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CHARLOTTE—The pre-registration deadline for the North Carolina Writers' Network 2018 Fall Conference has been extended until 11:59 pm on Sunday, October 28. If you haven't yet registered, you can do so online at www.ncwriters.org.

While the NCWN 2018 Fall Conference, which runs November 2-4 at the Hilton Charlotte University Place, offers a terrific lineup of faculty and programming, the weekend is made possible through the generosity of its sponsors.

The Arts and Science Council of Charlotte serves as the designated “Office of Cultural Resources” for the City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, and six suburban towns by providing advocacy, cultural education programs, cultural planning, fundraising, grant making, public art and workshops, and trainings for the cultural community. They work to ensure Culture For All by combining resources from local and state government with those of the private sector to maximize community impact throughout the cultural sector. Follow ASC on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and visit them on the web.

The Arts and Science Council is the official sponsor of Saturday morning's Brilliant at Breakfast Panel Discussion, "Does Place Still Matter?", with Julie Funderburk, Patrice Gopo, Dannye Romine Powell, and Kim Wright.

The nonprofit Charlotte Center for the Literary Arts (Charlotte Lit) is the greater Charlotte community’s center for engaging with and studying the literary arts. They provide a physical space—the Plaza Midwood studio—where people gather, teach, learn, and create. And they are a virtual community hub where people discover local literary events and connect with literature and each other. They offer ongoing classes in the craft and business of writing; a reading series; and other events and programming, many in collaboration with local groups. This fall, their 4X4CLT series continues when they release four different posters featuring four poems and four works of art. A reading and celebration will be held with featured poets and artists. After each event, the posters are displayed in public places throughout the city—coffee shops, waiting rooms, libraries, storefronts. 

Charlotte Lit is the sponsor of the Business of Writing Track at Fall Conference, which includes sessions such as "The Perfect Pitch" with Kim Boykin, Erika Marks, and Kim Wright; "The Passion Project: Writing and Selling a Book that Matters" with Kathy Izard; "Technology Toolkit: Software and Tech Stuff for Writers" with Charlotte Lit co-founder Paul Reali; as well as the Critique Service and Manuscript Mart programs.

The Davidson College English Department annually sponsors and co-sponsors significant contemporary writers and scholars, often winners of Pulitzer Prizes, MacArthur "genius grants," National Book Awards, and various other honors. All writers brought to campus work with students personally; all public presentations are free. To check on upcoming events, visit https://www.davidson.edu/the-arts/literary-arts.

The Davidson College English Department is the official sponsor of the Faculty Readings on Saturday night.

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Freedom is sponsoring the session "Shut Up and Write," led by NCWN trustee Michele T. Berger. This session will ask registrants to do exactly that: Shut up, and write. Think of it as study hall, except you’re writing instead of reading (or passing notes—none of that, now). Registrants for this option will get ninety minutes of glorious, uninterrupted silence in which to dream, plan, create, or edit.

Al Manning, aka The Resident Curmudgeon, is the NCWN regional rep for Chatham and Lee Counties. One exhibitor table at Fall Conference will be devoted to our regional groups. The North Carolina Writers’ Network hosts monthly, free literary events through our regional and county representatives in fifty-one counties in North Carolina plus one each in Georgia and South Carolina. Come to the table to find information about ongoing events in an county near you!

Al is once again sponsoring the Open Mics on Saturday night. Sign-up for the Open Mics at the registration table, first-come, first-served.

The North Carolina Arts Council has nominated a new poet laureate for North Carolina, Jaki Shelton Green, who will be among the panelists at Fall Conference following the staging of Ian Finley’s new play, Native. The NCAC has also been instrumental in connecting individuals and organizations in need of disaster relief in the wake of Hurricane Florence with the appropriate resources. Over the years, the NCAC has been at the forefront of bringing arts tourism to North Carolina, publishing several guidebooks to heritage trails and designating the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area. The NCAC also offers fellowships to artists and organizations each year. The deadline for the next Artist Fellowship grant is November 1. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and learn much more on their website.

The NCAC provides general programming support to the North Carolina Writers' Network and the NCWN 2018 Fall Conference.

