September 1st, 2019  VOLUME 26, ISSUE 1

A Message from your Incoming President

Caroline Kenna 

A great big thank you to those who completed our survey. Your responses will help your CWC Board members better serve our membership. Thank you to the leadership team that helped Graham Smith, our new newsletter editor, and I put this first issue together.    
As we begin our 97th year as a club, we are changing the way we handle business. The Board of Directors created a five-person executive board that includes: president, two vice-presidents, secretary and treasurer to take care of the day to day running of the club.  
At the September 17th meeting, the members will officially vote for this slate of officers:
     President: Caroline Kane Kenna
     Vice President of Membership: Kerry Hubbard
     Vice President of Nominations: Anshu Gupta
     Secretary: Tiffany Grantham
     Treasurer: Paul Reali.
The Board of Directors also created an advisory board for planning our programs, contests, workshops, critique groups and our newsletter. We are still looking for volunteers to coordinate our Open Mic Nights and workshops, a social media coordinator, a historian and/or the head of a steering committee to begin planning our 100th anniversary celebrations for 2022. Think about how you and your skill set might fit into one of these roles. There are no more long-term commitments. All leadership positions are for one year with the option to serve another. Being a vice president is no longer a prerequisite for the presidency. We encourage those who have entertained the notion of serving the club, to take the plunge.
The 2019-2020 season's theme is Exploring the Mystery of Writing by Genre. Writers from across the literary spectrum will share tips and tricks with us. New this year, is a social half-an-hour before each meeting. Beginning at 6:30 pm, please join us to meet and network with writers of like mind. Business will begin at 7 pm. Member announcements will follow the speaker. If you plan to share your good news, be prepared to describe your project in a minute or less to give others a chance to share their successes. 
Visit the Charlotte Writers' Club website to learn more about our speakers and workshop presenters. Stay tuned for the other socials now being planned as well as our 2nd End of Year Bash. 

Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 6:30 p.m. 
Providence United Methodist Church (Room 104)
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211
Guest Speaker: NYT's Best Selling Nonfiction Author  
Gavin Edwards

Celebrity journalism has unique pleasures and pitfalls. Gavin Edwards has traveled from Bahrain to New Zealand to spend time with famous personalities including George Lucas, Stephen Colbert, and Snoop Dogg. He will discuss his experiences riding tour buses, drinking champagne, and playing skee-ball with the stars--and explain how those adventures made him a better writer.
Gavin Edwards is the local New York Times-bestselling author of ten books (including The Tao of Bill Murray and The World According to Tom Hanks) and the editor of The Beautiful Book of Exquisite Corpses. Edwards published his first book of misheard lyrics in 1995. Titled 'Scuse Me While I Kiss This Guy, it was published by Touchstone Books and he's written about many celebrities. His most recent book about Fred Rogers comes out in October 2019.
 Contest Opens: August 20, 2019
Contest Closes: October 15, 2019
Announce Winners: December 17, 2019
Short fiction of up to 500 words. Click the link above to submit.

An Afternoon with Elisa Troutman September 7th at 7pm
An Afternoon with Elisa Troutman and Her New Collection of Poems, Southern Exposure.
Charlotte Writers' Club North and Main Street Books are co-sponsoring this reading and book signing at Main Street Books,126 South Main Street in Davidson,NC. Anthony S. Abbott, Professor Emeritus of English at Davidson College, will introduce Elisa and her poetry.
Visit Main Street Books Website for more information about Troutman and her event.

Dramatic Reading!
America Bound: An Epic for Our Time 
by David Radavich
@ Charlotte Lit -  September 11th
Charlotte Lit is excited to present the first-ever dramatic reading of David Radavich's America Bound: An Epic for Our Time on Wednesday, September 11, at 6:30 p.m. in Studio 2 (Room 208), 1817 Central Avenue in Charlotte. 
Radavich's book is set in the eponymous town of Troy, USA and features 24 monologues by a diverse group of everyday Americans from World War II to the war in Iraq. During these three generations, the nation undergoes dramatic changes from the post-World War II boom through the turbulent 1960s, civil rights movements, AIDS crisis, and into the new century. Multiple voices offer intimate, sometimes searing perspectives on American culture over the past sixty years. Admission is free.

NC Writers' Conference

Honors Dannye Romine Powell

This summer the North Carolina Writers' Conference celebrated
Dannye Romine Powell and what she means to the state's writing community. Powell, a long-standing CWC member, is an extraordinary poet, and an insightful, no-holes-barred-interviewer and book reviewer for The Charlotte Observer

Click on Honoring Dannye for her incredible credentials!    
Debra Wallin and Caroline Kane Kenna had the pleasure of representing CWC and CWC North at the conference that was held in Lexington, NC. They received plaques, NCWC awarded to the the club for "exemplary service and dedication to the writers in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County" and helped David Radavich make the case that the greater Charlotte area is "the third important locus of literary influence" in the state of North Carolina.  

Click on Tribute to Charlotte Writers' Club for David's full tribute.



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Member Kudos
Poetry on Love and Lattes is an inspirational journal and collection of original poetry (plus some witty one-liners). It's now for sale at local book stores and on Amazon.

Mike Tuggle's bibliography has been published in the Internet Speculative Fiction Database. For more information: ISFDB

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.

Flash Fiction Workshop, Led by Charles Israel
September 28, 2019, 10am - 12:30pm
Location  - Providence United Methodist Church (room 104 )
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211
Charles Israel, Jr., teaches creative writing at Queens University of Charlotte. His poetry chapbook, Stacking Weather, was published by Amsterdam Press. He's also had poems and stories in Field, The Cortland Review, Crazyhorse, Nimrod International Journal, Zone 3, Pembroke Magazine, Eleven Eleven, Journal of the American Medical Association, Waccamaw Journal, and North Carolina Literary Review. He lives in Charlotte with his wife, Leslie.

Brief Extremes: Writing Flash Fiction
What you will learn: Just like traditional short stories, flash fiction relies on character, plot, and image. In this seminar, we'll talk about how to compress these three elements in useful, surprising, and satisfying ways. We'll discover how to spade up deep images, construct a character, build conflict, and then let all the elements play off and nourish each other. Using a range of prompts, we'll write flash fiction pieces and share them. Besides our own work, we'll look at work by contemporary writers to inspire us. Time permitting, we'll also review the growing number of publication possibilities for flash-fiction.

To register and pay please click on Flash Fiction Workshop.

Members $30.00 -  Non-members $40.00
Note: Members will need to LOGIN to the membership software to get the membership price.

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

Charlotte Lit is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit literary arts center, engaging and educating writers and readers, and building a stronger Charlotte through literature.

Click HERE for events hosted by Charlotte Lit.
Charlotte Lit promotes a deeper understanding of self, community, and world by inspiring and educating readers, developing and supporting writers, and promoting creative, arts-focused conversations that strengthen and transform our community.

Snippets From the CWC Archives
Did you know...
Dannye Romine Powell was our first newsletter editor.

Ruth Moose originally endowed our Flash Fiction Contest because she wanted to give back to the literary community after winning a publishing prize. She spread her literary love to the North Carolina Poetry Society, too.

If you have club history to share, we want to hear from you. As we move toward our centennial year in 2022, we want to bring our story into the 21st century, building on the history former CWC President Dede Wilson compiled for the 75th anniversary in 1997. 

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