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The Charlotte Writers' Club meets September through May for each calendar year. Below you can find information on past speakers and their meeting topics, starting with the most recent year.

Charlotte Writers' Club

2018-2019 Calendar (date and speaker)
October 2, 2018 -- Randell Jones, historical nonfiction
Novemmber 20, 2018 -- Patrice Gopo, personal essay
December 18, 2018 -- Jeff Jackson, point of view
January 15, 2019 -- Dede Wilson, CWC History

2017-2018 Calendar (date and speaker)
September 19, 2017 - Kazim Ali, poet, essayist, fiction writer and translator
October 17, 2017 -- Critique Groups
November 21, 2017 -- Dr. Donald Fidler, scriptwriter, film director
December 19, 2017 -- Tracy Curtis, humorist
January 16, 2018 - Members Reading
February 20, 2018 -- Bryn Chancellor, assistant professor at UNCC and fiction writer
March 20, 2018 -- Paula Martinac, creative writing teacher at UNCC and fiction writer
April 17 2018 -- Panel, Marketing for the self published or small press author - building an author platform in the digital age
May 15, 2018 - John Amen, poet

2016-2017 Calendar (date and speaker)
September 20, 2016 -- Linda Vigen Phillips, author
October 18, 2016 -- Critique Groups
November 15th, 2016 - Kim Wright, author
December 20, 2016 - Nora Gaskin, author
January 17, 2017 - Selected Members' Reading
February 21, 2017 - Tommy Tomlinson, author
March 21, 2017 - Combined meeting with WNBA, Small Press Submissions
April 18, 2017 - Adrian Rice, poet
May 1, 2017 - Ask an Author - A Forum for Young Writers
May 16, 2017 - Carla Damron, author

 

2015-2016 Calendar (date and speaker)
September 15, 2015 -- Alan Michael Parker, author
October 20, 2015 - Critique Groups Pow Wow
November 17th, 2015 - Combined meeting with WNBA
December 15, 2015 - Philip Shabazz, poet
January 19, 2016 - Selected Members' Reading

January 27, 2016 - Charlotte Writers' Club-North and the editors of Iodine Poetry Journal invite you to join us at our co-sponsored poetry event: Waterbean Poetry Night at the Mic, featuring Dannye Romine Powell

February 16, 2016 - John Claude Bemis, author
March 15, 2016 - Tony Morris, poet and author
April 19, 2016 - Shelby Stephenson, North Carolina Poet Laureate
May 17, 2016 - Abigail Dewitt, novelist & short story author
 

2014-2015 Calendar (date and speaker)
September 16, 2014 -- Clifford Garstang, author
October 18, 2014 -- Alice Osborn, poet and author
October 21, 2014 - Cynthia Lewis, creative nonfiction writer
November 18th, 2014 - Alex Pruteanu, author
December 16, 2014 - Jeff Jackson, arts and culture editor of Charlotte Viewpoint
January 20, 2015 - Selected Members' Reading
February 17, 2015 - Combined meeting with WNBA - CANCELLED due to inclement weather
March 17, 2015 - Critique groups
April 16, 2015 -  CWC workshop : Susan Woodring will lead a free fiction workshop
April 21, 2015 - Diana Pinckney, Poet
May 19, 2015 - Bob Strother, Short Story Author 

 2013-2014 Calendar (date and speaker)
May 20, 2014 -- Judy Goldman, memoirist
April 15, 2014 -- Morri Creech, poet
March 18, 2014 -- Annual Critique Groups Powwow
February 18, 2014 -- Panel discussion with Women's National Book Association: "Writing and Social Media"
January 21, 2014 -- Selected Members Reading
December 10, 2013 -- Cathy Pickens, mystery writer, author of the Southern Fried Mysteries series
November 19, 2013 --Mary C. Curtis, multimedia journalist and political commentator
October 15, 2013 -- David Johnson, writer and photojournalist
September 17, 2013 -- Janice Holly Booth, travel writer

