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April 23rd, 2022 - 1:30pm - 3pm via ZOOM
Publishing, Platform, and Publicity: What Writers Should Know
A Workshop led by Dawn Michelle Hardy
It's easy for Oprah and Beyonce, or even Marlon James and Chimananda Ngozi Adichie to garner press for their work. But what about the new author on the block? The majority of Dawn Michelle Hardy's authors are first-time book authors when she works with them.
In this session the Literary Lobbyist will share proven methods of getting local, regional, and national press as a debut author of fiction, non-fiction, memoir, poetry, and children's books. Hint: The bigger the outlet, the less the book is a lead factor in consideration. She will discuss how to create and grow your author platform, and will offer practical advice for submitting for awards, literary journals and building a portfolio of published bylines.
Recently featured in Forbes Women, Dawn Michelle Hardy is celebrating her 20th year in the book publishing industry. Dawn is an award-winning book publicist and highly sought-after publishing consultant. She founded her firm Dream Relations PR & Literary Consulting Agency in 2004 to aid and advocate for Black writers and their books. A "Cool Jobs" profile by Ebony magazine recognized Dawn as the "literary lobbyist" for her passion in bringing the books of creatives, thought leaders and first time authors to market with national media attention, awards, and events.
Called a "powerhouse who shares industry truths" in Upscale magazine, Dawn is a frequent podcast guest and conference presenter who teaches platform building, proposal writing, and the best practices for securing a traditional book deal. She has served as a member of the NAACP Image Award Literary Committee, launched Publishing in Your Pajamas, a virtual conference for emerging authors and hosts, and produces Book Banter TV, an interactive streaming series about writers and their books. Her clients have include New York Times bestselling and award-winning authors, poets and podcasters. For more information see The Literary Lobbyist.
A Century Of Shared Passion: Coming To Know The Not-Known In Dialogue With The Page with Larry Sorkin
A two part workshop March 5th & March 12th - 1:00pm - 2:30pm
What extraordinary enthusiasm has sustained Charlotte Writers’ Club and its members for generations? Clearly, writing is not solely solitary—there’s been
a collective exploration at work. This workshop will provide a deep dive into our drives and motivations, community and personal.
While each of us may see our passion for writing differently, in the first session, we'll start with one approach to this question primarily through the lens of poetry. Larry will outline the way he comes to the page with an active imagination approach to deepen themes, explore the unknown, surprises, and discoveries. We’ll also have an emphasis on specific techniques of the craft including titles, turns, and line breaks, as well as the hard to define “something” that compels us to look under the veil.
The second session will be for the participants to provide a short work of their own that exemplifies what compels their writing so we can compare approaches and learn from each other’s process.
Larry Sorkin is a some-of-the-time North Carolina poet, a part-time businessman and an occasional performer of poetry with the classical music group, The Bechtler Ensemble. He presents workshops exploring the connections between poetry and fine arts, dance, music, and depth psychology. He is a poet-in-residence at the Airy Knoll Arts Project. His poetry collection Uncomfortable Minds came out in 2021.
Poetry didn’t come to Sorkin until his forties when he fell under the infectious influence of Robert Bly. He considers it a calling to spread the passion. He often holes up on his ridgetop overlooking the Piedmont, daydreaming into the fields and onto paper.
Flash Fiction 101 Essential Elements of Very Short Stories: A Five Session Intensive with Annie Frazier Crandell
10:00 am to 1:00pm, Saturdays in January: 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29 and February 2/5, 2022.
In this generative and interactive flash fiction workshop, students will explore the art of writing distilled, compressed stories in under 1,000 words. Each week’s session will focus on specific literary craft elements and will include readings from craft books and articles. We will analyze contemporary flash fiction from anthologies and flash collection to see what makes them work. There will be weekly assigned writing prompts. Each piece of writing will receive detailed responses from the instructor along with peer feedback. In addition to Zoom we will utilize an online learning space in Canvas. Previous students have had success publishing work generated in class.
The cost is $150.00 for CWC members, $200.00 for non-members.
When you sign up for this master series you will receive the Zoom links in your reminder emails.
Annie Frazier lives in Asheville and works as a freelance editor and a fiction faculty member for Great Smokies Writing Program. She has previously taught for Flatiron Writers Room in Asheville and served as a fiction reader for Longleaf Review. Her fiction and poetry can be found in Appalachian Review, Paper Darts, Hypertrophic Literary, Longleaf Review, CHEAP POP, North Carolina Literary Review, and elsewhere. Learn more and read some of Annie’s published work at anniefrazier.com
This class requires a minimum enrollment to be held. Charlotte Writers' Club reserves the right to cancel the class if the minimum enrollment is not met.
