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2019-2020 Season

Tuesday, March 17 2020, 6:30 p.m.  CANCELLED due to rapidly changing situation surrounding the spread of the Coronavirus. 
We hope to reschedule this Panel Discussion at a later date.

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.

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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. 

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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.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020, 6:30 p.m. 
Tim Reinhardt - 
Playwright and Fiction novelist
Providence United Methodist Church (Room 104)
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211

Tim Reinhardt is a drug dealer a/k/a known veteran of the pharmaceutical industry, who has traveled the world extensively and studied diverse cultures. His travels, coupled with an eventful childhood, shape his thought-provoking perspective on life and his dark comedies. Tim is the writer of the Academy-Award qualifying film Crackers, as well as the author of Afaq: I'm Trapped in India and his most recent novel, Jesus’s Brother James. He is currently working on a film adaptation for Jesus's Brother James. When he’s not busy writing, Tim enjoys making films, playing tennis, and learning about history. He resides in Holly Springs, North Carolina.

Screenwriting vs. Novel Writing:  Exploring the Differences
Have you wanted to write a screenplay?  Tim Reinhardt, the writer of the Academy-Award qualifying film Crackers, as well as the author of Afaq: I'm Trapped in India and his most recent novel, Jesus’s Brother James, will walk through his journey from trying to write novels to writing screenplays and back to writing novels. Timothy will review the differences with the two, both on paper and what a scene looks like when it finally makes it to the screen.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020, 6:30 p.m. 
George Hovis - 
Suspense novelist
Providence United Methodist Church (Room 104)
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211

George Hovis is professor of English at SUNY Oneonta in Upstate New York but originally a native of Gaston County, North Carolina. Before becoming a writer and teacher, he worked as a process chemist at several ink factories in Charlotte. His debut novel, The Skin Artist, is published by SFK Press, and his stories and essays have appeared widely, most recently in The Carolina Quarterly, The Fourth River, and North Carolina Literary Review.  A Pushcart Prize nominee and former President of the Thomas Wolfe Society, he earned a PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has attended the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. His monograph Vale of Humility: Plain Folk in Contemporary North Carolina Fiction was published in 2007 by University of South Carolina Press.

 
Mysterious Landscapes, Unpredictable Characters, Unforgettable Stories
George Hovis will discuss strategies for finding the mysterious, the surreal, and the sublime available in everyday landscapes. This session will explore how setting gives birth to characters and plots--and how, in turn, the actions of characters define a place.  

With a look at how he happened upon the Gothic side of Charlotte while writing his novel The Skin Artist (2019), Hovis will challenge CWC members to discover the mystery lurking in their own stories. 
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Tuesday, December 17, 2019, 6:30 p.m. 
Amber Smith - 
York Times best-selling Young Adult novelist
Providence United Methodist Church (Room 104)
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211
Amber Smith is the New York Times bestselling author of novels for young adults. Her debut, The Way I Used to Be (2016), was selected for the American Library Association’s Amelia Bloomer List of Feminist Literature and Texas Library Association’s TAYSHAS List, named a Bank Street Best Book of the Year, an Eliot Rosewater Award honor book, and nominated for Goodreads Choice Award in YA Fiction and Connecticut’s Nutmeg Book Award. Her second novel, The Last to Let Go (2018), received starred reviews from Booklist and VOYA, and was named a most-anticipated book by B&N Teen Blog, Elite Daily, and Bookish. Her third novel, Something Like Gravity (2019) received starred reviews from VOYA and Bookpage, was named an Amazon Best Book of the Month, and a most-anticipated book by BookRiot, NewNowNext, B&N Teen Blog, Entertainment Weekly, and The Advocate.

Amber grew up in Buffalo, New York and now lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her partner and their ever-growing family of rescued dogs and cats. Fueled by a lifelong passion for the arts, story, and creative expression, Amber graduated from art school with a BFA in Painting and went on to earn her master’s degree in Art History. When she’s not writing she’s usually reading, but can also be found in her studio making art or freelancing as an art consultant. She has also written on the topics of art history and modern and contemporary art, and contributed to the nonfiction YA anthology Our Stories, Our Voices: 21 Authors Get Real About Injustice, Empowerment, and Growing Up Female in America (2018).

An advocate for increased awareness of gendered violence, including sexual assault and domestic or intimate partner abuse, as well as LGBTQ equality, she writes in the hope that her books can help to foster change and spark dialogue surrounding these issues.

  

5 x 5: Tips for Writing with Strength and Clarity
Have you ever heard of the saying “five by five”? It goes back to World War II-era radio communications, and it means “I understand you perfectly,” as in the signal has excellent strength and perfect clarity – in other words, it could not be better. In this presentation, you will learn the best tips for writing with both strength and clarity from bestselling author, Amber Smith. Featuring Smith’s top five writing tips that can be applied to all genres, including poetry, prose, fiction, and nonfiction, followed by five personal tips that Smith has developed throughout the past decade of writing and publishing. Together, these 10 tips will be sure to bring something fresh and new to your writing process.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 6:30 p.m. 
Mark deCastrique - North Carolina Mystery Novelist
Providence United Methodist Church (Room 104)
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211

Mark deCastrique is the author of 17 mystery and several suspense novels. He was born in Hendersonville, NC, near Asheville and went straight from the hospital to the funeral home where his father was the funeral director and the family lived upstairs. The unusual setting sparked his popular Barry Clayton series (Buryin’ Barry) and launched his mystery-writing career. His novels have received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Booklist. The Chicago Tribune applauded his narrative skills in “the subtle ways he captures the geography – both physical and human – of a unique part of the American South.”

Clues to Mystery Writing
What makes a mystery, well, a mystery? Mark de Castrique, author of nineteen mystery novels, shares the structure and conventions that underpin the genre and can add an element of mystery to any story. Join us as we turn our Mystery of Writing theme upside down and uncover the clues to the Writing of Mystery. 

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 6:30 p.m. 
Critique Group Information Session
Providence United Methodist Church (Room 104)
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211
 
A Word from Critique Group Coordinator,
Jennifer Hurlburt  
 
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.
Critique groups typically meet every month, with members either bringing work to share at each meeting, or (if the work is longer) sharing work in advance of the meeting and using the meeting time to provide feedback. These meetings are independent of our regular  meetings, but we do ask all writers participating in critique groups to be current CWC members,
 
Right now, there are 15 active critique groups meeting in bookstores, coffee shops, libraries, restaurants and private homes throughout the greater Charlotte region, with more groups being formed all the time. The following active critique groups are accepting new members now:
Short Story (South Park area/meets in the evening)
Novel/Short Story (South Park area/meets during the day)
Humor/Mixed Genre (South Charlotte/meets in the evening)
Screenwriting (TBD)
 
Don't see a group relevant to your interests? No worries! New groups will be forming this fall, and the October CWC meeting 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.  
 
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Tuesday, Sept 17, 2019, 6:30 p.m. 
Gavin Edwards -
NYT's Best Selling Nonfiction Author  
Providence United Methodist Church (Room 104)
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211
 
Gavin Edwards
 
GREEN ROOMS ARE RARELY GREEN  
 
Celebrity journalism has unique pleasures and pitfalls. Gavin Edwards has traveled from Bahrain to New Zealand to spend time with famous personalities including George Lucas, Stephen Colbert, and Snoop Dogg. He will discuss his experiences riding tour buses, drinking champagne, and playing skee-ball with the stars--and explain how those adventures made him a better writer.
 
Gavin Edwards is the local New York Times-bestselling author of ten books (including The Tao of Bill Murray and The World According to Tom Hanks) and the editor of The Beautiful Book of Exquisite Corpses. Edwards published his first book of misheard lyrics in 1995. Titled 'Scuse Me While I Kiss This Guy, it was published by Touchstone Books and he's written about many celebrities. His most recent book about Fred Rogers comes out in October 2019.              
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2018-2019 Season
Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 7 p.m. 
Judy Goldman -
Memoir
Providence United Methodist Church (Room 104)
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211
 
Engaging Your Reader's Empathy: How to Establish Voice in Memoir
How can you be your authentic self in your memoir?  After all, writers want to be liked.  We want to be engaging.  It's easy to try to portray charm at the expense of honesty. Judy will talk to you about being candid and genuine in your work - which will, in turn, help you connect more intimately with your reader.
Judy Goldman is the author of a two memoirs,  Together: A Memoir of a Marriage and a Medical Mishap 
and  Losing My Sister; two novels,  Early Leaving and The Slow Way Back: and two books of poetry,  Wanting To Know the End and Holding Back Winter.
Losing My Sister was a finalist for both Southeast Booksellers Alliance's Memoir of the Year and
 Judy Goldman
ForeWord Review's Memoir of the Year. Her work has appeared in The Southern Review, Kenyon Review, Gettysburg Review, Ohio Review, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, Crazyhorse, and Real Simple magazine; her book reviews in The Washington Post and The Charlotte Observer; her commentaries on public radio in Chapel Hill and Charlotte. 
Judy is a member of the Charlotte Writers' Club and lives with her husband in Charlotte, NC. They have two married children and four grandchildren.
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Tuesday, April 16, 2020, 7 p.m. 
Dannye Romine Powell - Poetry
Providence United Methodist Church (Room 104)
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211
Dannye Romine Powell is author of four poetry collections, two of which have won the Brockman-Campbell Award for the best book of poetry published by a North Carolinian in the prior year. She's won fellowships in poetry from the NEA and the North Carolina Arts Council and has won a residency to the writer's colony Yaddo, where she slept one icy winter in the bedroom once occupied by Sylvia Plath. She has worked for many years at the Charlotte Observer, where she writes about books and authors.
 
