February 1st, 2020  VOLUME 27, ISSUE 6
Tuesday, February 18th, 2020, 6:30 p.m.  
Providence United Methodist Church (Room 104)
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211
Tim Reinhardt   
Screenwriting vs Novel Writing: Exploring the Differences  
Have you wanted to write a screenplay?  
Playwright and novelist, Tim Reinhardt will walk us through his journey from trying to write novels to writing screenplays and back to writing novels. He will review differences with the two, both on paper and what a scene looks like when it finally makes it to the screen!
Tim Reinhardt is a drug dealer a/k/a known veteran of the pharmaceutical industry , who ha s traveled the world extensively and studied diverse cultures. His travels, coupled with an eventful childhood, shape his thought-   pro voking perspective on life and his dark comedies. Tim is the writer of the Academy-Award qualifying film Crackers, as well as the author of  Afaq: I'm Trapped in India
and his most recent novel, Jesus's Brother James. He is currently working on a film adaptation for Jesus's Brother James. When he's not busy writing, Tim enjoys making films, playing tennis, and learning about history. He lives in Holly Springs, N.C.

 When: Thursday, February 6, 2020, 5:30-8 pm.

Where: The Vintner Wine Market located in the Arboretum Shopping Center,
8128 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC (near Michaels and next to Penzeys Spices)

Please join us to mix, mingle and talk the writing life with your fellow CWC club members. Significant others are welcome. 
First drink for club members is on us, along with some appetizers.  Wine, beer and non-alcoholic drinks are available along with some salads and sandwiches. Check out the menu at  The Vintner Wine Market.
While an RSVP is not required to attend, it helps us to reserve enough tables for the group. Click here to RSVP
We look forward to seeing everyone there!
Meet-a-Member - Sarah Archer

When and where do you write best?
Coffee shops are where I'm most productive. Bringing my laptop to another place for the specific purpose of writing puts me in a focused mode (and the caffeine doesn't hurt, either). I've found, though, that I can recreate some of that same sense of purpose just by taking my laptop away from my desk to another chair in the house and telling myself I'm not getting up until I've written for an hour.
A favorite writing tool?
Other than caffeine? I always write on my laptop. I make way too many changes along the way to write longhand!
Best writing advice you've received (and actually taken)? 
A professor of mine once said something along the lines of "You can't wait for the muse to inspire you to write. You have to make an appointment and tell the muse to show up." I wouldn't get much done as a writer if I waited for the moments when I felt inspired-I have to start working first, then the inspiration comes.
A favorite writing resource (book, website, etc.)
Other writers! The notes I get from my writers' groups and independent critique partners are instrumental to my process. I would encourage any writer to make writer friends, read them and support them, and ask for their feedback on your work in return.
Number one thing you'd like help with.
I recently published my first novel, The Plus One , and am always looking for advice on how to promote my work. The business side of being an author is a whole second job on top of the writing.

Hello CWC! We love to  Meet-a-Member! 
Please contact Graham Smith
for the format and questions. 
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. Click here For more information and/or to submit to Beyond Poems and Paintings.

Poems must be submitted between January 4 and February 20, 2020. The first 50 poems will be considered of which eight will be selected for artists' interpretations.
Personal Essay Workshop in Davidson!
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.
Short Story Workshop on March 21, 2020 1:00 to 3:30 pm
2810 Providence United Methodist Church  
Room 104

Body and Soul: Studies in Character Development led by Abigail DeWitt
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Poetry Contest!
Opened on December 17th & Closes February 18th, 2020. winners to be announced at our April meeting. Click here to Submit
The 2020 Elizabeth Simpson Smith Short Story Contest 
Submit your short stories to CWC's most prestigious contest until March 17th. Entries must be between 1,500 and 4,000 words. We will celebrate these winning voices at our May 19th meeting. Click here to SUBMIT

Mark Your Calendar for Sensoria, March 27th - April 5th
As a part of this year's festivities , CWC is sponsor ing a panel discussion, Seeking Refuge: How Stories Can Save Us, on Monday, March 30, 2020 at 2:30 pm, at the main campus. Th e panel will delve into the power of story in the lives of refugees and panelists will reflect on their own experiences .
Visit the Sensoria website for more about this timely discussion and other free events during CPCC's annual celebration of literature and the arts, including the Irene Blair Honeycutt Distinguished Lecturer Joy Harjo, the United States Poet Laureate.
Volunteers Needed
CWC Needs Your Talent for Our Leadership Team, interested in serving the club, please contact our Vice President of Nominating Anshu Gupta to learn more about what we need and how your skills might fit. All positions are one year terms.  
Positions open for 2020-2021: on the advisory board, a contest co-chair, workshop coordinator, publicity and social media coordinator and a technology coordinator to work with and learn from current tech guru Debra Wallin.
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 pm 
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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 Patricia HooperWild Persistence, fifth book of published poetry

CWC Contests
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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