GENERAL MEETING: NOVEMBER 21, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
Providence United Methodist Church, ROOM 104
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28211

I realize that this is a very busy time of year for most of us, what with the upcoming holidays and all, the family gatherings, the shopping, the annual encounters with kinfolk we can't stand (especially Uncle __________). Fill that in yourself. Everybody has one.
But there are other matters that can't be overlooked. Your writing, of course, and of the utmost importance, our municipal elections. These off-year elections are often decided by fewer than a fourth of eligible voters. Mayor, City Council, Board of Education and school budget are on the line. Since you are the smartest, best informed, and most responsible people in the city (and I really hate to waste flattery), I urge you to VOTE on November 7.                                        --DDC
D C Fidler
A native of the South, DC Fidler has combined a career in academic psychiatry and cultural psychiatry with a lifetime of playwriting, acting, directing, composing music, and teaching creative writing and the dramatic arts.
His topic will be: 
Understanding and Expressing Emotions in Creative Writing.
When writers create characters who have emotional experiences, they can draw on the following to help them:
  • Perceptions and misperceptions (sight, sound, smell, touch, taste)
  • Immediate reactions (inherited-wiring reactions, experientially learned reactions, social learned reactions)
  • Physiological responses (shaking, startling, goose bumps, shuttering, fainting, collapsing, attraction, repulsion)
  • Emotions (internal feelings experienced due to physiological responses: love, fear, hate, anger, exhilaration
  • Affects (external expressions based on true or altered/filtered emotions)
  • Cognitions (memories, comparisons, judgments, assumptions)
  • Defenses/solutions/actions (withdrawal, fighting, surrendering, denial, rationalizing, sublimating, intellectualizing)
For more information on Doctor Fidler, go to the Calendar of Events on the CWC website.


After earning a Ph.D. in English literature at the University of Wisconsin--Madison, Dave Collins taught for forty years at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. Lots of literature--Shakespeare, American Writers in Paris--but also lots of writing courses including Magazine Writing and Editing and Creative Nonfiction.

Turning in the mid-90s from scholarly writing, he began publishing creative nonfiction which has appeared in a variety of journals ( Hawaii ReviewPleiadesThe New Laurel ReviewThe Chariton ReviewWell VersedUncertain Promise, and others).

In the summer of 2016 a chapter from the manuscript for  Accidental Activists: Mark Phariss, Vic Holmes, and Their Fight for Marriage Equality in Texas took first place in a contest sponsored by the Frank and Sue Mayborn Foundation and led to a publishing contract with the University of North Texas Press. (See KUDOS item)

When not writing, Dave enjoys his time with his grandchildren, travel (20-some countries to date), and golf (which he admits to playing in the same way he speaks French--badly, but with passion).


"You can always edit a bad page. You can't edit a blank page." 
Jodi Picoult

"Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard."
-John Steinbeck

"Never, ever use repetitive redundancies. Don't use no double negatives. Proofread carefully to see if you any words out."
- William Safire

"Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese." 
-G.K. Chesterton

Visit the CWC Nonfiction Contest page for contest rules.   
CWC Nonfiction Contest  (article/essay)
Now open.
Closes: December 19, 2017
Announce Winners: February 20, 2018
Nonfiction from 750-2000 words.

Closes Dec. 19.
The Selected Members' Reading is open to all members in good standing of the Charlotte Writers' Club. Entries will be judged on the basis of quality, variety, and overall interest.
Landis Wade
Landis Wade at Park Road Books, Nov. 8, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
The Christmas Redemption
                  Attorney Thad Raker is a man who believes in Santa Claus. And for good reason. He's won two trials for defendants who said they worked for Santa Claus and he saved Christmas both times.
But when Raker is hired 11 years later to defend the toy company that made the most popular Christmas present in 50 years-the Reindeer Hoverboard-he becomes entangled in the greatest threat to Christmas yet. And he learns that the survival of Santa's North Pole village is at risk.
Standing in Raker's way are a large class of angry plaintiffs, an unbelieving judge, the FBI, several North Pole conspirators and Hank Snow, Raker's nemesis from his previous Christmas trials.
Raker needs all the help he can get in this, his toughest case ever, but Snow is the guardian of many secrets and has his own plans for the future of Christmas.

Please mark your calendars and spread the word about our  "Self-Publishing Panel" that will be held on  Wednesday, November 8, 7-9pm at the  Levine Jewish Community Center, Room  A110 (5007 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28226).

Join us for an evening with successful self-published authors to learn about their journey and what they learned along the way. Moderated by Nicole Ayers, owner and editor of Ayers Edits, members will hear from Mary Jane Capps, a young adult novelist, and Jenifer Ruff, a psychological suspense novelist. Come hear their lessons learned to help make your journey smoother!

A Writer's Retreat in England

Celebrating Literature & Writing while visiting the sites of Roman Britain, Shakespeare's England and Modern London.

Three full days during the nine day retreat will be dedicated to touring sites of Roman Britain in Bath, the ancient complex in Stonehenge, Shakespeare's birthplace at Stratford Upon Avon, and modern London.

Date: August 10 - August 18, 2018
Where: Worton Park, The Farmhouse, Oxfordshire, England. United Kingdom (
Deadline for Registration: December 31, 2017
To register: Contact by email:  or contact by phone: 256-694-6744

Full Information on the Retreat is located at


Membership in the Charlotte Writers' Club entitles you to participate in workshops, critique groups, contests, and guest speaker programs. The cost is a modest $35 per year for singles, $ 50 for couples, and $20 for students. 
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. Join here.
To Join or Renew click this  Membership Link and follow the instructions. 

Charlotte Writers' Club 
P.O. Box 220954
Charlotte, NC 28222

In This Issue
General Meeting Location
Providence United Methodist Church
2810 Providence Rd.

Click here for a map of the location.
Dave Collins
Accidental Activists--Dave describes it as a civil rights story, a story about the voyage of the hero, but most of all, a love story about two very human, very vulnerable men, together for sixteen years when they filed suit against Texas for the right to marry--was published in August 2017.

Cruz Control
Susan Mills Wilson's latest novel tells a tense story of a hell-on-earth existence, a marriage destroyed by a psychotic husband, and the unintended consequences when, in desperation, the abused wife decides to fake her own murder and disappear into the world of motorcycle gangs. 

Wayne Adams 
announces the launch of his e-book Dixie Ghost.  The e-book is available on Apple and Barnes and Noble. 
Barnes & Noble Gift-Wrapping Project
We again are working with Barnes and Noble this holiday season to wrap presents at the Carolina Place Mall location.  The club receives donations during our scheduled times.  Shifts are 2 hours each from 10am - 8pm  November 24th through December 24th. If you are interested, please contact Debra Wallin.    
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