A Day for Writers 2019

A Day for Writers 2019 
Jackson County Public Library 
in the Courthouse Annex, Sylva, NC
Sponsored by NCWN-West 
The Jackson County Public Library 

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019. Time: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Keynote Speaker -- C. Hope Clark

 1: Why No Two Authors Can Market Alike – Learn how to capitalize on your strengths to market, instead of following in the shadows of others. . . and maybe getting it wrong.
 2: Ten Tips to Make Your Novel Better – While we all know “show don’t tell, there are more, clearer tips to improve your book-length material. Hear C. Hope Clark discuss how she’s published ten novels and learned how to make each one better than the last.


Well known throughout the writing industry, C. Hope Clark founded Funds for Writers two decades ago when she could not find what she wanted for her own writing career. Today, she is editor of FundsforWriters, an award-winning author of two mystery series, and is an active freelance entrepreneur. 

She, her motivational voice and writer-support-message, appear often at conferences, nonprofit galas, book clubs, libraries, and writers’ groups across the country. 

With her knowledge, she offers HOPE to writers in their endeavors, using her up-beat voice to encourage them to reconsider how and why multiple income streams aid a writing career.

The 35,000 readers of her newsletter love her, as do the thousands who read her Carolina Slade Mysteries and Edisto Island Mysteries. 

Joseph Bathanti - Former poet Laureate of North Carolina 2012 - 2014

1. Writing the Longer Narrative Poem
This session will focus on writing longer poems that tell stories through utilizing classic conventions of fiction such as dialogue, plot, conflict, characterization, setting/place, etc., while still relying heavily on key elements of poetry such as compressed, often impressionistic, language; rhythm; stylized line and stanza breaks; and attention to sound. We’ll strive to balance the image-charged voltage of poetry with traditionally discursive narrative strategies of fiction and creative nonfiction, focusing on the occasion of the poem, and the dramatic situation that inspired it. Participants will be provided with examples of narrative poems aimed at triggering the narrative impulse.

2. Writing the Artefactual Poem
This is essentially a session in Ekphrasis (in this case ekphrastic poetry), "a vivid description of a scene or, more commonly, a work of art” – as defined by The Poetry Foundation. But, for the purposes of this session, I’d like to broaden the definition of what we’ll engage in, in order to accommodate other texts apart from what we think of as typical works of art. In Literary Theory, a text is any object that can be read, whether this object is a work of literature, photograph (typically written about in ekphrastic poems), clothing, a matchbook, postcard, film, even a baseball glove, or wristwatch, you name it – since all these texts embody stories, conjure language specific to them, and are often tied to memory and/or place. To demystify the above: This session will focus on writing about an artefact(s)/object(s) to which one has deep personal connections, not only describing/representing it, but also charting autobiographical associations with it – the multi-layered story it triggers and embodies. how one is influenced and informed, even obsessed, by it.

Joseph Bathanti is former Poet Laureate of North Carolina (2012-14) and recipient of the 2016 North Carolina Award in Literature. He is the author of ten books of poetry, including Concertina (Mercer University Press, 2014), winner of the 2014 Roanoke Chowan Prize; and, his most recent volume, The 13th Sunday after Pentecost (LSU Press, 2016).
He is the author of four books of fiction, including The Life of the World to Come (University of South Carolina Press, 2014), and two books of nonfiction. Bathanti is McFarlane Family Distinguished Professor of Interdisciplinary Education. He is Writer-in-Residence of Appalachian State University’s Watauga Residential College, in Boone, NC.
https://today.appstate.edu/2018/05/02/bathanti &https://today.appstate.edu/2016/02/19/joseph-bathanti-6.

David Joy - novelist

David Joy is the author of the Edgar nominated novel Where All Light Tends To Go (Putnam, 2015), as well as the novels The Weight Of This World (Putnam, 2017) and The Line That Held Us (Putnam, 2018). He is also the author of the memoir Growing Gills: A Fly Fisherman's Journey (Bright Mountain Books, 2011), which was a finalist for the Reed Environmental Writing Award and the Ragan Old North State Award. Joy is the recipient of an artist fellowship from the North Carolina Arts Council. His latest short stories and essays have appeared in Time, The New York Times Magazine, Garden & Gun, and The Bitter Southerner. Joy lives in the North Carolina mountains.
Karen Paul Holmes - Poet
Images, Metaphors, Similes
We’ll look at some great examples of how poets leave a lasting impression on their readers using these elements of craft. Prompts will inspire you to start a new poem or two, and editing tips will bring new life to your work. Bring paper and pen or laptop. 

Karen Paul Holmes has two full-length poetry collections, No Such Thing as Distance (Terrapin, 2018) and Untying the Knot (Aldrich, 2014). She was chosen a Best Emerging Poet by Stay Thirsty Media and appeared in their 2019 collection of 22 poets including Billy Collins and Robert Pinsky. Her poems have been in Prairie Schooner, Valparaiso Review, Tar River Poetry, Poet Lore, and many more journals and anthologies. Holmes hosts The Side Door Poets in Atlanta and Writers’ Night Out in Blairsville, GA. She also teaches at John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC and other venues.    
with Katie Winkler and Pat Vestal

The play's the thing! Come to this session, led by two experienced dramatists, to learn about writing ten-minute plays while watching one, or maybe even participating. Also included will be discussions of plot and character development as well as production and marketing of this increasingly popular short dramatic form. No play-writing experience necessary. All are welcome! 
Katie Winkler - 

Author Katie Winkler has taught English composition and British literature as an adjunct and full-time professor for over 23 years at Blue Ridge Community College. During that time, she has been active with the college's drama department as a writer, actor, and director. Her latest full-length play, Battered: A Play about Domestic Violence Inspired by Robert Browning’s “The Ring and the Book, premiered in April.  She is an active member of the Dramatists Guild of America and serves on the board of the North Carolina Writers’ Network.

Patricia Vestal 
Patricia Vestal has taught play-writing at the college level and in workshops she developed as Literary Manager of an Orlando theater group. Pat, a member of the Dramatists Guild and the NC Writers Network for which she is former co-Henderson County representative, holds an MA in Drama from NYU, Tisch School of the Arts. She recently developed and presented a play-writing workshop with Katie Winkler at Blue Ridge Community College BookFest.  Her plays were done off-off Broadway and on NYC TV. Pat’s ten-minute play GPS has had several staged readings in Western NC.  A new play by Pat and a co-author is beginning the workshop process. She also writes prose and is working on a trilogy of science-fiction novellas. 

Carol Crawford - www.carolcrawfordediting.com 

Before You Submit
Ask yourself the right questions about your book, and you will be able to see its strengths and the places it needs work. Discover how to overcome common mistakes that blur your storyline and muddy your language. This workshop will discuss habits and writing methods that will help you stand back, see your work more clearly, and send a better manuscript out the door.  
Carol Crawford

Carol Crawford is the editor and owner of carolcrawfordediting.com. Carol has been teaching creative writing for two decades. She is the author of The Habit of Mercy, Poems about Daughters and Mothers, and has been published in the Southern Humanities Review, Appalachian Heritage, the Concho River Review, the Chattahoochee Review, and the Journal of Kentucky Studies among others. Carol has been program coordinator for the annual Blue Ridge Writers’ Conference since its inception in 1996 and loves all things literary: bookstores, poetry, word puzzles, and libraries.

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