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North Carolina Writers' Network Fall Conference 2007

Friday November 16 through Sunday November 18

The Hawthorne Inn, Winston-Salem, NC

Featuring 3 Master Classes, More than 30 Classes and Workshops, Critiquing Service, Manuscript Mart, Brand New Speed Pitching Service, Faculty Readings, and Exhibits.


Conference Fees
Early registration: On-site registration as a walk-in:
  • $250 for members (includes meals)
  • $325 for non-members (includes membership and meals)
  • $350 for non-members (includes meals)
  • $25 for a Master Class
  • $120 for Manuscript Mart
  • $120 for Critique Service
  • $50 for Speed Pitching
  • $35 for Friday Evening Reception
  • $375 for members and non-members (does not include meals)

Important Dates

October 16 at midnight Deadline to reserve hotel rooms at low conference rate
November 7 Deadline for Conference Registration (5pm by phone or mail; midnight if registering online) -- Including Speed Pitching
October 24 Postmark Deadline for signing up for Master Class (See guidelines)
October 24 Postmark Deadline for Manuscript Mart submissions (See guidelines)
October 24 Postmark Deadline for Critique Service submissions (See guidelines)
November 16-17 Walk-in Registration available on site ($375, meals not included)
November 16-18 Conference in Session


Friday, November 16
5:00 - 8:00pm Registration, Bookseller and Conference Marketplace open
5:30 - 7:30pm Reception ($35 fee, due by November 7)
7:30 - 8:30pm Dinner on Your Own
9:00 - 10:00pm Keynote: Jill McCorkle (Booksigning to follow)
Saturday, November 17
8:00 - 9:00am Registration
Coffee with an Author: Carole Boston Weatherford (Booksigning to follow)
9:00am - 10:00pm Bookseller and Conference Marketplace open
9:00am - 12:30pm Manuscript Mart and Critique Service (by prior appointment only)
9:00 - 10:30am Session I Classes
11:00am - 12:30pm Session II Classes
12:45 - 2:00pm Luncheon
Speaker: Nathan Ross Freeman
2:30 - 4:30pm Master Classes (prior approval required)
2:30 - 4:00pm Session III Classes
4:30 - 5:30pm Speed Pitching (by prior appointment only)
4:30 - 6:30pm Faculty Readings
7:00 - 9:00pm Banquet
Speaker: Robert Morgan (Booksigning to follow)
9:30 - 10:30pm Conferee Open Mic
Sunday, November 18
8:00am - 9:00am Coffee with an Author: John Hart and Louise Hawes (Booksignings to follow)
9:00am - 12:00pm Bookseller and Conference Marketplace open
9:00am - 12:30pm Manuscript Mart and Critique Service (by prior appointment only)
9:00 - 10:30am Session IV Classes
11:00am - 12:30pm Session V Classes
12:45 - 1:00pm Closing Remarks and Raffle

Refunds and Cancellations

Cancellations must be made in writing and arrive at the Network by 5 pm on November 1, 2007, for you to receive a refund of the registration fee, less $150. No-shows or cancellations after November 1 are nonrefundable.

Manuscript Mart, Critique Service, Speed Pitching, and Master Class fees are not refundable if you cancel. However, if we are not able to find a place for you in the Manuscript Mart, Critique Service, or Speed Pitching, we will return your check(s) for related extra charge(s). (Master Class application fees are nonrefundable, as they are administrative charges.)

Send all refund requests to NC Writers' Network Refund, PO Box 954, Carrboro, NC 27510.


