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Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 6:30 p.m. - CANCELLED per CDC recommendation to limit group gatherings to 50 people or less.
Diana Pinckney - Poet
Providence United Methodist Church (Room 104)
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211

Diana Pinckney, Charlotte, NC, has five collections of poetry, including The Beast and The Innocent (2015). She is the Winner of the 2010 Ekphrasis Prize, Atlanta Review’s 2012 International Prize and Press 53 Prime Number’s 2018 Award. Her work has appeared in such journals as Cave Wall, Arroyo, RHINO, Iodine, Tar River Poetry, Emrys Journal, The Pedestal Magazine, Green Mountains Review, Main Street Rag and other magazines and anthologies. Pinckney admits to being addicted to writing persona, and ekphrastic poems, and has led workshops on both forms for the Charlotte Center for the Literary Arts.

Releasing The Tiger in The Poem
In this presentation, poet Diana Pinckney focuses on tools that poets can use to get their words on the page and write their way to the heart of a poem. Chez Milosz, from Ars Poetica, wrote about a tiger springing forth in the process of writing poetry. Diana sees this act as unexpected, out of the dark jungle of our hearts and minds, sprung from the depth of our being—” the constellation of the unconscious” as the great poet, Stanley Kunitz, said when speaking of what comes up when we go deeper. Because the process of writing poetry can sometimes be as scary as the blank page, Diana will explore these ideas and discuss how the poet can meet up with their tiger to see what imaginative paths emerge. 



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2019-2020 CWC Upcoming Club Meetings

Theme: Exploring the Mystery of Writing (By Genre)

September 17, 2019 - Gavin Edwards New York Times best-selling Non-Fiction author

October 15, 2019 - Critique Group Information Session

November 19, 2019 - Mark deCastrique - North Carolina Mystery novelist

December 17, 2019 Amber Smith - New York Times best-selling Young Adult novelist

January 21, 2020 - George Hovis -  Suspense novelist

February 18, 2020 - Tim Reinhardt - Playwright and Fiction novelist

March 17, 2020 - Panel - Author Publicity and Marketing CANCELLED to be rescheduled

April 21, 2020 - Diana Pinckney - Poet

May 19, 2010 - Phillip Lewis - Literary Fiction novelist


Tuesday, May 19, 2020, 6:30 p.m. 
Phillip Lewis - 
Literary Fiction novelist
Providence United Methodist Church (Room 104)
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211
Your CWC Leaders will keep you updated should this meeting be cancelled due to the rapidly changing situation surrounding the spread of COVID-19 Virus.

The New York Times called Phillip’s debut novel, The Barrowfields, “a work of abundant talent.” Phillip is a Charlotte attorney who was born and raised in West Jefferson North Carolina, a little more than a stone’s throw away from the Virginia and Tennessee lines, and not far from the mythical town of Old Buckram, where the characters disappear and evolve in his literary fiction novel, The Barrowfields (published by Crown/Hogarth). When Phillip is not handling real-estate litigation cases or writing, he studies language, collects rare books, plays music (mostly the piano and the guitar), and reads everything he can get his hands on. The Barrowfields was published in the United States in 2017, and has now been printed by separate publishing companies in the United Kingdom, Poland, Italy, the Netherlands, France, and Germany.

Adding Meaning and Depth to a Story or Novel 
In this presentation, fiction author Phillip Lewis will discuss how to go about adding layers of meaning and depth to your story or novel through a variety of techniques, including literary, historical, or cultural allusions, symbolism, allegory, and others, with numerous examples from well-known and some lesser-known works of fiction, including his own novel, THE BARROWFIELDS.



AT A GLANCE - The Entire 2019-2020 CWC Year's Main Activities by Month

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