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Concerned about Covid? So are we.

Our first priority is to keep our community safe. So, we're making some changes to our September and October classes and events—relocating them in time or space. Here's a quick list of all the changes (so far):

  • Ada Limón master class, September 11, will be socially-distanced (and masked), moving from Studio Two to the building's auditorium.
  • An Evening with Ron Rash moves from September 24 to May 6, 2022.
  • Ron Rash master class moves from September 25 to May 7, 2022.
  • Kim Wright's Re-charging Your Writing Post-Pandemic, September 28, moves from Studio Two to Zoom.
  • Judy Goldman's memoir class, "Writing About Ourselves," September 30, October 7 and 14, will move from Studio Two to Zoom.
  • Irene Blair Honeycutt's "I almost think they save me…" moves from October 2 to April 2, 2022.
  • Kathy Izard's Marketing Your Book, Tuesday, October 19 moves from Studio Two to Zoom.

If you're registered, you'll receive email about the changes that affect you. And please keep an eye on this newsletter for additional updates.

Beat the Delta blues: Join us online!

The upside of these changes: we now have more opportunities to experience Charlotte Lit's classes from the comfort and safety of your homes. Here are all our fall online offerings.

  • The Art of Detail, with Meg Rich: four-week asynchronous studio begins Sunday, September 26.
  • Re-charging Your Writing Post-Pandemic, with Kim Wright, Tuesday, September 28, 6:00-8:00 p.m. via Zoom.
  • Writing About Ourselves: Crafting a Memoir Others Will Care to Read,  three Thursdays, September 30, October 7 and 14, 6:00-8:00 p.m. via Zoom.
  • Fueling the Fires: Journal as Inspiration, with Ashley Memory, Tuesday, October 12, 6:00-8:00 p.m. via Zoom.
  • Marketing Your Book, with Kathy Izard, Tuesday, October 19, 6:00-8:00 p.m. via Zoom.
  • Writing the Personal Essay, with Amy Paturel: four-week asynchronous studio begins Sunday, October 24.
  • The Flesh Made Word: Writing Allegory, with George Hovis, two Tuesdays, October 26 and November 2, 6:00-8:00 p.m. via Zoom.
  • The Editor's Eye: Poetry, with Luke Whisnant, Tuesday, November 16, 6:00-8:00 p.m. via Zoom.
Have another look! Find these and many more at our Classes page.

Spotlight on: Studios

Four-week Asynchronous Deep Dives

What are Studios?

Charlotte Lit's studios are 4-week immersions using multiple modes of teaching and learning that help you dive deeper into your craft. Here's what you can expect:

• Deep content. Class content is delivered online, self-paced, in four weekly lessons. Each week you’ll participate in a mix of experiences, including video presentations, specially-selected craft articles, sample texts, group discussions with your classmates and teacher, and complete writing assignments—all on your own schedule.

• Instructor feedback. Best of all, you’ll receive in-depth written instructor feedback on your work.

• Zoom sessions. Want live interaction, too? Each Studio also includes two optional Zoom sessions, where you can ask questions, have concepts further explained, and chat live with your teacher and classmates.

What Studios are being offered this fall?


The Art of Detail

Sunday, September 26 to Saturday, October 23, 2021
Location: Asynchronous/Virtual via Wet Ink and Zoom
Optional Zoom sessions on Monday, September 27 and October 18, 6:00 p.m.

With Megan Rich. For most writers, bringing the rich world inside your head onto the page is a challenge. Yet fully fleshing out details is precisely the skill that enables readers to connect with your work. Though we don’t often acknowledge it, it’s also what connects us as writers to our creativity. But how, precisely, do we do it? In this course, we’ll explore the importance of sensory details and the clever, diverse, and artful ways they can be employed in prose. Along with weekly readings to inspire and instruct us, there will be exercises and prompts to help generate rich, memorable passages for our work. In addition to delivering inspiration and practical craft advice, Meg Rich will provide feedback on weekly assignments. This course is perfect for anyone struggling with rendering details, whether in a first or fiftieth draft.