2012-2013 Calendar (date and speaker)
May 21, 2013 -- Rebecca McClanahan, author
April 16, 2013 -- Michael McFee, poet
March 19, 2013 -- Annual Critique Groups Powwow
February 19, 2013 -- Panel discussion with Women's National Book Association: "From Book Idea to Bookshelf: The Process and Business of Publishing"
January 15, 2013 - -Selected Members Reading
December 11, 2012 -- Jill McCorkle, author
November 13, 2012 -- Ann Hood, author
October 16, 2012 -- Joseph Mills, poet
September 18 2012 -- Susan Woodring, writer

2011-2012 Calendar (date and speaker)
May 15, 2012 -- Valerie Nieman, author of the novel Blood Clay
April 17, 2012 -- poets Dorianne Laux and Joseph Millar, and Anthony Abbott Undergraduate Poetry Competition winners
March 20, 2012 -- Annual Critique Groups Powwow
February 21, 2012 -- Jeffery Deaver, international best-selling author
January 17, 2012 -- Selected Members Reading
December 13, 2011 -- Ruth Moose, poet and short story writer
November 15, 2011 -- Lawrence Toppman, The Charlotte Observer's arts reviewer
October 18, 2011 -- Susan Hasler, author of the novel, Intelligence
September 20, 2011 -- Kevin Morgan Watson, founder/editor-in-chief of Press 53

2010-2011 Calendar (date and speaker)
May 17, 2011 -- Andrew Park, author
April 19, 2011 -- Fred Chappell, former NC Poet Laureate
March 15, 2011 -- Marla Brown, The Warehouse Performing Arts Center Executive Director
February 15, 2011 -- Heather Newton, author
January 18, 2011 -- CWC Selected Members Reading
December 14, 2010 -- Rob Neufeld, The Asheville Citizen-Times Book Editor
November 16, 2010 -- Jack Hemphill, author
October 19, 2010 -- Jodi Helmer, freelance writer and teacher at CPCC
September 21, 2010 -- Ed Southern, NC Writers' Network Executive Director

2009-2010 Calendar (date and speaker)
May 18, 2010 -- Patrick Scott, The Charlotte Observer Business Editor
April 20, 2010 -- Irene Honeycutt, poet
March 16, 2010 -- Panel Discussion on Blogging with Carol Baldwin (teacher and blogger) and Rick Rotondi (publisher and blogger)
February 16, 2010 -- Mignon Ballard, novelist
January 19, 2010 -- Terry Roueche, playwright and artist
December 8, 2009 -- Author readings from Journey Without, 2009 CWC Anthology
November 10, 2009 -- Kathleen Purvis, The Charlotte Observer Food Editor
October 20, 2009 -- Bob Inman, novelist
September 15, 2009 -- Cathy Smith Bowers, poet

2008-2009 Calendar (date and speaker)
May 19, 2009 -- M. Scott Douglass, Ed Southern & Betsy Thorpe, Featured Panel: "How To Get Published"
April 21, 2009 -- Poet Dannye Romine Powell, reading from her newest poetry collection, A Necklace of Bees and relates her experiences on creativity and the craft of writing
March 17, 2009 -- Author Cathy Pickens, Southern Fried & Hog Wild About Writing
Feb. 17, 2009 -- Professor Sally G. McMillen, fascinated by the History of the Woman’s Right Movement
Jan. 20, 2009 -- Novelist Mark de Castrique discusses how growing up in a funeral home provided the setting for many of his novels
Dec. 9, 2008 -- Writers Tom Peacock & Joe Cavano; both featured readers at CPCC’s 2008 ArtsFest
Nov. 18, 2008 -- Margaret Bigger, Susan Woodring & Ann Wicker, Featured Panel: "How Do I Market My Book?"
Oct. 21, 2008 -- Writer Gail Z. Martin, The Resurgence in Fantasy Fiction
Sept. 16, 2008 -- Educator Kay McSpadden, Finding Your Writing Voice: Four Things You Have to Know

2007-2008 Calendar (date and speaker)
May 20, 2008 -- Historian W. Eric Emerson, Researching and Writing History and Genealogy
April 15, 2008 -- Poet Cathy Smith Bowers, Weaving a Life Tapestry in Poetry
March 18, 2008 -- Dr. Robert Fulton, How his interests as author, naturalist, photographer, teacher and editor fit into the publishing scheme of things.
Feb. 19, 2008 -- Professor Terese Svoboda, Readings from several of her prize-winning books in different genres and how they relate to her impressive creativity.
Jan. 15, 2008 -- Anthony Abbott, The Stages of Revision in a Novel
Dec. 11, 2007 -- Margaret Bigger, YOU Can Write an "As Told To"
Nov. 20, 2007 -- Novelist Miriam Herin, Discussing her novel Absolution, winner of the 2007 Novello Literary Award.
Oct. 16, 2007 -- Reporter Simone Orendain, How to submit a short written piece for a possible commentary and the process for recording one.
Sept. 18, 2007 -- Novelist Karon Luddy, Discussion on Point of View

