Inspire a group of student writers


Would you like to inspire a group of student writers?

We recently heard from the creative writing teacher at Atkins High School. He’s looking for WSW members who can address his classes and inspire some young local writers. He’s looking specially for those who write novels and short stories. If you’re interested, contact J. Scott Plaster at

The NCWN Fall Conference is coming, and the possibilities are exciting!

This year’s Fall Conference is at the Sheraton Charlotte Hotel on November 21-23. As always there will be lots of informative and practical workshops for all writing interests. For example:

  • “All Shapes and Sizes: A Workshop on Novel Structure” with Chantel Acevado
  • “Poetry and Time” with Julie Funderburk
  • “The Art of the Pitch” with Carin Siegfried and Betsy Thorpe
  • “Poetry Master Class” with Morri Creech
  • “Creative Nonfictiion Master Class” with Cynthia Lewis
  • “Fiction Master Class” with Aaron Gwyn

​And all of these great opportunities are just the first morning session! For more information about the Fall Conferencce or to register, go to

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 a multi-helpful post from Larry Brooks. You can connect to a free webinar, download a free graphic, and get some advice on taking your story up a notch.

Since I read Steve Mitchell’s story in Flying South No. 1 ( I’ve been thinking about “difficult” fiction, and how much “difficulty” I personally enjoy. Here is a list from Flavorwire of 10 “experimental” novels that they say are “worth the effort.” What do you think about difficulty in your reading list?

The Design Observer Group published their list of 50 favorite book covers from 2013, and I have to say that they are stunning.  Take a look for yourself and tell me if you don’t agree that they aren’t intriguing, provocative, beautiful—and most of all, inviting.  There are lessons here about text, type, graphics, and images.

I love a good grammar debate, and one infused with gender-based divisiveness adds some heat! Plus, I love infographics. So, when the website (which allows you to paste text to identify grammar problems and improve your writing) did a poll asking whether women or men write better–and posted it as an infographic–The Daily Beast did me a favor by publishing it.

Writing opportunity of the week.


Deadline: October 4…Prizes: $500 and publication …Entry fee: $10

New Delta Review is now accepting submissions for our second annual Ryan R. Gibbs Award for Short Fiction, judged by Roxane Gay. For this contest,  seeks short fiction (1,500 words or less) that stuns. We look for a full narrative in a small package, where every sentence contributes something necessary and integral to the whole. All entries will be considered for publication and eligible for our annual Matt Clark Editor’s Prize of $250.” Submission details here.

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