Sending Your Voice into the World: Contests, Journal Submissions, and Other Paths to Publication
If the writerly part of you prefers a garret in Paris, the submitter part of you needs a sleek desk, a ledger and a healthy ego. Dannye will talk about where to submit, how often to submit and why to submit your poems, short stories and essays. She'll cover that old slippery slope of simultaneous submissions, as well. 
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Tuesday, March 19, 2020, 7 p.m. 
Panel Discussion -
Gail Martin & John Hartness - Panel Discussion: Three Paths to Publishing
Providence United Methodist Church (Room 104)
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211
Gail Z. Martin writes urban fantasy, epic fantasy and steampunk for Solaris Books, Orbit Books, Falstaff Books, SOL Publishing and Darkwind Press. Her urban fantasy series include Deadly Curiosities and the Night Vigil (Sons of Darkness). Her epic fantasy series include Darkhurst, the Chronicles Of The Necromancer, the Fallen Kings Cycle, the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga, and the Assassins of Landria. Her newest titles include Tangled Web, Vengeance, The Dark Road, and Assassin's Honor. As Morgan Brice, she also writes urban fantasy MM paranormal romance. 
 
John G. Hartness is an author, publisher, and podcaster from Charlotte, NC. He is the author of multiple novel series, co-founder and publisher of Falstaff Books, and a member of the Authors & Dragons podcast. Falstaff Books is a small press dedicated to publishing the best of genre fiction's "misfit toys," having published over 50 titles with authors ranging from first-timers to NY Times bestsellers, with no signs of slowing down any time soon. John is the award-winning author of the urban fantasy series The Black Knight Chronicles, the Bubba the Monster Hunter comedic horror series, the Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter dark fantasy series, and many other projects.
 
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Tuesday, February 19, 2020, 7 p.m. 
Kathy Izard - Nonfiction
Providence United Methodist Church (Room 104)
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211
 
           
Kathy Izard is an author and speaker who helped bring transformation to Charlotte in homelessness, housing and mental health. Her award-winning memoir The Hundred Story Home has been featured on NPR and inspires people to be changemakers in their communities. In November, she will be honored as a William J. Clinton Distinguished Lecturer at the Clinton School of Public Service.
 
 
Giving Voice to Your Passion: How to Tell Effective Stories about What Matters Most
In this talk, Kathy will share some lessons she's learned about getting what matters to you most onto the page - and into a publisher's hands. When Kathy Izard began working on her first manuscript in 2011 her writer's voice wasn't yet fully formed, but she knew she had important stories to tell about the four years she had spent working with homeless people in Charlotte. She felt she had witnessed some miracles and felt passionate about getting those stories into the world. After six years and fifteen drafts, those stories were woven into a manuscript that became an award-winning, self-published memoir and finally, a book contract for The Hundred Story Home.
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Tuesday, January 15, 2020, 7 p.m. 
Dede Wilson - CWC History
Providence United Methodist Church (Room 104)
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211
Charlotte poet Dede Wilson would probably tell you she's really a newspaper gal. Her first job after college was obit editor for her hometown paper, the Alexandria (LA) Daily Town Talk. One year later, she relocated to Dallas, Texas, where she became travel editor of the Dallas Times Herald
 
In 1967, she moved to Charlotte where she soon joined the Charlotte Writers' Club, becoming president 30 years later. The club later honored her with the Adelia Kimball Founders Award.
Dede's seventh book of poetry is forthcoming. Her first book,  Glass , was published by Scots Plaid Press as runner-up for the 1998 Persephone Press Award, and her second book,  Sea of Small Fears,  won the 2001 Main Street Rag Chapbook Competition.  Eliza: The New Orleans Years  was produced as a one-woman show in Mississippi and North Carolina.
 
Her poems have appeared in numerous journals including Spoon River, Carolina Quarterly, Painted Bride Quarterly, Southern Poetry Review, Flyway, Tar River, South Carolina Review, Atlanta Review and Tampa Review.
Charlotte Writers' Club Voices of the Past
Dede will take us back in time to visit a time when the club was formed and how it has evolved.
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Tuesday, December 18, 2018, 7 p.m. 
Jeff Jackson - Point of View
Providence United Methodist Church (Room 104)
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211
 Jeff Jackson

I Said, You Said, She Said: Selecting the Best Point of View for Your Work

Finding the right storytelling voice for a project is essential. How do you decide whether it should it be told by an omniscient narrator, one of your characters, several characters, or even a stand-in for yourself? What do you do when what initially seemed like the best choice starts to feel constraining? Jeff Jackson will discuss how to use point of view effectively so it energizes your work, highlighting some of the rewards and pitfalls offered by different approaches. He'll also share several tricks and techniques for how to bend point of view to your story's specific needs. 

Jeff Jackson  is the author of the novel  Mira Corpora , which was a Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and selected one of the best books of 2013 in Salon, Slate, and New Statesman. His short fiction has appeared in  Guernica,  Vice, and The Common. Six of his plays have been produced in New York City by the Obie-Award winning Collapsable Giraffe theater company. He curates the New Frequencies series of cutting-edge music, film, and literature events at the McColl Center in Charlotte. Check out his  website  at  www.deathofliterature.com
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Tuesday, November 20, 2018, 7 p.m. 
Patrice Gopo - Personal Essay
Providence United Methodist Church (Room 214)
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211
Where Your Voice Meets the World's
The Personal Essay as a Vehicle for Social Change
Personal essays are a popular and important way to share deeper thoughts and insights about our lived experience. But the personal essay can also be a vehicle for social change. In the act of writing a personal essay or conveying a personal experience through writing, we may not always realize how these stories intersect with the stories unfolding in society. In this talk, we will consider the ways our lived experiences and insights can connect with the larger conversations happening in the broader world. We will examine how  writing our personal stories can help promote positive social change in and beyond our spheres of influence.
Patrice Gopo's essays have appeared in a variety of literary journals and other publications, including Gulf Coast, Full Grown People, Creative Nonfiction, and online in The New York Times and The Washington Post. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and she is the grateful recipient of a North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship in Literature. She is the author of All the Colors We Will See: Reflections on Barriers, Brokenness, and Finding Our Way, an essay collection about race, immigration, and belonging.  
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Tuesday, October 16th, 2018, 7 p.m. 
Critique Group Information Session
Providence United Methodist Church (Room 214)
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211
Susan Wilson, Critique Group Chair
 
How Critique Groups Operate and Why You Should Join One
 
For our October meeting, we invite all current members of CWC-sponsored critique groups to come and help us build our networks in Fiction, Mystery/Suspense, Poetry, Sci-Fi/Paranormal, Historical, Short Story, and Mixed Genre Fiction, or create new groups like Playwriting.
 
We particularly invite newer members who aren't currently in any critique groups but would like to work with fellow writers in their chosen literary forms. Attendees will be able to visit multiple groups and find what they need.
 
This is a great opportunity for all our new writers to get the support you need, even if you are just starting out.
 
Our critique groups meet by day or by night, in the north and in the south of Charlotte, online, in bookstores, cafes, or people's homes. Find a place where you fit in and your work can be reviewed and improved.
 
This year, we will have information tables where interested members can visit and see what group is right for them.  The leaders of each genre critique group will answer your questions, such as how their group works and the benefits of joining a group.
 
 
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Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018, 7 p.m. 
Randell Jones, nonfiction author
Providence United Methodist Church (Room 104)
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211

Randell Jones is a North Carolina author of several non-fiction books including In the Footsteps of Daniel Boone, Before They Were Heroes at King’s Mountain, and From Time to Time in North Carolina. Since 2007, he has served as an invited member of the Road Scholar Speakers Bureau of the North Carolina Humanities Council. He has received two awards from the Kentucky Historical Society and in 2013, the National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution conferred on him its national History Award Medal for his body of work. Randell lives in Winston-Salem where he writes and speaks as Daniel Boone Footsteps (www.DanielBooneFootsteps.com).

If you would like to experience one of Randell’s presentations just before he speaks to the CWC, he will be speaking to the York County Genealogical and Historical Society in Clover, SC, on Sunday, Sept. 9, at 3:00pm. (Take NC Hwy 49 west from Charlotte to Bethel Presbyterian Church at 2445 Hwy 557 in Clover, SC. The title of his talk is “Saving Colonel Williams—a New Kings Mountain Story.” To get a proper background for this talk, those planning to attend are encouraged to watch beforehand his award-winning video “The American Spirit, 1780” on YouTube, easily accessible from “Classroom” in the main menu at www.DanielBooneFootsteps.com.

Giving Life to Historical Voices: How to Identify Your Subject, Research, Write, Market, and Sell Historical Nonfiction 

Randell’s 15-year second career as a historian, writer, and speaker is a surprise to him as he never set out in that direction; but, he has learned enough to share some insights on what works and what doesn’t after writing nine history books, producing two videos, and creating interactive online content. He speaks frequently around the state and from Florida to Pennsylvania to Ohio and to West Tennessee. Bringing history to life by giving it voice—be it an individual, an episode, a movement, or an era—can be accomplished in part by paying attention to some specific factors. The tougher part is thinking strategically about the consumers of that voice. That means the key to selling the past is being able to imagine and then create the near future. It’s about helping people in myriad ways willingly choose to encounter something they might not already know.

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2017-2018 Season

Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 7 p.m. 
John Amen, poet
Providence United Methodist Church (Room 104)
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211

John Amen is the author of several collections of poetry, including strange theater (New York Quarterly Books, 2015), a finalist for the 2016 Brockman-Campbell Award. He is co-author, with Daniel Y. Harris, of The New Arcana. His latest collection, Illusion of an Overwhelm, work from which was chosen as a finalist for the Dana Award, was released by New York Quarterly Books in 2017. His poetry, fiction, reviews, and essays have appeared in journals nationally and internationally, and his poetry has been translated into Spanish, French, Hungarian, Korean, and Hebrew. He is a Staff Reviewer for No Depression. He founded and continues to edit The Pedestal Magazine.

Poetry: From Sanctuary to Freedom
When I began writing as a young teen, the artistic process served as a sanctuary. Freedom was experienced via poetic expression in a way that didn’t seem possible in “real life.” Over the years, this process, in which fundamental traumas and internal conflict could be systematically redeemed as artistic content, also facilitated a broader and more quotidian sense of empowerment. In this way, the pursuit of poetry is a pure experiment and a practice by which psychological integration and flexibility can be achieved. During this program, I’ll offer a mix of autobiographic explanations and share relevant poems from my collections.

