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CHARLOTTE—Registration is now open for the North Carolina Writers' Network's online class "The Tao of Self-Doubt: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Writers" led by Malcolm Campbell.

The class will take place on Thursday, February 16, at 7:00 pm, online. This course is capped at forty (40) registrants, first-come, first-served. There is a $25 fee to register.

Register here.

Writing is a difficult, lonely endeavor—one marked by occasional vacillation between self-doubt (“I’m a hack”) and grandiosity (“I’m the greatest writer ever”). Yet, self-doubt and heightened self-esteem are healthy, useful emotions for the writer, when they exist within certain limits. How can we put these and other emotions to use in our apprenticeship as writers? What are some effective means of preparing ourselves for the emotional realms of writing? Of working with editors and in writing groups? And of dealing with the time we spend alone, in reflection, both when we’re writing and when we’re not? Malcolm will present ten lessons—culled from Taoist, Buddhist, Christian, and Judaic teachings (plus from snippets of existential philosophy)—for how to work through the emotional demands on creative individuals. We’ll laugh, we’ll cry, we’ll sing Kumbaya.

Malcolm Campbell is the author of two adventure travel guidebooks, editor of professional golf instructor Dana Rader’s golf instructional book, Rock Solid Golf, and founder of the independent publishing house, Walkabout Press. In Malcolm’s twenty years as a commercial writer, he’s written everything from power-tool-accessory catalogs to television commercials to cover/feature stories for national magazines. Malcolm is the 2008 recipient of the Doris Betts Fiction Prize, a member of the NCWN Board of Trustees, and teaches in the University of North Carolina at Charlotte's Writing Program.

"The Tao of Self-Doubt: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Writers" is the North Carolina Writers' Network's third offering in their 2016-2017 Winter Series. The final class will be held in March.

"This new program initiative allows us to further our mission to connect and serve all the writers of North Carolina," said NCWN communications director Charles Fiore. "We view these online courses as a supplement to our current programs, and we remain committed to continuing to offer ample opportunities for all of us to get together face-to-face and in-person as well."

The online class "The Tao of Self-Doubt: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Writers" is available to anyone with an internet connection. Instructions for accessing the online class on Thursday, February 16, will be sent to registrants no less than twenty-four hours prior to the start of class.

Register here.

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 www.ncwriters.org.


GREENSBORO—The Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition is now open for submissions.

The Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition accepts one-poem submissions. The contest awards the winner $200 and publication in storySouth. The deadline is Wednesday, March 1.

Final judge David Blair grew up in Pittsburgh. He is the author of three books of poetry: Ascension Days, which was chosen by Thomas Lux for the Del Sol Poetry Prize, Arsonville, and Friends with Dogs. His poems have appeared in Boston Review, Ploughshares, Slate Magazine, and many other places as well, including the anthologies The Best of Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, Devouring the Green, and Zoland Poetry.

He has taught at the New England Institute of Art and in the M.FA. Writing Program at the University of New Hampshire. He lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, with his wife and daughter, and he has a degree in philosophy from Fordham University and an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Read his poem "Allies in Boston," for free, here. Read his poem "Gospel," here.

Sarah Huener of Durham won the 2016 Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition for her poem “To Pluto.” Ruth Moose of Pittsboro was named First Runner Up; Maria Rouphail, of Raleigh, received an Honorable Mention.

Read all the winning poems, and finalists, in Issue 42: Fall 2016 of storySouth.

The competition is administered by Terry L. Kennedy, Associate Director of the MFA in Creative Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

storySouth is an online literary journal dedicated to showcasing the best poetry (and fiction and creative nonfiction) that writers from the "new south" have to offer. Facilitated by the Graduate Program in Creative Writing at UNCG, storySouth aims to prove that "the internet is not just a medium of flash and style; that excellent writing can attract attention without programming gimmicks and hard-to-read fonts." storySouth believes the American South today is a "mix of traditional and new, regional and international." Published poets include Cathy Smith Bowers, Al Maginnes, Dannye Romine Powell, and Elizabeth Swann.

 This competition honors the work and legacy of the poet and critic Randall Jarrell, who taught at what is now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro for nearly eighteen years. He was a 1996 inductee of the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame who left behind nine books of poetry, four books of literary criticism, four children’s books, five anthologies, a bestselling academic novel, a translation of Goethe’s Faust, Part I, and a translation of Chekhov’s The Three Sisters, produced on Broadway by The Actors’ Studio.

Here are the complete guidelines to the Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition:

  • The competition is open to any writer who is a legal resident of North Carolina or a member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network.
  • The postmark deadline is March 1.
  • Entries can be submitted one of two ways:
    1. Send one printed copy through the U.S. Postal Service (see guidelines and address below), along with a check for the appropriate fee, made payable to the North Carolina Writers' Network.
    2. Submit an electronic copy online at http://ncwriters.submittable.com, and pay by VISA or MasterCard.
  • Poem will not be returned. If submitting by mail, include a self-addressed stamped envelope for a list of winner and finalists. The winner and finalists will be announced in May.
  • An entry fee must accompany the poem. Multiple submissions are accepted, one poem per entry fee: $10 for NCWN members, $15 for nonmembers.
  • You may pay member entry fee if you join the NCWN with your submission. Checks should be made payable to the North Carolina Writers’ Network.
  • Submissions should be one poem only (40-line limit).
  • Poem must be typed (single-spaced) and stapled in the left-hand corner.
  • Author's name should not appear on manuscripts. Instead, include a separate cover sheet with name, address, phone number, e-mail address, word count, and manuscript title. (If submitting online, do not include a cover sheet with your document; Submittable will collect and record your name and contact information.)
  • If submitting by mail, send submissions to:

Terry L. Kennedy
MFA Writing Program
3302 MHRA Building
UNC Greensboro
Greensboro, NC 27402-6170

The non-profit 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 www.ncwriters.org.


SAVANNAH, GA—Members of the North Carolina Writers’ Network have the opportunity to display their book(s) in front of nearly 600 independent booksellers at the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance 2016 Trade and Discovery Show, September 16-18, in Savannah, Georgia.

Registration is now closed.

NCWN will have a table at this event featuring books by current Network members. Authors are invited to send up to five copies of one of their titles, for display.

Space is severely limited: the Network can only display up to fifteen titles. Authors may display up to three titles.

Payments and books must be received by Friday, September 2.

The hope is that booksellers will take these giveaway copies home with them to read—and later order and promote the books at their stores. At the very least, this trade show is an excellent way to expose your book to the men and women who do the hard work of selling books every day.

Held at the Hilton Savannah Desoto, this year’s SIBA Trade and Discovery Show offers a show floor alive with books—more than 300 tables manned by sales representatives who are familiar with both the rewards and the difficulties of selling books in the Southeast.

The trade show is Southern in its friendliness, social gatherings, and intimacy, encouraging many informal exchanges of ideas. Select authors will be on-hand for readings and book-signings, as well as scheduled talks, encouraging lots of conversations about exciting new titles.

Please note, NCWN members are not able to attend the trade show themselves, as access is restricted to SIBA-affiliated booksellers.

“Our members regularly tell us their experience at the show—the things they learn and the connections they make with publishers and other booksellers—is one of the most valuable business resources they have,” said SIBA Executive Director Wanda Jewell. “Large store or small, everyone seems to come away from the show with new ideas and new energy.”

For more information on the 2016 SIBA Trade and Discovery Show in Savannah, click here.

The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance is a trade association which represents over 300 bookstores and thousands of booksellers in Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, and Mississippi. It exists to empower, promote, and celebrate their core member bookstores in a spirit of partnership.

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 www.ncwriters.org.


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