Upcoming events

    • March 09, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Providence United Methodist Church, 2810 Providence Rd, Charlotte, NC 28211
    • 21
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    Hosted by Susan Beckham Zurenda

    Why does the position of the threshold in literature exert such a compelling hold on our imaginative lives? Why is it a resonant space? Why is it imperative that we create thresholds for our characters?

    Threshold scenes allow for transformation not only in characters but often in the structure of the narrative as well. “In between” spaces (whether literal, figurative, or both) act as triggers to catapult a character into a place he or she has never been, from which there is no return.

    In this workshop, we will examine how elements such as atmosphere (setting and tone), pacing, detail, rhythm, imagery, and actions help to create meaningful crossings in stories. Before responding to a writing prompt, participants will examine illustrations for analysis, including a significant threshold scene or two with characters in Susan’s novel The Girl From the Red Rose Motel.

    Susan Beckham Zurenda taught English for 33 years on the college level and at the high school level to AP students. Her debut novel, Bells for Eli (Mercer University Press, March 2020; paperback edition March 2021), was selected the Gold Medal (first place) winner for Best First Book—Fiction in the 2021 IPPY (Independent Publisher Book Awards), a Foreword Indie Book Award finalist, a Winter 2020 Okra Pick by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, a 2020 Notable Indie on Shelf Unbound, a 2020 finalist for American Book Fest Best Book Awards, and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for 2021.

    Susan has won numerous awards for her short fiction, including winning the South Carolina Fiction Prize twice. Her second novel, The Girl From the Red Rose Motel, was published in September 2023, by Mercer University Press and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, named a finalist in the American Book Fest Awards, and is a 2023 Shelf Unbound Notable 100 book. The author lives in Spartanburg, SC.

    Learn more at www.susanzurenda.com.





    • March 11, 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • ZOOM Virtual Meeting
    Register
                               

    Please Use the Link Below to Connect with Tiffany Grantham for her Social Write-Ins. on the 2nd Monday of the month from 7- 8:30 pm.

    Mark Your Calendar for this free-writing and share session via Zoom.

    Take 75-minutes to write and share from the comfort of your own space. Bring your muse, your imagination and your favorite writing instrument.

    Tiffany may spin instrumental music for your mind to riff on, offer pictures that take you down memory lane or set a scene for new character to play in. Following each prompt, there will be time for volunteers to read aloud.

    Be inspired by the works your fellow travelers share. No pressure, no angst - just you, your writing, and your untamed creativity. Bring your own characters, write with a story in mind or let your thoughts dance across the page. Shake off the dust of the day and perhaps when you're done, Tiffany's prompts will help you create something that really jazzes you! 

    Tiffany Grantham is a Children’s Service Specialist for Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, a short story-fiction writer, and former secretary for CWC’s executive board. A native of Goldsboro, NC who has called Charlotte home for the past eight years, she has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from North Carolina A&T State University, and an MFA in Writing from Lindenwood University. In her spare time, Tiffany collects books to add to her in-home library.

    Join the Meeting!

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86462266907?pwd=M29BTkczVVh4bHl0NGJEaStWMmxNQT09


    We hope you'll make this virtual session a habit.









       

     

     

       

     


    • March 19, 2024
    • 7:00 PM
    • Providence United Methodist Church, Rm 104, 2810 Providence Rd, Charlotte
    Register

    Mark I. West

    • Responding to Censorship:  

    • What We Can Learn from the  Experiences of Censored Children’s Authors


    In this presentation, Professor West will talk about his experiences interviewing censored children’s authors, including Judy Blume, Roald Dahl, Katherine Paterson, Maurice Sendak, and John Steptoe.  He will discuss how these authors responded when their books came under attack and share their advice to other authors who are currently experiencing censorship pressures.     

    Mark I. West is a professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he has been teaching courses on children’s and young adult literature since 1984. He is the author or editor of twenty-one books, most of which deal with children’s literature and culture. For the past four decades, he has been active in the anticensorship movement. He addressed the ongoing problem of censorship in his first two books—Trust Your Children:  Voices Against Censorship in Children’s Literature and Children, Culture and Controversy. These books both came out in 1988. Since then, he has written many articles and columns about censorship and has given countless presentations on this topic, including a high-profile speech in Singapore.  


