WSW Newsletter | February 28
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Meeting of the Minds
March 11 | 10:00a-12:00p
Milton Rhodes Center, 251 Spruce St, conference room (lobby level).
Free, no registration.

Our many programs specifically focus on mastering the craft of writing. This year we are adding a new series that will enrich your resources of information in a more general way. Please join us March 11 for the first of four quarterly talks for members, we’re calling a Meeting of the Minds.

Writers never know where inspiration will come from. With that in mind, we have created a series of talks on very diverse topics. We hope these talks will provide background information that will find its way into your next novel, short story, poem or play. They may motivate you to write or revise. They may introduce you to something you hadn’t considered before, which will help you to grow as a writer.  

Our March speaker will be award-winning artist and author, Barbara Rizza Mellin.  Barbara, who has visited 47 US states, 24 counties and 5 continents, will consider travel as an inspiration for writing and life. Her illustrated talk will last about 45 minutes followed by a brief WSWriters general meeting, at which time we will update you on upcoming events and activities.

Grab a coffee on-site from Coffee Park & come meet, network and enjoy the lively company of other writers. Questions? Email board secretary Angell Caudill at


Prequel Poetry Crawl
Friday, March 3 | 7:00p

Prequels aren’t just for movies and books. Here is WSW’s prequel to the Press 53 Gathering of Poets workshop (details following):

Everyone is invited to the Winston-Salem Writers Poetry Crawl through the Arts District on Friday night, March 3 during First Friday Gallery Hop. Poetry Crawl is free and open to anyone — you do not have to be a Gathering of Poets registrant to participate! Bring your poetry, be ready to read alongside local poets and workshop faculty.

Join us at 7PM in the lobby of the Marriott Hotel, 425 N Cherry St. We will depart about 7:15 for Trade Street and begin readings at identified locations for about an hour or so. We plan to wrap up with a nightcap at Finnigan’s Wake.

Oh my gosh, how could you stay home?

2017 Press 53 Gathering of Poets, WSW Cohosting
Saturday, March 4 | 7:00p
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

Full details, faculty bios and registration at
For more information, contact Kevin Watson at or call 336-770-5353.

Optional, additional Sunday morning seminar at 10AM, on Emily Dickinson taught by Tom Lombardo. $20, refreshments included.


Craft Development
Saturday, April 15| 10:00a-3:30p
Milton Rhodes Center, 251 Spruce St N, Winston Salem
Free to WSW members, $25 non-members (inquire re: courtesy rates for local writers groups)
Why not consider joining WSW? Annual membership is $36.  Join online  or become a member at the workshop or via USPS mail.
To register for the workshop email Seating is limited. You will receive an email confirmation.
Do you feel like you are writing, but not really telling a story? This workshop is designed to show the bones of good story structure. Apply these principles to any fiction genre and to your works-in-progress. Do you need a jump-start into fiction writing? Would you like to strengthen your story-lines? Do you have a submission that keeps getting rejected?
Muscle up your skills and evaluate your work with fresh eyes, as Dan Davis shares from his experiences as a successful emerging writer.
Daniel J. Davis is a science fiction and fantasy writer based in Winston-Salem. His stories have appeared in several print anthologies, including Swords & Steam Short Stories, Unidentified Funny Objects 5, and Alien Artifacts. His third-quarter win in the 31st annual Writers of the Future Contest earned him a spot in the contest’s prestigious workshop, a weeklong event taught by award-winning authors and New York Times bestsellers. To see Dan’s interview at that event and learn more about his experience there, this video is worth watching and click on Orson Scott Card’s image.

Open Mic Night
Tuesday, March 7 | 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


Writers Night Out
Friday, March 24 | 6:30-10:00p
Bring a dish to share and join us for a fine night of writing and friendship. 
Contact Coordinator Sheila Englehart ( for this month's location.

The Word Is Out
Tuesday, March 28 | 7:00p
Word Is Out! will be held Tuesday, February 28 at 7PM (the last Tuesday each month) at the Southside Branch Library Auditorium, 3185 Buchanan St, Winston Salem.

Board Meeting
Monday, March 6 | 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. 
The Board of Directors for Winston-Salem Writers last met on February 6th, 2017 and discussed:
  • The Board voted to form a nomination committee to build a slate of officers for upcoming board elections.  Think about serving in this important role!  You may be getting a call.
  • The Board also voted to join The North Carolina Center for Nonprofits which offers a variety of programs and support for 501-c3 organizations. More information is available at
If you have comments or questions about any of these items, you may email board secretary Angell Caudill at


Open for Entries: January 1-April 15
April 15, 2017
Entry Fee: $15 
Award: $1,000 plus publication in Prime Number Magazine
Winner Announced: No later than July 1, 2017
Finalists: A list of nine finalists will be listed in Prime Number Magazine (Prime Number Magazine is a Press 53 publication)

Final Judges:
Poetry: Rebecca Foust, author of Paradise Drive, winner of the 2015 Press 53 Award for Poetry
Short Fiction: David Jauss, author of Glossolalia: New & Selected Stories

Seeking Participants for Research Study
Are you 18 or over? Are you a self-published writer? Library sciences graduate student Erin Ryan is seeking participants for an online, anonymous survey to inform her research study into self-published books and how they are preserved for posterity. This project has been reviewed by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at UNC-Chapel Hill. Complete information and the link to participate is located at the end of this newsletter.

