October 1st, 2019  VOLUME 26, ISSUE 2
Tuesday, October 15th, 2019, 6:30 p.m.  
Providence United Methodist Church (Room 214)
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211
October's Meeting is  Critique Group Night 
A Word from Critique Group Coordinator,
Jennifer Hurlburt  
Are you considering joining a CWC Critique Group?  
These groups can be a wonderful way to share your project with your fellow writers, see your work through fresh eyes, and receive valuable feedback. These groups also help writers stay on track and continue writing, providing encouragement and accountability.  
Critique groups typically meet every month, with members either bringing work to share at each meeting, or (if the work is longer) sharing work in advance of the meeting and using the meeting time to provide feedback. These meetings are independent of our regular  meetings, but we do ask all writers participating in critique groups to be current CWC members,

Right now, there are 15 active critique groups meeting in bookstores, coffee shops, libraries, restaurants and private homes throughout the greater Charlotte region, with more groups being formed all the time. The following active critique groups are accepting new members now:
Short Story (South Park area/meets in the evening)
Novel/Short Story (South Park area/meets during the day)
Humor/Mixed Genre (South Charlotte/meets in the evening)
Screenwriting (TBD)

Don't see a group relevant to your interests? No worries! New groups will be forming this fall, and the October CWC meeting is the place to meet fellow writers interested in receiving regular feedback on their writing projects.The goal of this lively exchange is for you to connect with writers of like ambition and to form groups that will take your projects to the next level.  
There will be more chairs than tables in Room 214, because this is a dynamic process. We want you to move around and engage with writers in your chosen genre. It's a little like dating, you have to put yourself out there. Practice your elevator pitch so you can quickly explain your project when asked. Talk about what you expect from this potential writerly relationship and listen to what others hope to gain from you. Think about how each writer complements the other. In this back and forth, we hope you find one--or a group of writers you believe will help you hone your work. Writers of like mind you can encourage and those you feel will gently challenge you.    
In order to have the most positive experience as you seek a critique group, think about what you are hoping to get out of a critique group prior to October's meeting. It is very important to be clear with your critique group about what you would like to gain. While some writers want intense, line-by-line analysis of their work, others simply hope to learn how readers are reacting emotionally to their story.
Consider these questions :  
  • What type of feedback are you looking for? 
  • How much time are you able to give to reading the work of your group members, so that you may provide valuable feedback to them?
  • Would you prefer a group that meets during the day, or in the evening?
  • Do you require a group that meets within a short distance of your home?
  • Or are you willing to drive across town, or travel I-485 or up/down Interstates 85 or 77?
    See you on October 15th
    for our exciting Critique Group Night!  

October 21st, 2019  "Bibliofeast"
The Charlotte Chapter of the Women's National Book Association is hosting its 10th annual book and author dinner. For more information and/or to purchase tickets, go to  Bibliofeast2019.   
Nonfiction Writing on Caffeine,
A Workshop, led by Mark Washburn 
Saturday, October 26, 2019 1:00 to 3:30pm. Room 104. 
Providence United Methodist Church, 2810 Providence Road  in Charlotte, NC
There's always a deadline and even if it's a tight one, there's no need for your creativity to get stifled. A session on how you can streamline and elevate your copy when time is short. A good class for historians, freelancers or anyone else who have to gather facts and build an engaging narrative from them. Taught by Mark Washburn, who spent decades in the newspaper industry playing against the clock.
Mark Washburn has spent his career wor king at newspapers in the South. At the Miami Herald, he rose to be state editor in charge of coverage throughout Florida, the nation's weirdest state. In his 20 years with Knight Ridder newspapers, he was part   of three news-gathering projects that won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service -- Hurricane Andrew in Miami, the Red River Flood in Grand Forks, N.D., and Hurri cane Katrina in south Mississippi. He served as a war correspondent with two tours of Iraq in 2004 and 2005. He retired in 2016 as a reporter and columnist at The Charlotte Observer in North Carolina but contributes occasionally to the newspaper and is a columnist for Business North Carolina magazine. He is a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College, serves on the boa rd of the Davidson Housing Coalition and continues to rage against tolls on Interstate 77.
 Last Call for Entries!
Contest Closes on October 15, 2019
Winners Announced on December 17, 2019
Short fiction of up to 500 words. Click the link above to submit.

Opens October 15th,
Submit those articles and essays
Check out the details on our website

Registration for Open Mic Nights

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Member Kudos
Mary Alice Dixon finalist in the 2019 Living Springs short story contest

CWC Contests
Ruth Moose Flash Fiction
"Polish those Shorts!"
Opens: August 20, 2019
Closes: October 15, 2019
Announce Winners: December 17, 2019
Short fiction of up to 500 words.
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.

Lots of new faces, stories, poetry and fictional plots unfold during CWC's first evening social at Heist Brewery and Barrel Arts Taproom in Camp North End. CWC members representing many genres, their significant others--friends and a dog named Andy--talked shop, life and about the power of words. More pictures on our CWC Fall Social page on our website.
 Missed this one? Join us for our next social on Saturday, November 2nd, from 10 am to noon, an Art Experiential Tour at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, one hour guided tour and one hour guided painting lesson by an art instructor from the Bechtler. Then lunch at Halcyon Flavors of the Earth, for those who wish to join us. Watch your inbox for details and to sign up.


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.
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