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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

NCWN Fall Conference

The 2017 North Carolina Writers’ Network Fall Conference will be held from November 3 to November 5 at the Holiday Inn Resort in Wrightsville Beach. The conference features sessions and master classes in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as lectures and panels on editing, publishing, and screenwriting. The faculty includes poets Dan Albergotti, Peter Makuck, and Michael White; fiction writers Nina de Gramont, Jason Mott, and Michele Young-Stone; and creative nonfiction writers Wendy Brenner, Hannah Dela Cruz Abrams, and Philip Gerard. Wiley Cash will give the Keynote Address. Susi H. Hamilton, secretary of the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, will be the featured guest on Saturday night when we celebrate 50 years of the NC Arts Council. Cost varies and scholarships are available. Pre-register before October 27www.ncwriters.org.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Writers' Network Open Mic

On Wednesday, Oct 11, The North Carolina Writers' Network will host their second online Open Mic.

Go to the NCWN website ncwriters.org for more information, and to register,


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Poetry Contest

NINTH ANNUAL POETRY CONTEST

Rules:  Open to any NCWN member residing in Chatham or Lee Counties, or to any member of the Pittsboro Writers' Morning Out.

Any style, any genre on the theme "Halloween".  Length not to exceed 40 lines, single spaced in 12 point type.

Submit as an email attachment (.doc, .docx, .rtf) Include name and contact info in the message.  Name must not appear on the poem.

Winning entry will be published on this blog (pittsboro-wmo.blogspot.com) and will be read at our November meeting.

DEADLINE: Tuesday, Oct. 31.  Submit to Al Manning at amanningusa@gmail.com

Friday, August 4, 2017

UFF Contest winner


JUST DO IT
By: William Polf

"Wait,” she said.
“Why?” the man next to her asked.
“Just wait.”
He paused, his arms at his side. “When, then?”
“Not yet.”  
His wrist itched and he reached to scratch it.
She stopped his hand. “Be still,” she said. 
He took a breath to calm down, then let it seep out. God, he thought, let’s get on with it. 
She just stared.
“When?” he asked, this time with force. 
She waved her arm. “I’ll tell you,” she said. Her voice had an edge
She’s scared, he thought. She won’t go through with it.
They stood there, and looked down at the old man on the bed. Did he know they were there? 
She could not hear the old man breathe. Or see his chest moveShe leaned down to look
He might be dead,” she said, her voice low
The man next to her strained to hear her words. “What did you say?” 
Then, the old man’s thumb movedThey both saw it.
Just a nerve twitchshe thought. Or – he’s not dead. She could not bear to touch him to find out.
“Don’t wake him,” she warned the man next to her. 
There was no sound in the room. It spooked her, and she shook.A chillshe thought. That’s all.
They gazed at the old man, so still there on the white sheets. The twitch had gone.
He could be dead, she thought. He should be.
“Now,” she said.
The man next to her moved to do it.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Open mic

That's the theme for the Writers' Morning Out's August 12th Open Mic - Of course, if you (or your favorite character) aren't doing anything this summer (or prefer not to tell...hmmm) you can tell us about someone else's summer (or fall, winter, spring...we really aren't that picky.)  CNF, Fiction, Poetry -- all are welcome ~ 

The winner of the Ultra Flash Fiction contest will start the program by reading his/her entry.  If you haven't submitted your entry yet, there's still time. Deadline's July 31.  In case you've forgotten, the rules are below ~ 

We meet at 1:00 pm at  Greek Kouzina, 964 East St, Pittsboro.
carol 
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Rules for the Ultra Flash Fiction Contest ~
This contest is open to any NCWN member in Chatham and Lee Counties, or to any member of Pittsboro Writers’ Morning Out.

Submission guidelines:
Any subject, any style not to exceed 300 words, including the title.
Only words of one syllable allowed.  (Contractions pronounced as one syllable are OK.  Exp:  I’m, I’d, I’ve, can’t, won’t, don’t.  Also, possessives pronounced as one syllable:  Joe’s, Ann’s, Kate’s etc)
Include a cover page with name, title, word count and email address.  Do NOT include your name or email on manuscript.
Send MS and cover page as attachments in .doc, .docx or .txt format to:  amanningusa@gmail.com 

Due date:  July 31, 2017

Go to our blog at:   pittsboro-wmo.blogspot.com and scroll through the archives to see examples of previous winners.

Note:
The winning entry will be posted to our blog atwww.pittsboro-wmo.blogspot.com

By submitting an entry, you are assumed to be granting us one-time reprint rights.  This is necessary so we can legally post the winning story to the blog. If you do not wish a winning entry to be so posted, just let us know.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Writers' Morning Out



Chatham/Lee WMO will convene Saturday, July 8 at the Greek Kouzina in Pittsboro.  The meeting will start at 1:00 pm, although most will come early for lunch.
Program will be "Beginnings and Endings": Their purpose?  What elements do good ones contain? Are these the first and last hooks?
 Bring your favorites to share and discuss."





Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Ultra Flash Fiction Contest


This is a fun!  Our eight annual ULTRA FLASH FICTION CONTEST

Rules:  This contest is open to any NCWN member in Chatham and Lee Counties, or to any member of Pittsboro Writers’ Morning Out. 

Submission guidelines:
Any subject, any style not to exceed 300 words, including the title.
Only words of one syllable allowed.  (Contractions pronounced as one syllable are OK.  Exp:  I’m, I’d, I’ve, can’t, won’t, don’t.  Also, possessives pronounced as one syllable:  Joe’s, Ann’s, Kate’s etc)

Yes, it can be done.  You can write a story in 300 words, but you must make every word count. This requires some craftsmanship.  Give it a try!

Go to our blog at:   pittsboro-wmo.blogspot.com and scroll through the archives to see examples of previous winners.

This will be a blind judging.  Your name should not appear on the story page.  Include a cover page with name, title, word count and email address.  Send MS and cover page as attachments in .doc, .docx or .txt format to:  amanningusa@gmail.com   

Due date:  July 31, 2017

Note:
The winning entry will be posted to our blog at 

By submitting an entry, you are assumed to be granting us one-time reprint rights.  This is necessary so we can legally post the winning story to the blog. If you do not wish a winning entry to be so posted, just let us know.