Celebrating the written word

Upcoming events

    • October 15, 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Providence United Methodist Church 2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, Room 214

    Looking to engage with writers of similar interest for peer review, accountability or encouragement? Want to move your writing project(s) to the next level? Or even get one started? You won’t want to miss our annual critique group meeting. 

    This will be different than past critique group meetings. You'll find more chairs than tables to facilitate lively exchanges as you search for a member or group with similar goals. Finding a critique group is kind of like dating—you have to put yourself out there. Practice your pitch so you can quickly explain your project, and listen carefully to what others hope to gain from you. Discuss what you expect from this writerly relationship and how each writer might complement the other.

    We hope you'll find writers you can encourage as well as those who can encourage and challenge you.

    Existing groups currently looking for members: Short Story/Novel; Humor/Mixed Genre; Short Story; Screenwriting. Don't see a group that meets your needs? This is the night to form one!

    Arrive at 6:30 for a pre-meeting half hour of mix and mingle. Say hey to a new member or seek out a familiar face and catch up on life, or both!  

    Also, we'd really appreciate your RSVP for the meeting--YES, NO, or MAYBE. MAYBE doesn't obligate you to attend, but the RSVP will be super helpful in expediting the check-in process, ensuring we have enough chairs and for future event planning. 

    Note: We are meeting upstairs in room 214, not our usual room. 

    • October 26, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Providence United Methodist Church, 2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211 (Room A104)
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    Mark Washburn has spent his career working 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 Hurricane 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 board of the Davidson Housing Coalition and continues to rage against tolls on Interstate 77.

    What you will learn: NONFICTION WRITING ON CAFFEINE -- 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.



Charlotte Writers' Club  is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, P.O. Box 220954, Charlotte, NC 28222-0954

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