March Main Line Writers Group meeting

The March Main Line Writers Group meeting

Phil Giunta presents: Plotters vs. Pantsers - Do you outline your story first or do you just let it develop as you write (plotting by the seat of your pants)? What are the benefits and pitfalls of each approach and how can you avoid them? Is there a middle ground?

A Pennsylvania resident, Phil Giunta graduated from Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia with a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems. His first novel, a paranormal mystery called Testing the Prisoner, debuted in March 2010 from Firebringer Press. His second novel in the same genre, By Your Side, will be released in March 2013.

In August 2012, he was among an exclusive group of authors selected to participate in Crazy 8 Press's new venture, ReDeus, a collection of anthologies and novels depicting the return of all the world's mythological gods. This series was created by veteran authors Bob Greenberger, Aaron Rosenberg, Paul Kupperberg, and Steven Savile. Phil's short story about the Celtic gods, “There Be In Dreams No War”, was featured in the premiere anthology, ReDeus: Divine Tales.


Our meeting place is Michael's Restaurant Deli in King of Prussia, just north of The King of Prussia Mall on Rt 202. The address is 130 Town Center Road in King of Prussia,[masked]-3265. The meeting officially starts at 7:00 pm but many of us come early (around 6) to eat and socialize a bit - but you can order your meal at any time during the meeting. We use a private room and the acoustics are great. You'll have no problem hearing our speakers or each other.

Just a reminder that you can order a scrumptious meal at Michael's off their extensive menu. We don't get charged for the great room, but Michaels does have the expectation that attendees will order a meal. It is a fair expectation and the meals are very reasonably priced.

Mark your calendar for every third Wednesday of the month. Feel free to tell others and bring a friend or two.

As usual, any questions, please contact me, Gary Zenker, at[masked] or [masked]. We are all looking forward to seeing you there.

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  • Sigmund G.

    Meeting Wednesday 20th was a great with a writer who shared his experience on "plotting vs. pantsing" and a lively discussion with the group. There is clearly no right or wrong way.

    March 22, 2013

  • Carol

    Great meetup, as always. ML Writers is a terrific place to network with other writers, and have an all-around nice time. See you next month!

    March 21, 2013

  • lorinda l.

    This was a great talk by Phil, with many people sharing. Some felt the plotter's outlines were critical to their success. Others felt outlines were more of a security blanket and Carole Mallory shared that Norman Mailer was a pantser and hated outlines. In the end, the message was either one, or a blend, is okay- whatever works for you and your genre !! Very enjoyable evening. Thanks to everyone, especially Phil and Gary!

    March 21, 2013

  • Brian M.

    Excellent speaker with a great topic. Brian

    March 21, 2013

  • Marian B.

    Enjoyed it immensely.

    March 20, 2013

  • Susanna R.

    Phil was a wonderful, charismatic speaker who connected well with the audience and got a spirited discussion going. Very enjoyable evening. Can't wait til the next one!

    March 20, 2013

  • Ellie V. Searl - P.

    Hope to make your meeting in April. Sorry I can't be there this month. I met Gary last evening at the Brandywine Writers Group meeting in West Chester and had a great conversation with him, learning all about your writing community. I look forward to meeting everyone at Main Line Writers.

    March 20, 2013

    • Gary Z.

      Looking forward to hopefulling seeing you at the meeting in April

      March 20, 2013

  • Penny

    waah...can't make this one...

    March 19, 2013

    • Gary Z.

      Missed you Penny, but sometimes life gets in the way, we know. Next time...

      March 20, 2013

  • Gary Z.

    Thank you Phil for creating a dynamic interactive program tonight on plotting! This was a highlight meeting! We had a total of 34 people, a great turnout. And there was such a buzz after the meeting, the biggest ever I think. Thanks to everyone who comes to learn and share. You are amazing and inspire me.

    March 20, 2013

  • Julie D.

    Great, lively discussion. Speaker Phil Giunta was energetic and enthusiastic and left me feeling the same way. It is so great to hear stories from 'within the fortress' of the publishing world. Makes it seem less formidable, somehow.

    March 20, 2013

  • Sarah C.

    Really enjoyed the speaker and getting to know the other writers. It seems like a terrific group. Can't wait for the next meeting.

    March 20, 2013

  • Suzanne W.

    AWESOME!! Enjoyed it very much

    March 20, 2013

  • June M.

    As always, the meeting was fantastic! Our guest speaker, Phil kept everyone involved in the conversation/presentation.

    March 20, 2013

  • Dan L.

    Looking forward to my first meeting

    March 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am starting an interactive fiction project. I need to work with someone who follows a structured process because I intend to simulate a story world.

    March 15, 2013

  • Monica

    Looking forward to the meet up.

    March 14, 2013

  • Swathi

    of course!

    March 13, 2013

  • Cathy G.

    My short stories come into my head fully outlined, but I'm interested in writing a novel, so this discussion is perfect for me!

    March 11, 2013

  • Susanna R.

    Welcome Sarah! We alternate speaker programs with critique sessions. This month is a speaker program as described above. The next critique session is the April meeting. You will bring 5 double spaced pages to that one. We look forward to meeting you!

    March 8, 2013

    • Sarah C.

      Thanks for the info. I was so excited to find a local group I missed it.

      March 8, 2013

  • Sarah C.

    Look foward to it.

    March 8, 2013

  • Sarah C.

    Sounds like a great group. I'd love to check it out. Do I bring pages to this meeting? Do people send me pages? Or is this a meet, greet and discuss?

    March 8, 2013

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