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Redbud Writing Project to Host Pre-Conference Tailgate

Arshia Simkin
RALEIGH—The Redbud Writing Project will host the Pre-Conference Tailgate before the North Carolina Writers’ Network 2021 Fall Conference. Led by Redbud co-founder Arshia Simkin, the Pre-Conference Tailgate will get participants’ creative juices flowing before conference registration opens later that day. The Pre-Conference Tailgate is free; no pre-registration required.

Arshia Simkin was born in Pakistan and spent the first six years of her life there. She grew up in Arlington, Virginia and currently lives in Raleigh with her husband. A former lawyer, she is a graduate of the North Carolina State University MFA program in creative writing and the co-founder of the Redbud Writing Project, a creative writing organization that teaches workshops in the Triangle. Her writing has appeared in Crazyhorse; she was one of three winners of the 2020 CRAFT Flash Fiction contest; and received honorable mention in NC State’s James Hurt Prize for fiction. In her spare time, she enjoys playing badminton and water coloring.

Here are the details:

Friday, November 19, 12:00 pm
The Redbud Writing Project
719 N. Person St.
Ralegh, NC 27604

There is limited parking available on-site; public parking lots a few blocks away, near the museum campus; and on-street paid parking nearby.

The Redbud Writing Project is the Research Triangle’s only adult education writing school. The Redbud Writing Project offers six-week courses online, at bookstores and community spaces around the Triangle, and at their headquarters. They want their workshops to feel open and inviting—places where students feel supported and excited to write, share, and revise. They are guided by the principles of empathy, compassion and candor: they seek to approach each story with an open mind and an eye toward understanding the writer’s intentions, ultimately helping the author write the story they want to tell.

Fall Conference attracts hundreds of writers from around the country and provides a weekend full of activities that include lunch and dinner banquets with readings, keynotes, tracks in several genres, open mic sessions, and the opportunity for one-on-one manuscript critiques with editors or agents. North Carolina Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green will give the Keynote Address. Inspirational, all-genre classes include “Getting Back into the Writing Groove” with Heather Bell Adams, sponsored by; “The Power of Mindset for Your Writing Life” with Michele T. Berger; and “The Art of Work” with L.C. Fiore.

Conference registration is not required to attend the Pre-Conference Tailgate.

Register for the NCWN 2021 Fall Conference here.

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