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FLETCHER, NC—Writers today have more ways to share their work with the world than at any other point in history. Digital platforms have, by and large, obliterated the need for gatekeepers, allowing creators to connect directly with their fans.

From podcasting to writing and producing short films, ever-evolving technologies offer writers exciting and innovative—some might say "newfangled"—ways of reaching new audiences.

On Tuesday, October 19, at 7:00 pm EST, writer, editor, and teacher Katie Winkler will lead the online class "The Big Share: Alternative Forms of Publication in a Digital Age."

Registration is open, here.

For more than 30 years, Katie Winkler has been writing for publication and production. Through technology, she has found new avenues to share her work with people all over the world. In "The Big Share," she'll discuss some of the non-traditional publishing avenues that offer writers a creative outlet as well as incentive to keep improving their writing and a reason to produce their art—without costing much. This conversation will cover podcasting; editing a literary journal; writing and producing for stage and screen; blogging; and more.

The cost for the class is $35 for NCWN members, $45 for non-members. Space is limited.

Katie Winkler lives in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina. She is a writer, teacher, wife and mother in love with all her jobs. A trustee of the North Carolina Writers' Network, Katie is the founder and publisher of the literary magazine Teach.Write, which features creative works by composition teachers and writing students or work that is about teaching and learning. She is an English instructor at Blue Ridge Community College: www.heymrswinkler.com.

"The Big Share" is the first class in the North Carolina Writers' Network's 2021-2022 series of online classes.

"The Network offered online classes long before the COVID-19 pandemic, and we'll continue to do so moving forward," said NCWN communications director Charles Fiore. "While nothing can replace the energy of an in-person event, online classes can still be inspirational. More importantly, they offer a way to connect with writers across the state and beyond while staying safe."

Register here.

The online class "The Big Share" is available to anyone with an internet connection, or who even owns just a telephone. Instructions for accessing the online class on Tuesday, October 19, will be sent to registrants no less than 24 hours prior to the start of class. The class will be archived and made available to registrants for repeated viewings.

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.

 

* Note: We are a Writers’ Network, writing about our writing conference, so please pay attention to our careful use of conditional language.

DURHAM—The North Carolina Writers’ Network has planned an in-person Fall Conference, scheduled to take place November 19 – 21 at the Sheraton Imperial in Durham-RTP.

Nearly 30 authors, editors, agents, and publishing professionals have agreed to be a part of this conference, including North Carolina Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green; novelists Heather Bell Adams, Barbara Claypole White, Mesha Maren, Karen Tucker, and Daniel Wallace; nonfiction writers Cat Warren, Marianne Gingher, and Georgann Eubanks; poets Dasan Ahanu, Tyree Daye, Mimi Herman, Fred Joiner, and Han VanderHart; and many more.

For more information, and to register, click here.

The conference as planned will feature more than 20 classes on the craft and business of writing, spread across five sessions in two days, in addition to three multi-session Master Classes, a Manuscript Mart and a Critique Service, and three general-session panel discussions: “From Lore to Lit and Back Again,” with the NC Folklife Institute; “Community Journalism,” sponsored by PEN America; and the ever-popular (and self-explanatory) “Agents & Editors.”

And for the first time ever, select Fall Conference programs will be available through online livestream for those unable or unwilling to attend the conference in person.

“We’ve had to wait far too long to be together again, at a conference, in community,” said NCWN Executive Director Ed Southern. “We’re thrilled and grateful that we at last can plan one, and realistically hope that it comes to pass.

“We recognize that the pandemic is not over, and that circumstances may require us to move the conference online yet again,” Southern said. “If we are able to hold the conference in-person, we will follow—if not exceed—all CDC and state safety guidelines regarding gatherings. We want to see our fellow writers again, but we want them to be safe most of all.”

More details and registration can be found here.

 

DURHAM—On September 1, the North Carolina Writers' Network will open registration for the NCWN 2021 Fall Conference, which happens November 19-21, in Durham. 

Fall Conference rotates locations each year. The last time this weekend-long event was held in the Triangle was 2016. The Triangle generally refers to Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill; this area was recently named the second-best place in the country to live by U.S. News & World Report, leaping up nine spots from the previous year.

"The 2021-2022 Best Places to Live were determined based on a methodology that factored in job market, value, quality of life, desirability and net migration ratings," read the press release. "They were determined in part using a public survey of thousands of individuals throughout the U.S. to find out what qualities they consider important in a place to live."

For writers, that means countless independent bookstores; thriving outlets for independent journalism; top-shelf cultural offerings from the abundance of private and public universities in the area; and plenty of outdoors escapes, if that's your thing, where you can find quiet spots to write, from Jordan Lake to the Eno River, from Umsted State Park to meandering greenways in and around the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The literary scene is jumping too, with regular events and critique groups for every taste and level of experience. When it comes to writing talent, the Triangle has an embarrassment of riches.

At the NCWN 2021 Fall Conference, NC Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green will give the Keynote Address. Master Classes will be led by Tyree Daye (Poetry), Marianne Gingher (Creative Nonfiction), and Mesha Maren. Along with a full day and a half of programs and sessions devoted to the craft and business of writing, there will be open mics, faculty readings, panels, meals, exhibitors, and more.

The confernece will take place at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel, technically in Durham but just off I-40 in Research Triangle Park. There is abundant parking and plenty of amenities at this recently refurbished space.

"As of this very minute, the Network is planning an in-person conference with some online options," said NCWN Communications Director Charles Fiore. "But if the last 20 months have taught us anything, it's that all plans are subject to change. The saftey of our attendees is our first priority."

Registration opens on September 1 here at www.ncwriters.org.

The non-profit 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 www.ncwriters.org

 

 
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