What we're about

Hi everyone and welcome.

PLEASE READ THIS COMPLETE INTRODUCTION. IT WILL ANSWER MOST OF YOUR QUESTIONS.

Thanks for your interest. I hope you will take the time to check out our group.

Learn. Share. Better your craft.

2020 MARKS OUR ELEVENTH YEAR OF CONTINUOUS OPERATION! 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.

Gary Zenker serves as the group leader. He is also active in the Brandywine Valley Writers Group (https://www.meetup.com/Brandywine-Valley-Writers-Group/) currently held at Ryan's Pub in the borough of West Chester and also founded and moderates the Wilmington Writers Group (https://www.meetup.com/Wilmington-Writers-Group/) held at The Green Turtle in Wilmington. Both are also on Meetup so if they are geographically convenient, please check out those groups, as well. The Wilmington/Chadds Ford and the Main Line Writers Group have taken a Covid break and are now meeting online.

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!

MEETING TIME AND LOCATION

During social distancing, we are meeting online through Zoom. You need to RSVP that you are attending to receive the meeting link.

When not social distancing meet monthly on the third Monday of the month in Wayne, PA at Black Powder Tavern, across from the Gateway Shopping Center. The address is: 1164 Valley Forge Rd, Wayne, PA 19087. The meeting officially starts at 7 pm and the programming begins around 7:30 pm but many people show up as early as 6:15 pm to eat and socialize. Meetings typically go on until 9 but some people stay a bit longer for more socializing. They kick us out at 10 pm.

We have a great private room that is well lit and our serving staff is fantastic. You are expected to buy your meal...it's how we get such a great room. The Black Powder Tavern offers a varied menu and bar, and you can order whatever you like. Please don't expect you can just avoid this: it is a requirement of attendance and our getting the great room.

GROUP PROGRAMMING

Our programming alternates between critique and presentations designed to help writers better their craft and assist with getting published. Every other month, we host guest speakers who are published writers or experts in some area related to writing and publishing. Even those guests who come to present on a specific genre should be of interest to most of the group, as much of the core information applies across genre. On occasion, our guests lead group writing exercises.

WRITING CRITIQUE

Our membership has expressed interest in having frequent opportunities for critique, so we hold regular critique sessions every other month. You should bring 8 copies of five pages (or so, but no more than six) of typed content for critique to the group, one inch margins, 12 point Times Roman type. A page refers to one side of a piece of paper. It can be a complete piece or an excerpt of a longer piece. 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 pen and be prepared to read and discuss your thoughts on the others' work.

For guidance for how we run critique, watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EH-x5Mg6thU

OTHER PROGRAMS

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 (7 minutes or less) for a friendly audience. These events are typically listed in multiple places, including Meetup and our Facebook page. We have done general readings and Noir at a Bar evenings twice a year: www.NoirAtABar.com (http://www.noiratabar.com).

OUR WEB SITE - http://www.MainLineWritersGroup.com

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. NOTE: some of the information on the site lags. Content on the Meetup site is always the most up-to-date.

OUR FACEBOOK PAGE

Check out Main Line Writers Group on Facebook. Lots of writer-related information there. https://www.facebook.com/mainlinewritersgroup/

UNCLAIMED BAGGAGE: VOICES OF THE MAIN LINE WRITERS GROUP - THE BOOK

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. https://www.amazon.com/Unclaimed-Baggage-Voices-Writers-Group/dp/0989334481

NOIR AT A BAR - THE OXFORD FILES

We released a print volume to accompany our Noir at a Bar benefit for the Oxford Library, thanks to the contribution of the authors. You can find it on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Noir-At-Bar-Oxford-Files/dp/1941028330

HIDDEN TREASURES: MORE VOICES OF THE MAIN LINE WRITERS - THE OTHER BOOK

Our second collection is currently underway. You can get more details on the web site www.MainLineWritersGroup.com (http://www.mainlinewritersgroup.com/).

WRITING CONTEST

Every so often, 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 http://www.MainLineWritersGroup.com .

GROUP MEMBERSHIP

The Main Line Writers Group is membership based. You are welcome to join the Meetup group and get ongoing information about the meetings without any cost to you. You can continue to receive these notices for as long as you like.

When you attend in-person meetings, you will be asked to contribute to defray the costs of running those meetings.

You are invited to try out your first meeting for $10 ($12 by credit card). If you decide it does and want to attend again, membership is $50 for the year ($55 by credit card) (less than a cup of coffee at Starbucks and less than $5 a meeting). Fees help pay for the various expenses of the group. If you pay your annual membership the night of your first meeting, your $10 meeting payment will be credited to the $50 annual membership. You can pay your membership at the group meeting or through the meetup site. If you choose to pay the single meeting fee, on your next attendance you will be expected to either again pay the meeting or the membership fee. Please bring exact change and pay for the meeting prior to its start.

If you are somehow offended by being asked to contribute for attending meetings, please feel free to start and run your own group with your own rules.

RSVP YOUR ATTENDANCE

It helps tremendously if we know ahead of time how many people will be attending. In the case of heavy attendance, we sometimes need to rearrange the table setup. I like to have pre-printed name tags available for you. If you can, RSVP at least 48 hours in advance. Also if you find you won't be coming after RSVPing YES, please go into the system and change your RSVP status. Throwing away hand-out materials and name tags is also throwing away money.

