BREAKING NEWS: 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: Stephanie Elizondo Griest

Charlotte Lit is honored to have Stephanie Elizondo Griest as the nonfiction judge for our inaugural Writers/South Awards.

Stephanie Elizondo Griest is a globetrotting author from the Texas/Mexico borderlands. Her five books include Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing, and Havana; Mexican Enough; and All the Agents & Saints. She has also written for the New York Times, Washington Post, BBC, Travel + Leisure, VQR, The Believer, and Oxford American. Among her honors are a Hodder Fellowship at Princeton, a Henry Luce Scholarship to China, and a Margolis Award for Social Justice Reporting. Currently Associate Professor of Creative Nonfiction at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, she has performed as a Moth storyteller. Visit her website at

• $10,000 in total prizes
• $1,500 1st / $500 2nd / $250 3rd
• Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and flash
• Enter by December 1. Guidelines here
A NOTE TO ALL CHARLOTTE WRITERS: Our inaugural Writers/South Awards provide a great chance to have your writing recognized and published. With first place prizes of $1,500, this is one of the top prizes in the nation for a single work — and you get to enter before the rest of the world discovers it in the coming years. Enter your best work in Writers/South! Deadline December 1.

Spotlight on October

Fall Classes Are Underway!


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 VERSE: Poetry Writing & Performance, at the Gantt Center. Join Emmy Award winner Boris "Bluz" Rogers as he leads you step-by-step on a creative writing journey. Workshop participants will write and perform a poem that incorporates writing techniques acquired in the class. Targeted for ages 12+ and for adults, this could be the start – or resurgence – of your writing practice. Part of the Family First series. Info
WHAT TO NOT MISS: Judy Goldman's blog post for Charlotte Lit, "Nervous." It opens: “Whenever something good happens to you regarding your writing, you just get nervous,” my daughter tells me. She’s talking about when I’m on my way to publication, when I get a positive review, when I win a prize. What’s also true is that when something bad happens to me regarding my writing (publication impossible, bad review, no prize), I get nervous. Read the rest here.
WHAT TO POD: Charlotte Readers Podcast: In episode 247, host Landis Wade visits with Rose Senehi, author of Falling Off a Cliff, a novel of the Appalachian Mountains, in which two women decades apart traverse the same path—one woman searching for her past, the other looking toward the future. In episode 248, Landis visits with Walter Bennett, author of The Last First Kiss, a meditative novel of love and last chances set against the backdrop of an oncoming hurricane in the Outer Banks.
WHAT TO BLOG: Storied Charlotte this week is about the filming, here in Charlotte, of Judy Blume’s Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret. In it, Mark West recounts meeting Judy Blume in New York City in 1985.

More Lit Arts Action


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

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

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.

Learn more about these events and register at


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


NEW! Queen City Suspects (Sisters in Crime, Charlotte Chapter): Next chapter meeting, Monday, October 4, 7 p.m. via Zoom. Guest speaker: Terri Bischoff, senior editor from Crooked Lane Books. She will speak to us about the first five pages and what it takes to grab an editor's attention. Info

NEW! 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

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


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 19. Info
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
Seeking Poetry Mentors: Charlotte Lit is partnering with The Dozen Years of Digging Poetry Festival to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Winterfield Community Garden in East Charlotte on Saturday May 14, 2022. The festival is working with Winterfield Elementary and other CMS schools to commemorate the garden through sustainability themed poems. Students are being asked to write poems which will be included in a collective journal for the celebration. Poetry mentors from the community will conduct revision workshops with students serve as judges to select a winning poem that will be displayed on a memorial in the garden. The workshops will begin in late October / November. If interested, please contact Brooke Lehmann at
And don't forget: Charlotte Lit's Writers/South Awards. $10,000 in prizes, deadline December 1. Info
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