MEETING RECAP FOR  October 20, 2020
In case you missed our Critique Groups call on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 here is a recap of that meeting:
  • President Caroline Kane Kenna welcomed everyone to the meeting and recognized three new members.
  • She announced a rebranding plan to be completed by 2022. The first step is a new logo, unanimously approved by the executive board, that represents "a shift in focus from place to people, our community, our stories and our words." She introduced the creator CWC member Gordon Smith who "brought his love for the club and 30 years of advertising and graphic design experience to this project."
  • Gordon unveiled the new look. Allowing the group to sit with it, before asking for questions and initial reactions. The logo and comments from the chat on are on the October 20th Recap Page. 
  • Anshu Gupta VP of Nominations and acting workshop coordinator, announced that registration is now open for January intensive, Building Better Scenes: A Four Session Course with Sarah Creech.
  • Teresa Taylor, pinch hitting for Tiffany, encouraged us to join Tiffany for her next Virtual Writing Salon on Monday November 9, 7-8:30 pm. It's free but please sign up so we have headcount.
  • Four members shared their successes during the members announcements. Congratulations All!
  • Critique Groups coordinator Jennifer Hurlburt, spoke about forming critique groups -- opened breakout rooms to allow members to meet others interested in finding a partner or a group for peer review. Learn more about this benefit of membership on the CWC Critique Groups page

For more pictures, context, and to get a peek at the new logo please click this link, October 20th Recap Page. 
Our Next Meeting: November 17, 2020:   
Author Publicity & Marketing Panel Discussion: Three Publicists Share Wisdom, & Answer Your Questions  
Lynda Bouchard, Dawn Michelle Hardy and Hannah Turner, all of whom run their own pr firms and work daily with authors, will talk strategies and best practices for an industry that must adapt to technology and that the pandemic has supercharged. Landis Wade, CWC member and producer of Charlotte Readers Podcast will be the moderator for this discussion. Listen in the comfort of your own space, take notes and be sure to ask our experts questions during this Zoom presentation. Visit the CWC Calendar of Events page for more about our panelists and the moderator.   

Club Announcements: 
opened on October 20th. You have until January 2, 2021 to submit your  articles and essays on any subject, and any informational piece that is not a fictional story, novel, play or poem, ranging in length from 750 to 2,000 words. The winners will be announced and pieces read at the February meeting. Judy Goldman is this year's judge.  
Stay tuned for the results of the Ruth Moose Flash Fiction contest. Your entries are now in the hands of judge Luke Whisnant. Winning micro-pieces will be announced and voices celebrated at the December meeting.  

LAST CALL for 2020 Doris Betts Fiction Prize  
sponsored by the North Carolina Writers'Network Deadline
for submission is OCTOBER 31, 2020.    
To learn more about this competition for previously unpublished short stories that have no more than 6,000 words,visit NCWN Fiction Prize
See the full submission guidelines and
2021 Personal Story Publishing Project -"Luck & Opportunity" 
The call is open through December 15; publication in April 2021. Word target: 750-800. Learn more and submit to Randell Jones's 4th anthology Here 
Best Self-published Ebook by African American Authors  
Contest sponsored by The Black Caucus of the American Library Association in partnership with Biblioboard, deadline for entry is February 28, 2021. Get more information and submit those books at BCALA    
and in the Comfort of Your Own Home:    
The Writingest State Online Conference: November 10-14, 2020
 sponsored by the North Carolina Writers' Network register here  
Charlotte Library Foundation's Virtual Fundraiser Verse & Vino
 goes live on Thursday November 5.  
Visit our website, CWC for more. 
Member Resources & Partners
Charlotte Lit & Charlotte Readers Podcast

Community Partners

And Don't Forget Open Mic Night

 'Til We Meet Again at Mugs Coffee, Join Us on ZOOM!  
The next Open Mic is Friday evening November 20, 2020 
Open Mic Night is on the third Friday of the month from 6:30 to 9 pm.You must be a CWC member to share your work and you must sign up prior to event. Registration is limited to 12 readers, each will have 10 minutes to read to the group. You do not need to register to come, listen and support fellow your writers. You can find the Zoom link in the email announcement.