Charlotte Writers' Club


Volume 20 Issue 8

April 2014

Spring is here (we think), and, now, so is the CWC April newsletter. This issue is packed with opportunities and programs so be sure to read through it. Then, mark your calendars and get out of the house for nature and writing events to inspire you. 
April Program: Poet and Author Morri Creech

On Tuesday, April 15, at 7 p.m., Morri Creech will present on his work during our monthly meeting. Creech will discuss his personal journey into poetry and his writing process.


Creech is the author of three collections of poetry, Paper Cathedrals (Kent State U P, 2001),  Field Knowledge (Waywiser, 2006), which received the Anthony Hecht Poetry prize and was nominated for both the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the Poet's Prize, and The Sleep of Reason (forthcoming, Waywiser 2013). A recipient of NEA and Ruth Lilly Fellowships, as well as grants from the North Carolina and Louisana Arts councils, he is the Writer in Residence at Queens University of Charlotte, where he teaches courses in both the undergraduate creative writing program and in the low residency M.F.A. program. He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with his wife and two children.

CWC Writers Panel at Sensoria  
Each year the Charlotte Writers' Club participates in the Sensoria Festival of the Arts at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte. This year, a panel of Charlotte Writers' Club members will present at this year's Sensoria Festival on Thursday, April 10 on the subject of "Living Our Legacy" using poetry and prose.
Helen Kimbrough, a children's book author, will address the legacy of the African-American experience. Jack Hempill, a Vietnam War veteran, will talk about how his experience and those of other Americans inform his work and our national psyche. Grace Ocasio will look to her own family and the legacies that they leave.
The presentation will take place in the Levine Auditorium on CPCC's Levine Campus in Matthews at 9:30 a.m. For more information on the topic and speakers, click here.
For directions to the Levine Campus, click here, and scroll to the bottom of the page.

Poetry Workshop: "The Self in the Poem"

David Radavich will present a workshop exploring "The Self in the Poem" on Saturday, May 31, from 10 a.m. to noon at Providence United Methodist Church. A version of the poet's "self" functions as the speaker in every poem, but what is the nature of that self?  In relation to what other persons or objects in the poem?  How different is a persona poem?  What masks might the poet put on or take off?  In a dramatic monologue, what selves are being expressed?  These and other questions of lyric identity and relationship will be examined through a variety of poems in discussion. 


Cost: $25 for Charlotte Writers' Club members, $35 for non-members. To register contact Pay the workshop fee by clicking on the Donate button to your left and indicating if you will attend the workshop as a member or non-member.  

Newsletter Seeks 10 CWC Members for
New Feature

We are excited to launch several new additions to the CWC newsletter in the upcoming program year. One such feature will be a brief Meet-A-Member profile. In each issue for the 2014-2015 year, the newsletter will introduce readers to one CWC member and his or her writing process.
The CWC editor will compose 4-5 questions for the participant to fill out and return in time for the newsletter's publication. Participants will also be asked to provide a head shot photo for inclusion with the article.
Selected participants must be a member in good standing with CWC for the 2014-2015 year.
Selection is based on a first-come, first-serve basis. The first ten responses that are received indicating a willingness to participate will be included. Profiles will be featured in the month that corresponds with the participant's place in the response line (1st to respond-September, 2nd to respond-October, 3rd-November, etc.).
Ready? To sign up, send an email to with Meet-A-Member in the Subject line. You will be contacted if you are one of the first ten to respond.


We welcome writers in all genres and forms to join our Charlotte-area literary community.  Your membership in the Charlotte Writers' Club helps support writers, readers, and literacy at a critical time in our nation's and our city's history. Dues are $30 for individuals, $40 for couples, $20 for students, and $100 for patrons. You can pay on-line at or send a check to the Charlotte Writers' Club, P.O. Box 220954, Charlotte, NC 28222. Thank you for your support!  

In This Issue
CWC-North Event
Sensoria Festival Events
Rebecca McClanahan
Member Profiles
2013 Calendar of Events
2013 Contest Calendar

Calendar of Events


CWC Writers Panel at Sensoria Festival

"Living our Legacy"

April 10, 2014, 9:30 a.m.

Levine Auditorium,
CPCC's Levine Campus

Matthews, NC

Three writers from the Charlotte Writers' Club will discuss how their writing explores legacy.

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CWC Charlotte

April 15, 2014, 7 p.m.

Queens University Conference Center
2229 Tyvola Road

Morri Creech, poet and author of The Sleep of Reason.

Click here for map.



CWC Charlotte

May 20, 2014, 7 p.m.

Queens University Conference Center
2229 Tyvola Road

Judith Goldman, memoirist, author of Losing My Sister

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Contest Calendar 


Ruth Moose Flash Fiction Contest for stories of up to 500 words.

Deadline: April 15, 2014


The Elizabeth Simpson Smith Short Story Prize, our most prestigious award, honors the best story of 1500-4000 words. 

Deadline: May 20, 2014


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