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Center for Women Writers

It was established in 1996 under the guidance of Annette Allen, then a professor of English at Salem. Today it is directed by Amy Knox Brown, director of the creative writing program at Salem as well as an assistant professor of English and creative writing.

About Us

The Center for Women Writers at Salem College is a student-centered and women-focused organization that has strong ties to the Winston Salem and North Carolina communities. Annette Allen established the Center for Women Writers in 1996, with a vision of a home for women writers. Metta Sáma, Director of Creative Writing & Assistant Professor in Creative Writing, currently directs the CWW, with the support of student interns, and continues Allen’s vision of encouraging and supporting the creative and professional work of women writers.

The Center

  • Encourages writers at Salem College to strengthen their writing skills through coursework in creative writing; learn editing and publishing skills through work for the College literary magazine, Incunabula; and to learn the skills of art management, by helping to organize readings, workshops, and panel discussions sponsored by the Center;
  • Sponsors the annual Bread & Words reading, a benefit reading that focuses on the issues of hunger, poverty, and homelessness;
  • Sponsors the annual International Literary Awards competition; 
  • Sponsors the annual Student Awards competitions;
  • Sponsors the annual spring semester student reading event, Spotlight on Student Writers;  
  • Underwrites a January Term writer-in-residence (Monica A. Hand, 2014) and a full-year writer-in-residence; 
  • Organizes readings, craft talks, and panels, which are free and open to the public. 

How to Reach Us

You may email the Center at cww@salem.edu. You may also call the director, Metta Sáma, at (336) 917-5006.

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