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CWC Mission Statement
Charlotte Writers Club supports local writers and promotes their development through education, recognition, and community.
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.
Note: Hover over MENU items to see their related pages.
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
Go to the bottom of any page on this site, including this page. Find the yellow box that says "Sign Up for our Email Newsletter". Type in your email, then click Go.
Select 'CWC Member Contacts' if you are a current member, or 'Non-Member' if you are still thinking about joining. The newsletters and meeting recaps contain important information and announcements.
MEETING RECAPS (click link)
MEMBER KUDOS (click link)
New this year! Student Engagement
December 14th - 6:30pm: LIVE CWC Meeting - Critique Group Information
December 21st - Poetry Contest Opens
December 22nd from 6:45 pm - 9pm: In Partnership with MUG'S Coffee - LIVE Open Mic Night for CWC Members to read their work.
Note: December Open Mic Night will be on the Wednesday prior to the Holiday.
With Mask Mandate we will still be meeting live. The Mic will be covered as well. Remember to wear your mask.
January 2nd - CWC Non-Fiction Contest CLOSES
January 18th - 6:30pm LIVE CWC Meeeting - Megan Miranda: Finding the Right Way to Tell Your Story
Saturdays: January 8th - February 5th 2021 - 10:00am - 1:00pm - Flash Fiction 101 Essential Elements of Very Short Stories: A Five Session Intensive with Annie Frazier Crandell
Click HERE to get printable 2021-2022 At a Glance Club Activity Calendar
Charlotte Lit - 4X4CLT, Wednesdays@Lit, Studio Two AND Fall 2021 & Spring 2022 Classes!
Charlotte Lit: $10,000 in Prizes Plus Publication — Charlotte Lit’s New Writers/South Awards. Charlotte Lit is excited to announce the inaugural Writers/South Awards. Four categories: poetry, short fiction, nonfiction, and flash. Four prize levels: $1,500 1st, $500 2nd, $250 3rd, $50 honorable mentions. Deadline for submission is December 1, 2021.
The Writers' Workshop
Great Smokies Writing Program
Registration is Open for Fall 2021 - Fall class descriptions are now posted! Check them out on our website: Fall 2021 Classes.
If you've taken a class this Spring or Summer, you can complete the continuing student form.
If you haven't taken a class yet in 2021, please renew your residency status with RDS and complete the "New Student" application through CFNC.
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. Check out Resources for Writers. On-going virtual programs Write Like You Mean It! and Poetry in Pajamas and more that the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library offers for writers.
Events from Other Writing Organizations
Thin Air Magazine: Call for submissions for the 2022 spring edition: Deadline is December 1st, for fiction and creative nonfiction up to 3,000 words, up to five poems, and up to five pieces of visual art. Guidelines & more at the Thin Air Magazine Submittable Page.
The Bird in Your Hands Prize: a contest that centers and celebrates BIPOC voices. This is the second year for the no-fee contest accepting poetry, fiction, and nonfiction in any form under 500 words. Prizes include $1,000 and an opportunity to read at the spring 2022 Northern Arizona Book Festival. Deadline for submission is December 1st. Thin Air Magazine Submittable Page.
Call for Personal Stories - Spring 2022 Personal Story Publishing Project
The Personal Story Publishing Project announces its sixth Call for Personal Stories.
The theme is “Curious Stuff—mementos, treasures, white elephants, and junk.” Stories about items in your possession—or things you once had and wish you still did (or not)—and the stories connected to them.
Visit Randell Jones to learn more about the Personal Story Publishing Project and for details on how to submit your 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. The anthology will be published in March 2022. Submissions are open through December 15th.
IGNITE THE SPARK
SCBWI Carolinas members are invited to Ignite the Spark by writing—and drawing—MicroFiction.
Fast, furious fun and inspiration... all within one hour!
Hosted by John Strong & Linda Gerber
Ignite the Spark will be held every third Tuesday of the month.
For more information
Ignite the Spark New Facebook Group
Request to join here!
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.
Weekend Writeaways at Home
Includes writing time, workshops — and a bunch more ! All levels and genres welcome. Sliding scale - choose your payment comfort level.
Weekend Writeaways at Home are held quarterly.
Hindsight is a collection of stories about 2020, written by people just like you. They are seeking nonfiction stories from people around the world that capture what it was like to wake up every day to a new normal — whether that means navigating emergencies as a first responder or tying the knot over Zoom.
Hindsight is an independent, one-time publication. The very best submissions will be compiled into a print anthology, which will be published in 2021.
Submission fee: None
Length: Up to 2,000 words
Compensation: Writers whose work is selected for the print anthology will receive a complimentary hard copy of the book, as well as a digital file.
To learn more, please visit our website: Hindsight
In Partnership with MUG'S Coffee - LIVE Event for CWC Members to read their work, Registration is limited to 12 readers who must be members. Each reader will get 10 minutes to read their work.
Members can register to read at one of these OPEN MIC Nights. Every 4th Friday - Find your date on the events page when you click the link. If you aren't reading, come out and support your fellow writers.
Note: November & December Open Mic Nights will be on the Wednesday prior to the Holiday.
You do not need to register to come to listen.
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.
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.