2020  Pamlico Writers 

Image result for jaki shelton green poet laureate 2020 Keynote Speaker: 

NC Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green is the first African American and third woman to be appointed as the North Carolina Poet Laureate.  She is the owner of SistaWRITE and co-partner with Dream Yourself Awake and Vertikal Creative Ventures.  The author of eight poetry collections, she also teaches poetry at Duke University.

  Poetry Writing Workshop:  

Amber Flora Thomas is the author of Red Channel in the Rupture (2018), The Rabbits Could Sing (2012), and Eye of Water (2005), which won the Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in several anthologies, including Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry (2009) and Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem’s First Decade (2006).  She is currently a member of East Carolina University's English faculty.

 Tropes in Genre Fiction: 

Why are tropes important? What is a trope—a hook, an overused theme, a literary device? In this workshop, you will learn examples of tropes and why they are important. Not only for marketing your book, but for plotting and selling it too.

First published in 2003, Cynthia Cooke is a USA Today Bestselling author who has published 25 novels in 12 different countries with Harlequin Enterprises, Entangled Publishing, and Amazon Kindle Worlds. On her best days, you can find her on the beach with her notebook and her dog, Bella, by her side.

  Editing for Beginners:  

Dr. Michael Colonnese holds an endowed professorship, the McLean Chair in English, at Methodist University. He serves as the Managing Editor of Longleaf Press and directs the Creative Writing Program. He is the author of a mystery novel, Sex and Death, I Suppose (Oak Tree Press, 2011) and two poetry collections, Temporary Agency (The Ledge Press, 2008) and Double Feature (Big Pencil Press, 2015). All three books were selected as winners of National Competitions. Sex and Death, I Suppose won the Dark Oak Novel Contest, Temporary Agency won the Ledge Poetry Award, and Double Feature won the 2014 Gell Poetry Prize from Writers and Books. He also publishes his short stories, poems, creative non-fiction, and essays in literary journals and magazines.

Conference Presenters

  Marketing & Building a Platform: 

L. Diane Wolfe is the owner of Dancing Lemur Press, LLC, a publishing company focusing on science fiction, mystery, NA/YA, and fantasy works, as well as non-fiction titles.  She is also a professional speaker and private consultant for writers.  Her speaking engagements focus on marketing, book publishing, websites, goal setting, and other motivational topics for authors and writers.  The author of seven books, including How to Publish and Promote Your Book Now! and her Young Adult series, The Circle of Friends, this Salem, Oregon native now calls North Carolina home.  

 Flash Fiction Workshop:   

Luke Whisnant is the author of Watching TV with the Red Chinese, a novel; Down in the Flood, a collection of stories; Street and Above Floodstage, a narrative poem; poetry chapbooks; and In the Debris Field, a novella and winner of the 2018 Bath Flash Fiction International Novella-in-Flash Award. His fiction and poetry have been published in the U.S. in over fifty different magazines and journals, including Esquire, Arts & Letters, American Short Fiction, and many others, and internationally in Frank (France), Revista Neo (Portugal), and Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine (England). His work also appears in several anthologies, including Racing Home: New Stories by Award-Winning North Carolina Writers, This Is Where We Live: Short Stories by 25 Contemporary North Carolina Writers, and The Southern Poetry Anthology.  A Professor at East Carolina University, he has served as editor or associate editor of Tar River Poetry, a nationally ranked magazine of verse, for thirty years.

 Screenplay Writing:   

Playwright Beverly Horvath found a passion for films and stage-plays while living in Los Angeles and has participated in many small theatre productions. Beverly now resides in Aurora, NC, and has been writing for screen and stage since 2001. She has written original screenplays, book adaptations for screen and two musical stage-plays while collaborating with talented musicians/lyricists. Her musical play “Whiskey Flats” has been produced in New Bern, North Carolina. She owns and operates South Creek Media.

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