The North Carolina Poetry Society is hosting a manuscript preparation workshop to give aspiring poets tips on how to publish their work on March 16. The workshop is a precursor to Lena Shull Book Awards, which the society has hosted since 2014. The winner gets their poetry manuscript published, as well as $250.
For just two hours at the Chapel Hill Library,Tori Reynolds, coordinator of the contest, said attendees can learn everything they need to know about creating a manuscript.
“So this manuscript workshop is for anyone who wants to come,” Reynolds said. “It’s free and open to the public. Everybody who is trying to do that mountainous task — climb that mountain of putting a full length manuscript together. Because it is different than just saying, ‘Oh I’ve written 50 poems,' and that's the book.”
Reynolds said she hopes the workshop will answer people's questions about manuscripts and help them realize that they can do it.
The workshop consists of a panel featuring four past winners of the contest. Attendees of the workshop will be able to talk to the former winners and ask for advice.