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 OLD Workshop Information 
CANCELLED
Writing from the Heart in Verse Workshop, Led by Linda Vigen Phillips
March 9, 2019, 10am - 12:30pm
Location  - Providence United Methodist Church (room 104)
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211

Linda Vigen Phillips finds passion in creating realistic fiction told in verse, to offer hope to teens and their families who face mental or physical health challenges. Her debut novel, Crazy, depicts the struggles of a teenage girl in the1960’s coming to terms with her mother’s bipolar disorder.It earned numerous accolades, including Foreword Reviews lndieFab Book of the Year Finalist, the short-list for SCBWI Crystal Kite Award, and an Honor book for the Paterson Prize for Books.

Linda’s recent book, Behind These Hands, shows how the life of a teenage piano prodigy is upended when her two younger brothers are diagnosed with Batten, a rare neurodegenerative disease. In its starred review Kirkus says, “Free verse evokes the myriad emotions brought up by the story's numerous well-balanc.ed themes. The result is a richly woven, unforgettable symphony of feelings and words.”  Linda enjoys advocating for better mental health through National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and conducting writing workshops.  She lives in Charlotte, NC, where she and her husband love to sit on the screened porch to watch the grass grow.

Writing from the Heart in Verse
Writing about life’s peaks and valleys in free verse form can be a constructive way to deal with emotional issues. You don’t have to be a professional writer to enjoy the benefits.

In this workshop we will explore the expertise of contemporary authors who have mastered verse novels. We’ll dissect various writing styles to determine the key ingredients that these authors have used to penetrate readers’ hearts. Participants will have an opportunity to dig deep for a nugget of their own that can best be expressed through the power of verse.

CANCELLED due to lack of participation

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Short Story Workshop, Sarah Creech
February 9, 2019, 10am - 12:30pm
Location  - Providence United Methodist Church (room 104)
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211

Sarah Creech is the author of Season of the Dragonflies and The Whole Way Home, which was nominated for the Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in various publications, including Lit Hub, The Cortland Review, Writer's Digest, and StorySouth. She's an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Queens University of Charlotte.

Show AND Telling
Too often teachers admonish beginning writers with the familiar adage “show, don’t tell” like it’s a firm rule. And it’s true that writing rendered entirely in exposition fails to create the urgency and vividness of story, but it’s also true that prose writers must tell sometimes too. So when do we show and when do we tell? What’s the balance? Which moments demand the sensory experience of scene and which moments need the context that telling can provide? In this class, we will study showing and telling in scenes from classic and contemporary works of literature and discuss the choices writers make, and we will participate in writing exercises to better help us apply showing and telling in our creative work.

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January 23, 2019 - February 27, 2019
Annual Workshop: Recalling Memories for Your Family or Public
Christ Episcopal Church
1412 Providence Road
Charlotte, NC 28207

Author and editor Margaret Bigger is offering her annual six-week course: Recalling Memories for Your Family or the Public. This opportunity is sponsored by the CWC and is designed for anyone considering writing a memoir or non-fiction book.

Classes will be held on Wednesdays from 2-4 p.m. from January 23rd-February 27th. Classes will meet at Christ Episcopal Church on 1412 Providence Road.  The last class is a luncheon with Margaret in her home.

The cost for CWC members is $60.00 and for non-members the cost is $72.00.
Textbook: $14.00 (Optional)  [Pay for textbook at the class].

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Poetry, Led by Irene Blair Honeycutt
January 26, 2019 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Location  - Davidson Friends Meeting House
625 South Street, Davidson, NC 28036
 

Irene Blair Honeycutt, born in Jacksonville, FL, is the author of four poetry books, the most recent being Beneath the Bamboo Sky:  Poems & Pieces on Loss and Consolation (Main Street Rag 2017).  Awards for her writing and advocacy of writers include a NC Arts Council Scholarship, a Creative Fellowship from the Charlotte Arts and Science Council, and a Best of Charlotte Award from Creative Loafing for Best Contribution to the Improvement of Charlotte’s Literary Climate.  She founded Central Piedmont Community College’s Spring Literary Festival in Charlotte, NC, which expanded into Sensoria.  At the college, she received the Award for Excellence in Teaching.  Upon her retirement, the college established a Distinguished Lectureship, a Lifetime Achievement Award and a Legacy Award in her name.  Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including Nimrod, Southern Poetry Review, Virginia Quarterly and the Southern Poetry Anthology.  She lives in Indian Trail, NC and remains actively involved in the writing community.

