February 16, 2016,  VOLUME 22, ISSUE 6
I don't do this very often, only once every several years, but it seems that a good many of you are having trouble finding time to do all the writing you'd like. So just this once, I'll be adding an extra day this month. Use it wisely.


Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 7 p.m.   
Providence United Methodist Church
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C., 28211

February  Program: 

John Claude Bemis, Author

John Claude Bemis is an award-winning children's book author, musician, and educator. The first novel in his Clockwork Dark trilogy,  The Nine Pound Hammer, was selected as a New York Public Library Best Children's Book for Reading and Sharing. His trilogy continues with  The Wolf Tree and  The White City and has been described as "original and fresh" and "a unique way of creating fantasy." His novel,  The Prince Who Fell from the Sky, was an Amazon Editor's Pick for Best Book for Summer Reading.  John is also the author of the picture book  Flora and the Runaway Rooster, which he wrote for Heifer International. His forthcoming novel,  Out of Abaton: The Wooden Prince (March 2016), is a fantasy reimagining of the Pinocchio story. John is the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award from UNC Chapel Hill's School of Education and served as the 2013 Piedmont Laureate for Children's Literature. He lives with his wife and daughter in Hillsborough, NC. Visit him online at  johnclaudebemis.com.

POETRY CONTEST: Deadline is March 15, 2016

Contest is for poetry of fewer than 50 lines. Entries must be original and unpublished. Entry fee is $10 for members, $15 for non-members, $5 for undergrads. For complete information, go to CWC Contests and click on poetry contest.
Future News: March program
Tuesday, March 15, 2015, 7 p.m. 
Tony Morris, Poet and Author

About the Author:

Morris's first book of poetry, Fugue's End, won the 2004 May Belle Campbell Poetry Book Award, and was published by Birch Brook Press in September 2004. His poems have been awarded the Louisiana Literature Poetry Prize, the Tennessee Writers Alliance Poetry Award, and have been published in over fifty national journals, including: Spoon River Review, Hawai'i Review, Southern Poetry Review, River Styx, Meridian, The Sewanee Theological Review, South Dakota Review, Potomac Review, and many others.

Tony Morris

Pulling at a Thread (Main Street Rag Press, 2015); 
Back to Cain (The Olive Press, 2006); and two chapbooks, 
Greatest Hits(Puddinghouse Press, 2012); and 
Fugue's End (Birch Brook Press, 2004).
 He teaches creative writing and journalism at Armstrong State University, in Savannah, GA, and serves as the associate  editor of Southern Poetry Review, and director of the Ossabaw Island Writers' Retreat.
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Writing Prompts 
Here are a few gnarly thoughts from Shakespeare himself:

"Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall."  (Measure for Measure)
"The nature of bad news infects the teller." (Antony and Cleopatra)
"Nothing emboldens sin so much as mercy."  (The Tempest)

If you have suggestions/ideas for writing prompts, please pass them along to us.  Email Newsletter Chair.

In This Issue
General Meeting Location
Providence United Methodist Church
2810 Providence Rd.

Click here for a map of the location.
April 30, 2016 -
Gary Powell, Flash Fiction Workshop and Reading.
The cost of this workshop   is $25 for members and $35 for non-members. 
The Warehouse Performing Arts Center  - 9216 Westmoreland Road - Cornelius, NC
Time: TBD
Winners of the nonfiction contest will be announced at the February meeting.

Jo Ann Ball has 
 recently self-published a book. It is fiction and is available on Amazon.com. The title is "The Pond', by J A H Ball. It is a mystery/adventure involving a widow who returns to a high school reunion and becomes involved with an old beau, a very bad hunter, and is attacked in her beloved Torreya State Park woods by a bear and then an alligator. She is a native of Tallahassee, Florida and writes about the woods and forests around the area.

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