January 1st, 2020  VOLUME 27, ISSUE 5
Tuesday, January 21st, 2020, 6:30 p.m.  
Providence United Methodist Church (Room 104)
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211

George Hovis
Suspense Novelist and Gaston County native, George Hovis will discuss strategies for finding the mysterious, the surreal, and the sublime in everyday landscapes. He will explore how setting gives birth to characters and plots--and how, in turn, the actions of characters define a place.  
With a look at how he happened upon the Gothic side of Charlotte while writing his debut novel The Skin Artist (2019), Hovis will challenge us to discover the mystery lurking in our own stories as CWC continues to explore the mystery of writing by genre.
Hovis is professor of English at SUNY Oneonta in Upstate New York but before becoming a writer and teacher, he worked as a process chemist at several ink factories in Charlotte. His novel, The Skin Artist, is published by SFK Press, and his stories and essays have appeared widely, most recently in The Carolina Quarterly, The Fourth River, and North Carolina Literary Review.
A Pushcart Prize nominee and former President of the Thomas Wolfe Society, Hovis earned a PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has attended the Sewanee Writers' Conference. His monograph Vale of Humility: Plain Folk in Contemporary North Carolina Fiction was published in 2007 by University of South Carolina Press.
Meet-a-Member - Jenifer Ruff
USA Today Bestselling Author Jenifer Ruff writes dark and twisty thrillers . Her fast-paced, thought-provoking novels showcase
contemporary issues and bring complicated characters to life. An avid fitness enthusiast and hiker, Jenifer lives in Charlotte  with her family and a pack of greyhounds.
When and where do you write best? Anyplace quiet where I can sit with my laptop  and be
surrounded by my dogs.
A favorite writing tool? Discipline - more important than great idea s or incredible talent.
Best writing advice you've received (and actually taken)?  - T he advice that most changed how I bring scenes to life involves w riting through my POV char acter as that character would experience the scene with minimal backstory and eliminating filter words (noticed, heard, saw, etc.) and interruptive explanations from the narrator/author. And the most helpful advice I can provide is to find a solid  network of encouraging authors in your genre who are willing to collaborate and continually share ideas and knowledge
A favorite writing resource -  The Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi. There are several similar books out there. In the first draft of my novels , I'm mostly getting the story down and much of it is quite telling. I also use dialogue tags - he said, she said . In subsequent revisions , I replace most of the dialogue tags with beats to make the scenes feel more real  and I focus on showing my character's body language and reactions so readers can figure out for themselves what i s happening. The Emotional Thesaurus can be helpful when I'm stumped for a new way to convey
Number one thing you'd like help with - I always want as much honest feedback and constructive criticism  as I can get on my work
before publishing. 
Hello CWC! We love to  Meet-a-Member! 
Please contact Graham Smith
for the format and questions. 
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!
Closes at Midnight on 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.  click here to Submit
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 

  Check out Pics from our events!
Volunteers Needed
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.
 Winners of the 2019 Ruth Moose Flash Fiction Contest are:   
  • 1st Place "A Rewrite" - Margaret Cahill
  • 2nd Place  "Adonai" - Maureen Sherbondy        
  • 3rd Place "Fortune Favors the Brave" - Ashley Memory   
Visit the December 17th Recap page to see what our judge, Ruth Moose had to say about these entries and the contest that carries her name.

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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Cynthia Stringham-Smith (writing as C.S. Smith) wins two contests


CWC Contests
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.

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