WSW Newsletter | September 13
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Live Reading
Monday, September 26 | 7:00p
Scuppernong Books will host a reading of Flying South 2016 writers and poets Monday, September 26th at 7PM. Thirteen reasons to attend include: Patricia Slaga, Michael Gaspeny, Judy Midero, Kay Windsor, Lee Riley, Marjorie McNamara, Grace Ellis, Beth Copeland, Ed Robson, Charles Wheeler, Sarah Key, Sam Love, and Carol Roan.

Copies of Flying South 2016 will be available for purchase. Gosh, copies of lots of other fantastic reads are available for purchase at Scuppernong’s. Don’t tell me you’ve never been there. What on earth is keeping you?! It is at 304 S Elm St, Greensboro, and there’s a parking deck a block away at the corner of Washington and Greene St.— free after 6PM.
Time to Renew!
Important Notice For All WSWriters

ALL members renew in September. Annual dues are still $36.
Please renew today.

Help to make the transition to a uniform renewal date successful. Our goal is to have complete membership renewal by September 15. To be included in the online Directory, you MUST be renewed no later than Sept. 15. We don’t want you to miss any of the wonderful programs and opportunities planned for the upcoming year.

You can renew online or
at OR send your check to:
Rob McOuat, WSW Treasurer
3830 Whitehaven Road
Winston-Salem, NC  27106.  

Dues are $36 for one year ($24 for students.)
Free Poetry Workshop
Saturday, September 24 | 1:00p-4:00p
Reynolda Manor Branch of Forsyth County Public Library, 2839 Fairlawn Dr.

What is poetry? How does poetry differ from prose? How does one constructing a poem use similes and metaphors? How do rhyme and paradox affect a poem?

Led by Peter Venable, a published poet and featured Poetry In Plain Sight contributor, this workshop is designed for new and novice poetry lovers although anyone may attend! Perspectives on the craft of poetry shall be presented, and participants shall have opportunity to construct their own poems, emerging from prompts provided in this workshop.

Bring a pad of paper, pens, or laptops. Free parking is available at the library and across the street at Reynolda Manor shopping center. Prior registration is encouraged. Email, or sign up at the Reynolda Branch circulation desk. 

This program is co-sponsored by Winston Salem Writers and Forsyth County Public Library.

Open Mic Night
Wednesday, September 21 | 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


Writers Night Out
Friday, September 23| 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, September 27 | 7:00p
WSW will now be Co-Sponsoring a SECOND Open Mic!
 Held at the Southside Branch Library Auditorium: 3185 Buchanan St. 

Literary Achievement Award
Bonnie Doerr received the Bookmarks Literary Achievement Award at the Bookmarks Festival reception, Friday evening Sept 9th. Bonnie was a featured Festival Author and her book Tangled Lines was chosen for Bookmarks 2016 summer reading list. Congratulations, Bonnie!

Spank the Carp
You can read Carol Roan’s story, "A Change in the Air," in the current issue (Pond 21) of Spank the Carp. (CLICK HERE). Also, she will be the author profiled in Pond 22 next month. If you have heard Carol read at our monthly Open Mic event, you know this is a must click — it’s classic Carol. And here’s the best news of all: we understand there is more to come. Stay tuned.

Bright Star
From a bright star among our ranks—Daniel Davis writes, “My steampunk adventure “Pax Mechanica” will appear in Swords & Steam Short Stories published by Flame Tree Press. And my humorous superhero short “Mistaken Identity” will appear in Unidentified Funny Objects 5 from UFO Publishing. Also available for preorder is my story, "The God Emperor of Lassie Point,” a humorous science fiction short, appearing in the anthology Alien Artifacts from Zombies Need Brains Publishing.”

Heads-up! A frequent reader at our popular Open Mic events, we are talking to Dan about sharing his experiences as a Sci-Fi/Fantasy writer at a future program. Outta this world, right?

