MARCH 19, 2019  VOLUME 25, ISSUE 7
GENERAL MEETING: March 19, 2019, 7:00 p. m.

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

March General Meeting: A Panel Discussion
Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 7 p.m. 
Gail Martin & John Hartness - Panel Discussion: Three Paths to Publishing
Providence United Methodist Church (Room 104)
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211
Gail Z. Martin writes urban fantasy, epic fantasy and steampunk for Solaris Books, Orbit Books, Falstaff Books, SOL Publishing and Darkwind Press. Her urban fantasy series include Deadly Curiosities and the Night Vigil (Sons of Darkness). Her epic fantasy series include Darkhurst, the Chronicles Of The Necromancer, the Fallen Kings Cycle, the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga, and the Assassins of Landria. Her newest titles include Tangled Web, Vengeance, The Dark Road, and Assassin's Honor. As Morgan Brice, she also writes urban fantasy MM paranormal romance. 
John G. Hartness is an author, publisher, and podcaster from Charlotte, NC. He is the author of multiple novel series, co-founder and publisher of Falstaff Books, and a member of the Authors & Dragons podcast. Falstaff Books is a small press dedicated to publishing the best of genre fiction's "misfit toys," having published over 50 titles with authors ranging from first-timers to NY Times bestsellers, with no signs of slowing down any time soon. John is the award-winning author of the urban fantasy series The Black Knight Chronicles, the Bubba the Monster Hunter comedic horror series, the Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter dark fantasy series, and many other projects.


 Elizabeth Simpson Smith Short Story Contest 
Charlotte Writers' Club's MOST PRESTIGIOUS AWARD!
Elizabeth Simpson Smith Contest Guidelines
  • Contest now open. Closes March 19.
  • 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  • Entries must be an original and unpublished.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.
  • 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.

WORKSHOP: Linda Vigen Phillips
Linda Vigen Phillips
Workshop: Writing from the Heart in Verse 
Saturday March 9, 2019 10:00 am-12:30 pm

Linda Vigen Phillips is leading this workshop for creatives teenagers to age 99--to explore writing in free verse to describe life's peaks and valleys and/or to constructively deal with an emotional issue. She will dissect works of contemporary masters of the novel written in verse and lead you in some exercises to help tap into the power of verse for your own stories. 
Linda is the author of two realistic fiction novels told in verse:  Crazy, that depicts the struggles of a teenager in the 1960s, coming to terms with her mother who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and  Behind these Hands the story of how a teenage piano prodigy's life is upended when her two younger brothers are diagnosed with Batten disease, a neurodegenerative disorder. 
Cost is $30 for CWC members and $40 for non-members.  
To register and pay the workshop fee click on:

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.  

Book Signing: Judy Goldman
Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 4pm
Reading Book Signing at Main Street Books, 126 South Main, Davidson for Judy Goldman's new release:  Together: A Memoir of a Marriage and a Medical Mishap (to be published by Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, Feb. 12, 2019). CWC North and MSBs are co-sponsoring this event that is free and open to the public. Online:, and

Judy is the author of a previous memoir,  Losing My Sister ; two novels,  Early Leaving and The Slow Way Back : and two books of poetry,  Wanting To Know the End and Holding Back Winter .
BOOK LAUNCH. Lisa Williams Kline
Sunday, March 31, 2019 - 3pm
A Book Launch Party at Main Street Books, 126 South Main, in Davidson for Lisa Williams Kline's new young adult novel, One Week of You, to be published in February, 2019 by Goldenjay Books Imprint of Blue Crow Publishing Company. This is a free event co-sponsored by MSBs and Charlotte Writers' Club North. Online: and
Lisa is the author of nine novels for young people, including the five-book  Sisters in All Seasons  series (Zondervan) and  Eleanor Hill  (Carus), which won the North Carolina Juvenile Literature Award. She holds a masters degree in Radio, Television, and Film from UNC-Chapel Hill, and an MFA from Queens University. She has served as president of the Charlotte Writers' Club, is a former board member of the North Carolina Writers' Network, is a mentor in the SCBWI Mentor Program, and critiques manuscripts for Writers' Digest. She lives in North Carolina.
Editorial Scholarship Opportunity
 April 1st: deadline for submission to Kelli Horne's editorial scholarship of $500

About the Scholarship/A Note from Kelli
As a long-time member of CWC and a former board member, I am happy to offer a scholarship to assist aspiring writers in their journey toward publication. This scholarship will be awarded to the CWC entrant who best demonstrates a commitment to produce a written work intended for publication(Fiction or Non-fiction, NO poetry). The Scholarship encourages writers to submit their work to a publisher by providing funding for professional editorial services.
 CWC Open Mic Nights at Mug's Coffee!
Open Mic Night -  March 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: March 15, 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 - The podcast with a Southern accent on writing.

Your jolt of inspiration and outside-the-book ideas with a Southern accent on authors and publishing industry insiders. Each episode is fueled by conversations that are inspired, informed and infused with real-world advice on the craft and business of writing.
Hosted by literary publicist, Lynda Bouchard. Powered by storytellers. O

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