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Elizabeth Daniels Squire Summer Writing Residency 2007

The 2007 Summer Residency is over, but we have left this information on the website so that you can refer to it as a model of our summer residency courses.

July 8 - 13, 2007
Peace College, Raleigh, NC

Workshops in Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and Amherst Method Writing

Evie Shockley
Evie Shockley

Bill Henderson
Bill Henderson

Sebastian Matthews
Sebastian Matthews

Carol Henderson
Carol Henderson

An affordable, intimate alternative to the large summer conferences, offered especially for North Carolina writers but open to writers nationwide. This year's Summer Writing Residency offers a much expanded program and great value, with exciting new faculty in diverse genres, afternoon craft lectures, evening readings, plus the opportunity for local area residents to commute to their workshops at a reduced cost.

Located on the cozy Peace College Campus, an oak-shaded oasis close to downtown Raleigh, the residency offers five days of writing life in a pleasant atmosphere of collegial support.

Mornings start with breakfast together, followed by an intensive manuscript workshop in the genre of your choice -- Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Amherst Method writing, or Poetry. This week-long workshop creates a community of common ground and a safe place to explore the art of refining and polishing your work, as well as opportunities to try something new.

Lunch is followed by a series of short craft talks from individual faculty, allowing participants rare insight into other genres of writing.

An afternoon break gives writers a leisurely writing period, or the chance to explore the nooks and crannies of the campus or the coffee bars and galleries of downtown Raleigh.

Evening brings writers together for dinner, following by readings from faculty and guest speakers, and time for informal gatherings.

Special Events

An opening night Welcome Dinner is followed by an orientation and informal gathering. Faculty readings, special guest readers, and an open mic round out the roster of formal evening events.

Location and Housing

Located in downtown Raleigh in an oasis of mature hardwoods, intimate greens, brick paths and historic buildings, Peace College has hosted the Summer Writing Residency since 2003.

On-campus housing is modest but comfortable. Dorm rooms are shared, two residents per room, and each room has a private bath shared with a neighboring room. Sharing a room is a great way to get to know another writer and network! A limited number of singles with shared bath are available at additional cost.


We recommend that you register early, reserving your spot with a $250 deposit. Workshops are small (limit 15) and they fill fast.

You may register online or by mail or phone. Your registration is not complete until you mail us two copies of your typed workshop manuscript (5 pp. poetry, 10 pp. doublespaced prose). If you do not mail in your workshop manuscript with registration, your workshop space may be taken by another registrant, so MAIL IN YOUR WORKSHOP MANUSCRIPT THE SAME DAY THAT YOU REGISTER.


Registrants who wish to commute daily from home may register at the commuter rate of $750. This rate includes lunch Monday - Thursday, workshop of your choice, all afternoon and evening programs and readings, and the welcome dinner on Sunday night.

Support for this residency provided by the NC Arts Council, the Oak Tree Fund of the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, Raleigh Arts Commission, Peace College, and Quail Ridge Books

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Faculty Biographies
Elizabeth Daniels Squire Summer Writing Residency 2007

The 2007 Summer Residency is over, but we have left this information on the website so that you can refer to it as a model of our summer residency courses.

We are especially proud of our expanded faculty roster this year, which features seasoned teachers whose writing and teaching are known both within and beyond the borders of North Carolina.

Evie Shockley Evie Shockley is the author of a half-red sea (2006) and The Gorgon Goddess (2001), both with Carolina Wren Press. Her poems have appeared widely in journals and anthologies, including Poetry Daily, Rainbow Darkness, Beloit Poetry Journal, HOW2, Carolina Quarterly, Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam, MiPOesias, and the forthcoming anthology The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South. She is a member of the Carolina African American Writers Collective, a Cave Canem fellow (1997-99), and was awarded a residency from the Hedgebrook retreat center for women writers in 2003. Shockley teaches literature and creative writing at Rutgers University.
Bill Henderson Bill Henderson studied with Nelson Algren and Kurt Vonnegut at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. A veteran of the classroom, he has taught fiction writing and screenwriting at both UNC and NCSU. As "William McCranor Henderson," he is author of the novel I Killed Hemingway, which was named a 1993 Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times. Prior to his writing career, he worked as a film editor, rock musician, radio producer, and freelance journalist. His "rock novel" Stark Raving Elvis was recently republished by Berkeley Books, along with his memoir of a real-life stint as an Elvis impersonator, I Elvis, Confessions of a Counterfeit King. He now works with students privately, in person, by teleconference, or on the Internet. Visit his website:
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, a recent finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Matthews teaches part-time at Warren Wilson College and edits Rivendell, a place-based literary journal. His poetry and prose has appeared in Atlantic Monthly, Georgia Review, New England Review, Poetry Daily, Poets & Writers, Seneca Review, The Sun, Tin House, and Virginia Quarterly Review, among others. Matthews was a recipient of a 2006 North Carolina Artist Grant.
Carol Henderson Carol Henderson divides her time between teaching writing workshops, coaching writers one-on-one, writing and illustrating her dream journal, and trying to finish two non-fiction books. USA Today wrote of her 2001 memoir, Losing Malcolm: A Mother's Journey Through Grief, "A redemptive memoir about losing a baby and learning how to live...short on new-age buzzwords, long on lessons learned from loss." Since the mid 1980's Carol has published widely in magazines and newspapers in the United States and Canada, including Woman's Day, the Utne Reader, and The Oxford American. She is an award-winning columnist with The Chapel Hill News. Henderson recognizes that writing can be a profound tool for self-discovery, creativity, and transformation. Her workshops focus on helping writers find their deepest material, truest voices, and best form for self-expression.


