JULY 2020  VOLUME 27, ISSUE 11
A Note from the CWC President:  
This is our second official extra newsletter. We promised to keep them coming monthly when the virus shut us down. Normally, we take the summer off but this year has been anything but normal.   
Unfortunately July is the first month without an official newsletter editor. Graham Smith has stepped down. He'll be around for meetings but since the pandemic hit, he has started a new business which is keeping him super busy, experiences perhaps that will give him fodder for writing when he's ready.  
We are looking for one or two volunteers to take on this monthly project for the 2020-2021 program year. The newsletter goes to more than 1,100 members and subscribers. It is a key communication tool along with the website and our Wild Apricot membership software.  
You don't have to have experience working with online newsletters or be a tech genius to follow the template set up in Constant Contact but there are a few tricks and tips that will make composing easier and we'll give you lots of support as you get started.
If you are interested in learning more about this important role on our advisory board please send us an email by clicking on the names Anshu Gupta our V.P. of Nominating or Caroline Kenna, CWC President.     
Keep Writing!

HAPPY 4th of July. This is Air Conditioner Appreciation and National Parks & Recreation Month.
July 30th is Paperback Book Day!   
Meet-a-Member - Axel Dahlberg  
Axel is the author of the non-fiction book, Forever Hellos, Hard Good-Byes: Inspiration, wit, & wisdom from courageous kids facing life-threatening illness, has published short stories, poetry, and journalism, and ghosted numerous books and hundreds of corporate documents and manuals. He writes mainstream fiction, recently completing his first novel, and has begun to experiment with magical realism. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from ASU (nope, not that one, Arizona State University where he also taught writing), and a BA in English from the University of Minnesota.  
When and Where Do I Write the Best?
I write best in the mornings in my office surrounded by books on three walls with the fourth wall all windows looking out into the woods with a creek running through. I start at 7:00 a.m-ish and go for as long as I can, usually 1-3 hours.
Favorite writing tool?   
My new lightweight laptop I use specifically for writing and never connect to the Internet, feels safe.  
Favorite advice about writing?
"All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know." (Hemingway)
A favorite writing resource (book, website, etc.)  
The Compact Oxford English Dictionary (Second Edition) I splurged on a few years back with definitions of 500,000 words and over 2,412,000 illustrative quotations-hours of fun! 
Best writing advice you've received and actually taken?
Butt in chair (sit and do it).
One thing I would like help with?
Writing a dang query letter!  
Want to start a dialogue with Axel? Contact him through our Member Directory.
Would You like to fill out a profile for Meet-A-Member? Contact us here for the questions.
Last month we had our first ever virtual Open Mic.  Debra Wallin, immediate past president and an open mic coordinator, said it was great! If you visit our Facebook page you can see all pictures of those who read.We will continue to meet this way for the foreseeable future.
Registration is full for the Friday, July 17th, Open Mic Night. Hope Smyth, is our host and emcee for the Zoom meeting from 6:30 to 9 pm. You don't have to sign up to log on, listen to and support your fellow writers. You'll find the link to the Zoom meeting in the original email for the event that was sent to all members the middle of June.

Coming to Your Screen in August!
Shake up the summer with a virtual write in and social time with writers of like mind. All genres are invited to log on for prompts and inspiration.
No Pressure. No Critiquing. No angst. Just your writing instrument and your untamed creativity and if the spirit so moves, opportunities to share what you have written with the group.  
Tiffany Grantham will lead this Zoom session.  
Watch your email and the website for details.  
Hope to see you then!
Registration is open for 
Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll: Writing Gripping Scenes.
Sarah Creech is leading this virtual workshop on Saturday July 25, 1 to 3 pm. 
Many aspects of real life are not pretty and often taboo. If we want to be able to write at our best, we need to be able to reflect the real world in our writing. In this class, we'll use examples, writing prompts, and group discussion to learn the art of writing gripping scenes.
Sarah Creech is the author of two novels, Season of the Dragonflies and The Whole Way Home. Her short fiction and essays have appeared at various publications, including The Cortland Review, Writer'sDigest.com, StorySouth, and Literary Mama. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and children and teaches at Queens University of Charlotte.
The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library is hosting this event.Need more information? Contact Pam Turner  and REGISTER HERE

More Opportunities
Keeping Pen to Paper:
Mini lesson and a prompt every Wednesday from
New Library programs are being added regularly.  Please click on  CML Calendar 
to check out these on-going virtual events.
Poetry in Pajamas
Wednesdays from noon to 1 pm,
Join in from wherever you are, for Poetry in Pajamas (or other comfortable attire). We will work on new poems and listen to others in the comfort of a virtual space. Contact Rob Smith
and register with an email address and the meeting link will be sent on the day of the program.
Write Like You Mean It!
Thursday mornings from 10 to 11:30 am,  
Please join from the comfort of your space to write and share our work. Register
and a link will be sent on Thursday.  
Writers Conversation Hour  
Friday, from 7 to 8 pm   
Hang out virtually with other writers to talk about resources, submission opportunities, and what you have been reading or writing. Contact Pam Turner
and  the meeting link will be sent on the day of the event.   
The Writers' Workshop of Asheville, see a list of contests and summer online classes at TWWOA  
North Carolina Poetry Society sign up 
for the monthly eMuse.  
A Quiet Place
Randell Jones has set up a "Coming into Contact" page, "a quiet place" to share your writing during our social distancing. Think of it as an "open mic" where visitors can find a short personal story or reflection. He hopes you will contribute.
Polish those Shorts!  
The Ruth Moose Flash Fiction Contest opens in August.  
If you have other suggestions please share them at Contact Us on the website and we'll post them on our Facebook page!  

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