WSW Newsletter | November 21
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The Art of Failure: Creativity and the Benefits of
Not Always Succeeding 
Monday, November 28 | 7:00p-8:30p
Location: Reynolda Branch Library, 2839 Fairlawn Dr., Winston-Salem 
Cost: Free and open to the public; registration is encouraged to ensure seating.

Parking: Free parking is available at the library at the Reynolda Manor shopping center across the street 


John McNally will talk from his book (forthcoming, University of Iowa Press) about the importance of failure -- failure as an aspect of the writing craft.  Whether you are a success at failure or not, come join in on this conversation. Invite your writing buddies—this program is free and open to the public.
John has written The Creative Writer’s Survival Guide: Advice from an Unrepentant Novelist and Vivid and Continuous: Essays and Exercises for Writing Fiction (both University of Iowa Press). Three forthcoming books are about the importance of failure, a memoir, and a historical novel.
His young adult novel, Lord of the Ralphs (2015), is an adaptation of his novel The Book of Ralph. His short stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in over a hundred publications, including One Teen Story, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Washington Post. A former professor of English at Wake Forest University, he is now Professor and Writer-in-Residence at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. A native of Chicago’s southwest suburb Burbank, John divides his time between Lafayette, Louisiana, and Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
For more information about John and his books, visit his website by clicking HERE.


Romance, Mystery, And A Glimpse Back In Time 
Monday, December 5 | 7:00p
Location: Scuppernong Books, 304 South Elm Street, Greensboro
Romance, mystery, and a glimpse back in time. Join Steve Lindahl for a reading and discussion of his new novel, Hopatcong Vision Quest.


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.


The Word Is Out
Tuesday, November 29 | 7:00p
WSW now Co-Sponsors a SECOND Open Mic!
Held at the Southside Branch Library Auditorium: 3185 Buchanan St. 

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


Board Meeting
Monday, December 5 | 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. 

Keeping Our Members Informed:
The Board of Directors for Winston-Salem Writers met on November 7th
  • As of that date, 121 memberships had been paid for the current year.  If you have friends who are members who you think might not have renewed, please offer a gentle reminder.
  • Prices for the use of the boardroom at Milton Rhodes have increased 
     $25 per board meeting / $35 per Open Mic / $75 for program
  • WSW is looking at having a second table at Bookmarks next year so more members can sell their work
  • The board voted to research the idea of developing a small grants fund to support members’ craft development and works in progress
If you have comments about any of these items, you mail email board secretary Angell Caudill at

Members Directory:

The WSWriters Directory of Membership will soon be available on our website. Before it goes completely public, please look at the list. Check your personal information for accuracy. Please notify us at, if you find something that should be changed or added, or if you do not wish to be included in the public online directory.   At this time, you may access the membership using this password: WSWDirectory


Theater For Adults Over 40
Saturday, December 10 | 2:00p-4:00p
New Winston Museum, 713 Marshall St., SW, Winston Salem
Cost: Free and open to the public; registration is encouraged to ensure seating.
Parking:Free parking is available behind the museum and in the adjoining parking lot for the Old Salem Visitors Center 

40 + Stage Company is a new theater project in Winston-Salem, planning to produce plays for actors and audiences over the age of 40. (Writers may be over or under 40.) In addition to an annual play contest, they are considering producing a program of readings of short plays by Triad area writers. This, of course, includes members of Winston-Salem Writers--whether they have written plays in the past or are making their first experiment with this art form.

Come and meet Gene Johnson and John Hohn of 40+ Stage Company, to learn more about their plans and about writing opportunities for us. After the presentation, you are invited to join the Script Group to help read and discuss plays that are currently under construction. 

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.



Proud To Announce
Winston Salem Writers is proud to announce the following works from Flying South 2016 have been nominated for the 2017 Pushcart Prize:

  • Re-Write Man Transformed in Venice by Michael Gaspeny (poem)
  • To Sid in Galway by Marjorie Schratz McNamara (poem)
  • Shoney's Showdown: Summer, 1970 by Beth Copeland (Creative Non-Fiction)
  • For Sure a Derecho by Judy Caldwell-Midero (short story)
  • Les Murs Se Resserrent Autour De Vous by Ashley Kunsa (short story)
  • A Capon by Vaughn M. Watson (short story)

If you would like to read these and other fine works, copies of Flying South 2016 are still available (locally by emailing, or ordering from Amazon)


Online Now
Sam Barbee has a poem online now, “Catch of the Day”, with the Scott Owens publication The Wild Goose Review.   Poetry South will also publish Sam’s poem “Factory Girl” in their upcoming edition, (poem first-penned at Press 53s Gathering of Poets in 2014).


In October Grace Ellis played the role of singer Jane Gentry in a reading of a scene from her play, "I'll Sing On," at the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Festival in Mars Hill. Sandy Scott and Paul Kaliser played the roles of Cecil Sharp and Maud Karpeles. Grace's monologue "Who's Afraid?" was read as part of Play Dead at Scuppernong Books on Halloween weekend, and her essay "Crossing the Threshold" was published in Camel City Dispatch. In November her poem "Leaves Don't Fall" appears in downtown windows as part of Poetry in Plain Sight.


Rick Jordan just got a poem published in the 2016 edition of the journal Poetry South! The poem is titled, "Fell From Airplane.” Congratulations, Rick!

Check It Out
Member Sheila Englehart’s essay “What Inspires You?”, Henry McCarthy’s poem “Telephone” (and two more!), and Robert Vorsteg’s poetry, including “The Tower and the Minaret” have recently appeared in Camel City Dispatch’s weekly Literature & Poetry. Click HERE  to read these works and browse this treasure trove archive of excellent writing.

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