NC Writers’ Network Writingest State Online Conference 2020
North Carolina Writers' Network presents its Writingest State Online Conference 2020, a five-day festival for writers held online November 10th through 14th. The festival features classes and conversations on the craft and business of writing, as well as a keynote address by North Carolina Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green, a Pre-Conference Tailgate, a Prompt Party to get creative juices flowing, online Open Mic readings, Happy Hour virtual gatherings, and an Agents & Editors panel discussion. The registration deadline is November 9th.
Streamed Reading: Trustus Playwrights’ Festival Winner Down In The Holler
Trustus Theatre has named Down In The Holler by Val Dunn the winner of the 2020 Trustus Playwrights’ Festival, an annual national playwrighting competition founded by the theater in 1988. This story introduces Juniper and her wonderful partner Blake as they prepare for a perfect getaway at their cabin in the Shenandoah Valley. That perfection is quickly tested when Juniper's ex arrives unannounced. As Juniper attempts to exorcise her pursuit of passion and maintain the stable life she's created with Blake, Down In The Holler witnesses a collision of class and queerness, ultimately asking how we reconcile who we were and who we thought we would become. A reading of the winning script will be live-streamed September 26th at 2 p.m. at trustus.org.
Deb Richardson-Moore Virtual Book Talk
Fiction Addiction Bookstore presents a virtual book talk by Greenville author Deb Richardson-Moore, discussing her newest work: Murder, Forgotten. Each ticket includes access to the live online book talk; a signed copy of Murder, Forgotten while supplies last; and access to a replay for 48 hours after the live event. The talk begins at 6 p.m. September 17th. Tickets are available until September 15th at noon.
The talk will be hosted at https://www.crowdcast.io/. You can watch through your browser (no software download required) or the mobile app. Ticket holders will be sent the event link two days in advance.
“Arts Across America” Broadcast Series
Over 200 artists will be featured in “Arts Across America,” a curated series broadcast by the Kennedy Center. Through free digital performances, the project showcases diverse, visionary artists who play leadership roles in their communities, exemplify unique regional artistic styles, and frequently use their medium as a tool for advocacy and social justice. Arts Across America will be available on Facebook Live, YouTube, and the Kennedy Center website, five days a week at 4 p.m. Eastern Time, through December 11th.
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Jill McCorkle Virtual Book Talk
Fiction Addiction in Greenville hosts a virtual book talk with New York Times bestselling author Jill McCorkle, to discuss her soon to be released novel, Hieroglyphics. Your ticket includes access to the live webinar, July 23rd at 7pm Eastern, and a hard cover copy of the book. Tickets can be purchased (and/or refunded) through July 21st at noon.
Short Story & Poetry Competitions – Readings and Awards
The Arts Council of York County will host an awards ceremony and readings for its 17th Annual Literary Competition, highlighting the best in short stories and poetry from across the Southeast United States; and its 9th Annual Youth Literary Competition, highlighting the best in short stories and poetry by students enrolled in K-12 programs from across York County, South Carolina. The event is scheduled for November 5th, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM, at the Center for the Arts in Rock Hill. Sponsored by the Perihelion Book Club.
Arts Council of York County Literary Competitions
The Arts Council of York County invites submissions for the 17th Annual Literary Competition, highlighting the best in short stories and poetry from across the Southeastern United States, and the 9th Annual Youth Literary Competition, highlighting the best in short stories and poetry by students enrolled in K-12 programs across York County, S.C. Entry deadline for both competitions is August 28.
Newberry Made – an Exhibition of Local Artists
The Old Newberry Hotel will host Newberry Made - an Exhibition of Local Artists April 17-19. Showcasing the arts in all its many facets, Newberry Made will celebrate the creative works of artists living or working in Newberry County. In doing so, it will show the scope and diversity of the artist community in Newberry and hopefully encourage the creative impulse in all of us.
“Delicious Reads” Author Event in Spartanburg
The Hub City Writers Project hosts its third annual Delicious Reads event, featuring 20 authors of recently-published books. This author-in-the-round dessert dining experience provides an elegant but relaxed setting for 120 guests to engage in an afternoon of lively conversation about all things literary, March 15th at the Marriott AC Hotel in Spartanburg.
NC Writers’ Network 2020 Spring Conference
The North Carolina Writers' Network 2020 Spring Conference offers intensive workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction; as well as publisher exhibits, "Lunch With an Author," readings, an open mic, and the annual "Slush Pile Live!" This year's faculty includes poets Stuart Dischell, Jennie Malboeuf, and Timothy O'Keefe; fiction writers Xhenet Aliu, Jorge D. Cortese, Quinn Dalton, and Lynn York; and creative nonfiction writers Randal O'Wain, Cameron Kent, Bridgette A. Lacy, and Aimee Mepham. The Keynote Celebration will feature members of the Carolina African-American Writers' Collective. The Conference takes place April 18th at the MHRA Building, on the campus of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. (Note: Early registration rates available until 9:00 am April 13th.)