Best of Both Worlds
by Tasha Steimer
My story with The Charlotte Writers' Club starts in the cozy town of Davidson. I have lived in the Charlotte area for nearly four years, but it wasn't until I moved to the college town last spring that I discovered our wonderful organization. Within one month, I ran into a long-time member who invited me to attend a meeting. By the end of the year, I had met many talented writers and listened to amazing speakers. Shortly after that, I was fortunate enough to be asked to maintain the club's website. The Charlotte Writers' Club casts a wide net offering opportunities for writers throughout the city and as far as Rock Hill, Newton, Roaring Gap, and Salisbury. To fulfill the creative needs of residents in the rapidly expanding Lake Norman area, a satellite Charlotte Writers' Club-North was formed in 2007.
Since becoming part of the club, I have attended as many events at both locations as possible. There are positives to living in a small town with a strong arts community, and I know CWC has benefited from expanding its reach to welcome writers who have found a home in Huntersville, Cornelius, Davidson and Mooresville. With 18 scheduled meetings each year between both groups, all members have twice as many opportunities to learn from novelists, poets, playwrights, educators, publishers and other creative professionals. Lake Norman writers have the same access to contests and workshops such as New York agent and editor Donald Maass. And Charlotte writers have the opportunity to discover a thriving arts district to their north.
Each month, I run into a few of the same people at both locations. Whether it's dining at The Soda Shop in Davidson or Joseph-Beth's Bronte Bistro, we enjoy getting together before our honored speaker takes the podium. The greater Charlotte area is a fantastic place to be a writer, and we have so many wonderful opportunities to spread our creative wings. So let's take advantage! Hope to see you there (or here)!