Past Meetup

Brandywine Valley Writers Group Meetup

This Meetup is past

28 people went

Every 3rd Tuesday of the month

Ryan's Pub

124 West Gay Street · West Chester, PA

How to find us

Walk in the front door, head to the back, go up the stairs to the second floor.....

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StoryADay Live! Draft In a Day with Julie Duffy

Most writers don't need inspiration. They don't need a long heart-to-heart with The Muse. What they need is to sit their butts down in the chair and write, which is sometimes really difficult.

That's where Julie Duffy, host of StoryADay (, can be really helpful. Julie writes articles ( and offers courses ( designed to help other writers get their creative groove on -- and on Tuesday the 21st she's going to be here with the BVWG! Her presentation tonight is entitled StoryADay Live! Draft In A Day, where she'll talk about short stories and what they can do for us creatively and professionally. She'll discuss several ready-to-use story structures and prime us to draft a short story in a single sitting. Some of us may hang around at Ryan's and bang out a story after the conclusion of the meeting; others can take Julie's tips and worksheets and whip up a story at home later that evening. Up to you -- but show up! It promises to be a great evening!

Oh, and a friendly reminder: It is a new year, so once again it's time to pony up and pay your dues. The rate for 2017 remains unchanged at $30 for the year and, since the BVWG is registered as a 503(c) organization, your hard-earned contribution is tax-deductible. For that fee you get to post your picture and a link to your blog or website on the members page. You can also have your work read and reviewed when we have our BVWG critique nights in April and November. You get to enjoy the stout-hearted feeling of noblesse oblige that arises from the knowledge that your dues have helped to put a fine pub meal (perhaps the first in days) into the stomachs of our guest speakers. Finally, and perhaps most rewardingly, you also get to say -- without experiencing the shame you've felt in the past when you've prevaricated about such matters -- that you are a dues-paid member of the Brandywine Valley Writers Group. And that, as they say in the Mastercard ads, is priceless.

Checks can be made out to the Brandywine Valley Writers Group. Jorgen Flood ( will be standing by to accept them throughout the evening.


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

Jorgen Flood ( - Treasurer

Scott Pruden ( - Publicity

Lisa Doan ( - Officer at large

[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: .