Faculty Biographies: Fall Conference 2007

Tony Abbott Anthony Abbott was educated at Princeton and Harvard Universities. He has taught at Davidson College since 1964. He is currently the Charles A. Dana Professor of English Emeritus. He is the author of a prize-winning novel, Leaving Maggie Hope (2003), and four books of poems: The Girl in the Yellow Raincoat (1989), A Small Thing Like a Breath (1993), The Search for Wonder in the Cradle of the World (2000), and The Man Who (2005). He has served as President of the N.C.Writers Network and of the Charlotte Writers Club. In the spring of 2007 he was Writer-in-Residence at Lenoir Rhyne College.
Joseph Anderson Joseph Anderson is a writer, a licensed pilot, a practicing yogi, and a board certified trial lawyer in Winston-Salem specializing in aviation disasters, nursing home abuse, and medical malpractice. He is also a competitive marathon runner, who has completed the Boston Marathon, the Chicago Marathon, the Marine Corps Marathon, and an ultra-marathon (150 miles) across the Sahara Desert. Mr. Anderson lives in Winston-Salem with his wife and daughter. His memoir The Light Within: a Travel Log of India (Press 53, 2006) is the result of a 33-day journey across India in late 2004 and early 2005, a trip he chronicled in a journal and then transferred to a travel blog so his mother and friends could trace his steps. What begins as a sometimes-awkward diary develops into a deeply moving dialogue by a man coming to terms with the death of his own father and with the lives of the poor street urchins he encounters.
Joseph Bathanti Joseph Bathanti is Professor of Creative Writing, and Co-Director of the Visiting Writers Series, at Appalachian State University. He is the author of four books of poetry: Communion Partners, Anson County, The Feast of All Saints, and This Metal. His first novel, East Liberty, winner of the Carolina Novel Award, was published in 2001 by Banks Channel Books in Wilmington, NC. His novel, Coventry, winner of the 2006 Novello Literary Award, was published by Novello Festival Press in Charlotte, NC. His collection of short stories, The High Heart, winner of the 2007 Spokane Prize, was recently published by Eastern Washington University Press.
Amy Knox Brown Amy Knox Brown is a native of Lincoln, Nebraska. She holds a Ph.D. in English/Creative Writing from the University of Nebraska and a J.D. from Nebraska's College of Law. Most recently she received an MFA from North Carolina State University, where she studied with Jill McCorkle. Her collection of stories, Three Versions of the Truth, has just been published by Press 53. She is an assistant professor of creative writing and English at Salem College, where she directs the college's new creative writing major.
Pamela King Cable Pamela King Cable's publications include Southern Fried Women, a collection of short stories. Since its launch in June 2006, the self-published book has sold over 3,000 copies. It was also a finalist in ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year and USABookNews.com Fiction and Literature-Short Story, Best Books of 2006 Book Awards. She is a frequent speaker at national-level groups such as the International Women's Writing Guild, Sisters in Crime, and various writing conferences. Regional bookings at over 150 venues last year include the Southern Festival of Books, the Kentucky Book Fair, the Kentucky Bluegrass Festival of the Book, and many churches and civic groups throughout the South.
Elizabeth Cox Elizabeth Cox has completed four novels: Familiar Ground, The Ragged Way People Fall Out Of Love, Night Talk, and The Slow Moon. She has also published a collection of short stories, Bargains in the Real World. One of these stories, "The Third of July," was chosen for the O.Henry Collection. She has written essays for Ms. Magazine, Lears, North Carolina Magazine, and The Oxford American. She has published poetry in Southern Poetry Review, The Kentucky Review, The Southern Review, The Atlantic Monthly, and others. She teaches at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC.
Michael Curtis C. Michael Curtis is the John C. Cobb Professor of Humanities at Wofford College. He also edits fiction for The Atlantic Monthly, for whom he has worked since 1963. He is the editor of six anthologies of short fiction: American Stories: Fiction from The Atlantic Monthly, Volumes I and II; Contemporary New England Stories; Contemporary West Coast Stories; God: Stories; and Faith: Stories; and has published poetry, essays, reporting, and reviews in The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, The National Review, and many other periodicals. He has taught creative writing and composition at Harvard, Cornell, MIT, Tufts, Boston University, Simmons College, Bennington College, Northeastern University, and elsewhere. He lives in Spartanburg, South Carolina with his wife, novelist Elizabeth Cox, with whom he shares the Cobb Chair.
Quinn Dalton Quinn Dalton is the author of a novel, High Strung, and two story collections, Bulletproof Girl and Stories from the Afterlife. Her stories have appeared in publications such as Glimmer Train, One Story, and Verb and in anthologies such as New Stories from the South: The Year's Best. She lives in Greensboro, NC with her husband and two daughters.
Susanna Einstein Susanna Einstein began her career in editorial at Warner Books (now Grand Central Publishing) in 1995. During her six years there, she edited crime fiction, historical fiction, contemporary fiction and non-fiction. In 2002, Susanna became a senior scout at Maria B. Campbell Associates. There, she read widely on behalf of the company's clients, which include major publishers from twelve countries and Warner Bros. Pictures. In December 2005 she was one of the three founding agents at LJK Literary Management. Susanna's recent U.S. sales include historical fiction (the Rashi's Daughters trilogy to Plume), non-fiction (Funding Fertility to Touchstone) and young adult fiction (Donut Days to Putnam). Other areas of interest include crime fiction, literary fiction, and books for middle-grade readers.
Lyle Estill Lyle Estill is the V.P. of Stuff for Piedmont Biofuels, one of North Carolina's first biodiesel facilities. Estill created Energy Blog in the fall of 2003 as a communication vehicle for his students at Central Carolina Community College. Energy Blog gained a rapid following, and became a touchstone of the grassroots biodiesel industry. Estill's blogging led to a book deal with New Society, which published Biodiesel Power: the Passion, the People, and the Politics of the Next Renewable Fuel, now in its second printing. His second book, Small is Possible: Life in a Local Economy will be appearing in spring of 2008.
Keith Flynn Keith Flynn is the author of five books, including four collections of poetry: The Talking Drum (1991), The Book of Monsters (1994), The Lost Sea (2000), and The Golden Ratio (Iris Press, 2007), which was recently nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He is also the author of a collection of essays, entitled The Rhythm Method, Razzmatazz and Memory: How To Make Your Poetry Swing (Writer's Digest Books, 2007). From 1987-1998, he was lyricist and lead singer for the nationally acclaimed rock band, The Crystal Zoo, which produced three albums: "Swimming Through Lake Eerie" (1992), "Pouch" (1996), and the spoken-word and music compilation, "Nervous Splendor" (Animal Records, 2003). His poetry has appeared in many journals and anthologies around the world, including The Colorado Review, Poetry Wales, The Cuirt Journal (Ireland), Takahe (New Zealand), The Southern Poetry Review, Margie, Rattle, Shenandoah, Word and Witness: 100 Years of NC Poetry and many others. He has been awarded the Sandburg Prize for poetry, the ASCAP Emerging Songwriter Prize, the Paumanok Poetry Award and was twice named the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet for NC. Flynn is founder and managing editor of the Asheville Poetry Review.
Nathan Ross Freeman Nathan Ross Freeman, scriptwriter, filmmaker and educator, was awarded the 2005 San Francisco Black Film Festival Screenplay Contest Second in Overall Scoring for "Hannah Elias," awarded the 1997 North Carolina Arts Council Playwrights Fellowship for "Hannah Elias," awarded Third Runner Up, 2005 Great Lakes Film Festival Screenplay Contest for "Geist," and the 1997 North Carolina Arts Council Playwrights Fellowship for "Hannah Elias." Freeman, the Founder of Montage Showcase Ensemble, is a director of film and stage and teacher of professional acting. Currently, Freeman is a teacher of Playwriting and Screenwriting; Member of the Intensive Writing Faculty at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, NC; Member of the NC Humanities Speakers Bureau; Artistic Director of the Winston-Salem Summer Youth Film, Theatre and Visual Arts Institute, Winston-Salem; Founder-Partner of Mr. Bones Films, LLC.; Producer, Writer and Director of the Independent Feature Film, Mr. Bones; Pen & Voice Consultants, Partner; and Member of North Carolina Playwrights Alliance.
Dena Harris Dena Harris has published hundreds of articles in national and international trade and consumer magazines. She is the Assistant Editor for NC Career Network Magazine, a marketing columnist for Art Jewelry and writes national bi-monthly humor columns for family and pet magazines. Her work has appeared in Writer's Digest, The Toastmaster, Writer's Journal, College Preview Magazine, Career Focus, and Self-Publishing Essentials, among others. The true-to-life stories in her short story humor collection, Lessons in Stalking - Life With Cats, have earned numerous awards. Dena gives keynote speeches and teaches workshops around the country. Her book The Perfect Speaker (Doesn't Exist) is due out in 2008.
John Hart John Hart, author of the bestselling mystery novel King of Lies, has just come out with his second novel, Down River, based in Salisbury, NC. He has held jobs ranging from bartending in a London pub to being a banker at Wachovia. With a degree in French Literature from Davidson College, a Masters in accounting from UNC-Chapel Hill and finally a law degree from Franklin Pierce Law Center, Hart finally chose to pursue a career in law. At a small firm in Salisbury, North Carolina, he worked primarily on criminal defense cases. Shortly after the birth of his daughter he was assigned to defend a child molester -- an assignment he refused. Eventually leaving the law firm, he started writing King of Lies, and sold the novel to St. Martin's Press. Hart is currently working on his second novel.
Louise Hawes Louise Hawes teaches fiction at the Spalding University MFA in Writing program, at Meredith College's Focusing on Form summer workshop, and at Mainely Writing, a writers' retreat off the New England coast. She is the author of more than a dozen award-winning novels, as well as the 2007 short fiction collection, Anteaters Don't Dream (University Press of Mississippi) and the forthcoming collection, The Cinderella Files, Tales Your Mother Never Told You (Houghton Mifflin). Her short fiction is included in Be Careful What You Wish (Scholastic), Such a Pretty Face, Stories about Beauty (Abrams), Love and Sex, Ten Stories of Truth (Simon and Schuster) and The Reader Writes the Story, Canadian and World Fiction (Prentice-Hall).
Marjorie Hudson Marjorie Hudson is author of Searching for Virginia Dare, a personal journey into the mysterious disappearance of the Roanoke Colony, a selection of the BookWomen Traveling Book Club. In 2000, she was recipient of the Sarah Belk Gambrell Award for Excellence in Arts Education. In 2003 she was a Sherwood Anderson Award finalist, and in 2005 she was Artist in Residence at Headlands Center for the Arts (Sausalito, Ca.). Two of Hudson's short stories recently won Pushcart Special Mentions, and an essay, "Sufi Dancing with Dad," is forthcoming from Fulcrum Press in the anthology Wild in Our Breast: Women Speak to the Recurring Realities of War. Hudson is founder of the Kitchen Table Workshops and has taught through Duke Continuing Education, the Center for Documentary Studies, and the University of Alaska-Anchorage MFA program, among others.
Roy Jacobstein Roy Jacobstein is a 2007-08 Fellow in Literature of the North Carolina Arts Council. He has been a Scholar and Fellow at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and the Sewanee Writers Conference. His book of poetry, Fuchsia in Cambodia, will appear in 2008 from Northwestern University Press/TriQuarterly Books. His earlier books, A Form of Optimism (U Press of New England, 2006) and Ripe (U Wisc Press, 2002) won the Morse Prize and Pollak Prize, respectively. His poetry appears in TriQuarterly, The Threepenny Review, The Southern Review, Shenandoah, Poetry Daily, and The Gettsysburg Review, and in the textbook LITERATURE: Reading Fiction, Poetry & Drama (McGraw-Hill, 2006). He is a physician working in international women's reproductive health, and Adjunct Professor of Maternal and Child Health in UNC's School of Public Health.
Susan Stafford Kelly Susan Stafford Kelly grew up in Rutherfordton, North Carolina. She graduated from UNC-CH and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College. Her first novel How Close We Come won the Carolina Novel Award in 1997, was reissued nationally by Warner Books, was an Alternate Selection in the Book-of-the-Month Club, and was published in Russian and German. In 2001 Warner published her second novel, Even Now. In 2006 The Last of Something was published by Pegasus Books, and Susan's fourth novel Now You Know will come out in October 2007. Susan is a member of the North Carolina Writers Conference, has three grown children, and lives in Greensboro with her husband Sterling.
Randall Kenan Randall Kenan is currently on the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of a novel, A Visitation of Spirits; a young adult biography of James Baldwin; two works of non-fiction, Walking on Water: Black American Lives at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century and The Fire This Time; and a collection of stories, Let the Dead Bury Their Dead, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Among his awards are a Guggenheim Fellowship, the John Dos Passos Prize, a Whiting Writers Award, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters' Prix de Rome.
Stephen Kirk Stephen Kirk has been the editor at John F. Blair, Publisher, since 1988. He is the author of Scribblers: Stalking the Authors of Appalachia and First in Flight: The Wright Brothers in North Carolina.
