Charlotte Writers' Club
December Program: Jeff Jackson,
Arts and Culture editor for
Charlotte Viewpoint

Mark your calendars and plan to join the Charlotte Writers' Club on Tuesday, December 16 at 7 p.m at Providence United Methodist Church. for our program with Jeff Jackson, Arts & Culture Editor for Charlotte Viewpoint.

Jeff is the Arts & Culture Editor of Charlotte Viewpoint. He is a freelance writer, founding director of the NoDa Film Festival, and member of the Obie-winning Collapsable Giraffe theatre company in New York. He is also co-proprietor of, a website dedicated to avant-garde jazz.

Jeff's piece ""Three Untitled Stories About Smoking"" originally appeared in Userlands (Akashic Books 2007), a new fiction anthology edited by acclaimed novelist Dennis Cooper. Jeff received his MFA in Creative Writing from New York University. He is most recently the author of the acclaimed novel Mira Corpora.
CWC-North Event

Please join us on Sunday January 25, 2015 from 2 to 4 p.m. as CWC North celebrates the publication of The Medicine Man's Daughter at the Warehouse Performing Arts Center in Cornelius. Carolyn F. Noell will read from her memoir, published by The Bridge.

The Medicine Man's Daughter is a coming of age account of Dayou Tucker, a Liberian refugee who came to Charlotte to escape civil war. 
Jan Blodgett, archivist for Davidson College Library, says it is a "poignant and captivating story that reveals not just one woman's courage, but that of a whole community of friends and strangers whose lives are changed forever by knowing one another."

Noell is a retired teacher and counselor with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School system. She and her husband Tom live in Davidson where she is involved with the Stephen's Ministries at Davidson College Presbyterian Church. Noell has also written a book of poetry, Weathered Pine.

For more information please contact Caroline Kane Kenna CWC-North liaison
Meet-A-Member: Joseph Cavano

Quick Bio:
Joseph Cavano is originally from Kingston, NY and now calls Charlotte, NC home. He has earned a BA degree in English from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY and a BA degree in English from American University in Washington, D.C.; further, Cavano has completed graduate work in Philosophy at Georgetown University.

For more about Cavano and his writing visit his website at He is also accessible on Facebook, Goodreads, and LinkedIn.

1. What type of writing do you do? What challenges you the most and what comes naturally?
My main interest as a writer continues to be writing fiction. I'm especially interested in the short story and the challenges it presents for communicating something of importance in a relatively brief space. Like Faulkner, I believe an author must concern himself'/herself with matters of importance. Faulkner referred to such matters as the "verities," which is really but another way of suggesting a writer must investigate the "human condition" or what it means to be truly human.

Fortunately, writing fiction has always come easily to me. I have a feeling it does with most if not all accomplished writers. I can't imagine it being any other way. So much of a writer's life is filled with difficulties, I can't see many of us keeping at it if the creative part wasn't so rewarding and comfortably accessible.

2. How do you cultivate inspiration for your work?
If by cultivating inspiration for one's work you mean how do I go about making it more likely to occur, my answer would have to be nothing and everything. Nothing, because if one truly has an artistic sensibility there are situations in everyday life that are all but screaming to become the stuff of story. In my view, one of the most important differences between someone who is an artist and someone who is not, is that where the latter may see in an event or experience merely the minutia of everyday life, the latter is able to see meaningful truth. 
On a more practical level, I find inspiration in people who most choose to ignore.... those whose only mention in the local paper is likely to be their obituary. I've always found heroes and heroines there. I'm fascinated by those on the outer edges of society... ginseng hunters, septuagenarian African -American jazz piano players, poor white girls like the Bob Euell's daughter in To Kill a Mockingbird who continues to place a rose in a glass inside the window of her shack near the dump. And I write about them.... Much of the time and always lovingly. 

Finally, if you are stuck inside with nobody to talk with, read a book by one of the greats like Faulkner or listen to a tune played by a modern jazz genius like Garner or Monk. If that doesn't inspire you, check the obituary. You may well have passed away.

3. What do you enjoy most about the Charlotte Writers' Club?
Some say a writer's life is a lonely one. I disagree. How could it be with all those characters and situations dancing around in our heads. Still, sometimes one does need a break... a chance to speak to another "in the trade." That, and the opportunity to hear others tell their stories-be introduced to their creations-is all it takes.

4. What writing advice would you pass on to other writers?
As to writing advice, I feel like Twain must have when in the foreword to Huckleberry Finn, he noted, "Those looking for a moral (in the story) will be shot." There is no one way to write and no one definitive story. If you have the talent (and even if you don't but love to write anyway) keep at keeping at it, confident in the knowledge that it's your story and nobody can tell it exactly like you.

5. In a sentence or two, what else would you like people to know about you?
Jazz pianist... ginseng and edible plant forager . Rattlesnake hunter (pictures only). Fly fisherman (trout). World traveler (Africa, China, India (my favorite... story was in the Charlotte Observer), most of Europe etc). golfer. Had a tryout with New York Yankees at sixteen. Fan of the Charlotte Writers' Club. Human being, warts and all. 
Submission Guidelines for Annual
Selected Members' Reading
Our annual Selected Members' Reading program will be held on January 20, 2015. This program celebrates our CWC writers, sparks creativity, and inspires confidence. 

Click here for the guidelines to submit your work to our Selected Members' Reading program. We want to hear your story!

Deadline for entries is December 16, 2014.
Annual Workshop: Recalling Memories for Your Family or the Public
Author and editor Margaret Bigger is offering her annual six-week course: Recalling Memories for Your Family or the Public. This opportunity is sponsored by the CWC and is designed for anyone considering writing a memoir or non-fiction book.

Classes will be held on Wednesdays from 2-4 p.m. from January 21-February 25. Classes will meet at Christ Episcopal Church on 1412 Providence Road.

The cost for CWC members is $60 and for non-members the cost is $72.

To register, call Margaret Bigger at 704-364-1788. The class is limited to 20 participants so sign up soon!
There's still time to join the Charlotte Writers' Club, and we would love to have you join us. For membership details and information, click here.

Thank you for being a part of the literary community in our region. Happy holidays!
In This Issue
December 16
General Meeting with Arts and Culture Editor of Charlotte Viewpoint
Jeff Jackson
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Providence UMC

January 25
CWC-North Event
Reading from The Medicine Man's Daughter
2-4 p.m.
Warehouse Performing Arts Center, Cornelius, NC
General Meeting Location
Providence United Methodist Church
2810 Providence Rd.

Click here for a map of the new location.
Children's Story Contest
January 20, 2015

For a complete listing of CWC contests, please click here.
Joseph Cavano's short story "Donors" earned honorable mention in a fiction contest sponsored by the Asheville Writers Association. Cavano will also be appearing in Charlottesville, Virginia with other contributors to discuss their writing in the recently released anthology, Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction from a Small Planet, published by Press 53.

Glenn Proctor's new book
Kicking Bottles, News and Dust: An Autobiography 50 Years in Poems
represents how Proctor writes and understands poetry while covering a wide range of life experiences. It is published by Outskirts Press.
Writing Prompt
Interactive Prompt
Go to a neighborhood you've never been to. Pick a random house. What's the story behind that house and the people who live in it?

Writer's Digest, July/August 2014 issue, p. 27
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