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N.C. Writers’ Network Conference Nov. 21-23

North Carolina Writers’ Network 2014 Fall Conference will be Nov. 21-23 at the Sheraton Charlotte Hotel. Registration is now open at www.ncwriters.org.

Allan Gurganus, author of the New York Times bestselling novel, “Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All,” and, most recently, “Local Souls,” will give the keynote address. Born in Rocky Mount, Gurganus is a Guggenheim Fellow, a PEN-Faulkner finalist, and the recipient of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

The Master Class in Poetry will be lead by Morri Creech, whose third collection of poems, “The Sleep of Reason,” is a 2014 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Poetry. He is the Writer-in-Residence at Queens University of Charlotte, where he teaches courses in both the undergraduate creative writing program and in the low residency MFA program.

Aaron Gwyn will lead the Master Class in Fiction. Gwyn, an associate professor of English at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, is the author of a story collection and two novels, including, most recently, “Wynne’s War.”

Cynthia Lewis will lead the Master Class in Creative Nonfiction. She has taught at Davidson College since 1980 and is the Charles A. Dana Professor of English. Her creative nonfiction includes both reportage on American culture and personal narrative, and she has published essays on such topics as serial bomber Eric Rudolph, premeditated spousal murder, American women bodybuilders, women’s love of shoes and kissing.

From Saturday’s “Brilliant at Breakfast” panel discussion titled “Words in Civic Life” to Sunday’s panel discussion “Creating a Poetry Community,” the 2014 conference offers opportunities for writers of all levels and experience to build their own communities and support networks and have fun. Wilton Barnhardt, author of the novel “Lookaway, Lookaway,” will speak during the Network Banquet on Saturday night and lead a fiction workshop.

Other fiction workshops will be led by Chantel Acevedo, Sarah Creech, Moira Crone and A.J. Hartley, who will focus on young adult fiction.

Joseph Bathanti, North Carolina’s seventh Poet Laureate, will read during the luncheon on Saturday. He fronts a lineup of faculty poets including Julie Funderburk, Cedric Tillman and Alan Michael Parker whose poetry collection, “Long Division,” won the 2012 NC Book Award.

Registrants curious about how the publishing industry works can attend the “The Art of the Pitch,” led by Carin Siegfried and Betsy Thorpe. Priscilla Goudreau-Santos will teach “Crafting Your Message: Beginning an Interactive Publicity Campaign,” while Kim Boykin, John Hartness and Karon Luddy will sit on a panel titled “The Many Paths to Publication.” Amy Rogers will teach “Food Writing.” Rebecca McClanahan will lead the all-genre “Making Their Stories Your Own” and Zelda Lockhart will lead the all-genre “The Mirror Exercise: Producing a Whole Short Work in Less Than an Hour.” Scott Owens and Jonathan K. Rice, both hosts of monthly open mic events, will discuss “How to Build a Poetry Community.”

As always, the Manuscript Mart, Marketing Mart and Critique Service are available to those who pre-register. And the network will again offer the Mary Belle Campbell Scholarship, which sends two poets who teach full-time to the Fall Conference.

Pre-registration closes Friday, Nov. 14.

For additional information, visit www.ncwriters.org.

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