Mur Lafferty Mur Lafferty is a writer, podcaster and open media evangelist. She has written for role-playing games, magazines, and fiction publications. She co-wrote Tricks of the Podcasting Masters, a top 10 research book for Amazon.com in 2006. She has been podcasting since 2004 with her hall of fame podcast Geek Fu Action Grip and her award-winning podcast I Should Be Writing. Her award-nominated novellas, the Heaven series, have been enjoyed by thousands of podcast listeners. Her podcasts can be found at www.murlafferty.com.
Sebastian Matthews Sebastian Matthews is the author of a collection of poems, We Generous (Red Hen Press), and a memoir, In My Father’s Footsteps (Norton). He co-edited, with Stanley Plumly, Search Party: Collected Poems of William Matthews. Matthews teaches at Warren Wilson College and is on faculty in the Low-Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing at Queens University of Charlotte. His poetry and prose has appeared in Atlantic Monthly, Georgia Review, New England Review, Poetry Daily, Poets & Writers, Seneca Review, Tin House and Virginia Quarterly Review, among others. Matthews was a recent recipient of a 2006 North Carolina Artist Grant. He co-edits Rivendell, a place-based literary journal.
Jill McCorkle Jill McCorkle is the author of five novels: The Cheerleader, July 7th, Tending to Virginia, Ferris Beach and Carolina Moon and three story collections, most recently Creatures of Habit. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Ploughshares, Best American Short Stories and New Stories from the South, among other publications. The recipient of the New England Book Award, the John Dos Passos Prize and the North Carolina Award for Literature, she has taught creative writing at UNC-Chapel Hill, Tufts, Harvard, Brandeis and Bennington College. She is currently on faculty at NC State University as the Lee Smith Writer in Residence.
Debbie McGill Debbie McGill has been at the North Carolina Arts Council (an agency of the state's Department of Cultural Resources) since 1989. As Literature Director, she works to support and promote the state's writers and literary organizations through grants, information, and other services. Before joining the Council's staff, she was an editor at The Atlantic Monthly and Harper's.
Laura Hart McKinny Laura Hart McKinny is a member of the founding faculty at the School of Filmmaking at the North Carolina School of the Arts. She received her BA, Lifetime Teaching Credential and graduate coursework from the University of California, Los Angeles. She was the recipient of Writer's Guild of America, East Foundation Fellowship Grant for an original screenplay. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte and has written numerous screenplays, documentaries and shorts. She is the writer of "One in Eight," and a writer and co-producer of the feature documentary, "In Broad Daylight." She is also the writer of the stage adaptation of The Land Breakers by John Ehle.
Sheryl Monks Sheryl Monks is a writer and editor and co-owner of Press 53, an independent literary publishing company in Winston-Salem, NC. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte and a BA in English from Salem College. In 2005, she was awarded a Northwest North Carolina Regional Artist Project Grant and has recently been named a finalist for an artist's residency fellowship to Headlands, CA. Her work has been awarded the Reynolds Price Short Fiction Award and named a finalist in contests sponsored by Backwards City Review and VERB: An Audioquarterly. She has published short stories in various literary magazines as well as a travel book and a book of folk tales. When she isn't publishing the work of other excellent writers, she pecks away at finishing her own short story collection, All the Girls in France, and an untitled novel. She teaches literature at Surry Community College, and an occasional creative writing class at Salem College, where she also serves on the board for the Center of Women Writers.
Robert Morgan Robert Morgan was born in 1944 in Hendersonville, North Carolina. He has published eleven books of poetry, most recently The Strange Attractor: New and Selected Poems, 2004; and eight books of fiction, most recently Brave Enemies: A Novel of the American Revolution, 2003. Boone: A Biography will be published in October 2007. Morgan has received the Hanes Award in Poetry, the Southern Book Award, and the Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Since 1971 he has taught at Cornell University.
Lauren Mosko Lauren Mosko is an editor at Writer's Digest Books and is the former editor of Novel & Short Story Writer's Market. Her recent editorial projects include The Pirate Primer: Mastering the Language of Swashbucklers & Rogues, by George Choundas; The Glimmer Train Guide to Writing Fiction, by Susan Burmeister-Brown and Linda Swanson-Davies; The Rhythm Method, Razzmatazz and Memory: How to Make Your Poetry Swing, by Keith Flynn; and The Lost Saranac Interviews: Forgotten Conversations With Famous Writers, by Joe David Bellamy and Connie Bellamy. When she's not slaving over manuscripts, she loves reading fiction, poetry, and graphic novels; listening to music; traveling; and appreciating the magic of baseball.
Valerie Nieman Valerie Nieman is the author of a poetry collection, Wake Wake Wake, as well as a collection of short fiction, Fidelities, and two novels, Survivors and Neena Gathering. Her work has appeared in such journals as Poetry, New Letters, REDiViDER, The Kenyon Review and Blackbird, and numerous anthologies. She has received a poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the 1998 and 2002 Elizabeth Simpson Smith prizes in fiction and the 1999 Greg Grummer Prize in poetry. She was a founding editor of Kestrel: A Journal of Literature and Art in the New World. Nieman graduated from West Virginia University and worked as a journalist before earning an M.F.A. in creative writing from Queens University of Charlotte and joining the writing faculty at North Carolina A&T State University.
http://www.newletters.org/PDFs/LombardoNieman.pdf (a review in New Letters)
http://www.mainstreetrag.com/Reviews_2007.html (a review in Main Street Rag)
Penelope Niven Penelope Niven is the author of Carl Sandburg: A Biography (Scribner) and Steichen: A Biography (Clarkson Potter/Crown); co-author with James Earl Jones of Voices and Silences (Scribner); author of Carl Sandburg: Adventures of a Poet (Harcourt), a children's book that received the International Reading Association Prize; and author of Swimming Lessons (Harcourt), a memoir. Her biography of Thornton Wilder will be published by HarperCollins. She has received two honorary doctorates, three National Endowment of the Humanities Fellowships, and the North Carolina Award in Literature. She is writer-in-residence at Salem College, and the mother of author Jennifer Niven.
Jacqueline Ogburn Jacqueline K. Ogburn recently received her 15 minutes of fame when Daniel Pinkwater read her most recent book, The Bake Shop Ghost, on National Public Radio. "Delicious," he said. "It's a yummy book." That led to Ogburn working with composer Jonathan Schwabe to turn the story into a musical, which premiered at the Maud Powell Music Festival in June 2007. A North Carolina native, Ogburn has written eight picture books. Her previous book, The Magic Nesting Doll, received a starred review from Publishers' Weekly. Ogburn has worked in the publishing industry in New York, primarily as a children's book editor, and has taught writing for children at several venues including the Friday Center at UNC-Chapel Hill. She currently works for the Continuing Studies Department of Duke University.
Ellen Pepus Ellen Pepus started her agency in 2006 after working at the Graybill and English Literary Agency in Washington DC. She has a BA in English from Indiana University, a law degree from George Washington University, and experience in marketing, writing and editing. She is actively building a client list, and is particularly interested in narrative non-fiction, including history, true crime, science, biography and memoir, food and cooking, arts, culture and travel writing. She is also looking for commercial and literary fiction, including historical fiction, mysteries, thrillers, and women's fiction.
Al Perry Al Perry, past president of Winston-Salem Writers Inc., is a longtime member of NCWN. A novelist and editor, he leads workshops in this state as well as in the adult education program of Coastal Carolina University. An affiliate of Amherst Writers and Artists (AWA), Al was the NCWN member who first recommended that we bring Pat Schneider, AWA founder, to North Carolina for our summer program. A graduate of UNC Chapel Hill, Al has participated in the University of Iowa's Summer Writing Festival as well as the Advanced Fiction Workshop in San Francisco and the Stonecoast Conference in Maine.
Ron Rash Ron Rash holds the John Parris Chair in Appalachian Studies at Western Carolina University. In 2005 his novel Saints at the River was named Fiction Book of the Year by both the Southern Book Critics Circle and the Southeastern Booksellers Association. In 2005 he also won an O. Henry award for his story "Speckled Trout." He is author of two collections of short stories, The Night the New Jesus Fell to Earth and Casualties; three books of poetry, Eureka Mill, Among the Believers and Raising the Dead; and three novels, One Foot in Eden, Saints at the River and The World Made Straight, which won the Sir Walter Raleigh Award. Chemistry and Other Stories, his latest book, was published in April 2007. In March 2005 he was given the James Still Award by the Fellowship of Southern Writers.
Bess Reed Bess Reed, a New Orleans native, has been an agent with Regal Literary in New York City for five years, and was an editor at the Oxford American magazine in Oxford, Mississippi, for three years prior to that. The agency represents many Southerners -- among them, Tony Earley (Jim the Boy), Daniel Wallace (Big Fish), and Martin Clark (The Many Aspects of Mobile Home Living) -- and Bess is interested in fiction (preferably Southern and humorous) and narrative non-fiction (particularly self-help and women's issues). She divides her time between New York and Oxford, where she recently returned to get married.
Pat Riviere-Seel Pat Riviere-Seel's first collection of poetry, No Turning Back Now, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2004 and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her poems have appeared in various journals and anthologies including the Asheville Poetry Review, Crucible, Main Street Rag and recently in Passager and Kakalak 2007: An Anthology of Carolina Poets. She received an MFA from Queens University of Charlotte, and is immediate past president of the NC Poetry Society. She teaches in UNCA's Great Smokies Writing Program.
Amy Rogers Amy Rogers, the founder and publisher of Novello Press, is an award-winning writer and editor. Books she has written include Hungry for Home: Stories of Food from Across the Carolinas, and Red Pepper Fudge and Blue Ribbon Biscuits. Rogers is a frequent commentator for NPR station WFAE. She is a past winner of the SELA President’s Award, given by the Southeast Library Association for her work with NFP, the nation’s only library-funded literary publisher. She is a past vice-president of the Publishers’ Association of the South. Rogers has presented numerous educational and outreach programs at conferences, festivals, schools, arts centers, and libraries. She lives in Charlotte, N.C.
Ed Southern Ed Southern is the editor of The Jamestown Adventure: Accounts of the Virginia Colony, 1605-1614, and the co-author of the first two editions of Travel North Carolina. He is vice president of John F. Blair, Publisher, in Winston-Salem, and serves on the board of the North Carolina Writers Network.
Amy Tiemann Amy Tiemann, Ph. D., was a scientist and educator before reinventing herself as a writer. Her book Mojo Mom: Nurturing Your Self While Raising a Family guides women through the transformation of motherhood, encouraging readers to reclaim a sense of self and creative spirit. Amy embraced the opportunity to develop an online author platform. She continues to build upon her work through her well-regarded blog at MojoMom.com, as well as regular posts to MomsRising.org, and CNET.com. Amy's work has been covered by national media including a recent appearance on The Today Show.
Kevin Watson Kevin Watson is a proud Salem Sister, having earned his BA in English and a minor in creative writing from Salem College, the oldest all-women's college in the US (est. 1772). His short stories and poetry have appeared in several publications, but his current love is finding great stories and poems and making beautiful books. He lives in Winston-Salem, NC, and serves as publisher and editor of Press 53, a small independent literary publishing company he founded in October, 2005, and now co-owns with fellow Salem Sister Sheryl Monks. Winston-Salem-based Press 53 published literary fiction, nonfiction and poetry, as well as the anthologies Surreal South, and the forthcoming Press 53 Open Awards Anthology.
Carole Boston Weatherford Carole Boston Weatherford, New York Times best-selling author, has 25 books to her credit. Her books have won the American Library's Association's Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Award, the NAACP Image Award, the Carter G. Woodson Award from the National Council for the Social Studies and two North Carolina Juvenile Literature Awards. Her books for children include Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom, Dear Mr. Rosenwald, Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins, and Remember the Bridge: Poems of a People. The recipient of two North Carolina Arts Council Fellowships, Carole teaches at Fayetteville State University and lives in High Point, N.C.
Samm-Art Williams Samm-Art Williams was born in Philadelphia, PA and grew up in Burgaw, NC. After graduating from Morgan State College in Baltimore, he studied with the Freedom Theater's Acting workshop in Philadelphia, under the direction of John Allen and Bob Leslie. As a member of the Negro Ensemble company, he performed in such plays as "The First Breeze of Summer," "Eden," and "Nevis Mountain Dew." He also wrote many plays, including "Home," which received a Tony nomination in the category of Best Broadway Play and toured internationally. He had a lucrative career in television, where he took on roles as an actor, a writer, and executive producer for popular shows such as "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" and "Martin." He has been nominated for two Emmy awards.


