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January 2020

Writing Sprints

January 23 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Monday, repeating until December 14, 2020

An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Thursday, repeating until December 17, 2020

Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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Writing Sprints at Charlotte Lit are two-hour blocks of focused writing time, available for members and held twice-weekly in Studio Two. Each sprint session follows the Pomodoro Technique: 25 minutes of focused time during which you agree with yourself to sit and write, followed by a five-minute break — repeated four times, for a total of two hours. Writing Sprints meet Monday evenings 6:30-8:30 p.m., and Thursdays 11 a.m.–1 p.m. No pre-registration is required; just stop by. (Writing Sprints are…

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Flash Fiction: Write, Edit, Polish, Submit

January 23 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$100 – $130 1 ticket left

Bryn Chancellor Flash fiction is hot, with online and print journals, anthologies and contests offering numerous paths to publication. In this course, we’ll explore what makes micro narratives of 50, 250, or 1,000 words pop off the page, and how writers can convey character, arc, and emotion in a small space. We’ll read a range of flash fiction examples, experiment with short-shorts through a series of exercises, discuss venues for our micro masterpieces, then polish and submit our best work.…

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Creative Nonfiction Immersion

January 28 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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It might seem that fiction gets all the attention, but creative nonfiction is a vital and vibrant field that all writers should spend time exploring. It’s also the fastest-growing genre in the creative writing field. This four-week immersion is a tour of many creative nonfiction forms, including: personal essay, memoir, magazine writing, long-form journalism, narrative poetry, and more. Together, we’ll read and discuss the work of some of the strongest creative nonfiction writers in the field. We’ll discover how to use techniques…

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Pen to Paper

January 29 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Wednesday, repeating until May 27, 2020

Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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A weekly gathering for writers: anyone who is starting (or restarting) to write, or established writers who want the learning and growth that comes with wise guidance and group support. “Pen to Paper” is led by author Megan Rich, and meets Wednesdays 9:30-10:30 a.m.

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Fiction Workshopping: MFA-Style Discussion/Feedback Group

January 29 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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Paul Reali How does a good idea for a story become a completed and publishable short story? By drafting and revising…and revising…and revising. Writing a short story is craftwork, which means working and reworking the story and the prose until it’s just right. One of the secrets to reworking is quality feedback from other writers who can point out what works in a story—and what doesn’t. If you have a short story that you’d like help revising and polishing, and…

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February 2020

Novel & Memoir Query Lab

February 1 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$50 – $65 Sold out

Betsy Thorpe A writer may spend years pouring heart and soul into a manuscript but become paralyzed when it’s time to seek publication. Do I need an agent? How do I get one? What is a query letter? In this lab, we’ll briefly discuss the steps of the publishing process, then identify the elements of a query letter, querying etiquette, and how to find agents to approach. Bring a laptop, because you’ll write your own query letter and get live…

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Sisters in Crime – Chapter Meeting

February 3 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 6:00 pm on day First of the month, repeating until December 1, 2020

Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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Poetry Workshop: MFA-Style Discussion/Feedback Group

February 4 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$125 Sold out

Dannye Romine Powell Though a poem might appear to have been poured in a single gentle stream from poet’s mind onto page, the process of creating it might be better compared to working the Sunday crossword or catching a sparrow by the tail. Good poems usually require multiple revisions, and good poets appreciate the quality feedback they receive from dedicated workshop members who can point out what works inside a given poem—and what doesn’t. If you enjoy giving and receiving…

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Beyond Stereotypes: How to Create Diverse Characters with Dimension

February 6 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$50 – $65 12 tickets left

Paula Martinac Many of us fear writing about people who are different from ourselves, afraid that it’s too hard or that, worse, we’ll get it “wrong,” but accepting the challenge can make us better writers. In this class, we’ll study the issues and techniques surrounding the writing of strong, believable, diverse characters. We'll also engage in writing exercises that help us break out of stereotypical ways of portraying our characters.

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Violence, Sex, & Other Touchy Topics: Writing Intense Scenes

February 13 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$50 – $65 4 tickets left

Sarah Creech Life includes a lot of experiences that we’d rather not (and often don’t) talk about. But if our novels and short stories are to reflect the real world’s beauty, ugliness, despair, and joy, we have to learn to how to write authentically about a number of touchy topics. In this class, we’ll use examples, writing prompts, and group discussion to learn the art of writing intense scenes.

