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Schedule At-A-Glance

Friday, November 18

12 PM                                     Pre-Conference Tailgate

3 – 9:30 PM                            Registration & Book Sales Open

5 – 9:30 PM                            Exhibit Tables Open

7 – 8 PM                                 Opening Reception

8 – 9 PM                                 Keynote Address by Jason Mott

9 – 9:30 PM                            Jason Mott Book Signing


Saturday, November 19

7:30 am – 9:00 am…………Continental Breakfast Available
7:30 am – 7:30 pm……Registration, Book Sales, & Exhibit Tables Open
8:00 – 9:00 am…………All Stories Connect panel discussion with Writers for Democratic Action

9:00 am – 10:30 am……Session I

Setting the Scene (all-genre) with Wiley Cash
Breed a Needle: Revision as Composition (poetry) with Melissa Crowe
Literary Magazine and Contest Submission Secrets and Skills with Margaret Bauer
The Warp and the Woof: Creative Nonfiction Master Class with Hannah Dela Cruz Abrams
Fiction Master Class with Sayantani Dasgupta
Beautiful Cacophony: Poetry Master Class with Anna Lena Phillips Bell
Manuscript Mart with KaToya Ellis Fleming, Zoe Aline Howard, Mary Alice Stewart, and Pam Van Dyk

10:30 – 11:00 am………..Break
11:00 am – 12:30 pm…..Session II

The Fundamentals of Building a Novel with Jason Mott
Form Is a Verb Too: On Empowering the Formal Imagination in Poetry with Dan Albergotti
He Did What?: Translating Actions into Words (all-genre) with Ed Southern
Creative Nonfiction Master Class with Hannah Dela Cruz Abrams (cont.)
Fiction Master Class with Sayantani Dasgupta (cont.)
Poetry Master Class with Anna Lena Phillips Bell (cont.)
Manuscript Mart*

12:30 – 1:30 pm………Luncheon with Celia Rivenbark

1:30 – 2:00 pm………..Network Town Hall Meeting
2:00 – 2:30 pm………..Break
2:30 – 4:00 pm…..Session III

A Key Ingredient: Integrating Research into Your Writing (all-genre) with Dana Sachs
The Moment of Change: Writing Transformative Poetry with Amber Flora Thomas
Write Like an Editor with KaToya Ellis Fleming
Creative Nonfiction Master Class with Hannah Dela Cruz Abrams (cont.)
Fiction Master Class with Sayantani Dasgupta (cont.)
Poetry Master Class with Anna Lena Phillips Bell (cont.)
Manuscript Mart*

4:00 – 4:30 pm……Break
4:30 – 5:30 pm……Faculty Readings 
6:00 – 7:00 pm……Happy Hour
7:00 – 8:00 pm……Network Banquet featuring “North Carolina in Words, Pictures, & Music” with Bland & Ann Cary Simpson
8:00 – 9:00 pm……Open Mic Readings


Sunday, November 20

7:30 – 9:00 am………….Continental Breakfast available
7:30 am – 1:00 pm…….Registration, Book Sales, & Exhibit Tables Open
8:00 – 9:00 am………….Brilliant at Breakfast Panel Discussion: Agents & Editors

9:00 am – 10:30 am…….Session IV

Writing Fiction—Especially the Novel with Clyde Edgerton
Genesis and Revision: The Evolution of a Poem with Mark Cox
Writing Stories that Are Hard to Read (all genre) with Philip Gerard
Preparing for Your Debut Book with Emily Louise Smith
Manuscript Mart*

10:30 – 11:00 am…………Break
11:00 am – 12:30 pm……Session V

Writing Opening Pages that Hook Your Readers…And Never Let Them Go (fiction) with Emily Colin
Escape from Pompeii: How to Write While the World Around You Burns (poetry) with Gabrielle Freeman
Cross-Country Flights and Hollywood Nights: Narrative Nonfiction and Journalism for Major Media Outlets with Brandon Sneed
Working with Independent Bookstores: Becoming a Part of the Community with Nicki Leone
Manuscript Mart*

12:30 – 1:00 pm………….Closing Conversation


*by prior registration only