 

Poetry in the Passing Moment

'Grief is a floating barge boat.  You never know where it will moor.'  Charles Wright

This quote from Wright’s poem appeared in the New Yorker years ago, shortly following the loss of my kid brother.  The images spoke to my heart and mind.  One of the reasons I chose to share these lines for this workshop is that they say so much about the nature of poetry.   Writing poetry is like following the river inside us.  We can step into a barge boat, remember secret places, or walk a forgotten trail—trusting the river of writing, not knowing where the impetus of a poem will moor.  This is magical and mystical. You are invited to venture into your imagination, to experience a poem as a container for grief, a vessel of hope.

We will discuss poems by Alberto Rios, Marie Howe, Jack Matthews, Denise Levertov,  Edward Hirsch, Jane Hirshfield, Rilke, and Tracy K. Smith, among others. Come prepared to respond and to write!  Workshop Flyer

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Poetry, Led by Joseph Bathanti
January 19, 2019 - 1:00pm - 3:30pm
Location  - Providence United Methodist Church (room 104)
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211
 
Joseph Bathanti is former Poet Laureate of North Carolina (2012-14) and recipient of the 2016 North Carolina Award for Literature. He is leading this year’s poetry workshop on Saturday, January 19, 2019 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Providence United Methodist Church, Room 104, 2810 Providence Road, Charlotte.

Writing the Longer Narrative Poem, will focus on writing longer poems that tell stories through utilizing classic conventions of fiction such as dialogue, plot, conflict, characterization, setting/place, etc., while still relying heavily on key elements of poetry such as compressed, often impressionistic, language; rhythm; stylized line and stanza breaks; and attention to sound.

We’ll strive to balance the image-charged voltage of poetry with traditionally discursive narrative strategies of fiction and creative nonfiction, focusing on the occasion of the poem, and the dramatic situation that inspired it. Participants will be provided with examples of narrative poems aimed at triggering the narrative impulse.

He is the author of 10 books of poetry, including Communion Partners; Anson County; The Feast of All Saints; This Metal, nominated for the National Book Award, and winner of the Oscar Arnold Young Award; Land of Amnesia; Restoring Sacred Art, winner of the 2010 Roanoke Chowan Prize, awarded annually by the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association for best book of poetry in a given year; Sonnets of the Cross; Concertina, winner of the 2014 Roanoke Chowan Prize; and The 13th Sunday after Pentecost, released by LSU Press in 2016.

His novel, East Liberty, won the 2001 Carolina Novel Award. His novel, Coventry, won the 2006 Novello Literary Award. His book of stories, The High Heart, won the 2006 Spokane Prize.

They Changed the State: The Legacy of North Carolina’s Visiting Artists, 1971-1995, his book of nonfiction, was published in early 2007. His recent book of personal essays, Half of What I Say Is Meaningless, winner of the Will D. Campbell Award for Creative Nonfiction, is from Mercer University Press. A new novel, The Life of the World to Come, was released from University of South Carolina Press in late 2014.

Bathanti is the McFarlane Family Distinguished Professor of Interdisciplinary Education & Writer-in-Residence of Appalachian State University’s Watauga Residential College in Boone, NC. He served as the 2016 Charles George VA Medical Center Writer-in-Residence in Asheville, NC.

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Fiction Workshop, Led by Michel Stone
November 10, 2018, 9am - 11:30am
Location  - Davidson Friends Meeting House
625 South Street, Davidson, NC 28036

Michel Stone is a writer, speaker, educator, and community volunteer. Her critically acclaimed novels Border Child (April 2017, Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 2017) and The Iguana Tree (Hub City Press, 2012) have been compared to the writings of John Steinbeck and both books have been optioned for film. Border Child has been favorably reviewed by The San Francisco Chronicle, Charleston Magazine, The Charlotte Observer, The New York Journal of Books, Kirkus (starred review) among many others and was recently favorably mentioned in The New Yorker. She has published numerous stories and essays and is the 2011 recipient of the South Carolina Fiction Award. She recently received the Patricia Winn Award for Southern Literature.

The Power and Necessity of Empathy in Fiction Writing
Stone says “works of lasting, memorable fiction tap into the human condition. In order for a writer's work to do that, the writer must be able to view the world through a variety of lenses.” Workshop attendees will participate in several writing exercises during the session. She hopes some of those prompts will spark longer pieces of writing after participants leave the class. 

