The North Carolina Writers’ Network plans to bring its Spring Conference back to UNC Greensboro on Saturday, April 20, and registration is now open.
North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame inductee Jill McCorkle, author of the new book Old Crimes, will keynote this year’s Spring Conference and lead the class “Assembly Required: Structuring Prose Work.”
Other classes include “Launching Your Book Into a World of Readers” with Mimi Herman, “In a Flash” with Hananah Zaheer, “Walk the Line” with Lex Orgera, “Writing the Young Adult Novel” with Victoria Wlosok, and many more.
The conference will take place in and around the MHRA Building and Curry Auditorium on Spring Garden Street. Registrants can choose from among four class offerings in both the morning and afternoon sessions, or apply for one of the three Master Classes that will take place over both sessions: “Elevating Life Into Art” (creative nonfiction) with Stephanie Elizondo Griest; “Smaller, Better” (fiction) with Halle Hill; or “Our ‘I’ and Our Dreams” (poetry) with Tyree Daye.
Each Master Class is open only to 10 well-qualified applicants, who are admitted on a rolling basis. (That means the class may fill prior to the deadline, so don’t wait until the last minute to apply.) Prior publication is not required, but applicants should be ready to handle the intensive instruction of the class.
The 2024 Spring Conference also will include popular features like Lunch with an Author and Slush Pile Live!, as well as exhibitors, faculty readings, and two rooms of open-mic readings.
Scholarship aid will be available to help deserving writers to attend the Spring Conference. In addition to general scholarships, More Seats Scholarships will be open for applications from writers from underserved communities.