WSW Newsletter | November 1
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The Art of Failure: Creativity and the Benefits of
Not Always Succeeding 
Monday, November 28 | 7:00p-8:30p
Location: Reynolda Branch Library, 2839 Fairlawn Dr., Winston-Salem 
Cost: Free and open to the public; registration is encouraged to ensure seating.

Parking: Free parking is available at the library at the Reynolda Manor shopping center across the street 

John McNally will talk from his book (forthcoming, University of Iowa Press) about the importance of failure -- failure as an aspect of the writing craft.  Whether you are a success at failure or not, come join in on this conversation. Invite your writing buddies—this program is free and open to the public.
John has written The Creative Writer’s Survival Guide: Advice from an Unrepentant Novelist and Vivid and Continuous: Essays and Exercises for Writing Fiction (both University of Iowa Press). Three forthcoming books are about the importance of failure, a memoir, and a historical novel.
His young adult novel, Lord of the Ralphs (2015), is an adaptation of his novel The Book of Ralph. His short stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in over a hundred publications, including One Teen Story, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Washington Post. A former professor of English at Wake Forest University, he is now Professor and Writer-in-Residence at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. A native of Chicago’s southwest suburb Burbank, John divides his time between Lafayette, Louisiana, and Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
For more information about John and his books, visit his website by clicking HERE.


Poetry In Plain Sight, Live! 
Saturday, November 12 | 2:30p-4:30p
Location: New Winston Museum, 713 Marshall St., SW, Winston Salem
Join Winston--Salem Writers for ‘Poetry in Plain Sight, Live! featuring poems from the Fall season: September, October, and November.
Poems will be included from: Barbara Mellin, Pam Baggett, Caroljean Gavin, Renee Butner, Glenis Redmond, Gabrielle Brant Freeman, Barbara Presnell, Terri Kirby Erickson, Becky Gould Gibson, Grace Ellis, Peg Bresnahan, and Mary Ricketson.
This live reading is free and open to the public. Book and poetry poster sales will be available. Don’t miss this chance to mingle among North Carolina poets from across our state who support our efforts to put ‘Poetry in Plain Sight.’ 
Sponsors: Bookmarks, North Carolina Writers’ Network, GreeNest.
Special thanks to our sponsor Press 53, celebrating eleven years in October, and our collaborating partner in Poetry in Plain Sight from the start of the program.

Open Mic Night
Wednesday, November 16 | 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 Word Is Out
Tuesday, November 29 | 7:00p
WSW now Co-Sponsors a SECOND Open Mic!
Held at the Southside Branch Library Auditorium: 3185 Buchanan St. 

Writers Night Out
Friday, January 27, 2017 | 7:00p
Writers Night Out will resume after the holiday season.
Board Meeting
Monday, November 7 | 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. 

North Carolina Poetry Society (NCPS) Opportunities
Saturday, January 21, 2017
North Carolina Poetry Society’s annual winter meeting will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2017 and will feature readings by Maureen Sherbondy and Michael McFee, along with open mic. It will be held at the beautiful
Weymouth Center for the Arts in Southern Pines, NC. For more details about this event, click HERE.

Also the NCPS IS NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS for the 2017 Adult Contests and Awards beginning November 1 through January 20. An extensive list of categories and awards, guidelines and information can be found HERE.
If you write poetry, just “click, read, submit” — pretty simple, right? NCPS membership not required.


Wraith Infirmity Muses
Wraith Infirmity Muses is now accepting submissions for flash fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry and art.

Former WSW intern and Salem College senior Pat Berryhill has launched this niche literary magazine that gives voice to invisible illness and those that love someone with an invisible illness. We are proud of this artist for filling a void in creative expression. She has been a featured Poetry In Plain Sight poet whose creative talents reach beyond the written word.

To check it out and to submit, click HERE 

Urban Stages Emerging Playwright Award
No submission fee
Award: $500

No deadline. Year-round submissions accepted. Full-length plays only. Seven actors or less (doubling is fine). Plays may have been produced or developed elsewhere, but never produced in New York City. Subject matter and character variations are open. We select 15-20 plays for readings. From these, we select 1-3 plays annually for our workshopping phase. Our workshops are meant to prepare a play for our Off-Broadway stage. From our workshops, we select 1-2 plays for full productions, complete with a playwright’s contract and compensation (separate from the award). More information and to submit 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. 

Here's A Hint
Winston Salem Writers Board of Directors is planning some exciting events and opportunities early in 2017. Here’s a hint of things to come:

  • Pencil in the Saturday mornings of January 14th, 21st and 28th. A series of craft development topics for fiction, creative non-fiction and the critique group process will soon be announced. Featured speakers are experts in their field of writing. FREE to members, open to non-members.
  • Tentatively, Saturday February 18th a craft development program for poets will feature a major NC poet. Details are still being arranged.
  • Yes…another Open Mic is in the planning stages! We feel, like ice cream, you can never get enough. Watch for the scoop — our “daytimers" will be pleased.
  • If you are interested in being involved with these and other opportunities, contact Your creativity with the newsletter, website, events and service on the Board is welcome.
  • If you snooze, you lose. But if you are the first newsletter reader to email, you will receive a free copy of Flying South 2017!
Rules for Effective Writing
Member and published writer Sam Barbee suggested posting these “Rules for effective writing” by Kurt Vonnegut, author of Cat's Cradle and Slaughterhouse Five. Thank you, Sam. We like writers tips:
  1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel that the time was wasted.
  2.  Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.
  3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.
  4.  Every sentence must do one of two things - reveal character or advance the action.
  5. Start as close to the end as possible.
  6. Be a sadist.
  7. Write to please just one person.
  8. Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible.
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