WSW Newsletter | August 16
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Meeting of the Minds
August 19, 2017 | 10:00a-12:00p

Milton Rhodes Center Conference Room
251 Spruce St. N, W-S
Free. Open to WSW Members and potential members

And you thought PB stood for peanut butter. Au contraire mon ami! Behold, Printrbot.

Offering writers a point of inspiration, come witness  Intro to 3D printing: A Demonstration by Sean Wood. Sean is a tool and die maker by trade and all around general geek at heart. He began 3D printing to fulfill a desire to do good by learning to 3D print prosthetics for children through the Enable the Future Group.

During our first hour, Sean will share about the 3D printing workflow process,  do an actual 3D print during the presentation time, talk about the history and types of 3D printing, and where we are with technology today and what tomorrow may hold. (Yes, but can he print donuts for us today?)

The second hour is interactive as President Donna Wallace will share upcoming events and programs, details about membership, and opportunities to become more involved. This is also a time for attendees to ask questions, share thoughts about the writerly life, meet other writers, and enjoy some free coffee!

Time to Renew! 
ALL members renew by September (unless recently joined over the summer). 

Annual dues are still only $36
Please renew by September 1

To be included in the online Members’ Directory, you MUST renew by September 15.
            (Name and email address listed so other members can contact you.)
To continue in Member- Only activities you MUST renew by September 30.
Remember only members enjoy these benefits: 
  • Critique groups for a variety of genres.
  • Free craft development programs, such as our January workshop series
  • Book showcases on and locations in the community. 
  • Opportunities to promote your own books and writing throughout the year
  • Writers’ Night Out, a casual potluck gathering of members for conversation and a good time.
  • Discounts on contests and registration fees.
NOW is the time to renew online at  OR  send your check for $36 to:
WSW Treasurer
P.O. Box 24442
Winston Salem NC 27114

Questions?   Contact

Best regards,    
Jane Stegner, VP for Membership

"How to Write a How-to-Book"
September 16th, 10:30a-3:30p
Lewisville Public Library, 6490 Shallowford Rd, Lewisville
Attendance is free, registration required

Member-author David Rodwell will discuss the steps to discovering, developing, writing and promoting the “How To” book that is already inside all of us. David has written two successful “How To” books, and has two more books in progress, one of fiction and another “How To”.

In this workshop, participants will learn a step by step formula that will make the whole process a snap and if followed, will help produce a book in as little as 2 weeks.

This 4 hour session is especially designed to help folks who never knew there was a book inside them. Lunch is “on your own” in Lewisville with several casual dining options, or the lovely Lewisville town square if you prefer to brown-bag it!

To register, email Seating is limited.
You will receive an email confirmation.


4 on 4th Local Authors Series
Wednesday, August 23 | 7:00p
Bookmarks Bookstore: 634 W. 4th St. 
Click HERE for location & parking information
Free, open to the public

In partnership with Bookmarks, WSW member-authors Carol Roan (fiction, creative non-fiction and anthology editor), Sam Barbee (poetry), Angell Caudill (children) and Steve Lindahl (fiction) will read from their works.

Books will be available for purchase, and a book signing will follow the event.  Come early to browse, save a seat and support your compatriots in the craft and enjoy the new literary jewel of 4th St. It’s gorgeous.


Flying South 2017 Book Launch
September 21 | 7:00p
Bookmarks Bookstore: 634 W. Fourth Street
For location and parking information click

Free, open to the public.

A celebration and readings from winning authors featured in this years anthology, Flying South: Rebecca Davis of Germanton NC (fiction), Camilla Wilcox  of Lewisville NC (poetry) and Susan Wilson of Clemmons NC (creative nonfiction).

Copies of Flying South 2017 ($12) and past issues ($10) will be available for purchase and signing. Come to meet and mingle with the editors and authors in attendance, and learn more about the 2018 contest and how to enter.

WSW Exhibit Table at Bookmarks Festival
September 9th only 

Only a few more spaces remain at the WSW Bookmarks Festival booth on Saturday, September 9. If you would like to volunteer to work the table or have not reserved a spot to promote your book, please email any time considerations you may have and/or the title of your book to Bart Ganzert

Come enjoy the Bookmarks Festival and be sure to stop by our table!
For detailed festival information, click HERE. 


Writers Night Out
Friday, August 25 | 6:30-9:30p
Bring a dish to share and enjoy an evening of food and friendship with fellow writers.

Contact Coordinator Sheila Englehart ( for this month's location.

The Word Is Out
Tuesday, August 29 | 7:00p-8:30p
Word Is Out! will be held the last Tuesday each month at the Southside Branch Library Auditorium, 3185 Buchanan St, Winston Salem.

