Next Meetup

Author/Publisher Talk: Peter Damian Bellis
On Jan. 20, at TJ Rockwells in Mechanicsburg, Peter Damian Bellis, author and publisher at River Boat Press, will provide insights into the New York literary scene, working with agents (he has worked with three), large presses versus small presses, and breaking into print. There will be Q & A, and, if time permits, on-the-spot critiques. Peter is a Minnesota Book Award Finalist and author of a short story collection, One Last Dance with Lawrence Welk & Other Stories and the novel, The Conjure Man. I encourage those of you seeking to publish to take advantage of this timely opportunity to get the inside scoop. Please see below for the link to Peter’s small press and the River Boat’s “Our Philosophy” page. Also, as at our Gabfests, we’ll enjoy TJ Rockwell's scrumptious fare. I'll hang by the door for a few minutes and tell the host/hostess to expect people for a writers' group. However, hosts/hostesses are not always good at remembering. So, if you arrive later and don't see us (I'll wear my "official" tee-shirt) call me at 717-514-7646. Don

TJ Rockwells American Grill & Tavern

896 W. Grantham Rd · Mechanicsburg, PA

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We are a writers' group 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. Our group will 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 impairs the ability to offer a balanced review, that person may recuse her/himself. 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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