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Scrivener Essentials: Unlocking the Best Software for Writers

February 15 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$50 – $65 9 tickets left

Paul Reali Scrivener is an invaluable piece of software for writing and organizing a book-length project—when you know how to use it. Developed by writers for writers, it does so much, but how do you know where to begin? How do you customize it for the way you work, and what can you leave aside? This class will enable you to unlock Scrivener's most important features and leave ready to work. Scrivener Essentials is also offered on Thursday, December 5,…

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Scrivener Lab

February 15 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$50 – $65 11 tickets left

Paul Reali Need some hands-on help with Scrivener? Whether you just need some questions answered or need your entire manuscript imported and broken into chapters or scenes, this lab is for you. Bring your laptop and whatever else you need (e.g., all your files), and you’ll get individual coaching, help, and advice. — — — — — — Note: Requires Scrivener Essentials or permission from the instructor. Scrivener Essentials is offered on December 5, and in the morning before this lab.…

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Wednesdays@Lit: NC Arts Literary Fellows

February 19 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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Charlotte Lit hosts a reading and discussion with a group of the NC Arts Council's 2020 Literary Fellows. 6:30 pm. Free and open to the public. No registration required, just drop by. Seating is limited; doors will open at 6:15. This event is part of our free monthly Wednesdays@Lit series.

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Mastering the Art of Book Promotions

February 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$100 – $130 8 tickets left

Jodi Helmer Whether you sold a nonfiction book for a fat advance or self-published a memoir, your job as a new author is to sell books. In this course, you’ll learn how to create a publicity plan that emphasizes the range of ways to connect with readers, from bookstore events to print, radio and TV interviews. In-class exercises will help prepare you to promote your book to boost sales. For writers of all genres. Note: This class meets 2 Thursdays: February…

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Doorways to Your Unconscious

February 22 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$100 – $130 3 tickets left

Catherine Anderson Are you the doorway through which your unconscious wants to birth new stories, stories that are for you alone or for others? In this workshop we’ll use images and found words to explore this theme, opening our imaginations to the rich storehouse of archetypal symbols and patterns that can fuel our creative practices. Please Note: a $15 supply kit provided by instructor is required.

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Runes: Discover the Hidden Power in Words

February 29 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$100 – $130 7 tickets left

Jennifer Halls As writers, we know our words have power, but have you ever thought about how that power might accrue from the force of each individual letter? In this class, we’ll look at the connections between our modern alphabet and ancient Runes. Then, we’ll explore the symbolic properties of each letter, learning how to incorporate their magic into our everyday lives—and, for storytellers, into our writing lives as well. Everyone will make their own set of wooden Runes. By…

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March 2020

Laundry Day: Be a Part of the Narrative

March 7 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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Free 12 tickets left
Andrea Downs

As women, our voices are often silenced. Airing Out the “Dirty” Laundry is an ongoing community art movement that responds to this silencing by creating opportunities for women (cis women, trans women, women identifying, and non-binary people) to share experiences of strength, unity, and resistance of oppression, injustice, and exclusion through visual storytelling. This year Charlotte Lit will host two Laundry Day workshops: Saturday, September 28 and Saturday, March 7 (1 – 3:30 pm). Each workshop will provide an opportunity for…

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C.R.E.A.T.E. Your Path: Developing Your Own Creative Process

March 12 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$50 – $65 Sold out

Cathy Pickens Creativity is not a mysterious muse-bestowed gift but a discipline that can be developed. You already know you’re creative—this workshop will introduce techniques and a process to help you predictably tap into and enlarge that creativity. To develop your creative process, we’ll explore: creativity myths and misunderstandings; discoveries in brain science; the importance of both play and mastery; the secret of the notebook; and techniques for capturing and refining our ideas and our writing.

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Read Like a Poet

March 17 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$50 – $65 8 tickets left

Julie Funderburk, by James C. Williams Explore the world of verse by learning to read poems with the eyes (and ears, nose, heart, and lungs) of a poet. Readers will come away understanding what they missed in high school and college lit classes. Fiction and nonfiction writers will gain a deeper appreciation of the form and some inspiration for ways to integrate poetic devices into their prose. And, poets will find their poetic vision sharpened and their founts replenished.

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Wednesdays@Lit: Pedestal Magazine Poetry Reading: Jan Beatty

March 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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Charlotte Lit and Pedestal Magazine present a reading and conversation with Jan Beatty, 6:30 pm. Free and open to the public. No registration required, just drop by. Seating is limited; doors will open at 6:15. Charlotte Lit is pleased to welcome John Amen and Pedestal Magazine as new partners. Pedestal will co-sponsor two poetry readings this year at Wednesdays@Lit, October 16 with Jaki Shelton Green, and March 18, 2020, with Jan Beatty. Pedestal Magazine released its debut issue in December…

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Novel Structures: Save the Cat, Hero’s Journey, and More

March 19 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$50 – $65 11 tickets left

Paul Reali Every novel is a unique work, but there are a few common story structures that most novels follow. Humans have told stories for thousands of years, so it makes sense that we've come to like (and repeat) certain forms. In this session, you’ll learn: the simple five-part structure that underlies almost every story; the Hero’s Journey structure made famous by Joseph Campbell; and Blake Snyder’s “Save the Cat,” with three acts and 15 “beats” that most films and…

