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WGOT Interactive Workshop Reading, Creative Center 8-23-14  Caren Masem reads her poem based on Karen Spencer's painting

RECENT WGOT EVENT NEWS

Diana Engel and Steve Wessells led a very successful ekphrastic writing workshop in August 2014 at the Creative Center, Greensboro, NC.  Seventeen writers participated, selecting Creative Center artwork as subjects for their writing on 8/16/14.  The following Saturday reading drew a crowd of nearly forty people which included Creative Center artists and Jeri Rowe of the News & Record. **To read Jeri’s article and see a sample of workshop art and writing, click here for the Ekphrastic Workshops page.**

A shout-out of many thanks to Creative Center artist and community organizer Jack Stone, Creative Center artist Julie Dameron, and News & Record writer Jeri Rowe. Their crucial help and involvement transformed the reading into a richer success than ever before and informed the local community about the dynamic arts organizations, WGOT and the Creative Center.

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Fall 2014 Events

This autumn we celebrate and learn from our local and state writers.  Come join us!

Saturday, Sept. 20 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm  WGOT Readings and Open Mic at Quaker Village Starbucks.   Address:  5607 Friendly Ave., Greensboro 27410

Take a flight of imagination with WGOT writers Steve Wessells, Tracey Nafekh, Walt Pilcher, and Jacinta V. White while you enjoy a sweet frappuccino or other beverage. Come early and sign up for the Open Mic which follows!

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Saturday, Sept. 27 from 12:00 to 3:00 pm at Kathleen Clay Edwards Branch Library  WGOT, Triad Poetry Meetup and GPL present “Raise Your Voice: A 100 Thousand Poets for Change Workshop and Open Mic Event  Address: 1420 Price Park Road, Greensboro 27410

Use the power of the pen and the mic to inspire action!  This program begins with a FREE writing workshop addressing the topic, “How can poetry change attitudes and facilitate societal change?” led by Judith Behar and Diana Engel.  Bring paper and pen to create your own piece of change-motivating writing.  Workshop writers can, if they wish, read their poems at the beginning of the Open Mic which follows.  Light refreshments will be provided.  Feel free to bring your own brown bag lunch.

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Sunday, October 5 from 2:30 to 4:30 pm  WGOT Fall Social at Quaker Village Starbucks.  Address: 5607 Friendly Ave., Greensboro 27410

Members only event:  Meet fellow writers and enjoy a FREE Starbucks beverage and a goody: Members receive tickets at the door for two FREE refreshment items!  We’ll also recognize our dedicated critique group facilitators, WGOT Website Manager, and WGOT Meetup Coordinator.

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Alan Michael Parker and Abigail DeWitt culminate our year of Genre Greats:

Sunday, Oct. 26 from 2:30 to 4:30 pm  Alan Michael Parker and the WGOT Annual Meeting in the Showcase Gallery of the Creative Center.  Address: 900 Sixteenth Street, Greensboro 27405

Members only event:  Alan Michael Parker, winner of the 2013 and 2014 Randall Jarrell Poetry Prize awards, will talk about his new novel, The Committee on Town Happiness, and share his verse.  Afterwards, WGOT members will elect their new board of 2015 WGOT officers (Be on the lookout for the proposed slate of officers). Refreshments served.  Book signing by Parker included.

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Saturday, Nov. 8 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church (Rowe Library).  WGOT Writing Workshop Led by Abigail DeWitt:  Using Your Senses. Trusting Your Characters.  Address:  607 North Greene Street, Greensboro 27401

Author of the novels Lili and Dogs, DeWitt is a professor of Creative Writing and French at Appalachian State.  The recipient of many fellowships and grants, she will lead a full day writing workshop for WGOT.  Cost: $35 WGOT members; $50 nonmembers.  Registration is required; register at triadwriters.org (registration form coming soon!) by Monday, Nov. 3.   Bring paper, writing utensil and lunch, or purchase your lunch onsite.

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Saturday, Nov. 15 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm  WGOT Readings and Open Mic at Quaker Village Starbucks  Address:  5607 Friendly Ave., Greensboro 27410

Don’t miss this final 2014 Readings and Open Mic event!  Come hear engaging WGOT writers read their works while warming up with a cup of joe.  Come early and sign up for the Open Mic which follows!

 

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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!