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North Carolina Writers' Network

by Wiley J. Williams, 2006

Logo of the North Carolina Writers' Network.The North Carolina Writers' Network (NCWN), founded in 1985, is a nonprofit organization with some 1,800 members, making it one of the nation's largest independent literary organizations. NCWN's mission is to serve writers at every stage of development through programs offering opportunities for professional growth. The network provides information and instructional services to its members and to others interested in the literary arts, promotes and maintains the tradition of writing by North Carolina authors, and provides readings, network opportunities, workshops, and a critiquing service. NCWN also includes the Center for Business and Technical Writing, which administers workshops and individual instruction for state businesses in technical writing and business English. The network sponsors five writing competitions each year, and in 2003 it inaugurated the Elizabeth Daniels Squire Writers-in-Residence Program at Peace College in Raleigh. In cooperation with the Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities, NCWN oversees the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame in Southern Pines.

Writers' Network News is sent bimonthly to current members of the NCWN. The publication features articles about NCWN programs, North Carolina writers, and literary news and events across the state and beyond, as well as information on workshops, classes, conferences, competitions, and publishing opportunities. NCWN also publishes North Carolina's Literary Resource Guide, a comprehensive guide to opportunities for writers, and offers a library and resource center, an annual conference, and outreach programs in prisons, homeless shelters, and hospitals. Located in Carrboro, the resource center is open weekdays and Saturdays by appointment.

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