Featured Poets
WSW members Helen Losse, Sam Barbee, Sandra Ann Winters, Jacinta White and Ed Robson were among thirteen featured poets at Downtown Arts District Association’s September Gallery Hop. Live readings rocked the galleries at Delurk, Studio 625 and Press 53. If you don’t believe us, ask around. Yes, they want more!
Contact for more information about these and more opportunities:
  • Hang Poetry In Plain Sight posters in downtown WS and Lewisville
  • Writers Night Out: host this members-only potluck social on the 4th Friday of any given month
  • WSW Newsletter Editor
  • WSW Programs Director
  • Membership Survey Initiative

North Carolina Writers Network Fall Conference
 2016 ,November 4-6

With some 200 writers in attendance, as well as dozens of faculty and publishing professionals, the annual North Carolina Writers’ Network Fall Conference is the largest writing conference in the state and one of the biggest and most inclusive in the country.

The NCWN 2016 Fall Conference happens November 4-6 at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley. It is the only Network-sponsored event where attendees can receive one-on- one feedback from editors or agents through the Critique Service or Manuscript Mart programs. 2016 North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame inductee Margaret Maron, of Willow Springs, will give the Keynote Address. Maron is the five-time Agatha Award-winning mystery writer of the Deborah Knott series, which is set in Johnston County. In 2015, she was given a lifetime achievement award by Bouchercon, the world mystery convention.

There is MUCH more you will want to know about this conference. For more information, and to register, CLICK HERE.

Streetlight Short-Short Fiction Contest
Deadline: September 21
Award: $125 / $75 / $50
Fee: $10
Send us your best short-shorts (any subject) up to 1,000 words. Please submit only previously unpublished work. Multiple entries permitted. The winning entries will appear in the fall issue of Streetlight magazine in October, 2016. Sponsored by Streetlight magazine. Click HERE for more information. 

Minerva Rising Call for Submissions
Deadline: October 1
Minerva Rising Press is seeking original essays, short stories, short shorts, memoirs, poetry, photography and artwork for our upcoming issue on the theme “Home.” Many of us struggle with the idea of HOME—where we come from, where we want to return, what we expect, where we belong. Spin us tales of home fires burning, and burning desires to set fire to the places you once called home. Whether you make your home in between the pages of books, in between the arms of family, in between memories or ideals or brick-and- mortar walls, we want to read what HOME means to you. Click HERE for more information. 

Local Author Fair: Waynesville
Deadline: October 5
The Waynesville Library will be hosting a local author fair Saturday November 5 (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm) featuring author tables and readings. Local authors are now invited to apply to participate! Children’s, YA, adult authors of both fiction and nonfiction are all welcome. For more information and to contact the Haywood County Public Library, click HERE.

ShowOff! Ten-Minute Play Contest
Deadline: October 15
Award: Performance
Fee: $10
ShowOff! is an international playwriting festival and contest for 10-minute plays. Plays can be any subject or theme. Comedies are always popular, and good dramas often win! Play must be able to be performed in 10 minutes. We do a 100% ‘blind reading’ in the selection process. Final seven plays are performed on our main-stage in January. Click HERE for more information. 

The Strand Project
Deadline: November 11
We’re looking for 300-1,000 word first-person theatrical (not poetic) dramatic monologues that are unique and universal, pieces that are authentic, funny, disruptive, and/or poignant in unexpected ways—pieces that speak and need to be heard. We don’t want pat endings, moralizing, or simplistic “and then I changed my life forever” tales. We want strands of the characters’ lives and experiences. We want to know what these American characters are waiting for. Submitted monologues are screened, selected, and compiled into a full-length theatrical script based on themes, tone, and cohesiveness to the whole. Monologues should be contemporary and adaptable to any setting.  Click HERE for more information. 

Forage Poetry Journal Call for Submissions
Forage Poetry Journal is a brand new online publication currently seeking submissions. We are in search of writing and art that is accessible, and that reaches into that space between our heads and our hearts to open a door to something we had almost missed. While our journal will focus on a monthly theme, we are not opposed to receiving off-theme work, as we may use it in a future issue. Please view our submission page for further information. We also welcome creative non-fiction, essay, photography and original artwork for each theme.. Click HERE for more information. 

Press 53 Award for Short Fiction
Deadline: December 31
Award: $1,000, publication, ad in Poets & Writers
Fee: $30
Awarded to an outstanding, unpublished collection of short stories. Press 53 publisher and editor-in- chief Kevin Morgan Watson will serve as the final judge. Winner and finalists announced no later than May 1, 2017; advance review copies sent to major reviewers and outlets; publication in October 2017. Click HERE for more information. 

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