LEAVING THE GROUP

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 Meetup account. Feel free to edit your membership on your end. Please don't send me notes requesting that I do it for you or teach you how to use Meetup. I manage the group and the meetings, and invest a lot of time doing that. I do not monitor or control your individual memberships. I will not answer requests to do this for you. If you are too lazy to try to learn it for yourself...I really don't want to finish this sentence.

GROUP TRUST

Trust is a key component and core value of the group. Writers are presenting their work in various stages of development to get feedback and direction for moving forward. As such, concepts presented and discussions on work-in-progress should not be shared by participating group members with anyone outside the members who had the discussion. Nor should participants view another author's work as an opportunity to use for their own work. While ideas themselves cannot be copyrighted, violating the trust within the group means that writers will no longer feel safe bringing their work to critique and rob the group of it's core goal and power to help authors. Mutual respect is important for a successful group where so that we all get value from it.

I put a lot of time and effort into creating a positive, useful environment for all of the groups members. This is a community and depends on members to participate in positive ways and respect others. I call on everyone to behave in ways that are positive, welcoming and helpful to achieving our goals.

OUR COVER PHOTO

Gary Buehler at his book signing. Rest in peace, my friend. You are missed.

We also mourn the loss of our friends Bill McCambley and Kendall Redburn.

MORE QUESTIONS?

Write me at MainLineWritersGroup@gmail.com.

PLEASE JOIN US!

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

Gary Zenker

MainLineWritersGroup@gmail.com (garyzenker@aol.com)

Upcoming events (5)

July 2021 Critique Workshop (Online)

Online event

The Main Line & Wilmington/Chadds Ford Writers Groups are meeting for the April Critique Workshop on Monday, April 12th at 7:00 pm. This workshop is online and uses Zoom Conferencing. Follow the link listed on the right side of this page.

There are four submissions up for review. Reviewers are the authors of the submissions along with other writers/readers who volunteered to be reviewers. Each reviewer is expected to leave comments online and use the live chat time to talk about the larger elements of the submission being reviewed.

Christopher Alden will moderate the discussion. Each submission gets about 20 minutes of review and discussion that should cover positive aspects, suggested areas of revision and any technical/grammatical issues.

If you are interested in being a reviewer, please RSVP early. If you are new, please reach out to Christopher Alden or Walter Lawn for instructions on how to access the submissions and enter comments. RSVP's will be closed the Monday morning of the workshop.

August 2021 Critique Workshop (Online)

Online event

The Main Line & Wilmington/Chadds Ford Writers Groups are meeting for the April Critique Workshop on Monday, April 12th at 7:00 pm. This workshop is online and uses Zoom Conferencing. Follow the link listed on the right side of this page.

There are four submissions up for review. Reviewers are the authors of the submissions along with other writers/readers who volunteered to be reviewers. Each reviewer is expected to leave comments online and use the live chat time to talk about the larger elements of the submission being reviewed.

Christopher Alden will moderate the discussion. Each submission gets about 20 minutes of review and discussion that should cover positive aspects, suggested areas of revision and any technical/grammatical issues.

If you are interested in being a reviewer, please RSVP early. If you are new, please reach out to Christopher Alden or Walter Lawn for instructions on how to access the submissions and enter comments. RSVP's will be closed the Monday morning of the workshop.

September 2021 Critique Workshop (Online)

Online event

The Main Line & Wilmington/Chadds Ford Writers Groups are meeting for the April Critique Workshop on Monday, April 12th at 7:00 pm. This workshop is online and uses Zoom Conferencing. Follow the link listed on the right side of this page.

There are four submissions up for review. Reviewers are the authors of the submissions along with other writers/readers who volunteered to be reviewers. Each reviewer is expected to leave comments online and use the live chat time to talk about the larger elements of the submission being reviewed.

Christopher Alden will moderate the discussion. Each submission gets about 20 minutes of review and discussion that should cover positive aspects, suggested areas of revision and any technical/grammatical issues.

If you are interested in being a reviewer, please RSVP early. If you are new, please reach out to Christopher Alden or Walter Lawn for instructions on how to access the submissions and enter comments. RSVP's will be closed the Monday morning of the workshop.

October 2021 Critique Workshop (Online)

Online event

The Main Line & Wilmington/Chadds Ford Writers Groups are meeting for the April Critique Workshop on Monday, April 12th at 7:00 pm. This workshop is online and uses Zoom Conferencing. Follow the link listed on the right side of this page.

There are four submissions up for review. Reviewers are the authors of the submissions along with other writers/readers who volunteered to be reviewers. Each reviewer is expected to leave comments online and use the live chat time to talk about the larger elements of the submission being reviewed.

Christopher Alden will moderate the discussion. Each submission gets about 20 minutes of review and discussion that should cover positive aspects, suggested areas of revision and any technical/grammatical issues.

If you are interested in being a reviewer, please RSVP early. If you are new, please reach out to Christopher Alden or Walter Lawn for instructions on how to access the submissions and enter comments. RSVP's will be closed the Monday morning of the workshop.

Past events (184)

June 2021 Critique Workshop (Online)

Online event

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