Saturday: Staged readings of our 10-minute play contest winners

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Come enjoy the staged readings our winning 10-minute plays this Saturday night!

The staged reading of our winners is just two nights away. 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 performance. Experience has shown that the evening will be entertaining, fun, and thought-provoking. It’s happening this Saturday night, Apr. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Underground Theatre of the Community Arts Cafe. Food and drink will be available for purchase at the cafe. Cost for members just $5, for non-members just $7. See you there!

Have you seen homemade journals and thought, “I’d like to know how to do that.” Then you’ll want to attend our Bookbinding Workshop in two weeks.

WSW has been fortunate to have several interns helping us out this semester. One of them, Jessica Goddard, is a skilled bookbinder, and she’s sharing her special talents with us for a special workshop. Here’s how Jessica describes the program:

“From Virginia Woolf to Franz Kafka, great writers throughout history have always kept journals to record their ideas, aspirations, daily activities, and inspirations; join Winston-Salem Writers and learn to make your own! Journal making and binding is a fun, innovative activity for writers and book enthusiasts of all skill levels. Learn to cut paper signatures, create book covers, and hand-sew binding with a popular stitch or two. Together we’ll make a personalized journal with which you will join the ranks of great writers past, present, and future.”

Sounds like fun, doesn’t it? It’s taking place on Thur. Apr. 24 at 7 p.m. in the Conference Room of the Community Arts Cafe. You must preregister by Sat. Apr. 19 if you plan to attend. There is a materials fee of $25 for both members and non-members. Click here to preregister.

Come hear some excellent poetry at this year’s On the Same Poem Luncheon.

The annual On the Same Poem Luncheon will be held from 12 – 2 p.m. on Thurs., Apr. 24 at the Central Library auditorium. WSW sponsors the teen poetry contest, and the six winners will read their work, as will North Carolina School of the Arts poet Joseph Mills.
If you’d like to attend, you can reserve your spot by sending an e-mail to or by calling 336-703-3022.

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.)

If you’ve thought about tweeting your writing, or if you are a non-fiction lover, or if you want to know how “writing small” can improve your writing in general, read this article from Creative Nonfiction.

A cautionary tale from Larry Brooks about his latest novel’s bumpy road to publication (he writes traditionally published thrillers and craft books). It includes a free PDF download, for those (like me) who can’t get enough insight into a writer’s process.

An astonishing essay about a writer’s literary life-and-role models. (I didn’t think anyone else’s childhood influences would include James Thurber, but here you go!)

What you need to know about dialog tags.

Writing opportunity of the week.

Deadline: Apr. 30…Prize: $1000/$250/$100 and publication… Entry fee: $15
Sponsored by The Ledge magazine. Its description: “NO RESTRICTIONS on form or content. The Ledge is open to all styles and schools of poetry. Excellence is the only criterion. ALL POEMS must be previously unpublished. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable but we must notified should any poem(s) be accepted elsewhere for publication. All poems will be considered for publication in The Ledge magazine.” Get more information here.

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