Come to read or just listen! Open Mic for all writers in attendance. Free and open to the public.

Open Mic Night
Tuesday, September 5| 7:00p-8:30p
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 20 min. prior)

Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts
251 Spruce St. North


Board Meeting
Wednesday, September 6 | 7:00p-9:00p

The next WSW Board meeting will be in the Milton Rhodes Center conference room. Members welcome come and see how it all happens.

WSW Board meeting was shifted to this date due to Labor Day holiday


Thorns & Roses

Openings are available in the Thorns & Roses fiction group.
Visit the website listing to view details about this daytime group currently led by Carol Roan.

Writers Enhancement

Member Vinita Singh would like to start a new group called Writers Enhancement.  This group would read and share resources on grammar, editing, writing style and vocabulary in order to improve in these areas. In addition, group members might read a literary classic together and discuss its grammar, style and vocabulary. This group is for self-improvement, support, encouragement.

If you are interested, email and we will pass on your interest to Vinita.



Click HERE  to view our current list of groups, or to review guidelines and requirements.

Contact regarding openings or more information.
Also seeking experienced critiquers interested in establishing new groups.


Carver Road Branch Library Creative Writers Group  will be held monthly on the second Thursday of each month at 11:00  a.m.  Participants will work on their own writing projects – short stories, novels, poems, or memoirs to leave as a legacy.  They can also share with other members. The class is free  and open to the public.  The Carver School Road Branch Library is located at 4915 Lansing Drive, Winston Salem.  Please call 336-703-2910 for more information.

Steve Cushman, award-winning author and poet, will lead a workshop titled Flash Fiction—When Less is More, Sep 9, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm, in Studio 206 at the Sawtooth School for Visual Art. The event is free, registration required HERE

In this workshop, Steve explores the Flash Fiction genre—define what makes a piece of writing flash, how it is similar, yet different from other forms of fiction.  He will discuss how to pack a story in less than 1,000 words, paying close attention to language, plot and character.  We’ll read contemporary Flash Fiction, get started writing our own flash stories using prompts and exercises.  Walk away with a variety of resources to continue learning, including a list of journals and magazines that publish flash.


There is always an open call for good news — send your copy ready blurb to


Jenny Bates’ poem 'Hanging the Moon' was a top 10 Finalist in the Prime Number Magazine Single Poem contest held by Press 53.  We’ve seen this poem and it is a beauty! Also Jenny’s book Opening Doors: An Equilog of poetry about Donkeys (, 2010) is available at the new - The Arts Place in Danbury, affiliated with the Stokes County Arts Council. Visit HERE for a peek at her book!

William C. Crawford, a Winston-Salem writer & photographer, has photos on both the front & back  covers of the current edition of The Tishman Review published in Boston (HERE). His short story, " The 18 Minute Rule Throws Jimmy Pro For A Loop In Gotham City" is featured in the current edition of The MacGuffin. Read it online HERE

Susan Williamson, former W-S resident and former WSW board member has a new e-book How to Buy Your First Horse: a Guide to Choosing the Right Horse for You or Your Child (High Tide Publications, August 2017)  On Amazon HERE.

Congratulations, Susan —oh how we miss you around these parts!

Be sure to visit the AFAS exhibit, "Unbound and Unleashed," a celebration of artwork inspired literature presented in collaboration with Bookmarks. Members, Cheryl Davis and Barbara Rizza Mellin each have two pieces of art in this juried show during August and September. The artists and the three top winners in the Forsyth School Bookmarks contest will be presented at the First Friday Gallery Hop on August 4 from 7 to 9 at 630 N Liberty Street, Winston Salem, NC 2710.

Barbara Mellin, whose artwork is featured on the 2017 cover of Flying South, received the third place cover award for Kakalak 2017. While not on the cover, her art, along with a second artwork will be included in the publication.

The WSW Annual Book Drive had another successful year for the organization's Community Outreach.  President Donna Wallace and Sam Barbee delivered 135 books to the County Jail and Prison Ministry on Cherry Street. The books will be distributed between the jail and prison.

To quote Chaplain Robert Wolfe, “it is good to be able to offer the inmates new things to read since their choice is limited.” He also thanks WSW for their continued support, and wants everyone to know “books can be donated at any time during the year.” Special thanks to WSW member Michael Gaspeny and Lee Zacharias for their generous contribution of over 40 books.

Catch the latest issue of For Seniors Only Magazine, a monthly publication produced by The Chronicle, to view the work of several of our members. This month’s cover story about beekeeping was written by Elizabeth Bergstone. Judie Holcomb-Pack, the magazine’s editor, has been running the show for the publication since 2014. Visit to view more or click on the “contact” tab to pitch your article to Judie!

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