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Nonfiction Workshop, Led by Alice Osborn
October 27, 2018, 10am - 12:30pm
Location  - Providence United Methodist Church (room 104)
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211

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 12 years, 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 and Old Derelicts is her most recent CD featuring crowd-pleasing favorite originals. Previous poetry collections are After the Steaming Stops and Unfinished Projects. A former editor for Wake Living magazine, Alice is also the editor of the anthologies Tattoos and Creatures of Habitat, both from Main Street RagA NC Writers’ Network, NC Poetry Society, and NC 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 MagazineSoundings Review and in numerous journals and anthologies. Alice is an Irish dancer who also plays Celtic fiddle and bluegrass banjo. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her husband, two children, and four birds. Visit Alice's website at www.aliceosborn.com and check out her music at www.reverbnation.com/aliceosborn.

Publishing and Marketing in a Digital World, Led by Jessica Peterson
October 20, 2018, 10am - 12:30pm
Location  - Providence United Methodist Church (room 104)
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211

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.

Publishing and Marketing in a Digital World

So you’ve finished a book. Or maybe you haven’t yet, but you have an idea and you’d really like to flesh it out.  Wherever you are in your writing process,  you eventually want to get your book into a lot of readers’ hands. In a competitive, ever changing market, having a solid marketing plan is just as important as writing a solid book.  Learn how to market your books—and your brand—this will make all the difference in the world.

 

Cost is $30 for CWC members and $40 for non-members.
Flash Fiction Workshop, Led by Paula Martinac
September 29, 2018, 10am - 12:30pm
Location  - Providence United Methodist Church (room 127)
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211

Paula Martinac is the author of four published novels, including The Ada Decades, a finalist for the 2018 Ferro-Grumley Literary Award; and Out of Time, winner of a Lambda Literary AwardHer short stories and essays have appeared in Raleigh Review, Main Street Rag, Minerva Rising, Bloom, Hippocampus,and other venues. She is a lecturer in creative writing at UNC Charlotte and a writing coach/teacher at Charlotte Center for the Literary Arts. 

Mastering Micro Fiction
It’s no surprise that in the age of tweeting, micro or flash fiction continues to increase in popularity and visibility. Some authors are even writing complete novels and novellas in flash. In this workshop, we’ll explore how flash narratives use language to draw readers in, and how writers convey character, arc, and emotion in under 1,000 words. We’ll discuss how flash differs from prose poetry; read examples of published works; experiment with the form through several exercises; and look at publishing outlets for our micro masterpieces. Bring a notebook and your imagination! 

Cost is $30 for CWC members and $40 for non-members.
To register and pay the workshop fee click on Flash Fiction Workshop 
Members: When you get to the Workshop Page from the above link, please LOGIN to your membership profile to get the member discounted price.  (You may need to scroll to the top of the page - The 'Log in' button is on the top right.) Then select Events to find your workshop. 

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A Workshop and Open Mic Event Presented by the North Carolina Poetry Society
Saturday, June 23, 2018 1:00 p.m.—3:00 p.m.

Held at Gaston County Public Library 1555 E. Garrison Blvd, Gastonia
 
Cost: $10 for NCPS members,  $15 for non-members - Write a check to 'NC Poetry Society'  and bring it or payment in cash to the workshop. 
 
To Register: Contact David Poston at pbposton@juno.com or 704-860-8124

For more details Click HERE.

Poetry Workshop, Led by John Amen
February 10, 2018, 10am - Noon
Location  - Providence United Methodist Church (room 104)
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211

 

The Pulse of Our Lives

In this workshop, we’ll pinpoint central images and narratives of our lives and use these elements to craft poems that highlight our unique experiences and voices. We’ll explore how singular images and incidents are frequently more fertile than we thought, prompting us to explore connections and emotional reservoirs of which we were unaware. In the process, conveyance becomes seeking and the commonplace becomes epic, our verse replete with the sense of urgency that makes a poem leap from the page.

Cost is $30 for CWC members and $40 for non-members. To register contact Kerry Hubbard, by clicking this link. It will open an email to Kerry. Pay the workshop fee by selecting 'Members' or 'Non-Members' below and ADD to Cart.  This will take you to Paypal to complete your payment.

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Short Story Workshop, Led by Bryn Chancellor
Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 10am - 12:30pm
Location  - Providence United Methodist Church (room 104)
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211

 

Through the Lens: Perspective in Fiction Writing

This fiction workshop will focus on the technique of perspective, which encompasses point of view and narration and aligns closely with characterization. In exploring questions about narrative strategies—who tells the story, and how do they tell it? and to whom? and from what distance?—we’ll broaden our aesthetics and deepen our understanding of fiction’s possibilities. We’ll discuss a few definitions and short examples but primarily plan to write, using targeted exercises that can be used to generate new material or develop works in progress

Cost is $30 for CWC members and $40 for non-members. To register contact Kerry Hubbard, by clicking this link. It will open an email to Kerry. Pay the workshop fee by selecting 'Members' or 'Non-Members' below and ADD to Cart.  This will take you to Paypal to complete your payment.