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Tuesday, April 17th, 2018, 7 p.m. 
Panel Discussion - Building an Author Platform
Providence United Methodist Church (Room 104)
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211
 
The panel will focus on building an author platform in the digital age - with the craft portion of the presentation being on marketing. The panel speakers:

Alice Osborn’s past educational and work experience is unusually varied, and it now feeds her work as a poet/book editor and singer/songwriter on acoustic guitar. In the past decade, Alice has taught writing workshops to thousands of aspiring fiction, poetry, and memoir authors of nearly all ages from 9 to 90 both around the corner and across continents. Heroes without Capes is her most recent collection of poetry. Previous collections are After the Steaming Stops and Unfinished Projects.  Alice is also the editor of the anthologies Tatoos  and Creatures of Habitat, both from Main Street Rag. A North Carolina Writers’ Network, North Carolina Poetry Society, and North Carolina Songwriters Co-op board member and a Pushcart Prize nominee, her work has appeared in the News and Observer, the Broad River Review, The Pedestal Magazine, Soundings Review and in numerous journals and anthologies. Alice is the musician-in-residence for the Western Wake Farmers' Market. She is also an Irish dancer who plays Celtic fiddle and bluegrass banjo. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her husband, two children, four birds and one messy guinea pig. Visit Alice’s website at www.aliceosborn.com and check out her music at www.reverbnation.com/aliceosborn.

Jan McCanless has been a best selling author for  15 books.  A mother of three, and grandmother to nine, she started as a high school teacher, sequed into freelance newspaper work, and from there, she moved into murder mysteries with a humorous twist.  She compiled 2 volumes of humor columns, winning the 2013 Mother Vine award for best stories for her first compilation, titled Wyatt Earp, GAP Pickles and Thoughts of Home,. Her 2nd compilation, Tire Patch Cookies are Good for the Soul , is a continuation of the fun, with more award nominations for the year it was published.

Her mysteries have been called a combination of Murder, She Wrote, and Mayberry RFD, and have all been best sellers. The Beryl's Cove mysteries have lovable, quirky characters that are positively addictive, and Jan's humor shines through all of them.

Listed in Who's Who as a noted Southern Humorist, she is a mix of lecturer, stand up comedienne,and teacher, giving talks and workshops around the country. Rowan County's Woman of the Year in 1978, she was a nominee for International Woman of the Year in 2005. Jan's interests are varied, and she takes pride in being an ordained Lutheran Lay minister.
 
Her books and access to them are listed on her website, www.janmacbooks.com, and they may be found on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and in bookstores throughout the southeast. 
 

Jessica Peterson began reading romance to escape the decidedly unromantic awkwardness of her teenage years.  Having found solace in the likes of Mr. Darcy, Jamie Fraser (OMG love the gingers!), and Edward Cullen, it wasn't long before she began creating tall, dark and handsome heroes of her own.

 Jessica began her career being traditionally published by a big-five publisher. She then segued into the indie world with her STUDY ABROAD and FLINGS WITH KINGS series. Her most recent launch hit the top 300 in the Amazon store. She is actively building a social media platform, and hopes to cement the ins and outs of marketing her books with strategies centering around Facebook and Amazon ads, paid newsletters, newsletter swaps, and writing to market, among others. 

She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband, Mr. Peterson, and her smelly Godendoodle Martha Bean. Visit her website at www.jessicapeterson.com.

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018, 7 p.m. 
Paula Martinac, creative writing teacher at UNCC and fiction writer
Providence United Methodist Church (Room 104)
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211

Paula Martinac is the author of four novels, including The Ada Decades (2017) – set in Charlotte from 1947-2015 – and the Lambda Literary Award-winning Out of Time, which was a finalist for the American Library Association Gay and Lesbian Book Award. Her fifth novel, Clio Rising, about a young woman who becomes the companion to a writer of the “Lost Generation,” will be published by Bywater Books in fall 2018. Her short stories have most recently appeared in Raleigh Review, Main Street Rag, and Minerva Rising. She has also published three nonfiction books on LGBT themes; authored plays that were produced in Pittsburgh, New York, and D.C.; and written an award-winning full-length screenplay. She is a lecturer in the undergraduate creative writing program at UNC Charlotte and a writing coach with Charlotte Center for the Literary Arts. Paula will be reading at UNC Charlotte’s Center City Literary Festival on April 14. www.paulamartinac.com

Writing Diverse Characters in Fiction
What issues and problems arise when you try to write about characters whose gender, sexual orientation, class, or race differs from your own? Sometimes a writer's best intentions – to people your fiction with characters who represent the broad spectrum of society – can trip you up. Observation and research go a long way toward making your characters more authentic. In this talk, Paula Martinac will offer tips from her own experience for creating a diverse cast of characters in your short stories and novels.

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Tuesday, February 20th, 2018, 7 p.m. 
Bryn Chancellor, assistant professor at UNCC and fiction writer
Providence United Methodist Church (Room 104)
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211

Bryn Chancellor’s debut novel Sycamore (Harper/HarperCollins, May 2017) has been hailed as “hypnotic” (O: The Oprah Magazine) and “a transporting vision of community, connection, and forgiveness” (Publishers Weekly). Her story collection When Are You Coming Home? (University of Nebraska Press, 2015) won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize, and her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Gulf Coast, Blackbird, Colorado Review, Crazyhorse, Phoebe, The Common, Publishers Weekly, and elsewhere. A recipient of a 2017-18 Artist Fellowship from the North Carolina Arts Council, she also has received the Poets & Writers Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award; fellowships from the Arizona and Alabama state arts councils; and scholarships from the Bread Loaf and Sewanee writers conferences. She earned her M.F.A. in fiction from Vanderbilt University and is an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. A native of California raised in Arizona, she is married to artist Timothy Winkler.

Dialogue from the Ground Up: Amplifying Place and the Sensory World

We’ll explore how to enrich and intensify dialogue especially through setting, drawing from Elizabeth Bowen’s assertion that “nothing happens nowhere … the locale of the happening always colours the happening, and often, to a degree, shapes it.”

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Members' Reading
Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 7 p.m.

Providence United Methodist Church (Room 104)
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211

At our annual showcase reading of Charlotte Writers' Club members, a few writers will have an opportunity to regale us with their literary talent, reading from their best work. This is always an exciting time when CWC members young and old get to "strut their stuff" before their colleagues. Find out what your fellow Charlotte writers are creating and show your support.

Click HERE for more information about the  Members' Reading.

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Tuesday, December 19th, 2017, 7 p.m. 
Tracy Curtis, humorist
Providence United Methodist Church (Room 104)
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211

Tracy Curtis is an award-winning author, speaker and former syndicated humor columnist for The McClatchy Company, nationwide. She wrote over 500 columns for the Charlotte Observer, and published her Humor Me trilogy of gift books, collections of her columns from the last decade about the imperfection of motherhood.

Trophy Mom, Beach Bummed and Holidazed were released in 2016, and Holidazed was awarded a national 2016 Independent Publisher Book Award. Tracy speaks to literary groups, book clubs, business organizations and has also performed standup at The Comedy Zone. She has taught creative writing workshops in high schools and speaks to high school magazine and newspaper staffs.

A former CNN producer, Tracy enjoyed a fifteen-year career in radio, television and film. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband, two sons and three step-children, and is currently working on her first novel entitled “Wit Happens.”   Visit Tracy's website.

And when she’s not writing? She’s unloading the dishwasher!

“There is humor in everything. Sometimes you just have to look for it.” – Tracy Curtis
Tracy will share her journey to becoming Charlotte’s resident humor columnist, along with some tips for writing humor in

Lighten Up! Finding the Funny In your Writing

H — Honing in on your silly snarky side.

U ­­— Understanding the mechanics of comedy.

M — Making the humdrum humorous and hilarious.

O — Optimizing wit, whimsy and wordplay.

R — Reading and reviewing a few of Tracy’s columns.

 — The holidays are coming, best you find your sense of humor! 

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Tuesday, November 21st, 2017, 7 p.m. 
Donald Fidler, script writer/film director
Providence United Methodist Church (Room 104)
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211
 
Don studied at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he served on the faculty for nine years and on the faculty at West Virginia University for twenty-three years, teaching cultural psychiatry, clinical psychiatry, and acting. He lived and worked with the Alutiiq tribe in Akhiok, Alaska, the Al Moqbali Bedouin tribe near Sohar, Oman, the Kalkadoon Aboriginal Tribe in the outback of Queensland, Australia, and the Te Tau Ihu Maori Tribes on the South Island of New Zealand.
 
Don began his acting career in North Carolina outdoor dramas, summer stock theatre, and local film and television at the age of ten. He studied acting, writing, music, and directing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Don has written scripts and composed music for over fifty medical educational videos and has written seventeen plays that were produced in various community theatres and universities in North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia, as well as St. Louis, Sacramento, San Diego, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, and New York. Don consulted and appeared in special educational productions for HBO, ABC, and PBS.
 

Don is presently a scriptwriter, film director, and medical consultant for Symptom Media, a San Diego Company that under his direction produced over 400 health-professional educational films with professional actors demonstrating mental health issues. He served as resident playwright for M.T. Pockets Theatre and taught playwriting for ten years in Morgantown, W.V. He is an active member of the Dramatists Guild of America.
 

Don served as Chair of the Video Committee for the American Psychiatric Association and as President of the Association for Academic Psychiatry. He serves on the Arts and Humanities Committee for the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry where he is co-producing a video series on the History of Psychiatry and promoting the arts for teaching about mental health. He is author of the textbook: Psychiatry for Actors: Using Psychiatric Principles to Build Characters.

Understanding and Expressing Emotions in Creative Writing

When writers create characters who have emotional experiences, they can draw on the following to help them:

  • Perceptions and misperceptions (sight, sound, smell, touch, taste)
  • Immediate reactions (inherited-wiring reactions, experientially learned reactions, social learned reactions)
  • Physiological responses (shaking, startling, goose bumps, shuttering, fainting, collapsing, attraction, repulsion)
  • Emotions (internal feelings experienced due to physiological responses: love, fear, hate, anger, exhiliration
  • Affects (external expressions based on true or altered/filtered emotions)
  • Cognitions (memories, comparisons, judgments, assumptions)
  • Defenses/solutions/actions (withdrawal, fighting, surrendering, denial, rationalizing, sublimatin, intellectualizing)
 
Tuesday, October 17th, 2017, 7 p.m. 
Critique Group Pow Wow
Providence United Methodist Church (Upstairs Room 214)
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211

For our October meeting, we invite all current members of CWC-sponsored critique groups to come and help us build our networks in Fiction, Mystery/Suspense, Poetry, Sci-Fi/Paranormal, Historical, Short Story, and Mixed Genre Fiction.

