November 1st, 2019  VOLUME 26, ISSUE 3
Tuesday, November 19th, 2019, 6:30 p.m.  
Providence United Methodist Church (Room 104)
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211

Mark deCastrique - Clues to your writing
Mark deCastrique is the author  of 17 mystery and several suspense 
novels. He was born in Hendersonville, NC, near Asheville and went straight from the hospital to the funeral home where his father was the funeral director and the family lived upstairs. The unusual setting sparked his popular Barry Clayton series ( Buryin' Barry) and launched his mystery-writing career. His novels have received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Booklist. The Chicago Tribune applauded his narrative skills in "the subtle ways he captures the geography - both physical and human - of a unique part of the American South."
Clues to Mystery Writing
What makes a mystery, well, a mystery? Mark de Castrique, author of nineteen novels, shares the structure and conventions that underpin the genre and can add an element of mystery to any story. Join us as we turn our Mystery of Writing theme upside down and uncover the clues to the Writing of Mystery!
National Novel Writing Month
November is NaNoWriMo! This is a 30-day writing challenge with participants all over the world! Spend the month immersed in the act of writing for writing's sake and get your creative juices flowing. The goal is to hit 50,000 words by November 30 th .  Register on the website, track your word count, compete with friends and connect with other nanowrinos in the area at  nanowrimo2019   
  Check out what Charlotte Mecklenburg Libraries are offering to support your quest. cmlibrary  If you search nanowrimo you will find times and locations of the regional and branch libraries offering space in November where you can write with your peers.  On Wednesday Nov. 6, 10 to 11 a.m  at the Job Help Center @ Main Library, 310 North Tryon Street, in Charlotte,  local Author Surabhi Kaushnik shares tips and techniques for writing your novel quickly. Please register at cmlibrary or call 704-416-0500.

And if you are closer to Gaston County, the TECH@Lowell Branch Library, 203 McAdenville Rd, in Belmont, is opening its doors for two write ins, Monday Nov. 4, and Monday Nov. 18, from 4 to 5 p.m.
Adrienne Gilman 
is Reading from Her Debut Poetry Collection 
November 23, in Davidson

Please come to Main Street Books in Davidson on Saturday, November, 23 at 4 pm, for the debut of Poetry on Love and Lattes written by Adrienne Gilman.
Charlotte Writers' Club North and Main Street Books are partnering to help the Davidson poet celebrate her first publication. Gilman will read poems from her inspirational journal which includes a collection of original poetry, including witty one-liners.
In the spirit of a Bella Grace Magazine, this book includes prompts and enchanting images that inspire the reader to write. The poetry is easily consumable, not intimidating or overly-academic.
Gilman is a recovering lawyer turned author. After graduating from Vermont Law School in 2002, she and her husband moved to North Carolina. They have three young, active boys. She is a member of Charlotte Writers' Club and North Carolina Writers' Network.

Poetry Workshop, Led by David Radavich
January 25, 2020, 1pm - 3:30pm
Providence United Methodist Church (room 104 )
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211

David Radavich is a socially committed author and scholar.  His latest narrative
collection, America Abroad: An Epic of Discovery (2019), is a companion volume to the earlier America Abroad: An Epic for Our Time (2007). Other recent poetry collections are Middle-East Mezze (2011) and The Countries We Live In (2014).  His plays have been performed across the U.S., including six off-Off-Broadway, and in Europe.  In terms of music, Radavich plays soprano and alto recorder and sings bass in his church choir.

Making Music in Your Poetry
This workshop explores ways to make the aural and visual rhythm of your poems emphatic and persuasive, communicating ideas, impressions, and emotions more forcefully.  We will examine sample poems whose verbal structures and strategies became memorable and distinctive.  Participants are asked to bring one poem to share that they would like to enhance. 
To register and pay please click on  Link to Register
Members $30.00 -  Non-members $40.00
Note: Members will need to LOGIN to the membership software to get the membership price.
Ekphrastic art exhibit!
CWC  North and Mooresville Arts are collaborating to produce an Ekphrastic art exhibit.
Poets, stay tuned for an opportunity in January 2020 that is not a contest. 
Essay Workshop Coming Up!
Led by Patrice Gopo

Crafting a Compelling Personal Essay Workshop,  
Saturday, February 22, 2020, from 1pm - 4pm

To register and pay please click on  Link to Register  
Members $30.00 -  Non-members $40.00
Note: Members will need to LOGIN to the membership software to get the membership price.
Opened October 15th,
Submit those articles and essays
Check out the details on our website
(closes January 2, 2020)
Event Reminders!
Meet-A-Member / Bring a guest 
6:30 to 7pm, before each monthly meeting.
November's Social Event!
Experiential Tour of the  Bechtler Museum
November 2nd, 2019 at 10am - 12pm 
420 South Tryon Street, Charlotte NC 28202
Ideas for future Social Events, please contact:
Open Mic Nights!
Mugs Coffee
5126 Park Rd #1d, Charlotte, NC 28209

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CWC Contests
Ruth Moose Flash Fiction
"Polish those Shorts!"
Announce Winners: December 17, 2019
CWC Nonfiction Contest (article/essay)
Opens: October 15, 2019
Closes: January 2, 2020
Announce Winners: February 18, 2020
Nonfiction from 750-2000 words.
Poetry Contest
Opens: December 17th, 2019
Closes: February 18th, 2020
Announce Winners: April 21st, 2020
Poetry of fewer than 50 lines; haiku excluded.
Elizabeth Simpson Smith Short Story Contest
Opens: January 21st, 2020
Closes: March 17, 2020
Announce Winners: May 19th, 2020
A short story between 1500-4000 words.

The inaugural  Publishing in Your Pajamas  virtual writers conference was created to give aspiring and debut authors a full day intensive learning experience from the comforts of their home. If you are working on your first novel, children's book or non-fiction narrative this conference is for you. If you have self-published your first book and have not seen the level of success you hoped for, then this conference is for you! If you are writing a memoir and need more direction on the process to garner a traditional deal, this conference is for you. PIYP will cover a range of topics from children's book publishing and memoir writing to promoting books on Instagram, book proposal writing and finding an agent to advocate for your work. 
Topics will include:
  • Writing and pitching a children's book
  • Developing your memoir
  • Crafting your book proposal
  • Finding the right literary agent
  • Self-publishing
  • Promoting books on Instagram and more.


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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