Pamlico Writers Conference

Join us for our annual writers’ conference and the second Heart of Pamlico Poet Laureate competition.  This year’s theme, Writers Blocks: Building Your Vision, allows writers to custom build their workshop agendas to suit their own creative vision and goals.  Learn from published authors, university professors, and other successful creative professionals on a multitude of topics.  This is a can’t miss networking opportunity for our region!

NOTE:  The Conference has been moved from April to the weekend of September 25 & 26 due to public health concerns.  This page will continue to be updated with new information as we continue to plan the conference for September.  Heart of Pamlico Poet Laureate may move to a separate event in late summer since finalists have already been selected and notified, so the Friday night agenda may likely change should that happen.  

Attendees can register for the event HERE.

Descriptions of workshops and presenters can be found HERE.

An at-a-glance schedule is provided here for the event.


Friday, September 25th

Heart of Pamlico Poet Laureate & Keynote Speech

5:00-5:45pm:  Early Registration and Check-In

6:00pm:   Heart of Pamlico Poet Laureate

7:30pm:   Reception in Gallery

8:00pm:   Keynote Speech by NC Poet Laureate

Jaki Shelton Green


Saturday, September 26th

Pamlico Writers Conference

9:00—9:30am:  Registration, Check-In, Breakfast Reception

9:30am:   Opening Remarks and Welcome

9:45—10:15:  Interview with Jaki Shelton Green

10:30—12:00:  Breakout Session One

  • Poetry Writing Workshop (Amber Flora Thomas, poets)
  • Tropes in Genre Fiction   (Cynthia Cooke, advanced writers/author career)
  • Editing for Beginners  (Michael Colonnese, beginners/craft)

12:00—1:15pm:  Lunch and “Meet the Authors” (in the Gallery)

1:30—3:00:  Breakout Session Two

  • Marketing & Building a Platform (Diane Wolfe, author career)
  • Flash Fiction Writing   (Luke Whisnant, universal/craft)
  • Writing a Screenplay/Screenplay Format  (Bev Horvath, craft/universal)

3:00--4:00pm:  Open Mic, Raffle Winner Announcements

4:00-4:45pm:  Honoring Marty Silverthorne


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