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Introducing the Fall Conference Exhibitors: Part IV

Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve been introducing the exhibitors who will join us on-site at the North Carolina Writers’ Network 2019 Fall Conference, November 8-10, at the Doubletree by Hilton Asheville-Biltmore.

Pre-registration ends November 1.

If you missed previous installments, you can catch up here: Part I | Part II | Part III

And bringing us home, last but certainly not least:

North Carolina Writers’ Network Regional Reps (
One exhibitor table at Fall Conference will be devoted to the Regional Representatives of the North Carolina Writers’ Network. NCWN hosts monthly, free literary events through our Regional and County Representatives in fifty-one counties in North Carolina plus one each in Georgia and South Carolina. Come to the table to find information about ongoing events in an county near you! This is a great way to meet local writers and find your support network closer to home. You’re bound to leave Fall Conference excited to get back to your writing, and our regional groups are one way we keep that inspiration flowing between conferences. (This exhibit table also will serve as a Welcome Station for first-time conferencegogers and new members!) For a full listing of our regional reps, click here.

Orison Books (
Orison [“or-É™-sÉ™n”] is an archaic word that means “prayer.” Orison Books beleives that the best spiritual art and literature call us to meditate and contemplate, rather than asking us to adopt any ideology or set of propositions. The kind of work they seek to publish has a transcendent aesthetic effect on the reader, and reading it can itself be a spiritual experience. Orison Books seeks to be broad, inclusive, and open to perspectives spanning the spectrum of spiritual and religious thought, ethnicity, gender identity, and sexual orientation. Orison Books will serve as a home for writers and readers of all backgrounds, religious or non-religious. In addition to publishing exceptional spiritually engaged poetry, fiction, and nonfiction books, they publish The Orison Anthology, an annual collection of the best spiritual writing in all genres published in periodicals during the preceding year. They are open to anthology submisisons year ’round. The Orison Prizes in Poetry & Fiction, for book-length manuscripts, opens December 1. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and visit them on the web.

Press 53 (
Press 53 has been finding and sharing remarkable voices in poetry and short fiction since October, 2005, having published more than 200 titles that have earned more than seventy awards. Press 53 has published poetry and short fiction collections by authors from thirty-five states, including six state poets laureate. In 2011, Press 53 established Prime Number Magazine, a free online journal of distinctive poetry and short fiction. The Press 53 Award for Short Fiction is now open for submissions. New titles include the poetry collections Slavery and Freedom on Paul’s Hill by NC Literary Hall of Fame inductee and former NC poet laureate Shelby Stephenson and Play Me a Revolution by Lindsey Royce; as well as The Lightness of Water & Other Stories by Rhonda Browning White, winner of the 2019 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction; and Bleachers: Fifty-Four Linked Fictions by Joseph Mills. Learn more at; like them on Facebook; and follow them on Twitter.

Smoky Mountain Living (
Smoky Mountain Living is a magazine dedicated to the history, culture, beauty, outdoors and arts of the Southern Appalachian mountains. SML covers the Southern Appalachians and celebrates the area’s environmental riches, its people, culture, music, arts, history, and special places. Each issue brings the Appalachians to life. Published six times each year, SML is a magazine for those who want to learn more about where they live and those who want to stay in touch with where they love. SML’s office is located in historic downtown Waynesville. Smoky Mountain Living is sponsoring Sunday morning’s breakfast panel, “Agents & Editors.” Follow them on Facebook and Twitter and visit them on the web,

The Thomas Wolfe MFA in Creative Writing Program at Lenoir-Rhyne University (
The Thomas Wolfe MFA in Creative Writing Program at Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Master of Arts in Writing is designed to prepare students for careers in creative writing, the teaching of writing, and/or the development of advanced writing skills as a powerful tool within one’s chosen profession. In addition to fundamental courses in rhetorical theory, editing, and publishing, students participate in a journey of discovery–exploring the evolution of a literary genre through reading select works. Students engage scholarship in literature, narrative theory, and creative process development to prepare to be the storytellers and story interpreters in professional and cultural environments. The program is directed by Laura Hope-Gill, former Poet Laureate of the Blue Ridge Parkway, who will lead the session “Write with the Wolfe—a Poetry/Prose Poetry Rebellion.” The program also is the sponsor of Friday night’s Welcome Reception. Be sure to visit their website.

The University of Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program (
The University of Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program is a Blue Ridge Level sponsor of the North Carolina Writers’ Network 2019 Fall Conference. A joint effort between the UNC Asheville departments of English, Creative Writing, and the Asheville Graduate Center, the program offers opportunities for writers of all levels to join a supportive learning community in which their skills and talents can be explored, practiced, and forged under the careful eye of professional writers. The program is committed to providing the community with affordable university-level classes led by published writers and experienced teachers. Each course carries academic credit awarded through UNC Asheville. Several faculty members will lead sessions at the NCWN 2019 Fall Conference, including Meta Commerse (“Story Medicine 2.0”); Christine Hale (“Power Up the Truth You Tell: 5 Techniques for Realizing the Creative Potential of Your Nonfiction”); NCWN trustee Tommy Hays (“If You’re Afraid to Write about It, Write about It”); and Heather Newton (“Thievery, Loss and Scars: A Fiction Workshop”). Follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and visit them on the web.

Pre-registration for the North Carolina Writers’ Network 2019 Fall Conference ends Friday, November 1. Register now.