JANUARY 15, 2019  VOLUME 25, ISSUE 5
GENERAL MEETING: January 15, 2019, 7:00 p. m.

Providence United Methodist Church, Room 104
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28211

January speaker, Poet Dede Wilson
Charlotte poet Dede Wilson would probably tell you she's really a newspaper gal. Her first job after college was obit editor for her hometown paper, the Alexandria (LA) Daily Town Talk. One year later, she relocated to Dallas, Texas, where she became travel editor of the Dallas Times Herald
In 1967, she moved to Charlotte where she soon joined the Charlotte Writers' Club, becoming president 30 years later. The club later honored her with the Adelia Kimball Founders Award.

Dede's seventh book of poetry is forthcoming. Her first book,  Glass , was published by Scots Plaid Press as runner-up for the 1998 Persephone Press Award, and her second book,  Sea of Small Fears,  won the 2001 Main Street Rag Chapbook Competition.  Eliza: The New Orleans Years  was produced as a one-woman show in Mississippi and North Carolina.
Her poems have appeared in numerous journals including Spoon River, Carolina Quarterly, Painted Bride Quarterly, Southern Poetry Review, Flyway, Tar River, South Carolina Review, Atlanta Review and Tampa Review.

Charlotte Writers' Club Voices of the Past
Dede will take us back in time to visit a time when the club was formed and how it has evolved.
Poetry Contest Now open!
Closes February 19, 2019.  
Winners announced: April 16, 2019.
Poetry of fewer than 50 lines; haiku excluded. Open to all CWC members and to non-member residents of the North and South Carolina. Student category is open to any North Carolina undergraduate students. 


Poetry, Led by Joseph Bathanti
January 19, 2019 - 1:00pm - 3:30pm
Location  - Providence United Methodist Church (room 104)
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211
Joseph Bathanti is former Poet Laureate of North Carolina (2012-14) and recipient of the 2016 North Carolina Award for Literature. He is leading this year's poetry workshop on Saturday, January 19, 2019 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Providence United Methodist Church, Room 104, 2810 Providence Road, Charlotte.
Writing the Longer Narrative Poem, will focus on writing longer poems that tell stories through utilizing classic conventions of fiction such as dialogue, plot, conflict, characterization, setting/place, etc., while still relying heavily on key elements of poetry such as compressed, often impressionistic, language; rhythm; stylized line and stanza breaks; and attention to sound.
We'll strive to balance the image-charged voltage of poetry with traditionally discursive narrative strategies of fiction and creative nonfiction, focusing on the occasion of the poem, and the dramatic situation that inspired it. Participants will be provided with examples of narrative poems aimed at triggering the narrative impulse.
Cost is $30 for CWC members and $40 for non-members.
To register and pay the workshop fee click on Poetry Workshop.

Members: When you get to the Workshop Page from the above link, please LOGIN to your membership profile to get the member discounted price. (You may need to scroll to the top of the page - The 'Log in' button is on the top right.) Then select Events to find your workshop.

January 23, 2019 - February 27, 2019
Annual Workshop: Recalling Memories for Your Family or P ublic
Christ Episcopal Church
1412 Providence Road
Charlotte, NC 28207

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 23rd-February 27th. Classes will meet at Christ Episcopal Church on 1412 Providence Road.  The last class is a luncheon with Margaret in her home.

The cost for CWC members is $60.00 and for non-members the cost is $72.00.
Textbook: $14.00 (Optional)  [Pay for textbook at the class].
To register and pay the workshop fee click on Memoir Class.

Members: When you get to the Workshop Page from the above link, please LOGIN to your membership profile to get the member discounted price. (You may need to scroll to the top of the page - The 'Log in' button is on the top right.) Then select Events to find your workshop.

