JUNE 2020 VOLUME 27, ISSUE 10
A Note from the CWC President:
It was so good to see those of you who met us in cyberspace on May 19th.
I am jazzed after seeing the faces and hearing the voices of our club.
Although that was the final general meeting of the 2019-2020 season, don't despair, we'll be back in September for our 98th year.
Program Chairs Angela Haigler and David Collins, have put together a speakers list that includes the panel discussion and speakers postponed due to pandemic as well as new names and new topics.
Phillip Lewis leads us off on September 15th. The author of the New York Times Best Selling novel
The Borrowfields, was originally slated to speak in May. Learn more about him and his topic at our website.
Keep checking the website for plans as we build out our new season. In the meantime your leaders, will be working out the best way for the club to meet going forward, whether we return to in person gatherings or continue Zoom meetings or use some combination of the two, until we meet again, stay safe, keep writing and/or creating in whatever way gives you peace!
|Congratulations Graduates and Happy Father's Day!
The Winning Voices of the 2020 Elizabeth Simpson Smith Short Story Contest are:
First Place: "Subject to It," by Janet Ford
"If Mama Ain't Happy," by Julia Borreno
Third Place: "
Red on Red
,"by Gary Powell
Honorable Mentions: "
Sheri Started It," by David Russell
The Birthday Gift," by Elizabeth Miller.
Co-Contest Chair Mack Staton announced the winners of CWC most prestigious contest during our May virtual meeting. Janet Ford and Gary Powell read from their works. Judge Amy Rogers reviewed 18 entries before choosing this years' best works. Visit the
May Virtual Recap
page for judge's comments and more.
Meet-a-Member - Gordon Smith
Since Father's Day is later this month, Graham invited his Dad, Gordon to submit this month's profile. Gordon writes long fiction,
fantasy/sci-fi, is screenwriting/playwriting and is in two critique groups, novel-Central (Dilworth) and Short Story-Southpark. Connect with him through our member directory or on Facebook.
When and Where Do I Write the Best?
I have a special room where I write. One wall is all windows hung with sheer blinds. Another wall holds three shelves, eleven feet long, filled with artifacts, pictures and paintings, and books. Opposite of that is a wall covered in family photos and artwork. It's a personal spiritual space.
Laptop and just a plain Word application.
Favorite advice about writing?
I start writing about 5:30-6:00 AM. It's early, and there are no distractions. Even the dogs are still asleep. Not everyone gets up that early but it's my best time to write. Maybe it's yours too.
A favorite writing resource (book, website, etc.)
The little Strunk and White grammar use booklet (sometimes I misplace it), the internet, my wife ("How do you spell...").
Best writing advice you've received and actually taken?
A story is like a journey. It has a beginning and an ending. Stuff happens in between.
One thing I would like help with?
I'd like information and support about sourcing and contacting literary agents most suited to the genre in which I write. To be more specific-how do I accurately identify my genre of writing? There are many sub-genres, but it seems to me they are smaller markets.
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for the format and questions.
CWC OPEN MIC is Virtual on June 19th
Join us on Zoom for this opportunity
for CWC members to read their work on Friday, June 19th from 7pm - 9pm. Registration is limited to 12 readers and is a member only event. Each reader will get 10 minutes to read their work.
All are welcome to join, but only those registered will share their work. REGISTRATION Is FULL!
Join the Zoom Meeting with the link below.
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Beyond Poems & Paintings:
An Ekphrastic Art Exhibit Update!
Attention CWC final eight poets. Your poems
are in the hands of the artists who will interpret them. According to Tony Ricciardelli of Mooresville Arts, poems were assigned to artists at the end of May and finished work is due back in the Gallery on August 1. The exhibit, featuring poems with paintings will run from Tuesday, August 4 to Thursday, September 24th.
CWC North and Mooresville Arts are co-sponsors of this event. There is a reception on Friday, August 14, 6 to 8 pm. Poets and artists will meet and discuss their works.
CWC Member Angela Haigler is an
ASC Emerging Creator
Angela is one of four emerging creatives in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region selected to receive an Arts & Science Council's
Emerging Creators Fellowship
. According to last month's announcement this is the inaugural year for the $5,000 fellowship.
She is a writer and teaching artist and part of our leadership team serving as a co-program chair for the last two years. Angela will use the fellowship to support significant progress on an essay collection during a Solo Writers Retreat.
Way to Go Angela!
Check out the
2020 ONLINE SERIES
to see the list of classes and presenters.The first class is on
Wednesday, May 20, at 7 pm
with author Xhenet Aliu on "Revealing Character Through Dialogue."
July 9 to 12, the annual summer intensive is going virtual. Register now for a weekend that includes three 90-minute workshop sessions; craft lectures; and an "Evening Introduction" on Thursday which will help writers to get to know one another before embarking on an immersive, creatively fulfilling weekend devoted to the craft of writing.
Each workshop is limited to twelve participants.
Patrice Gopo is the creative nonfiction presenter, Bryn Chancellor leads the fiction group and Dannye Romine Powell facilitates the poetry discussion.
Prompts & Inspiration, Virtual & Otherwise
Keeping Pen to Paper:
Mini lesson and a prompt every Wednesday from
New Library programs are being added regularly.
Char-Meck Libraries are now open in a limited capacity. You can actually request physical books now and pick them up from the location of your choice.
If you have items checked out, you are able to return them over the next month during regular library hours. Book-drops remain closed but staff will meet you to take your returned items.
Write Like You Mean It, on Thursdays 10:00 - 11:30 am.
Please join from the comfort of your space to write and share our work.
and a link will be sent on Thursday. If you joined us last week, the link will be the same.
Poetry in Pajamas (Virtual), on Wednesdays, noon to 1pm
Join us 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.
with an email address and the meeting link will be sent on the day of the program.
North County Regional Wordsmiths Virtual, Thursday, June 25, 2020, 5:30 pm to 7:30pm
Fiction writers of all skill levels are encouraged to join the group to do some writing, share their work, meet other local amateur fiction writers, and exchange ideas.
Registration is required.
A valid email address is required in order to receive instructions for joining this program.
Writers Conversation Hour, Friday, June 5, 2020, 7 to 8 pm
Hang out virtually with other writers to talk about resources, submission opportunities, and what you have been reading or writing.
Sign up with a valid email address
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
North Carolina Poetry Society
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!
If you are looking for a summer project, practice your micro-fiction then submit to our Ruth Moose Flash Fiction Contest when it 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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