Fall Conference 2007



Opening Reception: "Winston-Salem Writers Welcome"
Sycamore Ballroom (Upstairs) Friday, 5:30-7:30 pm

Jump into the weekend! Greet old friends and meet distinguished faculty and fellow writers over heavy hors d'oeuvres and wine. We will honor some of the Winston-Salem area's most distinguished writers, as well as the organizations that have supported them.

Tickets are $35 in addition to conference fee. Open to the public. Pre-register on website.

Keynote Address: Jill McCorkle
Sycamore Ballroom (Upstairs), 9:00 pm

Beloved North Carolina author and native Jill McCorkle is one of our state's funniest - and most acclaimed - writers, with a slew of awards and prestigious teaching assignments. She is the author of five novels -- The Cheerleader, July 7th, Tending to Virginia, Ferris Beach, and Carolina Moon -- and three story collections, most recently Creatures of Habit. The recipient of the New England Book Award, the John Dos Passos Prize, and the North Carolina Award for Literature, she has taught creative writing at UNC-Chapel Hill, Tufts, Harvard, Brandeis and Bennington College. She is currently the Lee Smith Writer in Residence at NC State University.

Free and open to the public. Pre-register on website. facultyBooks.shtml

Jill McCorkle Book Signing
After Keynote

Enjoy meeting Jill McCorkle as she joins readers at a book signing following her keynote address. Find her books at the on-site conference bookstore Barnes & Noble, upstairs in the Conference Marketplace.


Morning Coffee with an Author: Carole Boston Weatherford
(Room TBA), 8:00 - 9:00 am

Coffee provided
Start your day with New York Times best-selling author Carole Boston Weatherford as she talks with the Winston-Salem Journal writer Kim Underwood in an informal armchair interview. The deeply moving Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom, the best-known of her more than two dozen children's books, is a 2007 Caldecott Honor Book and NAACP Image Award winner.

Carole Boston Weatherford Book Signing
After Coffee

Carole will be signing Moses and other books after her talk. Bring a book from our onsite bookstore for her to sign.

Luncheon Speaker: Nathan Ross Freeman
Sycamore Ballroom (upstairs), 12:45 - 2:00 pm

Gather for lunch as award-winning scriptwriter, filmmaker, playwright and spoken word educator Nathan Ross Freeman leads us in a Spoken Word Poetry exercise with young poet friends from the Winston-Salem Youth Arts Institute. His independent feature "Mr. Bones" was an Official Selection of the 2007 San Francisco Black Film Festival, and his independent short film "Francine" was an official Selection of the 2007 New York Short Film Festival. An Impact Communications Specialist, he is founder of Montage Showcase Ensemble, Assegai Film Group, Winston-Salem Youth Arts Institute, Pen & Voice, and Mr. Bones Film, Inc.

Faculty Readings
(Room TBA), 4:30-6:30 pm

This is your chance to hear your favorite presenters read their own work aloud in 10-minute sections. Great opportunity to get your book signed. All faculty books are on sale at our on-site conference bookseller, Barnes & Noble, upstairs in the Conference Marketplace.

Banquet Speaker: Robert Morgan
Sycamore Ballroom (Upstairs), 7:00 - 9:00 pm

North Carolina native and critically acclaimed author Robert Morgan speaks on his forthcoming book, Boone: A Biography. Published in October 2007, Boone: A Biography evokes the life of Daniel Boone as "the story of America - its ideals, its promise, its romance, and its destiny." Morgan has published eight books of fiction, including Gap Creek, which won the Southern Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction for 2000 and was a selection of the Oprah Book Club, and Brave Enemies: A Novel of the American Revolution, 2003. He has also published eleven books of poetry, most recently The Strange Attractor: New and Selected Poems, 2004. Morgan grew up in Hendersonville and has taught at Cornell University since 1971.

Introductory Presentation: Literary Trails of North Carolina, by Georgann Eubanks
Morgan's talk will be preceded by a brief presentation on the new book, Literary Trails of North Carolina, the first of a three-volume book project being commissioned by the N.C. Arts Council. Author Georgann Eubanks will present. She will sign books following the banquet.

Robert Morgan Book Signing
After Banquet

Chat with Robert Morgan as he signs your copy of his book following the banquet. Find his books at the on-site conference bookstore Barnes & Noble, upstairs in the Conference Marketplace.

Open Mic for Conference-Goers
9:30 pm, Rooms: Poplar 1, Poplar 2, and the Hospitality Suite

Claim your 5 minutes of fame! All conferees are invited to take part in a lively read-out-loud session.

