This November, learn from a group of outstanding published authors:
Mark your calendar, register now!
Writers’ Group of the Triad presents:
How Did You Get Yourself Published?
As writers, we see our ultimate goal as publication. Once our novels, short stories, memoirs or
poems have been honed to their best, how do we open the door to publication, the reward being our books perhaps listed on Amazon or shouting our names from the shelves of the local bookstore?
Come learn from some of Greensboro’s most outstanding authors. Publishing in the genres of novel, short story, autobiographical essay and poetry will be covered. These successful traditionally published and self-published authors will talk about their unique experiences, offering their wisdom to participating writers.
Event details: Saturday, Nov. 19 1:30 to 4 p.m. Holy Trinity, 607 N. Greene Street, Greensboro
Cost: WGOT members $20/Nonmembers $30/Students with I.D. $5 Pay at the door.
To register: Call or text Diana Engel at 336-329-3768 by Saturday, November 12.
Guest author panelists:
Fred Chappell, a previous state Poet Laureate, has published many books of verse as well as story collections and novels. A native of Canton, North Carolina, he taught at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro for over 40 years. He is the winner of, among other awards, the Bollingen Prize in Poetry, Aiken Taylor Prize, T. S. Eliot Prize, and Roanoke-Chowan Poetry Prize seven times over.
Lee Zacharias is the author of a collection of short stories (Helping Muriel Make It Through the Night), two novels (Lessons and At Random), and a collection of personal essays (The Only Sounds We Make). Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in numerous journals, her essays cited as among the best of the year many times in the annual Best American Essays and been reprinted in The Best American Essays 2008.
Quinn Dalton is the author of the novels, High Strung and Midnight Bowling, and two story collections, Bulletproof Girl and Stories from the Afterlife. Her stories have been anthologized, appearing in many literary magazines. “Back on Earth” was awarded the 2002 Fiction Prize from Pearl magazine. “The Music You Never Hear,” appears in New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best, 2006.
June Willson Read’s short children’s’ stories have appeared in church bulletins, on the internet, and in anthologies over the years. A biography, Frontier Madam: The Life of Dell Burke, Lady of Lusk was published in 2009 by a small press and a collection of short adult fiction stories, Whistle Creek and Other Wyoming Tales, was self-published this spring.
Douglas Smith’s first book is Judgments. His work can be read in The Southern Poetry Anthology, Quarterly West, Cimarron Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Washington Square, Mid-American Review, and many other publications. He teaches at Guilford College.
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October and November Events:
** ANNOUNCING **
The 2016 WGOT Annual Meeting
Sunday, October 23, 2016 7:00 p.m.
Sternberger Artists Center, 712 Summit Avenue, Greensboro
**This is a members only event**
Join your fellow members in planning for the new year and electing new leadership. We’ll elect new board members, enjoy snacks, and catch up with fellow members we haven’t seen in a coons-age.
WGOT is in need of volunteers to serve in these key positions:
• Events Chair: lead in organizing some great events for 2017
• Publicity Chair: promote WGOT to members & public; web-savvy helpful, not critical.
• Treasurer: keep track of WGOT funds; bookkeeping experience helpful, not necessary.
• Vice President: help where needed; can follow this term by becoming next president.
• Directors: help out as you can; share your opinion and get a vote on the board.
Having a hard time finding cash to pay your dues, but want to stay involved? WGOT is willing to trade sweat for cash. Join the board and the WGOT leadership could be convinced to waive your membership dues. Interested in any of these roles? Contact current president, Ryan Anderson, at email@example.com or 434-466-6797/
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A Special Halloween Writing to Prompts
Saturday, October 29, 2016 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Sacred Garden Bookstore, 211 W Fisher Avenue, Greensboro
Join Cynthia for a special Halloween prompts session: Write as characters you love; write as characters you hate! Perhaps even write as yourselves… Bring a pen and paper or fully charged laptop. Hold your spot by emailing Cynthia Schaub at Schaub.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Telling Compelling Stories: Characters, Goals, Motives
Thursday, November 3, 2016 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Sternberger Artists Center, 712 Summit Avenue, Greensboro
Writers’ Group of the Triad hosts storytelling teacher Bruce Kirchoff.
Bruce is a Professor of Biology at UNCG. He has won the UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching, the highest post-secondary teaching award in NC, the Charles Edwin Bessey Teaching Award from the Botanical Society of America, and the Innovations in Plant Systematics Education Prize from the American Society of Plant Taxonomists. He has studied scientific communication at the Alan Alda Center, and storytelling with NC storyteller Louise Kessel.
About the workshop:
Characters with clear goals and motives have the power to carry a narrative. Each attendee will create and tell a very short story that focuses on characters and their motives. We will begin with some introductory exercises to help us access the story realm, then work on defining characters with motives and goals. The second hour will be devoted to telling our stories. You do not need to be an experienced storyteller to benefit from these exercises. Free. To register: https://wgot-characters.eventbrite.com
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Visual Poetry Walk Silent Auction
Saturday, November 5, 2016 4 to 6 p.m.
International Civil Rights Museum, 134 S. Elm Street, Greensboro
Ten sculptural visual poetry boxes created by local artists will be auctioned off at this event. Enjoy some snacks, poetry, and art, with the boxes on display for auction bids following remarks by poets and artists. Meet the creatives who designed the art you might own!
Info: facebook.com/visualpoetrygso. or mailto:visualpoetrywalkGSO@gmail.comor 336-288-7555.
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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!