Where to Get Lit in Charlotte

Reading is a solitary activity, but there are many ways to enjoy literature in community. Here are ideas and links for places to go and things to do that will enhance your experience of the reading world.

Charlotte Lit

Charlotte Lit is for readers, too. Here are some ways to engage with books, literature, and writers even if you’re not a writer yourself.

Wednesdays@Lit – Monthly Lit-Based Social & Conversation

4X4CLT – Quarterly poetry+art poster release party and master class

Creative Exploration Classes – Many choices each year not geared toward writers, but to everyone


Local bookstores are great places to hear writers read from and discuss their work in an intimate setting. You’ll always get a chance to ask the writer questions and get your copy signed. And, bookstore employees love to talk books, so it’s a great place to find your next read or book club pick.

Park Road Books

That’s Novel Books

Main Street Books

Book Clubs

The time-tested way to experience books with others. We have a page of book club advice.


Queens University of Charlotte – Literary Arts Events

Lenoir-Rhyne University – Visiting Writers Series

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

Library Event Calendar (select “Books/Literature” in the tags box)

Verse & Vino – Annual fundraiser with five notable writers

Festivals & Conferences

Central Piedmont Community College – Sensoria Festival

UNC Charlotte – Center City Literary Festival

Writing for Your Life – Charlotte Conference

North Carolina Writers’ Network – Conferences

Live Theatre

One of the oldest forms of literature is writing for the stage, and we have some great local theatre companies here.

The Actors Theatre of Charlotte

Children’s Theatre of Charlotte

Three Bone Theatre

Theatre Charlotte

The Warehouse Performing Arts Center

Other & Unexpected Places

Goodyear Arts

McColl Center for Art and Innovation

Charlotte Readers Podcast

Waterbean Poetry Night at the Mic

Charlotte Writers’ Club