Save The Date!
WGOT is kicking off National Poetry Month on Sunday March 29th
with North Carolina’s 2015 Poet Laureate, Shelby Stephenson
Shelby Stephenson will be reading his poetry and engaging us in an afternoon of conversation about his work and process of writing.
Shelby Stephenson has enjoyed long and diverse careers in law, radio, television, farming and literature. Growing up near Benson in the Coastal Plain of North Carolina, he has said, “My early teachers were the thirty-five foxhounds my father hunted. The trees and streams, fields, the world of my childhood…”
Among a range of awards won for his twelve (12) books, Mr. Stephenson won the 2001 North Carolina Award in Literature and Bellday Poetry Prize. Mr. Sephenson’s most recent book, Play My Music Anyway, came out in 2013 and served as the long time editor of Pembroke magazine. Mr. Stephenson has recorded four albums of music with his wife Linda and a documentary, Plankhouse, was made about his work.
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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!