Welcome to the Durham/ Chapel Hill chapter of The Nonfiction Authors Association. Meeting Fee: $10 PREPAY ONLINE, $15 AT THE DOOR
6:15 to 6:45pm: Informal Networking
6:45 to 7:00pm: Group Announcements & Brief Introductions by All Attendees
7:00 to 7:30pm: Panel discussion - local authors Katie Rose Guest Pryal and Dawn Langley will talk about how to transition to full-time freelancing and writing, building an online platform, and other topics relevant to nonfiction authors.
Katie Rose Guest Pryal is a novelist and freelance journalist living in Chapel Hill, N.C. She’s the author of the novel ENTANGLEMENT and the novella LOVE AND ENTROPY, both available now from Velvet Morning Press. Katie contributes regularly to THE HUFFINGTON POST, THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, THE TOAST, DAME MAGAZINE and other national venues. She earned her master’s degree in creative writing from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins, where she attended on a fellowship, and her doctorate in rhetoric from UNC-Greensboro. Katie has published five books on writing, the most recent with Oxford University Press. She’s active on Twitter (@krgpryal), Facebook ( http://facebook.com/katieroseguestpryal ), her blog (katieroseguestpryal.com (http://katieroseguestpryal.com/)), and her monthly newsletter, Writing Isn’t Sexy (no really, it isn’t). In her former life, she’s been a lawyer and law professor.
Dawn Langley's published work includes 28 books (nonfiction, novels and children's books); hundreds of articles in regional, national and international publications; dozens of poems, short stories and essays. She also writes several blogs about writing, house renovating, dog ownership, and gardening. Her short fiction and essays have both won awards, and her work has been nominated for Pushcart Prizes several times. She received fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. In addition, she is a Fulbright scholar and received a fellowship to research civil rights in Mississippi from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Her MFA in Fiction is from Vermont College and my PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies is from The Union Institute and University. Currently, she is self-employed as a writer/editor through her business, Reno's Literary Services, and she is also vice-president of The Rehab Crew, a company that renovates historic and vintage homes in Durham.
7:30 to 8:00pm: Mastermind Spotlight (POPULAR!) We will draw names for the opportunity to receive a 5-minute spotlight slot to present a challenge you are having and receive feedback from the group. (NFAA Authority members receive priority placement in the spotlight.)
*Drawing for Door Prizes - Optional: Bring a prize to donate to the drawing, such as a copy of your latest book.
Please be sure to tell a friend who might also enjoy our group!
Overview: We meet on the second Wednesday of the month to discuss the business side of writing, publishing and promoting nonfiction books. First-time visitors to an NFAA local chapter are not required to be members of the Nonfiction Authors Association, however, if you’d return to a second meeting and beyond (and we hope you do!), we ask that you join us online (free memberships are available): http://NonfictionAuthorsAssociation.com.
We welcome experienced and aspiring writers of nonfiction. Attendees are also invited to participate in our unique Mastermind Group Spotlight where three to five participants can present an issue, question or challenge related to the publishing journey and receive feedback from the rest of the group. This is a wildly popular feature of our meetings!
PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT a leads group. If your primary objective is to sell something, this isn't the group for you. We are here to support each other on the publishing journey.