What we're about

We are a writers' group that meets three times monthly (twice virtually on Zoom and once in-person at venues in Mechanicsburg, Camp Hill, and Harrisburg). 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!

Upcoming events (2)

Gabfest – Discuss Your Project/Open Discussion

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We'll meet at T.J. Rockwell's in Mechanicsburg for some scrumptious fare. No critiques, just 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. 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). So, if you arrive later and don't see us, please call me at[masked]. Don

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Critiques Plus Open Discussion

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Please upload your submission to our Dropbox by July 2 (limit is 3500 words, but you may go a bit over to avoid an awkward break), double-spaced, lines numbered, in Word. 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). Members wishing to submit work to the group for the first time will be required to first critique a minimum of three submissions before they will be permitted to submit a piece of their own.
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.

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Published Author Forum

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