Monthly Programs and Workshops for 2021-2022

Please join us for our Monthly Meetings! These meetings are always the second Tuesday of the month at 7 PM (unless otherwise described below), and are free and open to the public. They may be virtual, in-person, or a hybrid. If it’s not listed below, please check our Facebook Page or search under our Latest News for the most up-to-date information on where the meeting will be held for a specific month. Our Meetings are great opportunities to meet other writers in your community. Come share what you’ve been working on!

Our Monthly Meetings usually include a Program. We invite established writers, educators, networkers, editors, promoters, publishers, and other professionals to share their tips for success with us. This is a service we offer to anyone who wishes to improve their craft or learn more about different aspects of writing and the writing industry.

Workshops are usually held on Saturdays, and have a small fee. CWG members receive a discount. Workshops are led by the same quality presenters listed above, but include the opportunity for attendees to practice the craft with the presenters. There is usually time to share and receive feedback, as well.

November 9, 2021The Intersection of Music and Writing (Arts Collaboration). Panel with Jennifer Daniels Neal, songwriter and guild member, Peggy Douglas, a musician and playwright who has produced four musicals, and Kathy Veazy, a musician who has turned some local poets’ work into song.  See The Intersection of Music and Writing – Chattanooga Writers’ Guild (chattanoogawritersguild.org) for more information

December 14, 2021 – Virtual Holiday Party. No presentation.

January 11, 2022The Intersection of Writing and Graphic Art. A panel by the Chatt Comix Co-op.This group has been featured in podcasts and on National Public Television. They are a talented group of artists and writers who produce graphic stories and comics. Virtual only.

February 8, 2022 A Craft Talk on Writing Romance, featuring Kelle Z. Riley. Virtual only.

March 2022 – We are planning something special for our Monthly Meeting on March 8th – our first ever New Member Meet and Greet! We will meet at the Rib N Loin in Hixson at 5:30 PM. We will also hold an open-mic that night. On March 26th, we will hold a Workshop from 11 AM to 1 PM – A Spring Trio: Writing Your Life in Three Parts by Sonja Livingston. The focus will be on crafting short pieces that offer readers vibrant snapshots of your life. Sonja Livingston is the author of four books of nonfiction, including the memoir Ghostbread which won an AWP Book Prize for Nonfiction and has been widely adopted for classroom use. You can find more information here: Home | Mysite (sonjalivingston.com) 

April 2022 – In celebration of National Poetry Month, our Monthly Program on Tuesday, April 12th will feature Wendy Dinwiddie, who will give a craft talk on “What is Prose Poetry?” Then on Saturday, April 16th, Ms. Dinwiddie will give a Workshop entitled “Flash Fiction for Hoarders: A Flash Prose Workshop.”

May 10, 2022 – We will have another barbecue social at the Rib & Loin in Hixson. There will be a short presentation on how to get the most out of your membership which will cover how to navigate the website and the services available to members. We will also have an open-mic.

June 14, 2022 – Join us at 5:55 PM Eastern for a Zoom presentation with poet and author Connie Green. This meeting will consist of exercises in finding concrete images that convey an abstract idea (such as love, despair, sorrow, gratitude, etc.), looking at examples of how other poets and prose writers use concrete objects as detail to convey abstract ideas, doing one or more writing exercises, and discussing the use of detail in our writing.

Connie Jordan Green is the author of novels for young people, poetry chapbooks, and full-length poetry collections. Her poetry has been nominated for Pushcart prizes.

July 12, 2022Writing as Healing.

August 9, 2022 – Possible craft talk on Nature Writing as Memoir.

September 13, 2022 – Annual Meeting & Election of a new Board.

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