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“I would almost say that they save me”: Trees as Metaphor in Poetry

March 21 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$50 – $65 4 tickets left

Irene Blair Honeycutt How often, as with Mary Oliver, have we been rescued from hopelessness by taking shelter beneath a tree?  Why, Robert Frost asks, do we wish to bear their noise more than another outside our door? The tree as nurturer, witness, listener—a source of terror, even—has drawn poets through the ages to reflect on its Mystery. This session focuses on how trees reflect our humanness and feed the intuitive process of writing. Discussions of poems by Mary Oliver,…

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The Soul of the Poem: Practicing the Art of Deep Listening

March 24 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$50 – $65 8 tickets left

Kathie Collins A good poem can take your breath away; a great poem can wake you up and compel you to change your life. In this experiential class for readers and writers, we’ll practice the contemplative art of drinking in the life force of a poem. We’ll use multiple approaches, including dialogue, journaling, and meditation, to get to the heart of the poem—and ourselves. (Attended this class before? That's OK! New poems and exercises every season.)

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April 2020

Poetry Salon with Joy Harjo

April 3 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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An intimate discussion with US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo. Tickets are very limited and will be made available first to Charlotte Lit members, and awarded by lottery. Information will be posted here and in our weekly email newsletter as it's available. ——- Joy Harjo was appointed the new United States poet laureate in June 2019, and is the first Native American Poet Laureate in the history of the position. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on May 9, 1951, Harjo is a member of the…

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Folk Wisdom: Proverbs as Prompts for Creating Narrative, Memoir, Poem

April 4 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$50 – $65 10 tickets left

Tina Barr In this experiential workshop we'll look at proverbial writing in poems, and excerpts from fiction and memoir by James Dickey, Joseph Bathanti, James Wright, Flannery O’Connor and others. Selected passages represent or reflect upon proverbs—like “Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder,” “A Dog is a Man’s Best Friend,” and “A Good Man is Hard to Find.” Participants will then develop their own drafts in the form of flash fiction, poems, memoir extracts, or story openings. 

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Better Blogging: What to Write and Where to Post It

April 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$50 – $65 8 tickets left

Paul Reali There are more than a hundred million blogs in the universe, and maybe as many reasons for creating one. What are yours? And how can you make the best use of this platform to support your writing goals? This class will help you: clarify why you should have a blog; identify who you’re writing for; find your unique voice and point of view; determine how often you will post; provide tips for writing seven kinds of posts people…

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Wednesdays@Lit: Making a Living as a Writer

April 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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Can one make a living as a writer? (Spoiler alert: yes!) And if so, how? 6:30 pm. Free and open to the public. No registration required, just drop by. Seating is limited; doors will open at 6:15. This event is part of our free monthly Wednesdays@Lit series.

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Music Reviewing: Curiosity over Verdict

April 23 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$100 – $130 12 tickets left

John Amen (Photo by Chad Weeden) We often turn to reviews with a bottom-line attitude: thumbs-up or thumbs-down? In this course, we’ll consider that the purpose of a review is more to stimulate curiosity and inspire engagement with a track or album than it is to offer a verdict. We’ll examine templates we can use to fertilely comment upon music, including anecdotal, historical, and formalist approaches, and ways in which to combine and navigate multiple approaches. Examples will be provided…

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May 2020

The Joy of Revision–Personal/Magazine Essay Lab

May 5 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$50 – $65 4 tickets left

Caroline Langerman Writing is craftwork: draft once, revise many times. Hemingway even said, “The only kind of writing is rewriting.” Can you learn to love revising as much as you love drafting? In this class, you will learn different techniques and approaches for revision—both how to do it and how to think about it. At the end, you should be more confident in your vision of revision. Bring a completed draft of a personal essay to work on during the…

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Wednesdays@Lit: Conversation: LGBTQ Writers and Writing

May 6 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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A facilitated conversation about LGBTQ writing, writers, and audiences. Guests TBA. 6:30 pm. Free and open to the public. No registration required, just drop by. Seating is limited; doors will open at 6:15. This event is part of our free monthly Wednesdays@Lit series.

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June 2020

Wednesdays@Lit: Shaping a Memoir-in-Essays with Rebecca McClanahan

June 3 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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Rebecca McClanahan Seeing the Forest in the Trees: The Challenges and Rewards of Shaping a Memoir-in-Essays Rebecca McClanahan will discuss the challenges and rewards of shaping her new book, In the Key of New York City: A Memoir in Essays (Red Hen Press, May 19, 2020) and offers suggestions to writers working in this form. The writer of a memoir composed of separate, stand-alone essays faces challenges that the writer of a single-arc narrative memoir does not. Although each essay can…

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