May 21, 2019  VOLUME 25, ISSUE 9
GENERAL MEETING: May 21, 2019, 7:00 p. m.

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

 Engaging Your Reader's Empathy: How to Establish Voice in Memoir

How can you be your authentic self in your memoir?  After all, writers want to be liked.  We want to be engaging.  It's easy to try to portray charm at the expense of honesty. Judy will talk to you about being candid and genuine in your work - which will, in turn, help you connect more intimately with your reader.

Judy Goldman is the author of a two memoirs,  Together: A Memoir of a Marriage and a Medical Mishap 
and  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.

Losing My Sister was a finalist for both Southeast Booksellers Alliance's Memoir of the Year and  
 Judy Goldman
ForeWord Review's Memoir of the Year. Her work has appeared in The Southern Review, Kenyon Review, Gettysburg Review, Ohio Review, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, Crazyhorse, and Real Simple magazine; her book reviews in The Washington Post and The Charlotte Observer; her commentaries on public radio in Chapel Hill and Charlotte. 

Judy is a member of the Charlotte Writers' Club and lives with her husband in Charlotte, NC. They have two married children and four grandchildren.

ALSO at the May 21 General Meeting: Elizabeth Simpson Smith Short Story Contest winners will be announced.

KAKALAK Poetry Contest
ATTENTION! MAY 18 IS THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS TO MAIN STREET RAG'S KAKALAK POETRY CONTEST. For information on submission guidelines go t2019 Kakalak Submissions.
 CWC Open Mic Nights at Mug's Coffee!
Open Mic Night -  May 17th 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 to share what you've written and gain experience reading in public. This is a necessary skill to promote your writing. To register to read, please click

Charlotte Writers' Club End of Season Bash 

June 8th: Save the date!
Take a break from all that writing!  
You and a guest are invited to...
The Charlotte Writers' Club End of Season Bash to celebrate our members.
When: June 8th from 4pm-7pm.
Drop in, stay a while, and get to know some fresh new faces. 
Details will be sent to members via email from our Membership Directory Software.
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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John Norton's new book: The Fortune Teller on the Train is prequel to the six-book pre-teen series "The Adventures of Eva and Buckskin Charlie."
"Writing is the process of finding something to distract you from writing, and of all the helpful distractions -- adultery, alcohol and acedia, all of which aided our writing fathers -- none can equal the internet." Thus sayeth Adam Gopnik, who, like many writers for the  New Yorker,  can sometimes reach new depths of gibberish. I think what he might be saying is that writing on a computer puts too many distractions too close at hand, like flossing while sky-diving or tap-dancing under water.
So I decided to give his theory a try. I dragged out my old Smith-Corona, turned off all electrical devices, faced a blank wall, and got to work. I was asleep in five minutes.
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