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About Our Centennial Year
Our founder, A L Kimball, sought out writers and writing ideas in 1922 with an eye to building a community of nurturing, encouragement, and education for local writers of all genres and skill levels. A lot has happened in the last century, world wars, Great Depression, and most recently COVID. CWC has stood strong and indeed flourished as writers continue to engage with their times.
As we commemorate our 100th Anniversary in 2022, celebrating our past and our accomplishments, we’re also looking to the future to continue our mission: “Charlotte Writers Club supports local writers and promotes their development through education, recognition, and community.” Our writers’ voices are multi-generational and multi-cultural, and our Club is a safe and valued space for all perspectives to be heard as poets, novelists, essayists, and other storytellers share their ideas through written words. Whether we gather in person, online or both, the love of words and story is what connects us. CWC has approximately 300 members. Although a significant majority are residents of Charlotte-Mecklenburg, we have club members from around the region and as far away as California.
On Sunday evening, October 2nd, we’re bookending our 100th year of words with a Book & Author Talk in the auditorium of the Mint on Randolph. Therese Anne Fowler—a North Carolina novelist who has been three times on the New York Times best-seller list—will speak about her life in writing and the launch of her latest novel, It All Comes Down to This.
Tickets will go on sale later this summer so keep your eye on this spot! The event will be open to the public; CWC members will be able to buy tickets at discounted prices.
Therese Anne Fowler is the New York Times bestselling author of Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald and A Well-Behaved Woman (10/16/2018) and A Good Neighborhood (03/10/2020) Her work is available in multiple languages and in more than twenty countries. Z has been adapted as an original television series for Amazon Studios, starring Christina Ricci. A Well-Behaved Woman is in development with Sony Pictures Television. Therese earned a BA in sociology/cultural anthropology and an MFA in creative writing, both from NC State University. A proud member of Phi Beta Kappa and PEN America, she lives in Raleigh, NC, with her husband, author John Kessel. Learn more about our special guest and her books online at Therese Anne Fowler.
100 Years of Words—A Gala Like No Other!
Please join us as Charlotte Writers Club celebrates 100 years of supporting, educating, and promoting local writers.
We will gather at the Mint Museum on Sunday, May. 22nd from 6:00-9:00 PM. Bring your plus one and get ready to party like only writers can!
We're celebrating our story, our collective successes, and our tremendous milestone—couldn’t have done it without you! We'll raise a glass to our founder, to each other, to writing, to readers, and to the next century. Our Keynote Speaker is Dannye Romine Powell.
There will be live music, hors d'oeuvres catered by La Tea Da, drinks (beer, wine, lemonade), a silent auction, and other surprises. Landis Wade will be recording for posterity (and for Charlotte Reader's Podcast)—don't miss your chance to tell him what CWC means to you.
Each guest will receive a special CWC Centennial mug to take home.
The cost for this event is $30 for you and $30 for your guest. The museum and our caterer need a final headcount.
Silent Auction offerings for the Gala
Here is the list of donations for the Silent Auction as of May 8. Keep checking back to this page, because we're getting new offerings every day.
Archer, Sarah. The Plus One.
Bathanti, Joseph. Coventry: A Novel.
Callanan, Liam. Paris by the Book.
Castrique, Mark de, Hidden Scars: A Sam Blackman Mystery.
Gopo, Patrice. All the Colors We Will See.
Graham, Lea. From the Hotel Vernon.
Honeycutt, Irene Blair. Beneath the Bamboo Sky.
Collection of Anais Nin, journals, short stories, novellas and more,
Collection of May Sarton journals and poems
Israel, Charles. Stacking Weather: Poems.
Lewis, Pillip. The Barrowfields. (2 copies)
Martinac, Paula. Testimony.
McClanahan, Rebecca. Write Your Heart Out: Exploring and Expressing What Matters to You.
Powell, Dannye Romine. In the Sunroom with Raymond Carver.
Powell, Dannye Romine. Nobody Calls Me Darling Anymore.
Powell, Dannye Romine and Jill Krementz. Parting the Curtains: Interviews with Southern Writers.
Reinhardt, Timothy. Jesus’ Brother James.
Sorkin, Larry. Uncomfortable Minds. (4 copies)
Syverson, Gilda Morina. My Father’s Daughter: From Rome to Sicily.
Tomlinson, Tommy. The Elephant in the Room.
Wade, Landis. Deadly Declarations: An Indie Retirement Mystery.
