WSW Newsletter | October 18
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Writers Night Out
Friday, October 28 | 6:30-10:00p

Bring a dish to share and join us for a fine night of writing and friendship. This is the last Writers Night Out for 2016! We will resume this popular Meet-and-Eat in January 2017. 

Contact Coordinator Sheila Englehart ( for this month's location.
Writers Group of the Triad:
How Did You Get Yourself Published

Saturday, November 19 | 1:30p-4:00p
Location: Broome Hall, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 607 North Greene Street, Greensboro
Cost:  WGOT members $20/Nonmembers $30/Students with I.D. $5.
Cash or check; pay at the door.
To register:  Call or text Diana Engel at 336-329-3768 by Saturday, November 5.

Writers Group of the Triad: How Did You Get Yourself Published. 
As writers, we see our ultimate goal as publication. Once our novels, short stories, memoirs or poems have been honed to their best, how do we open the door to publication, the reward being our books perhaps listed on Amazon or shouting our names from the shelves of the local bookstore? 
Come learn from some of Greensboro’s most outstanding authors:  Fred Chappell, Lee Zacharias, Quinn Dalton, June Willson Read and Douglas Smith.  Publishing in the genres of novel, short story, autobiographical essay and poetry will be covered.
These successful traditionally published and self-published authors will talk about their unique experiences, offering their wisdom to participating writers.

Open Mic Night
Wednesday, October 19 | 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, October 25 | 7:00p
WSW now Co-Sponsors a SECOND Open Mic!
 Held at the Southside Branch Library Auditorium: 3185 Buchanan St. 

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. 

Was Paul Bearus My Uncle?
WAS PAUL BEARUS MY UNCLE?, Mike J. Baron's true story, appeared in the September 2016 edition of FOR SENIORS ONLY MAGAZINE. To watch a 3-minute VIDEO of Mike reading his story at WSW’s OPEN MIC, click HERE

C’mon! Click! Click! This is way better than some of those cat videos you’ve been watching.

Steve Mitchell Shares
Steve Mitchell shares: So proud to have my story, Above the Rooftop, chosen as one of the top ten stories of Contrary's 10 years.

Editor Frances Badgett writes: "I remember the day I read this story. I remember the weather, I remember what I had for lunch. Sometimes I feel as if a story is just sitting there waiting for me. The thing I remember most was that this was the last story in the last batch for the issue, and I opened the file with tremendous hope—I still had a slot left for something magical, personal, gigantic in a few strokes. And here it is."

But, for God's Sake, don't just read mine. There are magical, stunning, beautiful stories here, as well as incredible poetry and essays.

Here's to another amazing 10 years for Contrary.

To read Steve’s story, click HERE 

Little Girl Blue 
The premier of Nathan Ross Freeman’s play “Little Girl Blue” is coming to the stage this week, Oct 20-23 at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art. Read Lynn Felder’s excellent article about Freeman’s play in Sunday’s Winston Salem Journal HERE. 

For more info about dates, times and tickets, click HERE to view the Community Arts Calendar. 
Congratulations, Nathan!



Second Spring Arts Festival Seeking Literary Arts Coordinator 

Second Spring Arts Festival, a visual, literary and performance arts festival featuring the creativity of seniors age 60 and older, is looking for a Literary Arts Coordinator to join the 2017 planning committee.

This is a volunteer position to coordinate submissions and judging of literary entries (poetry, essay, narrative/short story, or other featured categories).

The Coordinator receives entries via email and USPS, notifies entrants of their receipt, maintains a log of entries, and determines how entries will be judged. He/she will select at least three judges appropriate to genre. The Coordinator provides copies of entries to the judges and compiles judges’ rankings on first, second and third-place in each category.

The Coordinator oversees the compiling and printing of an Anthology, provides copies to winners, and secures copies to sell at the Festival. He/she coordinates the literary event at the Festival where the winners are announced and invited to read their work.

Estimated time commitment is 10 hours a week, February 1 (contest opens) through March 31, and 15 hours a week from April 15 (contest closes) until the Festival on May 20. The Coordinator attends planning meetings which are monthly early in 2017, increasing to weekly as the Festival approaches.

Those interested in this position should contact Nancy Hall, Founder, at

Wells Fargo Community Enrichment Grant

The Wells Fargo Community Enrichment Mini-Grant provides community groups and individuals with small project grant funds up to $500 that will promote creativity and use art as a means to bring community together.  This program is open to individual residents, student and community groups, as well as local businesses in Forsyth County.  Criteria for funding includes community benefit and engagement; artistic and/or cultural merit; collaborations or partnerships; community diversity; and have additional sources of financial or in-kind support. Priority will be given to new applicants.

To read about recent recipients click HERE 
For details and upcoming deadlines 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. 


Dorris Betts Fiction Prize
Deadline: February 15, 2017
The Doris Betts Fiction Prize awards the first-prize winner $250 and publication in the North Carolina Literary Review. Finalists will also be considered for publication in the NCLR.

Eligibility and Guidelines

• The competition is open to any writer who is a legal resident of North Carolina or a member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network. North Carolina Literary Review subscribers with North Carolina connections (lives or has lived in NC) are also eligible.

• The competition is for previously unpublished short stories up to 6,000 words. Multiple entries ok, but each requires a separate entry fee. No novel excerpts. Stories do NOT have to relate to NCLRs annual special feature topic.

For more information, click HERE

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