December 1st, 2019  VOLUME 26, ISSUE 4
Tuesday, December 17th, 2019, 6:30 p.m.  
Providence United Methodist Church (Room 104)
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211

Amber Smith 
New York Times  bestselling author of novels for young adults gives us  tips for writing 
with clarity and strength!

Her debut,  The Way I Used to Be  (2016), was selected for the American Library Association's Amelia Bloomer List of Feminist Literature and Texas Library Association's T AYS HAS List, named a Bank Street Best Book of the Year,  an Eliot  Rosewater Award honor book, and nominated for Goodreads Choice Award in YA Fiction and Connecticut's Nutmeg Book Award. Her second novel,  The Last to Let Go  (2018), received starred reviews from Booklist and VOYA, and was named a most-anticipated book by B&N Teen Blog, Elite Daily, and Bookish. Her third novel,  Something Like Gravity  (2019) received starred reviews from VOYA and Bookpage, was named an Amazon Best Book of the Month, and a most-anticipated book by BookRiot, NewNowNext, B&N Teen Blog, Entertainment Weekly, and The Advocate.
Amber grew up in Buffalo, New York and now lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her partner and their ever-growing family of rescued dogs and cats. Fueled by a lifelong passion for the arts, story, and creative expression, Amber graduated from art school with a BFA in Painting and went on to earn her master's degree in Art History. When she's not writing she's usually reading, but can also be found in her studio making art or freelancing as an art consultant. She has also written on the topics of art history and modern and contemporary art, and contributed to the nonfiction YA anthology  Our Stories, Our Voices: 21 Authors Get Real About Injustice, Empowerment, and Growing Up Female in America (2018).
An advocate for increased awareness of gendered violence, including sexual assault and domestic or intimate partner abuse, as well as LGBTQ equality, she writes in the hope that her books can help to foster change and spark dialogue surrounding these issues.

Ruth Moose Flash Fiction Contest Winners to be announced on Dec 17th!!!

Message from Kerry Hubbard CWC Vice President of Membership about our Events Update
Your board has been working overtime to bring new and creative events to the club's regular list of activities. Hats off to Anshu Gupta for arranging a slate of exciting socials meant to encourage camaraderie and friendship while at the same time, invoking our muses. And Debra Wallin gets major props for establishing Open Mic nights at Mugs.
While some of the events are conducive to the entire membership attending, others, by their natures, are limited to certain numbers to afford attendees the richest possible experience.
Many of the events require reservations and/or nominal fees to attend, hence the request for advance registration and payment. Because we understand that life can throw curveballs (plot twist, anyone?), for events with a cap on attendance, a waitlist is established. However, for a waiting list to be effective, it's imperative that event coordinators are notified if you've registered for an event but can't make it, even at the last minute.
If you haven't been fortunate enough to attend any of these awesome events, yet, check out Facebook or the CWC Socials page for photos of members at our first End of Year Bash, Heist Brewery and our artist date at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art.  You can also see members behind the mic at Mugs Coffee, on the Open Mic Nights page as well as learn more about future events on our website. And if you aren't receiving email announcements about these new offerings, get in touch and let us know. We don't want anyone to miss out!
Poetry Workshop, Led by David Radavich
January 25, 2020, 1pm - 3:30pm
Providence United Methodist Church (room 104 )
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211

David Radavich is a socially committed author and scholar.  His latest narrative
collection, America Abroad: An Epic of Discovery (2019), is a companion volume to the earlier America Abroad: An Epic for Our Time (2007). Other recent poetry collections are Middle-East Mezze (2011) and The Countries We Live In (2014).  His plays have been performed across the U.S., including six off-Off-Broadway, and in Europe.  In terms of music, Radavich plays soprano and alto recorder and sings bass in his church choir.

Making Music in Your Poetry
This workshop explores ways to make the aural and visual rhythm of your poems emphatic and persuasive, communicating ideas, impressions, and emotions more forcefully.  We will examine sample poems whose verbal structures and strategies became memorable and distinctive.  Participants are asked to bring one poem to share that they would like to enhance. 
To register and pay please click  Here
Members $30.00 -  Non-members $40.00
Note: Members will need to LOGIN to the membership software to get the membership price.
Ek phr astic Art Exhibit!