We particularly invite newer members who aren't currently in any critique groups but would like to work with fellow writers in their chosen literary forms. Attendees will be able to visit multiple groups and find what they need.

Our critique groups meet by day or by night, in the north and in the south of Charlotte, online, in bookstores, cafes, or people's homes. Find a place where you fit in and your work can be tested and improved.

Kazim Ali - poet, essayist, fiction writer and translator 
Tuesday, September 19th, 2017, 7 p.m.

Providence United Methodist Church (room 104)
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211

Kazim's books include several volumes of poetry, including Sky Ward, winner of the Ohioana Book Award in Poetry​; ​The Far Mosque, winner of Alice James Books' New England/New York Award; The Fortieth DayAll One's Blue; ​and the cross-genre text Bright Felon: Autobiography and Cities. He has also published a translation of Abahn Sabana David by Marguerite Duras​, ​Water's Footfall by Sohrab Sepehri, Oasis of Now: Selected Poems by Sohrab Sepehri, ​and (with Libby Murphy) L'amour by Marguerite Duras. His novels include Quinn's Passage, named one of "The Best Books of 2005" by Chronogram magazine,​and The Disappearance of Seth​. H​is books of essays include Orange Alert: Essays on Poetry, Art and the Architecture of Silence and Fasting for Ramadan. In addition to co-editing Jean Valentine: This-World Company, he is a contributing editor forAWP Writers Chronicle and associate editor of the literary magazine FIELD and founding editor of the small press Nightboat Books. He is the series co-editor for both Poets on Poetry and Under Discussion, from the University of Michigan Press.

Ali’s forthcoming titles include: Uncle Sharif's Life in Music, a collection of short stories; The Secret Room: A String Quartet, a novel; and Anais Nin: An Unprofessional Study, a new book of essays.  Ali ​is an associate professor of Creative Writing and Comparative Literature at Oberlin College.

 

 

Carla Damron, author
Tuesday, May 16th, 2017, 7 p.m.

Providence United Methodist Church (room 104)
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211

(photo by Jim Hussey)

When Carla is not writing mystery novels, she continues to work as a Licensed Independent Social Worker in mental health where, she says, her clients are her best teachers. Her 20+ year career has included work in public mental health clinics, in private practice, and in mental health administration.  One way that she melds her two careers– mystery writer and social worker– is using her novels to fight stigma against people with mental illness. It’s no wonder that her novels are sometimes described as “Social Issues Mysteries.” 

In 2000, she was given the “Outstanding Mental Health Professional of the Year” award by the state chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. Carla Damron is a South Carolina native. Born in Sumter, she currently lives in a nice home outside of Columbia with her husband, Jim Hussey, and their blended family of assorted animals.

Adrian Rice, poet
Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 7 p.m.

Providence United Methodist Church  (Room 104)

2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211

Adrian Rice is from Northern Ireland, born just north of Belfast, in Whitehouse, Newtownabbey, County Antrim. He graduated from the University of Ulster with a BA in English & Politics, and MPhil in Anglo-Irish Literature. He has delivered writing workshops, readings, and lectures throughout the UK & Ireland, and the U.S. He is the author of numerous poetry collections, including The Mason's Tongue, which was shortlisted for the Christopher Ewart-Biggs Memorial Literary Prize and nominated for the Irish Times Prize for Poetry. Adrian now lives with his wife and their young son in Hickory, North Carolina, from where he commutes to Boone for Doctoral studies at Appalachian State University.


 

Combined meeting with WNBA, Small Press Submissions
Tuesday, March 21st, 2017, 7 p.m.

Providence United Methodist Church  (Upstairs Room 214)

2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211

Three panelists will discuss Small Press Submissions

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Betsy Teter is the founder and executive director of the Hub City Writers Project, a nonprofit organization in Spartanburg that develops readers and nurtures writers through its Hub City Press, Hub City Bookshop, and diverse literary programming. Hub City Press has published more than 500 writers and sold more than 150,000 books since 1996. Hub City Bookshop has been named one of the best bookstores in the South by Southern Living magazine.

Hub City also sponsors author readings, writing contests and workshops; hosts summer youth writing camps and an adult writers conference; runs The Writers House national residency program; and awards scholarships to emerging writers.

She is the individual winner of the 2017 Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Award for the Arts in South Carolina, and the 2016 Tourism Person of the Year in Spartanburg County. Betsy holds a BA in History from Wake Forest University. Prior to helping found the Writers Project, she was a journalist for 15 years at newspapers in South Carolina.

 
Elizabeth Turnbull is the Senior Editor and a partner at Light Messages Publishing, but she mostly likes to think of herself as “a midwife for books.” In her five years at the independent press, she has helped to birth more than 20 debut authors, with most of them going on to win awards. During her tenure, the company’s revenue has grown by nearly 80%, a fact Elizabeth attributes to the small press’ mission of “bringing to light meaningful books.” When she’s not editing, Elizabeth is passionate about advocating for independent authors and serves on the executive board of the Independent Book Publishers Association. She was named a Publisher’s Weekly Star Watch 2016 honoree and is a founding member of Read Local NC, which seeks to promote a healthy literary ecosystem in North Carolina. Elizabeth holds a BA in Spanish from Wake Forest University and an MA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from Florida International University. She lives on a budding farm in Hillsborough, NC with her husband and a handful of critters.
 

Kevin Morgan Watson is the founder of Press 53, a publisher of poetry and short fiction collections that was established in October 2005 and is located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Press 53 has published more than 180 titles that have earned more than 60 awards including the International Book Award for Poetry, the Roanoke-Chowan Award for Poetry, the Mississippi Institute of Arts & Letters Award for Fiction, and the Library of Virginia Award for Fiction. Press 53 also publishes Prime Number Magazine, an award-winning online literary journal that features distinctive poetry and prose. As a publisher and editor, Kevin has worked with writers ranging from newly published authors to winners of the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize.

 

Tommy Tomlinson, author
Tuesday, February 21st, 2017, 7 p.m.
Providence United Methodist Church

2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211

Tommy Tomlinson is a contributing writer for ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com. He has also written for Sports Illustrated, Forbes, Reader’s Digest, Southern Living, Garden & Gun, Our State magazine, and many other publications. He spent 23 years as a reporter and local columnist for the Charlotte Observer, where he was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in commentary. His stories have been chosen twice for the “Best American Sports Writing” series (2012 and 2015) and he also appears in the anthology “America’s Best Newspaper Writing.”

He’s writing a book called “The Elephant In the Room” (Simon & Schuster), a memoir about life as an overweight man in a growing America.

He’s a graduate of the University of Georgia and was a 2008-09 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.

Tommy and his wife, Alix Felsing, live in Charlotte.

Selected Members Reading
Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 7 p.m.

Providence United Methodist Church
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211

At our annual showcase reading of Charlotte Writers' Club members, a few writers will have an opportunity to regale us with their literary talent, reading from their best work. This is always an exciting time when CWC members young and old get to "strut their stuff" before their colleagues. Find out what your fellow Charlotte writers are creating and show your support.

Click HERE for more information about the Selected Members Reading.

 
 
Tuesday, December 20th, 2016, 7 p.m. 
Nora Gaskin, author
Providence United Methodist Church  (Room 104)
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211
 
Nora Gaskin was born and raised in Chapel Hill.  She studied English and creative writing at UNC and English at the University of Washington in Seattle. She then had a long career as stock broker and financial advisor in Durham and Chapel Hill.  She retired in 2005 to focus on a long-time dream: writing novels. Until Proven is her first published book.
 
Saturday, November 17th, 2016, 6.00 p.m. 
Ann Campanella - “A Conversation about Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia”
Main Street Books
126 S Main Street, Davidson, N.C. 28036
 
Please join us for "A Conversation about Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia" at Main Street Books in Davidson, 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 17th.  Author and Poet Ann Campanella, who has written about her mother's descent into Alzheimer's, will read from her memoir Motherhood: Lost and Found. The audience will be invited to share their own stories. Ann will be joined by Certified Dementia Care Practitioner Pam Brunell for a question and answer session. CWC North is sponsoring this event. Ann and her family live in northern Mecklenburg County. She is a member of Charlotte Writers Club and on the CWC North committee.
 
Tuesday, November 15th, 2016, 7 p.m. 
Kim Wright, author
Providence United Methodist Church  (Room 104)
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211
 
Kim Wright is the author of Love in Mid Air, The Unexpected Waltz, and The Canterbury Sisters. A two-time winner of the Lowell Thomas Award for travel writing, she has been writing about travel, food, and wine for more than twenty years for magazines such as Wine Spectator, Self, Travel & Leisure, and Vogue. She also ballroom dances competitively. Kim lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.
 
 
Tuesday, October 18th, 2016, 7 p.m. 
Critique Group Pow Wow
Providence United Methodist Church (Upstairs Room 214)
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211
 

For our October meeting, we invite all current members of CWC-sponsored critique groups to come and help us build our networks in short fiction, poetry, speculative fiction, drama, journalism, novels, and other genres of interest to our members.

We particularly invite newer members who aren't currently in any critique groups but would like to hook up with fellow writers in their chosen literary forms. Attendees will be able to visit multiple groups and find what they need.

Our critique groups meet by day or by night, in the north and in the south of Charlotte, online, in bookstores, cafes, or people's homes. Find a place where you fit in and your work can be tested and improved.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 7 p.m. 
Linda Vigen Phillips, author
Providence United Methodist Church
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211
 
Linda Vigen Phillips has always loved reading and writing poetry. As a retired teacher she delights in having enough time to pursue these passions. Crazy, her debut book, is a YA novel in verse. Drawn from her own experiences growing up in Oregon, it tells the story of a teenage girl coming to terms with her mother’s mental illness. Linda hopes that the book will speak to teens or adults whose lives have been affected by a loved one facing similar challenges. She and her husband live in North Carolina where they ride vintage bicycles on greenways and make regular play dates with the grandkids.
 