$300 members; $375 non-members (includes one-year Charlotte Lit General Membership) • Register


Writing the Personal Essay

4 weeks Asynchronous: Sunday, October 24 – Saturday, November 20, 2021
Location: Asynchronous/Virtual via Wet Ink and Zoom
Optional Zoom sessions on Monday, October 25 and November 15, 7:00 p.m.

With Amy Paturel. Do you have ideas stuck in your head instead of on the page, or dozens of unfinished essays hibernating on your hard drive? It’s time to unearth those gems and get them published! With this 4-week intensive workshop, you get all of the benefits of the self-guided course, plus feedback from the instructor on prompt responses and assignments. You’ll participate in an online platform where you’ll engage with other students and receive valuable essay-writing insights. Finally, each student will have the opportunity to workshop one essay in real time and receive a detailed critique on one completed draft.

$300 members; $375 non-members (includes one-year Charlotte Lit General Membership) • Register

 In Case You Missed It...

Charlotte Lit Writers/South Awards

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

Submissions are open September 1 to 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.
Beginning in October (Covid willing), we're adding a live and in-person Pen to Paper session monthly on the first Thursday, in Charlotte Lit's Studio Two. Free as always, proof of vaccination required.

Every Day: Open Studio

OPEN STUDIO is one of the most popular benefits of Charlotte Lit membership. Whenever our Studio Two is not in use for classes or other events, it becomes a community writing space — quiet, comfortable, naturally lit, and muse-friendly. Not a member? You can join here for as little as $7/month. 

What's What

Things We Like This Week

WHAT TO POD: Charlotte Readers Podcast: In episode 238, guest memoirist Rachael Brooks talks with Hope Andersen, author of How to Remodel a Life: A Guide to Living Well with Alcoholism and Bipolar Disorder, a memoir and self-help guide for those struggling with addiction and mental health issues. Using a house remodel as a metaphor, Hope provides the necessary tools and life lessons to uplift spirits while speaking candidly about her own life. In episode 237, Landis Wade visits with Paul Attaway, author of Blood in the Lowcountry, a thriller in which the idyllic life of one man is forever changed after a shocking and brutal murder.
WHAT TO BLOG: Storied Charlotte this week features a new book about roller derby in which former UNC Charlotte Senior Associate Dean Bill Hill plays a starring role.

More Lit Arts Action

CHARLOTTE WRITERS CLUB

August 27 (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.

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

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

Learn more about these events at charlottewritersclub.org.


FLATIRON WRITERS ROOM, ASHEVILLE

Our sister organization in Asheville has a great class lineup this fall, too! Here are three to check out:

Intermediate Screenwriting, 8 sessions, begins Sep. 8, with Maryedith Burrell
Learn To Pitch Your Book, Saturday, Sep. 11, with Agent Maggie Cooper (online)
Collage Technique, Sunday, Sep. 12, with Sebastian Matthews

Find more from Flatiron Writers Room here.


FRIENDS OF CHARLOTTE LIT

Waterbean Poetry Night at the Mic returns! Wednesday, August 25, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Hosted by Leslie Rupracht and Jonathan Rice. Waterbean Coffee-Huntersville, Northcross Shopping Center, 9705 Sam Furr Road. 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


OTHER HAPPENINGS

Exploring the Powers of Poetry, with Phillip Shabazz. intensive, four-class workshop exploring the powers of poetry. Monday, August 30 - Friday, September 3, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. daily. Limited to 12 participants. $150. Email pshabazz@gmail.com to register or for more info.

Opportunities

NEW! Prime Number Magazine Flash Fiction Prize is an annual competition for writers around the world. Story must be 751 words or less. Reading fee $11. Deadline: August 31. Info

18th Annual Literary Competition, Arts Council of York County. Highlighting the best in short stories and poetry from across the Southeast United States. Deadline: Friday, August 27. Awards ceremony and readings: Thursday, November 4, 5:30 p.m. Info 

CHARLOTTE LIT'S MISSION is to celebrate the literary arts by educating and engaging writers and readers through classes, conversations, and community.

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