Fueling the Fires: Journal as Inspiration, With Ashley Memory
Tuesday, October 12, 6:00 p.m., Virtual via Zoom

Uneasy Women: Writing Feminist Southern Gothic Fiction, With Beth Gilstrap
Thursday, October 21, 6:00 p.m., Studio Two

Marketing Your Book, With Kathy Izard
Tuesday, October. 19, 2022, 6:00 p.m., Virtual via Zoom

Register here!

Registration is Open! Five Fantastic New Events


Oct. 20: Beth Gilstrap: "Deadheading" Book Release - Register

Nov. 5: Lola Haskins - Register
Feb. 4, 2022: Jessica Jacobs - Register
Mar. 25, 2022: Stuart Dischell - Register
Jun. 3, 2022: Laure-Anne Bosselaar - Register

Note: Proof of Covid vaccination is required to attend in-person Charlotte Lit events. After you register, email a snap of your vaccination card to

In Case You Missed It: Betts, Our December Guest Poet, Wins a MacArthur Fellowship

Reginald Dwayne Betts, who is coming to Charlotte Lit in December, has just been awarded a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship

Betts is Charlotte Lit’s final 4X4CLT featured poet, and will be speaking in the auditorium of our current home at the Midwood International and Cultural Center. You don't want to miss this in-person event! Just 100 tickets will be available for Betts' visit to Charlotte Lit, so get your ticket now and, if you’re able, please sponsor a ticket for a community member in need — right here.
Reginald Dwayne Betts' visit to Charlotte Lit is sponsored in part by Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A., and The Plain Language Group.

Writers/South Awards Judge Spotlight: Nickole Brown & Jessica Jacobs — Poetry

Charlotte Lit is thrilled to have our good friends Nickole Brown and Jessica Jacobs as the poetry judges for our inaugural Writers/South Awards.

Nickole Brown is the author of Sister and Fanny Says. She lives with her wife, poet Jessica Jacobs, in Asheville where she periodically volunteers at three different animal sanctuaries. She writes about these animals, resisting the kind of pastorals that made her (and many of the working-class folks from the Kentucky that raised her) feel shut out of nature. Her work speaks in a queer, Southern-trash-talking way about nature beautiful, damaged, and in desperate need of saving. To Those Who Were Our First Gods won the 2018 Rattle Chapbook Prize, and her essay-in-poems, The Donkey Elegies, was published in 2020. Online:

Jessica Jacobs is the author of Take Me with You, Wherever You’re Going (Four Way Books), one of Library Journal’s Best Poetry Books of the Year, winner of the Goldie Award in Poetry from the Golden Crown Literary Society, and a finalist for both the Brockman-Campbell and Julie Suk Book Awards. Her debut collection, Pelvis with Distance (White Pine Press), a biography-in-poems of Georgia O’Keeffe, won the New Mexico Book Award in Poetry and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and Julie Suk Award. An avid long-distance runner, Jessica has worked as a rock-climbing instructor, bartender, and professor, and now serves as the Chapbook Editor for Beloit Poetry Journal. She lives in Asheville, NC, with her wife, the poet Nickole Brown, with whom she co-authored Write It! 100 Poetry Prompts to Inspire (Spruce Books/PenguinRandomHouse), and is at work on parallel collections of essays and poems exploring spirituality, Torah, and Midrash. Online:

• $10,000 in total prizes
• $1,500 1st / $500 2nd / $250 3rd
• Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and flash
• Enter by December 1. Guidelines here
A SHOUT-OUT TO CHARLOTTE RESIDENTS: We want to read your writing! Our Writers/South Awards are for residents (current and past) of NC and its contiguous states — and that means you! Don't skip your hometown contest…especially with $10,000 in total prizes, one of the biggest in the nation for single works. Enter your best by December 1.

October Classes!


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

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 RECKON: Charlotte Lit's December guest poet is interviewed this month in The Paris Review: "The Reckoning: An Interview with Reginald Dwayne Betts."
WHAT TO POD: Charlotte Readers Podcast: In episode 250 (!), host Landis Wade visits with Craig Nova, award-winning author of Double Solitaire, the first in a new series of LA-based thrillers featuring modern-day fixer Quinn Farrell. In episode 249, Landis visits with Michael Cody, author of A Twilight Reel, a collection of short stories chronicling transformation among the inhabitants of the fictional town of Runion, North Carolina.
WHAT TO BLOG: Storied Charlotte this week is about Kimmery Martin and her new medical novel  Doctors and Friends.


Doris Betts Fiction Prize, sponsored by the NC Writers' Network, awards $250 and publication in the North Carolina Literary Review to a short story under 6,000 words. The final judge is Monique Truong. Deadline is October 31. Info
Ruth Moose Flash Fiction Contest, from Charlotte Writers Club. Stories up to 500 words. $15 CWC members, $20 non-members. Deadline October 19Info
CWC North & Mooresville Arts Ekphrastic Exhibit 2: Seeking poets and artists to participate in an ekphrastic art exhibit. Eight works of art will be featured along with sixteen poets’ interpretations at a reception on June 10, 2022, at the Mooresville Arts Gallery. This is a two-part judged, non-compensatory exhibit open to members of CWC and poets in the Carolinas. Deadline October 20. Info
Press 53 Award for Short Fiction: For an outstanding, unpublished collection of stories. First Prize: $1,000 Advance, publication (softcover and hardcover), 50 copies. Deadline: December 31. Info
And don't forget: Charlotte Lit's Writers/South Awards. $10,000 in prizes, deadline December 1. Info

More Lit Arts Action


November 19- 21: Fall Conference, Sheraton Imperial in Durham-RTP — and available as a livestream so that writers can attend from home. More than 20 classes on the craft and business of writing, spread across five sessions in two days, plus three multi-session Master Classes, a Manuscript Mart and a Critique Service, and three general-session panel discussions: “From Lore to Lit and Back Again,” with the NC Folklife Institute; “Community Journalism,” sponsored by PEN America; and the ever-popular (and self-explanatory) “Agents & Editors.” Info


Verse & Vino: Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation’s signature annual fundraiser is a celebration of reading, writing and the joy of libraries – shared with a community of readers and New York Times best-selling authors. This year: Janet Evanovich, Alka Joshi, Heather Morris, Alex Michaelides, Bryant Terry, and debut author Wanda Morris. November 4, 7 p.m.

Flatiron Writers Room in Asheville hosts a number of great classes, some in person and some online. Check out Manipulating Time, November 14, with Tessa Fontaine; and Scrivener Essentials with Charlotte Lit's Paul Reali, October 16; Creating Audiobooks with Landis Wade, October 20. Info


Mon. October 11, 7:00 p.m. — Virtual Writing Salon & Social Time via Zoom.

Thu. October 14, 7:00 p.m. — Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle, virtual reading and conversation.

Tue. October 19, 6:30 p.m. — Monthly Meeting via Zoom. This month: Liam Callanan: Tell it like it is: Crafting Effective Dialogue

October 22 (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.


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