November 20th, 2021 - 2:00pm - 4.30pm
Forest in the Trees: Shaping a Book of Essays or Memoir-in-Essays
A well-shaped book of essays (or a memoir-in-essays) forms a whole greater than the sum of its separate parts. In other words, the writer—and later the reader—needs to see the forest, not just the separate trees. In this workshop, we’ll explore basic shaping principles and combine our discussion with brief in-class writing prompts. You are encouraged, though not required, to bring to the workshop a list of your essays or drafts that you imagine could be part of a book of essays or a memoir-in- essays.
Rebecca McClanahan’s eleventh book, In the Key of New York City: A Memoir in Essays, was published in 2020. Her work has appeared in Best American Essays, Best American Poetry, Georgia Review, Gettysburg Review, Kenyon Review, Boulevard, The Sun, and in anthologies published by Simon & Schuster, Beacon, Norton, and Bedford/St. Martin, among others. Recipient of two Pushcart prizes, the Glasgow Award in Nonfiction, the Wood Prize from Poetry Magazine, and the N.C. Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education, McClanahan teaches in the MFA programs of Rainier Writing Workshop and Queens University. She can be reached at RebeccaMcClanahanWriter.
Saturday, October 2nd, 2021 - 10:00am - 1:00pm
Elements of Character Building
We all know it—readers identify with characters. That’s why they keep reading. But as writers, we want to tell the story. Sure, the story has characters, a protagonist, an antagonist probably, and those characters are directly involved in the story. But, if we want those readers to keep turning pages, we have to get out of the way and let our characters tell their story. The better we know those characters, the easier it will be to step aside and let them shine.
This workshop will provide tools and techniques for creating a new character or fleshing out one you already have. Through a series of guided questions and explorations, attendees will come away with a character they really know, and know intimately, and they’ll also gain techniques to find, identify, and employ conflict that arises naturally from character to create stories (and characters) readers remember.
Kevin Winchester, who lives just south of Charlotte in the small town of Waxhaw, has made his way as a writer with stories of life in the neo-gothic south where many of his characters struggle to make their way in a hostile world determined to beat them into submission. In Everybody’s Gotta Eat (2009), an early collection of short stories, Kevin staked his claim to a place among the great southern writers and storytellers. A later story, “Waiting on Something to Happen,” the winner of the Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize in 2013, made good on that claim.
Kevin’s first novel, Sunflower Dog: Dancing the Flathead Shuffle (2020) – “a rare delight, a rollicking dark comedy with a heart of pure gold” (Jessica Handler, author of Magnetic Girl) – won a Silver Medal for regional fiction from the Independent Publisher’s Association. He has published additional work in a variety of literary magazines: Tin House, Gulf Coast, Barren Magazine, StorySouth, Barrelhouse, Dead Mule, Barren Magazine and the anthologies Everything But the Baby and Making Notes: Music of the Carolinas.
The holder of an MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University, Kevin currently teaches writing at Wingate University. When he’s not writing, teaching, playing in the band Flatland Tourists, or hanging with his family, he’s hiking, riding his Harley, or working in his garden.
Saturday, September 25, 2021, at 2:00pm - 4:00pm via Zoom
Finding a Story, a virtual writing workshop with Jill McCorkle
Presented by Charlotte Writers’ Club North
In this interactive workshop for beginning writers and veterans, Jill McCorkle will discuss ways to take an idea and get it onto the page. She will lead the group in short writing exercises with prompts connected to “finding a story.” There will be time for questions and answers.
North Carolina’s own Jill McCorkle has been called “a born novelist” by the New York Times. She has published six novels and four collections of short stories and her work has appeared in Best American Short Stories several times, as well as The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction. A recipient of the North Carolina Award, she is currently a faculty member of the Bennington College Writing Seminars and is affiliated with the MFA program at North Carolina State University.
ADDITIONALLY: September 25, 2021 - 7pm - Jill McCorkle – Virtual Reading and Conversation with Q&A via Zoom
HIEROGLYPHICS, the author’s most recent novel
Presented by Main Street Books of Davidson and Charlotte Writers’ Club North
Join Jill, a masterful storyteller, as she spins a tale about a married couple who retire from Boston to Southern Pines, North Caroline. As Lil and Frank sift through their past, they discover secrets that they and others have carried through generations.