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Need a last-minute gift idea? How about a book from a local author?

Winston-Salem Writers has many published authors among its members, and most of their books are represented on the Members Books page on our website. Whether you’re looking for a good mystery, some mind-expanding fantasy, a touching romance, or interesting nonfiction, you can find excellent choices there.

By the way, we’ve just added two new books: Turkmen Captives, a thriller by Susan Williamson, and You Majored in What? by Katharine Brooks, which you can find in the nonfiction category.

Or, you could give the readers on your list an anthology of some of the best writing created in this area. While they last, you can purchase any of our past three anthologies (2011, 2012, 2013) for just $5 each, or all three for $12. If you’re interested, indicate which year(s) you’d like and send a check to WSW President, 4153 Greenmead Rd., Winston-Salem NC 27106.

Won’t you consider making a donation to the work of WSW in time for a 2014 tax deduction?

We’ve been encouraged by the gifts we have received so far in our first-ever fundraising effort. The campaign ends on December 31, which also happens to be the end of the tax year.

If you read this newsletter regularly, you know how active our organization is in bringing poetry to the community (Poetry in Plain Sight), entertainment to downtown (Outta the Bag!), as well as frequent seminars, workshops, and open mic opportunities. Won’t you include us as you reward your favorite organizations during the holiday season? To give, simply go to the Donor Page of our website and all the pertinent information is there. We appreciate your consideration. (And please consult your tax advisor, as this information is not intended to provide legal or accounting advice.)

Member Spotlight: Vijya Campagne.

(From time to time we feature one of our members in this space and on our website. We’ve not been as faithful in keeping up with this as we ought – we have so many members worthy of a feature! – but we hope to showcase more folks in coming months. And thanks to board member Barbara Mellin for this write-up.)

“Vijya Campagne’s writing draws, in part, upon her diverse background.

Of East Indian decent, she was born in East Africa, where she lived until age sixteen. She later spent more than thirty-five years in NYC before coming to North Carolina, her residence for the last nine years.

When Vijya joined Winston-Salem Writers in 2005, she didn’t consider herself a writer, yet she wanted to try her hand at the writing process. Since then, she’s been working on a novel that examines deep issues, such as grief, healing, and why humans engage in violence and war.

As the novel has advanced and her characters have grown, Vijya says she, too, has undergone a personal transformation, and that is one of the exciting consequences of writing. “Writers, like readers, discover the story as it progresses.” Her novel is about 80% completed, but Vijya has put it on hold for a while as her characters decide where the story will take them…” (Read the rest on our website here.)

Happy holidays from Winston-Salem Writers!

We’re keeping this newsletter short because 1) we don’t have that much news and 2) you have other things on your mind at this time of year. But we can’t let the season go without expressing our gratitude for all those who’ve volunteered their time, their money, or their talent to WSW this past year. May your holiday season sparkle with moments of love, laughter, and goodwill. And may the year ahead be full of contentment and joy!

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.)

Here’s Amazon’s list of the bestselling books of 2014. How many have you read? Any? And via The Digital Reader, Google’s assessment of the year’s top downloadable books, top news sources, etc.—both in list form and as an infographic.

Also from the Digital Reader, Amazon publishes the results of the inaugural edition of its Kindle Scout program. Crowd Sourcing e-books, the new Kindle imprint we’ve been hearing about, and The Digital Reader’s take on things.

I personally have never experienced a shortage of story ideas, but apparently some people do. What I like about this post about brainstorming from Fiction University is that she has developed a method to evaluate those ideas for their true story potential.

I enjoyed reading a short interview with Michael Cleese about his new memoir, So, Anyway. He has some things to say about writing and humor and the effect of writing memoir. Good stuff.

Writing opportunity of the week.


Deadline: December 31…Prizes: $1000, publication, and contributor copies…Entry fee: $20

“Authors must not have a story collection published or under contract at time of entry; novels will not disqualify the author. In keeping with Tartt’s biography, we are looking for an author who has yet to publish a fiction collection. Stories may have been previously published by magazines or in anthologies, though the author should have all reprint rights. Magazines will be acknowledged. Manuscript length: 160-275 pages. Winning entry will be published by Livingston Press at The University of West Alabama.” Here’s more information.


Sam Barbee’s poem “Coffee Talk” has been accepted by Crucible Literary Magazine (Barton College); and “Treatise from a Pier” will be published in Iodine Poetry Journal (Charlotte) in the spring, 2015.

Terri Kirby Erickson won the 2014 Joy Harjo Poetry Prize for her poem, “After the Explosion,” It will be published in Cutthroat 18, a special tribute issue to Joy Harjo and Linda Hogan.

Tony Lindsay has just had his second book published by Cut Above Books. The title is Lucas Lee, and it’s a novel told in stories about the forbears and descendants of a slave at the time of emancipation.

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