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Hi everyone and welcome.

Thanks for your interest. I hope you will take the time to check out our group. We meet monthly on the third Wednesday of the month in King of Prussia, PA. Our programming alternates between critique and presentations designed to help writers better their craft and assist with getting published.

JANUARY 2015 MARKS OUR SIXTH YEAR! Look over our past meeting topics for an idea of what we have done so far. Check out what people have said about the group and the meetings.

You can also find a smattering of photos from our previous meetings and  if you visit the files section, you even can find a recording of our May 2010 presentation.

Currently, Gary Zenker and Tony Conaway serve as the primary moderators. Tony and I are also active in the Brandywine Valley Writers Group currently held at Ryan's Pub in the borough of West Chester and the Wilmington Writers Group in Wilmington, DE. Both are also on Meetup so if they are geographically convenient, please check out those groups, as well. Gary also manages the Self-Publishing For Writers Group, which currently meets in Berwyn, PA.

We also have a core of very special people who help manage various aspects of the group: Paul Popeil runs our extra-long format critiques; Walter Lawn has been the Voices of the Main Line book project manager.

This group belongs to the members, so please attend and express your opinion on what you would like the group to do next. In fact, the attending members generally consider a range of topics for the program months and decide by voting what will be covered in subsequent votes....another great reason to join us in person!


Our membership has expressed interest in having frequent opportunities for critique, so we hold regular critique sessions every other month. You bring 8 copies of 5 pages (or so) of type written content for critique to the group. But if you don't have work for that purpose or aren't ready, no worries: you can learn a lot from the critique process on others' work. Bring a colored pen and be prepared to read and discuss your thoughts on the others' work.

We also hold an additional critique on the months we don't do the regular critique (and sometimes even on the months we do). Members MUST RSVP in advance of the meeting and submit up to 15 pages type written electronically AND agree to critique the other submissions BEFORE attending the special meeting on the fourth Thursday of the month. Check the calendar...these are generally announced as they occur (as opposed to the regular meetings which are already programmed into the calendar). They also fill quickly.


The group sponsors public readings from the members and group friends, held at different locations in the area.It's a great opportunity to do a short reading (10 minutes or less) for a friendly audience.


Our other repository for information on the group, photos, etc. Accessible to everyone, including those who are not part of MeetUp. A great opportunity to give yourself more exposure as a writer.


Our first group publishing project, Voices of the Main Line Writers, was released in Fall 2013 and our launch party was held  on October 27, 2013 at Nestology in the King of Prussia Mall. The book was released on the White Lightning Publications imprint and is available on Amazon as both a printed paperback and a kindle ebook. Go buy a copy and leave a review on Amazon, GoodReads and any other place that you can.


Every other month, the group sponsors a writing contest for paid members. Entries are free and the entire group membership selects the top three submissions as winners for each contest. Details are sent out by email just prior to the submission period and are also available on our web site


The Main Line Writers Group is membership based. You are invited to try out one meeting to see if it fits. If you decide it does and want to attend again, membership is $36 for the year (less than a cup of coffee at Starbucks). You can pay your membership at the group itself or through the meetup site. 


If there comes a time when you want to leave the group, you need to do that yourself. You signed up and you control your account. Feel free to edit your membership on your end. Please don't send me notes asking me to do it for you. I manage the group, not your individual memberships. 


I really hope to have you join us. We have a lot to offer AND a lot to learn from YOUR involvement.

Gary Zenker

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