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Brandywine Valley Writers Group Meetup

Novelist Donna Galanti 

continues our series on the 

Craft of Fiction


Donna Galanti describes herself as a “hybrid” writer. She writes suspense, young adult, and middle grade fiction. She has published independently as well as through an agent. For her paranormal suspense novel, A Human Element, she was named an International Thriller Writers Debut Author, and the novel’s sequel, A Hidden Element, is coming out this summer from Imajin Books. And as if all that were not enough to stir our envy, Books One and Two of her middle grade series, Joshua and the Lightning Road, will be coming out in 2015 from Month9Books. How does she do it all? Come find out.

Donna is a member of International Thriller Writers (ITW), Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Pennwriters , and The Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group. She is also a contributing editor to ITW’s online magazine, The Big Thrill, and blogs for Algonquin Redux. You can read more about her at 

Although meetings officially start at 7:00 pm, many of us show up early to have a meal and catch up with each other. You can also order food and drink (on your own tab) throughout the meeting. The program generally lasts approximately 75 minutes. However, people stay as long as they like after the official program and we sometimes close the place.

Officers of the group are currently:

• Mark A.R. Mitchell - President

• James Breslin - Vice President

• Jurgen Flood - Treasurer

• Wayne A. "Tony" Conaway - Publicity

• [OPEN] - Secretary

• Gary Zenker - PR Advertising and Meetup Administrator

• Dick Lolla - Web Site Administrator

Please check the event schedule for information on the programs and for additional meeting content and locations. You can find additional information on our Facebook page and on our web site:

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  • Claire M.

    sorry I have to miss tonight. Last meeting for me before the move, no babysitter, sigh...Anyone up for a goodbye drink next Tuesday?? Claire
    PS, The Dark nominated for Canadian Authors' Award...gala in Toronto this weekend, be nice to win!

    2 · June 17, 2014

    • Wayne Anthony C.

      It's on! 7 pm tonight (Tuesday 24 June) at Iron Hill! Claire made the reservation in her name. See you then!

      June 24, 2014

    • Matty D.

      Unfortunately I won't be able to swing dinner--if it turns out there is a pre-dinner drinks segment of the evening, please let me know! Claire, if I dont' see you, best of luck!!

      June 24, 2014

  • Claire M.

    Ironhill this Tuesday, as per Tony's suggestion, sounds perfect. 7:00?

    June 19, 2014

  • Joan H.

    Another informative meeting. Donna Galanti offered tons of tips and inspiration.

    June 18, 2014

  • Evelyn L.

    I'd like to follow-up on Matty's post. Please look for my black and white photo on Facebook and become a fan/like. Thank you. Matty, I just liked your fan page on FB!

    1 · June 18, 2014

  • Mark A. R. M.

    A great evening with Donna Galanti!

    June 18, 2014

  • Matty D.

    Acting on Donna's recommendation about the importance of social media, I'm inviting all BVWGers to Like me on Facebook! (Look for the Page with my picture on it and a photo of me signing a book--if you Friend me on my Timeline, you'll just get a lot of pictures of my dogs.) Also please drop me a note via and I will send you monthly updates on promotional progress on "The Sense of Death" and writing progress on "The Sense of Reckoning" (plus you will be eligible for fabulous give-aways!). Wonderful talk by Donna!

    June 18, 2014

  • Rita

    The speaker was very good. Lots of useful information.

    1 · June 17, 2014

  • Christopher A.

    Sorry to bail last minute, but I'm working late.

    June 17, 2014

  • Matty D.

    I'm planning on being there! (It's still on for tonight, right?)

    June 17, 2014

  • Mark A. R. M.

    See you all next month! :-( Stay tuned for program information....

    June 17, 2014

  • Walt T.

    Won't be able to make it. Hope to see you next month.

    June 17, 2014

  • John D.

    Was planning to attend but sadly have to bail. Have fun!

    June 17, 2014

  • Scott D.

    Wish I was able to attend but I am traveling on business. Hope to attend my first meeting next month.

    June 16, 2014

  • Ken C.

    Wish I could, but my son has baseball and I'm helping out with the team.

    June 16, 2014

  • Jane B.

    So sorry I cannot make it. We'll be in NYC at our son's graduation from college! Yay!

    May 16, 2014

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