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The Monday Night Poetry Group will be meeting on Tuesday, September 1 at 7 pm on account of the Labor Day Holiday. They will be back to their regular first Monday of the month meetings in October.

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Saturday October 10th 10am-1pm
WRITING WITH HEART WORKSHOP 
with Jeri Rowe

As writers and poets, we often struggle to get to the heart of a story or, really, the heart of who we are. When our Creative Muse seems to be napping, or reading over our shoulder and yelling “God, that stinks!” we end up staring at a screen, a notebook, or a legal pad and wishing our creativity was like a light switch that we could turn on and off.
So, what can we do? Well, writer Jeri Rowe has some ideas. As a long-time journalist, he wrestled with writer’s block and learned how to become a noun-and-verb shift worker on deadline; but moreover, he learned techniques on how to write with heart without being maudlin. It wasn’t easy, and his childhood friend Susan helped. He’ll explain it all in this workshop.
Biography:
Jeri Rowe is a newsroom ex-pat, and a South Carolinian who grew up among storytellers. For nearly a quarter century he worked as a writer, editor, and columnist at the News & Record during which he won nearly 25 writing awards, including two national awards in 2014 from the Society of Feature Journalism. During an eight-year span as columnist, he wrote more than 1,200 columns and chased stories across central North Carolina about the people and places, where he says he “showed us who we are and how we live.”. He also spoke to community groups and lectured to college journalism classes.
Rowe still chases stories, but now he does it as the senior writer at High Point University. He tells the university’s story through a variety of formats, including thematic books, short- and long-form stories, and blogs from the perspective of students, alumni, parents, benefactors, and the community beyond campus. He lives in Greensboro with his wife, Katherine, and his two teenage children, Will and Elizabeth. And yes, he learns way more from them than they learn from him.
Details:
It will be held in the Roe Library of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church at 607 N Greene St., Greensboro. It is open to the public and refreshments will be served. Bring a pencil and paper or charged laptop to write with.

The fee is $10 for WGOT members and non-member students/$20 adult non-members. Join WGOT now and receive the member workshop price! Workshop+Membership: $40 adults/$25 students).
Space is limited, so please RSVP to wgot.news@gmail.com to state your intention to sign up.  Information on where to send payment will be sent to you via email.  Please send your payment as soon as possible to secure your seat at the workshop. Seating is limited and not guaranteed until payment is received. Only once your payment is received is your attendance is confirmed. Thanks, and we’ll see you there!
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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, 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 Newsletter, 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 Newsletter.

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!