The North Carolina Humanities Council is a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities dedicated to exploring and celebrating our state’s heritage, history and people. Through its programs, partnerships and scholarships, the Council preserves and shares the stories that bring North Carolina’s culture to life and enrich the lives of residents across the state. The NC Humanities Council offers the annual Linda Flowers Award which celebrates excellence in the humanities by those who not only identify with our state, but who explore the promises, the problems, the experiences, the meanings, in lives that have been shaped by North Carolina and its many cultures.

At Saturday's Luncheon, the NC Humanities Council will feature the winner of the 2018 Linda Flowers Award.

Odin Law & Media strives to be “the conduit between digital and interactive media, technology and the law.” Serving the interactive media, games, and internet industries, Odin works to understand each client’s specific needs, from advertising to VR. “Through consulting and crisis communication services, [Odin] advises on rules for professional communication, media advocacy, and reputation defense. In short, Odin is a new kind of law firm. Odin assists media and technology clients with the law, and advocates for media and technology in the law.” Areas of focus include entertainment (including the literary world); video games; digital media (an umbrella term that applies to journalists publishing their stories online as much as it does to virtual reality and augmented reality developers); the internet; and crisis PR. “In each of these areas, the firm works to provide efficient service with a predictable and flat fee, whenever possible.”

Odia Law & Media is the official sponsor of the Happy Hour on Saturday evening.

In the past twelve years, Alice Osborn: Editor/Book Coach/Author, has taught writing workshops to thousands of aspiring fiction, poetry, and memoir authors of nearly all ages from nine to ninety, both around the corner and across continents.  She now combines her twin loves of books and history by serving as a “Let’s Talk About It” scholar with the NC Humanities Council which takes her all across North Carolina.  Heroes without Capes is her most recent collection of poetry and Old Derelicts is her most recent CD featuring crowd-pleasing favorite originals. Previous poetry collections are After the Steaming Stops and Unfinished Projects.  A former editor for Wake Living magazine, Alice is also the editor of the anthologies Tattoos and Creatures of Habitat, both from Main Street Rag.  A NC Writers’ Network, NC Poetry Society, and NC Songwriters Co-op board member and a Pushcart Prize nominee, her work has appeared in the News and Observer, The Broad River Review, The Pedestal Magazine, Soundings Review and in numerous journals and anthologies. Alice is the artist-in-residence for the Western Wake Farmers’ Market, a senior docent at the NC Museum of History, and she also plays Celtic fiddle and bluegrass banjo. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her husband, two children, and four birds. Check out her music at  www.reverbnation.com/aliceosborn.

Alice is sponsoring the Welcome Reception on Friday night, prior to the Keynote Address by 2018 NC Literary Hall of Fame inductee Randall Kenan.

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte Department of English graduate program offers an M.A. in English, a cerificate in Technical/Professional Writing, and a certificate in Applied Linguistics, as well as an English strand of the Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction. There are a variety of specialized concentrations for students pursuing the M.A. in English. Students can also benefit by pursuing a certificate while focusing on another concentration for the M.A. UNC-Charlotte’s graduate program in English has developed a very strong profile not only within the university but with programs and corporations across the United States. Our students graduate to pursue successful careers in commerce and education, or to move forward into the very best doctoral programs nationwide. Graduates of the UNC Charlotte masters programs have chosen to teach in public schools and/or community colleges or to work in corporate and non-profits as professional writers. Other graduates have gone on to Ph.D. studies.

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte Department of English will host the Pre-Conference Tailgate on Friday at 12:00 pm at the Fretwell Building on UNCC's campus. "The Alchemy of Paying Attention" will be led by Bryn Chancellor. We live in a world of distractions that keep us from granting our attention in meaningful ways. For writers, paying attention—to the world, to our imaginations and memories, and to our work—is essential. To be observant as a writer demands engagement; we must slow down and open ourselves up—not just to see/witness but to listen, smell, touch, and taste. We must activate and fine-tune our senses, which takes constant refinement, especially when we’re busy with other demands. In this session, we’ll practice transforming our observations and memories into language that can be rich material for our stories or poems—maybe even gold.

Check www.ncwriters.org next week for more information about the Pre-Conference Tailgate.