    If you have questions or thoughts,

    please contact membershipcwc@yahoo.com

    We look forward to seeing you!

    • March 22, 2024
    • 6:45 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Mugs Coffee - 5126 Park Road - Charlotte, NC 28209
    • 11
    Register
                                 

    Description

    In Partnership with MUGS Coffee - LIVE Event for CWC Members to read their work Friday, September 22nd from 6:45pm - 9pm. Registration is limited to 12 readers who must be members. Each reader will get 10 minutes to read their work.

    (You do not need to register to come to listen and support your fellow writers.)

    If you register to read you must agree to the following:

    You will purchase something - this is how we support Mugs.

    You will respect this is a business and public place and part of the skill building experience is to block out distractions. You are not allowed to ask the staff or other customers to be quiet.  

    You agree to the considerations listed. If you are unsure if what you want to read is allowed, you will review it with your host before you read.  

    This is a great opportunity to share what you've written and gain experience reading in public. This is a necessary skill to promote your writing. Please note: This is NOT a publicity event for our authors. The goal is to support our members as they practice reading in public.

    Before registering please read the following consideration:

    All work read must be original work read by the author of the piece. All readers must be mindful that this event is open to a general audience, which may include minors, and we do not want anyone to feel excluded, needlessly offended, or unfairly attacked. Although some material may deal with mature or provocative subjects, this is not a religious or political forum or a place for stand-up comedy, pornography, obscenities, or personal rants. We also expect readers to help provide a receptive, supportive audience for each other. While a writer’s material and point of view are open to different interpretations, please show respect to the writer and the work.

                              

       

     

     

       

     


    • April 08, 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • ZOOM Virtual Meeting
                               

    Please Use the Link Below to Connect with Tiffany Grantham for her Social Write-Ins. on the 2nd Monday of the month from 7- 8:30 pm.

    Mark Your Calendar for this free-writing and share session via Zoom.

    Take 75-minutes to write and share from the comfort of your own space. Bring your muse, your imagination and your favorite writing instrument.

    Tiffany may spin instrumental music for your mind to riff on, offer pictures that take you down memory lane or set a scene for new character to play in. Following each prompt, there will be time for volunteers to read aloud.

    Be inspired by the works your fellow travelers share. No pressure, no angst - just you, your writing, and your untamed creativity. Bring your own characters, write with a story in mind or let your thoughts dance across the page. Shake off the dust of the day and perhaps when you're done, Tiffany's prompts will help you create something that really jazzes you! 

    Tiffany Grantham is a Children’s Service Specialist for Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, a short story-fiction writer, and former secretary for CWC’s executive board. A native of Goldsboro, NC who has called Charlotte home for the past eight years, she has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from North Carolina A&T State University, and an MFA in Writing from Lindenwood University. In her spare time, Tiffany collects books to add to her in-home library.

    Join the Meeting!

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86462266907?pwd=M29BTkczVVh4bHl0NGJEaStWMmxNQT09


    We hope you'll make this virtual session a habit.









       

     

     

       

     


    • April 16, 2024
    • 7:00 PM
    • Providence United Methodist Church, Rm 104, 2810 Providence Rd, Charlotte

     Chris Arvidson

     Never Knew I Was a   Poet


    How did a nonfiction writer who never wrote a lick of poetry end up a published poet? With an MFA in creative nonfiction and several nonfiction books to her credit, Chris began to write poetry, publishing a chapbook, “The House Inside My Head,” in 2022, and curating and participating in ekphrastic exhibits in 2023 and 2024. How the heck did that happen? Join us as Chris looks back on her own journey and shows us how writers in all genres can move into unexplored territory, venturing into hybrid writing and art genres for themselves.