 

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016, 7 p.m. 
Abigail Dewitt, Novelist and Short Story Author
Providence United Methodist Church
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211

Abigail DeWitt is the author of two novels, Lili (W.W.Norton) and Dogs (Lorimer Press) as well as short stories which have been published in several literary journals, including The Carolina Quarterly, Salamander, and The Journal.
The recipient of a Michener Fellowship and a Tyrone Guthrie Residency Fellowship, as well as grants from the North Carolina Arts Council and the Asheville Arts Alliance, Abigail DeWitt received her BA from Harvard University and her MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop. She has taught Creative Writing at Harvard Summer School, The Duke Writers Workshop, Appalachian State University, and UNC-Asheville and has been the Visiting Writer-in-Residence at Lenoir-Rhyne University.
 
Currently, she teaches Creative Writing and French at Appalachian State University, leads private workshops, and works one-on-one with students around the country. She lives with her husband and daughter in western North Carolina.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 7 p.m. 
Shelby Stephens, N.C. Poet Laureate
Providence United Methodist Church
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211

Shelby Stephenson grew up on a small farm near Benson, in the Coastal Plain of North Carolina. “Most of my poems come out of that background,” he says, “where memory and imagination play on one another. I have written many poems about the mules we worked until I was in the seventh grade and, after that–the tractor. My early teachers were the thirty-five foxhounds my father hunted. The trees and streams, fields, the world of my childhood–all that folklore–those are my subjects.”

After leaving the farm for college, he graduated from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (B.A. 1960) where he also studied law, University of Pittsburgh (M.A. 1967), University of Wisconsin-Madison (Ph.D. 1974), and worked as a radio and television announcer, salesman, right-of-way agent, and farmer. He was professor of English and editor of Pembroke Magazine until his retirement in 2010. The state of North Carolina presented him with the 2001 North Carolina Award in Literature. And he has received the Bellday Poetry Prize, the Oscar Arnold Young Award, the Zoe Kincaid-Brockman Award, the Brockman-Campbell Award, the Bright Hill Press Chapbook Prize, and the Playwright's Fund of North Carolina Chapbook Prize.

In addition to a poetic documentary: Plankhouse (with photographs by Roger Manley), he has published Middle Creek Poems, Carolina Shout!, Finch’s Mash, The Persimmon Tree Carol, Poor People, Greatest Hits, Fiddledeedee, Possum, Playing Dead, Play My Music Anyhow, and Family Matters: Homage to July, the Slave Girl.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016, 7 p.m. 
Tony Morris, Poet and Author
Providence United Methodist Church
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211

Publications: Pulling at a Thread (Main Street Rag Press, 2015); Back to Cain (The Olive Press, 2006); and two chapbooks, Greatest Hits (Puddinghouse Press, 2012); and Fugue's End (Birch Brook Press, 2004). His work is widely published in anthologies: Stone, River, Sky: Georgia Poetry Anthology (2015), Southern Poetry Anthology: North Carolina (2014), What Matters (2014), Southern  Poetry Anthology: Georgia (2012). Poems have appeared in Spoon River Review, Hawai'i Review, River Styx, Meridian, The Sewanee Theological Review, South Dakota Review, Connecticut Review, Mississippi Review, Green Mountains Review, and others. Featured poet on the Writer’s Almanac Radio/Web Broadcast, Versedaily.org, ThethePoetry.org. He teaches creative writing and journalism at Armstrong State University, in Savannah, GA, and serves as the associate editor of Southern Poetry Review, and director of the Ossabaw Island Writers’ Retreat.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 7 p.m.
John Claude Bemis, Author
Providence United Methodist Church
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211
 
John Claude Bemis is an award-winning children's book author, musician, and educator. The first novel in his Clockwork Dark trilogy, The Nine Pound Hammer, was selected as a New York Public Library Best Children's Book for Reading and Sharing. His trilogy continues with The Wolf Tree and The White City and has been described as "original and fresh" and "a unique way of creating fantasy." His novel, The Prince Who Fell from the Sky, was an Amazon Editor's Pick for Best Book for Summer Reading.  John is also the author of the picture book Flora and the Runaway Rooster, which he wrote for Heifer International. His forthcoming novel, Out of Abaton: The Wooden Prince (March 2016), is a fantasy reimagining of the Pinocchio story. John is the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award from UNC Chapel Hill's School of Education and served as the 2013 Piedmont Laureate for Children's Literature. He lives with his wife and daughter in Hillsborough, NC. Visit him online at johnclaudebemis.com.

Selected Members Reading
Tuesday, January 19, 2016, 7 p.m.

Providence United Methodist Church
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211

At our annual showcase reading of Charlotte Writers' Club members, roughly a dozen writers will have an opportunity to regale us with their literary talent, reading from their best work. This is always an exciting time when CWC members young and old get to "strut their stuff" before their colleagues. Find out what your fellow Charlotte writers are creating and show your support.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015, 7 p.m. 
Phillip Shabazz, poet
Providence United Methodist Church
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211

As a poet, author, and teaching artist, Phillip Shabazz has built an outstanding, extensive and respected career. His work, which explores issues of community and culture in America, has been acclaimed by the media, critics, and audiences across North Carolina. His writing expresses diverse points of view, from poems about family and friends, challenged by the complexities of life to narratives that celebrate human possibilities. His latest collection is Flames in the Fire: Poems.
 
In 1977 Shabazz became Duke University’s third artist-in-residence at the Mary Lou Center for Black Culture. While at Duke, Shabazz was a founding member of SpiritHouse, a community service organization. During his four year residency, with funding from the Semans and Mary Duke Biddle foundations, Shabazz organized both a student art collective and a twice-monthly speakers series that presented local and nationally-known poets and writers.
 
Shabazz conducts creative writing workshops across his home state of North Carolina and has taught at more than 300 schools, conferences and community centers. Currently, he is a poet-in-the-schools of N. C. and is affiliated with the North Carolina Arts Council. He has been a visiting writer at many colleges and universities, including UNC-Chapel Hill, Elon, Winthrop, and Warren Wilson, and the Writers’ Series at Appalachian State.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 7 p.m. 
Panel Discussion with the WNBA
 “I’m Published, So Now What?”
Providence United Methodist Church
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211

Meet the Panelists
Mica Gadhia 
Mica Gadhia once received a check for $4.00 from Yahoo Groups for an article she wrote about Charlotte, NC and all of the great places to see here. Not only that, she works for one of the coolest companies on the planet, Rainmaker Digital (formerly Copyblogger Media). She is the Affiliate Manager for StudioPress themes (how to make money). She edits some of the transcripts (learns the latest content marketing tools). Mica helps answer inquiries to the Rainmaker Digital helpdesk (types a lot of emails to awesome people who need help). Also, she is the customer liaison for the Certified Writers through Rainmaker Digital's Authority program (gets to know lots of cool people just like you). She's energetic, laughs a lot, and in her spare time she paints pink and purple cows and raises her two favorite people in the world, her two boys Michael and Mason.

Renee Roberson is an award-winning freelance writer and former editor of Little Ones Magazine. Her work regularly appears in Lake Norman CURRENTS and she also assists Charlotte Parent with writing and editing projects. Renee works alongside authors seeking book promotion as a Blog Tour Manager with WOW! Women on Writing and judges flash fiction entries as part of WOW's quarterly fiction contests. In 2009, her magazine article “Alternative Treatments for Autism,” received first place honors in the magazine feature article category in the Annual Writer’s Digest Competition. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communication with a minor in women’s studies from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Renee resides in Huntersville, N.C. with her husband and two children.

Alice Osborn will be focusing on leading workshops and retreats for writers. Her past educational and work experience is unusually varied, and it now feeds her work as a poet, as well as a speaker, an editor-for-hire and a popular writing coach. In the past decade, Alice has taught classes and writing workshops to thousands of aspiring authors of nearly all ages from 9 to 90 both around the corner and internationally. Heroes without Capes is her most recent collection of poetry; previous collections are After the Steaming Stops and Unfinished Projects. Alice is also the editor of the anthologies Tattoos and Creatures of Habitat, both from Main Street RagA North Carolina Writers’ Network board member and a Pushcart Prize nominee, her work has appeared in the News and Observer, The Broad River Review, The Pedestal MagazineSoundings Review and in numerous journals and anthologies. When she’s not editing or writing, Alice is an Irish dancer who plays guitar and violin. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her husband, two children and four very messy and loud birds. Visit Alice's website at www.aliceosborn.com.

Karon Luddy is the author of the novel, Spelldown, published by Simon and Schuster, which earned starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews and Publishers Weekly as well as the Parents' Choice Silver award. Clemson University Digital Press published Wolf Heart, her first poetry book.  Bewilderment of Boys, her second novel and sequel to  Spelldown, was published in 2014. Kirkus Reviews described it as “a charmingly perceptive follow-up that should appeal to both teenagers and adults.” In 2001, The Charlotte Writers' Club awarded Karon the Elizabeth Simpson Smith Short Story Award for her story which began with a quirky observation: "The days of the week sounded two thousand times more interesting spelled backwards: Yadnus. Yadnom. Yadseut. Yadsendew. Yadsruht.Yadirf. Yadrutas." Receiving this recognition from CWC  emboldened Luddy as a writer—and she transformed the winning story into the first chapter of her first novel. She also earned her MFA in Creative Writing and began teaching at UNC Charlotte as well as conducting writing retreats and creativity workshops. Karon lives in Charlotte with her husband Tom. Visit her facebook page at http://on.fb.me/1pCDeMv

Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 7 p.m. 
Critique Group Pow Wow
Providence United Methodist Church
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C., 28211

For our October meeting, we invite all current members of CWC-sponsored critique groups to come and help us build our networks in short fiction, poetry, speculative fiction, drama, journalism, novels, and other genres of interest to our members.

We particularly invite newer members who aren't currently in any critique groups but would like to hook up with fellow writers in their chosen literary forms. Attendees will be able to visit multiple groups and find what they need.