2006-2007 Calendar (date and speaker)
May 15, 2007 -- Randy Nelson, The Architecture of the Short Story
April 17, 2007 -- Poets Janice Fuller & Keith Flynn Fuller
March 20, 2007 -- Irene Blair Honeycutt, The World of Fairy Tales
Feb. 13, 2007 -- Poet Henri Cole, Discussion of his poetry with special emphasis on his different uses of the sonnet form.
Jan. 16, 2007 -- Essayist Rebecca McClanahan, The Riddles of Remembering
Dec. 12, 2006 -- Teacher Maureen Ryan Griffin & Her Students, Celebrating the gift of words and how it inspires and empowers our lives.
Nov. 21, 2006 -- Non-Fiction Writer Frye Gaillard, History as Literature
Oct. 3, 2006 -- Joseph Bathantito, discussing his novel Coventry, winner of the 2006 Novello Literary Award.
Sept. 19, 2006 -- Journalist & Novelist Mark Ethridge, Fiction as Truth-Truth as Fiction

 Past Speakers & Schedule Archives 

Charlotte Writers' Club-North

2014-2015 Calendar (date and speaker)

2013-2014 Calendar (date and speaker)

January 26, 2014 -- Fireside Chat with Tom Perkins, author and poet
September 22, 2013 -- Joseph Bathanti, NC Poet Laureate

2012-2013 Calendar (date and speaker)
April 7, 2013 -- Lisa Williams Kline and Chris Woodworth, authors
October 21, 2012 -- Marguerite Williams and Jon Guttman, authors, discussing their political thriller Madame President

2011-2012 Calendar (date and speaker)

2010-2011 Calendar (date and speaker)
May 5, 2011 - Malcolm Campbell, travel and fiction writer
April 5, 2011 - Alan Michael Parker, novelist and poet
March 3, 2011 -- Cathy Smith Bowers, NC Poet Laureate
February 3, 2011 -- FreeWord, Davidson College Performance Poets
January 6, 2011 -- Garret Freymann-Weyr, young adult author
December 5, 2010 -- Holiday Book Signing and A Child’s Christmas in Wales
November 5-7, 2010 -- NC Writers' Network Fall Conference (no traditional meeting)
October 7, 2010 -- Sally McMillan, literary agent
September 9, 2010 -- Peter Blair, poet

2009-2010 Calendar (date and speaker)
May 6, 2010 -- Kristy Multhaup, Associate Professor Psychology at Davidson College and Director of the Davidson Reminiscence Project
April 1, 2010 -- Don Mager, Dean of the College of Arts & Letters, Johnson C. Smith University
March 4, 2010 -- Rand Brandes, Martin Luther Stevens Professor of English, Lenoir-Rhyne College
February 4, 2010 -- Anthony Abbott, poet
(scheduled: Pat Reviere-Seel, poet and author of The Serial Killer’s Daughter)
January 7, 2010 -- Marla Brown, playwright, performer and arts facilitator
December 3-4, 2009 -- Christmas in Davidson, authors' book-signing at Main Street Books 
November 10, 2009 -- Dorothy Allison, best-selling author of Bastard Out Of Carolina and 2009 McGee Professor of Writing at Davidson College 
October 15, 2009 -- Ann Leahy, Irish poet and recipient of Patrick Kavanagh Award
September 10, 2009 -- Barbara Presnell, poet and author of Piece Work 

