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 Workshops 

The Charlotte Writers' Club sponsors workshops each year on topics of interest to writers. These aim to develop our expertise in various elements of craft as well as in publishing or marketing our work. Workshops are open to both members and non-members. Our workshops are typically paired with the contest that is currently open.  This provides some education and opportunity to practice writing in a specific genre, then entering a contest to receive the full experience of submission.

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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.

Cost is $30 for CWC members and $40 for non-members.
To register and pay the workshop fee click on Poetry 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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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].

To register and pay the workshop fee click on Memoir Class.

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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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!
 

Cost is $30 for CWC members and $40 for non-members.
To register and pay the workshop fee click on  Poetry in the Passing Moment

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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September 29, 2018 - 10am - 12:3opm - Flash Fiction led by Paula Martinac

October 20, 2018 - 10am - 12:30pm - Publishing and Marketing in a Digital World led by Jessica Peterson

October 27, 2018 - 10am  12:30pm - How to Create Compelling Nonfiction led by Alice Osborn

November 10, 2018 - 9:00am - 11:30am - The Power and Necessity of Empathy in Fiction Writing led by Michel Stone (CWCN)

January 19, 2019 - 1:00pm - 3:30pm Poetry led by Joseph Bathanti

January 26, 2019 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm - Poetry led by Irene Blair Honeycutt (CWCN)

January 23, 2019 - February 27, 2019 - 2pm - 4pm - Recalling Memories for Your Family or the Public 6 week class led by long time member Margaret Bigger

February 9, 2019 -  10am-12:30pm - Short Story led by Sarah Creech

March 9, 2019 - 10am - 12:30pm - Writing from the Heart in Verse led by Linda Vigen Phillips

 

 

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.

How to register and pay to be posted at the beginning of 2019.

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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.

Cost is $30 for CWC members and $40 for non-members.

How to register and pay to be posted at the beginning of 2019.

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