January 17, 2017,  VOLUME 23, ISSUE 5
To all of you who reckon time by the Gregorian Calendar, Happy New Year!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017,  7 p.m.   
Providence United Methodist Church
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211

January 17 is the annual members'  readings event
At our annual showcase reading of Charlotte Writers' Club members, a few writers will have an opportunity to regale us with their literary talent, reading from their best work. This is always an exciting time when CWC members young and old get to "strut their stuff" before their colleagues. Find out what your fellow Charlotte writers are creating and show your support. Click HERE for more information about the Selected Members Reading.



Thank you to the following members for raising over $100 in donations for the club by donating their time to wrap gifts at Barnes and Noble:

Debra Wallin, Pat Gilmer, William Guess,
Linda Vigen Phillips, Joan Edwards,
Ben Sharpton, Caroline Kenna, David Radavich.

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
Deadline for Participation: 01/15/2017
(Email webmaster@charlottewritersclub.org for more information.)
News from CWC North
Joseph Bathanti
January 25, 2017: Joseph Bathanti, award-winning poet, essayist and novelist, and former NC Poet Laureate - at Waterbean Coffee in Hunterville (CWC-North is partnering with Iodine Poetry Journal).

January 26, 2017: Joseph Bathanti will read/sign books at Main Street Books in Davidson at 6pm.

Spring 2017: Marla Brown to lead a Playwriting Workshop.

News and pix from the Great December Meeting: 12/20/16. Check it out.

If you were unable to attend the December 20th meeting, check out the photos and commentary about the meeting by clicking HERE.

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.
January 18, 2017 - February 22, 2017 
Annual Class: " Recalling Memories for Your Family or Public"
Author and editor Margaret Bigger is offering her annual six-week course: Recalling Memories for Your Family or the Public. This opportunity is sponsored by the CWC and is designed for anyone considering writing a memoir or non-fiction book.
Classes will be held on Wednesdays from 2-4 p.m. from January 18-February 22. Classes will meet at Christ Episcopal Church on 1412 Providence Road.
The cost for CWC members is $60 and for non-members the cost is $72.
Textbook is $14 (optional)
To register, write a check to the Charlotte Writers' Club and mail to:
Margaret Bigger
3901 Silver Bell Drive
Charlotte, NC 28211
For questions, call Margaret Bigger at 

Wanted: Creative, organized problem-solvers for 2017 Carolinas WordFest
The response to Carolinas WordFest was an emphatic "Yes!" Charlotte needs a free literary festival that embraces - and looks like - our community. Participating writers, festival goers and the 2016 planning committee were unanimous: Bring WordFest back in 2017.
Planning begins in six weeks, but to make it happen, we need committed volunteers to chair the website, logistics, volunteer and publicity committees. We are looking for people who are problem-solvers and creative-thinkers, as well as being organized and deadline-oriented. Committee chair descriptions are here. If you are interested, please contact Gina Carroll Howard  with a very brief explanation of what you would bring to the role.
Carolinas WordFest is North and South Carolina writers' gift to the community. Wrap that gift in your time and make it shine.

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.
To Join or Renew click this  Membership Link and follow the instructions. 

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.  

1st Place: Gary Powell for  Low Country Boil.
2nd Place: Gina Malone for  Lullaby.
3rd Place: Mary Struble Deery for  Edgar and Harley.
CWC Nonfiction Contest  (article/essay)
Opened: October 18, 2016
January 3, 2017
Announce Winners: February 21, 2017
Nonfiction from 750-2000 words.
Selected Members' Readings accepted until January 3, 2017. Click on the above link for more information.
(CWC Members Only)
Opens: December 20, 2016
Closes: February 21, 2017
Announce Winners: April 18, 2017
Short Story from
750-1500 words.
Poetry Contest
Opens: January 17, 2017
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
A good style should show no signs of effort. What is written should seem a happy accident.
-W. Somerset Maugham

Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures.
-Jessamyn West

Like every writer, I am asked where my work originates, and if I knew I would go there more often.
-Arthur Miller

You can observe a lot by watching.
-Yogi Berra
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Authors Lab members receive: coaching from a published and respected author matched to you and your book; classes on advanced writing skills, from talented teachers; and community: a writing cohort who will take the journey with you. 

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