Newsletter | January 7, 2016
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Exercise Your Signature Voice
By Nathan Ross 
Registration Deadline Jan 8.

Location: Authoring Action, 630 W. Sixth St., Winston-Salem, NC
- Sat. Jan.16, 2016 from 9 am to 5 pm and presentation from 7 pm to 9 pm
- Sun. Jan. 17, 2016 from 1 to 4 pm 
Fees: $175 WSW members; $200 non-members

Go to to register. 
Workshop must meet minimum attendance (8) to be held.

Poetry In Plain Sight, Live! 
Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 1:30-3:30p 
Hanesbrands Theatre at Milton Rhodes Art Center, 209 Spruce St., WS.

Join Winston~Salem Writers for ‘Poetry in Plain Sight, Live! featuring poems and poets from October ~ January. See and hear from poets including Dannye Romine Powell, Bonnie Korta, Jeanne Julian, John Haugh, Lynne Santy Tanner, and Jenny Bates.  We are pleased our Winter event also includes Shelby Stephenson, NC Poet Laureate, who lent Poetry in Plain Sight a poem for our October posters. 

This live reading is free and open to the public. Book and poetry poster sales will be available. Food and beverages are available for purchase at Coffee Park located in the Arts Center, from theatre concessions or from nearby restaurants along 4th Street.  Don’t miss this chance to mingle among North Carolina’s finest poets from across our state who support our efforts to put ‘Poetry in Plain Sight.’ 

Sponsors: Hispanic League of Forsyth County, GreeNest, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC (donations of food items will be accepted at this event, see for a list of most needed items)

Selling Your Fiction or Nonfiction Book in the Education Market
Workshop: January 17, 2016 | 2:00-4:00p
Ever wonder if your book could be bulk-purchased by schools and colleges? Come to the A+ program, "Selling Your Fiction or Nonfiction Book in the Education Market," presented by Annie Teich, marketer of books to teachers and administrators for 25+ years. She will share the  rhythms, vocabulary, and timetables that drive this huge and profitable market, so bring your questions and learn the correct answers.
A free program open to all sponsored by Sisters in Crime and the High Point Library, Sun. Jan. 172-4 pm, in the library's 1st floor conference room, 201 N. Main St., High Point NC (doors open 1:30).

Open Mic Night
Wednesday, January 20 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


Writers Night Out
January 29, 2016 | 6:30-10:00p
Join us for a fine night of writing and friendship. 
Location TBD. 

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

New! A Gathering of Poets
When: Saturday, April 2, 9:00am
Where: Brookstown Inn, 200 Brookstown Ave. 
Cost: $100

The 6th annual Gathering of Poets, a weekend of workshops, fellowship, food and readings. It begins with an informal meeting and readings Friday night, a full day Saturday—four different 75-minute workshops, breakfast and lunch, readings by workshop leaders, then open mic for participants. A Sunday morning workshop will be offered for those who stay over. There's a hotel discount if you mention The Gathering and/or Jacar Press when reserving a room.

Spots are limited. Register today! 

Renew NOW to be included in the Members Directory.
We are currently compiling our Members Directory, but you  must be a paid member to be included. It is not too late; do it today.
You can renew online or send your check to:
Rob McOuat, WSW Treasurer
3830 Whitehaven Road
Winston-Salem, NC  27106.  

Dues are $36 for one year ($24 for students.)
You should have received a reminder email by now. 
If you did not, or if you think you received it in error, please email
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. 

Deadline: January 15
Award: $500
Fee: $10

Send 500 words max of speculative (science-fiction, fantasy, or horror) fiction or prose poetry. OddCon membership and books to top 3 places in both divisions. The 2016 judge will be Beth Cato, award-winning author of The Clockwork Dagger. Winning poems/stories will be read at OddCon,  a science-fiction convention in Madison, Wisconsin, USA, April 8–10, 2016, published in the program, and posted on the OddCon site. Click HERE for more information. 

The Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition
Deadline: January 15

The Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition encourages the creation of lasting nonfiction that is outside the realm of conventional journalism and has relevance to North Carolinians. Subjects may include traditional categories such as reviews, travel articles, profiles or interviews, place/history pieces, or culture criticism. The first-, second-, and third-place winners will receive $1,000, $300, and $200 respectively. The winning entry will be considered for publication by Ecotone. Click HERE for more information. 

Have an idea for a nonfiction book?
Read Jane Friedman’s guide to query letters for nonfiction books.
Click HERE

Writing fiction set in the south?
Chuck Sambuchino lists 13 agents seeking southern literature. 
Click HERE

Jan writes articles for parenting and health magazines and program materials for non-profits as well as short fiction and children’s stories. Follow her on twitter at @jcwharton and on the web at

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 Page.
Congratulations to members
 Kate M CareyDr. Ken Bradstock, Bibi Coyne, and Rob McQuat whose poetry or fiction has appeared recently.

Any active 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.

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