On Finding Your River

PRESENTER: Jovan Mays

Have you ever wondered why they call your consciousness a stream? Of why they say our minds can run, drift, or even channel. Studies say that we have between 50,000-70,000 thoughts per day, this means between 35 and 48 thoughts per minute per person. As writers, our thoughts are experienced escape artists. When we fail to grasp them, we often reference this word ‘block.' Well, is it possible that were blocking ourselves? In this workshop, we will examine how we can move with our cerebral currents, get out of our own way, access understanding of our personal rivers, how they work, and how we can be more dynamic river guides to our audiences and ourselves. Come prepared to work those metatarsals and phalanges in this highly generative experience aimed to lead participants to their deltas.

This workshop is geared toward all levels and genres of writing.

In addition to delivering the closing keynote, Jovan is also presenting:

Loam

2019 NCW Anthology

Theme: RISE!

Description: NCW is excited to announce a new mixed-genre anthology exploring the concepts of change, renewal, and rebirth. When things change, we experience a variety of emotions—from anger and fear to courage and hope. There is struggle and strife, but also the opportunity to rise from the ashes and create, grow, and love. Whether your specialty is poetry, fiction, or nonfiction, take us through the good, the bad, and the ugly of change.

You may submit:

  • Short stories
  • Narrative nonfiction/memoir
  • Poetry

Entry fee (per submission):

  • NCW Members: $5 (Member-only entry form accessible by logging into NCW website)
  • Non-NCW Members: $15 (open to the public via Submittable)

Deadline: Open submissions are closed. NCW members and conference attendees may still submit. Check your email for details. 

Submission Guidelines:

  • Multiple submissions are allowed. A non-refundable entry fee will be charged for each submission.
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please notify us if your entry is published elsewhere before selection so we can remove it from the competition.
  • Short stories and creative nonfiction/memoir submissions must be between 2,000-5,000 words.
  • Up to 3 poems may be submitted per entry. Poetry submissions should not exceed 10 total pages.
  • All pages should be formatted using Times New Roman or similar font, 12 pt. font with 1” margins. Submissions should be a single .doc, .docx or .pdf file format.
  • Sections of larger works are not allowed. Each submission must be complete on its own.
  • All submissions must be original works and cannot have been published elsewhere.
  • Blind submission: Your name MUST NOT appear anywhere on the submission. We will collect your contact information in the submission form.

All publication decisions made by the selection committee are final

Rights & Compensation

  • We ask first rights. A year after publication, rights will revert to the author and you’ll be free to reprint your story as you see fit.
  • Authors selected for publication will receive a $50 payment per selected piece for their work, as well as two contributor copies once the publication is released for sale.

 

Submissions open on March 1, 2019 via Submittable

Loam

PRESENTER: Jovan Mays

In the world of botany, Loam is defined as a type of soil with an earthy mixture of sand, silt, clay, and organic matter to which its fertility is chiefly due. As writers, we have a tendency to only examine our concepts and creations rather than where they come from. For centuries, cultures have argued for the geographical richness of their soil. Be it due to decay, history, debris, war, erosion, spirituality, salt, and even ash. There has always been identity associated with the land. Together we will seek to understand our tendencies, defaults, and penchants to activate our decisions with intention. In this generative and investigative workshop participants will roll their sleeves up and get dirty as our pencils turn to shovels while we try to discover the contents of our own loams and use them as tools to vitalize, blossom, and prosper our writing.

This workshop is geared toward all levels and genres of writing.

In addition to delivering the closing keynote, Jovan is also presenting:

On Finding Your River