Purple Prose, Throat Clearing and Info Dump–oh my~

  At the April 9, 2022 Slush Pile event, our panel of three editors/agents responded to twelve very interesting entries. Noah Stetzer, a poet and editor at Bull City Press, Tracy Crowe of Tracy Crowe Literary Agency, and Ty Stumpf, a poet, editor, and chair of the English Department at CCCC—all treated us to an […]

What is a Poem?

This is the question Tom Dow asks his students.  He asked again during the March WMO’s lead-up to National Poetry Month. Three poets, Anne Kissel, Judith Stanton, and Mark MacAllister provided their answers before reading one of their poems.   They addressed this question in different ways. Anne Kissel said the question made her wonder: […]

Find the Story in Your Story

In her January 2022, presentation, ‘I ‘vs. ‘Eye’:   Tracy Crow discussed balancing the external with the internal   Most all writing—fiction, nonfiction, poem—combines both the ‘I’ and the ‘Eye.’ But what does that mean?   The ‘eye’ is what is happening, occurring in the physical world—the external. The ‘eye’ is the experience being witnessed, observed; […]

May 31, 7:00 p.m.: Writers Discuss Craft

Join Tracy Crow to continue the March discussion about point of view by examining two short writing samples. Please come prepared to discuss the strength and weakness of each as they relate to the writer’s choice of POV. We’ll also examine each writer’s use of timing, use of tension, and development of character. You can […]

May 21, 1:00 p.m. Writers Morning Out

Chapbooks–Not Just for Poetry While traditionally the purview of poetry, publishers are now publishing prose in chapbooks as well. So what are chapbooks, anyway? Our panelists, including Judith Stanton, Deer Dairies, and Ralph Earle, The Way Rain Works, will not only answer the question, but discuss what goes into creating a chapbook, what you might […]

May 14, 1:00 p.m.: Writers Discuss Writing

Please join us for what always is a lively and entertaining discussion about all things writing. You are welcome to bring your questions and concerns you have about your work, about the process of writing, or about the business of writing.

Why, oh why, was your manuscript rejected?

Last month’s Slush Pile was another inspiring, interesting, and informative session, filled with praise for work well done and suggestions to make work better.   Noah Stetzer (Associate Director, Bull City Press), Tracy Crow (Tracy Crow Literary Agency), and Ty Stumpf (Poet and Humanities Chair, Central Carolina Community College), would have continued to read many […]

Ekphratic Writing: Ways to Generate Poems and Short Fiction

Ekphrasis: One artist looking at the art of another and finding inspiration through reflection.   When looking at art, we can record what we see in the work either literally or metaphorically. We can record how the art makes us think or feel about the world or about ourselves. We can record information about the […]

Examples of Ekphratic Writing

The Big Push By John Glenday after Sir Herbert James Gunn ‘The Eve of the Battle of the Somme’   Would you believe it, there’s a bloke out there singing ‘When You Come to the End of a Perfect Day’. His audience, a sixty-pounder crew, stand round bleeding from the ears. The Boche are all […]

Ekphratic Writing Exercises 

To begin, select a photograph or a photo of a piece of art, which could be of a painting, sculpture, carving, etc that resonates with you in some way.   Part One Freewriting: 2 minutes. Write a description—visual-only—of what you see in the photograph. Remember to avoid abstract nouns and adjectives; use concrete, specific details. […]