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January 24, 2018 - February 28, 2018
Annual Workshop: Recalling Memories for Your Family or Public
Christ Episcopal Church
1412 Providence Road
Charlotte, NC 28207

Author and editor Margaret Bigger is offering her annual six-week course: Recalling Memories for Your Family or the Public. This opportunity is sponsored by the CWC and is designed for anyone considering writing a memoir or non-fiction book.

Classes will be held on Wednesdays from 2-4 p.m. from January 24-February 28. Classes will meet at Christ Episcopal Church on 1412 Providence Road.

The cost for CWC members is $60 and for non-members the cost is $72.
Textbook: $14. (Optional)

To register, write a check to the Charlotte Writers' Club and mail it to:

Margaret Bigger
3901 Silver Bell Drive
Charlotte, NC 28211

If you have questions, call Margaret Bigger at 704-364-1788.

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Nonfiction Workshop, Led by Tommy Tomlinson
Saturday, October 21st, 2017, Time 1pm-4pm
Location  - Providence United Methodist Church (room 104)
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211

"Storytelling, Creativity and Life"  A workshop that helps you get to the core of telling stories, unlocks the creativity inside you -- and maybe, along the way, helps you become a better person.

Cost is $30 for CWC members and $40 for non-members. To register contact Kerry Hubbard, by clicking this link.  Pay the workshop fee by selecting 'Members' or 'Non-Members' below and ADD to Cart.  This will take you to Paypal to complete your payment.

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Beyond Brushes and Pens Poetry Workshop (a response to art) led by Terri Wolfe
Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 9:00am - 1:00pm
Mooresville Arts Depot

Terri Wolfe holds a BA from UNCC and an MFA in Poetry from Queens University of Charlotte. She is the co-author of Riding Out: Poems of Grief and Redemption (Mayflower 2008). Her publications include poems in Cave Wall, Iodine Poetry Journal, Main Street Rag, Only Connect: The Charlotte Writers’ Club Anthology, and Aftershock: The Poetry of Recovery Anthology. She resides in Denver, North Carolina and currently teaches small group poetry workshops.

Beyond Brushes and Pens

What:    A workshop to engage in a deeper dialogue between the visual arts and words.  Poet and teacher Terri Wolfe will introduce the process which requires a closer examination and contemplation of a piece of art to create a poem. This event is hosted by Charlotte Writers’ Club North in cooperation with Mooresville Arts.

When:   Saturday, October 7, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Where:  Mooresville Arts Depot, 103 West Center Avenue

How:      To register, contact Caroline Kane Kenna .   Cost is $35 for CWC members and $45 for non-members.  The fee includes a $5 donation to  Mooresville Arts, a non-profit.  

Flash Fiction Workshop, Led by Gary Powell
Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 10am - Noon
Location  - Providence United Methodist Church (room 104)
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211


In this workshop attendees will:

Critique recently published flash fiction by recognized masters of the craft;
Practice writing and receive feedback on their own flash fiction;
Learn strategies for publishing flash fiction.

WALK-INS Welcome!! Just bring a check with you.

Cost is $30 for CWC members and $40 for non-members. To register contact Caroline Kenna, by clicking this link.  Pay the workshop fee by selecting 'Members' or 'Non-Members' below and ADD to Cart.  This will take you to Paypal to complete your payment.

 

 

Playwriting Workshop: Led by Marla Brown
April 22, 2017 - 10am - 3pm
Warehouse Performing Arts Center
9216 Westmoreland Road
Cornelius, NC 28031 

Please come to Cornelius for a playwriting workshop, on Saturday April 22, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  From Page to Stage is a practical approach to writing a 10-munite play, a staple of the current theater scene. The workshop is at the Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216 Westmoreland Road. 

Marla Brown, writer/performer and Managing Artistic Director of the Warehouse PAC will lead this one day workshop that including: time to read and analyze other short plays, a discussion of basic play structure and in-workshop prompts to help participants develop ideas for characters and plot and to begin writing the dialogue.  

Proposed schedule: 

10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.:

Read/analyze plays and discuss the basic elements of play-structure:

Compare and contrast a short play with a “sketch” or a skit 

Begin to write using in-class prompts, explore ideas or characters and plots;Start a dialogue to find the kernel of your 10-minute play.

12:30-2:00 pm:

Break for lunch and continue to free write on your own
2:00-3:00 p.m.:

Reconvene to share, analyze and to discuss works in progress.

