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Saturday, September 25, 2021, at 2:00pm - 4:00pm via Zoom

Finding a Story, a virtual writing workshop with Jill McCorkle

Presented by Charlotte Writers’ Club North

In this interactive workshop for beginning writers and veterans, Jill McCorkle will discuss ways to take an idea and get it onto the page.  She will lead the group in short writing exercises with prompts connected to “finding a story.”  There will be time for questions and answers. 

North Carolina’s own Jill McCorkle has been called “a born novelist” by the New York Times.  She has published six novels and four collections of short stories and her work has appeared in Best American Short Stories several times, as well as The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction.  A recipient of the North Carolina Award, she is currently a faculty member of the Bennington College Writing Seminars and is affiliated with the MFA program at North Carolina State University.




ADDITIONALLY: September 25, 2021 - 7pm - Jill McCorkle – Virtual Reading and Conversation with Q&A via Zoom

HIEROGLYPHICS, the author’s most recent novel

Presented by Main Street Books of Davidson and Charlotte Writers’ Club North - EVENT LINK    Zoom registration link

Join Jill, a masterful storyteller, as she spins a tale about a married couple who retire from Boston to Southern Pines, North Caroline.  As Lil and Frank sift through their past, they discover secrets that they and others have carried through generations.

2021-2022 CWC North Upcoming Events

August 18, 2021 - 7pmSuffrage 101: Virtual celebration of the 101st ratification of the Nineteeth Amendment

September 2nd - October 20th 2021 - CWCN and Mooresville Art - Beyond Poems and Paintings: Ekphrastic Art Exhibit 2

September 25, 2021 - 2pm - Finding a Story: Virtual Workshop wth Jill McCorkle

September 25, 2021 - 7pm - Jill McCorkle – Virtual Reading and Conversation with Q&A via Zoom

October 5, 2021 - 7pm - 911 Poetry Anthology Recalls Tragic Events, Advocates for Shared Humanity

October 14, 2021 -  7pm - Virtual Reading and Conversation with Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle, author of Even As We Breathe

Beyond Poems and Paintings: Ekphrastic Art Exhibit 2

Poets, interpret an artist’s work through your words. Charlotte Writers’ Club North and Mooresville Arts are seeking poets and artists to participate in an ekphrastic art exhibition.

Eight works of art will be featured along with sixteen poets’ interpretations at a reception on June 10, 2022, at the Mooresville Arts Gallery. Poets and artists will have the opportunity to socialize with one another and comment on their efforts and interpretations.

This two-part event is a judged, non-compensatory exhibit open to members of CWC and poets in the Carolinas. For the first part, poets will select a piece of art of their choosing and write an ekphrastic poem. These entries must be submitted between September 2 and October 20, 2021.

Only the first 50 poems will be considered of which sixteen will be selected by Diana Pinckney, an award-winning ekphrastic poet. These sixteen poets will participate in the second stage of the event.

Mooresville artists will post artwork online by January 31, 2022. Each poet will choose one piece of art and write an ekphrastic poem that will be exhibited with the art in June.

  • Poems must be 25 lines or less.

  • Multiple entries are not allowed.

  • Entries should be single-spaced in any standard 12 -point font, such as Times New Roman, Arial, Verdana, or Courier.

  • These are blind submissions. Include only the title of the poem, title of the art and number of lines of poetry in the upper left of the first page of the poem you are are uploading.

  • Identifying information should be in the "cover letter": the name of the event 'Beyond Poems and Paintings Ekphrastic Art Exhibit 2', poet's name, title of poem, title of art the poem is based on, email address, date submitted, and credit if poem is previously published.

  • Entry fee is $12.00 for CWC members, $22.00 for non members.


911 Poetry Anthology Recalls Tragic Events, Advocates for Shared Humanity
Tuesday, October 5 at 7:00 p.m.
Main Street Books in Davidson, Outdoor Stage

Presented by Main Street Books of Davidson and Charlotte Writers’ Club North

Event is free.

Join local poets as they share poems from Crossing the Rift: North Carolina Poets on 911 and Its Aftermath.  No matter how you were touched by the events of September 11, 2001, that moment continues to resonate.

This anthology, published by Press 53, brings together 116 poets from across the state, including six North Carolina poets laureate, in considering not only what happened that tragic day, but what continues to challenge us 20 years later:  Islamophobia, the vilification of refugees and asylum-seekers, nationalism, supercharged military budgets, and rises in virulent racism and domestic terrorism.

Edited by former North Carolina poet laureate Joseph Bathanti and 911 family member and former literature and theater director for the North Carolina Arts Council David Potorti, Crossing the Rift takes head-on what Carolyn Forche calls “the poetry of witness” and its advocacy “for a shared sense of humanity and collective resistance.”

Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle - Virtual Reading & Conversation
Thursday October 14, 2021 at 7 p.m.

EVEN AS WE BREATHE, the author’s award-winning debut novel

Presented by Main Street Books of Davidson & Charlotte Writers’ Club North

Event is free.  REGISTER HERE

Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle, an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and their first published author, will read selections from Even As We Breathe and discuss her teaching and writing experience.  She holds degrees from Yale University and the College of William and Mary.  Even As We Breathe was named one of NPR’s Best Books of 2020.  Her first novel manuscript, Going to Water, won a creative writing award from The Native American Literature Symposium and was a finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. Annette’s work has appeared in Smoky Mountain Living Magazine, The Atlantic, and other journals.   

After serving as executive director of the Cherokee Preservation Foundation, Annette returned to teaching at Swain County High School. She is the former co-editor of the Journal of Cherokee Studies and serves on the Board of Trustees for the North Carolina Writers’ Network.  The author lives in Qualla, NC with her husband and their two sons.

A nineteen-year-old yearns to escape his hometown of Cherokee, North Carolina and takes a summer job at Asheville's luxurious Grove Park Inn. With World War II raging in Europe, the resort is the temporary home of Axis diplomats and their families being held as prisoners of war.  This richly written debut novel explores the immutable nature of the human spirit and the idea that physical existence, with all its strife and injustice, will not be humanity's lasting legacy.

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