The North Carolina Writersâ€™ Network 2017 Fall Conference runs November 3-5 at the Holiday Inn Resort in Wrightsville Beach.
Published since 1992 by East Carolina University and the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association, the North Carolina Literary Review facilitates the annual Doris Betts Fiction Prize for the North Carolina Writers’ Network and sponsors the annual James Applewhite Poetry Prize. The most-recent issue (#26!) includes poetry by North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame inductees Kathryn Stripling Byer, Fred Chappell, and Robert Morgan; fiction by Michael Parker; and an essay by NC Arts Council Fellow Trace Ramsey, who won the 2016 Alex Albright Creative Nonfiction Prize, also sponsored by NCLR. A copy of NCLR’s 25th anniversary issue will be among the raffle prizes given away on the Saturday night of Fall Conference.
The North Carolina Poetry Society was founded in 1932. With more than 350 members from North Carolina and beyond, NCPS is an all-volunteer organization devoted to poets and lovers of poetry. The Poetry Society holds regular meetings four times a year in Southern Pines at the Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities. In addition, NCPS sponsors annual contests for adults and students, which offer cash prizes and award certificates; the annual Poet Laureate Award, judged by the stateâ€™s poet laureate; the annual Brockman-Campbell Book Award, recognizing the best book published by a North Carolina poet; and the annual Lena M. Shull Book Award, selecting for publication the best full-length unpublished poetry manuscript by a poet living in North Carolina, where the wining manuscript is published by St. Andrews University Press, and the winning poet leads a workshop and gives a reading at Poetry Day Hickory in April. In 2003, the NCPS Board of Trustees approved the establishment of the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Series, where three distinguished North Carolina poets are selected annually to mentor student poets in the eastern, central, and western regions of the state. Now in its 7th year, this program is thriving as a significant expansion of NCPS outreach.
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The North Carolina Writers’ Network 2017 Fall Conference features sessions and master classes in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as lectures and panels on editing, publishing, and screenwriting. The faculty includes poets Dan Albergotti, Peter Makuck, and Michael White; fiction writers Nina de Gramont, Jason Mott, and Michele Young-Stone; and creative nonfiction writers Wendy Brenner, Hannah Dela Cruz Abrams, and Philip Gerard. Wiley Cash will give the Keynote Address. Susi H. Hamilton, secretary of the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, will be the featured guest on Saturday night when we celebrate 50 years of the NC Arts Council. Cost varies and scholarships are available.
Pre-registration is open through October 27: www..ncwriters.org.