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Our next CWC general meeting is September 15th, 2020 at 6:30pm (ET).

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.

Membership

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.

To receive our monthly newsletter, type in your email below and select 'Go'.  Select 'CWC Member Contacts'  if your are a current member, or 'Non-Member' if you are still thinking about joining. The newsletters and meeting recaps contain important information and announcements.

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A WORD from the CWC Executive Board

In response to concerns about Coronavirus, we have taken a number of precautionary steps to protect the health and safety of our members, including canceling our in-person activities for the time being. Here are a few items for your attention.

Please write. We hope you are staying healthy and sane in these uncertain times. Since our craft is a solitary pursuit, we writers may be uniquely wired to handle this new normal—and the found time it provides perhaps might allow you to dust off that manuscript, complete your poetry chap book or start telling a new story. Whether you’re keeping a journal to document your experiences and emotions or are creating something new, we encourage you to take this time to write.

Stay Informed. Keep an eye on the CWC website. That’s where you’ll find the most up-to-date information and writing resources. We’ll also post on Facebook and send out monthly newsletters. (Normally the newsletter takes the summer off, but this year we’ll keep it going to keep you informed about our plans.)

 

Stay Engaged. Although we will not hold in-person meetings until we are able to do so, your executive board has been brainstorming ways to help keep you engaged and to remind you that social distancing does not mean social isolation. We can still connect with one another and we encourage you to do so. You can look up other members using our Wild Apricot Membership Software and send each other messages directly from that site. To do so: login, then go to Membership Directory and search by name. Click on the member’s name, then click “Send Message” button or grab their email address or (if they’ve shared it) their phone number.

 

Stay Current. Please renew your membership when you are notified and use the online payment system. Membership fees constitute the majority of the club’s income, which we then use to pay for our programming and the church facility fees. Your board is hard at work planning for the next year. Note that we might not be visiting the post office box for a while, so if you mail us a check it may be in the box for many weeks.

 

Now, here’s what is going on with club events.

 

Monthly Club Meetings:  The March 17 and April 21 club meetings were cancelled. However our April speaker Diana Pinckney recorded her talk.  Check out the April Recap page to view it. On May 19th we held our first Virtual Meeting and it went very well! 

Workshops:  We cancelled Abigail DeWitt’s workshop scheduled for March 21, and hope to reschedule it as well. Refunds should all have been processed, so please let us know if you haven’t received yours.

Open Mic Nights at Mugs Coffee: March, April, and May Open Mic nights were cancelled. June 19th Open Mic Night will be virtual. 

Contests: The Flash Fiction Contest opens August 20, 2020.

Spring and End-of-Season Socials: These, of course, have been put on hold.

Critique Groups: Critique group leaders are finding ways to continue with virtual meetings though Zoom, Skype, FreeConferenceCall, and other services or emailing each other comments. If you are in a CWC-sponsored critique group, your leader will explain how your group will work during the virus period.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the president through the website.

Keep Writing and Stay Well,

Caroline Kane Kenna, CWC president

(If you would like additional information on preventative measures, and the impact of the coronavirus on North Carolina please visit the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services website at NCDHHS. Looking for ways to help the larger community? Check out Covid-19 Greater Charlotte Mutual Aid or on Facebook.)  

 

5 Good Reasons to Join a Writers Association

MEETING RECAPS (click link)

MEMBER KUDOS  (click link)

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June 19th, 2020 Virtual Open Mic Night - Registration is Full

(You do not need to register to come to listen and support your fellow writers.)

In person OPEN MIC NIGHTS are HOLD until the NC STAY AT HOME order to contain the COVID-19 virus is lifted. 

NOTE: Your Open Mic Coordinators are working with Mug's Coffee to determine when the ban on 'in store' customers is lifted.  We will keep you updated should the STAY AT HOME order for the COVID-19 Virus be lifted.

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Charlotte Lit -  4X4CLT, Wednesdays@Lit, a catalog of classes, Studio Two

North Carolina Writers Network

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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.

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OTHER Opportunities

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. Like their Facebook Page to stay current about upcoming events.

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North Carolina Writers Network: Sally Buckner Emerging Writers' Fellowship 2021: Now Open!

Applications will be accepted through Submittable from May 1st to June 3oth.

The Buckner Fellowship, in the amount of $500 awarded to one writer each year, supports North Carolina emerging writers whose work shows promise of excellence and commitment to a literary career.

Applicants must be in the early stages of their careers and will not have had yet the support needed to achieve major recognition for their work. No specific academic background is required or preferred. Each year the program will accept applications from writers working primarily in one of four specified genres, rotated over a four-year cycle.

The 2021 Buckner Fellowship will support an emerging writer of creative nonfiction.

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The Writers' Workshop  - Online writing classes are being offered starting May 15th through the summer.  

Members can register to read at one of these OPEN MIC Nights.   If you aren't reading, come out and support your fellow writers. 

June 19th, 2020 Virtual Open Mic Night - Registration is FULL- 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 NC STAY AT HOME order is lifted.

(You do not need to register to come to listen and support your fellow writers.)

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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.

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