Elizabeth Daniels Squire Summer Writing Residency 2007

The 2007 Summer Residency is over, but we have left this information on the website so that you can refer to it as a model of our summer residency courses.

POETRY WORKSHOP: Inspiration and Crafting the Poem, with Evie Shockley
This workshop will encourage poets to identify and capitalize on their strengths, but also to step outside of their comfort zones and experiment with techniques and topics that are less familiar to them. I stress mutual respect and openness to critique in the workshop setting. We will read poems by each other and by more widely published poets with an eye to "stealing" inspiration (approaches, devices, structures, subjects) from their work. It is through reading poetry and trying new things that we grow as poets; my goal is to offer participants' poetic roots some new soil and fresh water.

FICTION WORKSHOP: Strategies and Winning Game Plans, with Bill Henderson
Writing isn't about slam dunks and home runs! Yet there are game-like principles that, when observed and followed, can help writers achieve more successful outcomes for their work. Fiction succeeds by capturing genuine interest, and guarding it carefully, on the way to a designated goal -- ultimate execution of the story's intended effect. In this workshop, beginning and experienced writers will read and critique each other's work with particular attention to character, story or chapter structure, and style, the three key elements of a winning game plan. We'll also pay attention to some classic strategies for taking any story "all the way" -- that is, from raw first blush all the way to the "red zone." This will be a hands-on workshop, so come prepared to write when needed-and turn your new insights into great story material. (P.S. Sports savvy not required!)

CREATIVE NONFICTION WORKSHOP: True Stories, with Sebastian Matthews
This class is designed for both beginning and advanced writers. In it, we will work with a variety of creative nonfiction forms, including personal essay and memoir. We will read and discuss published creative nonfiction, workshop each other's work and explore revision strategies. We will address issues of craft in new pieces and works in progress.

CREATIVE WRITING: From Revery to Revelation -- Freeing the Voices Within, with Carol Henderson
Based on the Amherst Writers and Artists method, this workshop is appropriate for all skill levels -- from the professional, looking to discover new creative sparks, to the beginner, eager to delve into the challenges of writing for the first time. Come prepared to write a lot. You�ll be surprised by the fresh and authentic stories you discover within yourself, and delighted with the creative synergy of the group. Since all our writing will be first draft, we�ll maintain that synergy by focusing on what works, what we remember, and what moves us. At the end of the week, some of us may have a few polished pieces to show -- but all of us will take home a trove of inspired new raw material.

Fees and Deadlines
Elizabeth Daniels Squire Summer Writing Residency 2007

The 2007 Summer Residency is over, but we have left this information on the website so that you can refer to it as a model of our summer residency courses.


  • $250 Deposit required with application. Balance due: May 15.
  • $850 - NCWN Member rate, double occupancy.
  • $950 - NCWN Member rate, single room with shared bath.
  • $750 - Member Commuter Rate: includes lunch
  • $850 - Nonmember Commuter Rate: includes lunch
  • $950 - Nonmember rate, double occupancy. (Nonmembers may join for $75 (adult) / $55 (student or senior) and be eligible for the member rate.)


  • Feb 15 - May 15 - Early Registration with Deposit and Application Manuscript
  • June 11 - Online Registration Closes


Required Manuscripts
Elizabeth Daniels Squire Summer Writing Residency 2007

The 2007 Summer Residency is over, but we have left this information on the website so that you can refer to it as a model of our summer residency courses.

You must send two copies of your workshop manuscript with your registration:

The manuscripts will allow us to be sure you are in the right workshop and to send your work to your faculty leader in advance.

You are responsible for bringing enough copies of your manuscript to the workshop. We will inform you of the size of your class in advance (up to 15).



In-Depth Manuscript Critique
Elizabeth Daniels Squire Summer Writing Residency 2007

The 2007 Summer Residency is over, but we have left this information on the website so that you can refer to it as a model of our summer residency courses.

A limited number of in-depth manuscript critiques are available from conference faculty on a first-come, first-serve basis. Faculty will read a longer manuscript in advance (20 pp prose, 10 pp poetry), then schedule a 30 minute meeting time with you during the conference week.

Fee: $120 per manuscript

In-Depth Critique Application Guidelines

  1. Critique Service is open to conference registrants only.
  2. 20 pages prose (double spaced); 10 pages poems (1 poem max. per page).
  3. Be sure to number your pages, put your name on each page, and write a brief letter stating any special requests or focus for the critique.

In-Depth Critique Application Steps

  1. Register for Summer Residency via web, phone, or mail.
  2. Print a copy of our In-Depth Critique Service Cover Sheet and fill out with your requested faculty name, or name your faculty selection on a cover sheet. Place the cover sheet on your manuscript.
  3. Send two copies of your manuscript for critique with a check for $120, made out to NCWN Critique, to: NCWN Summer Residency Critique, PO Box 954, Carrboro, NC 27510.
  4. Deadline: May 15, 2007.
  5. We will notify you if you have been accepted for critique.

Note: Don't forget to send a separate (shorter) manuscript sample for your class with your registration. 10 pp. prose, 5 pp. poetry. This is the manuscript that will be used in class critique. You may use the same material or different material for your in-depth faculty critique.

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