WSW Newsletter | April 10
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The Word Is Out
Tuesday, April 25 | 7:00p
Free & open to the public! 
Southside Branch Library Auditorium, 3185 Buchanan St, Winston Salem.

Authoring Action is proud to be a part of April’s Word is Out! Open Mic. Teen authors will present original pieces as spoken word. If you’ve never heard them, come and witness their moving, challenging words. As always, the mic will be open to any writer in attendance.

Authoring Action is dedicated to teaching and developing young people as authors, artists and articulate advocates for social change. Teens write their own pieces to topics of relevance and importance. These pieces are presented to audiences with the intent to inspire action and change in our community. This non-profit group works with teens year-round through the Assegai Ensemble, the Just Us program and a 5-week summer intensive program. 

Learn more and consider supporting 

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 A few spots still available. 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.

The Word Is Out
Tuesday, April 25 | 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.

This month will feature teen writers of Authoring Action and recognize Jill Hinckley Noble for her longtime support of this monthly event. Open mic for all writers in attendance.

Writers Night Out
Friday, April 28 | 6:30-10:00p
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.

Creative Writing Brown Bag Luncheon
Friday, April 28 | 12:00p
Milton Rhodes Center, 251 Spruce St N, Winston Salem
On The Same Poem 2017 Celebrates the Poetry of Nathaniel Mackey, Duke University, Reynolds Price Professor of Creative Writing

You are cordially invited to join us for a special event. Bookmarks will provide books for sale during the book signing following the poetry reading.

Please bring a brown bag lunch. Drinks and desserts are provided.

Nathaniel Mackey’s work has been called “a brilliant renewal of and experiment with the language of our spiritual condition and a measure of what poetry gives in trust—‘heart’s/meat’ and the rush of language to bear it.”
Board Meeting
Monday, May 1 | 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. 

Open Mic Night
Tuesday, May 2 | 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


Works in Progress
Late May | Details TBD

The WSW Script Group will sponsor an informal reading in late May of short plays or scenes, as we've done the past two years. We call it "Works in Progress." 

All writers who meet the following requirements will have their work accepted:

  •  Be a member of the Winston-Salem Writers.
  •  Write a ten-minute play or a select a ten-minute scene from a longer play that you have written.
  • Attend at least one meeting of the Script Group and have your selected play or scene read aloud for feedback.
  • Submit by May 15 to

Playwrights recruit their own casts and conduct their own rehearsals for a very informal reading in late May —time and place to be announced.

There is one more chance to attend a script group meeting--May 13.
Meetings are on the ground floor of the New Winston Museum, 713 Marshall Street, SW, at 2 PM.


Details forthcoming - but you wont want to miss these!

  • The next quarterly Meeting of the Minds will be held on Saturday May 13 10:00A-12:00p. Topic, you ask? TBD, as our speaker on 3-D printer technology will be rescheduled for a future date. 
  • Annual Meeting & Celebration will be held Sunday June 4 from 5PM - 8PM at the Lake at Lissara Lodge in Lewisville. A brief meeting of the membership to elect the 2017-18 Board of Directors and a time to celebrate all we have accomplished this year! This will be a catered event free to members, with the option to purchase a meal for your guest. RSVP info and the 2017-2018 slate of officers will be listed in the next newsletter.

Contact for specifics, information or to express your interest.
Visit our webpage HERE
 to see a list & description of all active groups.

There are currently openings in the genres for adult & children’s fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction.

WSW has established a new yet-to-be-named “kidlit” group for authors writing picture books to young adult, including fiction and non-fiction. This is WSW’s first online group that will enjoy
in-person  meet-ups from time to time. Leader & author Robyn Campbell is experienced in this format and offers this description:

“We will develop our characters, structure our plots, write strong query letters, and much more. The plan is to have face to face meetings online and also meet in person several times a year. A typical meeting consists of critiques and talking through any areas that we feel stuck on. There are no monthly requirements, like critiquing so many pages a week, but we want you to be very serious about your writing, have a willingness to be critiqued, and a desire to give useful and tactful critiques for others in the group.”

