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The Wilmington-Chadds Ford Writers Group offers area writers (and prospective writers) of all genre a place to better their craft, learn the options of publishing their work, gain valuable constructive critique on their work in progress, and form strong personal relationships with other writers in a safe, supportive environment.

The Wilmington-Chadds Ford Writers Group was founded in 2013 is facilitated by Gary Zenker, founder and facilitator of the Main Line Writers Group in King of Prussia, PA, founded in 2009. The Wilmington-Chadds Ford group offers monthly programming and critique meetings, plus other special sessions. Programming has included presentations from published authors in multiple genre sharing their experiences and steps for success, live reading sessions, sessions on writing skills and a bi-monthly critique.

The Wilmington-Chadds Fords Writers Group meets on the second Monday of the month at McKenzie's Brew House in Glen Mills, PA. Yeah, I know the irony of holding the Wilmington-Chadds Ford Writers Group in PA, but honestly, a great meeting room is hard to find. Think of it as north-north Wilmington.

Whether you have multiple books already published or you are working on a flash fiction piece, I believe the group will be one of the best investments you can make in your own writing efforts. I hope you will join and share with your fellow writers.

The group is a membership-based group. Annual membership to our group is $50 ($55 by credit card). That's less than $5 a meeting. That money goes toward the expenses of running the group including buying meals for guest speakers on months when we have them, the Meetup system (which is free to you but costs the organizers an annual fee), our loudspeaker system, name tags and printing, website hosting, signage and other group-related expenses. That doesn't even include the time and effort to make all the meetings happen. You can attend one meeting to try us out before joining for $10 ($12 for credit card). If you decide to join that evening, I'll credit the $10/$12 toward your annual membership cost. If you don't join that evening, you will need to pay the full membership fee or another monthly meeting fee at your next attendance. Please bring exact payment and take care of this detail before the meeting begins. Your contribution ensures that we can continue to operate for all who want to attend.

Also note that buying a meal is part of the cost of getting the great meeting room we have. Closed off, private meeting rooms aren't free. A restaurant sometimes offers them without charge when people buy meals. Renting a room can be $100 to $200 an evening, which would increase the cost of the membership astronomically without the benefit of food. You are required to buy your meal for the evening. No exceptions. I can't put our room at risk for the group because one or two people don't want to pay for a meal.

We are proud of the group and the quality of programming that we run. We've never set a limit on the number of people who could attend. We've never (yet) turned someone away because we couldn't make room or because they showed up without an RSVP. We screen all presenters before they are scheduled. As other groups have closed and disappeared, we have remained strong, committed to the group goals and giving members a valuable experience each and every month. Read the reviews.

Finally, what we offer is more than a group: it is a community. The people you meet will hopefully support you in your efforts to becoming a better writer. To get that support, you also need to offer it to others. That support can be shown in many ways: by helping with critique outside the confines of the monthly meetings, by reading and positively reviewing other members' books, by sharing information, tool and techniques that assist writers, by providing feedback as requested by authors...or other things that you will discover by talking with and listening to your peers. Like most things in life, what you get out of the group is proportional to what you put into it.

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 are get value from it.

A few Meetup details. Up until now, everything sounded friendly, right? It's meant to be. I hate having to put this in here but it is apparently necessary.

• I offer my time to run the group and the events. I cannot and will not dedicate the time to teaching you how to use Meetup, manage your email settings, etc. Please take responsibility for your own account.

• YOU control YOUR Meetup Account. You can opt in and out of emailing, the type and frequency of mailings, etc. I send one type of mailing through the list: global, to all members. The only other thing I will do as necessary is ban members who prove disruptive, act in ways that erode the group trust, or use the group as their personal marketing/sales goals.

• YOU control payment parameters for meetings and membership in the group. If it is available, you can generate payments online to pay for the membership. You can also opt for recurring payment. I don't control any of that. I don't offer refunds on memberships paid. I don't get involved with resolving disputes with the payment system. realize that to accept electronic payment, I pay a fee to the service and it is pretty high. When offered, it is for your convenience.

