TWO exciting events this weekend!

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First, on Friday night, the staged reading of our 10-Minute Play Contest winners.

The staged reading of our winners is always a special evening. Here’s your opportunity to see some entertaining plays while celebrating with our winners. Each of the plays has its own director and cast who’ve been rehearsing to be ready for this enjoyable experience.
We’re pleased as always that Nathan Ross Freeman will be on hand to lead the discussion following the performances. Experience has shown that the evening will be entertaining, fun, and thought-provoking. And, we’ll have a cash bar! It’s happening on Friday night, Apr. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts in downtown Winston-Salem. Cost for members just $5, for non-members just $7. You can purchase your tickets on our website, or pay at the door. See you there!

Then on Saturday afternoon, an excellent poetry workshop with Helen Losse.

April is National Poetry Month, so what better time to present this workshop by Helen Losse, WSW member and the author of six collections of poetry. You’ll get helpful information and inspiration from Helen, the former Poetry Editor for the Dead Mule School of Southern Literature and now Associate Poetry Editor for Kentucky Review. Participants may bring an unfinished poem to be critiqued, and two finished poems to read in the workshop reading.

Here’s the schedule for the afternoon.

1:00 – 2:45  Poetry Workshop
2:45 – 3:00 Break

Open to the Public:
3:00 – 3:20 Reading by Helen Losse
3:20 – 4:30 Reading by Workshop Participants

This workshop is Saturday, April 18 from 1 – 4:30 p.m. It will be held at Authoring Action, 624 W. Sixth St. in Winston-Salem. The fee is $10 for WSW members, $12 for non-members. Participation is limited to 12 people, so don’t delay! To register, go to our website here.

The North Carolina Writers Network Spring Conference is this Saturday in Greensboro!

The North Carolina Writers’ Network Spring Conference will be held on April 18 at the Moore Humanities and Research Administration Building on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The conference offers intensive workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as publisher exhibits, on-site “lunch with an author”, readings, and an open mic. The keynote speaker is poet Jaki Shelton Green. For more information, and to register, visit

Don’t forget, you can contribute to a prison library book drive.

We’re collecting books – paperbacks preferred, and the more positive, the better – to be donated to the county jail and the prison library. You can bring them to Open Mic, to your critique group, or to Writers Night Out. If none of those is convenient, contact our president Sam Barbee at, and he’ll make arrangements to collect them from you. Thanks for your help.

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.)

Do you write mystery or suspense novels? Here are some resources you should find helpful.

The Kill ZoneBilled as a doorway into the mind of thriller/mystery writers’ minds, the Kill Zone is a daily blog from eleven top thriller and mystery authors covering topics that inspire, anger, amuse, and entertain. So not exclusively about mysteries, but always about writing.

The Graveyard Shift by Lee LoflandLee Lofland is a veteran police investigator who began his law-enforcement career working as an officer in Virginia’s prison system. He later became a sheriff’s deputy, a patrol officer, and then detective.

The Writer’s Forensics Blog. D. P. Lyle is the author of both non-fiction and fiction as well as story consultant to many novelists and the screenwriters of shows such as Law & Order, CSI: Miami, Monk, House, and many more. Lyle answers questions and comments on cases and procedures.

All Things Crime. From Los Angeles PI and crime writer Patrick H. Moore, this blog declares crime is a certainty in life, and discusses both true crime and fictional crime, which reflects Moore’s interests. It’s a “rich landscape of endless possibility” for writers, he says, and is diligent presenting current stories.

Writing opportunity of the week.


Deadline: July 20…Prizes: $200/$100 in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry…Entry fee: $10

“Entries should focus on the 2015 festival theme ‘Telling Stories’.” Submission guidelines here.


David Gelly  will be the featured guest at Saturday’s 1st Annual Food & Wine Festival at Pilot Mountain’s JOLO Winery and Vineyards.
Rick Jordan has had his first poem published, one he has featured at our Open Mic Night. It was published in eno, the literary magazine of Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment. You can read it here.

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