WSW Newsletter | September 13
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How to Write It... and How to Get it Published
Saturday, October 14, 2017 | 1:00p-5:00p

Mountcastle Forum in the Milton Rhodes Center
261 Spruce St. N, W-S

General Admission: $25
WSW Members: $10

Payment at the door. Cash or check only. 

A four hour workshop covering "Eight Exquisite, Essential, Exceptional, Writing Techniques to Master for any Genre" and "An Intro to Agenting and Publishing."  

To register, email
You will receive an email confirmation after the registration email.
Seating is limited. Doors open at 12:30 p.m.

For more information about Winston Salem Writers visit 

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


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.

4 on 4th Local Authors Series
Wednesday, Septemebr 27 | 7:00p
Bookmarks Bookstore: 634 W. 4th St. 
Click HERE for location & parking information
Free, open to the public

In partnership with Bookmarks, WSW will host four local authors for this free public reading event. Come meet and hear member-author Phil Bradley, Warren Walters, Dwedor Ford and Kelly Sokol read from their work. Come early to browse the bookstore, grab a seat and enjoy a rich sampling of genre.

Books will be available for purchase, and a book signing will follow the event. 


DADA's First Friday Gallery Hop @ Bright Leaf Bookshop
Bright Lead Bookshop, 227 W. Fifth St.
Calling all poets! 

In partnership with Downtown Arts District Association and Bright Leaf Books, WSW is seeking poets interested in participating in a public reading of their work during select First Friday Gallery Hop nights.

For details and to express your interest, contact Ed Robson . Preference given to WSW members.


“How To Write a How-To Book” workshop scheduled for Saturday, September 16th is postponed. But stay tuned! We plan to reschedule this program in 2018."
Writers Night Out
Friday, September 22 | 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, September 26 | 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, October 3 | 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
Monday, October 2| 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.


Greensboro Bound is presenting Writing as the Third Act: Writers Over 50 on Craft, Creativity, and Aging at Scuppernong Books, 304 South Elm Street, Greensboro, on Sunday, September 24 at 2:00 p.m. Panelists Ellen Fischer (children’s author), John Hohn (fiction/poetry), Janet Joyner (poetry/short story), and Carol Roan (fiction/creative nonfiction) will be discussing writing as a second (or third) career, the importance of creativity in aging, and ageism in the publishing and literary community. The motto: it is never too late to start writing.

View related content in For Seniors Only magazine HERE

Crosby Scholars is hosting “Essay Writing Bootcamps” for seniors to bring in their essays for review in person. Some students prefer to talk with someone one-on-one rather than emailing them for review. When the seniors register for this academy, they are given a time slot to arrive and rotate to meet with three readers. I am looking for volunteers to meet with seniors to review their application essays. The dates we have reserved so far are listed below. All programs are hosted at the Goodwill Industries Building off University Parkway (2701 University Parkway, W-S) Please contact Maggie DeBaugh ( if you are interested in helping on any of these dates:
September 13 from 6:30-8:30pm
September 21 from 6:30-8:30pm

Sun. Sept 17, 2-6 pm, Chris Roerden invites her fellow WSWriters to the High Point Library to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Sisters in Crime and the 14th birthday of SinC's Triad NC Chapter (of which she is a founding mother). 

Visitors will enjoy anniversary cake in the lobby and queue up for 15-minute one-on-one consults with 3 professionals: Jacque Perkins, forensics specialist; Marc Fountain, web designer (also WSW member); and Chris Roerden, book editor, writing instructor, and award-winning author. 

Following, "Love, Money, & Murder: Writing & Marketing the Romantic Suspense Novel & the Cozy" will be presented by a panel of 3 authors, Agnes Alexander, Jane Tesh, and Victoria Gilbert. Among them, they've written more than 60 novels. 

At 5 pm members of the Triad Chapter will meet & greet visitors and sign & sell their books. 
The High Point Library is located at 901 N. Main Street. Doors open at 1:30. For more information:  (Note that "and More" is part of the chapter's masthead.

Flying South 2017 contributors John Haugh, Michael Gaspeny, Rebecca Davis, and Rick Jordan will be featured at a public reading at Scuppernong Books, 304 S Elm St in Greensboro at 7PM, Monday October 23. Do not miss this. Cool bookstore, hip authors and a chance to purchase your own copy of Flying South 2017. 

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.



Summer Break is Almost Over

Summer break for WSW Script Group is almost over. It is time to plan for our new year. Anyone interested in writing scripts for stage, television, or film; anyone interested in improving written dialogue in fiction; anyone interested in reading scripts aloud for others--all are invited to attend.

Traditionally, we have met the second Saturday of each month. Stay tuned for an announcement of our new meeting place.

For info or to express interest, email


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.


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

Carol Roan won second place in the Elizabeth Simpson Smith short story contest for her short story, Halloween. Congratulations, Carol! We can’t help but wonder if we might hear some of this story at an Open Mic?

Liz Bergstone entered her article on "The Real Secret Garden" in the 86th Annual Writer's Digest Writing competition and was awarded an honorable mention in the Magazine Feature Article category. Among the ten competition categories there were over 5,100 entries. The article was previously published in the Winston-Salem Journal. Liz recently published her interview with WSW friend & best-selling author Charlie Lovett. Read it HERE 

The cover of September’s For Seniors Only magazine displays a photo of Janet Joyner reading her poetry at the popular monthly 4 on 4th Local Author series. Read about Janet and authors Ray Morrison, Martha Chamberlain and Bonnie Doerr  featured at the August reading HERE 

John Hohn contributed an article to the Writer’s Corner column titled “On the Awkwardness of Aging” in For Seniors Only magazine September issueCome to Open Mic at Milton Rhodes Center at 7PM the first Tuesday each month, and you might catch John reading his prose and poetry! Wonderful stuff.

Steve Lindahl's novel, Hopatcong Vision Quest recently won a 2017 CIPA Evvy Merit Award in Historical Fiction. The CIPA EVVYs is one of the longest-running book award competitions on the Indie publishing scene, running for nearly 25 years. The annual contest is sponsored by the Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA), along with the CIPA Education and Literacy Foundation (ELF).

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