The WSW Christmas Party is Friday, Dec. 12

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Next Friday we’re hosting our annual Christmas party, our most anticipated social event of the year!

It really is “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” and WSW loves to make the most of it by sponsoring our annual Christmas Party. Besides the usual food, fun, and frivolity, two things make this year’s party special:

  1. We’re joining our celebration with December’s 4 Poems & A Party. The poets whose work was selected for this month (see below) will join us for a reading. We first iniated this combination last year, and everyone really enjoyed it. Helps us remember, in the midst of our revelry, that we are a writing group – and a community-minded one at that.
  2. We’re asking you to bring some canned goods for the Second Harvest Food Bank of North Carolina. Speaking of being community-minded, let’s remember those who are struggling during this season by donating some food from our abundance.

The party is next Friday night, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. at the Community Arts Cafe, 411 W. Fourth St. in downtown. And it’s free for members and a guest! We’d like to get an accurate count, so please RSVP to Christy Vance:

This is the social highlight of our year, an evening you won’t want to miss!

Congratulations to the poets selected for Poetry in Plain Sight in December.

As you make your way around downtown Winston-Salem this Christmas season, look for our colorful posters featuring these poems:

  • “Pearl Harbor” by Michael Daily from Somewhere Tonight a Soldier Stands
  • “Snowfall” by Nancy Dillingham from The Ambiguity of Morning
  • “Diminuendo” by Peg Robarchek
  • “SETI” by Daniel O’Sullivan

Come celebrate your fellow writers (and buy one of their books?) at tomorrow’s Bookmarks Holiday Bazaar.

We’re pleased that Bookmarks is featuring local writers and artists at its Holiday Bazaar this season. It’s tomorrow from 4 – 8 p.m. in Reynolds Place at the Milton Rhodes Center. Winston-Salem Writers has reserved a table, and several of our authors will be on hand to sell and sign their books. This is a great “Read Local” opportunity, and don’t you have someone on your list who would love a good book for Christmas?

Thank you for your generous response to our recent request for donations.

Last month we made our first-ever request for support to help fund all our programs and workshops, and we were gratified by your response. If you haven’t yet responded, may we ask that you consider adding WSW to your holiday list? To give, simply go to the Donor Page of our website and all the pertinent information is there. We appreciate your consideration.

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.)

So many people believe their novel is “almost done” long before it really is. As Nanowrimo comes to an end, please note that even if you “won” Nano, and cranked out 50,000 words or more (congratulations!) you are nowhere near finished (though you may need a nap!). Please consider these guidelines for when you’re really ready for final editing, from Brian Klems at Writer’s Digest.

These British authors, represented by The Andrew Lownie Literary Agency, discuss their writing habits. There’s an awful lot of useful stuff, inspiration, and reassurance to be gleaned in this post from Publishing Perspectives.

Also from Publishing Perspectives, the Books in Browsers 2014 Playlist. With this playlist you can virtually relive the 2014 conference, wherein the future of digital books and publishing on the internet is considered.

This re-run post from Beyond the Margins about the price of books will provide you with plenty to think about from so many perspectives. The cost of books vs. the cost of other things, for one.

I recommend we all give books, especially to children, this holiday season!

Writing opportunity of the week.


Deadline: December 31…Prizes: $250 and publication…Entry fee: $25

“The Frost Place, a nonprofit center for poetry and the arts at Robert Frost’s old homestead in Franconia, NH, in partnership with Bull City Press, invites submissions to the Third Annual Frost Place Chapbook Competition. This year’s judge is Jennifer Grotz. In summer 2015, the winner’s chapbook will be published by Bull City Press, and the winner will receive 10 complimentary copies (from a print run of 300), and a $250.00 stipend. The winner will also receive a full fellowship to attend the five-and-a-half-day Poetry Seminar at The Frost Place, August 2015, including room and board (a cash value of approximately $1,500.00). Submission guidelines here.


Teri Hairston had a poem, “Cockroaches”, and a prose piece, “White House” published recently by Cutthroat, a Journal of the Arts.

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