    Chris Arvidson was born and grew up in Michigan. She has worked in national politics in Washington, D.C, and as a nonprofit communications and development professional at Habitat for Humanity, in higher education, and with two land conservancies. She holds a B.A. from Olivet College, an M.A. from UNC Charlotte, and an M.F.A. from Goucher College. Chris has been an adjunct instructor at Robert Morris University and UNC Charlotte. She has co-edited three anthologies in which her own work appears: Mountain Memoirs: An Ashe County Anthology (Main Street Rag), Reflections on the New River: New Essays, Poems and Personal Stories (McFarland), and The Love of Baseball: Essays by Lifelong Fans (McFarland). She has published essays and poetry in magazines and journals. Her poetry chapbook, The House Inside My Head (Finishing Line Press) was published in 2022. Chris recently curated an ekphrastic show at the Charlotte Art League “Evolution of Words and Art” and mounted her own ekphrastic show “Painting Words” in the League’s galleries. She serves on the Gallery Committee at Charlotte Art League and the Board of Directors of Charlotte Lit.

    If you have questions or thoughts,

    please contact membershipcwc@yahoo.com

    We look forward to seeing you!

    • April 26, 2024
    • 6:45 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Mugs Coffee - 5126 Park Road - Charlotte, NC 28209
    • 12
                                 

    Description

    In Partnership with MUGS Coffee - LIVE Event for CWC Members to read their work Friday, September 22nd from 6:45pm - 9pm. Registration is limited to 12 readers who must be members. Each reader will get 10 minutes to read their work.

    (You do not need to register to come to listen and support your fellow writers.)

    If you register to read you must agree to the following:

    You will purchase something - this is how we support Mugs.

    You will respect this is a business and public place and part of the skill building experience is to block out distractions. You are not allowed to ask the staff or other customers to be quiet.  

    You agree to the considerations listed. If you are unsure if what you want to read is allowed, you will review it with your host before you read.  

    This is a great opportunity to share what you've written and gain experience reading in public. This is a necessary skill to promote your writing. Please note: This is NOT a publicity event for our authors. The goal is to support our members as they practice reading in public.

    Before registering please read the following consideration:

    All work read must be original work read by the author of the piece. All readers must be mindful that this event is open to a general audience, which may include minors, and we do not want anyone to feel excluded, needlessly offended, or unfairly attacked. Although some material may deal with mature or provocative subjects, this is not a religious or political forum or a place for stand-up comedy, pornography, obscenities, or personal rants. We also expect readers to help provide a receptive, supportive audience for each other. While a writer’s material and point of view are open to different interpretations, please show respect to the writer and the work.

                              

       

     

     

       

     


    • May 13, 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • ZOOM Virtual Meeting
                               

    Please Use the Link Below to Connect with Tiffany Grantham for her Social Write-Ins. on the 2nd Monday of the month from 7- 8:30 pm.

    Mark Your Calendar for this free-writing and share session via Zoom.

    Take 75-minutes to write and share from the comfort of your own space. Bring your muse, your imagination and your favorite writing instrument.

    Tiffany may spin instrumental music for your mind to riff on, offer pictures that take you down memory lane or set a scene for new character to play in. Following each prompt, there will be time for volunteers to read aloud.

    Be inspired by the works your fellow travelers share. No pressure, no angst - just you, your writing, and your untamed creativity. Bring your own characters, write with a story in mind or let your thoughts dance across the page. Shake off the dust of the day and perhaps when you're done, Tiffany's prompts will help you create something that really jazzes you! 

    Tiffany Grantham is a Children’s Service Specialist for Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, a short story-fiction writer, and former secretary for CWC’s executive board. A native of Goldsboro, NC who has called Charlotte home for the past eight years, she has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from North Carolina A&T State University, and an MFA in Writing from Lindenwood University. In her spare time, Tiffany collects books to add to her in-home library.

    Join the Meeting!

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86462266907?pwd=M29BTkczVVh4bHl0NGJEaStWMmxNQT09


    We hope you'll make this virtual session a habit.









       

     

     

       

     


    • May 18, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Providence United Methodist Church, 2810 Providence Rd, Charlotte, NC 28211
    • 24
    Register

      Hosted by Sarah Archer

    This workshop will offer a crash course in writing for film and television, covering topics such as the fundamentals of script format, the differences between film and television, and what allows a screenwriter to work successfully in the entertainment industry. We'll explore how principles of visual storytelling, strong structure, and efficiency can enhance both your screenwriting and your fiction. This class is suitable both for experienced screenwriters looking for resources to develop their craft and for first-timers interested in learning what screenwriting is all about.

