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Best Resources For Aspiring Writers In Charlotte

July 29, 2013 8:00 AM

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(Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

Charlotte has many resources for aspiring writers as well as authors who have progressed further along their professional path. Anyone wanting to take a course or go on retreat to focus on their craft has a wealth of resources right here at home. This list comprises some of the best offerings of institutions and individuals specializing in the art of writing.

Queens University
1900 Selwyn Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28207
(704) 337-2200

If you want to make a multi-year educational commitment, Queens University offers training leading to undergraduate and graduate degrees. The undergraduate major in Creative Writing is offered for day and evening students. The Low Residency M.F.A. Creative Writing degree balances the needs of writers to work in solitude sometimes, while communing with like-minded individuals on other occasions. Twice yearly, seven-day residencies bring writers of all skill levels together. Otherwise writers do coursework and connect online. The student/teacher ratio is always a maximum of four to one. An aspiring author can connect with a valuable network of writers who have completed the program.

University of North Carolina at Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28223
(704) 687-8622

The University of North Carolina in Charlotte (UNCC) offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in Creative Writing. It also extends educational opportunities with a Writing Intensive/Writing Attentive School. Its description of this project states, “We know that the best teachers of writing are writers themselves and so, if we are to nurture a powerful culture of writing in a school, we need to begin with the faculty/staff.” This program, which can expand to four or more years, involves UNCC instructors visiting educational institutions to assess needs and interact to teach the teachers and develop leaders in writing. Year one of this professional development program offers a retreat, workshops every month, conferences on the UNCC campus and book club participation.

NC Writers’ Network
Winston-Salem, NC 27120
(336) 293-8844

If anyone new to writing needs a critique or editing services, the NC Writers’ Network can help. The notable authors providing these services in several genres charge a $30 basic fee and rates of $2 to $3 per page for a professional review or edit. The Fall Conference at Wrightsville Beach on November 15 to 17, 2013, is national in scope, attracting hundreds, including authors and agents. There is also a Spring Conference to look forward to in 2014.

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Barbara Lawing
(704) 875-6112

Barbara Lawing has several ways of providing what a novice writer needs. She teaches a course in creative writing at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC), recognized for offering outstanding continuing education for adults at reasonable tuition rates. She also teaches senior citizen writing groups at the Levine Jewish Community Center and The Pines at Davidson. The retreats she organizes take place in attractive locales that provide an idyllic and inspiring atmosphere. Lawing also works as a freelance editor helping writers around the nation prepare for publication. She has formed poetry groups and is often called upon to judge writing competitions.

Maureen Griffin
6420 A-1 Rea Road, Suite 218
Charlotte, NC 28277
(704) 494-9961

Maureen Griffin has taught creative writing at a variety of educational institutions, including Queens University, CPCC and the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC. Her poetry and non-fiction writing have won major awards, and she specializes in helping those who might not consider themselves writers to put memories on paper. Griffin’s contribution to fledgling authors is her book, “Spinning Words into Gold, a Hands-On Guide to the Craft of Writing.” Look for her classes at Covenant Presbyterian Recreation Center near Uptown for a nominal fee or at branches of the public library for free. She offers a Coastal Writing Retreat on November 1 to 3, 2013, at Sunset Beach, and Fall (Oct. 26) and Winter (Dec. 21) retreats in Charlotte.

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Jacquelin Celeste Peters has produced award winning radio programs at WPFW Pacifica-Washington. She is a Culture and Events Examiner in Charlotte, North Carolina, which she calls home. Her work can be found at


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