A message fr om CWC president Debra Wallin
Welcome new members and returning members to our 2017-2018 Charlotte Writers' Club season!  This year we have chosen our speakers by various themes, including Culture; Collaboration; Humor; Emotion; Voice; Setting; Diversity. I created an overall club schedule of events that shows you what is happening each month including when contests open, close, and winners are announced; who our speakers are, when our workshops are, etc.  Visit the Calendar of Events page on our website to see this schedule. Printed versions will be available at our 1st meeting.
This is going to be a great year! I look forward to seeing everyone at our first club meeting September 19th! 


Tuesday, September 19, 2017,  7 p.m.   
Providence United Methodist Church
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211
Elizabeth Simpson Smith Short Story Contest Winners Announced.

Poet, editor, and prose writer Kazim Ali was born in the United Kingdom to Muslim parents of Indian descent. He received a BA and MA from the University of Albany-SUNY, and an MFA from New York University.
Ali's poetry collections include The Far Mosque (2005), which won Alice James Books' New England/New York Award, The Fortieth Day (2008), Sky Ward (2013), and Inquisition (2018). Ali's poems, both lyric and musical, explore the intersection of faith and daily life. In a review of The Fortieth Day, Library Journal noted that Ali "continues his task of creating a rejuvenated language that longs to be liberated from the weight of daily routine and the power of dogmatic usage . . . writing in the tradition of  Wallace Stevens, Ali is clearly a poet of ideas and symbols, yet his words remain living entities within the texture of the poem."

His prose includes The Disappearance of Seth (2009), Bright Felon: Autobiography and Cities (2009), Resident Alien: On Border-crossing and the Undocumented Divine (2015), and the essay collection Silver Road (2017). He is also the author of the novel Quinn's Passage (2005), which was named one of the Best Books of 2005 by Chronogram magazine.
In 2003 Ali co-founded Nightboat Books and served as the press's publisher until 2007. His newest books are The Secret Room: A String Quartet (Kaya Press, 2017) and Anaïs Nin: An Unprofessional Study (Agape Editions, 2017).
He has received an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council, and his poetry has been featured in Best American Poetry. Ali has been a regular columnist for the American Poetry Review and a contributing editor for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs' Writer's Chronicle. He is a former member of the Cocoon Theatre Modern Dance Company.
Ali has taught at Oberlin College and the low-residency Stonecoast MFA program at the University of Southern Maine. He lives in Oberlin, Ohio.


As a premier resource for writers, the Charlotte Writers' Club receives countless requests for advice and assistance each month. Nurturing writers and using our literary skills to serve the community are at the heart of the club's mission. Among those we hear from are incarcerated men and women who have discovered an interest in writing.
We have received quite a few requests from inmates asking for critiques of excerpts from their work and for writing advice. If you are interested in providing assistance and encouragement, contact Gina Carroll Howard for further information. 

Actually, we don't have a meet-a-member item for this month, but if you'd like to do a little self-promotion, send us a head shot and a brief bio to


Charlotte Writers Club North presents Beyond Brushes and Pens, an ekphrastic workshop that invites writers to have a deeper dialogue between visual art and words, led by poet and teacher Terri Wolfe.

This workshop is in cooperation with Mooresville Arts, and will be held on Saturday, October 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mooresville Arts Gallery, 103 West Center Avenue. The cost, which includes a $5 donation to the non-profit arts group, is $35 for CWC members, $45 for non-members.To register contact Caroline Kane Kenna. We hope you will join us for the first event of our program year.

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.

See further details on our workshops page
Flash Fiction workshop, led by Gary Powell, Saturday, Sept. 9, 10:00 'til Noon. An excellent preparation for the Ruth Moose competition noted below. See the details on our Workshops page.
Cost is $30 for CWC members and $40 for non-members
Visit the CWC Contest page for contest rules.  

Opens: August 15, 2017
Closes: October 17, 2017
Announce Winners: December 19, 2017
Short fiction of up to 500 words.

CWC Nonfiction Contest  (article/essay)
Opens: October 17, 2017
Closes: December 19, 2017
Announce Winners: February 20, 2018
Nonfiction from 750-2000 words.

At our October meeting (10-17-17), we will have our annual formation of CWC Critique Groups. This is your opportunity to connect with other writers in your specific genre for advice and support. Membership in Charlotte Writers Club is required to join a critique group. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Susan Mills Wilson, Critique Group Chair.


Charlotte Lit has just released a full course catalog for 2017-18 with more than 40 courses, many taught by CWC members. Fiction 101 with Bryn Chancellor, Flash Fiction with Ruth Moose, and much more. Online:  Charlotte Lit
Charlotte Lit is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit literary arts center, engaging and educating writers and readers, and building a stronger Charlotte through literature.

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"Failure is part of the creative process. If you're afraid of it, you can't really create."
Danny DeVito

"We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations."
Charles R. Swindoll

"You'll never be as lazy as whoever named the fireplace."
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And here's something I came across recently in a list of quotes from famous writers. I look for this kind of stuff in order to inspire you. It's from Emily Dickinson, so it should do the job. Here's the quote: "A wounded deer leaps the highest." I somehow doubt that this is true, but give it a try anyhow. I'm sorry if you're not inspired, but that's not my fault. DDC