GREENSBORO—The North Carolina Writers’ Network 2022 Spring Conference happens Saturday, April 23, on-site on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and online. If you’ve already registered, thank you! If not, registration closes Monday, April 18. There will be no day-of registration this year.
2020 NC Literary Hall of Fame inductee Carole Boston Weatherford will give the Keynote Address. Registrants will be treated to a a full day of classes, workshops, readings, and community.
The on-site conference will take place at UNC Greensboro, in and around the MHRA Building and Curry Auditorium. On-site registrants can choose from among five 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.
The on-site conference also will offer craft classes on poetry with Charmaine Cadeau Ward (right) and Stuart Dischell; on prose with Caleb Johnson, Travis Mulhauser, and Julia Ridley Smith; and on screenwriting with Joy Goodwin and Mary M. Dalton.
Other classes include “Query an Agent About Querying Agents” with Jamie Chambliss of Folio Literary Management, “Presenting Your Book” with New York Times bestselling author Charlie Lovett, and “The Group: How to Form Your Own Thriving Writing Workshop” with writer and editor Duncan Murrell (below).
The online conference will include livestreams of Carole Boston Weatherford’s keynote address and other general sessions, an Online Picnic hosted by author and NCWN trustee Michele T. Berger, and two sessions of exclusive online-only classes: on publishing with Hub City Press director Meg Reid; on pitching story ideas with The Bitter Southerner assistant editor Rachel Priest; on the flux of the writing process with acclaimed novelist (and occasional banjoist) Steven Sherrill; and on craft with award-winning writer Maegan Poland.
“We’re excited to bring writers together again,” said NCWN Executive Director Ed Southern, “whether they’re joining us online or on-site. The Spring Conference will be a chance to pursue excellence, opportunity, and community, however you participate.”
For the on-site Spring Conference, all appropriate and possible safety protocols will be in place, including masking while indoors (with no exceptions), proof-of-vaccination required of all participants, and as much distancing as the venue will allow.
“We also will encourage faculty to lead their classes outdoors, if feasible,” Southern said, “and to keep their fingers crossed for good weather.”
The NCWN 2022 Spring Conference is made possible with support from the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Chambers Life; Regal House Publishing; Written Word Media; and the general operating support of the North Carolina Arts Council.
Registration and more details on the 2022 Spring Conference are available at www.ncwriters.org.