Charlotte Writers' Club


Volume 19 Issue 6

February 2013



This month we will have an opportunity to examine the whole process of book publishing, from concept to publicity and distribution.  Co-sponsored by the Women's National Book Association of Charlotte, our panel will feature 7 or 8 experts in the field.  Come ready to learn and ask questions on Tuesday, February 19, at 7 p.m. at the Queens University Conference on Tyvola Road.

From Book Idea to the Book Shelf:
The Process and Business of Book Publishing 
For our February 19 meeting, a panel of experienced book industry representatives will discuss how a book goes from the idea stage to the finished book for sale to the reading public. Come with your questions about the book biz and join in this sure-to-be-lively discussion!

Participants will include: author Linda Phillips, agent Quinlan Lee, editors Carin Siegfried and Betsy Thorpe, as well as a sales & marketing director, a publicist, a wholesale distributor, a bookseller, and an independent book marketing, sales and promotion consultant.  This meeting is co-sponsored by the Women's National Book Association of Charlotte. 


To print your own flyer for this event, click here.

Wanted: New Board Members
As we plan ahead for next year in the Charlotte Writers' Club, we are looking for new Board members who can assume leadership positions in the organization.  This is an ideal opportunity to develop new organizational skills and to give back to the community of writers who nurture each other in our area.  If you are interested in serving on the Board, we invite you to the Board party at Mary Struble Deery's house, our dedicated membership chair, on Sunday, March 3, from 5-7 p.m.  Contact either Mary or David Radavich, our current president, for further information.  Stretch your wings!
March 19: Critique Groups Powwow
On March we once again hold our annual critique groups "powwow," designed to bring together our members who would like to strengthen their networks to other writers in their chosen forms.  Groups of our members meet regularly, usually once a month but as often as they wish, to share work and get feedback from supportive but honest colleagues. 
We invite both newer members who are not currently in a group and those who may want to expand their group or branch out into new areas.  Attendees will be able to visit multiple groups to find what they need.    
Our groups meet by day or night, in the north and in the south of Charlotte, on-line, in bookstores, cafes, or people's homes.  Find a place where you fit in and your work can be tested and improved.


We welcome writers in all genres and forms to join our Charlotte-area 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. Dues are $30 for individuals, $40 for couples, $20 for students, and $100 for patrons. You can pay on-line at or send a check to the Charlotte Writers' Club, P.O. Box 220954, Charlotte, NC 28222. Thank you for your support!  

In This Issue
Book Publishing Panel
Wanted: New Board Members
Critique Groups Powwow
2013 Calendar of Events
2013 Contest Calendar

Calendar of Events


CWC Charlotte

Feb. 19, 2013

Queens University Conference Center, 2229 Tyvola Road, 7 p.m.

From Book Idea to the Book Shelf: A panel on the business of book publishing.

Click here for map.


CWC Charlotte

Mar. 19, 2013

Queens University Conference Center, 2229 Tyvola Road, 7 p.m.

Our annual critique groups powwow, connecting writers to each other.  

Click here for map. 


Contest Calendar 


Anthony Abbott Student Poetry Prize.  Open to all NC enrolled undergraduate students.

Deadline: Feb. 1, 2013.


Deane Ritch Lomax Poetry Prize.  Our annual prize for the best poem of no more than 50 lines. 

Deadline: March 19, 2013.



Congratulations to Dede Wilson on publication of her chapbook, Near Walking, just out from Finishing Line Press!  Check it out under New Releases at


The recent inter-generational reading on January 13 at CWC-North got great coverage in The Davidson News.  For a direct link to this fine article, contact


The essay, "Wildflowers," by Tamra Wilson, which won second prize in the recent CWC Nonfiction Contest, will be published in Eno, a new journal of the Nicholas School of the  Environment at Duke University.

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