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Kids Klub Saturday; writing residence in July

Saturday, May 18, at 11 a.m. will be the final Kids Klub at Literary Bookpost until September. Author Renate Moore will sign her book, “A Frog In Grandma’s Cup.”
When Grandma Louise moves from the city to the country, she expects to be surrounded by the peace and beauty of nature. Her world is turned upside down when a frog jumps into her coffee cup. This is only the beginning of Grandma Louise’s adventures. One after the other, country creatures creep, crawl and slither her way. Not only do they disturb her quiet, country life, they also make her wonder if moving there was a good idea after all.
Will Grandma Louise give up her dream of living in the country and head back to the city? Will she see that challenges are often opportunities disguised as creepy, crawly and slithery creatures? In this story, even grandmas learn to try new things.
The 2013 Squire Summer Writing Residency will be July 11–14 on the campus of Western Carolina University in Cullowhee.
The residency is the N.C. Writers’ Network’s smallest and most intensive conference. Admission is limited to the first 50 registrants who sign up for one of three workshops:
• Poetry with Kathryn Stripling Byer, North Carolina’s first woman poet laureate. Byer has published six full-length collections of poetry, including “Descent,” her most recent. A re-print of her first, the award-winning “The Girl in the Midst of the Harvest,” is coming from Press 53. Her work has appeared in many journals and newspapers, including The Atlantic, Hudson Review, Boston Globe and Georgia Review.
• Fiction with Elizabeth Lutyens. Lutyens returned to her native North Carolina after a career in the Boston area as a journalist in print and television. Her novel-in-progress, “Medicine Island,” was a semi-finalist in the 2011 William Faulkner–Wisdom Competition. A faculty member of the Great Smokies Writing Program at UNC Asheville since 2006, she teaches its Prose Master Class and is editor-in-chief of its online literary magazine.
• Creative Nonfiction with Catherine Reid. Reid is the author of “Coyote: Seeking the Hunter in Our Midst” and “Falling into Place”; she has edited two anthologies and been editor of nonfiction for a literary journal. Her essays have appeared in such journals as Georgia Review, Massachusetts Review and more. She is the director of creative writing at Warren Wilson College, where she specializes in literary nonfiction and environmental writing.
The residency will begin on Thursday evening, July 11, with registration and check-in. Workshops begin on July 12, and continue until the early afternoon of July 14. The residency will also feature panel discussions and readings by faculty and attendees.
Registrants also will have meals together and have the option of staying overnight in on-campus accommodations.
Registration for the 2013 Squire Summer Writing Residency is open now on www.ncwriters.org.

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