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ASHEVILLE—The North Carolina Writers' Network will once again offer the Elliott Bowles Screenwriters Scholarship, allowing up to four aspiring screenwriters to attend the annual Fall Conference of the North Carolina Writers’ Network.

“The Elliott Bowles Screenwriting Scholarship was created in remembrance of our son’s screenwriting passion and generous nature,” Beverly Nipper Bowles, Elliott’s mother, said. “This scholarship seeks to lend support to aspiring young screenwriters as they continue to learn and refine their craft, develop connections with industry advisors and production companies, and pursue their dreams in the love of film.”

This scholarship will pay for full Fall Conference registration and two nights’ lodging in the conference hotel. Recipients also will receive a one-year complimentary membership in the North Carolina Writers’ Network.

Any North Carolina resident who has written an unproduced/unoptioned screenplay may apply for the Elliott Bowles Screenwriting Scholarship. Applicants will submit a twenty-page sample of their screenplay, along with their resume or C, and a cover letter describing their habits and goals as a screenwriter. Applicants will submit these materials to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., with “Elliott Bowles Screenwriting Scholarship” in the subject line.

The NCWN 2021 Fall Conference will be November 19-21 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Durham-RTP. The conference will offer sessions for writers for screen or stage, including “'I Want to Start with an Earthquake and Build to a Climax'” with Ian Finley and "Writing Scripted Audio" led by Tamara Kissane

Full details and registration for the 2021 Fall Conference will be available on Wednesday, September 1.

“The inspiration for this scholarship sprang to mind during my darkest day,” Beverly Nipper Bowles said. “I was planning the memorial service. The initial thought was a dim but emerging ray of sun, mixed with the tiniest sparkle of joy. When I heard myself share the idea with my husband and saw his face, it was suddenly obvious that this was the path we were intended to take as a way to preserve the memory and share the dream of our beloved Elliott.”

Others can donate to support the Bowles Scholarship, either with a check made out to “NCWN-Bowles Scholarship” and mailed to P. O. Box 21591, Winston-Salem, NC, 27120; or with a VISA, MasterCard, or Discover at

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


SOUTHERN PINES—The North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, originally scheduled for October 11, 2020, then rescheduled for October 17, 2021, has been re-re-scheduled, to Sunday, October 16, 2022. The time and place remain the same: 2:00 pm at the Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities in Southern Pines.

The 2020 inductees are:

The 2020 inductees were officially installed last year, but the physical awards ceremony has been postponed twice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Typically, the NC Literary Hall of Fame inducts new members in even-numbered years. However, there will not be a class of 2022.

The North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame celebrates and promotes the state’s rich literary heritage by commemorating its leading authors and encouraging the continued flourishing of great literature. It is more than a museum housing photographs and archives. Working closely with libraries and schools, the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame honors North Carolina writers through programs, services, and opportunities for children and adults.

Inaugurated in 1996 under the leadership of then-NC Poet Laureate Sam Ragan, the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame is a program of the North Carolina Writers’ Network.


The North Carolina Writers' Network has announced its 2021-2022 Online Series, featuring noted authors and talented teachers from North Carolina and beyond. This annual, virtual series offers a class in October and then one class per month, December-March. 

Registration will open on a class-by-class basis. The cost is $35 per class for NCWN members, $55 per class for non-members. Space is limited.

October's class will be led by NCWN Trustee Katie Winkler. "The Big Share: Alternative Forms of Publication in a Digital Age" (Multigenre) will discuss some of the non-traditional publishing avenues available to writers, such as podcasting, blogging, editing literary journals, producing performances, and more—outlets that keep writers engaged with their communities without costing too much.

Michael Zapata, author of the novel The Lost Book of Adana Moreau, named a Best Book of the Year by NPR and the A.V. Club, among others, will lead December's online class, "At the Beginning of the World: Writing Historical Fiction" (Fiction). How do you fill a past world with a story that may or may not have happened? We’ll discuss research practices (how much is enough?), worldbuilding, fact vs. fiction, and realist vs. experimental approaches.

Travis Rountree, an Assistant Professor of English at Appalachian State University, will lead the online class in January, "Writing through Memory: Exploring Places and Spaces of Public Memory." Dr. Rountree's research interests include queer archival research and pedagogy, Appalachian rhetorics, place-based pedagogy, and public memory studies. His book is forthcoming from University of Kentucky Press: Hard to See through the Smoke: Rhetorical Remembering of the 1912 Hillsville, Virginia Courthouse Shootout.

In February, NCWN will once again host an open-forum Q&A on the subject of publishing. Kristina Marie Darling, Editor-in-Chief of Tupelo Press and Tupelo Quarterly, will talk briefly on small press publishing and the world of literary journals, and then take questions from participants over the course of ninety casual, conversational minutes. Kristina also is a poet, essayist, and critic. 

Jennifer Givhan's "Subverting Expectations: Stranger Things, Duende, & Writing into the Upside Down" (Poetry) will wrap up the 2021-2022 series in March. In this generative workshop, writers will pen poems that subvert expectations and locate and (re)create maps to the underbellies, to the duende world where madness and abandon often eclipse logic and where, as Tracy K. Smith writes, “skill is only useful to the extent that it adds courage and agility to intuition.” Jennifer's honors include a 2015 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a PEN/Rosenthal Emerging Voices Fellowship.

"Thanks to all of you who provided us with wonderful conferences and Zoom opportunities during this crazy COVID year," says NCWN member and frequent online class participant Marla Dunham. "It was a great inspiration and also fun to connect with writers all across the state, and I have managed to make a new friend as a result."

The online series is available to anyone with an internet connection, or who even owns just a telephone. Each class is video archived and made available to registrants for repeated viewings.

Watch and our social media channels for registration information.

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


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