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September 2019

Pen to Paper

September 18 @ 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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The Craft of Journal Keeping

September 19 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$150 – $195

Melinda Sherman There’s no better method for self-discovery than the intentional practice of keeping a daily journal. Indeed, many of us don’t even know what’s in our heads and hearts until we sit down and write. In this class, we’ll expand our views of what a journal is—and can be—by looking at a number of different types. We’ll engage in a variety of writing prompts that allow us to see new possibilities, both for our lives and our writing practices.…

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Writing a Children’s Book That Matters

September 21 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$50 – $65 Sold out

Elizabeth West Have you searched and been unable to find that special children’s book addressing a topic important to you? If you’re a parent, someone who works with kids, or just a kid at heart, you just might be the author to write it! We’ll discuss what goes into making great children’s literature, including structure, topic selection and stylistic considerations. Join us for a collaborative workshop geared toward helping you develop ideas and skills that will make the children’s book of…

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Writing Prose and Poems from Family Photographs

September 24 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$50 – $65 5 tickets left

Gail Peck If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a family photo album probably has enough content to inspire several books! In this class we’ll use family photos culled from our own albums and attics as springboards for writing about life––our childhoods, our ancestors, our families today, and our dreams for the future. We’ll also experiment with using photographs of unknown people and places as prompts for creating persona poems or fictional character sketches. Writers of all forms…

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Authors Lab Info Session

September 24 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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Come and learn about Authors Lab, our year-long program to help you write your book. Programs available for completing the first draft, and for moving from first draft to final draft. Find additional info session dates at the Authors Lab page.

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Pen to Paper

September 25 @ 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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Authors Lab Info Session

September 25 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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Come and learn about Authors Lab, our year-long program to help you write your book. Programs available for completing the first draft, and for moving from first draft to final draft. Find additional info session dates at the Authors Lab page.

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Publishing Paths: Big House, Small House, Self-Published?

September 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$50 – $65

Raegan Teller Cathy Pickens Considering how best to publish your book? What are the pros and cons (and myths) of traditional New York publishers, small press publishers, and indie or self-publishing? In this session, two writers who, between them, have followed all those paths, will explore the options and explain what each requires. Do you need an agent? What will a publisher do for you? How do you find one? When does it make more sense to publish a book…

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Laundry Day: Be a Part of the Narrative

September 28 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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Free 1 ticket 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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October 2019

Poetry Workshop: MFA-Style Discussion/Feedback Group

October 1 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$125 5 tickets left

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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Selling Your Nonfiction Book

October 1 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$200 – $260

Jodi Helmer You have an idea for a nonfiction book—or maybe you’ve written a manuscript—but have no idea what to do next. To capture the attention of an agent or publisher, you need a proposal. This class will highlight the elements of a successful book proposal from choosing a title, analyzing the competition, and creating a publicity plan to writing a sample chapter that piques the attention of a publisher. Step-by-step instructions and in-class critiques will help you polish your…

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Pen to Paper

October 2 @ 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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Memoir Immersion

October 3 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$300 – $390 5 tickets left

[vimeo 359647756 w=640 h=360] Charlotte Lit's Memoir Immersion with Gilda Morina Syverson from TamelaRich on Vimeo. Gilda Morina Syverson Many of us feel that our life stories need to be written down. Writing a memoir—a book-length telling of our personal life stories—is an exciting but sometimes daunting undertaking. Where to begin? What to tell, and not to tell? How much of one’s life to include? How to handle the feelings of others who are still alive, and the memory of…

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Novel Immersion

October 3 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$300 – $390

 What is a novel? How is it different from other forms of creative writing? And what does it take to write one? Paula Martinac In this six-session immersion, we’ll learn the essential elements of the form (structure and plot, characterization, point of view, voice, dialogue, setting) and gain an understanding of the writing process through group study of a short novel. We’ll have opportunities for writing and sharing work and receiving in-class instructor feedback. We’ll also touch briefly on…

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Pen to Paper

October 9 @ 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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The Fabulous World of Flash Essays

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

Ashley Memory Interested in turning your life experiences into short essays? Flash essays are hot, hot, hot! From miniature love stories in the New York Times to family memories published in regional magazines and creative nonfiction in journals, there are countless ways to share your personal stories. Bring your favorite writing gear and get ready for wildly creative prompts, inspiration, and possible markets for publication.

