Charlotte Writers’ Club Speaker Guide
Focus of Speaker Program: Impart knowledge to CWC members on the subject of writing—whether it be the craft or business side of writing—so that CWC members can continue to learn.
Quality of Speakers: CWC seeks speakers who are experienced writers or persons with experience in the business side of writing who are passionate about their work and willing to engage with and teach CWC members what they have learned.
What the Speaker Program is Not: CWC programs are not meant to be book promotion events or story or poetry readings. Rather, while presenters are encouraged to read from their works and even bring their works for sale after the meeting, any readings from the presenter’s works should be to illustrate what is being taught and no more than 25% of the presentation should involve reading from the presenter’s works.
Speaker Preparation: CWC seeks speakers who will give thought to their presentation and prepare written materials (even if just an outline of helpful information) which can be shared with CWC members at the meeting and posted on CWC’s website after the meeting.
Speaker Topics: CWC program chairs will coordinate with each speaker to identify the topic for the presentation, with the goal of exploring diverse topics relative to the writing world.
Scheduling and Location: CWC holds its programs on the third Tuesday of the month from September thought May at 7:00 p.m. at Providence United Methodist Church (Room 104), Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211. Meetings run from 7:00 to 8:30 and speakers are allotted and should plan to present for thirty minutes, plus ten minutes for questions, during the meeting.
Information Needed from Speakers: Within a few weeks after the speaker has agreed to speak, the speaker should provide the following information by email to the speaker chairs: (1) an electronic photo of the speaker that can be posted on the CWC website to advertise the program; (2) a bio that is no more than 100 words; and (3) the proposed lecture title, along with a 100 to 150-word description of the presentation.
Written Material: The speaker should email their written material for the presentation to the CWC program chairs at least one week prior to the presentation. The hand-out should be a finished product consistent with the speaker’s expectation for quality work and contain the speaker’s name (if the speaker prefers, it can include the speaker’s bio, website or other pertinent information).
Honorarium: Given the preparation and presentation time needed for a quality presentation, CWC offers an honorarium of $250 to speakers, and in some cases, may be able to offer some out of town travel expenses. Speakers who serve on a panel will be offered an honorarium of $200.
Promotion and Dinner: CWC will promote the event. Speakers are welcome to promote it and invite others to attend. CWC’s president and program chairs will host and buy dinner for the speaker at 5:30 p.m. the night of the 7:00 p.m. meeting.