Sign up at Writers' Network Registration Table, Upstairs in Conference Marketplace


Morning Coffee with an Author: Louise Hawes and John Hart (Room TBA), 8:00 - 9:00 am
Coffee provided
Both Louise Hart and John Hart have published new books since last year. Come hear them talk with Writer's Digest editor Lauren Mosko about the ups and downs, highs and lows of continuing - as opposed to launching - a writing career. Hart's King of Lies was a New York Times best-selling book last year, and his Down River, set in Salisbury, NC, just came out Oct. 2. Hawes published a collection of short fiction, Anteaters Don't Dream, this spring. She has published 16 books of short fiction, middle-grade and picture books, and young adult fiction.

Louise Hawes and John Hart Book Signing
After Coffee

Join John and Louise as they sign books and mingle with fellow writers after their talk. Bring a book from our onsite bookstore for them to sign.



Session I Classes: Fall Conference 2007

Saturday, November 17, 9:00-10:30 am

CREATIVE NONFICTION - The Art of the Interview, with Randall Kenan.
Interviewing is an essential skill in so much nonfiction writing. We will approach the act of interviewing from a practical and aesthetic manner, discussing pragmatic techniques a nonfiction writer should be familiar with -- the actual tools of recording while interviewing, the art of the question, and the important challenges of mining our subjects and their memories. We will also have discussions about editing and emphasis and accuracy.

FICTION - Panel - Sense of Place in Fiction Writing, with Ron Rash, Amy Knox Brown, and Sebastian Matthews, moderated by Joseph Bathanti.
This will be a free-ranging discussion of how the best writers, such as Philip Roth, Flannery O'Connor, James Joyce and Willa Cather, achieve a palpable sense of place. While the South does not have a monopoly on writing with a sense of place, our region has always offered rich possibilities, and it continues to. This is not a class on craft and technique. Rather, we will talk about the benefits - and the potential liabilities -- of writing with a sense of place. This will offer attendees a chance to bring up specific questions to three writers whose work is deeply connected to place. For writers of short and book-length fiction.

FICTION/SCREENWRITING - Panel - From Fiction to the Big Screen: Adapting Fiction for Feature Films, with Kevin Watson and Nathan Ross Freeman, moderated by Laura Hart McKinny.
Find out why production companies are growing more and more interested in adapting short stories and novels for feature films. This panel will appeal to short story, novel, and nonfiction writers who want to explore having their work adapted for features and short films, as well as to screenwriters who want to learn how to choose material, and what to do with it after completing the adaptation. We’ll discuss what kind of writing is best to adapt. We’ll also discuss the business aspects, such as how to handle rights to your original work. We’ll also present highlights about a ground-breaking national screenwriting competition adapting short stories to feature screenplays. Panelists Laura Hart McKinny, a founding member of the North Carolina School of the Arts’ film school, and Kevin Watson, co-founder of Press 53, are behind the new competition; Nathan Hart Freeman is an award-winning screenwriter and educator.

POETRY - The Story in the Poem, with Valerie Nieman.
The narrative poem - a storytelling form that links Homer to Coleridge to Robert Frost to Rita Dove - is alive and well. In this session, I'll explore techniques, forms, structures for narrative poems that can range from less than a page to book length. For a short workshop as part of the session, bring a story you'd like to recount in verse, or be inspired by postcards, photos, newspaper clippings, and other triggers.

PUBLISHING - The Perfect Pitch: Pitching Your Manuscript, with Lauren Mosko.
Here it is: Your big chance! You’ve got one minute to hook that dream editor or agent -- now all you need are the right words ... Whether your moment comes during a formal pitch session, in the conference hotel elevator, or in paragraph one of your query letter, this is no time for improv. Writer’s Digest Books editor Lauren Mosko teaches you the elements of a powerful pitch and helps you to draft and revise your own, so your next agent or editor meeting will be pitch perfect. You’ll also have the opportunity to practice articulating your pitch (and to work out your jitters) in this workshop.

WRITING MARATHON - Sparks: Light Your Own Fire!, with Al Perry.
The best sparks -- writing prompts -- come from your own life experiences. How to light those sparks is the key to greater creativity. For their own fire-starters, thousands of beginning and advanced writers have used methods developed by Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA). Al Perry, an AWA-trained facilitator and creator of Sparks(tm) workshops, leads this introduction to the AWA methods.


Session II Classes: Fall Conference 2007

Saturday, November 17, 11:00 am-12:30 pm

FICTION - Short Story Writing, with Louise Hawes.
While a novelist relies on the accretion of details over days, years, perhaps lifetimes, most short fiction packs its punch into a few telling details and revealing moments. How is this feat of compression accomplished? How can you suggest, within the space of a few pages, the arc of a life, a whole person, a day that changes us forever? The author of two collections of short fiction and stories that have appeared in half a dozen anthologies and literary journals will discuss what makes a powerful short, how to shape your story, and the recent expansion of the short fiction market. Bring the first page of your story for an in-class critique.

PLAYWRITING - Writing the One-Act Play: From Pitch to Staging, with Samm-Art Williams.
Playwright Samm-Art Williams will take aspiring and working playwrights through the process of conceiving, writing, and refining the one-act play. From pitch to outline to first and second drafts, he will cover plot development, dialogue, characters, narration, and staging. Come prepared to discuss issues in your own work and ask questions about this form of theatrical writing.

PUBLISHING - Step Away from the Desk: What to Expect from a Publisher, with Ed Southern.
Writers write, but authors do all sorts of other jobs. Once you've signed your first book deal, you need to understand what's going to be expected of you, and what you can expect from your publisher. Will they send you on a tour? Will they set up interviews? Will they advertise? Will they get you on Oprah? This class will be led by a publisher and author who has more than 12 years' experience in the book business.

WRITING MARATHON - Writing by Heart, with Marjorie Hudson.
Working from prompts from great literature and from memory, we'll generate stories of love and courage from childhood and teen years, a rich source of both memoir and fiction material. Class participants will be invited to share a table with Hudson at lunch and get her personal advice about writing, publishing, and the writer's life.

POETRY - Translating Emotion into Poetry, with Joseph Bathanti.
This session will explore how poems, through narrative conventions, dramatic situation, and the strategic use of imagery, can make the emotions we use when composing poetry accessible to our readers. We'll examine how to write about sentiment without falling prey to sentimentality. Handouts illustrating these techniques will be provided and we'll engage in some in-class writing.



Session III Classes: Fall Conference 2007

Saturday, November 17, 2:30-4:00 pm

CREATIVE NONFICTION - Masks and Mirrors: Writing Memoir, with Penelope Niven.
This workshop explores steps and strategies in crafting memoir and autobiography: Establishing your purpose and your vision; finding your voice; discovering or rediscovering the interior and exterior landscapes of your life; deciding, as Annie Dillard says, "What to put in and what to leave out"; respecting the privacy and the intellectual property of other individuals who are part of your story; examining the ethics of nonfiction; stripping away the masks, looking into the mirror, and being true to yourself.

FICTION - Setting the Stage for Realistic Fiction, with Susan Stafford Kelly.
This class will examine options for opening a novel or short story in the genre of realism or domestic realism. A discussion of how best to cook bacon; a picture-hanging session; folding laundry alone: each of these fictional scenarios has the capacity to convey threat, poignancy, suspense, foreshadowing, or humor. We'll look at how a writer's choices of description (objects, interiors), dialogue, and point of view in an opening scene evokes his/her realist milieu while also creating character, interest, sympathy, or mystery. Participants will try their hand at "setting the realist stage" as well. Handouts will be provided.

PUBLISHING - Publicity, Public Speaking and Pulling Your Hair Out, with Pamela King Cable and Dena Harris.
Writers tremble at the thought of hiring a publicist, handling self-promotion, and/or speaking in public. Many turn down opportunities, appearances that could increase their visibility and bolster their careers, simply because they’re confused. They’ve read the how-to books, wasted hours on the Internet, and spent money on dozens of conferences, but putting their own publicity machine into motion paralyzes them into inaction. This class confronts the fears and career-stalling procrastination writers harbor toward the hardest part of writing a book -- the marketing that comes after it.

POETRY - Panel - Writing Out Loud: Performing Your Work, with Sebastian Matthews, Nathan Ross Freeman, and moderator Keith Flynn.
In the contemporary poetry scene, all poets must perform their work in public -- the more, the better, in terms of their career. Audience members who go out in public to hear performances yearn to be touched, moved, electrified -- not anesthetized. All poets can improve their performance technique. This workshop is for poets who want to give more life to their own spoken words. Attendees are encouraged to bring a one-page sample of their work (min. 15 copies), which a panelist will read to demonstrate the poem's sonic possibilities. Each panelist will also demonstrate his own reading style. Flynn, founding publisher and editor of the Asheville Poetry Review, has given thousands of readings and performances across the U.S. and Europe. Sebastian Matthews edits Rivendell, a new, "place-based" literary journal. The two men recently co-edited a jazz poetry issue of APR. Nathan Ross Freeman is a spoken word educator, dramaturge and scriptwriter.

