Student Writing Program

To encourage, recognize, and reward good writing – we’ve been doing it for 100 years! – the Charlotte Writers Club sponsors a variety of programs for specifically for students: virtual office hours during the school year, an annual Ask an Author event, student-oriented workshops, and a writing contest.  

Services in the Charlotte Writers Club’s (CWC) Student Writing Program are open to all students in the Charlotte Metro area (public, private, homeschooled, etc.). 

All components included in our Student Writing Program are FREE to local students. The Program is part of our mission to support local writers of all ages and genres, and promote their development through education, recognition, and community.

If you have any questions, please contact our Student Coordinator: membership@charlottewritersclub.org

Monthly Virtual Office Hours

Office hours are held twice a month during the school year and take place virtually (via Zoom) to accommodate as many students as possible. Office hours allow students to engage with CWC members and other authors willing to assist with writing projects (school papers, fiction, non-fiction, poetry—really anything!). Students can share their work, discuss the craft of writing and its challenges, whatever proves beneficial.

 

Two CWC volunteers are available during each office hour session. Please contact membership@charlottewritersclub.org for assistance. 

Student Story Contests

We have two separate contests for each of the following age groups:

1. Grades 5 through 8

2. Grades 9 through 12

 

PRIZES! PRIZES! PRIZES!NO ENTRY FEE – EVER!

 

The top three winners in each age group will receive cash prizes, a year’s membership to

Charlotte Writers Club, and more!!

 

Contest dates: November 1, 2023 – January 16, 2024.

 

Student stories can be in any fiction genre and must be between 500 – 1,000 words.

 

Winners will be celebrated at our March 2024 monthly meeting and will have the opportunity to

read their work. Friends and family welcome!

 

Good luck to everyone!

 

We are excited about the possibilities and looking forward to reading your entries!

5th Grade – 8th Grade Division 

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9th Grade – 12th Grade Division

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JUDGE: MATT MYERS

Me, age five. Sprawled out on the living room rug, rendering scenes of carnage. My lips bubble out machine gun fire. Spittle flies as an explosion rumbles in my throat. A B17 bomber crashes. In my hand is a felt-tipped pen, not a crayon. I never liked crayons. They’re lousy for getting the great details. I was obsessed with details. Details made things real.

 

Zip forward eight or nine years. My first attempts at fiction were crammed with details. Incapacitated with details. It took pages to get my characters to actually move from one place to another.

 

Zip forward again and I’m 40, trying to finish a 200,000-word novel.


Fortunately, there came an intervention. My picture book, The World’s Longest Licorice Rope, for example, is 309 words long.

 

My novels are getting shorter, too. I am learning to get out of the way and give my characters some elbow room. Advice to young writers: zero in on life (avoiding that waxy mush of crayon-rendered generality), but never lose sight of why people read in the first place—they want to see things blow up. Of course, that might still involve a B17 bomber, but most writers and readers over five would much rather watch the plans and misconceptions of a character crash and burn.

 

Matt Myers is an award-winning writer and illustrator of children’s books. His latest book, Children of the Forest, was featured in the Wall Street Journal. His debut as a writer, Hum and Swish, earned starred reviews from BookPage, and Publishers Weekly, which said: “The rush of water, and the smell of sea salt mingled with sunscreen, seems to emanate from every page.”


Check out his art and books by visiting myerspaints.com.

Student Writing Contest Judge: MATT MYERS