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Writing a memoir is a worthwhile way to share a life well-lived.

If you’ve been considering writing yours, you’ll want to attend our enlightening panel discussion.

Panel members Cheryl Harry, Al Perry, and Bill Pfefferkorn all share a love of Winston-Salem and of preserving history and heritage. Frank Elliott, Deputy Director of Marketing and Communications for the City of Winston-Salem, will moderate the discussion. Through a question-and-answer forum, panelists will discuss local history and how one goes about preserving both the culture of a community, both from a historical and personal memoir perspective. The discussion is free and open to the public.

This program is co-sponsored with the New Winston Museum, our hosts for the evening. The program takes place Thurs. May 21, at 7 p.m., at 713 Marshall St. in Winston-Salem. Donations to the New Winston Museum are suggested.

Our annual meeting will be on June 13. Here is the proposed slate of officers and board members on which you will be voting.


Sam Barbee President (2016)

Open  VP Communications (2018)

Barbara Mellin VP Membership (2017)

Susan Williamson VP Programs (2016)

Rob McOuat Treasurer (2017)

Angell Caudill  Secretary  (2018)

Lynn Byrd Director (2017)

Judie Holcomb-Pack Director (2017)

Steve Mitchell Director (2016)

Dan O’Sullivan Director (2016)

And we’re pleased to introduce three new proposed Directors, all of whose terms expire in 2018:

Angell Caudill – nominee as Board Secretary. B.S. and Masters from Wake Forest. Poet and playwright. Retired from WSFC Public Schools after 24 years.

Pat Hall – Author, poet, radio announcer, jazz event promoter, Bookmarks Festival volunteer, Habitat for Humanity volunteer/contributor, helped build a house in El Salvador, and motivational speaker.

Steve Lindahl – Steve Lindahl’s novels are published by All Things That Matter Press. He has also published short fiction and co-founded The Crescent Review, a literary magazine.

Donna Wallace – Poet, devotional writer and member since 2009 ― lives in Lewisville. Coffee, critique buddies and husband Hugh help make it all happen.

The annual meeting will be held on Saturday, June 13 at the New Winston Museum. Look for additional details in our next newsletter.

The deadline for Flying South 2015 is now just 18 days away. Finish…and submit!

We’re accepting entries in the categories of Poetry, Short Story, Flash Fiction, Memoir/Essay/Creative Nonfiction, and Novel (first 500 words).

By the way, we want to be clear about the Novel category. The first 500 words can be from either a finished or unfinished book. But it must be unpublished.

Full submission guidelines are available on our website. The cost per entry is $10 for WSW members, $15 for non-members. Entries are being accepted through here. We look forward to reading your work.

Congratulations to our Poetry in Plain Sight poets whose work was selected for May.

These are the poems selected for this month – they will be read as part of our annual meeting in June:

“Ice Cream Truck” by Steve Cushman

“Another Pot” by Joe Morris

“Rain Dance Observed Between the Kitchen Blinds” by Peg Robarchek

“Boredom” by Anna Weaver

Two recent programs drew great reviews, packed houses.

Staged Reading of 10-Minute Plays. Vijya Campagne, the coordinator and driving force of this contest/event, writes: “The winning plays were humorous, the dialogue flowed smoothly, the plot unraveled with ease, and with just the right amount of suspense. The three directors and the twelve readers transformed the plays into live art forms that captivated and entertained the audience, and most likely left them wondering about the nuances embedded in the plays. The engaging performances brought three stories to life, providing insights into the art of telling stories. Nathan Ross Freeman provided a powerful presence and moderated the process in his customary welcoming and entertaining style. The audience responded likewise by asking interesting questions and giving useful feedback. The Q & A period essentially extended the entertainment that the stage readings had provided.

Meet the Publishers. Event facilitator Deborah Johnson Wood wrote, “Meet the Publishers event Monday night was engaging, exciting, and shed lots of light on the publishing industry, as well as presenting the services offered by their publishing companies. Attendees heard from Press 53, Carolina Wren Press, Second Wind Publishing, and Main Street Rag. We had 68 attendees!”  And next month we’re having what could be considered part 2 of this topic, when Scuppernong Books co-owner and WSW Board Member Steve Mitchell discusses how to get your books into bookstores. More info to come on this program.

Like 10-minute plays? Come to the Delurk Gallery next Thursday night.

4 members of the WSW Script Group have been invited to give informal readings of our ten-minute plays at Delurk Gallery’s Evening of Scripts and Scores, beginning at 6 PM on Thursday, May 21. The writers are David Ratcliffe, Debbie Pullen, Grace Ellis, and Cynthia Marvin. Several other WSW members will be cast as readers. The Delurk Gallery is located at 207 W. Sixth St. in downtown Winston-Salem.

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.)

Jamie Chavez has one of my favorite blogs on writing. She’s a copy editor, and has many interesting posts from the editorial perspective. Here are some recent favorites:

Not sure how much freedom you have in using dialogue tags? Read Adventures in Editorland: Dialogue Tags Edition.

In spite of what you may have heard and read, an agent’s list is never full.

A question we all want to have answered: How do you get from book deal to best seller?

Writing opportunity of the week.


Deadline: May 31…Prize: $1000 and publication…Entry fee: $30 

“The University of Georgia Press is proud to be the publisher of the Flannery O’Connor Short Fiction Award series. More than fifty short fiction collections have appeared in the series, which was established to encourage gifted emerging writers by bringing their work to a national readership. The first prize-winning book was published in 1983; the award has since become an important proving ground for writers and a showcase for the talent and promise that have brought about a resurgence in the short story as a genre. Manuscripts should be double-spaced and 40,000-75,000 words in length. The award recognizes outstanding collections of short fiction. Collections may include long stories or novellas (est. length of a novella is 50-150 pages). However, novels or single novellas will not be considered.” Full submission guidelines here.


Olivia Fennell has won the Rondthaler-Award in Prose, given by Salem College. Olivia also manages the WSW Twitter account (@wswriters).
Carol Roan’s essay “Living Art” has just been published on Pythia, A Journal of Arts, Literature, and Spirituality. Carol also represented WSW in our weekly showcase in Camel City Dispatch with her short story “Boys in the Photograph”.

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