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Pen to Paper

October 16 @ 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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The Poet Witnesses: The Poet as Documentarian, Historian, and Agitator

October 17 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$50 – $65 4 tickets left

NC Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green In this session, NC Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green will discuss the “Poet as Witness” – how poets serve as historians, documentarians, and sometimes agitators. What does it mean when the poet weaves personal/autobiographical narratives with more traditional documentary modes such as exposition, interview, and persona? The session also includes samples of documentary poets such as Carolyn Forché, Kwame Dawes, Natasha Trethewey, and Patricia Smith. The writing component features a YouTube video that participants…

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Pen to Paper

October 23 @ 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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Balancing the System of Your Story – with Wiley Cash

October 26 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$250 Sold out

Wiley Cash, photo by Mallory Cash When we create a story, we are creating a tiny universe that depends on balance and harmony in much the way our universe depends on the same. In this generative workshop, we will be thinking about our stories as a solar system with craft elements like characters, plot, and setting existing as planets of various sizes that depend on one another’s gravity to find footing in the universe we have created. We will discuss…

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Pen to Paper

October 30 @ 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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November 2019

Marriage of the Moment: Haiku & Sumi-e

November 2 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$110 – $140

Marvin Espy & Martin Settle Develop your capacity for awareness, for being in the moment, by learning to practice the ancient arts of haiku writing and sumi-e (black-ink painting). In this seminar, we’ll discuss and sample both art forms, then take a haiku walk, listening for those moments in which nature speaks directly to our hearts. Afterwards, we’ll return to the writing studio where we’ll turn those moments into our own poems and paintings. (We’ll break for lunch from 12–1…

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Pen to Paper

November 6 @ 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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Read Like a Fiction Writer: The Craft of Close Attention

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

Kathryn Schwille Explore fiction by learning to read like a writer—alert to the craft on the page. Our texts for this class are the short stories "Sonny's Blues" by James Baldwin and "No Place for You, My Love" by Eudora Welty. You’ll read the stories in advance, then Kathryn will lead the class in a close look at the narrative gifts of each.

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Writing the Real World: Crafting the Personal Essay

November 7 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$100 – $130

Patrice Gopo The personal essay is an effective method for uncovering the deeper thoughts, causes, and concerns that lie beneath your lived experience. It’s also a compelling format for directly communicating what you think and feel about a topic, a way of conveying personal experience or expertise in a subject in a conversational tone that invites the reader into your world. In this course, we’ll use readings, discussion, and writing exercises to learn how to artfully express ourselves. Note: This…

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Pen to Paper

November 13 @ 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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Scene Study—Nonfiction

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

Kristin Sherman Nonfiction doesn’t mean no-drama. Good storytelling of any kind must set a compelling scene with characters readers can care about. Using examples from published non-fiction works—memoir, personal essay, and long-form journalism—we will examine the individual components of scene making: setting, action, dialogue, and manipulation of time, along with the ways these interact to create tension, subtext, momentum and dramatic impact. We will also discuss the similarities and the differences of scene function between fiction and nonfiction.

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Pen to Paper

November 27 @ 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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December 2019

Pen to Paper

December 4 @ 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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Scrivener Essentials: Unlocking the Best Software for Writers

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

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? What can you leave aside? This class will enable you to unlock Scrivener's most important features and leave ready to work. — — — — — —  Note: Scrivener Essentials is offered…

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4X4CLT Master Class: Beginnings & Endings

December 7 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$50 – $65 5 tickets left

Lola Haskins This workshop will address beginnings and endings––a topic that sounds simple but is anything but. First, we'll cover the principles of each, illustrated by examples. After that, we'll play with some prompts, keeping in mind what we've just talked about; then, we'll inspire each other by sharing bits of what we've written. This class is part of Charlotte Lit's 4X4CLT series. Please also join us on Friday, December 6, 6:30 pm at C3 Lab for the quarterly poetry+art poster release,…

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Pen to Paper

December 11 @ 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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Pen to Paper

December 18 @ 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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January 2020

Submissions and Contests: Share Your Writing with the World

January 4, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$50 – $65

Ashley Memory Submission is an exciting step in a writer’s life, and for some of us, it can be a little daunting. But it doesn’t have to be! Bring a polished piece of writing (poetry, short fiction, or nonfiction) and leave with all the tools you need to submit your work and become a published author. You may even win a prize along the way! We’ll tackle market research for journals, magazines and contests, submission systems, cover letters, and short…