New Group
WSW has an experienced coordinator for a new Monday evening poetry group. This group would meet once a month.

Fiction Group Accepting
A new fiction group called "The Condottieri” (Writers Seeking Contracts) is accepting new members. Here is the description from Dan Davis, coordinator:

“For fiction, any genre. Like our sister group "The Conspiracy (Writers Hatching Plots), The Condottieri is a critique group focusing on "big picture" issues such as plot, pacing, and conflict. We don't spend time worrying about editorial stuff like grammar or punctuation. Our primary goal is to help you sell your fiction, and we believe the best way to do that is to tell a good story. Critique sessions will concentrate on ways to trim the fat, enhance the characters, and get the action moving. Writers of all levels welcome.”


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

Shorts for the Screen Contest
Deadline: May 22, 2017
Greensboro’s Drama Center Pictures will hold its inaugural Shorts for the Screen Contest, a screenplay competition. The winning entry will be turned into a film by Drama Center Pictures. Qualifications: minimum 13 years old, a resident of NC, or be a member of Drama Center Pictures. Scripts must be written in standard screenwriting format, no longer than six pages (not including a title page). The script should accommodate a low-budget with a maximum of five actors.

E-mail submissions to
Subject line: “DCP Script Submission.”
For more info, contact Todd Fisher at 336-373-2974

2017 Flying South submission guidelines and judges biographies available HERE

Spring Conference

North Carolina Writers Network 2017 Spring Conference will be held Saturday April 22 on the UNC-Greensboro campus in the Moore Humanities and Research Building.

It is a full day of workshops, conversations, and discussions on the craft and business of writing and publishing. For more information and to register, click HERE

The Writers' Workshop
20th Annual Writers' Retreat at Folly Beach, SC
May 18-21, 2017

Open to a small group of beginning or experienced writers, this is an ideal place to relax, write and review participant’s work.  Daily sessions in fiction, creative non-fiction and memoirs will be led by The Writers’ Workshop instructors. Participants stay at a beach house near the ocean.

The all-inclusive rate (except for meals) is $495 for a private room, or $450 shared.
The commuter rate is $55 per day.

Please register a.s.a.p. since space is limited, at, or contact 828-254-8111 / for more information.

Karen Ackerson, Exec. Director, The Writers' Workshop
387 Beaucatcher Rd, Asheville, NC 28805


Accepted for Publication
Michael Gaspeny’s poetry chapbook, tentatively titled Rewrite Man, has been accepted for publication by Finishing Line Press. His poem titled “Re-Write Man Transformed in Venice” won Winston Salem Writers 2016 Flying South Best-In-Category prize for poetry. This man can pitch a poem, that’s for sure!

Member Spotlight
Read about Steve Lindahl, WSW’s editor of Flying South 2017 in the new Member Spotlight feature written by Angell Caudill  Click HERE.  If you are interested in writing a Member Spotlight feature, please contact

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


From author and former president Carol Roan, a tip we shall title:
Keep On Keepin' On
In 2014 I began submitting one of my short stories, “Porch Talk,” to various contests and journals. One of the 19 rejections offered this advice: “There’s too much exposition, and you should rethink the ending.” After rethinking the ending, which refused to be changed, I added another paragraph to what they evidently thought was “exposition.”   
More submissions, more rejections. Then in January this year I received notice that “Porch Talk” was a finalist for the 2016 Rash Award in Fiction and would be published in Broad River Review.
I dutifully withdrew the story from the Dana Awards contest and the 3 others that had not yet rejected it. So why bother to open the April 1 email from Dana Awards 2016? Why bother to read it? Even though I’d withdrawn it, “Porch Talk” was a finalist for the Dana Award in Short Fiction.
One of the 2,039 submissions Vicky Lettmann and I received, and accepted, for our anthology, When Last on the Mountain: The View from Writers over 50, was from a 92-year-old. I marveled, not because she was still writing—if you’re a writer, you write—but that she was still submitting,  at 92, still willing to face rejection


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