Charlotte Writers' Club


Volume 20 Issue 1

September 2013



Welcome back to another year of presentations, literary contests, critique groups, and workshops sponsored by the Charlotte Writers' Club.  We've been going for more than 90 years, bringing writers and readers together to celebrate and encourage the literary arts.


We invite you to join us for a stimulating 2013-2014 year!

Janice Holly Booth to Lead Off in September
Janice Holly Booth will kick-start the Charlotte Writers' Club 2013-2014 year of programming on Tuesday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m. at the Queens University Conference Center.
Booth is an award-winning non-profit CEO who ditched that life to become a full time author and speaker in 2012. Her first book,
Only Pack What You Can Carry, published by National Geographic, is an Amazon best-seller and earned her a month-long speaking gig in Italy. Her newest book, recently released, is a marked departure from the inspirational content of Only Pack.  A Voice out of Nowhere is the disturbing yet fascinating true story of a mass murder that took place 30 years ago in British Columbia, where Booth was born and raised. She is an avid solo traveler, photographer and equestrienne, and currently lives just outside of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Booth will be talking about the process of writing her first book for
National Geographic, the ups and downs and what she learned about life along the way. She will also introduce her second book, the newly released A Voice out of Nowhere and the 30-year prep for that project.

N.C. Poet Laureate Reading and Reception 


North Carolina Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti will be giving a reading of his poetry on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Davidson, N.C.


Bathanti's books of poetry include Concertina (forthcoming book of prison-related poems will be released from Mercer University Press, Fall 2013), Sonnets of the Cross (Jacar Press, 2013), This Metal (St. Andrews College Press, 1996 and Press 53, 2012), Restoring Sacred Art (Star Cloud Press, 2010), Land of Amnesia (Press 53, 2009), Anson County (Williams & Simpson, 1989 and Parkway Publishers, 2005), The Feast of All Saints (Nightshade press, 1994), and Communion Partners (Briarpatch Press, 1986). He has published two novels, Coventry (Novello Festival Press, 2006) and East Liberty (Banks Channel Books, 2001), along with a book of short stories, The High Heart (Eastern Washington University Press, 2007).


This event is sponsored by CWC-North. It is open to the public and will be followed by a free reception.

Board Members for 2013-14


We salute the dedicated members of the Charlotte Writers' Club who have volunteered to serve on the Board this year: President: Gina Carroll Howard; Vice-President: Matthew Calloway; Past President: David Radavich; Secretary: Alica Laurido; Treasurer: Chuck Lindblom; Programming Chairs: Bridgett Bell Langson and Gary Powell; Contest Chairs: Blair Peery, Helen H. Kimbrough, and Eddie Bell; Membership Chairs: Mary Struble Deery and Gary Martin; Webmaster: Erin Ryan; Meeting Coordinator: Charles Israel; CWC-North Representative: Tasha Steimer; Critique Groups Coordinator: Lorraine Fico-White and Sandra Niedzialek; Publicity Chair: Ron Berry; Newsletter Editor: Rebecca Vincent.


As an all-volunteer non-profit organizaiton, we count on leaders like these who are willing to step forward and devote their time and energy to the benefit of writers in Charlotte and the region beyond.  Thanks to them all!



The Anson County Writers' Club is looking for workshop presenters for the Carolinas Writers Conference on April 5, 2014.


They are looking for six people to conduct two-hour literary workshops that focus on the writing craft or on practical issues such as submitting and querying.


Interested writers are asked to submit a short bio, a brief description of the proposed workshop, date and venue of previous workshops, and the titles of any publications to with "Workshop" in the subject line.


The contact persons are Sandy Bruney and Karen MacMurrary.

It's that time of year again when you need to renew your membership for 2013-14. Please join us in supporting 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. Thanks for your support!  
In This Issue
Janice Holly Booth
N.C. Poet Laureate Reading
Board Members 2013-14
2013 Calendar of Events
2013 Contest Calendar
Contest Kudos

Calendar of Events


CWC Charlotte

Tuesday, Sept. 17

Queens University Conference Center, 2229 Tyvola Road,
7:00 p.m.

Travel writer Janice Holly Booth, author of Only Pack What You Can Carry, will read and discuss her work.

Click here for map.


N.C. Poet Laureate Reading and Reception

Sunday, Sept. 22

St. Alban's Episcopal Church

301 Caldwell Lane

Davidson, NC

7:00 p.m.

N.C. Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti will be giving a reading of his poetry. The event is free and open to the public with a complimentary reception to follow. Sponsored by CWC-North.


CWC Charlotte

Tuesday, Oct. 15

Queens University Conference Center, 2229 Tyvola Road
7:00 p.m.

Writer and photojournalist David Johnson will discuss his work in Voices of Sudan and Voices of Beauty. 

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Contest Calendar 


Members Prize

A contest in poetry, fiction, and non-fiction open only to CWC members.

Open for Submissions:
Now Open

Deadline: Oct. 15, 2013.


CWC Nonfiction Contest. 

For nonfiction articles and essays of between 750-2000 words. 

Open for Submissions:
Sept. 15, 2013

Deadline: Nov. 19, 2013.

Contest Kudos
Congratulations to the 2012-2013 Ruth Moose Flash Fiction Contest Winners.

First Prize:
Mary Struble Deery
Second Prize: Robin Yelton
Third Prize: Gina Malone

Honorable Mentions:
 Suzanne Degni, Randy White, and Tamra Wilson

Winners will be invited to read their work during the CWC September meeting.


Congratulations to Diana Pinckney for receiving the Central Piedmont Community College's 2013 Irene Blair Honeycutt Lifetime Achievement in the Literary Arts Award.


Check out the latest books from these authors:


Eddie Bell's new book, Our Children's Keepers: A Guide for Pre-College Mentoring Programs, is a practical guide for churches and secular organizations desiring to establish pre-college mentoring programs for youth from low-income families. For more information or to purchase a copy visit Also available at Park Road Books.


Helen H. Kimbrough's book My Soul/African American Spirituals: Embracing the Journey came out in June 2013. It is a family-oriented book which honors the legacy of spirituals and symbolizes struggle, perseverance, strength, faith, hope, and freedom. It is available at and Signed copies are available at Park Road Books.


Randy L. White, or r l white, will have his short story "Eeling by Tirelight" published by Bartleby Snopes in September.


Congratulations authors!

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