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Tuesday, March 17 2020, 6:30 p.m. 
Panel - Author Publicity and Marketing
Providence United Methodist Church (Room 214-upstairs)
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211

Three experienced publicists will share their wisdom on author publicity and marketing in this Charlotte Writers Club panel moderated by Landis Wade in the form of a LIVE podcast that will be featured on Charlotte Readers Podcast.

Meet your panelists.

Lynda Bouchard is a literary publicist and founder of Booking Authors Ink, a boutique marketing firm dedicated to Southern authors. For over 20 years, Lynda has worked with high profile authors such as Nicholas Sparks, Mary Alice Monroe, Cassandra King Conroy and the late Pat Conroy. She collaborates with New York publishing houses on Southern media campaigns and serves as an 'author concierge' for authors on tour throughout the South. With a Master’s Degree in Public Relations from Boston University and post graduate work in Literature from Oxford University in England, Lynda believes that book marketing is all about collaborative story-telling. She shares advice about publicity and marketing on Where Writers Win blog, and has been a featured speaker for the S.C. Writers Workshop as well as other literary workshops around the South.


Dawn Michelle Hardy has aided novelists and non-fiction authors for 17 years on their climb to publishing success by using strategic promotions to expand their readership, build their brands, win awards and garner national and local media attention. She is an award-winning publicist, a literary agent, speaker and sought after book publishing consultant who believes that promoting writers and their work are truly about discoverability, access, and an entrepreneurial approach. Her clients have won a wide range of awards including the IPPY, USA Best Book Award, Eric Hoffer Award and  a sports narrative that was Shortlisted for the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing. Dawn is President of Dream Relations PR & Literary Consulting, and the brainchild behind Publishing in Your Pajamas, a virtual writers conference that educates and empowers aspiring and debut authors. 


Hannah Turner is a publicist and digital marketer for artists across the creative spectrum including award-winning authors, musicians, fine artists, and independent filmmakers. She has served as an editor, public relations specialist, and marketer for both editorial firms and media outlets, including a Pulitzer Prize winning newspaper, The Post & Courier. After working first-hand in several different facets of the publishing and media industries, Hannah brought her experience to launch her own boutique marketing and public relations firm, Spellbound PR. Spellbound takes traditional PR tactics and puts a modern digital spin on storytelling campaigns to identify and reach target markets. Hannah has always been an avid reader and writer and is currently in the process of launching a book review column in addition to serving as a contributor to several online publications.



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


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

April 21, 2020 - Diana Pinckney - Poet

May 19, 2010 - Phillip Lewis - Literary Fiction novelist


Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 6:30 p.m. 
Diana Pinckney - 
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. 


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

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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