Flying South 2017: Call for Submissions
Accepting Submissions: March 1-May 31, 2017
Entry Fee: $10 (members) / $15 (non-members)
Award: $2000 and publication

Fiction, Poetry, and Creative Non-Fiction categories will be accepted through the website .

Guidelines and info at .

Panel of Judges:

  • Poetry: Angell Caudill grew up in the Piedmont region of North Carolina and has long taken inspiration from its beauty and culture. Her illustrated book, Hope Swirls, has been described as part poetry, part philosophy, and part allegory. Her poetry has appeared in The Camel City Dispatch and The Haiku Journal.
  • Creative Non-Fiction: Twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, Jennifer Stevenson Vincent has a distinguished career in print journalism, including senior staff writer at the St. Petersburg (Fla.)Times. A founder of Winston-Salem Writers, she's taught creative non-fiction at New York University, the University of South Florida and Salem College. 

 Fiction Judges:

  • Ray Morrison is an award-winning writer whose stories have appeared in numerous journals and magazines, including Ecotone, Carve, Beloit Fiction Journal, and Fiction Southeast. He is the author of the story collection, In a World of Small Truths (Press 53).
  • Bob Shar, balding, arthritic, 64, and quite the catch, has been writing fiction since he was a teen. His stories have appeared in Stoneboat, South Carolina Review, Bartleby-Snopes, 2 Bridges Review, Bacopa Literary Review, Greensboro Review  and elsewhere. Links to stories published online are available at
  • Steve Lindahl is the author of three novels, Motherless Soul (ATTMP), White Horse Regressions (ATTMP) and Hopatcong Vision Quest (Solstice). His short fiction has appeared in The Alaska Quarterly, The Wisconsin Review, Eclipse and others. He served for five years on the staff of The Crescent Review. (

Piedmont Plus Senior Games & Silver Arts Lit Competition
Deadline: March 31, 2017
Sponsored by Winston Salem Recreation & Parks, submission guidelines and entry forms have been posted for 2017. Click HERE to find out all you need to know to compete for a medal in a variety of literary genres — awards ceremony included! 

Second Spring Arts Festival
April 1, 2017
2017 Second Springs Arts Festival Literary Competition information and submission guidelines for poetry, short story, essay and memoir. Winners will be included in the 2017 Second Springs Literary Anthology and receive a free copy. Deadline for submission is April 1.

Camel City Dispatch
Camel City Dispatch is 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. 


Hey Now!
Deborah Wilson, John Haugh, Judie Holcomb-Pack and Barbara Mellin participated in a public reading of their original works as part of the Spoken Word Ekphrastic Event on Feb 10 at Unleashed Arts Gallery. Their writings were inspired by Brown Paper Bag, a photography exhibit by Owens Daniels. Many thanks to Mr. Daniels for this opportunity to collaborate!

For A Good Time!
Camel City Dispatch recently featured a story by Tony Lindsay titled “Waiting” and poetry by Donna Wallace (“In a Driveway at Dusk”, “Mother Irons” and “Processional”). If you have heard Tony read at Open Mic, you know you’ll want to CLICK HERE for a good time. For Donna’s poetry, CLICK HERE

Thank you Camel City Dispatch and member Carol Roan for giving us some hang time with CCD!

Got published? Reached a goal or milestone? Email your member news to As always, send it “copy ready” for the newsletter

Are you 18 or over? Are you a self-published writer? I’m reaching out to ask if you’d like to participate in a survey to inform my research study into self-published books and how they are preserved for posterity. What happens to our masterpieces in the long-term, after the print runs have stopped? (Although of course we hope they never do!)
This research is for my master’s paper at UNC-Chapel Hill, where I’m a second-year graduate student in library science and archives/records management. Before starting this graduate program, I was a member of the Charlotte Writers’ Club and was the CWC webmaster for several years. I’ve also self-published two books of my own.
The anonymous survey will only take about 5 minutes of your time. To access it, please click this link: — or, if the survey does not open automatically, copy and paste the URL into your browser.
The survey will close on March 17, 2017, at 11:59 pm.
(Note: By clicking on the link to the survey above, you are consenting to participate in this study. Please remember you may leave the survey at any time. I will not count responses from anyone under 18, or from anyone who is not a self-published writer.
At the end of the survey, there will be an option to volunteer to participate in a short interview to discuss your responses to the survey questions in more detail. If you choose to volunteer, you will be taken to a new page that will allow you to enter an email address so that we may contact you. You do not have to choose this option. Not all participants who choose this option will be contacted. The emails will not be linked to the survey responses, which remain anonymous.
This project has been reviewed by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at UNC-Chapel Hill. If you have questions or concerns about your rights as a research subject, you may contact the IRB at 919-966-3113 or by email to
Thank you for considering this! If you have any questions about this study, please contact me at the email address listed below. I hope you’ll decide to fill it out and that you’ll find it interesting. If you’d like to see the final paper resulting from this study, please contact me and I’ll be glad to share it with you.

Erin Ryan
MSLS/Archives and Records Management Candidate 2017
UNC-Chapel Hill, School of Information and Library Science
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