Our critique groups meet by day or by night, in the north and in the south of Charlotte, online, in bookstores, cafes, or people's homes. Find a place where you fit in and your work can be tested and improved.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015, 7 p.m. 
Alan Michael Parker
Providence United Methodist Church
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C., 28211
 

Douglas C. Houchens Professor of English at Davidson College, Alan Michael Parker is a poet, novelist, professor, raconteur, and squeaky wheel. He writes books.AMP 2015 headshot

Alan Michael Parker has written three novels, Cry Uncle,Whale Man, and The Committee on Town Happiness (Dzanc Books, 2014), along with eight collections of poems: Days Like Prose, The VandalsLove Song with Motor VehiclesA Peal of SonnetsElephants & ButterfliesTen Days (with painter Herb Jackson), Long Division and The Ladder (Tupelo Press, forthcoming in 2015). He served as Editor of The Imaginary Poets, and co-editor of two other volumes of scholarship. His poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, The Gettysburg Review, Kenyon Review, The New Republic, The New Yorker, Paris Review, Pleiades, and The Yale Review, among other magazines, and in 2011 were anthologized in The Best American Poetry as well as The Pushcart Prize; his prose has appeared in journals including The Believer, The New York Times Book Review, andThe New Yorker. Alan Michael Parker has received numerous awards and fellowships, including three Pushcart Prizes, the Fineline Prize from the Mid-American Review, the 2013 Randall Jarrell Award, the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the 2012 North Carolina Book Award for Long Division; his 2011 novel, Whale Man, was shortlisted for the 2011 ForeWord Reviews’s “Book of the Year Award” in the category of Literary Fiction. His essay, “Beach House as Nostalgia Museum,” was named a Notable Essay by the editors of the 2013 Best American Essays. He has recently been called “a general beacon of brilliance” by Time Out, New York.

As an undergraduate, Alan was invited to join the graduate poetry workshop at Washington University, where he studied with Donald Finkel, Howard Nemerov, and Mona Van Duyn. As a graduate student in the School of the Arts at Columbia University, where he received his M.F.A. in Writing, Alan Michael Parker studied with Carolyn Forché, Richard Howard, Denis Johnson, Stanley Kunitz, William Matthews, and Nobel Laureates Joseph Brodsky and Czeslaw Milosz. Since 1998, Alan Michael Parker has taught at Davidson College, where he was promoted to the rank of Full Professor in 2007; in 2012, he was named Douglas C. Houchens Professor of English. He also teaches in the University of Tampa Low-Residency M.F.A. program, where he works with graduate student writers in both poetry and fiction. Alan Michael Parker lives in Davidson, NC with his wife, the artist Felicia van Bork, whose work is represented by Jerald Melberg Gallery.

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015, 7 p.m. 
Bob Strother - Short Story Writer
Providence United Methodist Church
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C., 28211
A two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, award-winning author Bob Strother has over one hundred stories, essays, and poems in print. His work has been published internationally, and his short story “Doughnut Walk”—originally published in the 2011 Petigru Review—adapted for film. Previous publications include a collection, Scattered, Smothered, and Covered and a novel-in-stories, Shug’s Place. His new novel, Burning Time, is scheduled for release later this year. Strother is also a contributing writer for Southern Writers Magazine. Bob lives with his wife, Vicki, in Greenville, South Carolina.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 7 p.m. 
Diana Pinckney - Poet
Providence United Methodist Church
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C., 28211

Diana Pinckney is the winner of the 2010 Ekphrasis Prize and Atlanta Review’s 2012 International Poetry Prize. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize 5 times. Cream City Review, Crucible and Persimmon Tree are among the journals that have given her awards. Published in RHINO, Cave Wall, Green Mountains Review, Tar River Poetry, The Pedestal magazine, Main Street Rag, Iodine & other journals and anthologies, in 2013, she received the Irene Blair Honeycutt Lifetime Achievement in the Literary Arts Award. Pinckney’s first book won contests from South and North Carolina presses. She has five books of poetry, including Green Daughters, Lorimer Press and her latest full-length collection from FutureCycle Press, titled The Beast and The Innocent. Visit her website at www.dianapinckney.com.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 7 p.m. 
Critique Group Pow Wow
Providence United Methodist Church
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C., 28211

For our March meeting, we invite all current members of CWC-sponsored critique groups to come and help us build our networks in short fiction, poetry, speculative fiction, drama, journalism, novels, and other genres of interest to our members.

We particularly invite newer members who aren't currently in any critique groups but would like to hook up with fellow writers in their chosen literary forms. Attendees will be able to visit multiple groups and find what they need.

Our critique groups meet by day or by night, in the north and in the south of Charlotte, online, in bookstores, cafes, or people's homes. Find a place where you fit in and your work can be tested and improved. "

Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 7 p.m. 
Panel Discussion with the WNBA
“I’m Published, So Now What?”
Providence United Methodist Church
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C., 28211

Meet the Panelists
Mica Gadhia once received a check for $4.00 from Yahoo Groups for an article she wrote about Charlotte, NC and all of the great places to see here. Not only that, she works for one of the coolest companies on the planet, Copyblogger Media, LLC. She is the Affiliate Manager for StudioPress themes (how to make money). She edits some of the transcripts (learns the latest content marketing tools). Mica helps answer inquiries to the Copyblogger helpdesk (types a lot). Also, she is the customer liaison for the Certified Writers through Copyblogger's Authority program (gets to know lots of cool people). She's energetic, laughs a lot, and in her spare time she paints pink and purple cows and raises her two favorite people in the world, her two boys Michael and Mason.

Renee Roberson is an award-winning freelance writer and editor of Little Ones Magazine. Her work regularly appears in Today's Charlotte Woman and Lake Norman CURRENTS. In 2009, her magazine article “Alternative Treatments for Autism,” received first place honors in the magazine feature article category in the Annual Writer’s Digest Competition. She also works as a Blog Tour Manager for authors with WOW! Women on Writing. Renee holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communication with a minor in women’s studies from the University of North Carolina at Asheville and is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Renee resides in Huntersville, N.C. with her husband and two children.

Alice Osborn’s past educational and work experience is unusually varied, and it now feeds her work in speculative poetry, as well as her passion for editing, coaching and speaking. After the Steaming Stops is her most recent collection of poetry; previous collections are Right Lane Ends and Unfinished Projects. Alice is also the editor of the short fiction anthologies, Tattoos and the forthcoming Creatures of Habitat, both from Main Street Rag. She's currently at work on her upcoming collection, Heroes without Capes. A Pushcart Prize nominee, her work has appeared in the News and Observer, The Broad River Review, The Pedestal Magazine, Soundings Review and in numerous journals and anthologies. She serves on the NC Writers' Network Board of Trustees and volunteers for local writing events whenever she can. When she’s not editing or writing, Alice is an Irish step dancer, as well as an aspiring guitar and violin player. She lives in Raleigh with her husband, two children and four birds. Visit Alice's website at www.aliceosborn.com.

Karon Luddy is the author of the novel, Spelldown, The Big Time Dreams of a Small-town Word Whiz published by Simon and Schuster, which earned starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews and Publishers Weekly as well as the Parents Choice Silver award. Clemson University Digital Press published Wolf Heart, her first poetry book  Bewilderment of Boys, her second novel and sequel to  Spelldown, was published in 2014. Kirkus Reviews selected it as a Top Indy Pick for August 2014 and called it “a charmingly perceptive follow-up that should appeal to both teenagers and adults.” Luddy earned an MFA in Creative Writing at Queens University Charlotte and has taught writing intensive classes at University of North Carolina Charlotte since 2005. Luddy is especially grateful to the Charlotte Writers’ Club for selecting her short story, “Ticket to Ride” for the 2001 Elizabeth Simpson Smith Short Story Award. That short story was transformed into the first chapter of her first novel. Luddy grew up in Lancaster, SC and has called Charlotte NC her home for forty years.

Sunday, January 25, 2015, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Writer Carolyn F. Noell
The Warehouse Performing Arts Center
9216-A Westmoreland Road, Cornelius, N.C.

Please join us on Sunday January 25, 2015 from 2 to 4 p.m. as CWC North celebrates the publication of The Medicine Man's Daughter at the Warehouse Performing Arts Center in Cornelius. Carolyn F. Noell will read from her memoir, published by The Bridge. It is a coming of age account of Dayou Tucker, a Liberian refugee who came to Charlotte to escape civil war. 

It is a “poignant and captivating story that reveals not just one woman’s courage, but that of a whole community of friends and strangers whose lives are changed forever by knowing one another,” according to Jan Blodgett, archivist for Davidson College Library.

Noell is a retired teacher and counselor with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School system. She and her husband Tom live in Davidson where she is involved with the Stephen’s Ministries at Davidson College Presbyterian Church. Noell has also written a book of poetry, Weathered Pine.  

Selected Members Reading
Tuesday, January 15, 2013, 7 p.m.
Queens University Sports and Conference Center
2229 Tyvola Road, just west of Park Road

At our annual showcase reading of Charlotte Writers' Club members, roughly a dozen writers, including winners of the recent Nonfiction Contest, will have an opportunity to regale us with their literary talent, reading from their best work. This is always an exciting time when CWC members young and old get to "strut their stuff" before their colleagues. Find out what your fellow Charlotte writers are creating and show your support.

Multigenerational Program of Reading and Discussion
Sunday, January 13, 2013, 2-4 p.m.
The Warehouse Performing Arts Center
9216-A Westmoreland Rd., Cornelius, NC 28031


Presented by Charlotte Writers’ Club North and The Warehouse Performing Arts Center, and featuring:

    Sydney Campanella, age 11, author of The Mysterious Birthday Gift
    Lauren-Kate Stewart, age 11, author of Commander YouYou and the Imperial Diamond
    Mark Kenna, poet and student at Appalachian State University, where he serves as poetry editor of their literary magazine, The Peel
    Lisa Williams Kline, adult author who writes young people’s fiction and has published a series for Zondervan called Sisters in All Seasons. The fourth book, Winter's Tide, will be out January 1, 2013. The other three books are Summer of the Wolves, Wild Horse Spring, and Blue Autumn Cruise
    Tom Perkins, older adult who writes memoir, poetry, and short fiction and has been published in Main Street Rag and other magazines.

