WSW Newsletter | March 20
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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 Seating is limited. 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.

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 are two more chances to attend a script group meeting--April 8 and May 13. Meetings are on the ground floor of the New Winston Museum, 713 Marshall Street, SW, at 2 PM.

Writers Night Out
Friday, March 24 | 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, March 28 | 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.

Board Meeting
Monday, April 3 | 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, April 4 | 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



Details forthcoming - but you want 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? How much do you know about 3-D printers?
  • Annual Meeting & Celebration will be held Sunday June 4 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!

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 of fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction.\

Looking for a Leader
WSW is actively looking for a children’s genre writer with critique group experience and is willing to seed a new group. We have a waiting list of children’s writers ready to jump in! Seriously, who’s more fun than children’s writers?!

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.”


2017 Flying South submission guidelines and judges biographies available HERE

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

Writers 50 & Over

Winston Salem Recreation and Parks invites year-round submissions of poems, short stories or essays for the Piedmont Plus Senior Games & Silver Arts monthly newsletter. Send submissions to Chuck Vestal at

Writers do not have to have participated in SilverArts to submit something.

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

Piedmont Plus Senior Games & Silver Arts Lit Competition
Deadline: March 31, 2017
Sponsored by Winston Salem Recreation & Parks, submission guidelines and entry forms have been posted for 2017. Click HERE to find out all you need to know to compete for a medal in a variety of literary genres — awards ceremony included! 

Second Spring Arts Festival
April 1, 2017
2017 Second Springs Arts Festival Literary Competition information and submission guidelines for poetry, short story, essay and memoir. Winners will be included in the 2017 Second Springs Literary Anthology and receive a free copy. Deadline for submission is April 1.

Camel City Dispatch
Camel City Dispatch is 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. 


Publication Twins!
What are the odds of 2 people from the same critique group appearing in the same issue of a journal? Carol Roan’s story, "After God Left," is in Issue 3: "Creeping Jenny" of Bindweed Magazine, and Sheila Engelhart was given the promotional spotlight, with the first chapter of her novel, "Ursa Rising." Both the magazine and Sheila's novel are available at Amazon. Congrats to publication twins Carol and Sheila!

You've Got To See These
A painting by visual artist Cheryl Davis and accompanying poem “Not Yet” was recently featured in Camel City Dispatch. Kate M. Carey’s essay about politicking in a small town also appeared and is best summed up in this line: “Welcome to Get Out the Vote.” To read these engaging entries and more, click HERE.

Little Girl Blue, a concert play by Nathan Ross Freeman, will showcase at the Metropolitan Room in New York City on March 25th. This work, inspired by the life and music of Nina Simone, was featured first in little ol’ Winston Salem. To learn more, check out the excellent Relish article and video clips HERE

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


Hi, my name is John Haugh and I am a procrastinator.

My writing circle often receives my work at the last possible moment, and they have little time to consider my work with care. Why? Because I am always dreaming of that one last perfect edit that does not quite come in time before submitting my work.

A friend of mine is the same, sending work to a big publication exactly six minutes before the deadline.  I am embarrassed to say for an enormous novel contest years ago, I bit it even closer than six minutes.

If you do this too, consider stopping.

I had the opportunity to hear an area publisher discuss her process. Getting an imperfect work in earlier is better in two key ways.  First, she reviews initial batches of submissions and starts building a folder and filling her pages when good work comes in.  Nearer the deadline, she is less likely to take new submissions because she has already mentally allocated space to authors who sent their work earlier. 

In one case, she read two strong authors in her final batch of submissions and, second guessing herself, she sent the final batch to a third party to review because she did not trust there could be two strong authors in the final batch. Interestingly, both of the strong authors had multiple books published.

A second reason to send your work in early: a memory lapse or flat tire or sick dog will not keep you from missing a deadline! Remember the early bird & the worm, right?  Send your work in early!


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