In case you missed our September 15th, CWC Meeting, here are some of our faces and a recap:
  • President Caroline Kane Kenna commented on the quilt of faces on her screen as she welcomed members and guests to the first Zoom meeting of the 2020-2021 program year. Because of the uncertainties of Covid-19, CWC is meeting in cyberspace until at least the spring of 2021.
  • Co-Program Chair David Collins introduced our guest speaker fiction writer, Phillip Lewis and his topic Adding Meaning and Depth to a Story or Novel. Lewis is a native of North Carolina and a lawyer in Charlotte, The Barrowfields (Crown/Hogath, 2017) is his debut novel.
  • Angela Haigler, co-program chair, relayed questions asked via "chat" to the speaker.
  • Collins provided this summary of Lewis's talk: about using allusions -- covert, passing, or indirect references to other works of art or to historical occurrences outside the text -- to enrich your writing. At their best, he argued, allusions call up all of the ideas and emotions bound up with the original work or historical occurrence referenced and encourage the reader to complicate the text at hand by seeing it in terms of those externals. But, he warned, some allusions have become cliches and, consequently, lost their power. To get around that, he suggested being "a bit obscure" in allusions so that the reader has to do some "heavy lifting" to understand the reference. He stretched that point, suggesting that even allusions the reader would not get easily, those for which they'd have to search, can be effective. What happens, he added, is that readers who have to work to understand an allusion will, as a result of the work invested, be more appreciative when the source comes to light. In that way allusions help the writer to form a bond with the reader, the kind of bond we are all looking for.
For more pictures, context, and Phillip Lewis's presentation notes please click this link, September 15th Recap Page.
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Our Next Meeting: October 20, 2020:   
Critique Groups & A Special Announcement  
We'll have a special presentation and members' announcements before turning the evening over to the business of forming critique groups. Critique groups provide members with accountability, camaraderie, and the opportunity for peer review and feedback on your work.Visit one or more breakout rooms to find a writing partner or a group of writers whose goals and projects are similar to yours. Visit our CRITIQUE GROUPS page to learn more.  

Don't Forget
Opened on August 18th. You have until October 20, 2020 to polish those 500-word stories and submit! The winners will be announced and pieces read at the December meeting. Luke Whisnant is our judge.   
CWC is pleased to be a sponsor of the 7th season of the Charlotte Readers Podcast. Creator and host Landis Wade is a CWC member. You'll be surprised at the number of voices you recognize and there is a special podcast highlighting the winners of the 2019 Poetry and Elizabeth Simpson Smith Short Story Contests.Give it a listen here. 
Club Announcements:
Monday, October 5,  7 to 8:30 pm, Tiffany Grantham is back by popular demand to lead a second Virtual Writing Salon on Monday, October 5 at 7pm. Don't miss this opportunity to write for 75-minutes to instrumental music and prompts she will provide. There will be time between the writings for volunteers to read aloud. The meeting link is in your announcement and when you sign up, in your reminder emails. Sign up Here
Saturday, October 17, 1-3 pm,  CWC North is hosting a Zoom session on obituary-writing led by Ken Garfield. Explore the importance of telling your story in Chronicling a Death, Celebrating a Life 
When you register, you will receive the Zoom link in your reminder emails.
Saturday, October 24, 10 to noon,
Jaki Shelton Green, North Carolina's Poet Laureate, will lead a virtual session focusing on the idea of the poet as  historian and researcher and expand on the definition of documentary poetry. Participants will create and their own documentary poems. When you sign up for The Poet Witnesses: Writing Documentary Poetry you will receive the Zoom link in your reminder emails.  
Other Opportunities:
Saturday, October 3, 4 pm,  
John G Hartness,Charlotte horror/fantasy author talks vampires and monsters for the Rowan Public Library Virtual Author Talk. Learn more and register for this free Zoom meeting by contacting Abigail Hardison. 
Thursday, October 22, 6-7 pm,
David Radavich is leading a workshop, Dramatizing Your Poetry 
to register, go to: Charlotte Lit
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library - resources for writers and more    
North Carolina Poetry Society - NCPS
The Writers' Workshop of Asheville - TWWOA 
Conferences and Classes:
November 10-14: The Writingest State Online Conference
North Carolina Writers' Network  register here 
Charlotte Lit - Studio 2 & a Catalogue of Fall Classes  

Member Resources - Other resources for our members
For pictures and more 'context' from our meeting on the 15th of September, visit our MEETING RECAP Page.
And Don't Forget Open Mic Night

 'Til We Meet Again at Mugs Coffee, Join Us on ZOOM!  
To Read on Friday, October 16th, Sign Up Here!
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.