(Any writers who want to see their work completed can discuss additional workshop times.)

Bring a sack lunch and whatever you use to compose: pen and paper, laptop or tablet. The fee for workshop is $55 for Charlotte Writers’ Club members and $65 for non-members.  Preregistration is required. Please print/bring a copy of your receipt to the workshop. Email Connie Fisher to register. Click on Connie's name to open the email form.  CWC North is sponsoring this event in cooperation with The Warehouse PAC.  

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Short Story Workshop, Led by Bryn Chancellor
Saturday, April 1, 2017: 10am- Noon
Providence United Methodist Church (room 104)
2810 Providence Road
Charlotte, NC 28211

Bryn Chancellor’s debut novel, Sycamore, is forthcoming from Harper in May 2017. Her story collection When Are You Coming Home? won the 2014 Prairie Schooner Book Prize, and her short fiction has appeared in Gulf Coast, Blackbird, Colorado Review, Crazyhorse, Phoebe, and elsewhere. Other honors include the Poets & Writers Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award in fiction and fellowships from the Arizona and Alabama arts councils. A native of California raised in Arizona, she earned her M.F.A. from Vanderbilt University and is an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

The Whole Wide World of Setting

This fiction workshop will focus on the technique of setting, exploring ways to establish place, time, history, and the rules that govern a story’s fictional world, as well as how setting intersects with and informs other craft elements. We will discuss a few short examples but primarily focus on writing through targeted exercises, which can be used to generate new material or develop works in progress.

Poetry Workshop: “Polishing Your Poems”
Saturday, February 4, 10 a.m. to noon
Providence United Methodist Church
2810 Providence Road
Charlotte, NC 28211

David Radavich will present a workshop called “Polishing Your Poems” on Saturday, February 4, from 10 a.m. to noon at Providence United Methodist Church.  The focus will be on revising and polishing your poetry for contests and publication.  Participants will discuss theory and examine “before” and “after” poems.  Bring a poem to revise.

Cost: $30 for Charlotte Writers’ Club members, $40 for non-members.  To register contact workshop@charlottewritersclub.org.  Pay the workshop fee by selecting 'Members' or 'Non-Members' below and ADD to Cart.  This will take you to Paypal to complete your payment.

January 18, 2017 - February 22, 2017
Annual Class: Recalling Memories for Your Family or Public

Author and editor Margaret Bigger is offering her annual six-week course: Recalling Memories for Your Family or the Public. This opportunity is sponsored by the CWC and is designed for anyone considering writing a memoir or non-fiction book.

Classes will be held on Wednesdays from 2-4 p.m. from January 18-February 22. Classes will meet at Christ Episcopal Church on 1412 Providence Road.

The cost for CWC members is $60 and for non-members the cost is $72.
Textbook is $14 (optional)
To register, write a check to the Charlotte Writers' Club and mail to:

Margaret Bigger
3901 Silver Bell Drive
Charlotte, NC 28211

For questions, call Margaret Bigger at 704-364-1788

September 19, 2015  - Memoir Workshop - Writing Descriptive & Narrative Language
(Registration OPEN)

On Saturday, September 19, 2015 please join us at The Friends Meeting House, 625 South Street in Davidson, N.C. for a workshop on Writing Descriptive & Narrative Language In Memoir, led by Gilda Morina Syverson, author of My Father's Daughter, From Rome to Sicily, a Novello Literary Award Finalist, poet, writer and a long time memoir teacher.  Visit her website:http://gildasyverson.com/

Charlotte Writers Club North is hosting the event from 1:30-3:30 p.m. for writers interested in using scenes from their lives in telling their stories. The workshop fee is $35, Charlotte Writers' Club members pay $25.  Bring a journal and fast writing pen. You may (but it's not required) bring a battery-powered laptop. Workshop limited to 20 people.

Looking for more information about the workshop or if you want to sign up, contact Connie Fisher at fisherconn@gmail.com. Any questions about CWC North or about the venue, contact Caroline Kane Kenna, CWC North, ckanek5@gmail.com

A reception will immediately follow with Reading and Signing from 4:30 to 5:30. (Reception & Reading are free and open to the public).

You can pay for the workshop by either sending your check to the below address, or you can pay using Paypal by selecting the amount and clicking on the Add to Cart button.  If paying by check, please include the workshop name on your check.

The Charlotte Writers' Club
P.O. Box 220954
Charlotte, NC 28222

CWC North Memoir Workshop
 

January 21, 2015 - February 25, 2015
Annual Workshop: Recalling Memories for Your Family or Public

Author and editor Margaret Bigger is offering her annual six-week course: Recalling Memories for Your Family or the Public. This opportunity is sponsored by the CWC and is designed for anyone considering writing a memoir or non-fiction book.