Online pre-registration for the NCWN 2018 Fall Conference ends on Sunday, October 28. Register now: www.ncwriters.org.

 

CHARLOTTE—The pre-registration deadline for the North Carolina Writers' Network 2018 Fall Conference has been extended until 11:59 pm on Sunday, October 28.

Fall Conference classes are first-come, first-served. While spaces remain in most sessions, spots are not guaranteed.

Register now to secure your seat November 2-4 at the Hilton Charlotte University Place.

By registering early, attendees save more than 50 percent off conference fees.

Fall Conference offers several new or new-ish programs in 2018.

"Shut Up and Write," sponsored by Freedom.to and led by NCWN trustee Michele T. Berger, allows attendees to sit quietly with other registrants and write for ninety minutes, a much-needed conference breather.

Michele also will host a launch party for National Novel Writing Month on Friday, following the Keynote Address and Booksigning by 2018 NC Literary Hall of Fame inductee Randall Kenan. Some light refreshments will be provided, but participants should also feel free to BYO.

Fall Conference offers a track for writers of stage and screen, including classes such as Ian Finley's "Dramatic Structure, or The Story of My Tattoo"; “'You Talking to Me?' How Less Really Can Mean More When Writing Dialogue" with Susan Rivers; "From the Page to the Stage" with Robert Inman; and "Creating Diverse Characters for the Stage, Page, and Screen" with Paula Martinac.

Saturday night's banquet also will feature an abbreviated staging of Ian Finley's new play Native, which explores the relationship and developing tensions between Paul Green and Richard Wright as they try to adapt Wright’s classic novel Native Son for the stage. This special performance will be followed by a panel discussion on the play’s themes, and how writers today still grapple with its questions, featuring Paul Green scholar Dr. Margaret Bauer, playwright Ian Finley, NC Poet Laureate and NC Literary Hall of Fame inductee Jaki Shelton Green, and Native cast members.

Of course, open mics, faculty readings, an exhibit hall packed with vendors, and all the regular, excellent program NCWN members have come to expect will still be on offer.

Register now: www.ncwriters.org.

 

CHARLOTTE—At the North Carolina Writers' Network 2018 Fall Conference, novelist, playwright, and screenwriter Robert Inman will lead the session "From the Page to the Stage."

Fall Conference runs November 2-4, at the Hilton Charlotte University Place. Registration is open through October 26.

Robert Inman is a native of Elba, Alabama, where he began his writing career in junior high school with his hometown weekly newspaper. He left a thirty-one-year career in television journalism in 1996 to devote his full time to fiction writing. Inman’s latest stage play is Liberty Mountain, a drama about the settling of the Carolinas and the Revolutionary War Battle of Kings Mountain. It is staged every summer at the Joy Performance Center in Kings Mountain. He is the author of two musicals—Crossroads and The Christmas Bus: The Musical—for which he wrote book, lyrics, and music. His other stage plays are The Christmas Bus, Dairy Queen Days, Welcome to Mitford, A High Country Christmas Carol, and The Drama Club. He has written screenplays for six motion pictures for television, two of which have been “Hallmark Hall of Fame” presentations. His script for The Summer of Ben Tyler, a Hallmark production, won the Writers’ Guild of America Award as the best original television screenplay of 1997. His other Hallmark feature was Home Fires Burning, a 1989 adaptation of his novel.

This year, NCWN has been celebrating publishers based in North Carolina, so we asked Robert to answer the following prompt:

"Congratulations! You've inherited a large fortune, on the condition that you use it to start your own publishing house. What kind of books are you going to publish?"

Here's what Robert said:

"If I had had a large fortune to open a publishing house, I would publish first books by unknown authors and give them all the proceeds until the money ran out."

In the session "From the Page to the Stage," participants will take part in a lively discussion about the challenge of transforming a story meant for a single reader into one crafted for a larger visual audience. They'll discuss the particular “language” of stage and screen and examine techniques unique to successful stage and screen storytelling.

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. Master Classes will be led by Judy Goldman (Creative Nonfiction), Maureen Ryan Griffin (Poetry), Randall Kenan (Fiction), who, as a 2018 inductee into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame, also will give the Keynote Address.

Register here.

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 www.ncwriters.org.

 

 
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