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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 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. 

To register and pay please click on  Poetry Workshop Registration

Members $30.00 -  Non-members $40.00

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

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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

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Saturday, February 22, 2020, from 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. She was 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.

To register and pay please click on Personal Essay Workshop

Members $30.00 -  Non-members $40.00

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

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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 www.abigaildewitt.com

Instagram at @abigaildewittauthor.

Body & Soul: Studies in Character Development
Stories take off when our characters surprise us. When we are no longer trying to control the narrative, but are, instead, allowing our characters to lead the way, the work comes alive in ways that can seem equally magical to the writer and the reader. But how to achieve that seemingly magical state? One of the most powerful ways we have of creating characters who are capable of surprising us is by focusing on their bodies. What physical scars or imperfections do they have? What smells do they hate or love? How do they see themselves physically? How do they walk/dance/swim/drive a car? What textures, tastes, colors, and sounds move or scare or excite them? By focusing on these and other sensory-based questions, we can discover key traits and histories we didn’t realize they possessed. At the same time, attending to our characters’ bodies forces us to write from our own bodies, rather than our heads. We leave our abstract ideas behind and begin to access more of the unconscious story that motivated us to write in the first place.

How to register and pay will be posted soon.

Members $30.00 -  Non-members $40.00

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

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