Friday, November 3

12:00 pm………..Pre-Conference Tailgate: Writing from Place: A Poetry (or Prose) Walk with Anna Lena Phillips Bell
3:00 – 10:00 pm………..Registration open
5:00 – 9:00 pm…………..Exhibitor Tables open
5:00 – 10:00 pm………….Book Sales open
6:00 – 8:00 pm………….Writers Week Closing/Fall Conference Opening Reception (Sponsored by the UNCW MFA in Creative Writing)
8:00 – 9:00 pm………….Keynote Address by Wiley Cash
9:00 – 10:00 pm………..Wiley Cash Book Signing (Sponsored by The Arts Council of Wilmington / New Hanover County)

Saturday, November 4

7:30 – 9:00 am…………Continental Breakfast available
7:30 am – 7:30 pm……Registration and Exhibitor Tables open
8:00 am – 7:30 pm…….Book Sales open
8:00 – 9:00 am…………All Stories Connect: The NCHC Linda Flowers Literary Award and the Importance of Story to Understanding with Hannah Dela Cruz Abrams, Krista Bremer, Marian Fragola, and the winner of the 2017 Linda Flowers Literary Award (Sponsored by Coastal Carolina University)

9:00 am – 10:30 am……Session I

“The Art of Novel Writing” (fiction) with Michele Young-Stone
“Myth & Modern Magical Thinking for Mere Mortals” with Catherine Woodard
“Understanding the Editorial Process” with Beth Staples
“Creative Nonfiction Master Class: The Power of Voice” with Wendy Brenner
“Fiction Master Class: The Heart of the Matter” with Nina de Gramont
“Poetry Master Class: The ‘What It Is’ and the Unteachable Lesson: On Form in Free Verse and the Search for Metaphor” with Dan Albergotti
Manuscript Mart/Critique Service*

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

“The Experimental and the Exquisite: A Generative Nonfiction Workshop” with Hannah Dela Cruz Abrams
“Charting Your Path to Publication: Tips, Techniques, and Lessons for Writers” with Michele T. Berger
“Object, List, & Place Poems” with Peter Makuck
“Creative Nonfiction Master Class: The Power of Voice” with Wendy Brenner (Cont.)
“Fiction Master Class: The Heart of the Matter” with Nina de Gramont (Cont.)
“Poetry Master Class: The ‘What It Is’ and the Unteachable Lesson: On Form in Free Verse and the Search for Metaphor” with Dan Albergotti (Cont.)
Manuscript Mart/Critique Service*

12:30 – 1:30 pm………Luncheon celebrating 50 Years of the North Carolina Arts Council with Secretary Susi H. Hamilton, North Carolina Department of Natural & Cultural Resources

1:45 – 2:15 pm………..Network Town Hall Meeting
2:15 – 2:30 pm………..Break
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm…..Session III

“Such a Character” (fiction) with Jason Mott
“The Art of Creative Research” with Philip Gerard
“Writing the Query Letter that Sells!” with Malaga Baldi
“Creative Nonfiction Master Class: The Power of Voice” with Wendy Brenner (Cont.)
“Fiction Master Class: The Heart of the Matter” with Nina de Gramont (Cont.)
“Poetry Master Class: The ‘What It Is’ and the Unteachable Lesson: On Form in Free Verse and the Search for Metaphor” with Dan Albergotti (Cont.)
Manuscript Mart/Critique Service*

4:00 – 4:30 pm……Break
4:30 – 5:30 pm……Faculty Readings (Sponsored by WHQR Public Radio 91.3 FM)
6:00 – 7:00 pm……Happy Hour (Sponsored by Alice Osborn: Editor/Book Coach/Author)
7:00 – 8:00 pm……Network Banquet featuring Dev T. Smith and CreativeNC
8:30 – 9:30 pm….Open Mic Readings (Sign up at registration table) (Sponsored by Al Manning)

Sunday, November 5

7:30 – 9:00 am………….Continental Breakfast available
7:30 am – 1:00 pm…….Registration and Exhibitor Tables open
8:00 – 1:00 pm………….Book Sales open
8:00 – 9:00 am………….Brilliant at Breakfast Panel Discussion: “Agents and Editors” with Malaga Baldi, Jaime Coyne, Christopher Rhodes, and Emily Louise Smith

9:00 am – 10:30 am…….Session IV

“Writing the Short Personal Essay” with Robert Wallace
“Fine Lines” with Melissa Crowe
“Good Guys, Bad Guys, and Plot Twists: Developing a Mystery” with Thomas Kies
“Panel: Finding Readers through Lit Mags” with Terry L. Kennedy, Robin Miura, and Ross White
Manuscript Mart/Critique Service*

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

“The Writing Life: Strategies for Being an Artist in the Real World” or “How to Make the Writing Life Happen” with Deonna Kelli Sayed
“Booksellers and Authors: Building Partnerships that Last” with Nicki Leone
“The Ordinary Extraordinary” (poetry) with Michael White
“Screenwriting 101” with Jason Mott
Manuscript Mart/Critique Service*

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

*by prior registration only

 

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