Coaching & more:
Izard, Kathy. All three of Cathy’s books (A Good Night for Mr. Coleman, The Hundred Story Home, The Last Ordinary Hour) plus an hour of “book coaching.” ($175 value)
Thorpe, Betsy. An hour to answer questions about your book project plus a ten-page edit. ($200 value)
Gilda Morina Syverson, one-hour of mentoring, memoirist to memoirist, via Zoom. She’ll help you get started. And/or review 3-5 double-spaced pages, of a memoir in progress. ($75 value)
Keira Mayock, copy editing with developmental comments, up to 90,000 words. ($1,350 value)
Our Keynote Speaker
Dannye Romine Powell is unfortunately unable to present her talk at our Centennial Gala. We are honored to have Joseph Bathanti—a friend of Dannye’s and of CWC—step up to become our Keynote Speaker on Sunday.
Joseph Bathanti was appointed North Carolina’s seventh Poet Laureate in 2012-14, and in 2016 was the recipient of the North Carolina Award in Literature. Currently he is in the English Department of Appalachian State University serving as the inaugural McFarlane Family Distinguished Professor in Interdisciplinary Education, as well as Professor of Creative Writing.
Bathanti is the author of a host of award-winning publications spanning poetry, novels, short stories, and non-fiction. This March, his Light at the Seam: Poems was published by LSU Press.
In April, he was a panelist for How Stories Can Save Us. This community conversation about immigrant and refugee stories was sponsored by CWC and CWC North and hosted by St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.
For more about Joseph Bathani, go to his Appalachian State University write up: https://today.appstate.edu/2018/05/02/bathanti
Entertainment: Joseph Rincón
Joseph Rincón has been honing his abilities on the guitar for over eighteen years and has performed extensively throughout the United States and in Spain. He earned his B.M. in Performance degree from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, as well as receiving a formal recognition as “Outstanding Performer” by the faculty of the department of music. He also received two additional recognition and scholarships from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke for his exceptional skill in music performance. In 2017, he completed the Máster en Interpretación de Guitarra Clásica program at the Universitat d'Alacant, in Alicante, Spain. During his time in Spain, he studied closely with world-renowned guitarists such as Manuel Barrueco, Xavier Díaz-Latorre, Pepe Romero, Fabio Zanon, and Grammy-Award winning guitarist David Russell.
Over the years, he has been recognized for his outstanding musicality and his passionate performances. His guitar playing and musicianship have been described as “a combination of deep and moving musical ideas with beautiful sound and refined technique”. His performances are energetic and highly expressive, whether he is performing for a large audience or a small and intimate gathering.
Short Story Workshop by Ruth Moose
Why the Short Story?
Please join us on the Gala’s Sunday afternoon, May 22nd from 4:00 - 6:30 PM at the Levy Forum in the Mint Museum on Randolph Road in Charlotte. Ruth Moose kicks off our Centennial Celebration showcasing the Charlotte Writers Club’s commitment to writer education. This workshop, in our 100th year of words, is the third in our Centennial series of workshops we’re offering and is free for CWC members, $40 for non members.
After an introductory writing exercise and group sharing, a discussion on the elements of short story will follow. Q & A will include marketing and how workshops and professional organizations contribute to a writer’s success. Ruth Moose was a member of Charlotte Writers Club in the 1970s when she lived in Charlotte and where she made many lifelong writer friends with whom she is still in contact today. She was also a founding member of North Carolina Writers Network.
The founder of the Ruth Moose Flash Fiction Contest will get us primed for the gala by talking about her chosen genre, her life in it, her experiences as a CWC member, past member of the Club’s leadership team, and how she built upon what she learned.
This will be a hands-on writing workshop. Participants should bring a paper composition notebook and a pen or pencil writing instrument. No laptops please. She will explain why.
We hope those who attend this workshop will stick around for the Gala. Here is the link to register and purchase tickets for that too. However you may attend this workshop without attending the evening festivities.
RUTH MOOSE was on the Creative Writing faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill for 15 years. She’s published three collections of short stories, The Wreath Ribbon Quilt, Dreaming in Color and Neighbors and Other Strangers with individual stories published in the Atlantic, Alaska Quarterly Review, North American Review, Southern California Review and other places including publications in Holland, South Africa, England and Denmark. Moose has published six collections of poetry, most recently, The Librarian: and Other Poems and Tea: and Other Poems. Her novel, Doing it at the Dixie Dew, won the Mintoaur Books/Malice Domestic prize and was published by St.Martin’s Press in 2014, with a sequel Wedding Bell Blues in 2016.
She’s received a MacDowell Fellowship, a North Carolina Årtist Fellowship and the prestigious Chapman Award for Teaching. She won the PEN Award for Syndicated Fiction, the Robert Ruark Award for the Short Story, and the Sam Ragan Fine Arts Award. She has received 3 Pushcart nominations and a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship. She lives in Albemarle, NC.