Classes will be held on Wednesdays from 2-4 p.m. from January 21-February 25. Classes will meet at Christ Episcopal Church on 1412 Providence Road.

The cost for CWC members is $60 and for non-members the cost is $72.
The cost for Vietnam Veterans who are CWC members is $30 and for Vietnam Veterans who are non-members is $36.

To register, call Margaret Bigger at 704-364-1788. The class is limited to 20 participants so sign up soon!

November 21, 2014
FREE Writing Workshop

CWC is co-sponsoring this event as a precursor to the NCWN fall conference being held in Charlotte. CWC members Gilda Syverson, Patrick Lee and David Radavich will be leading a free writing workshop on Friday, November 21, 12-1:30 p.m. at Queens University that will be open to the public. Queens University will offer free parking in a nearby deck and will have signage pointing to the location on campus.

Workshop with poet and author Alice Osborn:
“Market Yourself Like a Rock Star Author”
Saturday, October 18, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Providence United Methodist Church
2810 Providence Road
Charlotte, NC 28211

Poet and creative writing instructor Alice Osborn will offer Market Yourself Like a Rock Star Author” on October 18, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at Providence United Methodist Church. This Charlotte Writers’ Club-sponsored workshop is for both published and yet-to-be published writers who need help crafting a marketing strategy for getting the word out about their books via social media networking, websites, blogs, and the good old-fashioned way with press releases and media contacts. If no one knows who you are, how will they buy your book? Osborn will give tips and tricks from her own experience as a successful published writer/editor and will address publicity/marketing tips for both traditionally and self-published authors.

Cost: $25 for Charlotte Writers’ Club members, $35 for non-members. To register email workshop@charlottewritersclub.org or click the Add to Cart button below and indicate whether you are a member or non-member.

Registration Fee

"The Self in the Poem" Workshop

Saturday, May 31, 10 a.m. to noon

Providence United Methodist Church

2810 Providence Road

Charlotte, NC 28211

David Radavich will present a workshop exploring "The Self in the Poem" on Saturday, May 31, from 10 a.m. to noon at Providence United Methodist Church. A version of the poet’s "self" functions as the speaker in every poem, but what is the nature of that self? In relation to what other persons or objects in the poem? How different is a persona poem? What masks might the poet put on or take off? In a dramatic monologue, what selves are being expressed? These and other questions of lyric identity and relationship will be examined through a variety of poems in discussion.

Cost: $25 for Charlotte Writers’ Club members, $35 for non-members. To register contact workshop@charlottewritersclub.org. Pay the workshop fee by clicking on the Donate button to your left and indicating you will attend the workshop as a member or non-member.

Recalling Memories for Your Family or the Public
Begins January 22, 2014
Christ Episcopal Church, Charlotte, N.C.

For anyone ready to write memoirs or considering doing a nonfiction book or short stories, the Charlotte Writers' Club is sponsoring its annual six-week course: "Recalling Memories for Your Family or the Public," taught by Margaret Bigger, author/editor of 24 books.

Classes will be held 2-4 p.m. on Wednesdays January 22-February 26 at Christ Episcopal Church, 1412 Providence Road. Cost for CWC members is $60; non-members pay $72.

Register by calling Margaret Bigger at 704-364-1788. The class is limited to 20 participants so sign up soon!

"Shaping the Poem" Workshop
Saturday, June 22, 10 a.m. to noon
Providence United Methodist Church
2810 Providence Road
Charlotte, NC 28211

Every free verse poem deserves to find its best, unique form. But how to decide about line lengths, stanza breaks, and other structural elements? David Radavich will lead a workshop on Saturday, June 22, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Providence United Methodist Church, Providence Road at Sharity Amity Road, called "Shaping the Poem."  The workshop will focus on: 1) the tempo of the poem; 2) the breath of the poem; 3) the shape of the poem; and 4) the harmony of the poem. Participants will examine poems by past masters and do a couple exercises to explore the possibilities available to the contemporary poet.

Cost: $25 for Charlotte Writers’ Club members, $35 for non-members. To register contact workshop@charlottewritersclub.org. Pay the workshop fee by clicking on the Donate button to your left and indicating you will attend the workshop as a member or non-member.

North Carolina Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti
Sunday, September 22, 2013

Poetry Workshop* from 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
The Friends Meeting House, 625 South Street in Davidson
Space is limited to 20 participants; registration required.

