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Changes Coming to Yahoo! Groups

While the results have yet to be tabulated from the survey we sent out last week, asking all you writers how you use tech, one thing is clear: a whole lot of you use Facebook Groups to build your literary communities. While we didn’t ask about Yahoo!, their group functionality was one of the first […]

PEN America Launches NC-Based Chapter

This fall, PEN America established six new regional chapters in the United States. Founded in 1922, the esteemed organization has traditionally been associated with the coasts, operating offices in Los Angeles, New York City, and Washington, D.C. Now, chapters have launched in: Austin, Texas Birmingham, Alabama Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas Detroit, Michigan The Piedmont Region of […]

Gerald Barrax, RIP

Beloved author, teacher, and North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame inductee Gerald Barrax died Saturday in Raleigh. He was 86. Barrax was struck by a vehicle while crossing the street. The driver has been charged. Winner of the 2009 North Carolina Award for Literature, the state’s highest civilian honor, Barrax was nominated for the Pulitzer […]

Maggie Zwilling Retires from CCCC after Nearly Fifteen Years

By Steve Underwood The Central Carolina Community College Continuing Education Creative Writing Program Advisory Committee and the Chatham-Lee Counties region of the North Carolina Writers’ Network would like to recognize, and celebrate, the contributions of Ms. Maggie Zwilling for her work in developing and expanding creative writing opportunities for hundreds of students. Maggie has been […]

Tomorrow Is Giving Tuesday, but You Can Give Anytime

If you came to our Fall Conference—or you’ve just been paying attention—then you can guess why I felt a recent urge to re-read Charles Frazier’s debut novel, Cold Mountain. One of the best reasons to re-read a book is to see what sticks this time, and wonder why. Last week, I was struck by a […]

Saturday Is Small Business Saturday

Saturday, November 30, is “Small Business Saturday,” a great time to remember your independent bookstores and small presses (and authors!) as you hunt for gifts for your loved ones. Small Business Saturday is held annually following Black Friday, the Friday after Thanksgiving, considered one of the busiest shopping days of the year. American Express established […]

National Book Award Winners Announced

The National Book Foundation has announced the winners of the 2019 National Book Award: YOUNG PEOPLE’S LITERATURE   TRANSLATED LITERATURE                     POETRY   NONFICTION FICTION

NCWN at NC Rural Assembly This Week

If you’re heading to the North Carolina Rural Assembly this week, in Raleigh, be sure to swing through the exhibit hall and stop by our table. Ed Southern, Executive Director of the North Carolina Writers’ Network, will lead the breakout session “(Re)Writing the Rural Narrative” at 3:30 pm on Thursday, November 21. Other special guests […]

Find the Best Writing Degree Program for You

If you or someone in your family is looking to enter a professional field that requires excellent writing skills—be it as an editor, a journalist, a published novelist, or anything else you can dream up—a degree program may be your next, best step. Wouldn’t it be nice to have some help choosing the best program? […]

Marty Silverthorne, RIP

It was with great sadness that we learned the news of Marty Silverthorne’s passing on November 7. Marty was a poet, a champion of writers, and a longtime friend of the North Carolina Writers’ Network who was around for the Network’s inception in 1985. Marty (1957-2019) was the author of seven poetry chapbooks, including Naming […]