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FALL 2016

Ballantyne Magazine covers news, events, real estate, restaurants, shopping, health, schools and business in the upscale Ballantyne Area of Charlotte, NC.

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out in September, adds, "It's more convenient; we're morning people. I can do the corrections in the afternoon while they're fresh in my head." Wilson and Carrigan convened the group in 2013 under the umbrella of the Charlotte Writers Club. Today they keep their group to six participants. If writers leave the group, they find new members during a yearly open-enrollment period. They currently have a wait list. During the meeting at Ruff's house, the writers receive feedback on things like narrative voice, authenticity of dialogue and the need for further explanation or transition. With such support, they get results: they have a stack of published books among them. Civic Chats Gallery Bar at The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge might seem like an unusual place to meet for coffee. But on Friday mornings at 7:30, 20 to 30 elected officials and civic- minded early risers do just that. It's a tradition started by former Charlotte City Council member Warren Cooksey when he represented District 7, and continued by "We'll have participants from both parties, though it's predominantly conservative. Everyone is welcome for sure." — Council Member Ed Driggs On Friday mornings, elected officials and civic-minded residents gather at Gallery Bar for coffee and conversation about community affairs. BALLANTYNE MAGAZINE 43 FALL 2016

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