“ I feel reinvigorated by talking with such a diverse group about the writing everyone is doing, thinking about doing, and/or wanting to be doing! Thanks to Maryann for organizing the meetup, and refereeing the conversation. Hopefully we'll be able to get together and do this again. ”
— Emily C on Jan 24, 2015.
“ Got out of work too late , I will try for January 2015 ”
— Dave on Dec 6, 2014.
“ I really enjoyed the meeting. It will take some time for me to have the guts to put some of my work up for critique, but the insights of the writers in this group are just wonderful. Looking forward to next month! ”
— Kathy S on Sep 13, 2014.
“ The Philadelphia Writers Meetup Group, in my opinion, is always very enlightening to me. You learn so many things, and you meet so many new people. ”
— Bernadette P. on Sep 8, 2014.
“ So far I'm liking it. ”
— Amber on Jun 8, 2014.
“ Very productive! Sorry for not staying for the entire session, but had a previous engagement. ”
— Sri on Apr 5, 2014.
“ This was my first time attending and I find them to be a group I needed for some inspiration, constructive criticism, and answers to unanswered questions. ”
— Jae R. on Jan 4, 2014.
“ I enjoy hearing others talk writing. I like the format and the break between business (agent talk this week) and critiques. Thanks for sharing your experiences and knowledge. Appreciate them and will contribute more as time goes on. ”
— Dana on Oct 5, 2013.
“ Very constructive and well organized. A lot of knowledge among the group. I look forward to learning more and taking a more active role in the future. ”
— Aaron B. on Sep 7, 2013.
“ I can report being confused by seeming differences between the spoken and the written procedures for participation. I decided not to ask but to to learn by trying. BTW the writeup could benefit from a careful rewrite for grammar. ”
— Albert G. F. on Aug 7, 2013.
“ This group is very informative and helpful to those who would like to improve their writing skill.s ”
— John M. on Aug 3, 2013.
“ A very interesting meetup and a lot of fun! hope to see you all next time, I will try to contribute more! (if I have something smart to say! :-)) ”
— Elisabetta on Jul 7, 2013.
“ This was my first time. ”
— Nina Angela M. on Jun 1, 2013.
“ Engaging, knowledgeable, passionate, ”
— R. P. on May 4, 2013.
“ A good group of people. Dedicated and constructive. ”
— John M on Apr 7, 2013.
“ It was a nice group. It was very informative and I learned a lot. ”
— patsy on Feb 5, 2013.
“ Super meeting! ”
— Julius D. on Feb 3, 2013.
“ The Philadelphia Writers Meetup Group is one of the best groups that i have been a part of so far. The people are very proffesional and treat eachother with the upmost respect. I really enjoy coming out to the meetups and i hope to see you all next month. Bye. ”
— Lawrence M. on Feb 2, 2013.
“ very valuable ”
— Mark K. on Sep 9, 2012.
“ Diverse, welcoming, engaging. ”
— Christine C on Aug 5, 2012.
“ awsome....... ”
— Worthy N. on Jul 8, 2012.
“ I think that it is very interesting group of people, with good insight. ”
— Kimberly S. on Jun 3, 2012.
“ It was a well organized and conducted work shop. I loved it! I can't wait for the next one. ”
— Leroy G. on Jun 3, 2012.
“ Very eclectic group of people, from varying backgrounds and levels of experience. This, in and of itself, makes for very interesting discussions. ”
— Bonnie W. on May 7, 2012.
“ Clever, diverse, and lively group! ”
— Rosie on May 6, 2012.
“ An intelligent, articulate group of people who provided useful insight into the writing process. ”
— M.McQuown on Apr 8, 2012.
“ So far, I think it's great. ”
— Joe W. on Mar 4, 2012.
“ My first meeting was a wonderful experience. Very provacative, interesting comments on the pieces presented. Intellectually stimulating and fun. ”
— Terri on Mar 3, 2012.
“ Loved them ”
— Trina on Feb 18, 2012.
“ It was a nice experience to spend time with like minded people who understand the craft, the effort it takes to bring a story to life and that we are not hobbyists, but people who pour our lives into these works. I found it affirming. ”
— Michele R. on Feb 5, 2012.
“ It was better than I expected. The organizer followed a scheduled plan and the group had a sense of harmony, which I felt was important. ”
— Susan T. on Feb 5, 2012.
“ Impressive, knowledgeable group of serious writers who contributed feedback. Judging from the authors' responses, the critiques were helpful and relevant to the submissions. ”
— Joanne S. on Feb 5, 2012.
“ This group is thorough in their critiques and given everyone's diverse backgrounds I am sure that all members, including me, will benefit from sharing their creative work with PWMG. Thanks for making me feel so welcome!! ”
— Richard O. on Feb 4, 2012.
“ The moderators tried to make a sterile environment welcoming. I appreciated that. I am sure I will benefit greatly by attending more meetings. ”
— Karen P. on Jan 18, 2012.