All are welcome!
Writer Jill McCorkle
Tuesday, December 11, 7 p.m.
Queens University Sports and Conference Center
2229 Tyvola Road, just west of Park Road

Acclaimed fiction writer Jill McCorkle published her first two novels on the same day in 1984. Since then, she has published three other novels and four collections of short stories. Five of her eight books have been named New York Times notable books. Her stories have appeared in many leading magazines. Four of her stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories, and several have been collected in New Stories from the South. McCorkle has received the New England Book Award, The John Dos Passos Prize for Excellence in Literature, and the North Carolina Award for Literature. Her essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, and other leading journals. Jill McCorkle is a professor in the MFA Creative Writing program at North Carolina State University.

Additional info from meeting: At our monthly meeting on December 11, 2012, 78 people gathered to listen to lively novelist Jill McCorkle read from her upcoming book and discuss her writing process.
Writer Ann Hood
Tuesday, November 13, 7 p.m.
Queens University Sports and Conference Center
2229 Tyvola Road, just west of Park Road


Ann Hood is the author of 13 books, including the bestsellers The Knitting Circle, The Red Thread, and Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine; the memoir Comfort: A Journey through Grief, which was a New York Times Editor’s Choice and selected as one of the top 10 non-fiction books of 2008 by Entertainment Weekly; and the critically acclaimed short story collection An Ornithologist's Guide to Life. She has won two Pushcart Prizes, the Paul Bowles Prize for Short Fiction, and Best American Spiritual, Travel, and Food Writing Awards. Her new novel, The Obituary Writer, will be published in March 2013. She now lives in Providence, Rhode Island, with her husband and their children.
"A Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery Inside an Enigma": A Discussion of Madame President
Sunday, October 21, 2-4 p.m.
The Warehouse Performing Arts Center
9216-A Westmoreland Road, Cornelius, N.C.

 
Charlotte Writers’ Club North features Marguerite Williams and Jon Guttman discussing their new political thriller, Madame President, on Sunday, October 21, from 2-4 p.m. at the Warehouse Performance Arts Center in Cornelius, N.C. The Warehouse PAC is located at 9216-A Westmoreland Road in Cornelius between I-77 exits 25 and 28. A reception will follow. Join us for a fascinating program.

A long-time local politician, Marguerite Williams is a widely published essayist and co-author of two previous books, as well as a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum. Jon Guttman is an award-winning media and communications specialist and co-founder of Winslow Advertising Group/HVHM in New York City, where he served as creative director.
Workshop: Publicity and Marketing for Writers
Presenter: Alice Osborn
Saturday, October 20, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Providence United Methodist Church, South Charlotte


Alice Osborn will lead a workshop, Publicity and Marketing for Writers, on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at Providence United Methodist Church at Providence and Sharon Amity Roads in South Charlotte. This workshop is for writers who wish to craft a marketing strategy for their books via social media networking, websites, blogs, and good old-fashioned press releases and media contacts.
 
Registration costs $25 for CWC members and $35 for non-members. For further information, contact avosborn@earthlink.net or visit our Workshops page.
Poet Joseph Mills
Tuesday, October 16, 7 p.m.
Queens University Sports and Conference Center
2229 Tyvola Road, just west of Park Road


Joseph Mills has published four collections of poetry to date with Press 53. His most recent is called Sending Christmas Cards to Huck and Hamlet (2012). Earlier books include Love and Other Collisions (2010), Angels, Thieves, and Winemakers (2008), and Somewhere During the Spin Cycle (2006). He also has co-written two editions of A Guide to North Carolina's Wineries with his wife, Danielle Tarmey, and edited a collection of film criticism entitled A Century of the Marx Brothers. He holds the Susan Burress Wall Distinguished Professorship in the Humanities, at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem.
Writer Susan Woodring
Tuesday, September 18 at 7 p.m.
Queens University Sports and Conference Center
2229 Tyvola Road, just west of Park Road


Susan Woodring is the author of the newly released novel, Goliath (St. Martin's, 2012), a review of which recently appeared in the Charlotte Observer. She is also the author of a short story collection, Springtime on Mars (Press 53, 2008), and a novel, The Traveling Disease (Main Street Rag, 2007). Her work has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and her short fiction was short-listed for Best American Non-Required Reading 2008 and Best American Short Stories 2010. A former winner of the Elizabeth Simpson Smith Short Story Prize sponsored by CWC, Woodring currently lives in the foothills of North Carolina, where she writes and home-schools her two children.

Writer Gilda Morina Syverson
Sunday, March 11, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The Warehouse Performing Arts Center
9216-A Westmoreland Road, Cornelius

Charlotte Writers’ Club North will co-sponsor a reading with Gilda Morina Syverson on her full-length poetry book, Facing the Dragon, published by Main Street Rag. The event will take place at The Warehouse Performing Arts Center on Sunday, March 11th from 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.. The Warehouse is located at 9216-A Westmoreland Road in Cornelius, between I-77 exits 25 and 28. (www.warehousepac.com or click the address for directions using Google Maps). A book signing will follow.

Tony Abbott has said about Facing the Dragon, “….. In dreams and conversations with the dead, Syverson plumbs for clues to the mystery. Like the juggler in her brilliant final poem, she keeps five balls in the air, which we as readers can then hold in balance in our own imaginations.” And Dannye Romine Powell writes, “Read Gilda Syverson's Facing the Dragon and you will know the rigorous pull of this circus we call family, how it frames our identity, how it hurls us back in time to the land of our forefathers -- in this case Sicily…”

As we begin this Chinese Year of the Dragon, come celebrate Facing the Dragon and receive news of CWC-North’s upcoming events. There will be a special tribute to our club’s visionary dynamo, the late Louise Rockwell.

We are all looking forward to renewing Charlotte Writers' Club in north county and seeing you on March 11th.

Poet Dorianne Laux with Joseph Millar
Tuesday, April 17, at 7 p.m.
CPCC Central Campus, 4th floor auditorium in Health Careers Building
Located on Elizabeth Ave. near the corner of Charlottetowne Ave.

On Tuesday, April 17, at 7 p.m., to celebrate National Poetry Month we are fortunate to have nationally acclaimed poet Dorianne Laux, together with Joseph Millar. Laux's most recent collections are The Book of Men and Facts about the Moon. A finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and winner of the Oregon Book Award, Laux is also author of Awake, What We Carry, and Smoke from BOA Editions. She teaches poetry in the MFA Program at North Carolina State University.

Joseph Millar's Overtime was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. Author of Fortune and Blue Rust, Millar spent 25 years in the San Francisco Bay area working at a variety of jobs, from telephone repairman to commercial fisherman. Recipient of a fellowship from the NEA and a 2008 Pushcart Prize, he lives in Raleigh, NC.

Also reading will be this year's winners of the Anthony Abbott Student Poetry Prize.

Selected Members Reading
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 7 p.m.
Queens University Sports and Conference Center
2229 Tyvola Road, just west of Park Road

To launch our 90th anniversary year, the Charlotte Writers’ Club will once again showcase the writing of its members with a Selected Members Reading at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 17, 2012. The event and reception will be held at our new meeting space, the Queens University Conference Center on Tyvola Road just west of Park Road.

Selected Members Reading -- January 18, 2011

The Charlotte Writers’ Club meeting on January 18, 2011 will showcase the writing of its members with a Selected Members Reading.

Entry Rules:
1) Reading time is limited to four minutes per reader.
2) Prose is limited to two pages up to 600 words.
3) Poetry is limited to two poems of no more than three pages.
4) Entries must be submitted without identifying information.
5) A cover sheet must be submitted with title(s) of the work(s), contact information (including telephone and email address), and brief bio.
6) Entries must be received by December 14, 2010.

Email entries to: Co-Vice President of Programs Kristin Sherman (Click on Kristin's name for her email.)

The Selected Members Reading is open to all members in good standing of the Charlotte Writers’ Club. Entries will be judged on the basis of quality, variety, and overall interest.

2010-2011 CWC-Main Calendar of Events

September 21 - Ed Southern
Our featured presenter for the September 21 meeting is Ed Southern, a North Carolina native and graduate of Wake Forest University. He has served as Executive Director of the North Carolina Writers’ Network since January 2008 and currently lives in Winston-Salem. Ed became “hooked on books” as a Wake Forest senior studying in London, where he walked into 200-year-old Hatchard’s Bookshop and became entranced by the many possibilities of literature and publishing. Following graduation, he worked at Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem, setting up lectures, conferences, performances, and classes. For more than eight years he worked as sales director of John F. Blair, Publisher. Ed has published both non-fiction and fiction and enjoyed a particularly remarkable 2009. His earliest non-fiction title is The Jamestown Adventure: Accounts of the Virginia Colony, 1605-1614 (2004). Both Sports in the Carolinas and Voices of the American Revolution in the Carolinas were published in 2009. The latter book provides first-hand accounts of those partisans, both British and American, who fought in or witnessed the battles and skirmishes in the early years of our national history.

Ed’s first work of fiction, also published in 2009, is Parlous Angels, of which Lee Smith has said, “carefully written, with the best dialogue I've read in years, these terrific and utterly original stories are made to last -- like a stone pathway or a brick wall.”

Ed Southern will be speaking to us about the literary aspects of editing historical accounts and also about his work with the North Carolina Writers’ Network, which links authors from far and wide in the state and will hold its 25th annual Fall Conference in Charlotte this November.

October 19 - Jodi Helmer
Jodi Helmer has written about the shortage of male teachers in public school classrooms, tips for maintaining weight loss, the best wildflower hikes in the U.S., eco-friendly cruises, creating a non-toxic nursery for your newborn and the best places to meet singles – all while wearing her pajamas and drinking copious amounts of Diet Coke.
 
Helmer’s work has appeared in magazines like Backpacker, American Way, Shape, Women's Health, Arthritis Today, Family Circle, Parenting, Hemispheres, ReadyMade, Porthole Cruise, Midwest Living, Parents, AAA Living, Plenty, Chatelaine and she writes a column on green living for gaiam.com. She is the author of The Green Year: 365 Small Things You Can Do to Make a Big Difference and co-author of the Complete Idiot's Guide to Green Careers. Helmer also teaches writing classes at Central Piedmont Community College and speak on topics ranging from freelance writing to eco-friendly living at conferences and community events.


