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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.


Nonfiction Workshop, Led by Mark Washburn
October 26, 2019, 1pm - 3:30pm
Location  - Providence United Methodist Church (room 104)
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211

Mark Washburn has spent his career working at newspapers in the South. At the Miami Herald, he rose to be state editor in charge of coverage throughout Florida, the nation's weirdest state.  In his 20 years with Knight Ridder newspapers, he was part of three news-gathering projects that won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service -- Hurricane Andrew in Miami, the Red River Flood in Grand Forks, N.D., and Hurricane Katrina in south Mississippi. He served as a war correspondent with two tours of Iraq in 2004 and 2005. He retired in 2016 as a reporter and columnist at The Charlotte Observer in North Carolina but contributes occasionally to the newspaper and is a columnist for Business North Carolina magazine.  He is a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College, serves on the board of the Davidson Housing Coalition and continues to rage against tolls on Interstate 77.

There's always a deadline and even if it's a tight one, there's no need for your creativity to get stifled. A session on how you can streamline and elevate your copy when time is short. A good class for historians, freelancers or anyone else who have to gather facts and build an engaging narrative from them. Taught by Mark Washburn, who spent decades in the newspaper industry playing against the clock.

To register and pay please click on Nonfiction Workshop.

Members $30.00 -  Non-members $40.00

Note: Members will need to LOGIN to the membership software to get the membership price.


2019-2020 WORKSHOPS

September 28, 2019 - 10am - 12:3opm - Flash Fiction led by Charles Israel - Brief Extremes: Writing Flash Fiction

October 5, 2019 - 1pm - 4pm- Memoir led by Judy Goldman (CWCN)

October 26, 2019 - 1pm - 3:30pm - Nonfiction led by Mark Washburn - NONFICTION WRITING ON CAFFEINE

January 25, 2020 - 1pm - 3:30pm Poetry led by David Radavich - Making Music in Your Poetry

February 22, 2020 - 1pm - 4pm - Patrice Gopo - Personal Essay (CWCN)

March 21, 2020 - 1pm - 3:30pm - Short Story led by Abigail DeWitt




Flash Fiction Workshop, Led by Charles Israel
September 28, 2019, 10am - 12:30pm
Location  - Providence United Methodist Church (room 104)
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211

Charles Israel, Jr., teaches creative writing at Queens University of Charlotte. His poetry chapbook, Stacking Weather, was published by Amsterdam Press. He’s also had poems and stories in Field, The Cortland Review, Crazyhorse, Nimrod International Journal, Zone 3, Pembroke Magazine, Eleven Eleven, Journal of the American Medical Association, Waccamaw Journal, and North Carolina Literary Review. He lives in Charlotte with his wife, Leslie.

Brief Extremes: Writing Flash Fiction

What you will learn: Just like traditional short stories, flash fiction relies on character, plot, and image. In this seminar, we’ll talk about how to compress these three elements in useful, surprising, and satisfying ways. We’ll discover how to spade up deep images, construct a character, build conflict, and then let all the elements play off and nourish each other. Using a range of prompts, we’ll write flash fiction pieces and share them. Besides our own work, we’ll look at work by contemporary writers to inspire us. Time permitting, we’ll also review the growing number of publication possibilities for flash-fiction.

Workshop is Full


Saturday, October 5, 1:00 to 4 p.m.:  A Memoir Workshop with Judy Goldman.

Charlotte Writers' Club North is pleased to present this workshop featuring Goldman, an award-winning memoir writer, and Charlotte Writers' Club member. A widely published writer, Goldman has written two memoirs, two novels and two collections of poetry. To learn more about our presenter visit her website.

Judy Goldman is the award-winning author of six books--two memoirs, two novels and two books of poetry. Her newest memoir, Together: A Memoir of a Marriage and a Medical Mishap, was published by Nan A Talese/Knopf Doubleday in February. Her work has appeared in The Southern Review, Kenyon Review, Ohio Review, Gettysburg Review, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, USA Today, Literary Hub, The Washington Post and Real Simple Magazine.

What you will learn: In this workshop, geared to both beginning and experienced writers, Judy will give all the tips she wishes she had known when she first started writing memoir. She'll discuss coming up with a seductive opening, finding your way into your voice, learning the difference in scene and summary, understanding the importance of reflection. She'll address how much to reveal about the people close to you. She'll also give publishing tips. Class will include exercises to discover your most engaging material.

