WSW Newsletter | January 10
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January 2017 Craft Development Series
Writing Resolution: Kicking Off the New Year on the Write Foot

Winston-Salem Writers is pleased to present our January craft development series – “2017 Writing Resolutions: Kicking the New Year Off on the Write Foot.”  For three consecutive Saturdays – January 14th, 21st, and 28th , WSW will host three local literary talents in workshops open to the public.  All workshops will be in the conference room of the Milton Rhodes Center, 10AM- 12NN.  You may register for all three events or for individual sessions. 

Cost: free for WSW members, $5 per workshop for Writers Group of the Triad, $15 per workshop for non-members (cash or check only; payment accepted at the workshop)

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.

Seating is limited and filling up fast. Pre-register by emailing and indicate the workshops you wish to attend. You will receive confirmation by email. 
*January 14th workshop is full- email to be placed on the waitlist.

Parking in the Milton Rhodes lot across the street is FREE for attendees. Coffee and juice provided, pastries and coffee drinks may be purchased at Coffee Park located in the building

Read more about the January series here in the Winston Salem Journal.
January 14th, Dr. Lee Zacharias will speak on the art of personal essay.  Lee Zacharias is the author of a novel, Lessons, a book of short stories, Helping Muriel Make It through the Night, and a book of essays, The Only Sounds We Make.  She has published numerous essays, short stories, and photographs and is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the North Carolina Arts Council. In addition to writing workshops in fiction and nonfiction, she teaches courses in the structure of fiction and in the contemporary novel. She is the recipient of the 2001 College, 2002 University of North Carolina Board of Governors, and 2003 South Atlantic Modern Language Association Awards for teaching excellence.
January 21st,  hear local New York Times Best Selling author Charlie Lovett share ideas on character development and setting description within the novel.  Charlie Lovett is a former antiquarian bookseller, an avid book collector, and a member of The Grolier Club, the oldest and largest club for bibliophiles in North America. He is the author of The Bookman’s TaleFirst Impressions, and The Further Adventures of Ebenezer Scrooge. In 2015, Lovett curated Alice Live!, a major exhibition of Lewis Carroll and Alice memorabilia at the New York Public Library for Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, as well as wrote a new introduction for Penguin Classics’ 150th anniversary edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. He and his wife split their time between Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and Kingham, Oxfordshire, in England.  His newest work, “The Lost Book of the Grail” is due out in February 2017 and promises “mystery, history and a hidden treasure.”
January 28th, local English teacher extraordinaire (what writer did not have such an inspiration in their life) will guide attendees in the nitty gritty work of craft development when she presents ideas for richer, deeper work within critique groups.  Pamela Henderson Kirkland 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, breathe, sleep, and have a life before making the ludicrous decision to pursue her PhD. Poetry has been a constant companion since childhood, and she lives to write on real paper with real ink.
Why not consider joining WSW? 
Annual membership is $36.  For membership information see

To reserve your place (seating is limited) email . Be sure to include which sessions you plan to attend in your email.
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.

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
Note: the first of 2017’s Milton Rhodes Center Open Mic was held on January 3rd. This event has shifted to the first Tuesday each month.

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


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

Flying South 2017
Winston Salem Writers is pleased to announce the 2017 contest and new submission guidelines for Flying South is available on the website HERE


  • POETRY (submit up to 3 poems, 10 pages maximum)
  • FICTION (including flash fiction, short story, and novel excerpt. Up to 5000 words)
  • NON FICTION (including memoir, essay, journal entries, and other creative non-fiction. Up to 3500 words)

All works accepted for publication will receive 1 copy of Flying South 2017.

The three Best in Category winners will be chosen from works accepted for publication in Flying South 2017 and will receive $500 each.

The President's Favorite winner will be chosen from the three Best in Category winners and will receive an additional $500 for a total of $1000.

Entry fee is $10 members, $15 nonmembers. For more information and careful review of the guidelines, click on the link above.


Piedmont Plus: Senior Games & Silver Arts

Click HERE  for information about the PIEDMONT PLUS Senior Games & Silver Arts Kickoff Party, Jan 13 10AM-12NN at the Hanes Hosiery Rec Center, 501 Reynolds Blvd. Information, entry forms and submission guidelines will be available at this event. Find out how you can participate in the literary arts division of this competition.


Ashville Poetry Review:William Matthews Poetry Prize
January 15, 2017
Entry Fee: $20

First Prize: $1,000, publication in Asheville Poetry Review, and a featured reading in Asheville, NC at Malaprop's Bookstore.

Second Prize: $250, publication, and a featured reading in Asheville

Third Prize: Publication and a featured reading in Asheville

Final Judge for 2017: Cornelius Eady
The final judging process will be “blind” (all identifying information will be removed from the poems).

All submissions will be considered for publication.
Postmark Deadline: January 15, 2017

Send 1-3 poems, any style, any theme, any length, with a $20 entry fee
(payable to Asheville Poetry Review) to:
William Matthews Poetry Prize
c/o Asheville Poetry Review
PO Box 7086
Asheville, NC 28802

HERE for more information. 

Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize
Deadline: January 30, 2017
Entry Fee: $15 for NCWN members, $25 for nonmembers

The Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize honors internationally celebrated North Carolina novelist Thomas Wolfe. The prize is administered by the Great Smokies Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. The winner receives $1,000 and possible publication in The Thomas Wolfe Review.

The competition is open to all writers regardless of geographical location or prior publication.
For more information click HERE 

Camel City Dispatch
After a brief hiatus, Camel City Dispatch is back on line and 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. 

Barbara Rizza Mellin’s poem, Irises, was accepted along with her painting of the same name, for "Art of Ekphrasis" exhibit (Jan. 13-Feb25, 2017) at Blue Line Arts Gallery, Roseville, California.

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.

Available to View
John Haugh’s poem “Captain’s Bed” was placed in Driftwood Press, Volume Four: Issue One, available to view online HERE.  Be sure to read the interview following the poem. Congratulations, John. Your critique group must be outstanding!

Susan Williamson’s prose poem titled “Red Pears” was featured in Camel City Dispatch on Jan 4th alongside Barbara Rizza Mellin’s painting by the same title. Can you say “ekphrastic”?

Don't Miss
Camel City Dispatch also featured works by poets David Hill (Dec 15) and R. Lee Riley (Dec 28). Take a break and take a read HEREBetter yet, come to Open Mic and these guys may be there to read it TO you!

Gaining Speed
Former WSW President Carol Roan writes: My short story, "After God Left," went on line this morning (Dec 19)  Click HERE to read. Bindweed is an online magazine in the UK, with the motto, "Poetry and Prose with Panache."  Each piece is only featured for 4 days, but will remain accessible in the archive; after the end of the year, they publish in paperback form.

Congratulations, Carol! Take note, youngsters: Carol is gaining speed and probably already passed you! 

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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