Reading & Reception begins at 7 p.m.
St. Alban's Episcopal Church, 301 Caldwell Lane in Davidson
Open to the public with reception to follow.

CWC-North is honored to sponsor an afternoon workshop led by the current North Carolina Poet Laureate, Joseph Bathanti, who will read several selections in the evening. Please come out and join us for this special event!

Bathanti’s books of poetry include Concertina (forthcoming book of prison-related poems will be released from Mercer University Press, Fall 2013), Sonnets of the Cross (Jacar Press, 2013), This Metal (St. Andrews College Press, 1996 and Press 53, 2012), Restoring Sacred Art (Star Cloud Press, 2010), Land of Amnesia (Press 53, 2009), Anson County (Williams & Simpson, 1989 and Parkway Publishers, 2005), The Feast of All Saints (Nightshade press, 1994), and Communion Partners (Briarpatch Press, 1986). He has published two novels, Coventry (Novello Festival Press, 2006) and East Liberty (Banks Channel Books, 2001), along with a book of short stories, The High Heart (Eastern Washington University Press, 2007).

*Workshop registration opens on July 1. Space will be limited to 20, but individuals who are interested may be placed on a waiting list. The smaller workshop will give attendees the opportunity to take part in a more creative, hands-on environment. Please check back on July 1 for details on registering.

Recalling Memories for Your Family or the Public
Six-week course: 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 23 to Feb. 27
Christ Episcopal Church, 1412 Providence Road, Charlotte


If you're ready to write your memoirs, or if you want to write a nonfiction book or short stories, sign up for "Recalling Memories for Your Family or the Public," an annual fundraiser for the Charlotte Writers’ Club taught by Margaret Bigger, author of Recalling Your Memories on Paper, Tape or Videotape. Registration fee for the course is $60 for CWC members, $72 for non-members. Register by calling Margaret Bigger at (704) 364-1788.

Publicity and Marketing for Writers: Oct. 20, 2012

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.
 
Osborn is the author of three books of poetry, After the Steaming Stops (Main Street Rag, 2012), Unfinished Projects (Main Street Rag, 2010), and Right Lane Ends (Catawba, 2006), and editor of the forthcoming anthology Tattoos (Main Street Rag, 2012). Her work has appeared in the News and Observer, The Broad River Review, The Pedestal Magazine, Soundings Review, and numerous journals and anthologies. She lives in Raleigh with her husband and two children. Visit her website at www.aliceosborn.com.
Charlotte Writers’ Club – North Presents

"A Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery Inside an Enigma"

A Program featuring Marguerite Williams and Jon Guttman discussing their new political thriller, Madame President

With The Writer’s Loft

Sunday, October 21, 2012, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: The Warehouse Performing Arts Center
9216-A Westmoreland Road, Cornelius, NC
between I-77 exits 25 & 28

A reception will follow the reading.
From Word to Kindle: The Basics of Self-Publishing on Amazon
Saturday, August 4, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Morrison Regional Library, Charlotte

You've finally written a book ... now what? Learn the basics of properly formatting your manuscript for the Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook, setting up your online accounts, and selling your e-book.

Kris Wampler will lead a workshop on e-publishing on Saturday, August 4, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Morrison Regional Library, located at the corner of Morrison Boulevard and Colony Road in the SouthPark area of Charlotte. Registration costs $25 for Charlotte Writers' Club members and $35 for non-members. To register or obtain further information, email Kris by clicking here.

Kris Wampler is an attorney and co-vice president of programming for the Charlotte Writers' Club. He's the author of Love Train, a parody novella, and "The Obituary," a short story, both available on Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.

Registration for this workshop is limited so please register soon to participate. Click the PayPal button below to register. You do not have to have a PayPal account; you can register using a credit or debit card.)
Recalling Memories for Your Family or the Public
Taught by Margaret G. Bigger
Wednesdays, January 18 – February 15, and March 7, 2012 from 2-4 p.m. (6 sessions)
Christ Episcopal Church, 1412 Providence Road
Cost: $60 for CWC members or $72 for non-members (Just $12 per session!)
Textbook: $14 including tax (optional)

Your stories of “way back when,” your knowledge of family history and your perspective on life will be lost forever, unless you record them now. This course will help you preserve them for your family or even the public. Although you may not consider yourself a writer, you will surely enjoy the process of recollection.

About the Instructor: Margaret is the author of Recalling your Memories on Paper, Tape or Videotape, editor of Gray-Haired Grins & Giggles, World War II: It Changed Us Forever, The Great Depression: How We Coped, Worked and Played, and World War II: Hometown and Home Front Heroes. Since 1989, Bigger has taught this course for CPCC, Queens University, Shepherd’s Center, at retirement centers in three states and as an annual fundraiser for the Charlotte Writers’ Club.

