Charlotte Writers' Club


Volume 20 Issue 9

May 2014



Our spring season winds up with a bang as we welcome award-winning author Judy Goldman to our meeting on May 20. For details about this program, information about our new location for next year, and several other important announcements, read on!

Judy Goldman to present in May
Memoirist Judy Goldman will be our featured presenter on Tuesday, May 20, at 7 p.m. Join us at the Queens University Conference Center for our final program of the 2013-2014 year.

Judy Goldman is the author of five books, most recently a memoir, Losing My Sister, which was a finalist for the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance's and also ForeWord Review's "Memoir of the Year." Excerpts from her memoir appeared in Real Simple Magazine, Charlotte Magazine, and Drafthorse online journal. Her other published books are two novels, Early Leaving and The Slow Way Back, as well as two books of poetry. Her work has been published in The Southern Review, Gettysburg Review, Kenyon Review, Shenandoah, Prairie Schooner, other literary journals and numerous anthologies.  Her work has won the Sir Walter Raleigh Fiction Award, the Mary Ruffin Poole Award for First fiction, and the Gerald Cable Poetry Prize. She's the only poet in the state whose book of poetry won the top three prizes awarded for books of poetry by a North Carolinian. She received the Hobson Award for Distinguished Achievement in Arts and Letters, the Fortner Writer and Community Award for "Outstanding Generosity to Other Writers and the Larger Community," and the Beverly D. Clark Author Award from Queens University.  
Board Updates for 2014-2015

At the May meeting we will be voting for the CWC 2014-2015 Board. The proposed members of the board are:

  • Gina Carroll Howard, President
  • Jack Hemphill, Vice-President
  • Immediate Past President, David Radavich
  • Treasurer, Ruth Mills
  • Secretary, Lisa Thornton
  • Programming Co-Chairs,  
    Glenda Blaisdell-Buck
    Gary Powell
  • Contest Co-Chairs,
    Kelli Horne
    Helen Kimbrough
    Eddie Bell
  • Membership Chair, Virginia Smith
  • Newsletter Editor, Rebecca Vincent
  • Webmaster, Erin Ryan
  • CWC-North Liaison, Caroline Kenna
  • Critique Group Co-Coordinators,
    Lorraine Fico-White
    Sandra Niedzialek
  • Publicity Chair, Ron Berry

A special thank-you to those Board members who are rolling off this year. Matthew Calloway, Chuck Lindblom, Alica Laurido, Bridgett Bell Langson, Blair Peery, Gary Martin, and Tasha Steimer, you have given of yourselves not only to the CWC, but to the Charlotte region literary community. Because of your work, regardless of the capacity in which you served, you have made the Charlotte Writers' Club stronger and helped the club provide resources, encouragement, and support to writers in the Carolinas. Thank you.  

Webmaster Wanted

The Charlotte Writers' Club is looking for a new webmaster to begin work in September 2014. This person presents the CWC's virtual face to members and visitors. Key responsibilities include:

  • Design, update, and maintain the club website to keep information current. This includes, but is not limited to, information about time, date and location of meetings; future and past programs; workshops; contest rules, deadlines, judges, and winners; current board members; history of the club; and links to related websites of interest to members.
  • Assures that the site is user-friendly, particularly to the public, so that it attracts writers to join the club and enter CWC contests.

For more information or to express interest, please contact Gina Howard at  

New Location Announced for 2014-2015

We're moving!

Starting in September 2014, the Charlotte Writers' Club meetings will be held at Providence United Methodist Church at the corner of Providence Road and South Sharon Amity. We will continue our series of excellent speakers to help us develop as writers, provide refreshments to encourage members to linger and strengthen bonds as friends, and benefit from plenty of parking.
"The Self in the Poem" Workshop


David Radavich will present a workshop exploring "The Self in the Poem" on Saturday, May 31, from 10 a.m. to noon at Providence United Methodist Church. A version of the poet's "self" functions as the speaker in every poem, but what is the nature of that self? In relation to what other persons or objects in the poem? How different is a persona poem? What masks might the poet put on or take off? In a dramatic monologue, what selves are being expressed? These and other questions of lyric identity and relationship will be examined through a variety of poems in discussion. 


Cost: $25 for Charlotte Writers' Club members, $35 for non-members. To register contact Pay the workshop fee by clicking on the Donate button to your left and indicating if you will attend the workshop as a member or non-member.  

Newsletter Seeks CWC Members for Feature


We are excited to launch several new additions to the CWC newsletter in the upcoming program year. One such feature will be a brief Meet-A-Member profile. In each issue for the 2014-2015 year, the newsletter will introduce readers to one CWC member and his or her writing process.
The CWC editor will compose 4-5 questions for the participant to fill out and return in time for the newsletter's publication. Participants will also be asked to provide a head shot photo for inclusion with the article.
Selected participants must be a member in good standing with CWC for the 2014-2015 year.
Selection is based on a first-come, first-serve basis. The first ten responses that are received indicating a willingness to participate will be included. Profiles will be featured in the month that corresponds with the participant's place in the response line (1st to respond-September, 2nd to respond-October, 3rd-November, etc.).
Ready? To sign up, send an email to with Meet-A-Member in the Subject line. You will be contacted if you are one of the first ten to respond. 


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. Dues are $30 for individuals, $40 for couples, $20 for students, and $100 for patrons. You can pay on-line at or send a check to the Charlotte Writers' Club, P.O. Box 220954, Charlotte, NC 28222. Thank you for your support!  

In This Issue
Judy Goldman
Board Updates
Webmaster Wanted
New Location
Poetry Workshop
Newsletter Feature
2014 Calendar of Events
2014 Contest Calendar

Calendar of Events


CWC Charlotte

May 20, 2014, 7 p.m.

Queens University Conference Center 2229 Tyvola Road

Judy Goldman 

Click here for map.


"The Self in the Poem" Workshop with David Radavich

Providence United Methodist Church

Saturday, May 31 

10 a.m. to Noon

2810 Providence Road

Charlotte, NC 28211 


Contest Calendar 


The Elizabeth Simpson Smith Short Story Prize, our most prestigious award, honors the best story of 1500-4000 words. 


Deadline: May 20, 2014 




Congratulations to Virginia Smith on the upcoming publication of two children's books in a series: The Silly Adventures of Gail the Snail and the Disco Ball will be published on May 13, 2014 and The Silly Adventures of Gail the Snail and the Chocolate Cake will be released on June 17, 2014. Both books are published by Tate Publishing for children ages 5-8 and are available in paperback and e-book at, Barnes & Noble, B&, and Tate Publishing.


Congratulations to Mike Tuggle on the publication of two flash fiction pieces. "Cameron Obscura," a story of an autistic savant determined to keep the promise he made to his dying father, is published in the online literary magazine Fabula Argentea. Bewildering Stories published "Snake Heart," in which the harmony of an utopian world is threatened when a young girl approaching womanhood discovers she is afflicted with a disorder that makes her a throwback to a primitive, barbaric age.  

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