Johnston County Writers Conference April 6

Afternoon Book Talk to feature Celia Rivenbark

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The Johnston County Writers Group will host a one-day writer conference, “Unbox Your Creativity,” April 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Selma Woman’s Club, 203 W. Oak St., one block off U.S. 301 and Pollock Street, across from the Selma Public Library.

There will be two morning sessions. The first will be “The Road to Publication: Professionalism, Publishing, and How to Present your Best Writing Self,” with Stephanie Andrea Allen, Ph.D., publisher and editor-in-chief of BLF Press, Clayton, an independent Black feminist press dedicated to amplifying the work of women of color.

The second session will be “How to Pitch Perfect: Query Letters, Pitches and Critique Partners,” with L. Diane Wolfe, owner and senior editor, Dancing Lemur Press LLC, Pikesville, dedicated to bringing outstanding and inspiring fiction and nonfiction to the publishing world.

Morning attendees will be served a box lunch catered by Hula Girl Café. The cost of the two morning sessions is $20, limited to the first 35 attendees who register by the March 31 deadline. For a registration form, email Cindy Brookshire at jocowriters@gmail.com or download it from the Johnston County Arts Council website, www.jcartscouncil.org/community-events.html.

At 1 p.m., the event will open to the general public for a free Book Talk, “Laughing All the Way … Finding the Funny in Your Fiction,” with Celia Rivenbark, New York Times best-selling author of seven books whose weekly political humor column appears in newspapers across the country.

The Book Talk will be followed by a 15-minute Q &A session. Then Ms. Rivenbark will sign her two most recent books (available through an outside sales arrangement with Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh). This project is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

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