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Our next CWC general meeting is February 16th, 2020 at 6:30pm (ET) via ZOOM

CWC Mission Statement 

Charlotte Writers' Club supports local writers and promotes their development through education, recognition, and community. 

Welcome to the Charlotte Writers’ Club website!

The Charlotte Writers' Club (or CWC, as our members affectionately call it) provides a great opportunity for writers of all forms—and there are so many—to meet and discuss the latest trends, commiserate on projects, find critique groups, and participate in contests and workshops. This club is for you, the writer, to help develop your craft and keep the words coming. Sign up for our free newsletter to stay up-up-to date on the latest CWC speakers, contests, workshops, and member kudos.

This club has something for everyone. Come meet fellow writers—poets, novelists, creative writers, short-story writers, essayists, article writers, journalists, dramatists, editors, fablers, ghost writers, historical writers, lyricists, playwrights, reporters, rhymers, satirists, scriptwriters, sonneteers, autobiographers, biographers, and more—story tellers of all kinds.

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If you are a current member, your annual dues are payable one year from last renewal date. SIGN IN to the membership database to check your renewal date on your profile.

Click HERE to login.  LOG IN button will be in the top right hand corner of the Join Us page. OR Contact the membership chairperson if you are unsure of your status.

For prospective members, the CWC sponsors a wide range of activities that nurture,  support and promote the writing life. This  includes contests, critique groups, monthly meetings, and periodic workshops. 

Your membership dues help fund all club activities. Please join us in supporting writers, readers and literacy in our community.

For more information on membership and joining the Charlotte Writers' Club, click on Membership.

To receive our monthly newsletter, type in your email below and select 'Go'.  Select 'CWC Member Contacts'  if your are a current member, or 'Non-Member' if you are still thinking about joining. The newsletters and meeting recaps contain important information and announcements.

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A WORD from the CWC Executive Board

All CWC meetings, workshops and social interactions will be conducted online through at least Spring of 2021. The executive board voted unanimously to go virtual. Video conferencing allows us to continue meeting while helping our club members stay safe and sane and be socially distant in these uncertain times. The leadership team is busy creating programs and events for the 2020-2021 program year that we hope will make this new normal as interactive as possible. Keep checking the website for news and information. If you have ideas, questions or concerns contact CWC President Caroline Kane Kenna.


MEETING RECAPS (click link)

MEMBER KUDOS  (click link)


Elizabeth Simpson Smith Short Story Contest is OPENED.

January 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th - 10am-12pm:  Building Better Scenes: Four Sessions with Sarah Creech

Thursday, February 4th, 2021, 7:00-8:30pm: In the Key of New York City: A Virtual Event with Rebecca McClanahan and Gilda Morina Syverson 

February 8th - 7pm: CWC’s Virtual Writing Salon with Tiffany Grantham

February 16th - 6:30pm: Kimmery Martin - No Matter the Genre, Suspense is the Key to a Successful Novel 

February 16th - CWC Non Fiction Contest  winners announced

CWC Poetry Contest Is Open - Closes February 16th

February 27th, 2021 - 1pm - 3pm: A Virtual Playwriting Presentation with Elizabeth Searle


February 19th, 2021 Virtual Open Mic Night - Link to register will be sent in an event announcement email to CWC members.

(You do not need to register to come to listen and support your fellow writers.)

Open Mic Nights will remain virtual until COVID pandemic is under control.


Charlotte Lit -  4X4CLT, Wednesdays@Lit, a catalog of classes, Studio Two

North Carolina Writers Network

The Writers' Workshop


Charlotte Readers Podcast: Where Authors Give Voice to Their Written Words 

North Carolina Arts Council - Artist Opportunites for Submissions.  Click on 'Literary Arts' links when you get to the page.

Arts and Science Council - Grants for Creative Individuals

Check out what’s happening at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Resources for Writers


OTHER Opportunities

December 1st - January 30th - Open Submission for the Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize sponsored by North Carolina Writers Network.


Queen City Suspects, a New Sisters in Crime Chapter

This Charlotte chapter, was started in December 2019 and is looking for writers and readers and anyone interested to join.  Sisters in Crime (SinC) is an international organization founded in 1986 to promote the professional development and advancement of women writing crime fiction. For more about the organization contact the president, Jacy Sellers, at QC Suspects. 


The Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) in partnership with Biblioboard is taking submissions for the 2020 Self-Publishing Literary Award. Each year BCALA honors the best self-published eBooks by an African American author in the United States in the genres of Fiction and Poetry. These awards acknowledge outstanding achievement in the presentation of the cultural, historical and sociopolitical aspects of the Black Diaspora.

Each genre prize winner shall receive:
    $500.00 award
    Formal recognition at the Black Caucus of ALA Literary Awards
    BCALA Literary Award Seal to use in marketing. The deadline is February 28, 2021.

Authors, you can learn more and submit at  BCALA Ebook Contest. 


Members can register to read at one of these OPEN MIC Nights.   If you aren't reading, come out and support your fellow writers. 

February 19th, 2021 Virtual Open Mic Night - Link to register will be sent in an event announcement email to CWC members. This is a ZOOM meeting.

Please NOTE: This is NOT a publicity event for our authors.  The goal is to support our members as they practice reading in public.  If you are looking for feedback for your writing, please explore our Member Critique Groups.

In person Open Mic Nights at Mug's Coffee on HOLD until COVID-19 mandates for reduced capacity at our location is lifted.

(You do not need to register to come to listen and support your fellow writers.)

Kudos To Our Members!!! Our members are working hard and we want to share their accomplishments in the newsletter and on our website's blog. Submit your Kudos* to the Newsletter and the Website.

*As a non-profit organization, The Charlotte Writers' Club is not allowed to promote any sales related information but we can include the following: your name, name of the work, contact information for you, and brief information about you, your work, contests or anthologies involved, etc.


The Policies and Procedures for the Charlotte Writers' Club can be found HERE.


One of our many successful events from February 2017 was our Bookfair at Barnes and Noble.  Click HERE for news coverage.

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