The North Carolina Writers’ Network (NCWN) and UNC-Greensboro’s MFA in Creative Writing Program will present their 2022 Spring Conference on Saturday, April 23 at the UNCG Moore Humanities and Research Administration (MHRA) building, 1111 Spring Garden St. , in Greensboro, and the Curry Auditorium next door. The event is open to anyone interested in the creative writing process, be it fiction, non-fiction, books and novels, screenplays and/or poetry. On-site conference registration is $100 (members) and $150 (non-members); registration for the online conference is $75 (members) and $125 (non-members), and registration closes at noon, April 18.
This is the first time NCWN has offered screenwriting programs and scholarships, specifically for screenwriters during the spring conference. This is also the first in-person spring conference since April 2019.
The faculty for this year’s spring conference includes Michele T. Berger, an acclaimed teacher, writer, and poet who is currently a trustee of the NCWN Board of Trustees and president-elect of the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association; Belle Boggs, author of books such as The Gulf: a novel about fertility, medicine and motherhoodand Mattaponi Queen: Stories, and professor of English and director of the MFA program at NC State University; Charmaine Cadeau, English teacher at High Point University and counselor for Apogee Magazineincluding the latest book, skytale, was handmade with support from JackPine Press; Jamie Chambliss, a graduate of Wake Forest University with a master’s degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and currently an agent at Folio Literary Management; Mary M. Dalton, professor of communication at Wake Forest University where she teaches courses emphasizing critical media studies and screenwriting; Stuart Dischell, author of books such as Evenings & Avenues, Dig safe, days backand Route of Good Hopea selection of national poetry series, as well as the next The Watchman; Emmy Award-winning writer and producer Joy Goodwin (Black Nativity, May in Summerand the next My beauty, and chair of the graduate program in screenwriting at the UNCSA School of the Arts in Winston-Salem; Caleb Johnson, who teaches writing at Appalachian State University and author of the acclaimed novel Treeborne; Charlie Lovett, playwright and podcast host In the writer’s studioand New York Times bestselling author of The Bookman’s Tale, escape from Dreamland, and other novels; Travis Mulhauser, author of the acclaimed novel nice girl and Greetings from Cutler County: News and Stories, who received his MFA in fiction from UNC-Greensboro; Laura Mullen, also a teacher at Wake Forest University and a famous poet whose recent works have been featured in Fence, together in sudden strangenessand Improving American Poetry; Duncan Murrell, who directed the writing program at Duke University’s Center for Literature Studies, is editor of Harper’s Magazine and The Oxford American, and the founder (along with Algonquin Books alumnus Chuck Adams) of CraftBook Editorial; Derek Palacio, whose works include The mortifications, how to shake the other man, and the little storySugar canewho teaches in the MFA program at UNC Greensboro; Philadelphia native Maegan Poland teaches creative writing and composition at Drexel University and whose short story collection, What makes you think you’re awake?, which was published last year by Blair Press and selected by Carmen Maria Machado to win the Bakwin Prize; Rachel Priest, associate editor at The bitter southerner and formerly a writer and editor at The reds and blacks cultural office; writer and book designer Meg Reid, who holds a master’s degree in nonfiction from UNC-Wilmington and director of Hub City Press in Spartanburg, SC; novelist poet and musician Steven Sherrill, whose works include The Minotaur takes a cigarette break and Joy, PA; Julia Ridley Smith, who teaches fiction writing at UNC Chapel Hill, where she is the 2021-22 Kenan guest writer, whose memoir The sum of trifles was published by University of Georgia Press last year; and Carole Boston Weatherford, who made her literary debut with June 19 Jamboree in 1995 and whose books have received three Caldecott Honors, two NAACP Image Awards, an SCBWI Golden Kite Award and a Coretta Scott King Author Honor, to name a few.
For more information and a full schedule of events, visit Spring Conference 2022 (Greensbor https://www.ncwriters.org/index.php/programs-and-services/conferences/12593-sc22o) (ncwriters.org).