WSW Newsletter | January 24
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You’ve been attending our Craft Development Series “Writing Resolutions: Kicking the New Year Off on the Write Foot”.

Or you’ve been schlepping your scripts to critique groups all winter.

Maybe you’ve been hiding under a rock, plotting novels, or flashing your fiction to your friends.

Y’all ought-a COME ON OUT and read your stuff at Open Mic. Hear what others are working on. We know it’s all work-in-progress, because you’re a writer-in-progress. No critique—just a friendly audience in an encouraging atmosphere.

If you are new to Winston Salem Writers (did I mention we grew by over 20 new members this month?), Open Mic is one of the best ways to meet other writers and hobnob about the writing life.

We have two open mic events in two different locations each month. For specific dates, times and details, see EVENTS listings below. 

Hope to see you there!

The Word Is Out
Tuesday, January 31 | 7:00p
Word Is Out! will be held Tuesday, January 31 at 7PM (the last Tuesday each month) at the Southside Branch Library Auditorium, 3185 Buchanan St, Winston Salem.

Open Mic Night
Tuesday, February 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


The Nitty Gritty of Craft Development
by Pamela Henderson Kirkland

CURRENTLY FULL, email to be added to the wait list You will receive acknowledgement by email.
When: Jan 28, 10AM-12NN
Location: Milton Rhodes Arts Center, 251 N Spruce St, Winston Salem. The workshop will be held in the conference room next to the lobby reception desk.

Cost: free for WSW members, $5 for Writers Group of the Triad and Sisters in Crime members, $15 non-members (cash or check only; payment accepted at the door)

Parking in the Milton Rhodes lot across the street is FREE for workshop attendees.

Local English teacher extraordinaire (what writer did not have such an inspiration in their life) Pamela Henderson Kirkland will guide attendees in the nitty gritty work of craft development when she presents ideas for richer, deeper work within critique groups.  She is a member of the R. J. Reynolds Arts Magnet High School faculty.  Ms. Kirkland currently teaches 9th grade seminar and British Literature at RJ Reynolds High School. She has recently completed her masters work in Transnational and Multicultural Literatures at East Carolina University, and plans to take a year off to write.

Click HERE to read more about the January series here in the Winston Salem Journal.

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.


Writers Night Out
Friday, January 27 | 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.

Board Meeting
Monday, February 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 January 2, 2017 and discussed:
  • The new “1st Tuesday” schedule has started for Open Mic. 
  • Our 2017 Programs kick-off on January 14th with Personal Essay by Lee Zacharias followed by Charlie Lovett’s  January 21st talk on character and setting development in the world of fiction and wraps up with Pamela Kirkland’s craft development through critique  on January 28th.  All programs begin at 10:00 a.m. in the conference room of MRC.  Coffee and juice will be offered and pastries may be purchased at Coffee Park.  
  • March 1 is the opening date for submissions to the 2017 Flying South contest. Information will be available at the January and February workshops as well as on the WSW website. 
If you have comments or questions about any of these items, you may email board secretary Angell Caudill at

ekp·hra·sis noun \'ek-frə-səs\ : a literary response to a visual work of art
Local photographer Owens Daniels has invited our members to collaborate through spoken word for his exhibit titled “Brown Paper Bag” — photography that explores “colorism” within African American culture and how it influences perceptions of self. Opening February 3 at Unleashed Arts Center, view his work — and let your pencil fly. The spoken word event will be held on Friday, Feb 10, Unleashed Arts Center, 205 W 6th St, Winston Salem. 

Email for questions or to express your interest in participating. 

Click HERE to see these striking, evocative images and learn more about Owens Daniels.

2 Leaf Press
Deadline: February 1, 2017
2 Leaf Press has opened submissions for their Black Lives Have Always Mattered Anthology, a Collection of Essays, Poems and Personal Narratives.  CLICK HERE for submission guidelines.

Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition
March 1, 2017
Entry Fee: $10 (members) / $15 (non-members)
Award: $200 and publication

The Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition accepts one-poem submissions. The contest awards the winner $200 and publication in storySouth. Facilitated by the MFA in Creative Writing Program at UNCG; sponsored by the North Carolina Writers' Network. Click HERE for more information. 

Open Critique Groups
Some Winston Salem Writers critique groups currently have openings. For guidelines,  information,  or to express your interest visit the WSW Website HERE and provide your contact information and genre(s).

An effective, productive critique process is both a skill and an art. We are also seeking members willing to help new groups get off to a good start. Books such as A Complete Guide to Writers Groups That Work by B. J. Taylor or How To Start And Run a Writers Critique Group by Carol J. Amato are also helpful resources.

Wanted: Writers!
To join WSW’s ‘Member Spotlight’ editorial team. Interview members and submit content for WSW’s website 2-3 times per year. For an example, visit the WSW Website HERE  to see the crafty Deborah Johnson Wood’s article about the celebrated Steve Mitchell of Scuppernong Books, Greensboro. Deborah is a strong writer and editor, so working with this team is an education in itself. This is a volunteer position. (Hey, if I don’t get paid, you don’t either…)

Heart of a Man
Vineyards Press will publish Heart of a Man in 2017, an anthology of men’s writings that will help show women who men are. Our first call for submissions elicited 400; fourteen will be in the anthology. Other pieces slated for inclusion are by John Updike, Philip Roth, Michael Chabon, Tim O'Brien, and John Crawford. But we need a few more stories by men about male-unique experiences. The writer must be male, the story must have happened to him, and it must help women better see and understand who men are. Click HERE for more information. 


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. 


Ask An Old Person
“A Travel Guide to Old Age” Cheryl Davis (70) and Carol Roan (85) will talk about their adventurous trips into aging at an Ask an Old Person Anything event at Scuppernong Books. Drop off your questions beforehand, or bring them to Scuppernong on January 24 at 7:00 pm.

Gotta See This
Grace Ellis's play BARK will have a production at the Greensboro Fringe Festival, February 2 and 3 at 7 PM and February 4 at 4 PM (over in time for the Super Bowl), at the Greensboro Cultural Arts Center. The site-specific play involves a hot-shot New York artist, a peculiar "outsider artist," a gallery owner, and her best friend since college days. Suggested donation of $10 at the door. More at The 15th Annual Greensboro Fringe Festival - January 19th thru February 6th, 19 Days of Live Theatre and Dance

For Seniors Only magazine (Jan 12 issue) featured an article in the “Writers Corner” column by former President Sam Barbee. Click HERE  to read it online, and find out some of the secrets to Sam’s writing life. His poem Wintry Mix was published in the winter edition of O.Henry Magazine and is from his collection That Rain We Needed (Press 53) which was a finalist for the 2016 Roanoke-Chowan Award. Yikes, that’s some serious success.

Carol Roan's short story, "Porch Talk," was a finalist for the 2017 Rash Award in Fiction, and will be published in Broad River Review. Congratulations, Carol!

Board members Steve Lindahl, Judie Holcomb-Pack and Donna Wallace represented Winston Salem Writers at the Piedmont Plus Senior Games & Silver Arts Kickoff event this month, providing information about WSW to many attendees curious about who we are and what we do. Guess what? Some folks joined!

If you are a member of Winston Salem Writers, have published a book and would like to post it on our “Members Books” page, send a digital file of the cover art and a link for purchase to We hope to redesign that page this year, making the covers and authors more accessible and visible.


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