Poets, see your words through the eyes of an artist. Charlotte Writers' Club North and Mooresville Arts are seeking poets and artists to participate in an Ekphrastic art exhibition.

Selected poems will be featured along with artists' interpretations at a reception on September 11, 2020 at the Mooresville Arts Gallery. Poets and artists will have the opportunity to socialize with one another and comment on their efforts and interpretations.
This event is a non-judged, non-compensatory exhibit. It is not a contest.

Entries must be submitted between January 4 and February 20, 2020. Only the first 50 poems will be considered of which eight will be selected for artists' interpretations.

Five readers will narrow the selection. One will be a visual artist. A poet/visual artist will select the final eight image-inspiring poems to be published on the Charlotte Writers' Club and Mooresville Arts websites, and the eight selected poets will be contacted. If an entry has been previously published, please include all credits on entry page.
  • Poems must be 25 lines or less.
  • Multiple entries are not allowed.
  • Do not include any identifying information on your poems. This includes name, website, email address, etc.
  • Entries should be single-spaced in any standard 12 -point font, such as Times New Roman, Arial, Verdana, or Courier.
  • Title and number of lines of poetry must appear in the upper left of the first page of the poem.
  • Identifying information should be on entry page. Include name of event in subject line, poet's name, title of poem, credit if poem is previously published, date submitted, and email address.
Essay Workshop Coming Up!
Led by Patrice Gopo

Crafting a Compelling Personal Essay Workshop,  
Saturday, February 22, 2020, from 1pm - 4pm

To register and pay please click  Here  
Members $30.00 -  Non-members $40.00
Note: Members will need to LOGIN to the membership software to get the membership price.
Last Call!
Open NOW through January 2nd, 2020
Submit those articles and essays!

Poetry Contest!
Poetry of fewer than 50 lines; haiku excluded
Opens December 17th & Closes February 18th, 2020. When the contest opens click 

Beginning in January, we will showcase a member each month for what we hope will be an opportunity to share what inspires each of us.
We're looking for a 250-word elevator pitch surrounding these questions and a head shot: 
  • When and where do you write best?
  • A favorite writing tool?
  • Best writing advice you've received (and actually taken)? 
  • A favorite writing resource (book, website, etc.)
  • Number one thing you'd like help with.

Please submit to Graham Smith
2020 CWC Social Events!
 We welcome your ideas and your help to plan and carry out socials for the rest of the program year.
Please contact Anshu Gupta 
General Help Wanted CWC Needs Your Talent for Our Leadership Team, interested in serving the club, see Anshu to learn more about what and how your skills might fit. Positions open for 2020 include a contest co-chair, workshop coordinator, and treasurer. Paul Reali will leave his post at the end of this program year.
Event Reminder!
Social time, 6:30 to 7 pm, is your opportunity to mix and mingle before each monthly meeting. Come early, greet someone new and/or start conversations to get better acquainted with fellow CWC members.   
Business begins at 7. 
Club and members announcements follow the speaker's presentation. Everyone has 45-seconds each to talk, from club leaders with news/information for the membership to each member celebrating a piece of good news.
Please practice those pitches!     
Open Mic Nights!
Mugs Coffee
5126 Park Rd #1d, Charlotte, NC 28209

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CWC Contests
Ruth Moose Flash Fiction
"Polish those Shorts!"
Announce Winners: December 17, 2019
CWC Nonfiction Contest (article/essay)
Opens: October 15, 2019
Closes: January 2, 2020
Announce Winners: February 18, 2020
Nonfiction from 750-2000 words.
Poetry Contest
Opens: December 17th, 2019
Closes: February 18th, 2020
Announce Winners: April 21st, 2020
Poetry of fewer than 50 lines; haiku excluded.
Elizabeth Simpson Smith Short Story Contest
Opens: January 21st, 2020
Closes: March 17, 2020
Announce Winners: May 19th, 2020
A short story between 1500-4000 words.


Charlotte Writers' Club member Landis Wade has launched a podcast that focuses on Charlotte area authors and those who visit the Queen City. It is called Charlotte Readers Podcast: Where Authors Give Voice to Their Written Words.

Literary Latte Podcast - The podcast with a Southern accent on writing.

Your jolt of inspiration and outside-the-book ideas with a Southern accent on authors and publishing industry insiders. Each episode is fueled by conversations that are inspired, informed and infused with real-world advice on the craft and business of writing.
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