A decade of CWC Presidents
President - 2011 - 2012
President - 2012 - 2013
Gina Carroll Howard
President - 2013 - 2014
President - 2014 - 2015
President - 2015 - 2016
President - 2016- 2017
President - 2017 - 2018
President - 2018 - 2019
Caroline Kane Kenna
President - 2019 - 2020
President - 2020 - 2021
President - 2021 - 2022
Adelia Kimball Founders' Award
The Founders Award was established to honor long-standing service to the Charlotte Writers Club and the literary community.
Caroline Kane Kenna, CWC President and Debra Wallin, CWC Immediate Past President present the Founder ’s Awards at the May 17, 2022 CWC Meeting.
David is a true ambassador for our club and for the our Charlotte literary community. You name it, he’s done it for CWC. I think we've heard him say he had to file IRS paperwork and he pinch hit as newsletter editor and stepped into his term as president early and led poetry character creating workshops for CWC and CWC North.
He has been president of the Thomas Wolfe Society and North Carolina Poetry Society, which CWC members help organize in the 1930s. It was his gentle suggestion, early in the pandemic, that we writers might like to meet online, that launched this virtual chapter. He is an enthusiastic advocate of writing and writers—his body of poetry and plays demonstrates in the words our founder “ideals fixed to literary stars”.
Gina Carroll Howard
When we emailed her to tell her she we wanted to honor her with an A.L. Kimball Founder’s Award, her response was she didn’t feel like she had done that much. Gina brought a passion for community service to her role—that we tried to build on. During her tenure, she spearheaded a volunteer program at the Mecklenburg County jail. She and other CWC volunteers taught writing classes that helped those incarcerated tell their stories.
It was her passion and drive that brought Carolina’s Wordfest to life. Two years in the making, we saw her commitment to the vision of a day for free writing workshops and activities. Gina planned the schedule, booked all the writers, and convinced them to donate their time and talent for the literary event. She booked the event rooms across Uptown, and scheduled food trucks for the day as well.
Since stepping away from CWC leadership, Gina has helped refugees acclimate to Charlotte, continued the writing program in the Mecklenburg County Jail, and serves as a CMS mentor and tutor. In her volunteer activities, Gina helps give voice to the voiceless and brings the unseen to light. Which to paraphrase our founder A.L. Kimball, are “ideals fixed to the literary stars.”
Irene Blair Honeycutt and Dede Wilson present one of the Founder’s Award at our May 2022 Centennial Gala.
The Charlotte Writers Club presents the Adelia Kimball Founder’s Award to a writer who has been described as a North Carolina Icon!
Doris Betts highly praised this writer, stating: “No other writer has produced a body of short stories that so deftly captures the Southern mindset, history and language."
How proud and grateful we are that this writer served as secretary to the CWC, was a program chair for four years (before the internet and email!), began the series of Sunday workshops, and established the Flash Fiction Contest.
Margaret G. Bigger dedicated more than 30 years of her writing life to help writers tell their stories. In 1997 she was the recipient of the Aline Thompson Service Award and Irene Honeycutt and Dede Wilson, former founder’s award winner themselves, recommended that we give Margaret a Founder’s Award too.
Margaret said she really enjoyed her time as a member of CWC, she must have as she was always at our meetings. Her 6-week course Recalling Memories for Your Family or the Public brought many new voices to the writing continuum—and the proceeds added to CWC coffers because she donated her net profits from that class to the club.
She is an author who sees humor in the milestones like weddings and retirement and told it all, and the editor of more books than we know the names of. She once wrote that she didn’t understand the need to make stories up because truth is always stranger than fiction. She too, is example of “ideals fixed to the literary stars".
President Caroline Kane Kenna surprised Immediate Past President Debra Wallin with the 2022 Aline Thompson Service Award.
This award was named for a former president who was called the backbone of the CWC. Debra Wallin has been the backbone and the heart of this organization since she joined in 2013. She raised service to art and was instrumental in implementing Member and Administration software to make the running of our club more efficient. Along with serving as President, she has been our Web Master since 2013.
As president, she spearheaded creation of the monthly CWC Open Mic Night at Mugs Coffee on Park Road and continues to host this opportunity for members to practice reading their work in front of an audience. It is also a chance to network with fellow writers and creatives and to introduce many new voices to the club. Often those voices become engaged members. The first open mic was in June of 2018 and goes on almost every month. During the coronavirus shutdown, June 2020 to June 2021, Debra and co-emcee Hope Smyth kept CWC members connected and engaged online. In July 2021, the CWC returned to in-person Open Mic Nights.