What we're about

We are a writers' group that meets regularly in Mechanicsburg, Camp Hill, Harrisburg, and Dillsburg. We're dedicated to helping our colleagues polish and publish. Please join us if writing is your passion, your thing, or your raison de vivre. We are egalitarian. As writers, we are in varied stages of development, but we remember the beginner's experience.

All that we expect of you as a member is a sincere effort to grow as a writer, and to do your best to provide honest, yet kind, reviews. At our meetups we'll do in-depth critiquing, and discuss topics related to our craft. If you've never critiqued or been critiqued, we will guide you. We review any sort of work, fiction, or non-fiction.

In the case of submissions that are overtly political, religious, or otherwise controversial, we will attempt to give unbiased feedback on the quality of writing, and how well the work achieves its intended purpose or effect. However, if a submission is so disturbing to a member that it may impair her/his ability to offer a balanced review, that person should contact the organizer. Blatant hate speech is not permitted; it will create a climate anathema to the congenial interaction of our writers. Our meetups are intended to provide a positive experience and to nurture our writing talents

Please review your work for grammar and spelling accuracy before submission. If you submit work it WILL be critiqued, so there is an expectation of quid pro quo, even if you do not physically attend the meetup.

Note: Some work submitted may be intended for mature readers, so if you are under 18 years of age, we request that you obtain permission from a parent/guardian before you participate. See you at our next workshop!

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Critiques Plus Open Discussion – Google Hangouts

Submissions will be due on March 28, and we'll follow our usual submission/critique process using Dropbox. In order to discuss the crits, we'll meet on Google Hangouts at the appointed date and time. Please upload your submissions to our Dropbox by March 28 (limit is 4500 words, but you may go a bit over to avoid an awkward break), double-spaced, in Word or RTF. If I do not already have your email address, please email me at [masked] (backup address is [masked]) with your name, so I can give you access to our Dropbox (You will need to create an account). Note whether it is a complete work or a piece in progress. Critiques will be optional on any work posted later. Please upload your crits to Dropbox by April 5 (If you submit work, your colleagues will critique it, so there is an expectation of quid pro quo. Note: Some members may submit work written for mature readers, so, if you are under 18 years of age, we request that you obtain permission from a parent/guardian before you participate.

Online Gabfest – Discuss Your Project/Open Discussion – On Google Hangouts

We'll meet virtually on Google Hangouts. This is where I usually mention the venue’s scrumptious fare, but you’ll be on your own food-wise. Don’t be shy; go ahead and feed your face. No critiques, just great conversation with fascinating people like you. This will give us the opportunity to discuss your current project, the myriad challenges of writing, and finding an agent and/or publisher. Plus, you'll get to know a number of your fellow writers. You’re welcome to bring a guest(s). We’ll start at 3:00, but you may drop in a bit later (no set end time; we usually gab for about two hours, but you may stay as long as you'd like). I’m new to Google Hangouts, so I’m making it my business to figure out its video-conferencing capabilities and to do some test runs before this next Gabfest. Some of you are not familiar with this Google Hangouts and will need help; others may know it well and can offer helpful hints.

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