Friday, November 19

12:00 pm………..Pre-Conference Tailgate with Arshia Simkin
 (Location: Redbud Writing Project, 719 N. Person St., Raleigh, 27604) 
Sponsored by Redbud Writing Project
*Please note, writers may attend the Pre-Conference Tailgate without registering for NCWN’s 2021 Fall Conference. This event is free and open to the public.

3:00 – 9:30 pm………..Registration and Book Sales open
5:00 – 9:30 pm…………..Exhibitor Tables open
7:00 – 8:00 pm………….Opening Reception (Sponsored by Alice Osborn: Author/Editor/Book Coach)
8:00 – 9:00 pm………….Keynote Address by Jaki Shelton Green (Sponsored by NC Humanities)
9:00 – 9:30 pm………..Jaki Shelton Green Book Signing

 

Saturday, November 20

7:30 – 9:00 am…………Continental Breakfast available
7:30 am – 7:00 pm……Registration, Book Sales, and Exhibitor Tables open
8:00 – 9:00 am…………All Stories Connect panel discussion
“From Lore to Lit and Back Again” with the NC Folklife Institute

9:00 am – 10:30 am……Session I

Getting Back into the Writing Groove (all genre) with Heather Bell Adams—Online Option (Sponsored by Freedom.to)
Dealing with Ghosts (poetry) with Han VanderHart
Writing Scripted Audio with Tamara Kissane
To Tell the Truth (creative nonfiction) with Cat Warren—Online Option
Creative Nonfiction Master Class: Writing the Artful Memoir with Marianne Gingher
Fiction Master Class: Get Out Your Jungle Red Fingernails, or How to Write Your Way Off the Plateau of Mediocrity with Mesha Maren
Poetry Master Class: Entering ‘The Cave of One’s Self’ with Tyree Daye
Manuscript Mart/Critique Service*

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

Adaptation (all genre) with Daniel Wallace—Online Option
Re-writing the Eye: A People’s Look at Ekphrastic with Fred Joiner
How to Give Your Characters Voice (fiction) with Barbara Claypole White
How to Get Paid Without Anyone Getting Hurt with Alice Osborn—Online Option
Creative Nonfiction Master Class: Writing the Artful Memoir with Marianne Gingher (Cont.)
Fiction Master Class: Get Out Your Jungle Red Fingernails, or How to Write Your Way Off the Plateau of Mediocrity with Mesha Maren (Cont.)
Poetry Master Class: Entering ‘The Cave of One’s Self with Tyree Daye (Cont.)
Manuscript Mart/Critique Service*

12:30 – 1:30 pm………Luncheon, “Community Journalism” panel discussion wirh Kyle Villemain of The Assembly, Cierra Brown Hinton of Scalawag, and Sara Pequeno of The News & Observer in Raleigh (Sponsored by PEN America)

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

The Art of Work (all genre) with LC Fiore—Online Option
A World of Words: The Stories All around Us with Dasan Ahanu 
“I Want to Start with an Earthquake and Build to a Climax” (playwriting) with Ian Finley
For Love and Money: Business Professionalism for Writers with Karin Wiberg—Online Option 
Creative Nonfiction Master Class: Writing the Artful Memoir with Marianne Gingher (Cont.)
Fiction Master Class: Get Out Your Jungle Red Fingernails, or How to Write Your Way Off the Plateau of Mediocrity with Mesha Maren
Poetry Master Class: Entering ‘The Cave of One’s Self with Tyree Daye (Cont.)
Manuscript Mart/Critique Service*

4:00 – 4:30 pm……Break
4:30 – 5:30 pm……Faculty Readings 
6:00 – 7:00 pm……Happy Hour (Sponsored by Blair)
7:00 – 8:00 pm……Network Almost-Annual Banquet
8:00 – 9:00 pm……Open Mic Readings (Sign up at registration table) 

 

Sunday, November 21

7:30 – 9:00 am………….Continental Breakfast available
7:30 am – 1:00 pm…….Registration, Book Sales and Exhibitor Tables open
8:00 – 9:00 am………….Brilliant at Breakfast Panel Discussion: “Agents and Editors” (Sponsored by The Piedmont Laureate Program)

9:00 am – 10:30 am…….Session IV

The Art of the Interview (all genre) with Georgann Eubanks and Donna Campbell—Online Option (Sponsored by UNC Press)
Poetry Nap: Relax Your Way to Great with Mimi Herman
Conjuring Magic in Fiction with Karen Tucker
Nerd Cool 101: Making Your Book Shine Online with Ellen C. Bush and Phillip Loken—Online Option (Sponsored by UNC Press)
Manuscript Mart/Critique Service*

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

The Power of Mindset for Your Writing Life with Michele T. Berger—Online Option
Creative Nonfiction 101 with David Menconi
So You Want to Write a Children’s Book? with Kelly Starling Lyons
Pathways to Publishing: Know ALL Your Options with Tracy Crow—Online Option
Manuscript Mart/Critique Service*

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

 

*by prior registration only