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Winston-Salem writers group creates safe space for writers to hone their craft

The group is geared toward participants aged 21 and older.

WStoday: Winston-Salem Writers group showcasing their books and work at a table tent

The group also runs writing contests open to residents around North Carolina.

Photo by Judie Holcomb-Pack

Everyone has a story to tell. Whether you’re writing a book (or thinking about it), or would like to master the art of writing, Winston-Salem Writers (WSW) has something for every type of writer.

How it started and how it’s going

The group began in the 1990s when several writers in Winston-Salem decided to create a space to share their craft. The organization blossomed and became a nonprofit. A board of directors and committee chairs handle day-to-day business.

The group has grown to over 120 members — some live in other parts of the world. Novices, published authors, poets, playwrights, and screenwriters are all welcome.

How can I get involved?

There are plenty of ways to participate as a WSW member:

  • Sign up for an annual membership ($40) which runs through December 31.
  • Attend “Writers Around Town,” a monthly social event to mingle with fellow writers at Campus Gas.
  • Join a critique group where you can share your work and receive feedback to hone your craft.

If you’re not ready to commit to a membership, WSW group offers open mics for the public to participate in:

  • “The Zoom Open Mic” | First Tuesday of each month | Virtual | Sign-ups begin at 6:45 p.m. Readers have 5 to 10 minutes to share their work in a supportive environment.
  • “On Your Feet Open Mic” | Second Thursday of each month | The Bookhouse, 120-A Reynolda Village Way | Sign-ups start at 6:45 p.m. and readers can share three to five minutes of their work.

Members and nonmembers can also attend “From the Page Author Showcase” to meet local authors and have their book signed. The event in collaboration with Bookmarks features authors monthly from August to October.

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