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If you’re in town in time, and want to get your creative juices flowing before the Fall Conference starts, join outdoors writer Russell Worth Parker for a Writers’ Nature Walk at 12 noon on Friday, November 18.

Starting from the Holiday Inn Resort lobby, you’ll walk the beach and talk about how it changes minute by minute, how it is threatened, and how it protects us. Writers will find a lot to mine in the shifting sands.

The group will walk north for 20 minutes and then return to the hotel. While walking, Worth will offer talking points and prompts, which you can explore on paper—with others, or on your own—when you return to the conference hotel.

The Pre-Conference Tailgate is free and open to anyone with an interest in writing, whether they are registered for the Fall Conference or not.

Russell Worth Parker is a retired United States Marine turned writer. He lives in Wilmington with his wife and daughter. Worth writes for a wide array of publications including The New York Times, Garden and Gun, The Bitter Southerner, Backcountry Journal, Shooting Sportsman Magazine, Salvation South, and websites such as, where he is the Editor at Large. His first book as a credited writer, Always Faithful: A Story of the War in Afghanistan, the Fall of Kabul, and the Unshakable Bond Between a Marine and an Interpreter, was published by the William Morrow Imprint of Harper Collins in August 2022 and debuted on the Publishers’ Weekly Bestseller list. When not contemplating the complexities of arranging the same twenty-six letters in ways that will matter to other people, Worth reads, runs ultra-marathons, and seeks reasons to be outside. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado, The Florida State University College of Law, and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington Masters in Conflict Management and Resolution Program.