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The Best Way to Thank Us

By Ed Southern, Executive Director
North Carolina Writers’ Network

Pre-Conference Tailgate at UNC-Charlotte

More than 200 of you came to our 2018 Fall Conference this past weekend, and we thank you for that.

Most of you 200 approached me, Charles, or Deonna during the conference—or sent us an e-mail afterwards—thanking us for a weekend that you found stimulating, if not downright inspiring: a weekend of classes, readings, performances, and fellowship. We thank you for that, too, because we work hard to give you that sort of Fall Conference, and we can’t tell you how much it means to us to know we’ve succeeded.

(But we can tell you how to make it mean just a little bit more.)

While we love it when you tell us how much you got out of the Fall Conference and your Network membership, we love it even more when you tell other people.

If you thought the Fall Conference was just what your writing needed, have you told all your writing friends?

If you think your Network membership is a valuable part of your creative journey, have you told your literary community?

We rely on you, our members, for our two biggest sources of income: member dues, and conference registrations.

We rely on you, too, to help us grow—by sharing with your fellow writers your excitement, the lessons you learned, the tips you picked up, the inspiration you found.

If you really want to thank us for a great Fall Conference, then please—please—share our website,, with all your writing friends, your critique groups, your book clubs. Encourage them to become Network members, or to give gift memberships to fellow writers for the holidays. Tell them to put Saturday, April 27, 2019, on their calendars, so they’re sure not to miss the Spring Conference.

Thank you for making our 2018 Fall Conference such an energetic place for a writer to be. Thank you for being a part of the North Carolina Writers’ Network. Thank you most of all for helping the Network serve even more writers, all across this state and beyond. We can’t wait to see you in the spring.


Ed Southern
Executive Director
North Carolina Writers’ Network