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Get Your Youth Writing this Summer

Is your child showing some interest in creative writing? Well, god help them. Seriously though, if so, there are many writing camps for youth and teens this summer happening all over North Carolina. We’ve listed a few below that seemingly still have open spots available! DUKE YOUNG WRITERS CAMP (Durham) Grades 6-11 Three sessions, June […]

Happy Trails to Ben Steelman!

Happy trails to Ben Steelman, who is retiring from the Wilmington StarNews after more than forty years. His last day is Friday, July 5. Steelman is the book columnist and longtime staff reporter. He started at the paper in 1977. There’s almost nothing we can say that isn’t said better in this inspiring profile by […]

CALL TO ACTION: $0 from Senate- $1M from House- ACT NOW

Oh, for Kerr Scott’s sake . . . $0? Seriously? The ghost of Terry Sanford is going to come back and haunt this state, we don’t start acting right. Y’all know what to do. Sad to say, we’ve gotten a lot of practice at it, these last several years. Call and write your state senators […]

Redbud Writing Project to Serve Triangle

Many thanks to our board president, Shervon Cassim, who just let us know that two graduates of NC State’s MFA program–Emily Cataneo and Arshia Simkin—have started the Redbud Writing Project, a writing school for creative writers and are offering workshops in the Triangle area (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and surrounding metro areas). The Redbud Writing […]

The Little Library in Rich Square

We’re approaching the one-year anniversary of the Little Library opening in Rich Square. To celebrate, we thought we’d share with you the press release from our friend Cal Bryant, editor of Roanoke-Chowan Publications. Enjoy!   RICH SQUARE – In an effort to bring books to the citizens of Rich Square and the surrounding area, “Braxton’s […]

RIP Tony Horwitz

Pulitzer-Prize winning author Tony Horwitz died this week, at age 60. He was on book tour for his latest work, Spying on the South: An Odyssey Across the American Divide. A longtime staffwriter at The New Yorker, Horwitz is arguably best known for Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War, his nonfiction […]

Tea: a Literary Appreciation

I sort of appreciate it when authors take a moment to describe food and beverages. Being a fan of refreshments myself, I find it comforting when the characters I’m reading about also need to accomplish basic human tasks such as eating, drinking, sleeping, going to work, etc. Good Life Tea recently wrote a blog post […]

Jaki Shelton Green Receives Caldwell Award

The North Carolina Humanities Council has awarded Jaki Shelton Green the 2019 John Tyler Campbell Award for the Humanities, the council’s highest honor. The Caldwell Award will recognize Green for her lifelong achievements as a teacher, humanities advocate and ambassador for poetry and the spoken word in North Carolina. Jaki Shelton Green is the current […]

RIP Leon Hinton

Longtime NCWN member Leon Hinton, of Burlington, passed away on Monday, May 20. He was 92. According to Mamie Potter, Leon was “instrumental in getting the Network started and [was] part of the conferences” going back to the 1980s. From his obituary in Burlington’s Times-News: Mr. Hinton recently published a book entitled Soap Box. He […]

CALL TO ACTION: Contact your NC Senator about the House Budget 

By Ed Southern, Executive Director,  NCWN Our friends at ARTS North Carolina have issued this Call to Action: The NC House of Representatives have approved their budget for the 2019-2021 Biennium and sent it to the Senate for consideration. As the Senate works through their budget, we want you to be aware of arts related funding […]