About Charlotte Lit

Charlotte Center for Literary Arts, Inc.—”Charlotte Lit”—is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts center dedicated to elevating and celebrating the literary arts in our community.

Charlotte Lit was formed in August 2015 by writers Kathie Collins and Paul Reali (who jointly serve as the organization’s executive director) and began offering programming in February 2016.

Our Mission

Who We Are

Human beings are storytellers. The impulse to find meaning in and weave narrative from life experience is the foundation of all art. It’s the way we understand ourselves and one another, and a vibrant literary arts community increases that capacity to engage and understand.

Charlotte Lit’s mission is to equip community members to more deeply engage literature in all its forms––from oral storytelling to the great American novel, poetry to playwriting, memoir to long form journalism.

Whether you’re a published writer or someone just discovering the joys of reading, Charlotte Lit has programming that can expand and deepen your relationship with language and bring you into community with others who seek the kind of respectful, literature-based conversations that build a stronger Charlotte.

What We Do

Our focus is on promoting the Literary Arts—through classes, a weekly newsletter, a curated literary events calendar, book discussions, readings, hosting visiting authors, conferences, special events, and community collaborations of all kinds.

Craft Classes

Do you have a story to tell? Whatever your style or level of writing experience, we have writing classes to help you practice and improve your craft. Join us for seminars and workshops, taught by the area’s best teachers.

Community Conversations

Do you long for meaningful conversations with other readers and writers? At Charlotte Lit, you can chat about that awesome best-seller, have a soul-stirring conversation about poetry, and engage in truly civil discourse about society’s greatest challenges. Check out opportunities to connect: book discussion groups, theme-based author reading events, and panel discussions.

Explorations in Creativity and Culture

You don’t have to be a published writer, or a writer at all, to engage with words. We have seminars that explore the connections between literature and other art forms, workshops that employ visual methods of storytelling—from visual journaling to film studies, and other seminars that help you sharpen your creative edge.

Our Co-Founders

Kathie Collins
Charlotte Lit Co-Founder, Co-Executive Director
Poet & Mythologist

Kathie Collins, Ph.D., co-founder of Charlotte Center for Literary Arts, earned her graduate degree in Mythological Studies with an emphasis in Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. A poet and lifelong student of Jungian psychology, Kathie thrives in the in-between space from which dreams and creativity emerge. She’s happiest when she can share that space with others and one of her great passions is bringing words and people together for transformative conversations. Kathie’s poetry has appeared in Kakalak, BibleWorkbench, and Between. Her chapbook Jubilee was published by Main Street Rag in 2011.


Paul Reali
Charlotte Lit Co-Founder, Co-Executive Director
Writer, Editor, Coach, Instructor

Paul Reali is the co-author of Creativity Rising: Creative Thinking and Creative Problem Solving in the 21st Century, a why-to and how-to guide to finding creative solutions. He has an M.S. in Creativity from the International Center for Studies in Creativity at SUNY Buffalo State, where he also is an adjunct instructor and the managing editor of ICSC Press. Paul has been a trainer and facilitator for more than 25 years, in the areas of creativity, innovation, and business and writing skills. He is co-founder of Charlotte Lit, and lead coach for its Authors Lab program.

paul@charlottelit.org | paulreali.com

Our Studio

Charlotte Lit
1817 Central Avenue, Suite 302
(In the Midwood International & Cultural Center)
Charlotte, NC 28205

We Are Open: Tuesday-Thursday 10 am – 3 pm

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Phone: 704-315-2131
General e-mail: admin@charlottelit.org

Twitter: @CLTLIT
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cltlit
Instagram: charlottelit

Parking & Entry

On the left side of the building is a large lot; there is usually ample parking there. If needed, there is an alternate lot on the opposite side of the building, and street parking on Hamorton. Wherever you park, we recommend you walk to the Charlotte Lit entrance; it’s easy to get lost in the building if you use another door. To find it, walk into the main parking lot on the left side of the building (if you see The Light Factory sign, you’re in the correct lot). Find the gray door to the left of The Light Factory entrance (our name is on the directory sign in front of that door): that’s your entrance. Enter there, then walk up to the top floor.