“ It seems like a pretty friendly and respectful group. I plan to come again! ”
— Catharine on Jan 9, 2012.
“ I think that the group will be very useful to me. I look forward to reading some of the writer's work for next month. There is such a diverse group of writers! It reminds me of how creative the craft can be!! ”
— Meredith L. on Jan 9, 2012.
“ From one time, it was great. ”
— Tim B. on Jan 8, 2012.
“ See above ”
— Deb P. on Jan 8, 2012.
“ I enjoyed myself. ”
— Sean Louis B. on Dec 6, 2011.
“ Terrific group! There's a wide range of opinions and a the group is very diverse in almost every way - race, gender, experience, taste in genre, format, fiction v nonfiction, etc. Lots of very smart people, and very welcoming to newcomers. Our last meeting was a bit large, but there are usually about 20-30 people in attendance. ”
— Christopher K. on Dec 4, 2011.
“ This group affords a chance to network with other authors who write in different genres. This is a chance to receive constructive criticism about your project. Furthermore, you will learn many valuable tips and advice about the publishing industry. ”
— K.A. B. on Nov 15, 2011.
“ Expertly organized and always engaging discussions. ”
— Eric on Nov 6, 2011.
“ Great. ”
— Steve on Nov 6, 2011.
“ Others members should join the group because, no author is an island. ”
— Rahiem B. on Sep 11, 2011.
“ I really enjoyed this meeting and am looking forward to next month! ”
— Liz S. on Aug 7, 2011.
“ the group was very welcoming and i look forward to getting to know people on an individual basis as well as within the group ”
— Beth Lee B. on Jun 5, 2011.
“ This critique group is excellent because of the size and diversity of the participants. The attendees write in a wide variety of genres and bring unique perspectives. The format works well and people provide solid constructive feedback with care. ”
— Jim B. on May 8, 2011.
“ Friendly but well organized process to learn about improving your writing. The people have a diversity of views and experience, but in general share a sincere interest in helping others improve. ”
— Maryann H. on Jan 9, 2011.
“ Really good looking forward to next month. ”
— Nancy R C. on Dec 5, 2010.
“ The facilitation of the group is wonderful. I was impressed by the professionalism, the meeting structure, and everyone's honesty. The group seems focused on helping individuals to move forward with success- opposed to other groups I have attended- where people compete for attention and are not serious about improving themselves. ”
— SARAH O. on Dec 5, 2010.
“ I think there is a very healthy mix of different types of writers and the format itself is a good one. ”
— Carla S. on Oct 3, 2010.
“ I have fun and learn a lot from the meetup and its members. I soon hope to have a piece to submit. ”
— Laura C. on Sep 13, 2010.
“ I thought the critiques were well done giving the writers praise and at the same time pointing out how to tweek their work a bit to make it better, the purpose of a well run writers' meetup. The Camaraderie while there is always excellent...it never fails to be an enjoyable as well as informative time...Thx guys!!! ”
— Andrea W. on Sep 12, 2010.
“ Very nice group of people ”
— Bert on Sep 12, 2010.
“ so far, so good... (famous last words) ”
— Eric S. on Aug 9, 2010.
“ I like how the event is split into two: the craft itself, then critiques. I really like the questions and discussion about craft; that's valuable to me as a growing writer. ”
— Carol on Aug 8, 2010.
“ I enjoyed the session on Saturday. I especially got a kick out of the Updike exercise. Looks like a good group that shares interesting and valuable insights. I am anxious to read, write, and jump into the stream with the rest of you. ”
— Earl W. on Jul 12, 2010.
“ If you want a supportive group for inspiration and an honest critique of your work this is it. ”
— Steve on Jun 7, 2010.
“ This is an excellent group for the serious newcomer who is in search of initial publicaiton becasue of the skills of some of the members. It is also highly appropriate for writers who have already been published and want a critical and informed eye viewing their work. Having been a member of other groups, one kind of writer I did not see was the crazed writer who had no skill but wanted to be published for the fame and fortune -- of which I can assure all there will be none unless you sell a million books. This is for the realistic writer who wants to get his or her work out there and build upon a first success and is willing to take the path almost every writer goes through -- start with small successes. ”
— Milton on Apr 4, 2010.
“ South Philly short stories wanted: http://www.donronbooks.com/submissions.html. Should be a great book! ”
— Don R. on Jan 18, 2010.
“ It's always great to hear feedback on a developing work, and the folks in the group are very intelligent. ”
— Frank on Jan 3, 2010.
“ If you're interested in writing, this is a great support group. ”
— Gregg F. on Nov 8, 2009.
“ To meet other writers, share ideas, have your work reviewed. ”
— shirley k. on Nov 7, 2009.
“ Totally stoked about this meetup. Writing can be such a lonely business ”
— Mharlyn M. on Oct 29, 2009.
