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About Charlotte Lit

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. 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 will 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.

Charlotte Lit is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Donations are tax deductible.

Recent Blog Posts

Reverse Physics

If millions lose their health care, will anyone hear
February 22, 2018/by David Radavich

When You’re the Emcee

Hosting a literary reading? Here's poet Richard Allen Taylor…
February 19, 2018/by Richard Allen Taylor

In the Evening We Shall Be Examined on Love

In the Evening We Shall Be Examined on Love
~ St. John of the…
February 13, 2018/by Larry Sorkin

How to be Kind to Your Reader: Some Thoughts on George Saunders

George Saunders is big on kindness. When I read the convocation…
February 8, 2018/by Jenny Hubbard

Terrestrial, Baby

What you say after making love to your wife can crash-and-burn
February 5, 2018/by Charles Israel

Leaving Publishing for a Solo Career: One Woman’s Story

I remember seeing the notice in Publisher’s Weekly. A senior…
February 1, 2018/by Betsy Thorpe

In the Litmosphere: What’s Coming Up for Readers & Writers

If you’re an avid reader like me, there’s nothing worse than…
January 29, 2018/by Lisa Zerkle

The Art of Submitting

Unless the two sides of your brain are evenly divided—what…
January 22, 2018/by Dannye Romine Powell

Read to Understand: CML’s Black Lives Matter Reading List

When I arrive on the second floor of Charlotte’s Main Library,…
January 15, 2018/by Patrice Gopo

The Hidden Life of Trees

As I write, glancing—a little too often to be very productive—out…
January 8, 2018/by Kathie Collins

Immutable Laws of Writing #1: The words will not write themselves

The words are not going to write themselves.
This seems obvious,…
January 1, 2018/by Paul Reali

Christmas Yet to Come: Reading “A Christmas Carol” as a writer

In addition to being a seminal work of literature, Charles Dickens' A…
December 25, 2017/by Paul Reali