • A new, cleaner look for our website, newsletter, and other visual media
  • Equipment to live-stream some programs, for those who can’t attend in person
  • New conference equipment

The Network also hopes to take care of more mundane needs like microphones, mic stands, amps, signs, and new phones for its staff.

“Our Membership Coordinator’s phone is seven years old,” Southern said. “Our Communications Director doesn’t even have a Network-issued phone. Mine is thirteen years old, and a landline.”

In a letter being sent to all NCWN members, Southern wrote, “With these upgrades we can pursue our mission to connect, promote, educate, serve, and lead writers more effectively. We can make sure our members not only have access to the excellence, opportunity, and community that all writers need, but that they have it at their fingertips.”

The NCWN is a 501(c)(3) organization, so all donations are tax-deductible. Gifts can be made online or by checks made out to NCWN and mailed to P.O. Box 21591, Winston-Salem, NC, 27120.


WINSTON-SALEM, NC—On Saturday, April 24, at 2:30 pm EDT, as part of the North Carolina Writers' Network Online Spring Conference 2021, author James Tate Hill will lead the creative nonfiction session "Writing Trauma."

Registration is open.

The cost is "Pay What You Can." Can you pay $5? $1? $0? Cool, come join us!

Traumatic experiences can be the hardest to write about, but they are often our richest material. “To bring one’s self to others makes the whole planet less lonely,” writes Mary Karr in The Art of Memoir, but how do we translate pain into writing that might interest an audience beyond our therapist? This course will explore the essential elements of creative nonfiction with a focus on structure, voice, narrative, and the ethics of writing about real people.

James Tate Hill is the author of a memoir, Blind Man’s Bluff, coming July 2021 from W. W. Norton. His essays have been listed as Notable in the 2019 and 2020 editions of Best American Essays, and he won the Nilsen Prize for a First Novel for Academy Gothic. He serves as fiction editor for the literary journal Monkeybicycle and contributing editor for Literary Hub, where he writes a monthly audiobooks column. He lives in Greensboro with his wife.

Other features of the NCWN Online Spring Conference 2021 include classes on fiction, poetry, and the business of books, as well as faculty readings, open mics, and an online picnic lunch social hour. Spring Conference is available to anyone with an internet connection, or who even owns just a telephone.

Register here.

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


RALEIGH—By a unanimous vote, the North Carolina Writers’ Network Board of Trustees has welcomed Raleigh poet and literary organizer Ina Cariño as its newest member.

This election is a milestone in the Network’s history, as Cariño is the first trustee born after the NCWN’s founding in 1985.

“Ina has been an inspiring force in North Carolina's writing community for many years, and I'm very glad the Network can now count on their insight and experience to help steer it,” said NCWN president Shervon Cassim. “I'm looking forward to all that Ina brings to the Board.”

Ina Cariño is a Filipinx American poet with an MFA in creative writing from North Carolina State University. Their poetry appears in Wildness, Waxwing, New England Review, Tupelo Quarterly, and elsewhere. Ina is a Kundiman fellow, a Best of the Net finalist, a Pushcart Prize nominee, and a recipient of a fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center. They are the winner of the 2021 Alice James Award for their manuscript Feast, forthcoming from Alice James Books in March 2023.

They also—coincidentally—led the Network’s most recent Online Series workshop, “Words as Symbols, Words as Spells: How Poems Alchemize Our Realities.” Find out more about Ina’s work at

“As a queer poet of color in the South, I’m excited to join the NCWN board, an organization that welcomes writers of all skill levels and backgrounds,” Cariño said. “Writing is a solitary act; and yet, even as intimate as the writing process is, there is always room for everyone. I think this accessibility is what the writing world needs more of—especially now that emerging voices in the field are finally being heard—and I am deeply honored to become a member of this organization.”

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


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