Workshop is Full


Poetry Workshop, Led by David Radavich
January 25, 2020, 1pm - 3:30pm
Location  - Providence United Methodist Church (room 104)
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211

David Radavich is a socially committed author and scholar.  His latest narrative collection, America Abroad: An Epic of Discovery (2019), is a companion volume to the earlier America Abroad: An Epic for Our Time (2007).  Other recent poetry collections are Middle-East Mezze (2011) and The Countries We Live In (2014).  His plays have been performed across the U.S., including six off-Off-Broadway, and in Europe.  In terms of music, Radavich plays soprano and alto recorder and sings bass in his church choir.

Making Music in Your Poetry

This workshop explores ways to make the aural and visual rhythm of your poems emphatic and persuasive, communicating ideas, impressions, and emotions more forcefully.  We will examine sample poems whose verbal structures and strategies became memorable and distinctive.  Participants are asked to bring one poem to share that they would like to enhance. 

Details and how to register will be posted in the fall.

Members $30.00 -  Non-members $40.00

Note: Members will need to LOGIN to the membership software to get the membership price.


Saturday, February 22, 2020, at 1pm - 4pm: Crafting a Compelling  Personal Essay, a workshop led by Patrice Gopo, at the Davidson Friends Meeting House, 625 South Street.  She is a Charlotte writer and the author of All the Colors We Will See Reflections on Barriers, Brokenness and Finding Our Own Way. The collection of essays was published in 2018. Charlotte Writers’ Club North is pleased to welcome her to Davidson.

What you will learn:  In this workshop, participants will learn the building blocks of writing an effective and satisfying personal essay. Through examples and writing exercises, we’ll learn how to write about our lived experiences in a way that unearths deeper meaning and connects with readers and the broader world.

Patrice Gopo draws on her experience as the child of Jamaican immigrants, born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. She enjoys exploring issues of race, immigration, and belonging.  Her collection of essays, All the Colors We Will See: Reflections on Barriers, Brokeness, and Finding Our Way was published in 2018.

Her essays have  appeared in a variety of publications, including Catapult, Creative Nonfiction, Gulf Coast, Full Grown People, and online in The New York Times and The Washington Post. Her radio commentaries have appeared on Charlotte, North Carolina’s NPR Station WFAE 90.7.  Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and she is the recipient of several Regional Artist Project Grants and a 2017-2018 NC Arts Council Artist Fellowship.  Patrice lives with her family in North Carolina.

Link to Register will be added soon.

Members $30.00 -  Non-members $40.00

Note: Members will need to LOGIN to the membership software to get the membership price.


Short Workshop, Led by Abigail DeWitt
March 21, 2020, 1pm - 3:30pm
Location  - Providence United Methodist Church (room 127)
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211

Abigail DeWitt is the author of three novels, Lili (WW Norton), Dogs (Lorimer Press), and News of Our Loved Ones (HarperCollins). The New York Times described her work as “engrossing and ambitious” and Dogs, which was a Boston Globe bestseller, was described by the Charlotte Observer as “a work of art.” News of Our Loved Ones, her most recent novel, was named an Editor’s Choice by both Book Browse and the Historical Novel Society. Often compared to Irène Némerovsky’s Suite Française, the novel, based on DeWitt’s family’s experiences during WWII, received rave reviews from Booklist, Ms. Magazine, Lilith, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Book Page, The Greensboro News & Record, The Wilmington Star, and many other publications.

Her short fiction, which has been cited in The Best American Short Stories and nominated for a Pushcart, has appeared in such journals as Narrative, Five Points, the Alaska Quarterly Review, Witness, the Carolina Quarterly, the Journal, and Salamander. Her nonfiction has been published in LitHub, the LA Review of Books, BookTrib, Vida, and other outlets.

The recipient of grants and fellowships from the North Carolina Arts Council, the McColl Center for the Arts, the Tyrone Guthrie Center, and the Michener Society, DeWitt has taught creative writing at Harvard University Summer School, UNC-Asheville, and Appalachian State University. In 2010, she was the Writer-in-Residence at Lenoir-Rhyne University. She is on the permanent faculty of the Table Rock Writers Workshop (formerly the Duke University Writers Workshop) and has taught in writing workshops throughout the east coast and in France.

She received her B.A. in English and American Literature from Harvard University, and her M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers Workshop, where she studied with James Alan McPherson.

Online at

Instagram at @abigaildewittauthor.

Details and how to register will be posted in the fall.

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