This Fall Join WGOT
for an Exciting Array of Literary and Art Events!
Visual Poetry Walk at First Friday (Greensboro)
Friday, September 2 – 6:30PM+
Four WGOT poets and seven other area poets won a WGOT sponsored contest to have sculpted “poetry boxes” made in response to their work and installed in downtown Greensboro. Come downtown to see some excellent work, both the poems and sculptures, in the Ekphrastic tradition. Sculptures are generally located on Elm street between the main library and ArtMongerz gallery (across from the Mellow Mushroom). For example, if you see a fountain in Scuppernong bookstore then you should look for the poem on the side. All sculptures should have a journal to allow you to leave comments.
Michael Gaspeny (who also won a second award recently for Flying South), Diana Engel, Walt Pilcher and John Haugh all represent WGOT on the walk, with Muriel Hoff.
On 9/2 there will be a walking event starting at the Central Public Library on Church Street at 6:30 PM where each poet and artist will talk about their sculpture & poem. A banner will lead attendees to the next site until they go through all eleven (11) poetry boxes. More information at: https://www.facebook.com/visualpoetrygso/
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Writers’ Group of the Triad presents
Is Your Silence Loud Enough? led by
Dr. Lisa Muir, author of Taking Down the Moon
Saturday, September 17 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Sternberger Artists’ Center
712 Summit Avenue, Greensboro, NC
Cost: $15 for WGOT members; $30 nonmembers
Cash or check only; pay at the door.
As writers we strive to explain, to show, but the result can sometimes be overwriting and unnecessary detail. This seminar will explore the concept of silence through the use of prose, poetry, and images. If silence is the unsaid, then it has meaning, a meaning that can be both quietly and profoundly absorbed into your work. Engaging with a variety of examples, together we will identify the concept of silence and its effect. Using a hands-on approach, we will identify and enhance your own use of silence.
Required: Preregister by calling or texting Diana Engel at (336) 329-3768. Bring pen, paper and, if you’d like, a copy of a work in progress, a finished piece, or the start of something new.
Dr. Lisa Muir teaches composition, research and literature at Wilkes Community College and serves as the National Chair for Creative Fiction at the annual Pop Culture/American Culture Association Conference. Published in May 2016, Taking Down the Moon is her first collection of short stories. Reviewers have praised these stories as written with “sumptuous detail and frankness,” and “illuminating the magical quality of the most ordinary moments.”
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Poetry, Sculpture & Java (no Jazz) – Greensboro
10/16/16 – 3PM+
Mark your calendar for 10/16 for what promises to be a great event. All eleven (11) poets and eleven artists associated with the WGOT sponsored Visual Poetry Walk will be reading and talking about collaborative art at Scuppernong Bookstore on Elm street in downtown.
After this, there will be a wine and cheese reception open to all WGOT members at ArtMongerz from 5:30PM on.
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Writing to Prompts
Saturday, October 29, 2016 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Sacred Garden Bookstore, 211 W Fisher Avenue, Greensboro, NC
Break your writers block and generate writing with one of our experienced writers. Prompts and more. 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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Save the Date! Saturday, November 19 (Greensboro)
WGOT presents How Did You Get Yourself Published?
This daytime publishing panel will feature a locally published poet and short story writer, novelists and a writer of historical fiction. Successful traditionally published and self-published authors will be present to answer your questions. More details will be forthcoming as this event is finalized, so stay tuned! Come learn from those who have journeyed the publishing path and succeeded.
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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!