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GREENSBORO—Belle Boggs, an NEA and NCAC fellowship recipient, will lead the Master Class in Nonfiction, "Writing with Urgency," at the North Carolina Writers' Network 2022 Spring Conference, Saturday, April 23, on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Conference registration is open.
Belle Boggs is the author of The Gulf: A Novel; The Art of Waiting: On Fertility, Medicine, and Motherhood; and Mattaponi Queen: Stories. The Art of Waiting was a finalist for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay and was named a best book of the year by Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, the Globe and Mail, Buzzfeed, and O, the Oprah Magazine. Mattaponi Queen, a collection of linked stories set along Virginia’s Mattaponi River, won the Bakeless Prize and the Library of Virginia Literary Award and was a finalist for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the Bread Loaf and Sewanee writers’ conferences. Her stories and essays have appeared in Orion, the Paris Review, Harper’s, Ecotone, the Atlantic, Newyorker.com, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. She is professor of English and director of the MFA program at NC State University.
Many writing teachers counsel us to save experiences we’re too close to for later—why not wait until you can get some distance and perspective? (I have given this advice myself!) But my experience writing about urgent personal and political issues has also taught me that developing a writing practice around contemporaneous note-taking, research, journaling, and interviews can be a way of producing work that feels urgent and alive. This nonfiction workshop will balance workshop discussion of short pieces with in-class planning for how to energize and sustain a longer nonfiction project. Our focus will be on using observation, research, interviews, and experience to create immersive work that is relevant and necessary.
Registrants must apply to be admitted into the Master Class; each registrant should be ready to handle the intensive instruction and atmosphere of the Master Class. For full application details and more, click here.
Spring Conference is a full day of courses and programming on the craft and business of writing, offering both on-site (in-person) and online sessions. North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame inductee Carole Boston Weatherford will give the Keynote Address. Other sessions that might interest creative nonfiction writers include "Look Closer: Writing about Objects" with Julia Ridley Smith and "The Group: How to Form Your Own Thriving Writing Workshop" with Duncan Murrell, both on-site.
The online track offers several options for writers in all genres. Online registrants also will be able to watch livestreams of the Keynote Address, Faculty Readings, and Slush Pile Live!, and participate in an online only Open Mic.
The nonprofit North Carolina Writers’ Network is the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to all writers, in all genres, at all stages of development. For additional information, visit www.ncwriters.org.
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GREENSBORO—The Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition, which honors a single poem, is now open for submissions.
The contest, sponsored by NCWN and administered by the MFA in Creative Writing at UNC-Greensboro, is open to any writer who is a legal resident of North Carolina or a member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network. Submissions should be one poem only (40-line limit), original, and previously unpublished (including on any website, blog, or social media).
The deadline is March 1, 2022. The winner will receive $200 and possible publication of their winning entry in storySouth.
The final judge of the 2022 Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition will be Maria Hummel.
Maria Hummel is a novelist and poet. Her books include Lesson in Red, a follow-up to Still Lives, a Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine pick, a Book of the Month Club pick, and BBC Culture Best Book of 2018; Motherland, a San Francisco Chronicle Book of the Year; and House and Fire, winner of the APR/Honickman Poetry Prize.
The winner of a Stegner Fellowship, Bread Loaf Fellowship, and Pushcart Prize, her other awards include a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize, the Penelope Niven Creative Nonfiction Award, and fellowships to Squaw Valley Writers’ Conference and Vermont Studio Center. She also taught creative writing at Stanford University for close to a decade and is now an associate professor at the University of Vermont. She lives in Vermont with her husband and sons.
The Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition accepts one-poem submissions and honors poet poet and critic Randall Jarrell, who taught at what is now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro for nearly 18 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.
The competition is administered by Terry L. Kennedy, 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."
The winner of the 2021 Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition was S.L. Cockerille of New Bern, for her poem "Aproned Literacy."
The full competition guidelines are listed below and can be found at www.ncwriters.org.
Eligibility and Guidelines
- 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:
- 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.
- Submit an electronic copy online at http://ncwriters.submittable.com, and pay by VISA or MasterCard.
- To submit as a Member of NCWN ($10), click here.
- To submit as a Non-Member of NCWN ($15), click here.
Terry L. Kennedy
MFA Writing Program
3302 MHRA Building
Greensboro, NC 27402-6170
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