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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.


February 27, 2021 from 2:00pm- 3:30pm.

Act 1: Playwriting & Screenwriting Basics for Beginners, a workshop with Elizabeth Searle

Elizabeth Searle will present a virtual playwriting and screen writing workshop hosted by Charlotte Writers’ Club North. In this interactive workshop, Searle, a librettist and author, will outline the basics of writing for theater and film.  She will lead the group in several short writing exercises.  Volunteers will share their works for informal performance and discussion.

No experience is necessary—only a love of theater and film!  Although this is a virtual session, Searle encourages participants to bring along popcorn or other snacks as everyone learns together.

Elizabeth Searle is the author of five books of fiction, most recently her novel We Got Him, and the librettist of Tonya & Nancy:  The Rock Opera, which has drawn major media coverage and which has been produced around the country, including in Boston, Chicago, LA and in NYC. 

Her previous books are: her novel Girl Held in Home, as well as Celebrities in Disgrace, a novella that the New York Times Book Review called ‘a miniature masterpiece’; A Four-Sided Bed, a novel nominated for an ALA Book Aware, and My Body to You, which won the Iowa Short Fiction Prize.  

Celebrities in Disgrace and A Four-Sided Bed are produced as short films screening at festivals, most recently in Cannes, 2019.  A Four-Sided Bed is in development as a feature film; the script has won multiple awards.  Elizabeth’s theater works have been featured on Good Morning America, CBS, CNN, NPR, the AP and more.  

Tonya &Nancy: The Rock Opera has a 2020 production starring Broadway’s Andrea McArdle and a CD out from Broadway records.  The show has been reviewed as ‘brilliant and touching’ and has generated worldwide media attention.

To register and pay for the workshop please click on Virtual Playwriting Workshop.

Member Cost: $30
Non-member Cost: $40


2020-2021 WORKSHOPS

September 19, 2020 - 1pm - 3pm  - Innovative Forms of Creative Nonfiction, led by Brenda Miller 

October 17, 2020 - 11am -1pm - Chronicling a Death, Celebrating a Life, led by Ken Garfield and hosted by CWC North

October 24, 2020 - 10am - 12pm The Poet Witnesses: Writing Documentary Poetry, led by Jaki Shelton Green  

January 2021  - Saturday mornings January 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th - 10am-12pm - Building Better Scenes:  A Four Session Course with  Sarah Creech

February 27, 2021 - 2pm - 3:30pmAct 1: Playwriting & Screenwriting Basics for Beginners, a workshop with Elizabeth Searle



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