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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH—Friday is the deadline to pre-register for the North Carolina Writers' Network 2017 Fall Conference, November 3-5, at the Holiday Inn Resort in Wrightsville Beach.

Attendees can save 50 percent on registration by signing up early. Pre-registration also allows conferencegoers to partake in meals.

Along with specialized sessions that hone in on particular aspects of the writing craft, additional progarms include:

Pre-registration for the NCWN 2017 Fall Conference ends Friday, October 27, at midnight. Classes are already filling up: register now.

Fall Conference offers the perfect opportunity to have conversations with publishing professionals from around North Carolina during exhibit hours. And don't forget Happy Hour—a great chance to mingle and, you know, Network.

Support for the 2017 Fall Conference is provided by the North Carolina Arts Council, the North Carolina Humanities Council, The Arts Council of Wilmington / New Hanover County, Coastal Carolina University, Al Manning, Alice Osborn: Editor/Book Coach/Author, the UNCW Department of Creative WritingWHQR Public Radio 91.3 FM, and the William M. Hendricks Family Foundation.

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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH—Poet and Executive Director of Bull City Press, Ross White, will sit on the panel "Finding Readers through Lit Mags" at the North Carolina Writers' Network 2017 Fall Conference, November 3-5, at the Holiday Inn Resort in Wrightsville Beach.

Pre-registration is open through October 27.

Ross White is the Executive Director of Bull City Press, a small press based in Durham, and the Poetry Editor of Four Way Review. He is the author of two chapbooks, How We Came Upon the Colony and The Polite Society, and the editor, with Matthew Olzmann, of Another & Another: An Anthology from the Grind Daily Writing Series. His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Best New Poets 2012, Poetry Daily, New England Review, The Southern Review, and others. He is a recipient of scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the 2014 Pocataligo Poetry Award from Yemassee, and currently teaches poetry writing and grammar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

NCWN has been celebrating literary journals this year, so we asked Ross to tell us about his first publication.

"As a twenty-year-old college student, with a great deal of encouragement from Michael McFee, I mustered up a little courage to send out my first packet of poems, the only four I’d been able to finish to that point. Peter Makuck at Tar River Poetry took one, which stunned and elated me. When I held the issue in my hands a few months later, it felt like a kind of proof that I was now part of centuries-old dialogue between writers. Twenty-two years later, I find that one of the greatest joys of editing is sending a writer that first acceptance letter, their first token of entry to that long conversation."

In the panel discussion "Finding Readers through Lit Mags," Ross will joing Terry L. Kennedy, editor of The Greensboro Review, and Robin Miura, Senior Editor and Associate Publisher with Carolina Wren Press, to discuss how building a readership means finding a readership, and literary journals provide writers with opportunities to connect with readers all over the world and build professional relationships with editors. But with thousands of literary magazines publishing new work every year, and new journals launching all the time, it's hard to know where to start. Our panel of experienced editors will walk you through discovering new literary journals, selecting the right literary journals in print and online, preparing and sending your submission, and what the responses really mean.

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.

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

 

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH—This November, fiction writers will have the chance to kick-off National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) with the North Carolina Writers' Network.

Author and NCWN trustee Michele T. Berger will host a NaNoWriMo launch party, "NaNoWriMo: Support, Sharing, and Tips," at the NCWN 2017 Fall Conference, November 3-5, in Wrightsville Beach.

Conference registration is now open.

Anyone planning to take part in NaNoWriMo, or anyone even mildly curious, is invited to meet for a casual, informal gathering, with some light refreshments, on Saturday, November 4, at 9:30 pm, following the conference Open Mics.

National Novel Writing Month asks writers to commit to writing 50,000 words during the thirty days of November. A 501(c)(3) non-profit that has become an international phenomenon, NaNoWriMo values "enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline...for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel."

The NaNoWriMo website allows users to create accounts where they can plan their novel, receive online encouragement, and be part of a worldwide community of writers all trying to crank out 50K words in a month.

For more information about NaNoWriMo, click here.

Michele T. Berger is a professor, writer, creativity expert, and pug-lover. Her main love is writing speculative fiction, though she also is known to write poetry and creative nonfiction, too. Her fiction has appeared in UnCommon Origins: A Collection of Gods, Monsters, Nature and Science by Fighting Monkey Press; You Don’t Say: Stories in the Second Person by Ink Monkey Press; Flying South: A Literary Journal; 100wordstory; Thing Magazine; and The Red Clay Review. Her nonfiction writing and poetry have appeared in The Chapel Hill News, Glint Literary Journal, Oracle: Fine Arts Review, Trivia: Voices of Feminism, The Feminist Wire, Ms. Magazine, Carolina Woman Magazine, Western North Carolina Woman, A Letter to My Mom (Crown Press), Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia Butler (Twelfth Planet Press) and various zines. Her sci-fi novella “Reenu-You” was recently published by Book Smugglers Press.

At the NCWN 2017 Fall Conference, Michele will also lead the session "Charting Your Path to Publication: Tips, Techniques, and Lessons for Writers." This class will teach writers strategies to beat the odds of rejection.

“Charting Your Path” is designed for writers at all levels. Attendees will focus most of their time on how and where to submit short fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. They’ll examine a variety of venues including literary journals, magazines, newspapers, anthologies as well as how to submit to agents and publishing houses. They will also discuss the role of author mindset as vital to publishing success. There is no one path to publication, but one can follow and replicate the strategies of accomplished writers. Each participant will leave with an action plan with concrete steps toward publication (or, if already published with a plan about how to become more widely so).

Pre-registration for the NCWN 2017 Fall Conference is open through October 27.

The exact  location of the NaNoWriMo launch party, "NaNoWriMo: Support, Sharing, and Tips," will be announced at the general sesesions during the conference, but the meeting will happen on-site at the Holiday Inn Resort, in a breakout room.

 Keep an eye on the Network's blog for more information about National Novel Writing Month! 

 

 
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