February 21, 2017,  VOLUME 23, ISSUE 6
At various times in my life I wanted to be a doctor, a lawyer, a politician, an actor, a musician, an athlete, an astronaut, a chef, and lots of other things. But to pursue any one of those paths with the necessary passion, I would have to give up all the others. Then I realized that the way to be all of them was to be a writer. As such, I can play in the World Series, walk on Mars, kill bad guys, be of a different sex or race, live in the past or the future. Or maybe forever. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017,  7 p.m.   
Providence United Methodist Church
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211

Guest speaker for February 21,    Tommy Tomlinson
Tommy Tomlinson is a contributing writer for ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com. He has also written for Sports Illustrated, Forbes, Reader's Digest, Southern Living, Garden & Gun, Our State magazine, and many other publications. He spent 23 years as a reporter and local columnist for the Charlotte Observer, where he was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in commentary. His stories have been chosen twice for the "Best American Sports Writing" series (2012 and 2015) and he also appears in the anthology "America's Best Newspaper Writing."
He's writing a book called "The Elephant In the Room" (Simon & Schuster), a memoir about life as an overweight man in a growing America.
He's a graduate of the University of Georgia and was a 2008-09 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.

Tommy and his wife, Alix Felsing, live in Charlotte.
Introducing our Meet-A-Member for February: H. Landis Wade, Jr., A local guy, went to Myers Park High, majored in history at Davidson, and got his law degree at Wake Forest. He is a civil trial attorney, and arbitrator, and a mediator, but most importantly, he is a writer.
He has self-published two novellas: The Christmas Heist (2015) and The Legally Binding Christmas (2016). They are courtroom adventures, where the magic of Christmas is on trial and time is running out. They are available through Amazon, Ingram Sparks and several bookstores, including Park Road Books.
On a more serious note, he won the N.C. lawyer short story contest (I bet you didn't know there was such a thing) for The Deliberation, published in the Dec. 2016 edition of the N.C. State Bar Journal. In it, a fictional jury debates the fate of defendants accused of violating a statute similar to North Carolina's HB2.
He says he's learning important stuff from his critique group - as do we all -- and spends his spare time walking his dogs, traveling to fun places with his family, fly fishing, and playing golf, but not very well, he claims. But then, like all lawyers, he's very modest.

Barnes & Noble  hosted CWC Authors' Event   
Event: Readings and Signings by Local Authors, in support of the Charlotte Writer's Club Bookfair
Date: 02/25/2017
Time: 1pm - 4pm
Where:  Three Area Barnes and Noble Stores
  1. Pineville - Carolina Place, 11025 Carolina Pl Pkwy, Pineville, NC 28134
  2. Arboretum - The Arboretum Shopping Center, 3327 Pineville-Matthews Rd, Charlotte, NC 28226
  3. Morrison Place - 4020 Sharon Rd, Charlotte, NC 28211

Click HERE for more information.



Spring 2017: Marla Brown to lead a Playwriting Workshop. Date and time TBD


 Iodine Poetry Journal



David Radavich will present a workshop called " Polishing Your Poems" on  Saturday, February 4, from  10 a.m. to noon at Providence United Methodist Church.  The focus will be on revising and polishing your poetry for contests and publication.  Participants will discuss theory and examine "before" and "after" poems.  Bring a poem to revise. The cost is $30 for Charlotte Writers' Club members, $40 for non-members.  To register go to HERE to go to the Workshops page on our website.
Membership in the Charlotte Writers' Club entitles you to participate in workshops, critique groups, contests, and guest speaker programs. The cost is a modest $35 per year for singles, $ 50 for couples, and $20 for students. 
We welcome writers in all genres and forms to join our Charlotte-area literary community. Your membership in the Charlotte Writers' Club helps support writers, readers, and literacy at a critical time in our nation's and our city's history. Join here.
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Charlotte Writers' Club 
P.O. Box 220954
Charlotte, NC 28222

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

Click here for a map of the location.
Contest notices:
Visit the CWC Contest page for contest rules.  

(CWC Members Only)
Now open.
Closes: February 21, 2017
Announce Winners: April 18, 2017
Short Story from
750-1500 words.
Poetry Contest
Now open.
Closes: March 21, 2017 
Announce Winners:  
May 16, 2017
Poetry of fewer than 50 lines; haiku excluded.
Elizabeth Simpson Smith Contest
Opens: March 21, 2017
Closes: May 16, 2017
Announce Winners: September 18, 2017
A short story between 1500-4000 words.
Notes on writing
Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs.
 Christopher Hampton

The road to hell is paved with adverbs.
- Stephen King

The freelance writer is someone who is paid per piece or per word or perhaps.
- Robert Benchley

Beware of advice -- even this.
- Carl Sandburg

If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.
- Elmore Leonard

This book fills a much-needed gap.
- unknown critic
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