APRIL 18, 2017,  VOLUME 23, ISSUE 8
EDITORIAL
If you'd like to write a play or a memoir or a novel, but just don't know where to start; if you're sitting there staring bleary-eyed at your monitor screen and its scolding, blinking cursor, perhaps you should sign up for a CWC workshop. We registered 16 participants  for the Short Story Workshop with Bryn Chancellor on April 1st. We're having another one this month on playwriting (see below). 
 
This is a good way to learn the basics, polish your style, and meet other writers  who share your interests. These are held throughout the year, coordinated, when possible, with upcoming contests.  -DDC

GENERAL MEETING

Tuesday, April 18, 2017,  7 p.m.   
Providence United Methodist Church
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211

OUR GUEST SPEAKER FOR APRIL
IRISH POET ADRIAN RICE
Adrian Rice  was born in Belfast in 1958.  He is a poet and editor.  Being an established poet on the Arts Councils' 'Writers-in-schools' schemes, he teaches creative writing workshops in schools & colleges throughout Ireland. 
 
His first sequence of poems appeared  in Muck Island(1990) , a collaboration with leading Irish artist, Ross Wilson . Copies of this limited edition box set are housed in the collections of The Tate Gallery, The Boston Museum of Fine Arts and The Lamont Library, Harvard University. 
 
His second poetry sequence, Impediments (Abbey Press , 1997) , also earned him widespread critical acclaim.  He edited Signals (Abbey Press, 1997) , an anthology of poetry and prose that was a Times Educational Supplement 'Paperback Choice'. 
 
He has also edited five  anthologies of children's poetry, art and drama - Life of the Lough (1999), Sea & Shore (2000), Around the Lough(2001) Lough Views(2003) Exploring the Lough: Creative Activities for the Primary School Classroom (2003) and Shore Lines (2004) . Please visit project website for more info: Belfast Lough Sea & Shore Environmental/Arts Project


Workshops!
NEWS FROM CWC-NORTH
Playwriting Workshop: Led by Marla Brown
April 22, 2017 - 10am - 3pm
Warehouse Performing Arts Center
9216 Westmoreland Road
Cornelius, NC 28031 

  CWC North Please come to Cornelius for a playwriting workshop, on Saturday, April 22, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  From Page to Stage is  a practical approach to writing a 10-minute play, a staple of the current theater scene.
 
Bring a sack lunch and whatever you use to compose: pen and paper, laptop or tablet. The fee for the workshop is $55 for Charlotte Writers' Club members and $60 for non-members. Go to the WORKSHOPS page to pay.
 
Preregistration is required. Email Connie Fisher (click on link) to register.  CWC North is sponsoring this event in cooperation with The Warehouse PAC.  
OUTREACH OPPORTUNITY

As a premier resource for writers, the Charlotte Writers' Club receives countless requests for advice and assistance each month. Nurturing writers and using our literary skills to serve the community are at the heart of the club's mission. Among those we hear from are incarcerated men and women who have discovered an interest in writing.
 
Recently, we have been receiving quite a few requests from inmates asking for critiques of excerpts from their work and for writing advice. If you are interested in providing assistance and encouragement, contact Gina Carroll Howard at gch3631@gmail.com for further information. 

FUTURE NEWS

September 2017, Flash Fiction workshop

November 2017, Nonfiction workshop
ABOUT CWC MEMBERSHIP
Membership in the Charlotte Writers' Club entitles you to participate in workshops, critique groups, contests, and guest speaker programs. The cost is a modest $35 per year for singles, $ 50 for couples, and $20 for students. 
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. Join here.
To Join or Renew click this  Membership Link and follow the instructions. 

Charlotte Writers' Club 
P.O. Box 220954
Charlotte, NC 28222


In This Issue
General Meeting Location
Providence United Methodist Church
2810 Providence Rd.

Click here for a map of the location.
Contest notices:
Visit the CWC Contest page for contest rules.  


(CWC Members Only)
 CLOSED
Announce Winners: 
April 18, 2017
Short Story from
750-1500 words.
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Poetry Contest
  CLOSED
Closes: March 31, 2017 
Announce Winners:  
May 16, 2017
Poetry of fewer than 50 lines; haiku excluded.
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Elizabeth Simpson Smith Contest
OPEN
Closes: May 16, 2017
Announce Winners:
September 18, 2017
A short story between 1500-4000 words.
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Notes on writing
Writing is not  necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.
-Robert A. Heinlein

There is only one plot: things are not what they seem.
-Jim Thompson

Just write every day of your life. Read intensely. Then see what happens.
-Ray Bradbury.

Remember to always be yourself. Unless you suck.
-Joss Whedon

Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.
-Gore Vidal

The truth will set you free. But first it will piss you off.
-Gloria Steinem

A poem should not mean,
but be.
-Archibald MacLeish

"Unless your work gives you trouble, it is no good."
-Pablo Picasso

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YOUNG WRITERS FORUM
Ask an Author - A Forum for Young Writers
 
Monday, May 1st, 2017
4:00pm - 5:30pm

Park Road Books

4138 Park Road
Charlotte, NC 28209
 
The Charlotte Writers' Club and Park Road Books have teamed up to present:
Ask an Author: A Forum for Young Writers.

This is a free event!  Students who are interested in writing are invited to join us for this opportunity to talk with area authors. The forum is informal and geared toward questions young writers have. 

The Charlotte Writers' Club has been encouraging writers of all genres for nearly 100 years. We want to give back to the community and support young authors as they begin their journeys into the literary world. Park Road Books, our partner for this event, opened its doors in 1977, and is Charlotte's only independent bookstore.   
  
Please contact  Debra Wallin
 if you have questions.

CHARLOTTE LIT
Charlotte Lit promotes a deeper understanding of self, community, and world by inspiring and educating readers, developing and supporting writers, and promoting creative, arts-focused conversations that strengthen and transform our community.  Click HERE for Charlotte Lit Calendar of Events.