    Sarah Archer's debut novel, The Plus One (2019), was published in the US, UK, Germany, and Japan, and is currently in development for television. Archer is a Black List Screenwriting Mini-Lab fellow who has had material produced for Comedy Central, has published fiction and poetry in numerous literary magazines, and has placed in competitions including the Tracking Board’s Launch Pad. After working in TV and film development in Los Angeles, she moved between six cities in three countries in the course of a few years. She lives in the Charlotte area and is a member of the Charlotte Writers Club.

    • May 21, 2024
    • 7:00 PM
    • Providence United Methodist Church, Rm 104, 2810 Providence Rd, Charlotte

    Joy Calloway

    Crafting Beliveable

    Historical Characters




    One of the major challenges in writing historical fiction is creating characters that are both compelling to us today and true to the time period they're from. This craft talk will focus on research tactics and strategies that will help novelists build fully-formed historical characters--both fictional and biographical. It is often said that historical fiction done right will allow the reader to step back in time and feel what it would have been like to live in a time and space gone by. We'll explore how our characters can take us out of place if they're built incorrectly and also how they can truly immerse us in another era if done right.

    Joy Callaway is the international bestselling author of All The Pretty Places, The Grand Design, Secret Sisters, and The Fifth Avenue Artists Society. Joy lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband and two children. To learn more, please visit: https://www.joycallaway.com/


    If you have questions or thoughts,
    please contact membershipcwc@yahoo.com

    We look forward to seeing you!

    • May 24, 2024
    • 6:45 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Mugs Coffee - 5126 Park Road - Charlotte, NC 28209
    • 12
                                 

    Description

    In Partnership with MUGS Coffee - LIVE Event for CWC Members to read their work Friday, September 22nd from 6:45pm - 9pm. Registration is limited to 12 readers who must be members. Each reader will get 10 minutes to read their work.

    (You do not need to register to come to listen and support your fellow writers.)

    If you register to read you must agree to the following:

    You will purchase something - this is how we support Mugs.

    You will respect this is a business and public place and part of the skill building experience is to block out distractions. You are not allowed to ask the staff or other customers to be quiet.  

    You agree to the considerations listed. If you are unsure if what you want to read is allowed, you will review it with your host before you read.  

    This is a great opportunity to share what you've written and gain experience reading in public. This is a necessary skill to promote your writing. Please note: This is NOT a publicity event for our authors. The goal is to support our members as they practice reading in public.

    Before registering please read the following consideration:

    All work read must be original work read by the author of the piece. All readers must be mindful that this event is open to a general audience, which may include minors, and we do not want anyone to feel excluded, needlessly offended, or unfairly attacked. Although some material may deal with mature or provocative subjects, this is not a religious or political forum or a place for stand-up comedy, pornography, obscenities, or personal rants. We also expect readers to help provide a receptive, supportive audience for each other. While a writer’s material and point of view are open to different interpretations, please show respect to the writer and the work.

                              

       

     

     

       

     


    • June 28, 2024
    • 6:45 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Mugs Coffee - 5126 Park Road - Charlotte, NC 28209
    • 12
                                 

    Description

    In Partnership with MUGS Coffee - LIVE Event for CWC Members to read their work Friday, September 22nd from 6:45pm - 9pm. Registration is limited to 12 readers who must be members. Each reader will get 10 minutes to read their work.

    (You do not need to register to come to listen and support your fellow writers.)

    If you register to read you must agree to the following:

    You will purchase something - this is how we support Mugs.

    You will respect this is a business and public place and part of the skill building experience is to block out distractions. You are not allowed to ask the staff or other customers to be quiet.  

    You agree to the considerations listed. If you are unsure if what you want to read is allowed, you will review it with your host before you read.  

