Newsletter | November 5, 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

The 2016 10-Minute Play Contest Begins 
Saturday, November 7th, 2015
Winston-Salem Writers’ 6th annual 10-Minute Play Contest is open to North Carolina residents only, including full-time students in a North Carolina school.

Three winning plays will be chosen and stage read on the evening of Friday, April 2, 2016 at the Hanesbrand Theater in Winston Salem. More information and complete rules can be found on our website under the "CONTESTS" tab or by clicking HERE. 
What Editors Look For
Saturday, November 7th, 2:30-4:00

Where: High Point Public Library, 901 N. Main St.
Cost: Free and open to the public
NCWN member Chris Roerden, book editor of 50+ years and author of Don't Murder Your Mystery and Don't Sabotage Your Submission (two national award-winning books for writers) offers an in-depth workshop for all writers on the most-wondered issue of those who want to be published: "What Editors Look For When Accepting/Rejecting Mss--and What Self-Publishers Want to Know to Gain and Keep Readers, Too!" Roerden is an invited speaker for the First Local Authors Festival sponsored by the High Point Library. Come early to visit the exhibits and enjoy the festival.


How To Make Money As A Writer And Avoid Contact With The IRS
Sunday, November 15th, 2:00-4:00
Where: High Point Public Library, 901 N. Main St.
Cost: Free and open to the public
High Point Public Library hosts this final event in the Sisters in Crime program of 2015, just in time for every writer's year-end financial planning--essential to set up before you publish. This two-hour interactive program will be led by Jackie Osborne, accountant and tax preparer, and Chris Roerden, self-employed book editor for the past 32 of 50+ years in publishing. These experienced professionals are eager to help all writers in ANY genre gain the financial savvy to succeed. Bring your questions, take notes, and learn to approach your own “business of writing” smarter and more profitably.


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

Open Mic Night
Wednesday, November 18th 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


Sarah Loudin Thomas to Share
Saturday, December 5th, 10:00a
Inspirational Writer Sarah Loudin Thomas will share her successful book tour ideas as well as talk briefly about her writing at Reynolda Manor Branch of the Forsyth Public Library.

The program, On the Road Again, is free and open to the public.

Thomas is the author of the novels  Miracle in a Dry Season and Until the Harvest published by Bethany House. Thomas will have books available for purchase and signing.


Writers Night Out
Returns in January 
Thank you for a great year of fine writing and friendship. 
WNO will return again in January of 2016. 
Location to be announced. 

Exercise Your Signature Voice: A Workshop for Writers
January 15-16, 2016 | Facilitated by Nathan Ross Freeman

Writers, learn to exercise your signature voice and rise above the fray! Today’s readers, audiences, publishers and producers expect your words to leap from the printed page to live spoken word performances, videos, audio recordings, blogs and social networks. Whether you’re pitching your screen play to producers, your performance to an audience, or your book to an agent, this workshop is for you.

This workshop is presented in 3 sessions, including a presentation by participants. 
Location: Authoring Action offices, 630 W. Sixth St., Winston-Salem

Saturday, January 15: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday evening presentation 7-9 PM. 
Sunday January 16: 1 to 4 p.m.

Cost: $175 WSW members; $200 non-members
For more information and to register:
Lena Shull Book Award
Deadline: November 20
The Lena Shull Book Award is currently accepting manuscript submissions. We are
and delighted to announce the winning manuscript will be published by St. Andrews University 
Press. The winning poet will also receive $250, along with fifty copies of the book AND a reading at Poetry Day at Catawba Valley Community College in April. Entrants must reside in North Carolina, and manuscript must not be previously published. Deadline is November 20, 2015.  Submission guidelines can be found here.  

Pedestal Magazine Call For Submissions
Deadline: November 29
The editors will be receiving submissions of poetry for the December 2015 issue of Pedestal. No
restrictions on genre, length, theme, or style. Send up to five (5) poems. 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.)

Dana Awards
Deadline: November 30
Award: $1,000 (each genre) and publication
Fee: $15-$25

Genres: Novel, Short Fiction, and Poetry. For a novel or novel-in-progress, a short story, or a group of poems. Submit five poems of no more than 100 lines each; a short story of up to 10,000 words; or the first 40 pages of a novel. The Dana Awards now has a publishing option with Blue Mary Books. Click HERE for more information. 

Shenandoah Call For Submissions
Deadline: December 18
Shenandoah is open for fiction, flash fiction, and poetry. They will open for nonfiction in December. All nonfiction should be relevant to our 2016 celebration of Shakespeare, and Shakespeare-related fiction and poetry are also welcome. Shenandoah is currently publishing two completely new online issues a year (with regular updates and supplements and a blog that never closes). Shenandoah does not consider previously published work. Click HERE for more information. 

NCPS Adult Contests
Deadline: January 8
Award: Varies
Fee: Varies

The North Carolina Poetry Society is open for submissions for their adult poetry contests for individual poems. There are several contests and categories of poems accepted, from poems about love, to sestinas, and more --and they now also proudly include a new category, Poetry of Protest.  Judges will be distinguished poets residing outside North Carolina. Winning poems (including honorable mentions, but excluding finalists in the Poet Laureate contest) will be published in the NCPS poetry contest anthology Pinesong. Click HERE for more information. 

Congratulations to WSW member Jennifer Bean Bower who's book, The North Carolina Aviatrix Viola Gentry: The Flying Cashier was presented the Willie Parker Peace History Book Award by the North Carolina Society of Historians on October 17, 2015.

Congratulations to WSW member Judie Holcomb-Pack for winning the Short Story Award for  "Rose Tokens" in the NC State Senior Games/Silver Arts literary competition.

Congratulations to Nathan Ross Freeman, recipient of the The Arts Council Award. As
Co-founder and Artistic Director of Authoring Action, Freeman has shaped the lives of hundreds of young authors, redefining learning through the arts and supporting a stronger arts community through collaborations with artists and organizations across the area. He serves as a model for what can be done when an artist applies his or her talent and knowledge to serve and educate others.

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