CWC North’s committee is in its second chapter of a story begun by the late Louise Rockwell.
Louise was a former theater professor, a supporter of the arts, and true Renaissance woman. Her many talents included writing poetry and prose, teaching, dancing and producing quality theater.
It was her vision that Charlotte Writers' Club grow and nurture the writing community in northern Mecklenburg and Iredell counties. With support from the Charlotte group, writers of all genres began gathering monthly in Davidson to hear from those involved with the craft, including agents and publishers, and to network over cake and punch. “Those who are meant to be there will come,” was her philosophy.
During Louise’s tenure, CWC North created the Anthony Abbott poetry contest for college students, which CWC continues to administer. In 2015-16, the contest was merged with the Deane Ritch Lomax Prize to form a new poetry contest with a category for college students that still bears Abbott’s name.
As writers’ needs in the Lake Norman area have evolved, so has our committee. A few years ago, we began to sponsor quarterly events and workshops to enrich and celebrate writers of all genres. There is a charge for workshops, but speakers and readings are free and open to the public. Most events are based in Cornelius, at The Warehouse PAC. Recently, the committee partnered with Iodine Poetry Journal to co-sponsor a featured poetry reading and open mic event at Waterbean Coffee in Huntersville. A flash fiction workshop is planned for spring 2016.
The current committee includes: Ann Campanella, Connie Fisher, Caroline Kane Kenna, Lisa Kline, Carolyn Noell, Tootsie O’Hara, Paula Palmer, Sandra Phillips, Leslie Rupracht, Tasha Steimer, Gilda Morina Syverson, and Terri Wolfe.