Newsletter | October 8, 2015
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Ten Minute Play Workshop
Saturday, November 7th 
Award winning script writer, filmmaker, creative writing and spoken word educator Nathan Ross Freeman will conduct A Ten Minute Play Workshop: Structure, Approach and Adaptation on Saturday, November 7 from 10-12:30 at Authoring Action, 624 West Sixth St., Winston-Salem, NC where Freeman serves as artistic director.

Click HERE for more information. 
The workshop is free and open to the public. To register or for more information contact
Now Is The Time To Renew
We want to thank all our members who have renewed during September, our common renewal month. We know that life can get busy, and even important things can slip your mind, such as renewing to WSWriters. But, we don’t want you to miss any of your membership benefits.

Remember only members can participate in . . .
 Critique groups for a variety of genres
 Book showcases on and at Bookmarks
 Opportunities to promote your own books and writing throughout the year
 Writers’ Night Out, an intimate potluck gathering of members talking about writing, literature, life, and whatever.
 Discounts on contests and special program fees.

Also, it is important that all members renew now to be included in our Members Directory. 

In addition, as a member, you have the satisfaction of knowing you are supporting a community where writing is valued and encouraged. Become part of the team that brings us  . . . 
 Poetry in Plain Sight, which brings well-crafted poems to public places including storefronts and public busses
 Newsletters for members and non-members full of writing-related information and resources 
 Regular programs, craft workshops, and author talks
 Monthly Open Mic Nights
 Writing Contests, including 10-minute plays and 
 A yearly anthology publishing essays, prose, and poetry

This is a gentle reminder that NOW is the time to send your check or to renew online. 
Please do it today.

You can renew online or send your check to:
Rob McOuat, WSW Treasurer
3830 Whitehaven Road
Winston-Salem, NC  27106.  

Dues are $36 for one year ($24 for students.)
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Writers: Is Self-Publishing Right for You?
October 18th from 2:00p-4:00p

A free program led by successful authors who self-published dozens of books in many genres and also publish through indie and traditional houses. Don't miss the latest info, pro and con, to help you decide what's ideal for your book! 

High Point Library, 901 N. Main St., High Point, NC 27262, 1st floor conference room, doors open at1:30.

Co-sponsored by the Triad Chapter of Sisters in Crime,

Open Mic Night
Wednesday, October 21st at 7:00
Come share your writing at our popular Open Mic event. See complete rules on our website, the primary one being: 5-minute maximum. 

Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts
251 Spruce St. North

Getting To Know You
Friday, October 23rd from 5:00-7:00
Winston-Salem Writers will celebrate members old and new at our Fall Fling at the Coffee Park at Milton Rhodes Arts Center.

Bring a spouse or a friend or just yourself. 
Network with your fellow members while you nibble on appetizers and sip your favorite beverage. 

Coffee, soft drinks, beer and wine will be available for purchase. Please join us to party hearty, meet and greet.

Intro Into Comedy Writing: Writing Memorably Comedy Can Be Rewarding and Terrifying
Saturday, October 24th, 10:00a-12:00p

Writing memorable comedy can be so rewarding and so terrifying all at the same time. Getting folks to laugh exposes the author to fear and anxiety, but usually these risks are worth the reward! In this Winston-Salem Writers class with experienced author, editor and humorist Alice Osborn, you’ll learn basic comedy writing: the rule of 3s, timing, detail, absurdity and acute observation. Alice learned that once she injected humor into her writing, more people liked her work—imagine that! We welcome anyone who wants to liven up their prose or poetry. All writers at all levels of experience are welcome. For Osborn's complete bio, click HERE. 

New Winston Museum: 713 Marshall St. SW, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Cost $20 members/ $25 non members 
To Pre-register and for more information, click HERE. 


National Novel Writing Month
Thursday, October 29th, 1:00
Have you thought about writing “The Great American Novel” or a mystery , historical novel or romance? Maybe science fiction or horror is your genre.  November is National Novel Writing Month. On Thursday, October 29, two NaNoWritMo veterans from Winston-Salem Writers, Sheila Englehart and Dan O’Sullivan, will tell you how to write a novel in a month. Join us for a panel discussion and lots of encouragement at the Kernersville Public Library at 1:00 PM.
For more information about Winston-Salem Writers, go to


Social Media for Writers
Monday, November 16th
Writing a book is a lot of work. So is promoting the book. Social media can play a role in the promotion of your book, but only if you adopt the best practices of social media. 

We will answer your questions, address your fears, and set you on a journey of creating real success using social media as a writer.

Click HERE for more information and details about how to register

Fall Conference
November 20-22, 2015
Registration is now open for the North Carolina Writers’ Network 2015 Fall Conference,November 20-22, at the Doubletree by Hilton Asheville-Biltmore. This year marks the thirtieth anniversary of NCWN, and the Network will celebrate more than a generation of serving writers at all levels of skill and experience, all weekend long.
Click HERE for a complete list of workshops 
Registration is now open at

Writing Historical Fiction?
Read these 8 Rules for Historical Fiction Research by Orphan #8 writer Kim van Alkemade.

Writing for Children?
A couple of gems I ran across recently were Sarah Callender's Off Limits? post regarding subject matter for children’s books and Marcie Wessels’ recommended process for Revising Picture Books.

Jan lives with her husband, three sons, three cats, and one dog and makes a mighty effort to write amongst all the life forms. She writes articles for parenting and health magazines and informational materials for non-profits as well as short fiction and children’s stories. Follow her on twitter at @jcwharton and visit her on the web at

Ruth Moose Flash Fiction Prize
Deadline: October 20
Award: $100 / $50 / $25
Fee: $10 (member) / $15 (non-member)
For short fiction of up to 500 words. Open to North Carolina and South Carolina residents. Entries must be original and unpublished. Sponsored by the Charlotte Writers' Club.
Click HERE for more information.

Call for Plays
Deadline: November 30
An evening of readings of short plays set in bookstores, coffee shops, or bars, to be performed at Scuppernong Books on the evening of January 28 as part of the Greensboro Fringe Festival.

Plays should be 15 minutes or less in length, in a standard format, and not previously produced in Greensboro. Playwrights are responsible for casting and rehearsing their own work. Playwrights and cast will be required to attend one group rehearsal prior to January 28 (date TBA).

Submit plays by November 30 to
(NOTE: If there is sufficient interest, there may be an opportunity for a repeat performance in Winston-Salem.)

WSW member Andrew Smiler can be found most weeks blogging at the Good Men Project.
His post recent articles include: 

Why Guys Really Talk About Sports.
(Sports talk is more than just a way to break the ice. It helps guys stay connected to each other.)

Yes, Men's Studies. You Got a Problem with That?
(Men’s Studies could have a broad impact, as illustrated by a few simple statistics. Males are diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorders at least four times more often than females, commit 90% of homicides—including almost all mass shootings–and make up 75% of homicide victims, and are four times more likely to complete a suicide attempt. Men typically defer seeing a doctor until they are very sick, leading to more expensive treatments and a lower likelihood of full recovery. A better understanding of men and their needs might change this.)

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