GENERAL MEETING: November 20, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
Providence United Methodist Church, Room 104
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28211

Where Your Voice Meets the World's
The Personal Essay as a Vehicle for Social Change

Personal essays are a popular and important way to share deeper thoughts and insights about our lived experience. But the personal essay can also be a vehicle for social change. In the act of writing a personal essay or conveying a personal experience through writing, we may not always realize how these stories intersect with the stories unfolding in society. In this talk, we will consider the ways our lived experiences and insights can connect with the larger conversations happening in the broader world. We will examine how  writing our personal stories can help promote positive social change in and beyond our spheres of influence.

Patrice Gopo's essays have appeared in a variety of literary journals and other publications, including Gulf Coast, Full Grown People, Creative Nonfiction, and online in The New York Times and The Washington Post. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and she is the grateful recipient of a North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship in Literature. She is the author of All the Colors We Will See: Reflections on Barriers, Brokenness, and Finding Our Way, an essay collection about race, immigration, and belonging.  
Saturday, November 10th: 9am - 11:30am  
Providence United Methodist Church, Room 104
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28211

CWC North is sponsoring a Fiction workshop at Davidson Friends Meeting House, 625 South Street, Davidson, NC 28036.  Prior to the weekend workshop Michel will be at Main Street Books for a reading/signing event.
South Carolina novelist Michel Stone is leading a workshop, The Power and Necessity of Empathy in Fiction WritingStone is a writer, speaker, educator, and community volunteer. Her critically acclaimed novels Border Child(April 2017, Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 2017) and The Iguana Tree (Hub City Press, 2012) have been compared to the writings of John Steinbeck and both books have been optioned for film. Border Child has been favorably reviewed by The San Francisco Chronicle, Charleston Magazine, The Charlotte Observer, The New York Journal of Books, Kirkus (starred review) among many others and was recently favorably mentioned in The New Yorker. 
She has published numerous stories and essays and is the 2011 recipient of the South Carolina Fiction Award. She recently received the Patricia Winn Award for Southern Literature. Stone says "works of lasting, memorable fiction tap into the human condition. In order for a writer's work to do that, the writer must be able to view the world through a variety of lenses." Workshop attendees will participate in several writing exercises during the session. She hopes some of those prompts will spark longer pieces of writing after participants leave the class. 
To register and pay the workshop fee click on Fiction Workshop

CWC Nonfiction Contest   (article/essay)
Now open!
Closes: January 2, 2019
Announce Winners: February 19, 2019
Nonfiction from 750-2000 words.

November 3rd - 9:30am - 5pm -  2018 Writing Workshop of South Carolina - Downtown Columbia, SC

November 3rd -  11am - 1pm -  Jack Hemphill Book Talk and Signing at Park Road Books for 'Silent Farm'

November 5th - 8th - Master Classes  Kaui Writers Conference  - On the island of Kaui

November 9th - 11th  -  Kaui Writers Conference - On the island of Kaui

 CWC Open Mic Night at Mug's Coffee!
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. 
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: November 16, 2018


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.
The show has eleven authors who will read and talk about their work on a weekly basis from October through December. The initial line-up includes a number of members of the Charlotte Writers Club and authors who have spoken to the club. 

Quick Links


Please "LIKE" our Facebook page to encourage discussion among fellow writers and keep up with the club offerings.
Here are a few actual quotes from freshman composition classes. Some are from my former students, and some from  Richard Lederer's Anguished English.

-I expected to enjoy the film, but that was before I saw it.
-The dog ran across the lawn, emitting whelps all the way.
-He spilled a bowel of soup in his lap.
-He eats too much, so he has a huge waste.
-The death of Francis Macomber was a turning point in his life.
 -A fossil is an extinct animal. The older it is, the more extinct it is.
-The difference between a king and a president is that a king is the son of his father, but a president isn't.
-The Gorgons had long snakes in their hair. They looked like women, only more         horrible.
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 individuals 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