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Our next CWC general meeting is March 16th, 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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MEETING RECAPS (click link)

MEMBER KUDOS  (click link)


February 27th, 2021 - 1pm - 3pm: A Virtual Playwriting Presentation with Elizabeth Searle

March 8th - 7pm: CWC’s Virtual Writing Salon with Tiffany Grantham

March 16th - 6:30pm:  Daren Dean - Writing from the Unconscious 

Elizabeth Simpson Smith Short Story Contest - Closes March 16th


March 19th, 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.


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.


OTHER Opportunities

North Carolina Writers' Network

2020-2021 Online Class Series
Poetry Workshop on Thursday, March 11, 2021 7:00 to 8:30 pm.
Words as Symbols, Words as Spells: How Poems Alchemize Our Realities
Led by Ina Cariño. Register here.


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.


Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest - Deadline for Submission is April 1, 2021

No Admisson Fee - Published or unpublished works - No author age limit. The poem submitted should be in English; inspired gibberish is also accepted.

The contest was inspired by Wergel creator David Taub, retired British Columnist, Journalist, Consultant Editor, Poet, Lecturer and Narrator / Voice-over talent.

For more information and to enter go to Winning Writers.


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 ï»¿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. 


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:
    $500.00 award
    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. 


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

March 19th, 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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