To enroll, call Margaret at 704-364-1788.

Summer Writing Workshop
“Self-Publishing and Promoting Your Writing”

Saturday, August 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Providence United Methodist Church
Led by Jessie Carty and John Hartness
 
Liven up your dog-day summer with a workshop sponsored by the Charlotte Writers’ Club called “Self-Publishing and Promoting Your Writing” led by Jessie Carty and John Hartness on Saturday, August 6. The workshop will explore the nuts and bolts of publishing and e-publishing your writing, along with tips on how best to market and promote your work via electronic and social networking media. The workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Providence United Methodist Church, located at the corner of Providence and Sharon Amity Roads in Charlotte.
 
Fees are $30 for Club members and $45 for non-members.

To register for the workshop, mail a check made out to the Charlotte Writers’ Club, with "summer workshop" on the memo line, along with complete contact information (name, address, phone, email address), to P.O. Box 220954, Charlotte, NC 28222. For further information, contact John Hartness or Jessie Carty. (Click on the names for the emails.) 

Or register online at PayPal by clicking the button below.

HALF-DAY WORKSHOP
Revision: The Art of Crafting and Critiquing Writing
(Polishing Writing to Prepare for Publication)
Instructor: Maureen Ryan Griffin

Want to make your writing sing? Wish your work would catch an editor’s eye? If you’ve ever wondered what you don’t know about improving the quality of your writing, or would like to contribute to other writers by providing a critique, this half-day workshop is for you. Explore ways to revise your own writing and to get and give feedback that provides maximum value. Attendees will break into smaller groups so bring copies of your own work for critiquing.

This workshop will offer something for every writer at every stage: members of a long-standing critique group can learn new techniques and approaches; a new club member looking to start their own critique group will learn what critiquing needs to accomplish to be successful; and community members who have written for the first or one-hundredth time can get supportive and encouraging feedback from other writers on their work.

Similar to the workshop taught by Maureen at this year's North Carolina Writers’ Network fall conference, this special half-day workshop will be more in-depth and intense to give all attendees the opportunity to practice new techniques and participate in revision/critique exercises in smaller groups. Light refreshments will be provided.

When: Saturday, April 2nd, from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Covenant Presbyterian Recreation Center, 1000 East Morehead Street in Charlotte
Cost: $35 for CWC members; $45 for non-members (You’ll need a copy of Spinning Words into Gold, available for $23.76 in class.)

Maureen Ryan Griffin, an award-winning poetry and nonfiction writer, is the author of Spinning Words into Gold: A Hands-On Guide to the Craft of Writing, a grief workbook titled I Will Never Forget You, and two collections of poetry, This Scatter of Blossoms and When the Leaves Are in the Water. She offers individual coaching and critique, as well as an expansive selection of retreats, workshops, and classes, through her business, WordPlay. Learn more at her website, www.maureenryangriffin.com
 
Spinning Words into Gold is a comprehensive manual with tools and resources to nurture, inspire, and empower the writer in all of us. The book includes essays, examples, and exercises throughout organized into the Whos, Whys, Whens, Wheres and Whats of Writing as well as five chapters on the How. With information on beginning, shaping, polishing, marketing, and sustaining your writing, Spinning Words into Gold is an excellent resource that writers will be using long after the workshop is over.
Recalling Memories for Your Family or the Public*
Taught by Margaret G. Bigger

Wednesdays January 19 – February 23, 2011 from 2-4 p.m. (6 sessions)
Christ Episcopal Church, 1412 Providence Road
Cost: $60 for CWC members or $72 for non-members (Just $12 per session!)
Textbook: $14 including tax (optional)
*This workshop series has already started so we are no longer taking registrations for this workshop.

Your stories of “way back when,” your knowledge of family history and your perspective on life will be lost forever, unless you record them now. This course will help you preserve them for your family or even the public. Although you may not consider yourself a writer, you will surely enjoy the process of recollection.

About the Instructor: Margaret is the author of Recalling your Memories on Paper and Tape or Videotape, editor of Gray-Haired Grins & Giggles, World War II: It Changed Us Forever, The Great Depression: How We Coped, Worked and Played, and World War II: Hometown and Home Front Heroes. Since 1989, Bigger has taught this course for CPCC, Queens University, Shepherd’s Center, at retirement centers in three states and as an annual fundraiser for the Charlotte Writers’ Club.

To enroll, call Margaret at 704-364-1788.

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