May  2020  VOLUME 27, ISSUE 9
    A Word from CWC President Caroline Kane Kenna  
Recently, I have been time traveling with Moonrise. The Washington Post podcast explores our space history on the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin's walks on the moon. It starts with a science fiction writer from North Carolina and you think you know the plot but, if you are into worm holes, it's worth a listen.
As we begin our second month of shutdown, CWC is boldly going virtual. On Tuesday, May 19th, we will hold a general meeting with the help of Zoom.  
Since this is uncharted territory for some of us, here is a Zoom tutorial that helped me become more comfortable with the video conferencing software. If you have questions or concerns or just want someone to walk through set up with you, please click here to send me an email. In the weeks before we meet, we can practice logging in and do some virtual training if you need or want it.
When you get your meeting announcement please RSVP and we will reply with an invitation that provides a link to allow you to log-in or call in to the meeting. You may have to pay a toll if you choose to call in. We will have some Social time beginning at 6:30 p.m. business starts at 7 p.m. which includes member announcements. Like a regular meeting, you have 45 seconds to share, so practice those pitches.  
To push this space-y theme a little further, I can't help wondering if this is a Sputnik moment, that on the other side of Covid-19, there is a bumper crop of new writing and new writers looking to CWC for community and connection. For now, and as long as "the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few," we will be connecting on screens. I hope you all will take this opportunity get familiar with the technology, so that we can safely shake hands, share hugs, and hear the voices of our fellow members.
Hope to "see" you on the 19th  
Live Long and Prosper, y'all!
(If you would like additional information on preventative measures, and the impact of the Coronavirus on North Carolina please visit the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services website at NCDHHS . Looking for ways to help the larger community? Check out Covid-19 Greater Charlotte Mutual Aid
or on Facebook.)  
MAY the 4th Be With You! Happy Cinco de Mayo & Mother's Day
Five Have Personal Stories in Latest Randell Jones Collection  
Congratulations to CWC members Mary Alice Dixon, Patricia Joslin, Landis Wade, Janet Baxter, and JP McGillicuddy. Their stories are among the 45 selected for
That Southern Thing living, loving, laughing, loathing, leaving the South.
This is the third collection of personal stories that Winston-Salem writer/editor Randell Jones has put together.

He is the author of nine books--including  In the Footsteps of Daniel Boone and Before They Were Heroes at King's Mountain --three videos, and interactive online content, Randell Jones brings a unique voice to North Carolina history.  
Check out Jones's " Coming into Contact page, "a quiet place" for sharing your writing during our social distancing. Think of it as an "open mic" where visitors can find a short personal story or reflection you want to share. He hopes you will contribute. 

Meet-a-Member - Lucinda Trew
Lucinda studied journalism and English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is an award-winning speechwriter. Her poetry and creative non-fiction have been published in a number of literary journals and she is a recipient of a 2019 North Carolina Poetry Society Award and first-place honors in the Charlotte Writers' Club 2019-2020 Poetry Contest. She lives in Weddington with her jazz musician husband, two dogs, and a cat who thinks she's a dog. 
When and Where Do I Write the Best?   I write best in the morning (which I loosely define as pre-shower, still in pajamas time). And while I'd love to be hip enough to write in coffee shops or Parisian bistros, I am most productive at home, in my closet/office, with faithful companions Huck and Hazel at my feet (yes, they are dogs. My human family is faithful, but there are limits to my training.)   
Favorite writing tool? That zoned-out, tuned-in, alpha-sort-of state when your mind just wanders away without you knowing - and returns with a-ha inspiration. 
Favorite advice about writing?   Put your butt in the chair and write. No excuses.
A favorite writing resource (book, website, etc.) So Many! Save the Cat by  
Blake Snyder. Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. and E.B. White. Why Writing Matters by Nicholas Delbanco. Bird by Bird : Some Instruction on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott. Forms of Poetic Attention by Lucy Alford, and online,  Visual Thesaurus.
Best writing advice you've received and actually taken?  Start your day writing. End your day reading.   
One thing I would like help with? Clear-eyed feedback. Kindly-delivered critique. Learning alongside other seekers. Kindred souls who hold me accountable, laugh easily and pour generously.

Hello CWC! We love to  Meet-a-Member! 
Please contact Graham Smith
for the format and questions. 
Queen City Suspects, a New Sisters in Crime Chapter

This Charlotte chapter, was started in December 2019 and is looking for writers and readers and anyone interested to join.
Sisters in Crime (SinC) is an international organization founded in 1986 to promote the professional development and advancement of women writing crime fiction. For more about the organization contact the president, Jacy Sellers, at QC Suspects. Like their Facebook Page to stay current about upcoming events.
Sally Buckner Emerging Writers' Fellowship 2021:  Is Open until June 30, 2020. Apply through Submittable
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."    

  Prompts & Inspiration, Virtual & Otherwise  
Keeping Pen to Paper:
Mini lesson and a prompt every Wednesday from

On May 13th, KP2P is going live. It's free but to participate, you must  Register.  

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library  
New Library programs are being added regularly. Please click on CML Calendar.
Plaza Midwood Virtual Writing Group, writing exercises and critique for fiction projects on Saturday May 2, 11 am -12:30 pm. Click Librarian to email a manuscript for review.   
Prolific Pens Writing Group (Virtual), Saturday, May 2, 2020, 11:00am to 1:00pm.   
Write Like You Mean It, Thursdays 10:00 - 11:30 am A virtual version of a Main library group. Write and share work from the comfort of your space. Please register
and a link will be sent prior to Thursday.  
 Pam Turner facilitates. #StayHomeWriMo, daily check list supports and encourages you to stay well and find comfort in creativity in these trying times. It is flexible so you can adapt it to fit your social distancing, schedule, and overall well-being.   
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.  
If you have other suggestions please share them at Contact Us  on the website and we'll post them on our Facebook page!  

Your 2020-2021 Leadership Team 
President : Caroline Kane Kenna,
Vice President of Nominations: Anshu Gupta
Vice President of Membership: Axel Dahlberg
Secretary: Tiffany Grantham  
Treasurer: John McGillicuddy
Immediate Past President: Debra Wallin 
Program co-chairs: Angela Haigler, Dave Collins
Contest co-chairs: Mack Staton, Darryl Horowitz
Critique Group Coordinator: Jennifer Hurlburt
Workshop Coordinator: Anshu Gupta
Membership: Blair Peery
Technology/Webmaster: Debra Wallin, Greg Simmons
Newsletter Editor: Graham Smith  
CWC North Liaison: Ione O'Hara
Rolling off the  Executive Board: Paul Reali, Kerry Hubbard, Rollig off the Advisory Board: Landis Wade, David Poston. Thank you all so much for your service. Best of luck in all future endeavors.    
Open Mic Nights!
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5126 Park Rd #1d, Charlotte, NC 28209

Stay Tuned for a Virtual Option

The Results Are In!

Join us on May 19th when Contest Chair Mack Staton reveals the winning voices of CWC's most prestigious contest, the Elizabeth Simpson Smith Short Story Contest.
Amy Rogers was our judge for this year's crop of short stories!
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