PUBLISHING - Panel - Agents and Editors, with C. Michael Curtis, Susanna Einstein, Ellen Pepus, Bess Reed, and Amy Rogers, moderated by Stephen Kirk.
Join experienced fiction and nonfiction editors from The Atlantic Monthly magazine; John F. Blair, Publisher (Winston-Salem); and Novello Press (Charlotte); and agents from LJK Literary Management and Regal Literary, Inc. in New York and Ellen Pepus Literary Agency of Washington, D.C. to find out: How can you plan your writing career to build successful relationships with an agent, an editor, and a publisher? How are these people part of a writer's long-term strategy for building a writing career? These panelists will answer questions such as: Do you need an agent to get a publisher? What kinds of writers are agents and editors looking for - and what is the best way to get their attention? What trends do they see in book publishing? How much editing do editors do? Or do agents do the editing? How can a writer start out with a regional publisher and step up to a national publisher? How do publishers and agents work together and who does what? What can you expect as far as an advance and what are important elements to look for in a contract? What are the pet peeves of agents and editors? And once you get a publisher and/or agent, how do you become their favorite writer - the one who gets the great print run and the nine-city book tour? To get the most out of this panel, Google these editors and agents, familiarize yourself with their work, and bring your questions!

WRITING MARATHON - Writing Poems from Prompts, with Pat Riviere-Seel.
Writing poems from prompts is a bit like the poetic equivalent of speed dating: try something new, surprise your imagination and follow William Carlos Williams’ advice to "...write carelessly so that nothing that is not/green will survive." Bring pen/pencil and paper -- leave your expectations and inner critic at the door. There will also be time to read your new work if you would like to do so.


Session IV Classes: Fall Conference 2007

Sunday, November 18, 9:00-10:30 am

CHILDREN'S LITERATURE - Panel - From Inspiration to Contract! Writing Children's Books and Getting Them Published, with Carole Boston Weatherford, Louise Hawes, and Jacqueline Ogburn.
Have a picture book or chapter book in mind? A Young Adult book on your computer? A middle-grade novel making the rounds? Whether you write for toddlers or teenagers, this panel will help you understand what editors and publishing houses are looking for. A group of published children's authors will discuss trends, publishing categories, marketing, and submission. No short cuts or magic formulas here, just good plain talk about how to make your manuscript competitive in the rapidly growing field of children's publishing.

FICTION - Making Characters Live on the Page, with Elizabeth Cox.
This workshop will focus on description, action, and dialogue that make a character come alive. I will talk about fiction as an "experience," read a few examples of scenes that show the intricacy and complexity of characterization, then give a short writing assignment. If you choose, you can read your writing assignment aloud to get feedback.

GRANTWRITING - Panel - Grants, Fellowships, and Residencies, with Debbie McGill and panelists Randall Kenan and Roy Jacobstein.
The director of literature grants and programs for the North Carolina Arts Council leads a discussion with award-winning writers on how to get the most out of writing fellowships, residencies and grants that have launched and nurtured many writers' careers. For what should you apply? What gives your application an edge? Writers in all genres will want to come to this panel to learn how the nonprofit world can support their work. Debbie oversees the NC Arts Council's biannual $10,000 fellowships for writers of poetry, prose, plays and screenplays. She also handles the grants that Council offers every year to writers for residencies at Headlands Center for the Arts in California and at The Vermont Studio Center. She works with local arts councils around the state to support the grants they offer to writers and other artists annually.

POETRY - Panel - Publishing with Small Presses and Journals, with Keith Flynn (moderator), Sebastian Matthews, Sheryl Monks and Lauren Mosko.
Most authors, whether they write poetry, fiction or nonfiction, launch their careers by getting published in small presses and journals. This panel will help to clarify the writer's path by giving a sense of the myriad players in the small press landscape. Who are these editors, and what are they looking for? Which contests should you pursue or avoid? What are the do's and don'ts of submitting a manuscript? Flynn is founding publisher and editor of the Asheville Poetry Review, which publishes poems, interviews, translations, essays, historical perspectives and book reviews. Sebastian Matthews edits the Rivendell Journal, which focuses each issue on the literary expression and culture of a particular geographic place (the current issue centers on Southern Appalachia). Sheryl Monks is co-founder, publisher and editor of Press 53, a small publisher of literary fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Lauren Mosko is an editor at Writer's Digest Books and was formerly editor of Novel & Short Story Writer's Market.

ALL GENRES - Panel - DIY Career-Building Through Blogs and Self-Publishing, with Amy Tiemann and panelists author/activist Lyle Estill, travel blogger turned published author Joseph Anderson, and blogger and podcaster Mur Lafferty.
Amy Tiemann, author of the book and the blog Mojo Mom, and panelists will tell you how to build your career, and your reputation as a writer, through blogging and self-publishing. Both can form a bridge to national publishers, national media (her blog landed her on NBC's the Today Show) and other steady-paying gigs such as Tiemann's regular column on the leading technology website CNET.com. Anderson's India travel blog turned into a book, as did Estill's energy blog. Come find out how you can create your own buzz, your own following, without depending entirely on the traditional system of agents and editors to do it for you. Lafferty has been experimenting with creative commons licenses by publishing online.

WRITING MARATHON - Observation: Writing En Plein Air , with Valerie Nieman.
Artists traditionally take their easels out to the woods and fields to capture life. If the weather is favorable, we’ll take a five-minute stroll from the Hawthorne Inn to the grounds of Old Salem and the Salem College Campus. We’ll observe people and places as well as the natural world, and will use starter questions and exercises in observation. If the weather is cold and/or wet, we’ll still focus on observation as an inspiration to writing -- the session will use works of art, artifacts, old photos and postcards as the starting points for prose or poetry.


Session V Classes: Fall Conference 2007

Sunday, November 18, 11:00 am-12:30 pm

CREATIVE NONFICTION - Biography as Narrative, with Robert Morgan.
We will look at biography from the standpoint of writing both fiction and nonfiction narrative, with a special interest in American history, culture, and folklore. Some suggest that biography has replaced the novel as our most important literary genre. Could this be true?

FICTION - When Short Stories Don't Work and Why, with C. Michael Curtis.
A discussion of the form seen from an editor's point of view, with thoughts about format, diplomacy, mechanics, and narrative strategy.

POETRY - Panel - It’s All About Me: The Use and Misuse of Autobiography in Poetry, with Joseph Bathanti, Tony Abbott and Carole Boston Weatherford, moderated by Pat Riviere-Seel.
Your poem is not your autobiography, but when you write, you bring all your experience, your family and friends to the blank page. The panel will discuss ways we use autobiographical material -- what’s effective, what’s not and what are some of the pitfalls? What’s "confessional poetry"? Why -- or why not -- write it?

PLAYWRITING, SCREENWRITING - Characterization: in Plays, Screenplays & Spoken Word, with Nathan Ross Freeman.
In writing fiction, non-fiction for scripts for stage and film; biographies, memoirs, journals and poetry you conjure personae, characters of self, who long to actualize. These personae ultimately achieve a breathing life on paper, stage and film. The written characters must, therefore, be potent to behave: present authentic voices, grow into breathing icons and demonstrate lifestyles constituent to the reader and audience; a constituency who will experience from page to page or stage and screen a view of themselves. Each character you create is a conjured voice and persona reared in the 'dream consciousness', experiential and enacted life. For even the historic or biographical manuscript each character is born either to, from, or, through your layered self - a exhuming and healing exercise.

WRITING MARATHON - Getting in the Zone, with Quinn Dalton.
The exercises in this workshop will help you generate new material for further development later, or to go deeper into works in progress. We'll use exercises that help you "get into the zone" for when you feel stuck, as well as more specialized exercises focusing on character, setting and scene development. Come prepared to write.


Master Classes: Fall Conference 2007

Saturday, November 17, 2:30-4:30 pm

Master Classes offer intermediate and advanced writers a chance to delve more deeply into a particular genre. The Master Classes are a half hour longer than other Session III classes and limited to 15 students.


Participants are admitted on the strength of a writing sample submitted in advance of the conference. While publication credits are not required, you should submit a brief cover letter summarizing your writing background and highlighting publication credits if applicable.

Include a payment of $25 (nonrefundable processing fee).

