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Beyond Poems and Paintings:  An Ekphrastic Art Exhibit

The following poems have been interpreted by the Mooresville Arts artists:  

Asters by David Radavich

Desert Passage at Night by Sarah Archer

The Great Blue Heron by John McGillicuddy

Exhale by Adrienne Gilman

Cello in Moonlight by Richard Allen Taylor

The Timekeeper by Mary Struble Deery

A Brass Ring by Peter Krones

Little Birds by Christine Arvidson


Although the coronavirus has derailed plans for an in-person celebration, our partner Mooresville Arts will provide a virtual tour. Links will be posted on our website, our Facebook page and in the newsletter and on the Mooresville Arts homepage. All eight poets have recorded audio and or video of themselves reading their work to go with the paintings the Mooresville Arts artists have created for this exciting project co-sponsored by CWC North.

Poems and paintings will also be on display in the gallery, housed in the historic Mooresville Train Depot, from August 15 to September 24. If you plan to go to the gallery to view the exhibit please call ahead to ensure the gallery is open since it is staffed by volunteers. For that information and more about the exhibit visit the Mooresville Arts home page.    Mooresville Arts Facebook page

 If you choose to go to the gallery, we ask that you protect others and yourself by wearing a mask, maintaining at least 6 feet between one another.


Chronicling a Death, Celebrating a Life, Led by Ken Garfield
October 17, 2020 - 11am-1pm
Virtual Zoom Meeting 
ZOOM link will be sent to those who registered in their Reminder Email
The decision was made to change the time of the workshop to 11 a.m. because Tony Abbott’s funeral will be on Saturday October 17th at 2 p.m., and in respect for Tony and his family and in consideration of those who want to pay their respects, we are adjusting the time of our workshop.   Tony has been a vital part of the life of Charlotte Writers’ Club, serving as president, and also instrumental in the founding of Charlotte Writers’ Club North.

Charlotte Writers' Club North is hosting this obituary-writing workshop via  Zoom. When you register for the workshop you will receive the meeting link in the reminder emails.

Can you sum up your life story in seven words?  In this workshopChronicling a Death, Celebrating a Life, you will learn about the importance of telling your stories. Ken Garfield, a former Charlotte Observer writer, editor and columnist, will talk about writing obituaries, a calling for him that has spanned a decade. He’ll share the experience of capturing a life in 600 words and the challenge of helping people appreciate what defined their time on earth. He will share examples of obituaries he has written and the experience of sitting amongst the grieving. And there will be time for questions.

Garfield is a writer/editor who helps charitable causes tell their stories, edits books and writes for various publications near and far. He also writes obituaries, helping people celebrate their life and legacy. He has expanded that niche to write biographies for those eager to articulate who they are and what matters to them. Garfield's latest project for Charlotte magazine, is writing 300-word profiles of Charlotte's Holocaust survivors. 

He spent 21 years as a reporter, editor and columnist with The Charlotte Observer, including a decade as religion editor, where he covered such saints and sinners as Billy Graham, Mother Teresa, Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker and an Elvis lookalike who sold “miracle water” in emptied-out milk cartons.

In all, Garfield has spent 31 years in the newspaper business. He has published several books, including a biography of Billy Graham and written for The New York Times, Charlotte magazine, SouthPark magazine and other publications and leads writing workshops. A native of Woodmere, NY, he and his wife, Sharon, live in Charlotte. They have two grown children and four grandchildren. Sharon owns Traditions, a furniture and accessories shop at Park Road Shopping Center. Ken’s “home” office is in the back, by the bathrooms.

To get the flyer for this event click on Workshop Flyer

To register and pay for the workshop please click on Chronicling a Death, Celebrating a Life.  

Member Cost: $30
Non-member Cost: $40


2020-2021 CWC North Upcoming Events

August-September - Beyond Poems and Paintings: An Ekphrastic Art Exhibit

October 17, 2020 - 11am-1pm - Chronicling Death, Celebrating a Life led by Ken Garfield

November or December 2020 - A Virtual Poetry Reading and Book Launch with Anthony S Abbott

January 2021 - Gilda Syverson

February 27th, 2021 - Playwright Workshop led by Elizabeth Searle

May 2021 - Ann Campanella


A Virtual Poetry Reading and Book Launch with Anthony S. Abbott

A virtual poetry reading hosted by Main Street Books and Charlotte Writers’ Club North will be held in November or December of 2020.  Details about this event will be coming soon.

Anthony “Tony” S. Abbott is the author of eight books of poetry, two novels and four books of literary criticism.  His newest full-length collection of poems, Dark Side of North, is due out this fall from Press 53.  Abbott will be inducted into the NC Literary Hall of Fame in October of 2020. 

He is currently the Charles A. Dana Professor of English Emeritus at Davidson College.  In 2015, he won the North Carolina Award for Literature, the highest civilian honor given by the state in recognition of his significant contributions in literature and public service.  Abbott is beloved by our literary community across the state and beyond.  For more information, please visit

A Virtual Playwriting Presentation with Elizabeth Searle

A virtual playwriting presentation hosted by Charlotte Writers’ Club North will be held February 27, 2020.  Details about this event will be coming soon.

Elizabeth Searle is the author of five books of fiction, most recently her novel We Got Him, and the librettist of Tonya & Nancy:  The Rock Opera, which has drawn major media coverage and which has been produced around the country, including in Boston, Chicago, LA and in NYC.

Her previous books are: her novel Girl Held in Home, as well as Celebrities in Disgrace, a novella that the New York Times Book Review called ‘a miniature masterpiece’; A Four-Sided Bed, a novel nominated for an ALA Book Aware, and My Body to You, which won the Iowa Short Fiction Prize. 

Celebrities in Disgrace and A Four-Sided Bed are produced as short films screening at festivals, most recently in Cannes, 2019.  A Four-Sided Bed is in development as a feature film; the script has won multiple awards.  Elizabeth’s theater works have been featured on Good Morning America, CBS, CNN, NPR, the AP and more. 

Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera has a 2020 production starring Broadway’s Andrea McArdle and a CD out from Broadway records.  The show has been reviewed as ‘brilliant and touching’ and has generated worldwide media attention.

How to register and pay for the workshop will be added when details are available.

Member Cost: $30
Non-member Cost: $40

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