Wordsmiths converge on Wrightsville Beach

by Cole Dittmer
Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Seminars on all aspects of writing, from personal editing to marketing a manuscript, will be among the topics covered at the annual North Carolina Writer’s Network fall conference. 

Held during the weekend of Nov. 15-17 at the Holiday Inn Resort on Wrightsville Beach, the network’s fall conference draws more than 200 writers of all ages and skill levels, said NCWN communications director Charles Fiore. 

“Part of our mission as the North Carolina Writer’s Network is to serve writers across our state,” Fiore said. “Our writer’s conference is one of the largest in the country.”

The conference will have a half-day of programming both Friday and Sunday with a full day’s schedule of discussions, workshops and seminars on Saturday covering the issues of writing, publishing and marketing. 

Leading those discussions will be a collection of accomplished North Carolina writers who have connections to the Cape Fear Region like Clyde Edgerton, Philip Gerard, Emily Colin and Virginia Holman, Fiore said.

“North Carolina is a very generous state in terms of writers who are generous with their time, knowledge and wisdom,” he said. “It is a tight-knit community and most of these authors I know who have achieved a certain amount of recognition are happy to come.”

Wilmington author and editor Addy Robinson McCulloch will co-host a discussion on self-editing with Elizabeth King Humphrey and said the NCWN conferences serve as both a writing skills workshop and a marketing tool for emerging writers. 

“It builds networking support with people to share ideas and concerns with,” McCulloch said. “This year’s conference staff is really stellar. It is wonderful that all of these really talented folks are making themselves available to writers throughout the state who would not have the opportunity to learn from them otherwise.”

Sessions like the marketing mart will allow writers to workshop their manuscripts with publishing professionals like Michelle Brower of Folio Literary Management in New York City. Fiore said Brower represents eastern North Carolina writer Jason Mott, whose book, “The Returned,” has been picked up for TV syndication by ABC as “Resurrection.” The two met at a NCWN conference.  

“Publication is a possible byproduct of these meetings at the conference and it would be a happy ending, but we really encourage registrants to view it as an opportunity to learn from someone who is in the business day in and day out,” he said. 

No matter what their expectations, Fiore said most of the attendees would discover a new network of colleagues at the conference. 

“It really recharges the batteries as far as one’s writing goes because you are suddenly there with everyone around you serious about writing,” Fiore said. “For someone who doesn’t have a support community of writers this conference is huge because they realize, ‘Whoa, there are all these other people out there who are spending enormous amounts of time alone behind their desks writing and I am not crazy.’”

For more information, visit www.ncwriters.org 

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