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Welcome to the Charlotte Writers’ Club website!
The Charlotte Writers' Club (or CWC, as our members affectionately call it) provides a great opportunity for writers of all forms—and there are so many—to meet and discuss the latest trends, commiserate on projects, find critique groups, and participate in contests and workshops. This club is for you, the writer, to help develop your craft and keep the words coming. Sign up for our free newsletter to stay up-up-to date on the latest CWC speakers, contests, workshops, and member kudos.
This club has something for everyone. Come meet fellow writers—poets, novelists, creative writers, short-story writers, essayists, article writers, journalists, dramatists, editors, fablers, ghost writers, historical writers, lyricists, playwrights, reporters, rhymers, satirists, scriptwriters, sonneteers, autobiographers, biographers, and more—story tellers of all kinds.
If you are a current member, your annual dues are payable one year from last renewal date. SIGN IN to the membership database to check your renewal date on your profile.
Click HERE to login. LOG IN button will be in the top right hand corner of the Join Us page. OR Contact the membership chairperson if you are unsure of your status.
For prospective members, the CWC sponsors a wide range of activities that nurture, support and promote the writing life. This includes contests, critique groups, monthly meetings, and periodic workshops.
Your membership dues help fund all club activities. Please join us in supporting writers, readers and literacy in our community.
For more information on membership and joining the Charlotte Writers' Club, click on Membership.
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Celebrating the Life of Long-time Member and Former CWC President Tony Abbott
Tony Abbott, Davidson’s renowned poet, professor and mentor for many Charlotte area poets, departed this life on October 3, 2020. He leaves behind a lifetime of writing and a legacy of service to the greater literary community. Among his many, many titles and accolades, Abbott was one of us, a proud member of Charlotte Writers’ Club. He served as president in 1987-88, and according to club history helped organize the third Writes of Spring, a writers’ conference. Later, he often spoke at meetings, taught workshops and judged contests.
Along with Louise Rockwell and a handful of poets and writers in the Lake Norman area, Abbott was an organizer of Charlotte Writers’ Club North. Writers from Mooresville, Davidson, Cornelius and Huntersville faced a good 45-minute drive to Joseph Beth Booksellers where the regular Charlotte Writers’ Club meetings were held. That first meeting featured readings from Riding Out, a collection by poets Ann Campanella and Terri Wolfe. Abbott wrote about that event, “There are certain moments that shine with a peculiar intensity that we sometimes call luminous. Thursday, September 6, 2007, was one of them. Those of us in the north end needed something close to home.”
CWC North created the Anthony Abbott poetry contest for college students, which CWC continues to administer. In 2015-16, the competition was merged with the Deane Ritch Lomax Prize to form a new poetry contest with a category for college students that still bears Abbott’s name. Whether or not he judged the entries, he often came to those meetings to present the undergraduate awards.
Most recently, Abbott was seen in the audience at Main Street Books as CWC North and the Davidson bookstore launched a new title for poet Adrienne Gilman. Previously he was the warm up act, celebrating the release of new collections by Campanella and Elisa Troutman, poets he mentored. Learn more about the writing lives Professor Abbott touched in a tribute put together by our partner Charlotte Lit. A Tribute to Tony Abbott
Visit this link if you want to read his obituary or offer your condolences to the Abbott family.
A WORD from the CWC Executive Board
All CWC meetings, workshops and social interactions will be conducted online through at least Spring of 2021. The executive board voted unanimously to go virtual. Video conferencing allows us to continue meeting while helping our club members stay safe and sane and be socially distant in these uncertain times. The leadership team is busy creating programs and events for the 2020-2021 program year that we hope will make this new normal as interactive as possible. Keep checking the website for news and information. If you have ideas, questions or concerns contact CWC President Caroline Kane Kenna.
MEETING RECAPS (click link)
MEMBER KUDOS (click link)
October 20th 6:30 - 8:30pm - CWC Critque Group Information Meeting
October 20th - Ruth Moose Flash Fiction Contest Closes
October 20th - CWC Non Fiction Contest Opens
October 24th - 1oam - 12pm: The Poet Witnesses: Writing Documentary Workshop led by Jaki Shelton Green
November 9th - 7pm : CWC’s Virtual Writing Salon with Tiffany Grantham
January 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th - 10am-12pm: Building Better Scenes: Four Sessions with Sarah Creech
November 20th, 2020 Virtual Open Mic Night - Link to register will be sent in an email to CWC members.
