N.C. women to lead writers’ panel, March 28

Writers Jill McCorkle, Lynne Hinton, and Carolyn Beard Whitlow will participate in a panel discussion about the challenges and joys of writing about feminist issues at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 28 in the Isabella Cannon Room, located in the Center for the Arts on the Elon campus. They will discuss their careers as successful women writers and offer advice to others who want to make writing a career. Sponsored by the Women’s/Gender Studies program, this event is free and open to the public.

McCorkle is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned a master’s degree in writing from Hollins College. The New York Times Book Review has selected her fiction for its Notable Books of the Year list. McCorkle received the New England Booksellers’ Association (NEBA) award in 1993 for her body of work in fiction, and in 1996 she was included in Granta magazine’s celebration of Best of Young American Novelists. She teaches writing at Harvard University and Bennington College.

Hinton earned an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Masters of Divinity from Pacific School of Religion. Hinton writes a regular column for the Charlotte Observer and is the author of several books, including  “Meditations for Walking.” Her latest book, “The Arms of God,” debuted in November 2005.

Whitlow earned a master’s degree from Brown University and a doctorate from Cornell University. Whitlow is the Charles A. Dana Professor of English at Guilford College, where she teaches courses in creative writing and African-American literature. A finalist for the 1991 Barnard New Women Poets Prize, she wrote her first poem at age 30 while working on her doctorate. Selected as one of ten North Carolina poets to appear on the 1997 PBS series “Poetry Live” hosted by Charles Kuralt, her most recent collection of poems, “Vanished,” was named a finalist for the 2005 Ohio State University/The Journal Prize in Poetry.