Newsletter | February 18, 2016
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The Creative Experience
Thursday, February 25 from 7-9pm
Cost: $30 members/$35 non-members

Creativity arises from our own experience. By deepening our attention, we expand our experience and enhance our creativity. In this workshop we’ll use exercises and prompts to explore our senses and memory as a way of focusing creative energy. Opening ourselves to our own creative experience changes the world, one person at a time. Workshop will be lead by Steve Mitchell and Carol Roan.

Register at
Registration deadline February 20

Red Slipper Fringe Festival coming this month!
Julie Kolischak will read her poem, ‘The Bread, The Butter, The Blood’ on Friday, Feb. 19th at 7:00 p.m.  Grace Ellis will be a reader with Julie. Click HERE for more information. 

Grace Winn Ellis’ play, 'I'll Sing On: Jane Gentry and the Songcatcher,' will be performed at 9:00 p.m. on Friday, February 26th. For more information click HERE

Find out about the festival, view the artists and the full schedule HERE

Writers Night Out
February 26, 2016 | 6:30-10:00p
Join us for a fine night of writing and friendship. 
Location: the home of Barbra Mellin
1171 Bent Grass Ln
Winston Salem, NC 27127

Curious About Library Publishing? So Are We. 
Workshop: March 1st, 2016 | 7-8p 
Hanes Conference Room at Milton Rhodes Art Center, 209 Spruce St., WS.
William P. Kane is the Director of Digital Publishing at Wake Forest University, and the creator of its new imprint, Library Partners Press. The idea behind Library Partners Press is to publish quality books (of any length and size, in multiple formats) created by library patrons and friends, for the purpose of collecting and delivering that content back to library users everywhere. LPP will routinely select and publish the best book proposals, and render the content library-preserved and library-protected. 

For more information:   and

Open Mic Night
Wednesday, March 16 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


The Real Difference Between Showing and Telling
Workshop: March 12th, 2016 | 1-3p
Cost: Free!
Milton Rhodes Art Center, 209 Spruce St., WS.

Saturday, March 12, Winston Salem Writers will sponsor author, editor and educator Chris Roerden “The Real Difference Between Showing and Telling, and How To Make It Work in Your Writing.”  The workshop will be held from 1-3 PM at the Milton Rhodes Arts Center. To register go to

Chris Roerden has edited authors published by St. Martin’s, Tor-Forge, Berkley Prime Crime, Harlequin, Viking, Midnight Ink, and others over a 50-year career. She wrote 11 books, including two to help writers get published: Don’t Murder Your Mystery (Agatha Award) and its all-genre clone Don’t Sabotage Your Submission (Benjamin Franklin Award).

Stage Readings of Three Winning 10-Minute Plays! 
April 1 | Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts| 7:30p-9:30p
Cost: $5 members, & $7 non-members

See three winning plays and top the experience with a lively exchange with the scriptwriters, stage directors and the readers. Filled with amazing twists and turns and lots of humor, the evening should be very entertaining! 

Not Available In Stores 
by John Woestendiek, Bethania, NC
Two old friends who make a point of meeting up once a year become not-so-old friends over the course of ten minutes while sitting on a bench in a mall. 

Reading Signs 
by Marilynn Anselmi, Rocky Mount, NC
A daughter and her Alzheimer's afflicted mother try to find common ground in the disappearing landscape of their past. 

When the Wolfbane Blooms 
by Wim Coleman, Carrboro, NC
On an autumn full moon night, a philosophy professor is faced with the possibility of becoming a werewolf.

Mark Your Calendar Now! 
Milton Rhodes Center of the Arts
251 Spruce St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Spring Conference
Saturday, April 23 
The North Carolina Writers’ Network 2016 Spring Conference will be held Saturday, April 23, in the MHRA Building on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  

Pre-registration is open through Sunday, April 17. 
Click HERE to register. 

Flying South 2016- Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry Contest
Deadline: May 31, 2016 
$2000 in prizes. From March 1 to May 31, Flying South 2016, a publication of Winston Salem Writers, will be accepting entries for prizes in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry. Best in Category winners will be published and receive $500 each. One of the three winners will receive The WSW President's Favorite award and win an additional $500. All entries will be considered for publication. For full details, please visit our
Camel City Dispatch 
The Camel City Dispatch has partnered with the Winston-Salem Writers to feature our members’ work in the weekend Literary section of the CCD Arts

Congratulations to members Sandra Dreis, Steve Lindahl, Tony Lindsay, Helen Losse, and Henry McCarthy whose poetry or fiction has appeared

Any current member of WSW is encouraged to submit their work (along with a short bio and a head shot) for consideration at or Please submit all three attachments in one email.

Joan Leotta was one of 60 writers who participated in the SAME NAME Poetry & Prose Series, which ran from Jan. 16-Feb. 13, 2016. Sam Barbee had two poems, Carpe Diem and Pleasant Fiction, accepted for the Secrets and Dreams Anthology (kindofaHurricane Press); and one poem, Fantasia, accepted by Pyrokinection.
Call for Emerging Poets
Deadline: February 23
Phantom Literary Journal is currently accepting poetry submissions for our Emerging Poets 2016 issue, as well as queries for book reviews. We read year-round and publish quarterly. The second annual Emerging Poets Issue is open to writers who have not yet published a full-length collection. Click HERE for more information. 

NC Poetry on the Bus
Deadline: February 25
Raleigh Review is accepting submissions for its fifth year of NC Poetry on the Bus program, which places poems by North Carolina poets on the Raleigh R-Line buses during April for National Poetry Month. There are approximately 20,000 riders on the R-Line each month. This unusual context for poetry deepens the readers' experience by making literature part of the everyday world and fostering the opportunity for conversation among neighbors. Send up to three (3) poems. Poems must be appropriate for all ages; there can be no reference to drugs, alcohol, etc. Final publication must be approved by Raleigh Review AND the City of Raleigh. Poems may be previously published, but please indicate if that is the case. You must have either resided in NC in the past or you must be a resident of North Carolina. Click HERE for more information. 

Carolina Women Writing Contest
Deadline: February 28
Award: Publication in April issue
The contest is open to any Carolina Woman reader. Entries of fiction, poetry, or nonfiction essays under 1,500 words. Click HERE for more information. 

Kenyon Review Short Story Contest
Deadline: February 29
Award: Publication and workshop scholarship
The Kenyon Review is pleased to announce the 2016 KR Short Fiction Contest. The contest is open to all writers who have not yet published a book of fiction. Submissions must be 1,200 words or fewer. The Kenyon Review will publish the winning short story in the Jan/Feb 2017 issue, and the author will be awarded a scholarship to attend the 2016 Writers Workshop, June 18-25, in Gambier, Ohio. Click HERE for more information. 

Hartskill Review Call for Poetry
Deadline: February 29
Hartskill Review is a journal of contemporary poetry and poetics. Submissions are open. You are encouraged to submit your meaningful, carefully-crafted poetry. Submit 1-3 poems at a time. Longer poems welcome. Click HERE for more information. 

Jarrell Poetry Competition
Deadline: March 1 
Deadline: March 1
Award: $200 and publication in storySouth
Fee: $10 (members) / $15 (non-members)
The Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition accepts one-poem submissions. Submissions should be one poem only (40-line limit), original, and previously unpublished. The competition is open to any writer who is a legal resident of North Carolina or a member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network. Sarah Rose Nordgren will serve as the final judge. Click HERE for more information.

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