Celebrating the written word

Upcoming events

    • February 06, 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • The Vintner Wine Market--Arboretum Shopping Center, 8128 Providence Road, Charlotte NC 28277


    Event Details:

    We hope you will come and join us at The Vintner Wine Market located in the Arboretum Shopping Center (near Michaels and next to Penzeys Spices) to mix, mingle and talk the writing life with your fellow CWC club members. Significant others are welcome.

    First drink for club members is on us, along with some appetizers.  Wine, beer and non-alcoholic drinks are available. There is a limited bar menu that includes flatbreads, salads and some sandwiches. Check out the menu at The Vintner Wine Market.

    There is plenty of parking available.

    We would appreciate an RSVP. While an RSVP is not required to attend, it is helpful for us to reserve enough tables for our group.

    We look forward to seeing everyone there!
    • February 22, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Davidson Friends Meeting House, 625 South Street, Davidson NC
    • 4


    What you will learn:  In this workshop, Crafting a Compelling Personal Essay, participants will learn the building blocks of writing an effective and satisfying personal essay. Through examples and writing exercises, we’ll learn how to write about our lived experiences in a way that unearths deeper meaning and connects with readers and the broader world.

    Patrice Gopo draws on her experience as the child of Jamaican immigrants, born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, to craft essays exploring issues of race, immigration, and belonging. Her essays have  appeared in a variety of publications, including Catapult, Creative Nonfiction, Gulf Coast, Full Grown People, and online in The New York Times and The Washington Post. Her radio commentaries have appeared on WFAE. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and she is the recipient of several Regional Artist Project Grants and a 2017-2018 NC Arts Council Artist Fellowship. 






    • March 21, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Providence United Methodist Church, 2810 Providence Road, Charlotte NC
    • 17


    Stories take off when our characters surprise us. When we are no longer trying to control the narrative, but are, instead, allowing our characters to lead the way, the work comes alive in ways that can seem equally magical to the writer and the reader. But how to achieve that seemingly magical state?

    What you will learn: In this workshop, Body & Soul: Studies in Character Development  participants be creating vibrant characters. Focusing on their bodies is one of the most powerful ways we have of creating characters who are capable of surprising us, says workshop leader Abigail DeWitt. 

    What physical scars or imperfections do they have? What smells do they hate or love? How do they see themselves physically? How do they walk/dance/swim/drive a car? What textures, tastes, colors, and sounds move or scare or excite them? By focusing on these and other sensory-based questions, we can discover key traits and histories we didn’t realize they possessed. At the same time, attending to our characters’ bodies forces us to write from our own bodies, rather than our heads. We leave our abstract ideas behind and begin to access more of the unconscious story that motivated us to write in the first place.

    Abigail DeWitt has taught creative writing at Harvard University Summer School, UNC-Asheville, and Appalachian State University. In 2010, she was the Writer-in-Residence at Lenoir-Rhyne University. She is on the permanent faculty of the Table Rock Writers Workshop (formerly the Duke University Writers Workshop) and has taught in writing workshops throughout the east coast and in France.

    Dewitt is the author of three novels, Lili (WW Norton), Dogs (Lorimer Press), and News of Our Loved Ones (HarperCollins). The New York Times described her work as “engrossing and ambitious” and Dogs, which was a Boston Globe bestseller, was described by the Charlotte Observer as “a work of art.” News of Our Loved Ones, her most recent novel, was named an Editor’s Choice by both Book Browse and the Historical Novel Society. Often compared to Irène Némerovsky’s Suite Française, the novel, based on DeWitt’s family’s experiences during WWII, received rave reviews from Booklist, Ms. Magazine, Lilith, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Book Page, The Greensboro News & Record, The Wilmington Star, and many other publications. For more about our presenter visit her website www.abigaildewitt.com and check out her Instagram at @abigaildewittauthor.







Past events

January 25, 2020 Poetry Workshop led by David Radavich
January 21, 2020 January GENERAL MEETING
December 17, 2019 December GENERAL MEETING
November 19, 2019 RSVP here for GENERAL MEETING
October 26, 2019 Nonfiction Writing on Caffeine, led by Mark Washburn
October 15, 2019 Annual Critique Group Night: Up Your Writing Game with Peer Review
October 05, 2019 Memoir Workshop, Plagiarizing from Your Life, Led by Judy Goldman
September 28, 2019 Brief Extremes: Writing Flash Fiction, Led by Charles Israel
September 27, 2019 FALL SOCIAL!
September 17, 2019 RSVP here for GENERAL MEETING
June 21, 2019 June 21, 2019 Open Mic Night at Mug's Coffee
May 21, 2019 RSVP Here for General Meeting
April 16, 2019 RSVP Here for General Meeting
March 19, 2019 General Meeting
March 09, 2019 Writing from the Heart in Verse, Led by Linda Vigen Phillips
February 19, 2019 General Meeting
February 09, 2019 Short Story Workshop, Led by Sarah Creech
January 26, 2019 Poetry, Led by Irene Blair Honeycutt
January 23, 2019 Annual Workshop: Recalling Memories for Your Family or Public
January 19, 2019 Poetry, Led by Joseph Bathanti
January 15, 2019 General Meeting
December 18, 2018 General Meeting
November 20, 2018 General Meeting
November 10, 2018 The Power and Necessity of Empathy in Fiction Writing, Led by Michel Stone
October 27, 2018 Nonfiction Workshop, Led by Alice Osborn
October 20, 2018 Publishing and Marketing in a Digital World, Led by Jessica Peterson
October 16, 2018 General Meeting-CRITIQUE GROUP Information Session
October 02, 2018 RESCHEDULED General Meeting
September 29, 2018 Flash Fiction Workshop, Led by Paula Martinac
September 18, 2018 General Meeting

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