Note from Di:  There are still some open spaces in the upcoming free poetry writing workshop I am leading. Are you a silent poet waiting for the encouragement and help on how to begin, how to nurture your writing? Perhaps you are a seasoned writer simply looking for another path to travel to pull forth a poem? Preregister with Beth for this workshop and come join us!

Writers Group of the Triad and the Greensboro Public Library present:

Poetry GSO Workshop ~ Begin with the Things in Your Life

led by Diana EngelDiana_Engel

Monday, April 25 at 7 p.m.
Greensboro Central Library
219 North Church Street, Greensboro

Description: Vivid poetry often begins with the things in our lives. Using these objects and list writing as starting points, participants will learn how to craft poems that tell stories about themselves or others. Bring pen/pencil and paper or tablet. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. To register, email Beth at Beth.Sheffield@greensboro-nc.gov.

Audience: For those new to poetry writing, this workshop will be a welcoming path. Seasoned poets may find this to be a new avenue for pulling poems from their lives.

Diana Engel is a poet, workshop teacher and writing events planner for Writers’ Group of the Triad. She has led workshops for middle school students and adults. Her poetry appears in Wild Goose Poetry Review, Open to Interpretation, Shagbark Review, Wordworks and fire & chocolate. She delights in bringing writers and artists together to learn from one another and thus build the creative community.


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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!