A Day for Writers 2019

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

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

Keynote Speaker -- C. Hope Clark

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. 

Karen Paul Holmes - Poet

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 as a Best Emerging Poet in 2016 by Stay Thirsty Media. Publications include Prairie Schooner, Valparaiso Review, Tar River Poetry, diode, Poet Lore, and other journals and anthologiesHolmes hosts The Side Door Poets in Atlanta and Writers’ Night Out in the Blue Ridge Mountains. She’s a freelance business writer and teaches creative writing workshops.    http://KarenPaulHolmes.com

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.

Joseph Bathanti - Former poet Laureate of North Carolina 2012 - 2014
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 & Writer-in-Residence of Appalachian State University’s Watauga Residential College, in Boone, NC.

Katie Winkler - Playwright 

Author Katie Winkler has taught English composition and British literature as an adjunct and full-time professor for over 23 years at the Blue Ridge Community College. 
Previous productions of her work include the musical A Carolina Story, a literary adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and the one-act comedy Green Room. She is an active member of the Dramatists Guild of America and is a recently named trustee on the board of the North Carolina Writers’ Network.

April 11-14, the Theatre Department at Blue Ridge Community College in FlatRock, North Carolina, presents the world premiere of Katie Winkler’s drama, Battered: A Play about Domestic Violence Inspired by Robert Browning’s “The Ring and the Book.”

More information about the conference will be forthcoming later.

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