WSW Newsletter | December 12
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January 2017 Craft Development Series
Writing Resolution: Kicking Off the New Year on the Write Foot

Winston-Salem Writers is pleased to present our January craft development series – “2017 Writing Resolutions: Kicking the New Year Off on the Write Foot.”  For three consecutive Saturdays – January 14th, 21st, and 28th , WSW will host three local literary talents in workshops open to the public.  All workshops will be in the conference room of the Milton Rhodes Center, 10AM- 12NN.  You may register for all three events or for individual sessions. 
January 14th, Dr. Lee Zacharias will speak on the art of personal essay.  Lee Zacharias is the author of a novel, Lessons, a book of short stories, Helping Muriel Make It through the Night, and a book of essays, The Only Sounds We Make.  She has published numerous essays, short stories, and photographs and is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the North Carolina Arts Council. In addition to writing workshops in fiction and nonfiction, she teaches courses in the structure of fiction and in the contemporary novel. She is the recipient of the 2001 College, 2002 University of North Carolina Board of Governors, and 2003 South Atlantic Modern Language Association Awards for teaching excellence.
January 21st,  hear local New York Times Best Selling author Charlie Lovett share ideas on character development and setting description within the novel.  Charlie Lovett is a former antiquarian bookseller, an avid book collector, and a member of The Grolier Club, the oldest and largest club for bibliophiles in North America. He is the author of The Bookman’s TaleFirst Impressions, and The Further Adventures of Ebenezer Scrooge. In 2015, Lovett curated Alice Live!, a major exhibition of Lewis Carroll and Alice memorabilia at the New York Public Library for Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, as well as wrote a new introduction for Penguin Classics’ 150th anniversary edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. He and his wife split their time between Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and Kingham, Oxfordshire, in England.  His newest work, “The Lost Book of the Grail” is due out in February 2017 and promises “mystery, history and a hidden treasure.”
January 28th, local English teacher extraordinaire (what writer did not have such an inspiration in their life) will guide attendees in the nitty gritty work of craft development when she presents ideas for richer, deeper work within critique groups.  Pamela Henderson Kirkland is a member of the R. J. Reynolds Arts Magnet High School faculty.  Ms. Kirkland currently teaches 9th grade seminar and British Literature at RJ Reynolds High School. She has recently completed her masters work in Transnational and Multicultural Literatures at East Carolina University, and plans to take a year off to write, breathe, sleep, and have a life before making the ludicrous decision to pursue her PhD. Poetry has been a constant companion since childhood, and she lives to write on real paper with real ink.
All sessions are free to Winston-Salem Writers members and $15 per session for non-members.
(Pay at the event, cash or check.)

Why not consider joining WSW? 
Annual membership is $36.  For membership information see

To reserve your place (seating is limited) email . Be sure to include which sessions you plan to attend in your email.
2017 Press 53 Gathering of Poets, WSWriters Cohosting
Saturday, March 4, 2017 

Location: Marriott Hotel, 425 N Cherry St, Winston-Salem

$150, includes continental breakfast and catered lunch. Members of Winston-Salem Writers can register early for $135

This event fills quickly once registration is opened to the public.

Choose four workshops from those offered by six award-winning poets: Richard Garcia, Susan Laughter Meyers, Seth Michelson, Nickole Brown, Jessica Jacobs, and Press 53 Poetry Series Editor Tom Lombardo. Winston-Salem Writers is planning to host a Poetry Crawl through the downtown Arts District on March 3 during First Friday Gallery Hop. Everyone is welcome to join in the fun.

For more information, contact Kevin Watson at or call 336-770-5353.


Open Mic Night
Wednesday, December 21 | 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. Reading begins at 7PM (sign-up to read 30 min. prior)

Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts
251 Spruce St. North


Pens Down, Heads Up!
Beginning in January 2017, the Open Mic held at the Milton Rhodes Center will shift to the first Tuesday each month. Location and time will remain the same. Our first Open Mic of 2017 will be Tuesday, January 3.

The Word Is Out
Word Is Out! will not be held in December due to the public library’s holiday break.

This event will resume on Tuesday, January 31 (the last Tuesday each month, as always) at the Southside Branch Auditorium, 3185 Buchanan St, Winston Salem.

