Great poetry reading this Friday!


On Friday, we bring you two poets who will impress, fascinate, and challenge you: Keith Flynn and Terri Kirby Erickson.

We’re pleased to bring these two talented and dramatic poets together for what promises to be an unforgettable evening. Both nationally recognized and published in countless journals, they write the kind of vivid poetry that begs to be read aloud.

Keith Flynn is the author of seven books, including five collections of poetry. His award-winning poems and essays have appeared in many journals and anthologies around the world. He has been awarded the Sandburg Award for Poetry, the ASCAP Emerging Songwriter Prize, and was twice named the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet for NC. He is founder and managing editor of the Asheville Poetry Review.

Terri Kirby Erickson is the author of four collections of poetry. Her work has won numerous awards, and has appeared or is forthcoming in the 2013 Poet’s Market, Asheville Poetry Review, Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac, The Christian Science Monitor, North Carolina Literary Review, Storysouth, JAMA, Verse Daily, and many other publications.

These writers will bring their talents to the Underground Theatre in the Community Arts Cafe on Fri. Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. A donation of $10 is suggested. Come prepared for anything!

Our annual 10-Minute Play Contest is now open!

Our fifth annual 10-Minute Play Contest is now open, an opportunity for aspiring playwrights to see their work read before an appreciative audience. Three winning plays will be chosen, and produced in a “staged reading” format on April 11, 2015. This event celebrates the author, and offers a forum for commentary that will develop the play and the playwright’s repoertoire. Here are the dates you’ll need to keep in mind:

  • Nov. 3 – Contest begins
  • Jan. 16 – Deadline for submissions
  • Feb. 16 – Announcement of winners
  • Apr. 11 – Staged reading of winning plays

This year for the first time there is no entry fee for WSW members. So if you’ve never tried writing a 10-minute play before, this is a great incentive to try. Non-members will still pay a $20 entry fee. The contest is open to all North Carolina residents and students.

There is a specific format that must be followed when submitting your entry, and that – along with all other contest details, can be found on our website under the Contests tab.

Are you NaNoMo Writing? Don’t forget our weekly write-ins on Wednesday night.

We’ve had a lot of interest in NaNoWriMo this year, so keep the momentum going by coming to our weekly write-ins. This week we’ll be writing at a new venue – The Lighthouse Grill, 905 Burke St. in Winston-Salem, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday night. And stay in touch with others at our Facebook page!

Advanced critique group for fiction now forming.

WWe are considering starting a critique group for writers of fiction, any length, any genre. This would be an advanced group for writers who have achieved a comfortable mastery of grammar, usage, and punctuation as well as the basic structure of a story. The purpose would be to provide feedback on issues relating to plot, character development, point of view, style, and voice. The writing process itself and the disciplines that make it work would also be covered.

Details are open to discussion once a group of interested writers is identified. The group would probably meet one or two evenings a month. If you’re interested, send an email to Ed Robson:

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.)

We are encouraged to crank our stories out quickly these days, reminded that our readers will want more, right away. But what about us slowpokes? This Huffington Post article is comforting.

You’ve heard of killing your darlings? It’s so, so hard. More comfort here. (You might enjoy the comments, too.)

Valuable info from Jane Friedman’s website about customizing your website.

So, are you signed up for National Novel Writing Month yet?  You can go to to sign up. The LA Times wrote this story about The Nanowrimo Guide: No Plot? No Problem.  It’s a fun thing to do, even if you know you’ll never have the time to “win.”

Writing opportunity of the week.


Deadline: January 9…Prizes: $50/$25/$15 and publication…Entry fee: Members free, non-members $8/poem

“Judges will be distinguished poets residing outside North Carolina. Winning poems (including honorable mentions, but excluding finalists in the Poet Laureate contest) will be published in the NCPS poetry contest anthology Pinesong. Winning poets will be invited to read their winning poems at Awards Day in May 2015.”


Robin Chalkley will be a guest on the Bill Flynn in the Morning program on Tues. Nov. 18 from 9 – 9:30 a.m. on AM 980 The Eagle. He will be discussing his blog Great American Things and his novel Two Americas.

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