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Our next CWC general meeting is April 20th, 2021 at 6:30pm (ET) via ZOOM

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.

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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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Club Events

MEETING RECAPS (click link)

MEMBER KUDOS  (click link)

April 12th - 7:00 PM: CWC’s Virtual Writing Salon with Tiffany Grantham

April 20th - 6:30 PM: Boris “Bluz” Rogers, Poetry Performance and Craft Talk

April 20th - 6:30 PM: Poetry Contest Winners Announced

May 6th - 7:00 PM: (CWC-North) Celiac Mom by Ann CampanellaA Virtual Book Launch and Q&A

May 18th - 6:30 PM: Panel - Children's Book Writers & Illustrators

May 18th - 6:30 PM: Elizabeth Simpson Smith Short Story Contest Winners Announced

April 16th, 2021 Virtual Open Mic Night - Link to register will be sent in an event announcement email to CWC members.

(You do not need to register to come to listen and support your fellow writers. Save the announcement email and use the Zoom link to join the event.   Please leave the 12 registrations spots open for those who are reading. )

Open Mic Nights will remain virtual until COVID pandemic restrictions are lifted.

Partner Events

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 LibraryCheck 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

North Carolina Writers' Network

2021 Spring Conference: Online, We Must, Via Zoom April 22-24
Two evenings of master classes, Saturday, a full day of classes, workshops, and conversations on the craft and business of writing fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction—Faculty Readings & the Open Mic Readings and more entirely online.

Register Here.


Kakalak 2021 Anthology of Poetry and Art

Attention Poets & Artists:  The submission period for Kakalak 2021 is open from March 1 to May 23, 2021.

Guidelines, and more—are posted at:Kakalak2021.  Anne Kaylor, MoonShine Review Press, is now the publisher. Learn more about the anthology born in 2005 and how Kaylor's role has evolved at moonShinereviewpress.

Over the years many CWC poets and editors have contributed to those anthologies. For 2021, Kim Blum-Hyclak and David E. Poston are judges and editors, and founder Richard Allen Taylor is a special guest judge.


NC 10by10 Play Festival: Seeking 10-minute plays from North Carolina writers. Deadline for entry is April 30, 2021.

Playwrights must be currently living in North Carolina. Students attending a NC college full-time, and military personnel stationed in NC qualify. Learn more about this call for 10-Minute Plays and Submit Here.

Ten short plays will be selected for full production at the 2021 “NC 10by10”.  The festival runs September 17-19 and 24-26 at The ArtsCenter in downtown Carrboro, NC, as well as via livestream. NC 10by10 has grown to be the most-attended short-play festival in the region, with shows regularly selling out.

The festival is produced by OdysseyStage Theatre. Performances will take place at The ArtsCenter , 300-G East Main St. Carrboro, NC 27510.


Stage Play Writing Competition by Screen Craft - Deadline June 1st to August 31st, Annually

Visit the Screen Craft Website.

This contest is a great opportunity to have your ideas considered by professional writers as this contest seeks to showcase excellent plays that have great film or TV adaptation potential.

Contact Information

855-503-5500 - HOLLYWOOD, CA

Or send an email to INFO@SCREENCRAFT.ORG


Call for Personal Stories on the theme of “Trouble— causing, avoiding, getting in, and getting out—with you in the middle.”

Up to 800 words. Deadline is June 30, 2021.

Visit Randell Jones to learn more about submitting to the Personal Story Publishing Project.

Also visit @personalstorypublishingproject or @6minutestories on Facebook.



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
Deadline: Rolling

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

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

April 16th, 2021 Virtual Open Mic Night - Link to register will be sent in an event announcement 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.


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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