The English and Fine Arts Division is happy to announce that on March 14, 2019, the college will hold its annual Arts and Humanities Speakers’ Forum. The event will be held in the Tom Bevill Lyceum from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Three authors have been invited to speak on “Fiction to Film.” In addition to discussing the process of having their work made into film, the authors will read excerpts from their works and take part in a question and answer session with the audience. The event is open to faculty, staff, and students of NACC as well as the general public at no cost. The college received a grant from the Alabama Humanities Foundation to help sponsor this event.
The authors participating in this panel discussion are Robert Inman (Home Fires Burning), Terry Kay (To Dance with the White Dog), and Daniel Wallace (Big Fish). Robert Inman, a graduate of The University of Alabama with a BA in Communications and an MFA in Creative Writing is a member of the Authors Guild, Writers Guild of America, Dramatists Guild, PEN American Center, North Carolina Writers Conference, North Carolina Writers Network, and Alabama Writers Forum. Inman is the author of five novels, eight stage plays, and has written screenplays for six motion pictures for television. The second author, Terry Kay, graduate of LaGrange College, began his career in journalism at the Decatur-DeKalb News and later worked for The Atlanta Journal where he was noted as one of America’s leading film-theater critics. In this capacity, Kay had the opportunity to interview everyone from the Beatles to Alfred Hitchcock. Of the seventeen novels Kay has written, three were made into Hallmark Hall of Fame movies and others were optioned for movies. Finally, Daniel Wallace is returning to the NACC campus, where he attended the college’s 2016 spring production of his novel, Big Fish. Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Wallace has lived most of his life in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and presently serves as the J. Ross Macdonald Distinguished Professor of English at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, his alma mater, where he directs the Creative Writing Program. In 2010 he was awarded the Johnston Award for Teaching Excellence and most recently was named recipient of the 2019 Harper Lee Award for Alabama’s Distinguished Writer of the Year.
The panel discussion will be moderated by Don Noble, recipient of the 2017 Governor’s Arts Award. Dr. Noble taught American literature at the University of Alabama from 1969 until 2001. Through his work with the Alabama Public Television series, Bookmark, Noble has interviewed hundreds of writers. Following the panel discussion, participants will be invited to stay for a reception and book signing at which time they will have the opportunity to talk with the authors. The College’s English honor society, Sigma Kappa Delta, will have copies of books by all of the authors for sale.
As an added attraction for the Speakers’ Forum, each author has agreed to conduct a master class to be held in the English Building on March 14, from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Inman’s topic is “So You Want to Write Fiction,” Kay’s topic is “The DNA of Writing: Three Essentials and Three Tricks,” and Wallace’s topic is “From Story to Screenplay to Film.” This event will also follow with a book signing.
For more information, contact Joan Reeves at 256-638-4418 or 256-228-6001, ext. 2231, or by email email@example.com .
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