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The North Carolina Writers' Network encourages the serious pursuit of writing excellence. But that doesn't mean we can't have serious fun.

On Thursday, August 12, at 7:00 pm EST, NCWN will host its first-ever online Game Night. 

This event is free, but space is limited. Registration is closed.

Game Night will function as a progressive night of entertainment. Writers will be randomly assigned to a game room and switch rooms every twenty minutes. All writers will get to play in all rooms.

Games include:

  • Collaborative story: Build a tale sentence by sentence over the course of the evening with tens of other writers! 
  • Lit-Triv Pursuit: Test your knowledge of North Carolina books and authors with a fast-paced, challenging game of trivia! 
  • Obit Mad Libs: Create obituaries for fake humans, working off prompts! 

"Even though venues are opening back up and people are getting more comfortable meeting in-person, offering an online event like this still has its advantages," says NCWN Communications Director Charles Fiore. "An online event means not having to drive anywhere. It means being able to roll from family dinner right into a marvelous shindig without so much as putting on your shoes. And most importantly, it allows the Network to fulfill its mission of connecting writers all across the state and beyond. At Game Night, we expect to host players from all over, from the mountains to the sea."

Game Night is available to anyone with an internet connection, or who even owns just a telephone. Instructions for accessing the event on Thursday, August 12, will be sent to registrants no less than twenty-four hours prior to the start of the event.

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


Over the past 18 months, the North Carolina Writers' Network has hosted many online classes and programs. Now, for the first time ever, video recordings of past online conference sessions are available to the general public.

NCWN members and non-members may purchase past classes a la carte or purchase all the classes from a past conference at a discounted rate. NCWN members receive an additional 45 percent off.

To view all class options, and place your order, click here.

Fiction writers might enjoy "Make a Scene: Emotional Building Blocks of Fiction" with Quinn Dalton (from the 2020 Cabin Fever Conference); "Imagniation and History" with Matt Gallagher, "Wait, Wait...Do Tell Me" with Art Taylor, and "Magical Objects" with Leah Hampton from the 2020 Writingest State Online Conference; and "Dramatic Tension and the Core of Hope vs. Fear" with Zelda Lockhart from the NCWN 2021 Spring Conference. 

Poets will be enriched by Timothy O'Keefe's "More than Meaning" from the 2020 Cabin Fever Conference; "The Bird's Nest: Place & Environmental Ethos in Organic Form" with Allison Hedge Coke from the 2020 Writingest State Online Conference; or "Form and Freedom" with Ashley Lumpkin, which she taught at the NCWN 2021 Spring Conference.

Several classes are of interest to the creative nonfiction writer, many of which have crossover appeal: "The Art of Writing Memoir" with Randal O'Wain, "Writing Your Life: Turning Personal Stories into Universal Narratives" with Bridgette A. Lacy, and "Narrative Medicine: Stories of Illness & the Power of Reflective Writing" with Aimee Mepham (2020 Cabin Fever Conference); and "Writing Trauma" with James Tate Hill from the NCWN 2021 Spring Conference.

Other classes cover how to publish, how to tour and promote your book, how to read your work out loud to others, and much, much more.

Purchasing a video or set of videos allows access to the course on your own time, at your own pace. Stop and go back and listen again so you don't miss anything; watch as many times as you'd like, in perpetuity. Once you place your order, you will be sent a link to the video(s) along with the password(s). The videos will be available to watch online.

Order here.

There are no plans currently to make classes that were part of the NCWN Online Series available for purchase. Those classes are recorded and made available to registrants less than 48 hours after the class ends; the recordings are made available to NCWN members one year after the class takes place.

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


BOONE, NC—So often, we look without truly seeing. Our eyes pass over familiar objects and use past experiences to make assumptions and draw conclusions whenever we see something new. Yet as poets, we need to train ourselves to look in new and different ways. In so doing, we can elevate our poems beyond the expected ordinary.

At the NCWN Squire Summer Writing Workshops 2021, July 22-25, at Appalachian State University in Boone, Kathryn Kirkpatrick will lead the workshop "About Looking: Poetry."

Space is limited; registration is open.

In this seminar-workshop class, we will read several essays from John Berger’s illuminating book about how we see what we see. We’ll write poems inspired by Berger’s ideas, including those in his famous “Why Look at Animals?” as well as his essays about photography, painting, and sculpture. By exploring how we “look,” one of our aims will be to spark vivid description in poems. And since ekphrasis means “description” in Greek, we’ll engage in the imaginative act of reflecting on a painting, sculpture, or photograph in our poems as well as learning from other poets who have looked at art expansively in their work.

Registrants are encouraged, but not required, to purchase and read John Berger’s About Looking before the Squire Workshops begin.

Each registrant should be ready to handle the intensive instruction and atmosphere of this workshop.

Kathryn Kirkpatrick is the author of seven collections of poetry, including three recipients of the NC Poetry Society’s Brockman-Campbell award, The Body’s Horizon (1996), Our Held Animal Breath (2012), and Her Small Hands Were Not Beautiful (2014). The Fisher Queen: New & Selected Poems (Salmon, 2019) received the NC Literary and Historical Society’s Roanoke Chowan Poetry Prize. Although she grew up in the nomadic subculture of the U.S. Air Force and spent her childhood in the Philippines, Texas, and Germany, she has lived in the Blue Ridge Mountains for many years, where she teaches environmental literature, animal studies, Irish studies, and creative writing as Professor of English at Appalachian State University. As a literary scholar, she has published essays on class trauma, eco-feminist poetics, and animal studies. She is the editor of Border Crossings: Irish Women Writers and National Identities (2000) and co-editor with Borbala Farago of Animals in Irish Literature and Culture (2015).

The NCWN Squire Summer Writing Workshops 2021 offer fifteen hours of workshop time in a single genre with a single instructor. Registration is capped, allowing plenty of time and space for registrants to get to know one another and learn one another's work. Additional weekend highlights include Faculty Readings, Open Mics, group writing activities, conversations, and more.

"We're very grateful to be able to offer in-person events again," said NCWN Executive Director Ed Southern. "SW21 will have all the inclusiveness and creativity our members have come to expect from an NCWN event, while also keeping everyone safe."

Zackary Vernon will lead the creative nonfiction workshop. The fiction workshop, led by Mark Powell, is full.

Out of an abundance of caution, some changes have been made to ensure the well-being of the attendees. For 2021, there will be no "tag-along" registrations; only those who attend workshops will be allowed to use overnight accommodations at ASU. The "Shared Campus Room" registration option is only available to attendees who live in the same household. Commuters are still very welcome.

For more information about the NCWN Squire Summer Writing Workshops 2021, and to register, click here.

Support for these workshops is provided by the NC Arts Council, the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, and the family of Chick and Elizabeth Daniels Squire.

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


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