(You do not need to register to come to listen and support your fellow writers.)
Open Mic Nights will remain virtual until Spring 2021
Charlotte Lit - 4X4CLT, Wednesdays@Lit, a catalog of classes, Studio Two
North Carolina Writers Network
The Writers' Workshop
Charlotte Readers Podcast: Where Authors Give Voice to Their Written Words
North Carolina Arts Council - Artist Opportunites for Submissions. Click on 'Literary Arts' links when you get to the page.
Arts and Science Council - Grants for Creative Individuals
Check out what’s happening at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. Resources for Writers
October 22nd - 6pm - 7pm - Dramatizing Your Poetry Workshop, led by David Radavich
To register, go to: Charlotte Lit
November 10th - 14th: The Writingest State Online Conference, hosted by North Carolina Writers Network.
To register, go to: NCWN Conference
Thursday, November 19th at 7 pm
Rowan Public Library Virtual Author Talk: Blake Crouch
NYT bestseller and NC native, Blake Crouch will participate in a Q&A about writing, the speculative genre, and what it’s like to have Hollywood adapt your work. Register for this free and fun zoom event here:RPL November Author Talk. Registrants will receive the Zoom information by 3 pm on Thursday, November 19th. Participants who do not want to download the free Zoom app can also dial in for an audio-only experience. For more information please email Abigail.Hardison@rowancountync.gov.
Queen City Suspects, a New Sisters in Crime Chapter
This Charlotte chapter, was started in December 2019 and is looking for writers and readers and anyone interested to join. Sisters in Crime (SinC) is an international organization founded in 1986 to promote the professional development and advancement of women writing crime fiction. For more about the organization contact the president, Jacy Sellers, at QC Suspects.
The Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) in partnership with Biblioboard is taking submissions for the 2020 Self-Publishing Literary Award. Each year BCALA honors the best self-published eBooks by an African American author in the United States in the genres of Fiction and Poetry. These awards acknowledge outstanding achievement in the presentation of the cultural, historical and sociopolitical aspects of the Black Diaspora.
Each genre prize winner shall receive:
Formal recognition at the Black Caucus of ALA Literary Awards
BCALA Literary Award Seal to use in marketing. The deadline is February 28, 2021.
Authors, you can learn more and submit at BCALA Ebook Contest.
2021 Personal Story Publishing Project - "Luck and Opportunity"
The Call is open through December 15; publication is in April 2021. Word target: 750-800.
Now in its fourth year, the Personal Story Publishing Project has released its 2021 Call for Personal Stories. The theme is "Luck and Opportunity.” Be it missed, grabbed, dumb, golden, or too-good-to-be-true, you know you have a story. We are seeking true, personal stories of 750-800 words sharing your lived experience and leaving the reader a lesson or a laugh or a caution for us all. Submissions open through December 15 with publication in early April. We created the project to encourage new writers wanting to publish their writing. Experienced writers have joined in as well and raised the bar for us all. A nominal reading fee applies with each submission.
Whether you make your own luck or you roll the dice, here is your opportunity.
Write us a great one! And remember, everybody loves a good story.
2021 Personal Story Publishing Project
Members can register to read at one of these OPEN MIC Nights. If you aren't reading, come out and support your fellow writers.
October 16th, 2020 Virtual Open Mic Night - Link to register will be sent in an email to CWC members. This is a ZOOM meeting.
Please NOTE: This is NOT a publicity event for our authors. The goal is to support our members as they practice reading in public. If you are looking for feedback for your writing, please explore our Member Critique Groups.
In person Open Mic Nights at Mug's Coffee on HOLD until COVID-19 mandates for reduced capacity at our location is lifted.
(You do not need to register to come to listen and support your fellow writers.)
Kudos To Our Members!!! Our members are working hard and we want to share their accomplishments in the newsletter and on our website's blog. Submit your Kudos* to the Newsletter and the Website.
*As a non-profit organization, The Charlotte Writers' Club is not allowed to promote any sales related information but we can include the following: your name, name of the work, contact information for you, and brief information about you, your work, contests or anthologies involved, etc.
POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
The Policies and Procedures for the Charlotte Writers' Club can be found HERE.
One of our many successful events from February 2017 was our Bookfair at Barnes and Noble. Click HERE for news coverage.