Upcoming Club Meetings

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


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    • 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.

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    • 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/


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    • 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.


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    • 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


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