Awarding-winning novelist launches writers conference

Published 8:51 pm Wednesday, March 18, 2015


From the Pamlico Writers Conference


What a publishing feat!

Jill McCorkle had her first two novels published on the same day in 1984. That’s hard to beat, however the educator and award winning author has since written numerous books and articles and gained the title of Southern Scribe when inducted into the Fellowship of Southern Writers in April 2003. Contemporary and Southern writing has been shaped by her considerable influence.

McCorkle’s Keynote Address for the Pamlico Writers Conference will be held at the Turnage Theater 7 p.m. Friday. McCorkle’s address, titled Seeking the Source: a discussion about voice, will set a high quality theme for presenters of the Saturday writers conference.

The Friday event starts at 6 p.m. event with a public finger-food reception, Pitch the Publisher (in which writers are given an opportunity to pitch their book to a publisher), and an open mike for writers. The evening event fee is $10.

The Saturday all-day writers conference event features a panel discussion, morning and afternoon classroom sessions with writers and educators, and a 1 p.m. address by Emily Louise Smith, director of the Publishing Laboratory at University of North Carolina at Wilmington. The conference will conclude with the Awards Ceremony for the Pamlico Writing Competition.

Details and registration for the Pamlico Writers Conference are made online at In-person registration will also be held at the Turnage Theater box office during regular business hours or at the start of the Friday (6 p.m.) event ($10 fee) and Saturday (8:30 a.m.) event ($49 fee).



Saturday Workshop Sessions

Susan Sloate — Publicity on Amazon, ie., book give -aways, etc.

Marni Graff  — Tying You to Your Readers: Using Social Media, Readings, Book Tours

Dave Wofford of Horse & Buggy — Press Book design for the self-publisher

Alex Albright — More than the Facts: How Creative Nonfiction Transforms What Happened

Amber Flora Thomas — Gathering Pearls: How to put together a book of poems

Katharine Ashe — Writing Inside a Genre Yet Outside the Box

Susan Sloate — Movies to Books: Using screenwriters’ secrets to structure your novel

Richard Krawiec — How to Write About Sex Without Getting Arrested

Doris Schneider — Mapping the Movement of Characters: Planning action and crowd scenes