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CWC's Virtual Writing Salon & Social Time
CWC's Virtual Writing Salon & Social Time

Tiffany Grantham

On Monday, December 12th at 7 pm come write for 75-minutes or so. We’ll have a little face time, a little catch up time before she spins instrumental music for your mind to riff on. Following each prompt, there will be time for volunteers to read aloud.

Please join us, there is no pressure, no angst, just you and your writing instrument and your untamed creativity.  Bring your own characters, write with your own story in mind or let your thoughts dance across the page. Shake off the dust of the day and perhaps when we’re done, those tunes will have you humming something brand new, a song that really jazzes you. Writers of all genres, all stages of the crafe welcome. CWC members will receive an invitation with the Zoom link. If you want to be our guest contact us here and we’ll send you the link.

Tiffany is a Children’s Service Specialist for Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, short story-fiction writer and secretary for CWC’s executive board. Learn more about Tiffany by clicking on her page. Check out her website and blog at Creatiffwritng.

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All the Book Marketing I Did Not Know and Other Tips for Launching and Marketing Your Novel
All the Book Marketing I Did Not Know and Other Tips for Launching and Marketing Your Novel

Speaker: Landis Wade

Tuesday, November 15, 2022 - 6:30 p.m.
Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte, NC 28210

In this presentation, Landis Wade shares the differences between author platform building and book selling, discusses techniques and strategies important to both, and shares what he did prior to and following the release of his novel Deadly Declarations to reach more readers. He also discusses all the book marketing he did not know and shares examples of how to make book marketing fun.

Landis Wade is a recovering trial lawyer turned author turned host of the popular Charlotte Readers Podcast (where he has conducted more than 300 author interviews), whose third book—The Christmas Redemption—won the Holiday category of the 12th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards, and whose recent novel, Deadly Declarations, received praise by Kirkus Reviews, BookLife Reviews and Midwest Book Reviews, and was named a Finalist in the Thriller/Adventure category of the 2022 International Book Awards. He’s a past board member of Charlotte Writers Club, has taught courses on podcasting, audiobooks, book marketing, and writing, and has been active in the Charlotte and North Carolina writing communities.

Author website: www.landiswade.com

Podcast website: www.charlottereaderspodcast.com

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Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 6:30 p.m. 
Critique Group Creation and Support
Tyvola Senior Center
2225 Tyvola Road
Charlotte, NC 28210

Are you considering joining a CWC Critique Group?  

These groups can be a wonderful way to share your project with your fellow writers, see your work through fresh eyes, and receive valuable feedback. These groups also help writers stay on track and continue writing, providing encouragement and accountability.

All Charlotte Writer's Club members have the opportunity to participate in a Critique Group. Critique Groups typically meet once per month. Members either bring work to share at each meeting or, if the work is longer, share work in advance and use the meeting time to provide and receive feedback. Critique Groups are scheduled and run independently of regular CWC meetings; however, all Critique Group participants must be current CWC members.

Current Critique Groups

Don't see a group relevant to your interests? No worries! New groups will be forming this fall, and this is the place to meet fellow writers interested in receiving regular feedback on their writing projects. The goal of this lively exchange is for you to connect with writers of like ambition and to form groups that will take your projects to the next level.

At this Critique Group Meeting we will work with members to help them find a critique group that works for them.


New groups are forming all the time. If you are interested in starting a new Critique Group, or if you have general questions about the groups, please contact CWC President.

Click on the link below to view photos and program recap from previous meetings.

MEETING RECAPS

 2022-2023 CWC Club Meetings - 100 Year Anniversary


November 15, 2022 - Speaker: Landis Wade: All the Book Marketing I Did Not Know & Other Tips for Launching & Marketing Your Novel
December 13, 2022 - Critique Group organization meeting
January 17, 2023 - Speaker: Yasmin Angoe: How I Work . . . and How Getting an Agent and Being Published Has Changed That
February 21, 2023 - Speaker: Morry Alter: Go Where the Story Takes You!
March 21, 2023 -  Speaker: Tom Gill: 

April 18, 2023 - Speaker: (Poet TBD)
May 16, 2023 - Speaker: Terry Roberts: Dialogue as Action:  Crafting the Widest Possible Range of Dramatic Dialogue.


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How I Work . . . and How Getting an Agent and Being Published Has Changed That
How I Work . . . and How Getting an Agent and Being Published Has Changed That

Speaker: Yasmin Angoe

Tuesday, January 17, 2023 - 6:30 p.m.
Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte, NC 28210

Like most of us who sit down to write, Yasmin Angoe was far from a blank slate when she began the novel that was ultimately published as Her Name is Knight. She was guided in part by her experience as a first generation Ghanaian American. As a former English teacher, she was guided by the hundreds of novels she had read ever-so-carefully over the years and by a better-than-average knowledge of the different ways readers approach novels. With one novel in print, a second set for publication in September, it’s clear that her methods work. And yet, Yasmin is quick to point out, the way she works now differs from the way she worked before she had an agent or a publisher. What has changed? Can what she has learned make your road to publication smoother?

