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NCWN Wants Not Needs campaign

For the last three years the North Carolina Writers’ Network—like most organizations (and people)—has had to focus on its needs.

This spring, though, the Network is going to pay attention to its wants for a change.

“We weathered COVID, moving our programs online and back, doing whatever we needed to do,” NCWN Executive Director Ed Southern said. “Now we want to start doing what we want to do.”

This week the Network is launching its Wants Not Needs campaign, seeking the funds to support new or long-delayed projects:

  • Launch the COVID-postponed 1 in 100 Campaign, which seeks in the short term to gain a Network member in each of NC’s 100 counties, but in the long term to better support rural writers;
  • Re-start Prison Writers Outreach, connecting incarcerated writers with Network members for feedback and encouragement;
  • Expand the reimagined Highway 64: The NCWN Journal to include more, and more substantial, essays on the craft, business, and community of writing;
  • Increase the Network’s advocacy for free expression and the literary virtues.

“We want to be ambitious,” Southern said. “We want to dream.”

The NCWN is a 501(c)(3) organization, so all donations are tax-deductible. Gifts can be made online or by checks made out to NCWN and mailed to P.O. Box 21591, Winston-Salem, NC, 27120.