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: October 24 (postmarked).

When you register for Master Class, please choose a Session III class as a back-up in case you are not admitted to the Master Class.

Submission Guidelines for Each Genre

  • Fiction. Submit a cover letter and no more than 10 double-spaced pages of fiction, 12-point type (short story or novel excerpt). Mail 2 hard copies to NCWN Fiction Master Class, PO Box 954, Carrboro, NC 27510.
  • Nonfiction. Submit a cover letter and no more than 10 double-spaced pages of nonfiction, 12-point type (essay or excerpt). Mail 2 hard copies to NCWN Nonfiction Master Class, PO Box 954, Carrboro, NC 27510.
  • Poetry. Submit a cover letter and no more than 5 single-spaced pages of poetry, 12-point type. Mail 2 hard copies to NCWN Poetry Master Class, PO Box 954, Carrboro, NC 27510.

Two weeks before the conference, you will be notified about your enrollment status.

Available Classes

CREATIVE NONFICTION MASTER CLASS - Real People vs. People on the Page, with Randall Kenan
We will be discussing the bedeviling but exciting problem every nonfiction writer must face when translating actual people into the written word. We will talk about techniques (characterization, language, physicality), limitations, and the ethics of representation. The goal of the class will be to help give the nonfiction writer tools and ways of thinking about writing about people in vivid, honest and accurate ways.

FICTION MASTER CLASS - Place in Fiction: Its Problems and Possibilities, with Ron Rash
This class will center on place in fiction. We will discuss landscape as character, the use of dialect, and the differences between local color writing and regional writing. Examples of such writers as Bernard MacLaverty, Alice Walker, and Cormac McCarthy will be used in our discussion.

POETRY MASTER CLASS - Re-Forming the Line: Rhythm, Sound and Spacing in Free Verse, with Tony Abbott
This class will look at ways we can "reform" our lines of free verse to make them less like prose. We will look for ways of getting greater rhythm, sound, and music into the lines without necessarily using rhyme and meter. After a discussion of these techniques we will, as individual class members, take one of the poems submitted for the class and "reform" the lines, using the possibilities discussed in the first part of the session.



Manuscript Mart: Fall Conference 2007

Saturday and Sunday, November 17 - 18, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Manuscript Mart provides writers with the opportunity to pitch their manuscripts and get feedback from an editor or agent with a leading publisher or literary agency. A one-on-one, 20-minute pitch and Q & A session will be scheduled for you, to take place on Saturday, November 17, from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm or Sunday, November 18, between 9:00 am and 12:30 pm.

Note: Manuscript Mart sessions are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. You must register for Manuscript Mart by mail, with manuscript and payment enclosed, by a postmark date of October 24, 2007.


  • Submit a one-page query letter and 20 double-spaced pages of your fiction or nonfiction manuscript (for book-length projects, you must include a one-page synopsis of the work as a whole). You may include a book proposal or query letter as part of your 20 pages. Make sure your name is on each page of your submission. NUMBER YOUR PAGES.
  • All submissions must be double-spaced with 12-point font, on 8 1/2x11" paper, 1 inch margins.
  • You must be registered for the conference for your Manuscript Mart session to be scheduled.
  • Download and print the Manuscript Mart Cover Sheet, which you may download from the "Online Registration" form listed on the right of this page. Mail it with two hard copies of your submissionto:

    North Carolina Writers' Network
    Manuscript Mart
    PO Box 954
    Carrboro, NC 27510

  • Checklist: 2 copies of manuscript; registration form; check to cover Manuscript Mart ($120) (and a separate check to cover all other conference fees if you are registering for the conference through the mail).
  • NOTE: If Manuscript Mart fills, your check will be returned to you, minus related charges.

Manuscript Mart Reviewers

From the names below, select your first, second, and third choice on your registration form. We will try to accommodate your first choice; if we cannot, we will select an appropriate editor or agent for you. You will be notified two weeks before the conference as to your assigned editor or agent, and the time and location of your session.

Literary AgentsOrganizationGenres
Susanna Einstein LJK Literary Management, Senior Agent Historical fiction, literary fiction, Young Adult, narrative non-fiction, memoir
Ellen Pepus Ellen Pepus Literary Agency, Owner Nonfiction and fiction including science fiction, Chick Lit, Young Adult
Bess Reed Regal Literary Inc., Agent Southern Fiction, narrative non-fiction especially self-help and women's issues, not memoir
Stephen Kirk John F. Blair, Publisher, Editor-in-Chief Biography, memoir, cookbooks, history, folklore, humor, travel
Lauren Mosko Writer's Digest Books, Editor Inspirational, how to
Amy Rogers Novello Press, Founder, Publisher Fiction, nonfiction, anything except poetry or childrens' literature
Kevin Watson Press 53, Co-Owner, Publisher, Editor Short fiction, novels, novella, and creative nonfiction



Speed Pitching: NEW for Fall Conference 2007

Saturday, November 17, 4:30 - 5:30 pm - Hospitality Suite, Room 302

This new service gives you the rare opportunity to deliver a face-to-face pitch about your book project manuscripts to agents and editors from New York, D.C. and North Carolina -- and get immediate feedback -- in rotating, three-minute sessions.

You pitch for 90 seconds; they give feedback for 90 seconds. Then you move to the next agent or editor. You get maximum exposure, and develop the confidence and polish to effectively pitch to the people who can publish your manuscripts. A room monitor keeps time and moves people along.

Speed Pitching is still open! First-come, first-serve. Register by a postmark date of Nov. 1, 2007 - either online, or by mail, with $50 payment enclosed. (If registering online, check the last box under Conference Extras on the online registration form.)

Speed Pitching is for Fiction and Nonfiction genres only.

More tips and how-tos About Speed-Pitching

Speed Pitching Agents and Editors

You will spend five minutes with each agent and editor listed below:

Literary AgentsOrganization ...Genres ...
Susanna Einstein LJK Literary Management Historical fiction, literary fiction, Young Adult, narrative non-fiction, memoir
Ellen Pepus Ellen Pepus Literary Agency Nonfiction and fiction including science fiction, Chick Lit, Young Adult
Bess Reed Regal Literary Inc. Southern Fiction, narrative non-fiction especially self-help and women's issues, not memoir
EditorsOrganization ...Genres ...
Stephen Kirk John F. Blair, Publisher Biography, memoir, cookbooks, history, folklore, humor, travel
Sheryl Monks Press 53 Fiction, nonfiction
Lauren Mosko Writer's Digest Books Inspirational, how to
Amy Rogers Novello Press Fiction,nonfiction, anything except poetry or childrens' literature

About Speed-Pitching

At the N.C. Writers' Network Fall Writing and Publishing Conference
Saturday, Nov. 17, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Hospitality Suite (Third Floor, Room 302)

What is speed-pitching? This is an opportunity for you to speak to industry professionals about your book project and receive instant feedback.

Who should participate? If you have a completed novel or nonfiction book proposal and you're ready to submit, you'll benefit from the session. You should not pitch if you don't have a clear idea of what your book is about or who the audience is-or if your novel isn't finished.

How does it work? When the doors open, seven agents and editors will be waiting for you in pairs of chairs. Their names will be marked on their tables. Get in line for the editor or agent you want to talk with. A room moderator will be keeping time. When the volunteer says, "START," you have three minutes to orally pitch your book project (no paper) and receive feedback. You talk for 90 seconds, the volunteer says "SWITCH," and then the editor or agent gives you feedback for 90 seconds. At the end, the volunteer says "NEXT," and you hop into another line.

Pitch as many editors or agents as you can in the hour-but make sure the editor or agent you're waiting for accepts the kind of work you've written!

Three minutes! How can anything meaningful be said in that amount of time? Agents and editors are so familiar with the market that they'll know within seconds if a particular project is right for them. Consider, too, that three minutes is more time than they're likely to spend on a written query letter, which can only take a minute to evaluate.

How do I know whom to approach? Carefully look over each editor and agent bio on the Writers' Network website (www.ncwriters.org) or the Writers' Network newsletter, and research them on the Internet. See what their focus is and what they seem to be most excited about. Choose the three to five people whose interests best match your book, and rank them in order in your mind so you're guaranteed to at least see your "top" few choices. Remember that it is highly unlikely-or desirable-that you will see all the editors and agents because (1) not all accept the kind of work you've written and (2) you must factor in the time you will wait in line. Be sure to read the bios carefully and prioritize!

What if the line for my chosen editor is really long? Identify backups to your number-one choice. The less time you spend waiting in line, the more opportunities you'll have to pitch.

