What we're about

We are a writers' group that meets three times monthly (virtually on Zoom during the pandemic) 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

Online event

Please upload your submission to our Dropbox by May 8 (limit is 4500 words, but you may go a bit over to avoid an awkward break), double-spaced, in Word or RTF. If you do not already have access to our Dropbox, please email me at [masked] with your name (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. (If you submit work, your colleagues will critique it, so there is an expectation of quid pro quo). We'll meet virtually on Zoom (it’s free for you, and I’ll send the link with instructions the day before). See you soon! 😊
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.

Cold Reads and Critique

Online event

Topic: Weasel Words; The why and how not to use them.

Cold Reads for May 28 will follow a workshop format on editing out words that actually don't belong in your work. By the way did you find any in the first sentence? For starters you could lose 'that' and 'actually', right? How would you rewrite the first sentence?

Bring with you a short section [masked] words) of an NEW piece. Do not edit it. You will share your screen and the group will read and locate words you should eliminate. Also, bring a list of words you are constantly finding you use, but should be eliminated--your weasel list so to speak. We will discuss alternative ways around these words and techniques different people use to avoid these common writing errors.

Please format single spaced and line numbered for the screen sharing. Have your piece first and follow with your list of words. We will meet on Zoom and the link will be sent the day before the meetup to those who have clicked the RSVP button.

Gabfest – Discuss Your Project/Open Discussion

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We'll meet virtually on Zoom (it’s free for you, and I’ll send the link with instructions the day before). We’ll start at 3:00, but you may drop in a bit later and stay as long as you’d like. This is where I usually mention the venue’s scrumptious fare, but you’ll be on your own food-wise. No critiques, only great conversation with fascinating people like you. This will give us the opportunity to discuss our current projects, the myriad challenges of writing, and finding an agent and/or publisher. Plus, you'll get to know a number of your fellow writers. See you soon! 😊

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