Board Meeting
Monday, January 2 | 7:00p
The next WSW Board meeting will be in the Milton Rhodes Center conference room at 7:00.
All members are welcome to attend. 

Many Thanks
Many thanks to Patricia Hall for serving on the Board as a director-at-large,  sharing her expertise and talents with both voice and pen. We are sad to see her step down, but very glad that her growing business success is the reason. Pat will remain a member of Winston Salem Writers and we look forward to continuing to share the writing life.
Sam Barbee will be stepping down from his role as Critique Group Coordinator to follow a call from the North Carolina Poetry Society to lead their Board beginning the summer of 2017-2019. We are glad he will continue to be a member of Winston Salem Writers. Sam has given generously of his time and talents over the years in several capacities and we are grateful for his service.

Ninth Annual Nazim Hikmet Poetry Competition
Accepting submissions for three unpublished poems through January 15, 2017
Submission Fee:
$10 for three poems

Submissions are now open for the 9th Annual Nazim Hikmet Poetry Competition. Winners will receive an award of $100 and will be invited to read their poems at the 9th Annual Nazim Hikmet Poetry Festival (NHPF), which will be held on Sunday, April 9, 2017 at Page-Walker Arts & History Center in Cary, North Carolina. Winners and honorable mentions will be included in the annual anthology as well as published on the Festival website. 

You can find the complete list of previous winners and their winning poems at the Festival web site:

Please visit this link for submission guidelines.


Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize
Submissions: December 1-January 30
Entry Fee:
$15 for NCWN members, $25 for nonmembers
Prize: $1,000 and possible publication in The Thomas Wolfe Review

The Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize honors internationally celebrated North Carolina novelist Thomas Wolfe. The prize is administered by the Great Smokies Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. The winner receives $1,000 and possible publication in The Thomas Wolfe Review.

The competition is open to all writers regardless of geographical location or prior publication.

More information click HERE


Camel City Dispatch
After a brief hiatus, Camel City Dispatch is back on line and welcoming submissions from members of Winston-Salem Writers. One of our members will be featured each week in their Thursday edition. They are looking for poetry, short fiction and, for the first time, essays on any topic, and they’re accepting previously published work if you provide the appropriate acknowledgement.

Guidelines: 3 pages or 1500 words (whichever comes first). Your language and subject should be appropriate for a family publication.

Send your best writing to Carol Roan at, along with a short bio and a headshot or photo of yourself. 


North Carolina Writers' Network Online Class
Wednesday, December 14 | 7:00p
Cost: $25. This course is capped at the first forty (40) registrants.

Registration is now open for the online class,
"How to Be a Rock Star at PR," led by author and NCWN trustee Alice Osborn.

If you don’t stand out in the crowd in this new publishing world, you’ll be a “one and done” author. A decade ago Alice Osborn started her own successful writing and editing services company and is here to share her secrets and hacks with you. You’ll learn how to build your brand by doing what no one else does and by learning and identifying your strengths as an author. You’ll learn how to self-promote and enhance the presentation of your own skills, even if you’re a die-hard introvert. This workshop is useful for all writers across all genres and publication achievements.


Chosen For Display
Barbara Rizza Mellin and Grace Ellis read selections from their work at Poetry in Plain Sight, Live! on November 12 in the New Winston Museum gallery. Barbara’s poem, “Watermelon Seeds” and Grace’s poem “Leaves Don’t Fall” were chosen for public display at several locations in downtown Winston Salem and Lewisville.

For more information about Poetry In Plain Sight, click HERE

Additional poets included (left to right) Caroljean Gavin, Becky Gould Gibson, Gabrielle Brant Freeman, Terry Kirby Erickson, Grace Ellis, Glenis Redmond, Barbara Presnell, Barbara Rizza Mellin, and Peg Bresnahan.

Sam Barbee’s poem, "Factory Girl," was nominated for the Pushcart Prize by Poetry South. The poem will appear in the 2016 issue. Congratulations, Sam!

Kate M. Carey’s short story, “The New Kid” was featured in the November 29 issue of Camel City Dispatch. Enjoy her work, posted HERE. Well done, Kate!

Poetry by Helen Losse was featured in the December 7 issue of Camel City Dispatch, including work from her most recent collection Every Tender Reed (Main Street Rag, 2016). Click HERE to read. Helen has written six other poetry collections. Wow.


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