Poetry, Led by Irene Blair Honeycutt
January 26, 2019 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Location  - Davidson Friends Meeting House
625 South Street, Davidson, NC 28036
Irene Blair Honeycutt, born in Jacksonville, FL, is the author of four poetry books, the most recent being Beneath the Bamboo Sky:  Poems & Pieces on Loss and Consolation (Main Street Rag 2017).  Awards for her writing and advocacy of writers include a NC Arts Council Scholarship, a Creative Fellowship from the Charlotte Arts and Science Council, and a Best of Charlotte Award from Creative Loafing for Best Contribution to the Improvement of Charlotte's Literary Climate.  She founded Central Piedmont Community College's Spring Literary Festival in Charlotte, NC, which expanded into Sensoria.  At the college, she received the Award forExcellence in Teaching.  Upon her retirement, the college established a Distinguished Lectureship, a Lifetime Achievement Award and a Legacy Award in her name.  Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including Nimrod, Southern Poetry Review, Virginia Quarterly and the Southern Poetry Anthology.  She lives in Indian Trail, NC and remains actively involved in the writing community.
Poetry in the Passing Moment
'Grief is a floating barge boat.  You never know where it will moor.'  Charles Wright
This quote from Wright's poem appeared in the New Yorker years ago, shortly following the loss of my kid brother.  The images spoke to my heart and mind.  One of the reasons I chose to share these lines for this workshop is that they say so much about the nature of poetry.   Writing poetry is like following the river inside us.  We can step into a barge boat, remember secret places, or walk a forgotten trail-trusting the river of writing, not knowing where the impetus of a poem will moor.  This is magical and mystical. You are invited to venture into your imagination, to experience a poem as a container for grief, a vessel of hope.
We will discuss poems by Alberto Rios, Marie Howe, Jack Matthews, Denise Levertov,  Edward Hirsch, Jane Hirshfield, Rilke, and Tracy K. Smith, among others. Come prepared to respond and to write!
Cost is $30 for CWC members and $40 for non-members. Registration is limited to 15 participants.
To register and pay the workshop fee click on   Poetry in the Passing Moment

Members: When you get to the Workshop Page from the above link, please LOGIN to your membership profile to get the member discounted price. (You may need to scroll to the top of the page - The 'Log in' button is on the top right.) Then select Events to find your workshop.

The Secrets of Successful Financial Planning, with Author Dan Gallagher!
Come learn the secrets of successful financial planning from Dan Gallagher. Dan is recently retired from the financial industry, with a proven track record of helping companies and individuals achieve their financial goals. Contained in his book are many little-known tips to achieving your own financial goals, which he will share during this program. Books will be available for purchase, but no purchase is required.
Saturday, January 12, 10:30 am- 11:30am.
Registration requested. If you wish to register, or have questions, Call 704.416.3800
Cornelius Library, 21105 Catawba Ave., 
Cornelius, NC 28031

 Elizabeth Simpson Smith Short Story Contest 
Charlotte Writers' Club's MOST PRESTIGIOUS AWARD!
Elizabeth Simpson Smith Contest Guidelines
  • Contest opens January 15th.
  • Open to all CWC members and to non-member residents of North and South Carolina.
  • Entries must be an original and unpublished. This includes blogs, Facebook, websites and any other digital media.
  • Fiction story between 1500-4000 words.
  • Please follow guidelines in General Manuscript Requirements, Eligibility & Submission Information.
  • Multiple entries are NOT allowed.
  • Entry Fees: CWC Members: $20.00, Non-members: $25.00
  • Prizes will be awarded in May at the CWC general meeting.
  • First place: $250.00, Second place: $150.00, Third place: $50.00.
  • For inquiries or questions, contact Tony Ricciardelli, Contest Chair.
To submit go to the Elizabeth Simpson Smith Short Story Contest page.


Transforming Community through Writing and Sharing Our Stories

Because we're writers and readers, story lovers and storytellers, we came up with the "Beautiful Truth" initiative, a simple program designed to help community members write and share stories about themselves and their lives here in Charlotte. Beautiful Truth is made up of three parts: public workshops to teach narrative storytelling; a weekend of events with acclaimed poet Terrance Hayes; and a public reading of personal narratives from across the Charlotte area.
For complete information on this exciting new program, go to The Beautiful Truth Initiative
Editorial Scholarship Opportunity
April 1st - Deadline for submission to Kelli Horne's Editorial Scholarhip of $500
 CWC Open Mic Nights at Mug's Coffee!
Open Mic Night -  January 18th & February 15th from 7pm-9pm
CWC and Mug's Coffee are partnering to provide an opportunity for CWC Members to read their work every third Friday of each month from 7pm - 9pm. Registration is limited to 12 readers who must be CWC members. Each reader will get 10 minutes to read their work.

This is a great opportunity for our members to share what they've written and gain experience reading in public. This is a necessary skill to promote your writing. The added benefit is being able to network with other writers.
Next Open Mic Night: January 18, 2019.

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

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