The UNCG MFA Writing Program will co-sponsor the North Carolina Writers’ Network spring conference, to be held in the MHRA Building and in the Curry Auditorium Saturday, April 22.
The book exhibition will open at 8:30 a.m. in the MHRA lobby. At 9 a.m. UNCG Professor Emeritus and former N.C. Poet Laureate Fred Chappell will give the keynote address in Curry Auditorium.
Throughout the day, the conference will offer masterclasses and presentations on the writing of fiction, nonfiction and poetry, as well as on publishing. MFA faculty member and writer Lee Zacharias and MFA program alumni writers Julie Funderburk, James Tate Hill and Steve Cushman are among the presenters.
Some sessions will offer attendees the opportunity to receive workshop-style critiques of their work. Writing should be submitted with registration, due April 16. With advance registration, conference attendees may also participate in “Lunch with an Author” sessions which include lunch.
At 4 p.m. there will be an open mic reading and at 5 p.m. a “Slush Pile Live!” session, in which authors can hear directly from magazine editors about what does or does not get published and why.
Free parking is available for conference attendees in the Oakland Avenue Parking Deck, courtesy of the MFA Writing Program at UNCG. See the conference website for registration instructions, the schedule and locations of sessions.
By Susan Kirby-Smith