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Creative Nonfiction Immersion

January 7, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$200 – $260

Charles Israel, Jr. 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…

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Pen to Paper

January 8, 2020 @ 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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The Joy of Revision–Poetry

January 14, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$50 – $65

Diana Pinckney We create something resembling a poem from the stuff of our senses, emotions, and imaginations and then we revise that something again and again until it shines and sings—that is, until it becomes a poem. It’s not easy work, but that doesn’t mean it’s not fun. Revision is the joyful art of re-seeing. If you want to learn to love revising as much as you love drafting, join poet Diana Pinckney for an exploration of strategies and techniques…

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Pen to Paper

January 15, 2020 @ 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 15, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$125

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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Putting Poetry into Your Prose

January 16, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$50 – $65

Jaime Pollard-Smith What can the prose writer learn from the poet? Let us count the ways: sound, rhythm, word play, word choice, concision, and so much more. In this session, we’ll read and discuss several prose passages that employ one or more tricks from the poet’s toolbox. Then, we’ll explore the ways we can use those techniques to strengthen our own prose, trying our hands at a few of them through in-class writing prompts.

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Pen to Paper

January 22, 2020 @ 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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Flash Fiction: Write, Edit, Polish, Submit

January 23, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$100 – $130

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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Pen to Paper

January 29, 2020 @ 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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February 2020

Novel & Memoir Query Lab

February 1, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$50 – $65

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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Poetry Workshop: MFA-Style Discussion/Feedback Group

February 4, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$125

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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Creative Writing Immersion

February 4, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$300 – $390

Megan Rich Whether you’re new to the wide world of creative writing or a long-time writer looking to expand in some new directions, this six-week immersion offers an opportunity to explore the many forms creative writing can take. In each session, we’ll cover one major branch of the tree––short fiction, personal essay, memoir, poetry, and plays. Together, we’ll read and learn from published work, discuss the elements of good writing, and gain some writing practice through in-class prompts. You’ll have…

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Pen to Paper

February 5, 2020 @ 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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Beyond Stereotypes: How to Create Diverse Characters with Dimension

February 6, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$50 – $65

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 (and more empathetic human beings). 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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Pen to Paper

February 12, 2020 @ 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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Violence, Sex, & Other Touchy Topics: Writing Intense Scenes

February 13, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$50 – $65

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, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$50 – $65

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, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$50 – $65

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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Pen to Paper

February 19, 2020 @ 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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Mastering the Art of Book Promotions

February 20, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$100 – $130

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, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$100 – $130

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 $10 supply kit provided by instructor is required.

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Pen to Paper

February 26, 2020 @ 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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Runes: Discover the Hidden Power in Words

February 29, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$100 – $130

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

Pen to Paper

March 4, 2020 @ 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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Laundry Day: Be a Part of the Narrative

March 7, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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Free
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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Pen to Paper

March 11, 2020 @ 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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C.R.E.A.T.E. Your Path: Developing Your Own Creative Process

March 12, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$50 – $65

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, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$50 – $65

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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Pen to Paper

March 18, 2020 @ 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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Novel Structures: Save the Cat, Hero’s Journey, and More

March 19, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$50 – $65

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, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$50 – $65

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, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$50 – $65

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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Pen to Paper

March 25, 2020 @ 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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April 2020

Pen to Paper

April 1, 2020 @ 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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Folk Wisdom: Proverbs as Prompts for Creating Narrative, Memoir, Poem

April 4, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$50 – $65

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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Pen to Paper

April 8, 2020 @ 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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Pen to Paper

April 15, 2020 @ 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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Better Blogging: What to Write and Where to Post It

April 21, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$50 – $65

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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Pen to Paper

April 22, 2020 @ 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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Music Reviewing: Curiosity over Verdict

April 23, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$100 – $130

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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Pen to Paper

April 29, 2020 @ 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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May 2020

The Joy of Revision–Personal/Magazine Essay Lab

May 5, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Avenue, #208
Charlotte, NC 28205
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$50 – $65

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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Pen to Paper

May 6, 2020 @ 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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Pen to Paper

May 13, 2020 @ 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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Pen to Paper

May 20, 2020 @ 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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Pen to Paper

May 27, 2020 @ 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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