Charlotte Writers' Club


Volume 19 Issue 9

May 2013



Our spring season winds up with a bang as we welcome multi-faceted author Rebecca McClanahan at our meeting on May 21.  We will also elect new leaders for the coming year and announce the winners of the Deane Ritch Lomax Poetry Prize.  Don't miss it!

Rebecca McClanahan to present in May
Rebecca McClanahan will be our featured presenter on Tuesday, May 21, at 7 p.m.  She is the author of nine books, including Deep Light: New and Selected Poems 1987-2007, The Riddle Song and Other Rememberings, which won the Glasgow Prize in Nonfiction, and Word Painting: A Guide to Writing More Descriptively.  McClanahan has received a Pushcart Prize in fiction, the Wood Prize from Poetry, and the Carter prize for an essay in Shenandoah. Her work appears in The Best American Essays 2001, The Best American Poetry 1998, and has been aired on NPR's "The Writer's Almanac," "The Sound of Writing," and "Living on Earth."  Her latest book is The Tribal Knot: A Memoir of Family, Community, and a Century of Change (Indiana University Press, 2013).  
Drawing for Week's Retreat at Wildacres

Don't miss our drawing for a free writer's retreat at beautiful Wildacres Writing Workshop in the Blue Ridge Mountains! At our May 21, 2013 meeting, all paid-up members of the Charlotte Writers' Club in attendance will be eligible to enter the drawing. Judi Hill, director of WWW, has graciously donated a stay during retreat week, June 30-July 6, a $370 value, to a Charlotte Writers' Club member. This is a great opportunity for all serious writers: "There are no instructors and no programs (except for optional evening readings)."


For more information on Wildacres Writing Workshop, go to Remember, you must be a member and in attendance at the May 21 meeting in order to win this great prize!


Membership Survey 
During the month of May we are conducting an online survey of Charlotte Writers' Club members to guide us as we seek to improve our activities and respond to your needs.  Please go to and take just a few minutes to give us your feedback.  Thank you!
"Shaping the Poem" Workshop


David Radavich will lead a workshop called "Shaping the Poem" on Saturday, June 22, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Providence United Methodist Church, 2810 Providence Road, in Charlotte. The workshop will focus on: 1) the tempo of the poem; 2) the breath of the poem; 3) the shape of the poem; and 4) the harmony of the poem. Participants will examine poems by past masters and do a couple exercises to explore possibilities available to the contemporary poet.


Cost is $25 for Charlotte Writers' Club members, $35 for non-members. To register contact Pay the workshop fee by mailing in a check or by going to the CWC Web site,, and clicking on the Donate button to your left and indicating you will attend the workshop as a member or non-member.




We welcome writers in all genres and forms to join our Charlotte-area literary 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
Rebecca McClanahan
Wildacres Drawing
Membership Survey
Poetry Workshop
2013 Calendar of Events
2013 Contest Calendar

Calendar of Events


CWC Charlotte

May 21, 2013, 7 p.m.

Queens University Conference Center 2229 Tyvola Road

Rebecca McClanahan, talented writer in multiple genres, will read and discuss her work.  

Click here for map.


"Shaping the Poem" Workshop with David Radavich

Providence United Methodist Church

Saturday, June 22,

10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

2810 Providence Road

Charlotte, NC 28211 


Contest Calendar 


The Elizabeth Simpson Smith Short Story Prize, our most prestigious award, honors the best story of 1500-4000 words. 


Deadline: May 21, 2013 



Hearty congratulations to Diana Pinckney, who was honored with the Irene Blair Honeycutt Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Literary Arts at the most recent Sensoria Festival of the Arts at Central Piedmont Communiy College.  Richly deserved!


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