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Our next CWC general meeting is May 18th, 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

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.


Club Events

MEETING RECAPS (click link)

MEMBER KUDOS  (click link)

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

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

May 21st, 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. Please login to ZOOM on May 21st. 
Meeting ID: 890 9613 5529
Passcode: 504974

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

​​​​​​​June TBD - 7:00 PM: CWC’s Virtual Writing Salon with Tiffany Grantham

Partner Events

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

North Carolina Writers Network

The submission period id now open for "The 2022 Sally Buckner Emerging Writers' Fellowship". Deadline: May 1st - June 30th.

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. The Buckner Fellowship, given in honor of the last poet and educator, is a $500 award and other benefits to help allay the costs associated with the business of writing.This year the fellowship will support an emerging writer of prose, either fiction or creative nonfiction. Guidelines and more


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

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.


April 10th - May 29th - Of Earth and Sky

Originally presented in Gloucester, England and conceptualized by artist Luke Jerram, Of Earth and Sky is a large-scale installation project featuring pieces from local poets that will debut at Charlotte SHOUT! this fall. 

Poets of all experience levels interested in participating in the Of Earth and Sky project are invited to attend a workshop hosted by Emmy award-winning poet Boris “Bluz” Rogers and National Poetry Slam champions Jay Ward and Jordan Bailey at the Middleton McMillan Gallery at Spirit Square. Held each Saturday this April and May, the free workshops will allow poets to learn more about the Of Earth and Sky vision and receive writing prompts to help guide their work.

Winning pieces created through the workshops or submitted online will be announced in June. The pieces will then be curated and installed across multiple locations in Charlotte, forming a temporary sculpture trail.

June 21st-25th: 9am - 4pm

Creative Writing Camp for Rising 7th-11th Graders, at Queens University of Charlotte, led by Sarah Creech and other Queens faculty. 


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

The Workshops of Asheville
Call for submissions for three prose contests.  For details about all three visit TWOA-Contests.
Humor MeStories of fiction or non-fiction, 5,000 words or less.  Deadline: is June 30, 2021
Hard Times: 5,000 words or less about a difficult experience in your life, how you overcame this obstacle, and how you were changed by it. Winning stories will be chosen for originality and creative writing style. Deadline August 30, 2021

LITERARY FICTION: 5,000 words or less, enter can be short stories or a chapter of a novel. Deadline: September 30, 2021


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. 

May 21st, 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.

Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 890 9613 5529
Passcode: 504974

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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