North Carolina is home to some of America’s most talented and successful writers. We are fortunate to call some of them friends. We are even more fortunate that several of them have agreed to serve formally as our advisers as we seek to bring together, in this beautiful setting, a small group of inspiring and aspiring writers.  The composition of the board reflects our initial focus on fiction and creative non-fiction.  We hope to include other writing genres — poetry, songwriting and academic non-fiction — in our program over time.  Advisory Board members include:

Judy Dearlove, Durham, NC

Judy Dearlove earned a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Virginia.   She has taught writing and literature at Duke University and Meredith College, where she directed the college honors program.  She has also worked as a technical writer and corporate communications specialist for IBM.   She recently retired from Meredith to devote more time to writing fiction.  She a member of the Board of the Carolina Wren Press.

Ariel Dorfman, Durham, NC

Chilean-American Ariel Dorfman teaches at Duke University and is an accomplished author whose novels, poetry, memoirs, plays and screenplays have been translated into over 40 languages.   His best known work includes the play Death and the Maiden, which won various awards for Best Drama of the Year and has been made into a feature-length film.  A documentary based on his memoir Heading South, Looking North:  A Bilingual Journey was shortlisted for an Oscar in 2008.   Dorfman’s  novels include The Nanny and the Iceberg, Widows, Blake’s Therapy, Mascara, and Konfidenz.  A champion of international human rights, Dorfman was selected to deliver the eighth annual Nelson Mandela Lecture for 2010.  His most recent book is Feeding on Dreams:  Confessions of an Unrepentant Exile.

Clyde Edgerton, Wilmington, NC

Clyde Edgerton is the author ten novels, a memoir, an advice book, short stories, and essays. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow and five of his novels have been New York Times Notable Books. He is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers and teaches at UNC Wilmington where he is the Thomas S. Kenan III Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing. The Night Train, his tenth novel, was published by Little, Brown in 2011.  Papadaddy’s Book for New Fathers, Advice for Fathers of All Ages, was published in 2013.  Three of his novels have been made into movies: Raney, Walking Across Egypt, and Killer Diller.  The musicals Lunch at the Piccadilly and The Bible Salesman, both by Edgerton and Mike Craver are in production.

David Gessner, Wilmington, NC

David Gessner is an environmental writer and essayist who teaches creative non-fiction at UNC Wilmington.  He is the author of eight books, including Sick of Nature, The Prophet of Dry Hill, and Return of the Osprey, which was chosen a top ten nonfiction book of the year by both the Boston Globe and the Book-of-the-Month club.   His award winning essays have appeared in many magazines and journals including The New York Times Magazine, The Boston Globe, Outside, The Georgia Review, The Harvard Review, and Orion.
His most recent books are The Tarball Chronicles, about the Gulf oil spill, and My Green Manifesto, both released on the fall of 2011.

Michael Malone, Hillsborough, NC

Michael Malone is a prolific writer in multiple genres.  He is the author of nine novels, one collection of short stories and two works of nonfiction.  He was the Emmy award winning lead writer for the long-running soap opera One Life to Live.  His novel Handling Sin is a widely recognized comic masterpiece.   His most recent novel is Four Corners of the Sky.   In addition to an Emmy, his awards include the Edgar, the O. Henry, and the Writers Guild Award.  Michael teaches in the Theater Studies department at Duke University.

Jill McCorkle, Raleigh, NC

Jill McCorkle is the author of nine books—three story collections and six novels— most recently Going Away Shoes.   Her work is featured often as New York Times Notable Books selections. She is the winner of the New England Book Award, the John Dos Passos Prize for Excellence in Literature, and the North Carolina Award for Literature. She teaches writing at North Carolina State University.

Ron Rash, Cullowhee, NC

Ron Rash is the author of five acclaimed novels: One Foot in Eden, Saints at the River, The World Made Straight, Serena, a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner award, and most recently The Cove.  He also has published poetry and short stories to great acclaim, including most recently the prize-winning collection of stories Burning Bright.  A recipient of the O. Henry Prize, he holds the John Parris Chair in Appalachian Studies at Western Carolina University where he teaches creative writing.