2008-2009 Calendar (date and speaker)
May 7, 2009 -- Abigail DeWitt, novelist and short story writer
April 2, 2009 -- Poet Larry Sorkin and Cellist Tanya Bechtler
March 5, 2009 -- Sauni Wood, Davidson storyteller
Feb. 5, 2009 -- Rona Munro, distinguished British playwright
Jan. 8, 2009 -- Janice Fuller, poet, playwright and Professor of English at Catawba College
Dec. 4, 2008 -- Alan Michael Parker, poet and Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at Davidson College
Nov. 6, 2008 -- Al Young, poet and novelist
Oct. 2, 2008 -- Anna Quindlen, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author
Sept. 4, 2008 -- David Fleming, senior writer for ESPN The Magazine

2007-2008 Calendar (date and speaker)
May 1, 2008 -- Jason Koo, poet and guest teacher at Davidson College
April 3, 2008 -- Rosie Molinary, author of the new book, Hijas Americanas: Beauty, Body Image, and Growing Up Latina
March 6, 2008 -- Don Mager, author and professor at Johnson C. Smith University
Jan. 3, 2008 -- Gilda Morina Syverson, author of In This Dream Everything Remains Inside
Dec. 6, 2007 -- Local authors will be on hand to sign their books for holiday gifts, and Joe Bathanti will talk about his newly published collection of stories.
Nov. 1, 2007 -- Lisa Kline, Lou Green and other contributors to Only Connect: CWC Anthology
Oct. 4, 2007 -- Brenda Flanagan, author and creative writing teacher at Davidson College
Sept. 6, 2007 -- CWC Members and Writers Ann Campanella and Terri Wolfe

2005-2008 Starbucks Poetry Connection Schedule

Between January 2005 and April 2008, The Charlotte Writers' Club - in partnership with Starbucks Coffee on Providence Road at Cherokee - hosted a monthly open-mic night for poets and other writers. Guest speakers were on hand for many of the meetings and club members had the opportunity to share their work. Starbucks provided coffee for the Charlotte Writers' Club meetings, from September 2004 through May 2006. The members greatly appreciate this connection.

Dates and Special Guests

April 19, 2008 -- Gail Peck
March 29, 2008 -- Don Mager
Feb. 2008 -- No meeting
Jan. 12, 2008 -- Pat Riviere-Seel
Nov. 17, 2007 -- Kakalak 2007 Anthology of Carolina Poets w/ editors Richard Allen Taylor, Beth Cagle Burt and Lisa Zerkle.
Oct. 20, 2007 -- Gail Peck
Sept. 8, 2007 -- Don Mager
Aug. 11, 2007 -- Preview of Kakalak 2007 Anthology of Carolina Poets with readings by Genie Cotner, Gail Peck, Don Mager, Ione (Tootsie ) O'Hara, Andrew E. Kalnik and Clarence Eden, Jr.
July 21, 2007 -- Terri Wolfe and Ann Campanella discuss "Poetry of Grief"
June 2007 -- Jonathan Rice & L.B. Green
May 19, 2007 -- Publishing Panel w/Barbara Lawing, Mary Phillips, Beth Cagle Burt and Lisa Kline
April 21, 2007 -- National Poetry Month
March 10, 2007 -- Tootsie O'Hara and Diana Pinckney 
Feb. 3, 2007 -- Ann Campanella, Brenda Graham, Suzanne Leitner and Gilda Morina Syverson 
Jan. 13, 2007 -- The Editors of Kakalak - Beth Cagle Burt, Richard Taylor and Lisa Zerkle
Dec. 9, 2006 -- Holiday Book Festival presenting "A Child's Christmas in Wales" by Dylan Thomas
Nov. 18, 2006 -- Gilda Morina Syverson
Oct. 21, 2006 -- Ann Campanella
Sept. 16, 2006 -- Joy Beshears Hagy
Aug. 19, 2006 -- Barbara Lawing and Terri McCord
May 20, 2006 -- Mike, Elena, and Melanie
April 22, 2006 -- Charles Israel and Betty Neal
March 11, 2006 -- Davidson College Poets
Feb. 8, 2006 -- Muhammad Abdullah
Jan. 7, 2006 -- Poetry by Queens University MFA students
Nov. 12, 2005 -- Don Mager and Johnson C. Smith University Poets
Oct. 15, 2005 -- Poets from CPCC
Aug. 20, 2005 -- "Two Gentlemen of Charlotte," Andy Kalnik and Clarence Eden
March 12, 2005 -- Joseph Bathanti
Feb. 12, 2005 -- Maureen Ryan Griffin

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