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An Update on NCWN 2020 Fall Conference

NCWN 2019 Fall Conference, © Gabriel Swinney
WINSTON-SALEM—We will gather together in literary community again, someday.

That day just won’t come this fall.

The staff and board of the North Carolina Writers’ Network has decided to cancel this year’s Fall Conference, scheduled for November in Durham.

Instead, we will offer the Writingest State Online Conference, a virtual alternative, November 10—14.

We aim to offer our next Fall Conference, still in Durham, in November 2021.

The amount of planning and preparation that the Fall Conference requires forced us to make a decision sooner, rather than later. Though we want to be optimistic, none of the information available to us now—about the rate of infections, the state of current treatments, and the timetable for a cure or vaccine—suggests that gathering more than 200 writers in a hotel will be a safe or responsible course of action.

We look forward, with great and aching longing, to the day when we can pack as many of North Carolina’s writers—along with all our attendant angst, anxiety, and ambition—as we can into a single place. We look forward to sharing inspiration and encouragement, excellence and opportunity and community, again, together, face to face.

Until we can do so safely, though, we will continue to offer that community through internet connections, staying apart but not alone.

We will open registration for the Writingest State Online Conference by early September, and will have full details about it in your fall newsletter and on We hope you will join us then, from wherever you are.