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 Workshops 

The Charlotte Writers' Club sponsors workshops each year on topics of interest to writers. These aim to develop our expertise in various elements of craft as well as in publishing or marketing our work. Workshops are open to both members and non-members. Our workshops are typically paired with the contest that is currently open.  This provides some education and opportunity to practice writing in a specific genre, then entering a contest to receive the full experience of submission.

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Flash Fiction Workshop, Led by Charles Israel
September 28, 2019, 10am - 12:30pm
Location  - Providence United Methodist Church (room 127)
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211

Charles Israel, Jr., teaches creative writing at Queens University of Charlotte. His poetry chapbook, Stacking Weather, was published by Amsterdam Press. He’s also had poems and stories in Field, The Cortland Review, Crazyhorse, Nimrod International Journal, Zone 3, Pembroke Magazine, Eleven Eleven, Journal of the American Medical Association, Waccamaw Journal, and North Carolina Literary Review. He lives in Charlotte with his wife, Leslie.

What you will learn: Just like traditional short stories, flash fiction relies on character, plot, and image. In this seminar, we’ll talk about how to compress these three elements in useful, surprising, and satisfying ways. We’ll discover how to spade up deep images, construct a character, build conflict, and then let all the elements play off and nourish each other. Using a range of prompts, we’ll write flash fiction pieces and share them. Besides our own work, we’ll look at work by contemporary writers to inspire us. Time permitting, we’ll also review the growing number of publication possibilities for flash-fiction.

Details and how to register will be posted this summer.

2019-2020 WORKSHOPS

September 28, 2019 - 10am - 12:3opm - Flash Fiction led by Charles Israel

October 5, 2019 - 1pm - 4pm- Memoir led by Judy Goldman (CWCN)

October TBD, 2019 - 10am  12:30pm - Nonfiction led by TBD

January 25, 2020 - 1pm - 3:30pm Poetry led by David Radavich - Making Music in Your Poetry

February 22, 2020 - 1pm - 4pm - Patrice Gopo - Personal Essay (CWCN)

January 22, 2020 - February 26, 2020 - 2pm - 4pm (not confirmed) - Recalling Memories for Your Family or the Public 6 week class led by long time member Margaret Bigger

March 21, 2020 - 1pm - 3:30pm - Short Story led by Abigail DeWitt

 

 

Saturday, October 5, 1:00 to 4 p.m.:  A Memoir Workshop with Judy Goldman.

Charlotte Writers' Club North is pleased to present this workshop featuring Goldman, an award-winning memoir writer, and Charlotte Writers' Club member. A widely published writer, Goldman has written two memoirs, two novels and two collections of poetry. To learn more about our presenter visit her website.

Details and how to register will be posted this summer.

Poetry Workshop, Led by David Radavich
January 25, 2020, 1pm - 3:30pm
Location  - Providence United Methodist Church (room 127)
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211

David Radavich will lead this workshop, Making Music in Your Poetry.  This workshop will focus on rhythmic strategies and structures in poems.

Details and how to register will be posted in the fall.

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Short Workshop, Led by Abigail DeWitt
March 21, 2020, 1pm - 3:30pm
Location  - Providence United Methodist Church (room 127)
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211

Abigail DeWitt is the author of three novels, Lili (WW Norton), Dogs (Lorimer Press), and News of Our Loved Ones (HarperCollins). The New York Times described her work as “engrossing and ambitious” and Dogs, which was a Boston Globe bestseller, was described by the Charlotte Observer as “a work of art.” News of Our Loved Ones, her most recent novel, was named an Editor’s Choice by both Book Browse and the Historical Novel Society. Often compared to Irène Némerovsky’s Suite Française, the novel, based on DeWitt’s family’s experiences during WWII, received rave reviews from Booklist, Ms. Magazine, Lilith, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Book Page, The Greensboro News & Record, The Wilmington Star, and many other publications.

Her short fiction, which has been cited in The Best American Short Stories and nominated for a Pushcart, has appeared in such journals as Narrative, Five Points, the Alaska Quarterly Review, Witness, the Carolina Quarterly, the Journal, and Salamander. Her nonfiction has been published in LitHub, the LA Review of Books, BookTrib, Vida, and other outlets.

The recipient of grants and fellowships from the North Carolina Arts Council, the McColl Center for the Arts, the Tyrone Guthrie Center, and the Michener Society, DeWitt has taught creative writing at Harvard University Summer School, UNC-Asheville, and Appalachian State University. In 2010, she was the Writer-in-Residence at Lenoir-Rhyne University. She is on the permanent faculty of the Table Rock Writers Workshop (formerly the Duke University Writers Workshop) and has taught in writing workshops throughout the east coast and in France.

She received her B.A. in English and American Literature from Harvard University, and her M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers Workshop, where she studied with James Alan McPherson.

Online at www.abigaildewitt.com

Instagram at @abigaildewittauthor.

Details and how to register will be posted in the fall.

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