Yasmin Angoe is the author of the acclaimed Her Name Is Knight, the first book in the Nena Knight trilogy. She is a first-generation Ghanaian American, a former English teacher, and the recipient of the 2020 Eleanor Taylor Bland Award for Emerging Writers of Color from Sisters in Crime. Her Name Is Knight was an Amazon Best Book of the Month for Mystery, Triller & Suspense, and is an Editor’s Pick. Yasmin is a nominee for the 2022 Anthony Awards for Best First Book, the Silver Falchion Award for Best Thriller, and the AAMBC Awards for Debut Author of the Year. Yasmin’s work has received numerous recognitions, Best Of listings, and a Library Journal Starred Review. Her Name Is Knight has appeared in Woman’s World Book Club, POPSUGAR, Nerd Daily, the Washington Independent Review of Books, and on other platforms. Yasmin received a Kirkus Review calling Her Name Is Knight, “A parable of reclaiming personal and tribal identity by seizing power at all costs.” The second book in the Nena Knight series, They Come at Knight, is scheduled for publication on September 13, 2022.

Author Website:  https://yasminangoe.com/

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Go Where the Story Takes You!
Go Where the Story Takes You!

Speaker: Morry Alter

Tuesday, February 21, 2023, - 6:30 p.m.
Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte, NC 28210

Though more videographer than writer, Morry Alter knows how to tell a story, and the lessons he learned about storytelling in nearly forty years on the job can make your work as a writer easier and more rewarding. Though he almost always had a storyline in mind when he took to the road, Morry is quick to admit that much of what happened as he pursued his stories was unplanned. Like a writer at the end of a first draft, burdened by too many bits and pieces pointing in too many directions, he had to learn to follow where the story led, to highlight the most important elements of the story he had discovered – and to leave the rest on the cutting room floor.

Beginning with the viewing of an Emmy-winning video (or two), he share some of his secrets with us.

A two-time graduate of the University of Iowa (B.A. in Political Science, M.A. in Journalism), Morry Alter worked for 39 years in radio and television news before retiring in 2006. He has done it all: reporter, drivetime anchor, news director, anchorman. At his longest gig – 23 years as morning anchor/human interest feature reporter at CBS’s flagship station in New York (WCBS-TV) – Morry developed the video series that made him famous, “Morry’s Stories.”

In addition to numerous AP and UPI awards, Morry brought home more than 20 Emmy awards and a Quill Award before he retired to North Carolina in 2007. Since then, he has coached young reporters for Time Warner, created health stories for J&J pharma’s Youtube health channel, and produced and reported videos for various non-profits. He and his wife, Joan, live most of the year in Charlotte, North Carolina, migrating to Northern Michigan when temperatures here rise.


Program Title TBD
Program Title TBD

Speaker: Tom Gill

Tuesday, March 21 , 2023 - 6:30 p.m.
Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte, NC 28210

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Speaker: TBD

Tuesday, April 18, 2023 - 6:30 p.m.
Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte, NC 28210

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Dialogue as Action: Crafting the Widest Possible Range of Dramatic Dialogue
Dialogue as Action: Crafting the Widest Possible Range of Dramatic Dialogue

Speaker: Terry Roberts

Tuesday, May 16, 2023 - 6:30 p.m.
Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte, NC 28210

Terry Roberts is the author of four celebrated novels: A Short Time to Stay Here (winner of the Willie Morris Prize for Southern Fiction and the Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction); That Bright Land (winner of the Thomas Wolfe Literary Award, the James Still Award for Writing About the Appalachian South and the Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction); and, The Holy Ghost Speakeasy and Revival (a finalist for the 2019 Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction) and most recently, My Mistress’ Eyes are Raven Black (Finalist for the 2022 Best Paperback Original Novel by the International Thriller Writers Organization). Roberts’ fifth novel, The Sky Club, was released in July of 2022.

Roberts is a lifelong teacher and educational reformer as well as an award-winning novelist. He is a native of the mountains of Western North Carolina—born and bred. His ancestors include six generations of mountain farmers, as well as the bootleggers and preachers who appear in his novels. He was raised close by his grandmother, Belva Anderson Roberts, who was born in 1888 and passed to him the magic of the past along with the grit and humor of mountain story telling.

Roberts is the Director of the National Paideia Center and lives in Asheville, North Carolina  with his wife, Lynn.

Author Website: https://terryrobertsauthor.com/

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AT A GLANCE - The Entire 2021-2022 CWC Main Activities by Month

Click  HERE  to get printable 2021-2022 At a Glance Club Activity Calendar

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Charlotte Lit is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit literary arts center, engaging and educating writers and readers, and building a stronger Charlotte through literature.

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