There’s still time to register!Everyone dreams of moving to the beach and becoming a writer. For one weekend in June, you can! UNCW’s nationally recognized Department of Creative Writing is pleased to present the second annual Summer Writers Conference, June 20-22.
Join us for three days of workshops, discussions and readings, as well as a dramatic keynote address highlighting one of the year’s greatest literary success stories. Wilmington’s own Jason Mott will serve as fiction workshop leader and keynote speaker. An award-winning poet with two books in print, Jason Mott is also the author of the international bestseller novel The Returned. The Returned was optioned by Brad Pitt’s production company, Plan B, and adapted for prime-time television by ABC under the title Resurrection. Starring Omar Epps and Frances Fisher, Resurrection is currently one of the highest rated dramas on network television, and has been renewed for a second season.
The conference will be hosted by UNCW’s nationally recognized Creative Writing program. Other workshop leaders will include Michael White, award-winning poet and memoirist and Chair of UNCW’s Department of Creative Writing, and Dana Sachs, bestselling memoirist and novelist. You can also opt to have a manuscript critique with Whiting Award winner Hannah Dela Cruz Abrams.
This conference will be geared to serve aspiring writers at all levels. Panels and critiques will help writers plan, develop, revise, and publish original works in their choice of genres.
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Learn more about workshop course descriptions and roundtable discussion topics
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There’s still time to register!

Everyone dreams of moving to the beach and becoming a writer. For one weekend in June, you can! UNCW’s nationally recognized Department of Creative Writing is pleased to present the second annual Summer Writers Conference, June 20-22.

Join us for three days of workshops, discussions and readings, as well as a dramatic keynote address highlighting one of the year’s greatest literary success stories. Wilmington’s own Jason Mott will serve as fiction workshop leader and keynote speaker. An award-winning poet with two books in print, Jason Mott is also the author of the international bestseller novel The Returned. The Returned was optioned by Brad Pitt’s production company, Plan B, and adapted for prime-time television by ABC under the title Resurrection. Starring Omar Epps and Frances Fisher, Resurrection is currently one of the highest rated dramas on network television, and has been renewed for a second season.

The conference will be hosted by UNCW’s nationally recognized Creative Writing program. Other workshop leaders will include Michael White, award-winning poet and memoirist and Chair of UNCW’s Department of Creative Writing, and Dana Sachs, bestselling memoirist and novelist. You can also opt to have a manuscript critique with Whiting Award winner Hannah Dela Cruz Abrams.

This conference will be geared to serve aspiring writers at all levels. Panels and critiques will help writers plan, develop, revise, and publish original works in their choice of genres.

Learn more about our workshop and roundtable leaders

Learn more about workshop course descriptions and roundtable discussion topics

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A big week for Lookout Books and especially for Mr. Ben Miller, author of last year’s debut memoir River Bend Chronicle, which has just been shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing ($5,000). The award recognizes newly published works of both fiction and nonfiction in honor of the Saroyan literary legacy of originality, vitality, and stylistic innovation. Bravo, Ben. Can you hear our cheers in NYC? https://library.stanford.edu/projects/william-saroyan-international-prize-writing/press-releases/press-release-2014-shortlist

Hope Edelman Visiting Writer Creative Nonfiction Workshop

The Visiting Writer Creative Nonfiction workshop with Hope Edelman this Spring was invigorating and insightful.  It was an absolute pleasure to observe Hope’s unique approach to teaching Creative Nonfiction. I look forward to the opportunity to work with many more visiting writers here at UNCW in my MFA career!  

Hope’s commanding presence, her high-caliber professionalism and knowledgeable instruction all made for a fantastic experience.  My peers and I mourned the loss of the “too-short” class almost as soon as it had started – it was over in a flash, four weeks felt like the fast bonds that sleep-away camp forge. The concentrated month-long structure, combined with Hope’s unique teaching style provided an enriching and memorable workshop. 

The class was run in a typical workshop format, veering slightly off the beaten path by first focusing on identifying overall themes of each piece being workshopped and listing them on the whiteboard. This original approach to map themes as a jumping-off point for discussion was effective to help shape the author’s intentions for the piece.  Further, the theme “brainstorm” provided a dynamic platform to delve into how the work spoke to each individual reader – and what could be improved.  Each classmate I spoke to looked forward to this part of workshop, as each theme provided acute and valuable insight to reader reaction. 

 Hope also took the opportunity to pepper class time with “mini-lectures” on structure and craft.  Topics covered included the following: how to hit the sweet spot of exposition vs. reflection, when to deploy the personal essay form vs. memoir, how to distinctly define the “narrator” in creative nonfiction and temporal narration. These mini-lectures greatly enhanced the class time from just a plain-jane workshop to a multilayered, robust learning experience.

 The professionalism and poise of how the class was run was noted by me and my peers. Hope was extremely prompt and conveyed a “no-nonsense” but fair attitude – no class time was ever wasted.  She was an active, attentive listener and answered all our questions on our work in a thoughtful, encouraging manner.  Further, Hope communicated often and effectively through email, was thorough in her expectations for the course, and upheld her stellar standards for workshop etiquette. All in all, the professional polish that she exhibited was a power of example for all of us.  

 The only downside was the brevity of the course – she expressed that she wished she were here for a whole semester to get to know us and our work.  I, for one, was inspired by Hope Edelman’s extremely valuable approach to teaching creative nonfiction, and I look forward to the possibility of a future workshop where UNCW and Hope’s paths cross again.

—Beth Roddy
1st-Year MFA Student