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      The Anson County Writers' Club fosters the art of writing in Anson County through support, awareness and recognition of all writers -- from the beginner to the published author.
     This is accomplished through regular meetings, workshops, lectures and readings; through our annual contests in prose and poetry culminating in a public awards ceremony; and through our grant program.
     The Anson County Writers' Club meets the fourth Sunday of each month (except July and December) at 3:00 p.m. (see venue in meeting announcement below).

2020 Contest Winners! Click HERE for results!

Next Meeting
The ACWC will meet at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 26, 2021, at the First Presbyterian Church fellowship hall. Program to be announced.

October Workshop "Writing the Novel"

Award-winning novelist and poet Joseph Bathanti will present a workshop on writing the novel from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16, at the First Presbyterian Church fellowship hall in Wadesboro. The class is limited to 12 participants. Cost is $45 and includes a soup and sandwich lunch.

One scholarship will be offered. Applicants must submit an essay of 500 to 2,000 words explaining how the workshop will benefit them. Email to info@ansoncountywritersclub.org with "Workshop" in the subject line before Oct. 6.

Bathanti, a North Carolina Poet Laureate, is professor of English and writer-in-residence at Appalachian State University's Watauga Residential College. In addition to his poetry, he has published novels East Liberty, Coventry, and The Life of the World to Come; and The High Heart, a book of stories. Nonfiction works are They Changed the State: the Legacy of North Carolina's Visiting Artists, 1971-1995; and his book of personal essays, Half of What I Say in Meaningless

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Here is what will be covered:

Getting Started on a Novel

In this session, we'll talk about the nuts and bolts of mounting a novel -- and I have in mind a narrative of at least 150 pages (think of it as a long story). Paramount to that discussion are strategies for shaping and structuring a novel: organization, choreography and architecture, a cast of characters that you'll have to manage and move through time and space. We'll discuss essentially the plot-driven novel and the character-driven novel, though the two are not mutually exclusive. Since this workshop takes place in Anson County, I suggest (re)reading The Color Purple in advance of it. That way, we'll all have a common novel that exemplifies (often pesky) craft issues that arise when writing a protracted narrative.

In addition, I'll touch on linked stories, also called short story cycles, short story sequences, composite novels, novel-in-stories and broken-novels. Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried is a classic example of linked stories, as is Elizabeth Strout's Olive Kitteridge, which won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. A very early example of linked stories is Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio.

Folks in the workshop should be prepared to share some work and/or concerns and please arrive with questions -- and be prepared to do some writing.

Joseph Bathanti

In spite of the shutdown, ACWC members have been busy. Kaye Ratliff has published her first book of poetry, "A River Running Through Him," with Goose River Press. Sandy Bruney has published the third book in her Anson County historical series, "Bethann." J.A Bolton has released a new book of his short stories, "Southern Fried: Down-Home Stories." (All are available through amazon.com)

In other news, Kelly Liddington and Charles Kaska both won awards in the Union County Writers' Club's Annual Contest Awards Presentation in March. Kelly won first place in Poetry for "A Cut From an Older Cloth," first place in creative non fiction for "Building a Sustainable Afgricultural Co-Op Business," and second place in creative non fiction for "Don't Tell Greta." Charles won first place in short fiction for "I Know the Boy."

Kaye Ratliff, left, president of the Anson County Writers' Club, presents a copy of the Goose River Anthology, 2019, to H.B. Allen Library supervisor Kit Brewer. ACWC member Charles Kaska's award-winning short story, "The Assignation" is included in the anthology published by Goose River Press in Waldoboro, Maine. Kaska's short story won first place in both the ACWC and Union County Writers' Club annual contests.

Useful links

Writing for Theater or Film

Historical Research Categories

Best Blog Sites

Creative Jobs for English Majors

Charlotte Writers Club

Union County Writers' Club

The North Carolina Poetry Society

The North Carolina Writers' Network

Sit Down and Write Poetry

Carolinas Romance Writers

The Writers Workshop of Asheville

Check the above links often for news of workshops, contests, etc.

Our Published Authors
Kaye Ratliff

Karen MacMurray

Sandy Bruney
Charles Kaska

J.A. Bolton

Submissions to the annual contests in prose and poetry will be accepted beginning September 1. Click on "Annual Contests" in menu for details.

Anson Pathways X, an anthology of the 2016-2017-2018 contest winners, is now avilable at the Anson County Arts Council for $5 and at amazon.com

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