Thank you, Ada Limón and Arts at Queens!

We had a fantastic weekend with poet Ada Limón, in a master class here on Saturday and a 4X4CLT poster release and reading at Queens on Friday. Special thanks to Lisa Zerkle, 4X4CLT creator and curator; Julie Funderburk at Queens (and a Lit faculty member); graphic designer Jennifer Garrison, for her great work creating this (and all 18) series posters; and artist Laurie Smithwick, whose art appears on this poster series (and on everything we do — she designed Charlotte Lit's logo, six years ago!).

For more of Ada, we encourage you to pick up some of her work at Park Road Books, and to check out The Slowdown, a great podcast created by Tracy K. Smith and now hosted by Ada.

Queens event photos courtesy of Amy Hart, Arts Coordinator, Sarah Belk Gambrell Center for the Arts and Civic Engagement.

Spotlight on September & October

Fall Classes Are Underway!


Studio: The Art of Detail
With Megan Rich

4 weeks Asynchronous: September 26 to October 23, Virtual via Wet Ink and Zoom
$300 members; $375 non-members (includes one-year Charlotte Lit General Membership)Six spaces left • More Info / Register

Re-charging Your Writing, Post-Pandemic
With Kim Wright

Tuesday, September 28, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Virtual via Zoom
$45 members, $55 non-membersThree spaces left • More Info / Register

Fueling the Fires: Journal as Inspiration
With Ashley Memory

Tuesday, October 12, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Virtual via Zoom
$45 members, $55 non-membersMore Info / Register

Channeling for Writers
With Jennifer Halls

Thursday, October 28, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Studio Two
$45 members, $55 non-membersSix spaces left • More Info / Register


Uneasy Women: Writing Feminist Southern Gothic Fiction
With Beth Gilstrap

Thursday, October 21, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Studio Two
$45 members, $55 non-membersMore Info / Register

The Flesh Made Word: Writing Allegory
With George Hovis

2 Sessions: Thursday, October 26 & November 2, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Virtual via Zoom
$90 members, $110 non-membersMore Info / Register


Marketing Your Book
With Kathy Izard

Tuesday, October 19, 2022, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Virtual via Zoom
$45 members, $55 non-membersRegister


Writing the Personal Essay
With Amy Paturel

4 weeks Asynchronous: October 24 – November 20, Virtual via Wet Ink and Zoom
$300 members; $375 non-members (includes one-year Charlotte Lit General Membership)More Info / Register

Submissions are Open! $1,500 First Place Prizes

Charlotte Lit Writers/South Awards

It's time to submit! Charlotte Lit's inaugural Writers/South awards have $10,000 in prizes for writing in four categories: poetry, short fiction, nonfiction, and flash.

Entries will be accepted from current and past residents of North Carolina and its border states: South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, and Georgia. The winning entry in each category will be awarded $1,500. Second and third place stories will be awarded $500 and $250 respectively. Honorable mentions will be awarded $50. All winning stories and honorable mentions will be published in the Spring 2022 edition of Writers/South: Journal of Charlotte Lit, in both print and online editions (more on the journal can be found below).

Writers/South Award Judges for 2022: 
• Poetry: Nickole Brown and Jessica Jacobs
• Fiction: Ron Rash
• Nonfiction: Stephanie Elizondo Griest
• Flash: Tara Campbell

Deadline is December 1. Learn more and read the contest guidelines at our Writers/South Awards info page.

Tuesdays: Pen to Paper

Every Tuesday we gather on Zoom for a writing prompt, community writing time, and sharing — Led by Meg Rich, Kathie Collins, or Paul Reali — 9:30-10:30 a.m. Always free! Register for any session here to get the week's link.

What's What

Things We Like This Week

WHAT TO BLOG: Storied Charlotte this week features Michael Almond's The Tannery, a work of historical fiction set in Wilkes County, North Carolina, in the beginning of the 20th century. 
WHAT TO POD: Charlotte Readers Podcast: In episode episode 243, host Landis Wade visits with Sam McGee, author of Cartledge Creek, a gripping novel of the Civil War in which his own family’s story is told. And in episode 244, Landis talks with Marvin Williams Sr., author of Secondary Break: An NBA Dad’s Story,” a memoir of one father’s journey from his roots in Brooklyn to small-town NC and the love of basketball instilled in both himself and his son, an NBA player for the Charlotte Hornets.

More Lit Arts Action


Tuesday, September 21: Monthly Meeting, 6:30 p.m. This month:  Charlie Lovett, Thoughts on Beginnings and Endings. Virtual via Zoom.

September 24 (and every 4th Friday), LIVE Open Mic Night for CWC Members to read their work, 6:45 - 9 p.m. Mug's Coffee, 5126 Park Road, Charlotte.

September 25, 2:00 p.m. Finding a Story, a virtual writing workshop with Jill McCorkle.

Thursday, October 14, 2021at 7:00 p.m. Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle, virtual reading and conversation.

Learn more about these events and register at


Friday, September 17, 7:00 p.m.: The Charlotte Center presents The Forum featuring Douglas Tappin, provocative thinker, compelling speaker, and the composer of I Dream, a musical-dramatic production honoring the life and legacy of MLK, Jr. Stage Door Theatre. Info

Wednesday, September 22: Waterbean Poetry Night at the Mic presents a reading and book signing with this year's first featured poet, Keith Flynn, plus open mic. Waterbean Coffee, Northcross Shopping Center, Huntersville. Info

Flatiron Writers Room in Asheville hosts a number of great classes, some in person and some online. Check out Memoir Builder, beginning September 20, and Manipulating Time, November 14, both with Tessa Fontaine; and Scrivener Essentials with Charlotte Lit's Paul Reali, October 16.

19th Annual James River Writers Conference, Online, October 8-10, with pre-conference master classes on Friday, October 8. Classes, agent one-on-one meetings, and "First Pages Panel" with literary agents. Info

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