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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH—The North Carolina Writers' Network 2017 Fall Conference runs November 3-5 at the Holiday Inn Resort in Wrightsville Beach. While we're not ready to spill the beans on all the highlights quite yet, here's what we can tell you.

Registration will open Monday, August 28.

Bestselling author Wiley Cash will give the Keynote Address. 

And early November is the perfect time to get some sand between your toes. With an average high of 68 degrees and a low of 45 degrees, the weather is warm enough to sit outside and enjoy a beverage writh writer friends you haven't seen in a while, but cool enough where you can enjoy this year's Pre-Conference Tailgate with Anna Lena Phillips Bell, a prose and poetry prompt walk through the charming beachside town of Wrightsville Beach.

The Holiday Inn Resort offers direct access to pristine beach. It's only minutes from Wilmington attractions such as the historic downtown, the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, and the USS NC Battleship. Dine al fresco or choose a room with an ocean view. And enjoy complementary internet access, as well as the pool.

Fall Conference on the coast is always very well-attended: offerings such as Master Classes, the Critique Service, and Manuscript Mart fill up early. So if you're planning to register for one of these popular programs, you'll want to do so as soon as registration opens on August 28.

For more information about Wrightsville Beach, click here.


WINSTON-SALEM—Though we’re saying more of a “So long” or “See you later” than a full-on “Goodbye,” we’re still sad to announce that this week will be Salem Dockery’s last as the Network’s Membership Coordinator.

Salem is stepping down to pursue other opportunities, but she plans (and we hope) to remain a part of North Carolina’s literary community, from whom we’ll hear much in years to come. Please join the Network staff and board in wishing Salem the best of luck in her writing, and all her other endeavors.

Friday will be her last official day with the Network, though she graciously has agreed to help out with various projects through the Squire Summer Writing Workshops next month.

We will begin searching for a new Membership Coordinator immediately. In the meantime, the Network’s 919-308-3228 phone number will remain active, so you still can reach us there or at 336-293-8844.

If you are interested in learning more about the Membership Coordinator position—or if you know someone who is—you can read about it here.


BOONE—Registration for the North Carolina Writers' Network 2017 Squire Summer Writing Workshops closed at noon on Wednesday, June 28

On-site registration is not availabe for this conference. 

There were seven important reasons to register for this year's Workshops.

    1. Joseph Bathanti, former NC poet laureate and winner of the 2016 NC Award for Literature, will lead the poetry workshop, “Writing the Longer Narrative Poem.”
    2. TripAdvisor named Boone the number-two "Diamond in the Rough” for vacation destinations.
    3. Granite Falls Brewing Company is donating 10 percent of proceeds from their new Tailyho Belgian Quad beer to NCWN. Guess what town is on the way to Boone from much of North Carolina? Granite Falls.
    4. Sheryl Monks will lead the fiction workshop, “How Bad Things Happen to Good Characters,” and she counts John Ehle, Robert Morgan, and Toni Morrison among her favorite authors, so you know her class is going to be pretty awesome.
    5. There’s a great new-ish indie bookstore in Boone: Foggy Pine Books.
    6. Eric G. Wilson will lead the creative nonfiction workshop, “Creating Presence: Voice in Creative Nonfiction.” Eric believes your “voice” is a muscle that can be exercised, strengthened, and developed. You won’t come home with the same voice you left with, that’s for sure.
    7. The average temperature in Boone in July is 76 degrees.

The Squire Summer Writing Workshops offer conferencegoers the chance to study elements of one genre with one instructor over the course of the program. Attendees will work on their own manuscripts, as well as those of their peers, while also attending readings, special presentations, and taking advantage of built-in writing time, in a town TripAdvisor named the number two “diamond in the rough” for vacation destinations.


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