“ Because it is a focused, generous group of people. It is a great way to get honest feedback and suggestions of a piece of writing. ”
— David M. on Sep 8, 2009.
“ Anyone who has a passion for writing will find this group helpful in terms of feedback on their work, as well as motivating to press forward in their progress! ”
— Jeff G. on Sep 5, 2009.
“ The group covered a very good fundamental concept of writing at this meeting for new writers. I can see that Julius knows what he's doing. If you are new to the writing arena, I think you stand to gain much from this group. ”
— Michael D. on Jul 16, 2009.
“ This is the perfect place to network, learn and grow as a writer. ”
— Brian F. on Jul 12, 2009.
“ If you are seriously interested in writing you should join. Members openly share information about agents, submissions, books and other information for writers at all levels. It is also a good way to get pointers on improving the quality of your writing by having your work critiqued by other members. ”
— Marcy on Jul 12, 2009.
“ There are some interesting characters in the group who have a lot to say about your submissions. So you will learn a lot about what other people think about your work; ”
— Charlotte on Jun 7, 2009.
“ If you are a writer, you are keenly aware of how honest your work is or isn't. You may be in denial, so the meetup is a friendly way to push through this perfectly natural blind spot. How's that? ”
— richard d. on May 5, 2009.
“ It's a great way to meet and network with other authors, and to get their opinions about your writing. ”
— Vikram on May 2, 2009.
“ Very diverse, friendly and knowledgeable group. The balance of the short exercises, break, and discussion of the members; work was well balanced. The critiques were good and seemed helpful without totally smashing someone's confidence. ”
— Teresa A. E. on Apr 4, 2009.
“ Because no matter how vulnerable, or experienced a writer you are, there is a place for you here. ”
— susan t. on Mar 7, 2009.
“ Excellent Meet-up. Whether new or experienced in screenwriting, there's something for everyone. ”
— Sala on Feb 16, 2009.
“ Networking, reinforcement, encouragement, support, friendship ”
— Susan on Feb 8, 2009.
“ If you want to start finish or understand script writing this is the group for you. E.A. Cross is a wonderful teacher and a cool guy. ”
— Denise M. on Feb 2, 2009.
“ Very well organized group and attended by a very diverse cross section of the writing world. ”
— D B on Dec 6, 2008.
“ This was my first meetup group and I look forward to attending it again. ”
— Constantine f. on Dec 6, 2008.
“ Whether you're an experienced, published writer or novice this is the Meetup group for you. You'll have a great time on the first Saturday of the month, sharing with others your passion about writing. ”
— karen on Oct 5, 2008.
“ This is a great group for writers and those who want to write. Safe, open and helpful. ”
— Don L. on Aug 3, 2008.
“ I joined because I was looking for a critique group. ”
— Elvedine W. on Aug 2, 2008.
“ If you are in the middle of writing a novel, poem, short story, etc., or if you are thinking about starting a literary project this is a great place to stretch your creative muscles. ”
— Tina on Aug 2, 2008.
“ I said it before-I think it is a wonderful mix of people and types of writing interest. ”
— Martha M. on Jul 6, 2008.
“ See above statements. But i'll give you one word why you should join this group if you're screenwriter or aspiring to be: PEER-SHIP ( I think I just made me a word... maybe I'll put it in one of my scripts ) ”
— Eric R. on Apr 28, 2008.
“ Glad to have found a group that understands why writing is important, regardless of the writer's intentions of what to do with it. It's hard being a writer when the rest of the world is always asking "But what do you do for a REAL job?" or "Do you make a living at that?" Write on! Mariannne ”
— Marianne on Mar 2, 2008.
“ Michael, You and your fellow organizers obviously have a huge passion for writing and writers, resulting in a terrific service for writers. Thank you. ”
— Jerry W. on Mar 1, 2008.
“ A warm and wonderful group of enthusiastic, motivated writers. This group just gets better and better. ”
— Vash on Jan 27, 2008.
“ Remarkable what stories people have to share, and even more remarkable their courage and determination to make positive change possible through their efforts. Thank you, E. A. Cross for giving me this opportunity to step in! ”
— Terry G. on Dec 9, 2007.
“ It's very helpful to meet writers who are at different stages of the process, with respect to genres and experience with writing. I'd like, also, to be able to work within genre and/or production focused sub-groups, with writers from the larger Meetup group, so as to aid (and speed up!) my own process. Again, thanks to all--it was good to meet other writers! ”
— Jodi on Jul 8, 2007.
“ Everyone was open about their writing, both the good and bad things and shared lots of tips and advice. I can't wait for the next meeting! ”
— Yolanda on Apr 29, 2007.
“ still...LOVE IT!!!! ”
— Chase on Feb 19, 2007.
“ I am glad we all are given an opportunity to share and to ask questions. I need a group that is well informative. ”
— Lynda on Sep 5, 2006.