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Brandywine Valley Writers Group Meetup

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The Brandywine Valley Writers Group Presents:
An Evening with an Editor
(or, How your book can be even better!)

As writers, we all want to be taken in by an editor like the late great Max Perkins, someone who'll recognize our genius for what it is, who'll nurture our talents, feed our stunted little egos, and help us give birth to that brilliant story that's reluctant to emerge on its own.

Wait. Do editors do that? Don't they just cross stuff out? And why should I even be thinking about that if I don't have a publisher yet?

Development editor Kathryn Craft will answer all these questions and more -- including:

What's a development editor, and how does a development editor differ from a copy editor or a line editor? Who actually provides these services today -- the agent? the publisher? If I'm self-publishing, should I seek an editor of my own? How do I find one? What is it really like to work with an editor (read: my ego is already cringing and my sense of self-worth is hiding in its shadow)? Kathryn has worked as a developmental editor at, specializing in storytelling structure and writing craft. Over the past decades she has served on the boards of the Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group and the Philadelphia Writers Conference, and is now involved with the fledgling Women's Fiction Writers Association; she hosts writing retreats for women, and speaks often about writing. She is a contributing editor at The Blood-Red Pencil blog and a monthly guest at Writers in the Storm with her series "Turning Whine into Gold." She is a proud member of the Liars Club, a Philadelphia-based group of novelists supporting independent bookstores, literacy, and other forms of paying it forward.

Finally, Kathryn's own debut novel The Art of Falling will be appearing in January, 2014, from Sourcebooks. We'll want to pick her brain about what it's like when an editor/writer has to sit in the other chair and listen to what another editor says about her work.

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 Mitchell - President James Breslin - Vice President Wayne A. "Tony" Conaway - Program Coordinator Jurgen Flood - Treasurer (Open) - Secretary Gary Zenker - 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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