How do I maximize my time? Pitch only one project at a time. Come ready with your pitch memorized or written down. Give the editor or agent at least a minute to respond and ask questions. Stay focused on your book, market, and audience. Don't talk much about yourself unless it's important to your book. Choose agents or editors who accept the kind of work you've written. Avoid setting your heart on one particular editor or agent, especially if they're a "star," in case their line is full; instead, come with a list of professionals you'd like to see.

Should I bring my manuscript or proposal package? No. Agents and editors are not accepting materials at this conference. If they'd like to see samples of your work, they'll ask you to send them.

If I can't give my materials to an agent here, what's the point? Meeting an agent at a conference and being invited to send material means that yours is now a solicited submission (versus unsolicited material, or "slush"). Congratulations, you've just bypassed the slush pile.

What will I learn from this? You'll finish the session with a better idea of what editors and agents are looking for and how your current project measures up. You'll also have a chance to improve your own pitching ability and receive feedback on your book. Listen to what the agents and editors are telling you -- Is your idea compelling enough? Saleable? Is the market for your work big enough? Is the scope of your project focused enough (or too narrow)?



Critique Service: Fall Conference 2007

Saturday and Sunday, November 17 - 18, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

The Critique Service provides writers with in-depth literary critique of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and screenplays, from a seasoned faculty member writer. A one-on-one, 25-minute review session will be scheduled for you, to take place on Saturday, November 17, from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm or Sunday, November 18, between 9:00 am and 12:30 pm.

Note: Manuscript Critiques are schedules on a first-come, first-served basis. You must register for a critique by mail, with manuscript and payment enclosed, by a postmark date of October 24, 2007.


  • Submit 20 double-spaced pages of your fiction, nonfiction, or screenplay manuscript (for book-length projects, you must include a one-page synopsis of the work as a whole), or 10 pages of poetry. Make sure your name is on each page of your submission. NUMBER YOUR PAGES.
  • All prose submissions must be double-spaced with 12-point font, on 8 1/2x11" paper; poetry submissions should include no more than 1 poem per page.
  • Download and print the Critique Service Cover Sheet, which you may download from the "Online Registration" form listed on the right of this page. Mail it with two hard copies of your submissionto:

    North Carolina Writers' Network
    Fall Conference Critique Service
    PO Box 954
    Carrboro, NC 27510

  • Checklist: 2 copies of manuscript; check to cover Critique Service ($120). You must be registered for the Fall conference before we schedule your critique.
  • NOTE: If Critique Service fills, your check will be returned to you.

From the names below, select your first, second, and third choice. We will try to accommodate your first choice; if we cannot, we will select an appropriate Critiquer for you. You will be notified two weeks before the conference as to your assigned critiquer, and the time and location of your session.

Fall Conference CritiquersGenres
Joseph Bathanti Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
C. Michael Curtis Fiction
Quinn Dalton Fiction
Keith Flynn Poetry
Nathan Ross Freeman Screenplays, Plays
Louise Hawes Short Fiction, Young Adult Literature
Roy Jacobstein Poetry
Randall Kenan Fiction, Nonfiction
Sebastian Matthews Poetry, Creative Nonfiction
Laura Hart McKinny Screenplays
Sheryl Monks Fiction, Poetry
Robert Morgan Fiction, Nonfiction
Valerie Nieman Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
Pat Riviere-Seel Poetry



Faculty Books: Fall Conference 2007

Faculty MemberBooks
Tony Abbott The Three Great Secret Things
Publisher: Main Street Rag Publishing

Leaving Maggie
Publisher: Novello Festival Press

The Man
Publisher: Main Street Rag Publishing

Joseph Anderson The Light Within: a Travel Log of India
Publisher: Press 53

Joseph Bathanti The High Heart
Publisher: Eastern Washington University Press

Publisher: Novello Festival Press

Anson County
Publisher: Parkway Publishers

East Liberty
Publisher: Banks Channel Press

This Metal
St. Andrews College Press

Amy Knox Brown Three Versions of Truth
Publisher: Press 53

Pamela King Cable Southern Fried Women
Publisher: Spotlight Publishing

Elizabeth Cox The Slow Moon
Publisher: Random House

The Ragged Way People Fall Out of Love
Publisher: LSU Press (Voices of the South Series)

Night Talk
Publisher: St. Martins Press

Bargains in the Real World
Publisher: Random House

C. Michael Curtis Faith: Stories
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

God: Stories
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

Quinn Dalton Stories from the Afterlife
Publisher: Press 53

Bulletproof Girl
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Lyle Estill Biodiesel Power: the Passion, the People, and the Politics of the Next Renewable Fuel
Publisher: New Society Publishers

Keith Flynn The Rhythm Method, Razzmatazz and Memory: How To Make Your Poetry Swing
Publisher: Writer’s Digest Books

The Golden Ratio
Publisher: Iris Press

Dena Harris Lessons in Stalking: Adjusting to Life with Cats
Publisher: Spotlight Publishing

Louise Hawes Anteaters Don't Dream
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi

The Vanishing Point

Waiting for Christopher

Muti’s Necklace, The Oldest Story in the World

Marjorie Hudson Searching for Virginia Dare
Publisher: Press 53

Roy Jacobstein Fuchsia in Cambodia
Publisher: Northwestern University Press/TriQuarterly Books

A Form of Optimism
Publisher: Northwestern University Press/TriQuarterly Books

Publisher: Hollyridge Press, Invited Chapbook Series

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press

Blue Numbers, Red Life
Publisher: Harperprints

Susan Stafford Kelly The Last of Something
Publisher: Pegasus Books

Now You Know
Publisher: Pegasus Books

Mur Lafferty Tricks of the Podcasting Masters (co-authored with Rob Walch)
Publisher: Que

Sebastian Matthews We Generous
Publisher: Red Hen Press

In My Father's Footsteps
Publisher: Norton

Search Party: Collected Poems of William Matthews
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

Jill McCorkle Creatures of Habit
Publisher: Algonquin

Carolina Moon
Publisher: Algonquin

Ferris Beach
Publisher: Algonquin

Tending to Virginia
Publisher: Algonquin

July 7th
Publisher: Algonquin

The Cheerleader
Publisher: Algonquin

Robert Morgan This Rock
Publisher: Scribner

Gap Creek
Publisher: Scribner

The Truest Pleasure
Publisher: Algonquin

Brave Enemies: A Novel of the American Revolution
Publisher: Algonquin

Boone: A Biography
Publisher: Algonquin

The Strange Attractor: New and Selected Poems
Publisher: LSU Press

Topsoil Road: New Poems
Publisher: LSU Press

Lauren Mosko Novel and Short Story Writer's Market 2008
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

Poet's Market 2008
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

Write Brain Notebook
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

Valerie Nieman Wake, Wake, Wake
Publisher: Press 53

Publisher: West Virginia University Press

Penelope Niven Swimming Lessons
Publisher: Harcourt

Voices and Silences
Publisher: Proscenium/Limelight

Carl Sandburg: Adventures of a Poet
Publisher: Harcourt

Carl Sandburg: A Biography
Publisher: Eastern National Press

Jacqueline Ogburn The Bake Shop Ghost
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

The Magic Nesting Doll
Publisher: Dial Books

Al Perry Writing Alone and With Others, by PAT SCHNEIDER
Publisher: Oxford

Ron Rash Chemistry and Other Stories
Publisher: Picador

One Foot in Eden
Publisher: Picador

Saints at the River
Publisher: Picador

The World Made Straight
Publisher: Picador

Pat Riviere-Seel No Turning Back Now
Publisher: Finishing Line Press

Amy Rogers Hungry for Home (a cookbook)
Publisher: Novello Press

Red Pepper Fudge and Blue Ribbon Biscuits
Publisher: Down Home Press

Ed Southern The Jamestown Adventure: Accounts of the Virginia Colony, 1605-1614
Publisher: John F. Blair

Amy Tiemann Mojo Mom: Nurturing yourself While Raising a Family
Publisher: Spark Press

Kevin Watson You Can't Meet Jesus Wearing Sneakers and Other Stories from Morgan Grove
Publisher: Press 53

Carole Boston Weatherford Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom
Publisher: Jump at the Sun

Birmingham, 1963
Publisher: Wordsong

Jesse Owens
Publisher: Walker and Company

Freedom on the Menu
Publisher: Dial Books

Dear Mr. Rosenwald
Publisher: Scholastic

Remember the Bridge
Publisher: Philomel Books

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