    This is a great opportunity to share what you've written and gain experience reading in public. This is a necessary skill to promote your writing. Please note: This is NOT a publicity event for our authors. The goal is to support our members as they practice reading in public.

    Before registering please read the following consideration:

    All work read must be original work read by the author of the piece. All readers must be mindful that this event is open to a general audience, which may include minors, and we do not want anyone to feel excluded, needlessly offended, or unfairly attacked. Although some material may deal with mature or provocative subjects, this is not a religious or political forum or a place for stand-up comedy, pornography, obscenities, or personal rants. We also expect readers to help provide a receptive, supportive audience for each other. While a writer’s material and point of view are open to different interpretations, please show respect to the writer and the work.

                              

       

     

     

       

     


    • September 17, 2024
    • 7:00 PM
    • Providence United Methodist Church, Rm 104, 2810 Providence Rd, Charlotte

    Mark de Castrique

    Revealing the Mystery of Writing a Mystery

    Edgar Award-nominee Mark de Castrique will share how he approaches the creation of his mystery novels. He'll examine the elements of a good story as they apply to the genre.  He'll discuss the three types of detectives – amateur, law enforcement officer, and private investigator – and this opinion on the strengths and weaknesses of each. Plotting in a mystery is key.  What makes a good plot?  Why do plots fail?  How can humor and homicide share the same pages?  Finally, Mark will offer his Point of View on POV and the ways POV shapes the story and impacts the reader.  It's all part of revealing the mystery of writing a mystery.

    Mark 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 and launched his mystery writing career.

    He is the author of twenty-three novels: seven set in the fictional NC mountain town of Gainesboro, nine in Asheville, four in Washington D.C., one science thriller set in 2030, and two mysteries written for Middle Graders and set in the Charlotte region.

    His novels have received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Booklist. The CHICAGO TRIBUNE wrote,“As important and as impressive as the author’s narrative skills are the subtle ways he captures the geography – both physical and human – of a unique part of the American South.”

    Mark is a veteran of the broadcast and film production business. In Washington D.C., he directed numerous news and public affairs programs and received an EMMY Award for his documentary film work. Through his company, MARK et al., he writes and produces videos for corporate and broadcast clients.

    His years in Washington inspired his DC thrillers, THE 13TH TARGET, involving a terrorist plot against The Federal Reserve, THE SINGULARITY RACE, a winner-take-all quest for Artificial Intelligence, and SECRET LIVES and DANGEROUS WOMEN, featuring feisty and fearless ex-FBI agent Ethel Fiona Crestwater.

    Mark and his wife Linda have two daughters. They live in Charlotte, but can be often found in the NC mountains or the nation’s capital.


    If you have questions or thoughts,

    please contact membershipcwc@yahoo.com

    We look forward to seeing you!

    • February 18, 2025
    • 7:00 PM
    • Providence United Methodist Church, Rm 104, 2810 Providence Rd, Charlotte

    Jenifer Ruff

    The Basics of Self-Publishing


     Jenifer Ruff has published more than     fifteen  mystery, thriller, and crime fiction   novels. She is a hybrid author—one with self-   published and traditionally published books     and she has mastered the art of self-   publishing.  She’ll give you the knowledge to   know if self-publishing will work for you. Bring  your questions!

    USA Today bestselling author Jenifer Ruff writes dark and twisty mystery thrillers—fifteen books in all—including the award-winning Agent Victoria Heslin Series. Her writing has garnered numerous honors and awards: Pretty Little Girls won the 2020 Reader's International Favorite Thriller Award; Vanished on Vacation, the 2022 Global Book Award Winner (Thriller Category); and When They Find Us was an Amazon #1 Bestseller and #1 New Release.

    Jenifer grew up in Massachusetts, has a biology degree from Mount Holyoke College and a Master’s in Public Health and Epidemiology from Yale University. She adores peace and quiet, animals, and exercise, especially hiking. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina and the mountains of VA with her family and a pack of greyhounds. If she’s not writing, she’s probably devouring books or out exploring trails with her dogs.

    To learn more visit jenruff.com


    If you have questions or thoughts,

    please contact membershipcwc@yahoo.com

    We look forward to seeing you!


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