November 16 - Jack Hemphill
Author of Exhibition of the "Song Bo" Paintings and currently working on a murder mystery based on his law enforcement experience in the Carolinas. Jack Hemphill grew up in Charlotte and is President of Hemphill-Randel Associates, an architectural firm founded in 1916 by his grandfather. His passions are his family, his paintings, and his writing. Hemphill graduated from Clemson with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. The following year he graduated from the U.S. Army School of Engineering and was sent to Vietnam as a combat engineer, but served as the group S-2 intelligence officer, gathering intelligence over an area that covered the northern quarter of South Vietnam. From this experience, he got his idea for his first novel, Exhibition of the “Song Bo Paintings,” which he wrote and illustrated. In both novels, Hemphill has taken major events in his life and turned them into stories about particular places and people.

December 14 - Rob Neufeld
Rob Neufeld will discuss the “The Spellbinder’s Art: How Stories Take Shape in the Minds of Distinctive Writers.” Rob has made a study of this, and has many revealing examples. Rob is the book feature writer for the Asheville Citizen-Times and the creator and manager of the website, “”The Read on WNC,” a writer’s, reader’s, and heritage keeper’s network. He also writes the weekly Citizen-Times local history feature, “Visiting Our Past,” which strives to tell history in story form. He is the editor of The Making of a Writer: The Journals of Gail Godwin, Vol. 1-2, published by Random House and the author of other books. He has produced and emceed dozens of author programs for many media.

January 18, 2011 - Member Reading
A reading showcase of selected CWC members. Presenters included Joseph Cavano, Jayne Hunter, Penny Lindblom, Nitin Vyas, Mary Struble Deery, Suzanne Degni, Deanna Lindquist, Annie Maier, Kelly McKenzie, Tasha Steimer, Don Cook, Blynn Field, Earl Wilcox, Richard Allen Taylor, and Marla Brown. 

February 15 - Heather Newton
With the recent release of her debut novel, Under the Mercy Trees, Author Heather Newton will join CWC in February to discuss writing a novel using multiple voices. Heather Newton’s short stories have appeared in Crucible, Encore Magazine, Lonzie’s Fried Chicken, O, Georgia!, Wellspring, and elsewhere. She lives with her family in Asheville, North Carolina, where she is an attorney and mediator.

March 15 - Marla Brown
Between A Chicken Restaurant and A U-Haul: Finding A Room of Our Own at The Warehouse Performing Arts Center. In 2009, playwright Marla Brown and a few other writers in the Lake Norman area took up literary residence in a small, unassuming business storefront in Cornelius, NC. Sandwiched between a fast-food chicken dive and a sagging U-Haul (with little promise of delivering people to newer, shinier lives), this merry band of artists and writers did not know much. Only that we wanted a space . . . a localized, physically present, embodied, non-virtual public space ... for the creation and sharing of all forms of literary arts. Hardly a radical idea, but one that seems to be serving us and our community differently now than past literary salons and traditional theatres. Brown will provide area writers with information about The Warehouse Performing Arts Center and how it can serve as a venue for showcasing their works as literary performances. Brown will also facilitate discussions on how literary performances are different from traditional poetry and prose readings---hopefully inspiring writers across genres to envision performance as a lucrative (and fun) addition to publishing as a way to disseminate work.

April 19 - Fred Chappell
Please join us for the April 19 meeting of the Charlotte Writers’ Club, when former North Carolina Poet Laureate Fred Chappell will read with his wife, Susan, from Chappell’s most recent poetry collection, Shadow Box.  Born in Canton, North Carolina, Fred Chappell earned undergraduate and graduate degrees at Duke University and taught for 40 years at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, where he helped establish the M.F.A. Writing Program. In 1999 UNC Greensboro established the Fred Chappell Creative Writing Fellowship. He retired from teaching in 2004.  Over the years Chappell has published some 26 books of poetry, fiction, and critical commentary. He has received numerous poetry and literary awards, including the Sir Walter Raleigh Prize, the Prix de Meilleur des Livres Étrangers (Best Foreign Book Prize) from the Académie Française, and the North Carolina Award in Literature.  From 1997-2002, Chappell served as Poet Laureate of North Carolina and visited some 250 or so schools, colleges, retirement homes, churches, and other venues. In 2006 he was inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame. Acclaimed writer Lee Smith has called Chappell “our resident genius, our shining light.”  Chappell’s latest book of poetry is Shadow Box from Louisiana State University Press (2009); his latest fiction, Ancestors and others: New and Selected Stories from St. Martin’s Press, New York (2009).
 
May 17* Andrew Park (SCHEDULE CHANGE)
Andrew Park is the author of Between a Church and a Hard Place: One Faith-Free Dad's Struggle to Understand What It Means to be Religious (Or Not), which was published by Penguin/Avery in 2010. His first book, it has received praise in Booklist, Publisher's Weekly and The Washington Post and earned a "highly recommended" designation from Library Journal. Andrew is a former correspondent for Business Week whose work has also appeared in The New York Times, Wired, Slate, Psychology Today and other national publications.
2010-2011 CWC-North Calendar of Events
at Davidson College Presbyterian Church, Room 201*

September 9 - Peter Blair
Peter Blair’s most recent book of poems is titled Farang, published by Autumn House Press last January. The poems are based on his experiences as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand. He has published two previous books, The Divine Salt (Autumn House Press, 2003) about working in a psychiatric ward, and Last Heat (Word Works Press, 1999) reflecting his experiences as a steel worker in Pittsburgh. He currently teaches English at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

October 7 - Sally McMillan
Sally McMillan is former publisher of The East Woods Press, a book publishing company she and her investors formed in 1977 and sold to The Boston Globe in 1987. She formed a literary agency in 1990 and has specialized in representing writers in the Southeast. She handles fiction and nonfiction and is eclectic in taste. She does not handle cookbooks, children’s books, paranormal, horror, erotic fiction, science fiction or fantasy. She loves Southern fiction, women’s fiction for all ages, and mysteries, both cozy and hard-core. She likes narrative nonfiction and practical nonfiction of all types. Her most prolific novelist is Lynne Hinton, whose has just finished her 12th novel. She also represents literary novelist and Chapel Hill resident Nancy Peacock (whose memoir, A Broom of One’s Own, about her dual career in writing and housecleaning, came out to rave reviews. Among her nonfiction authors is UNC-Charlotte’s professer emeritus Dr. Bryan Robinson, who has written more than 25 books, most recently The Art of Confident Living. Other representative nonfiction titles are The Complete Single Mother (now in its third edition), 20,000 Secrets of Tea, The Gardener's A-Z Guide to Growing Organic Food, and The Southern Gardeners’ Book of Lists.

November 5-7
North Carolina Writers' Network Fall Conference (Charlotte, NC)

Sunday, December 5*
Holiday Book Signing and A Child's Christmas in Wales
The Warehouse Performing Arts Center

All members/authors are invited to take part in the December book signing. It does not matter when your book(s) was published. Bring a handful of your books to sell and invite your neighbors, friends and family to come. Again, there will be a presentation of A Child’s Christmas in Wales, and a reception. If you are not an author, please come and enjoy the mirth and hilarity of the season!

January 6 - Garret Freymann-Weyr
Young Adult Author Garret Freymann-Weyr was born and raised in New York City. She inexplicably went to college in North Carolina (UNC-Chapel Hill) and, just as inexplicably, got an MFA in film (NYU). She now lives in North Carolina with her husband. She has written five books for young adults, one of which, somewhat inexplicably, won a Printz honor. Her work has been sold to countries including the Netherlands, Germany, Japan, and China. Her next book, French Ducks in Venice, is a picture book for a younger audience.

February 3 - FreeWord, Davidson College Performance Poets
Now in their second year as Davidson College's premier slam poetry group on campus, the FreeWord Poets represent an important outlet for the voices of Davidson College students. Whether it's telling stories, playing with words or offering new perspectives to social justice issues, FreeWord has a place for all poets, story-tellers and students alike. Last April, FreeWord placed within the top ten college slam groups in the national at the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI) at Emerson College in Boston.

March 3 - Cathy Smith Bowers, NC Poet Laureate
Cathy Smith Bowers is currently on the faculty for Queens' M.F.A. in Creative Writing Program, UNC Asheville's Great Smokies Writing Program and at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C. Her powerful poems about family and loss have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The Georgia Review, Poetry, The Southern Review and The Kenyon Review. The poet has received several awards including Queens University's 2002 J.B. Fuqua Distinguished Educator Award and the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Award given by the North Carolina Poetry Society in 2006 and 2007.

April 5 - Alan Michael Parker*, Novelist
Alan Michael Parker is the author of two novels, including Whale Man and Cry Uncle, along with seven collections of poems, Days Like Prose, The Vandals, Love Song with Motor Vehicles, A Peal of Sonnets, Elephants & Butterflies, Ten Days (with painter Herb Jackson), and Holier Than This (forthcoming from Tupelo Press in 2012). He served as Editor of The Imaginary Poets, and co-editor of two other volumes of scholarship. His poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, The Gettysburg Review, Kenyon Review, The New Republic, The New Yorker, Paris Review, Pleiades, and The Yale Review, among other magazines, and are forthcoming widely, including in The Best American Poetry, 2011; his prose has appeared in journals including The Believer, The New York Times Book Review, and The New Yorker.

May 5 - Malcolm Campbell, Travel and Fiction Writer
Malcolm Campbell is the author of two adventure travel guidebooks, editor of professional golf instructor Dana Rader’s golf instructional book, Rock Solid Golf, and founder of the independent publishing house, Walkabout Press. In Malcolm’s twenty years as a commercial writer, he’s written everything from power-tool-accessory catalogues to television commercials to cover/feature stories for national magazines. Malcolm is the 2008 recipient of the Doris Betts Fiction Prize, and he teaches freshman writing at UNC-Charlotte and at Queens University.
 
*Meetings will be held at other locations.  Please see specific date for meeting place.

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