A novel in a month? It can be done!

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Come join in as we kick off National Novel Writing Month on Wednesday!

That’s right, during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), you can pen a 50,000-word novel between 12:01 a.m. on November 1 and 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 30. And Winston-Salem Writers wants to help you reach that goal.

We start with a kick-off rally on Wednesday, helping you get that “I’m going to do this thing!” mindset. Then each Wednesday during November we’ll have a “write-in”, a chance to write that day’s entry along with your fellow novelists.

So join us at the kick-off party next Wednesday, Oct. 29 at Red Hot & Blue, 613 Deacon Blvd. in Winston-Salem. We’ll have light appetizers and lots of information and tips. And for the write-ins, also each Wednesday night in November (except Thanksgiving week, when we’ll gather on Tuesday) at Red Hot & Blue. All events start at 6:30 p.m.

Come on out Wednesday and see what the excitement of NaNoWriMo is all about. We believe in you: You can do this thing!

Our annual 10-Minute Play Contest begins in less than two weeks.

Monday, Nov. 3 is the start of our annual 10-Minute Play Contest, an opportunity for aspiring playwrights to see their work read before an appreciative audience. Here are the dates you’ll need to keep in mind:

• Nov. 1 – Workshop on Writing 10-Minute Plays with Nathan Ross Freeman (see details below)
• Nov. 3 – Contest begins
• Jan. 16 – Deadline for submissions
• Feb. 16 – Announcement of winners
• Apr. 11 – Staged reading of winning plays

We’ll send out all the details as the date gets closer. For now, make your plans to attend this always inspirational workshop:

Nathan Ross Freeman leads an inspirational workshop on writing the 10-minute play.

Each year as we start our 10-Minute Play Contest, Nathan Ross Freeman has graciously taken his time to teach, inspire, inform, and motivate writers looking to try this unique format.

If you ask anyone who’s attended, they’ll say they came away excited and ready to turn their ideas into drama. And if you ask them how it happened, they’ll sing the praises of Nathan.

Nathan is an award-winning scriptwriter and filmmaker who, among his many accomplishments and accolades, is co-founder and artistic director of Authoring Action.

His 10-Minute Play Workshop is Saturday, Nov. 1, from 2 – 4 p.m at the Reynolda Manor Branch Library, 2839 Fairlawn Dr., Winston-Salem.

Also in November: An inspiring night of poetry with Keith Flynn and Terri Kirby Erickson.

We’re pleased to bring these two extremely talented poets together for what promises to be an evening of magical words. They both have been honored and published with America’s finest poets, as you can see from these brief highlights from their resumes:

Keith Flynn is the author of seven books, including five collections of poetry. His award-winning poems and essays have appeared in many journals and anthologies around the world. He has been awarded the Sandburg Award for Poetry, the ASCAP Emerging Songwriter Prize, and was twice named the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet for NC. He is founder and managing editor of the Asheville Poetry Review.

Terri Kirby Erickson is the award-winning author of four collections of poetry. Her work has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies. She has taught poetry in numerous workshops, as well as in the continuing education program at Salem College. She is a member of the North Carolina Poetry Society and the North Carolina Writers’ Network.

These writers will bring their talents to the Underground Theatre in the Community Arts Cafe on Fri. Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. A donation of $10 is suggested.

Writing with Anne

(WSW Board Member Anne Civitano has long been curating all sorts of writing tips, websites, and ideas. In this feature, Anne shares some of her “finds” with us.)

Larry Brooks wrote a great post on why concept is so important, no matter your genre.

Courtesy WSW President Sam Barbee, we have another opportunity to celebrate the work and advice (six tips) of John Steinbeck.

Janice Hardy has advice for those confronting the middle of their novels, just in time for your NaNoWriMo planning.

Jane Friedman posted Joanna Penn’s three tips for author-entrepreneurs.

Writing opportunity of the week.

Deadline: December 31…Prizes: $100/$50/$25 and Publication …Entry fee: $10
“Savannah Authors is looking for unpublished prose from writers in Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, and North Carolina to be included in A Savannah Anthology 2015. A panel of distinguished publishers, writers, and academics will choose the winners. Your work may be fiction or nonfiction, and must be 5,000 words or less. Choose any genre, location and length under the limit that suits your style – we are simply looking for the best writing available.” Submission details here.


Grace Ellis tells us of a change of location for the performance of her play “Last Call” as part of Paper Lantern’s “Get Your Fright On” production. Both nights, Fri. Oct. 24 and Sat. Oct. 25, will now be held at the Cabaret Theater above Triad Stage on Elm St. in Greensboro.

Andrew Smiler has recently had three new articles published at the Good Men Project lately. You can read them here, here, and here.

Susan Williamson has just had her first book, a thriller called Turkmen Captives, published by Second Wind Publishing. It’s available on Amazon.

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