Conversation Series

The Writing Life
The Winter Series of The Writing Life is now complete. Watch this space this summer for the roster of authors to be featured in our Fall, 2013 Series.

What goes on in the mind of successful authors? How does being a writer influence their lives? How have they handled their successes – and their failures? In our first acclaimed Writing Life series, we heard insightful and intimate answers from Robert Morgan, Liza Wieland and Michael Parker.

Now we’re proud to announce our Winter Series, introducing more of the best writers we know. They’ll join Steve Mitchell in a frank conversation in a relaxed setting at the Community Arts Cafe. Season tickets for the The Writing Life Winter Series, sponsored by WSW, Press 53 and Barnhill’s Books are now on sale, with WSW members receiving a 25% discount. Click on the Paypal button below (AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS WEBPAGE), or send a check to WSW Treasurer, 4153 Greenmead Rd., Winston-Salem, NC 27106.

We have three great authors lined up for intimate evenings of conversation:

Monday, January 7: Jill McCorkle made publishing history at age twenty-six, in 1984, when her first two novels were published simultaneously. She is the author of The Cheer Leader, July 7th, Tending to Virginia, Ferris Beach, and Carolina Moon, as well as three story collections, most recently Creatures of Habit. Among her many prizes are the New England Book Award, the John Dos Passos Prize, and the North Carolina Award for Literature. She has taught creative writing at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Tufts, Harvard, Brandeis, and Bennington. Jill is on the faculty at North Carolina State University. Her new novel, Life after Life, will be published in March.

Thursday, February 7: John McNally is the author of three novels, After the Workshop, America’s Report Card, and The Book of Ralph; and two story collections, Ghosts of Chicago and Troublemakers. His short stories have been cited three times as an outstanding story of the year in the Best American Short Stories series. He is also the author of The Creative Writer’s Survival Guide: Advice from an Unrepentant Novelist. His new book, to be published in 2013, is Vivid and Continuous: Essays and Exercises for Writing Fiction. A native of Chicago’s southwest side, John is at present an associate professor of English at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Thursday, March 14: Holly Goddard Jones’s debut novel, The Next Time You See Me, will be released from Touchstone/Simon & Schuster in February 2013. She is the author of a collection of short stories, Girl Trouble (Harper Perennial 2009), and her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Tin House, Epoch,Best American Mystery Stories, New Stories from the South, and various journals. She was a 2007 recipient of the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, which honors six emerging women fiction writers annually. Holly teaches in the MFA program in creative writing at UNC Greensboro.

All three events will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the Conference Room at Community Arts Cafe, 411 West Fourth Street, Winston-Salem. Seating is limited to 25. Tickets include a glass of wine, craft beer, or a beverage of your choice. After a brief introduction, authors will read from their work for 10-15 minutes, followed by an interview/conversation moderated by WSW member, Steve Mitchell, himself an award-winning author. During the last 15 minutes of the evening, questions will be accepted from the attendees.

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