INSPIRING FALL 2014 EVENTS
Alan Michael Parker and Abigail DeWitt culminated our year of Genre Greats.
At the WGOT Annual Meeting, Alan Michael Parker shared his ideas about his new novel and his writing process. WGOT writers enjoyed hearing his thought-provoking reflections and his original verse.
Abigail DeWitt Workshop
On Saturday, November 8, gifted teacher and novelist Abigail DeWitt led a full day workshop. She offered participants new insights into the writing process and great writing exercises. These exercises produced original lines, revelations about characters, and new writing material for those involved. This was the kind of transformative workshop experience capable of improving and changing one’s writing in significant ways, a wonderful day!
November Readings and Open Mic
Saturday, November 15: WGOT ended the year on a high note with the last 2014 Readings and Open Mic at Quaker Village Starbucks. Featuring fiction, poetry and non-fiction, this reading included accomplished poets Mark Smith-Soto, Sarah Lindsay, Val Nieman, Jean Rodenbough, Steve Cushman, and Mike Gaspeny. Judith Behar and Rick Fisher, facilitators of Short Story and Speculative Fiction Groups respectively, read their engaging fiction. The concluding open mic showcased more genres: Jim Gray read a humorous memoir piece and the inimitable Ann Deagon showered us with songs. The Grand Master of Ceremonies, Steve Wessells, concluded the evening by reading an imaginative story written by his beloved wife, Susan. An outstanding reading cast of creative writers made for a delightful evening for all!
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“It’s easier not to write than to write. Except if you are a writer. Then you have no choice.”
- Elie Wiesel (Nobel Prize-winner)
The Writers’ Group of the Triad is a not-for-profit organization of writers for writers. Our mission is to offer enriching opportunities which nurture writing development, provide community exposure, and ultimately assist in our members’ writing success. The best substantive and continuous resource WGOT supplies to local writers are genre-specific monthly critique group meetings where members can improve their writing skills through peer review. Our group facilitators welcome all levels of writers into a supportive and creative atmosphere which fosters fellowship and constructive criticism, helping to hone and improve each member’s work.
Our writing critique groups are organized by genre. In the ‘Critique Groups’ list above you can find a group in your favored genre or genres. Want to check out one or several of these groups? You may attend two critique group meetings in any genre at no charge. However, you must become a member of WGOT to have your work critiqued. If you are thinking about dropping in on a critique group meeting, please contact the facilitator first so she/he knows to look for you.
WGOT also puts on open mics, Poetry Jazz and Java readings during April, and sponsors workshops focusing on topics such as ekphrastic writing and publishing.
Who are our writers? The ‘Our Writers’ drop-down list above has thumbnail biographies of a small portion of our authors and writers of different genres including fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, mystery, and children’s stories.
Our critique groups have published several anthologies described on the ’Our Books’ page. Should you wish to purchase a book or two, you will find ordering information included.
Who can join? WGOT membership is open to anyone local, national, or international who wants to improve their English writing skills. Although many of our members have been widely published, we welcome beginning writers! We can help the new writer find her/his “voice” and better understand the mysterious adventure called publishing.
Members can attend an unlimited number of critique groups and receive by email the monthly WGOT Eblast, a treasure trove of current writing opportunities—those offered by WGOT and other writers/organizations. Workshops, readings, competitions and publication calls are featured in the Eblast.
Annual dues are $30; Out-of-State/International $20; Students $15. To join WGOT, click here to access the ’Join/Renew’ page and follow the directions.
Where do we meet? Most of our groups meet at our central location, the headquarters of the historic Sternberger Artists Center, 712 Summit Avenue, Greensboro, NC. There is free parking in the lot behind the building. The WGOT Writers’ Center is in Studio 5; its entrance is on the far left (south side) of the building as you face the building from the rear free parking area.
Our advice to aspiring authors is to write, write, write and read, read, read the outstanding published writers in your genre! Share with other writers your work in progress by joining one of our critique groups where sharing is the order of the day. Writing is a lonely business. Enrich your life and your writing by connecting with other writers who can help you sharpen your craft. Join us for fellowship, exposure, and objective, knowledgeable advice from friendly wordsmiths!