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Upcoming events (5)

Zoom - Main Line and Wilmington/Chadds Ford Writers Groups - Monday Jan 25, 2021

Wilmington/Chadds Ford and Main Line Writers Groups - Monday, January 25, 2021 - The return of Alexander Murphy, ESQ and the legal topics every writer needs to know Join entertainment attorney, Alexander Murphy, Jr., Esq, in a discussion and review of copyright law issues, trademarks, consents and releases, select agreement matters, and recent legal cases and developments affecting authors. A Q&A will follow. Alex is the group's favorite legal source and has helped a number of our members with their business and IP (Intellectual Property) needs. (http://murphyentertainmentlaw.com/ MEETING PLACE Your computer or smartphone (for the time being). Great for social distancing! YOU MUST RSVP "YES" to attend the meeting. Only those who RSVP YES will receive the meeting link in the affirmation email you receive. These meetings combine the Main Line Writers Group and the Wilmington/Chadds Ford Writers Group. Why not? It's online! ABOUT ZOOM MEETINGS Zoom is a video conferencing application for your smartphone or computer. If you have never registered for Zoom, it is free for users. You should register and download the software for the first time at least 15 minutes in advance here: https://www.zoom.us/ ATTENDING THE ZOOM MEETING https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86059184282?pwd=MzE4SEsxcDA1dlErVDg0UEZISW1CZz09 When you go to the meeting, please MUTE YOUR MICROPHONE and turn the ringer down on your cell phone. Presenters will take questions at specific times and at the end during their presentations only. Muting your microphone prevents disruptions to the presenter and the rest of the audience. Also, please use the Zoom system to change your on screen name to your real name. PLEASE BE PATIENT This and the subsequent meetings are our first attempt to navigate Zoom for meetings. It's different than an in-person meeting and new to all of us for this function. We will do the best we can to make the meeting valuable, relevant and carry on the tradition of the groups. ABOUT THE GROUPS - PLEASE READ 2020 is the eleventh anniversary year for the Main Line Writers Group and the ninth year anniversary for the Wilmington/Chadds Ford Writers Group. There's no fee to be a part of the Meetup notifications. To attend meetings (in person or online), you need to be a paid up member (Annual dues are $50) or contribute a one-time meeting fee of $10. Fees must be paid in advance of the meeting by Paypal with payment to [masked]. Your contributions cover a variety of expenses including web site hosting, Meetup administration fees (you get the service free but I pay for them), the equipment, batteries, printing, guest speaker meals, etc. for in-person meetings and Zoom online conferencing subscription. Also, check out our web page at: www.mainlinewritersgroup.com and our page on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mainlinewritersgroup. The info is dated but some of it is actually relevant. As usual, any questions, please contact me, Gary Zenker, at[masked] or [masked]. We are all looking forward to seeing you there.

February Critique Session: Monday, February 8, 2020

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The Main Line & Wilmington/Chadds Ford Writers Groups are meeting for the February Zoom Critique Session on Monday, February 8th at 7:00 pm. There are four submissions up for review. Reviewers are the authors of the submissions along with other writers who previously expressed interest in being reviewers. Christopher Alden will serve as the moderator. The plan is to devote about 20 minutes discussing each submission in terms of positive aspects and suggested areas of revision. Submissions have already been read by each reviewer. Unlike our in-person critique nights, authors will not be reading their submissions aloud. MEETING PLACE Your computer or smartphone (for the time being). Great for social distancing! Zoom meeting link : ABOUT ZOOM MEETINGS Zoom is a video conferencing application for your smartphone or computer. If you have never registered for Zoom, it is free for users. You should register and download the software for the first time at least 15 minutes in advance here: https://www.zoom.us/ ATTENDING THE ZOOM MEETING https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88560789593?pwd=eXgxTDYxcXdmQnQ0c2tHdWFUaUFKQT09 When you go to the meeting, please MUTE YOUR MICROPHONE and turn the ringer down on your cell phone. Presenters will take questions at specific times and at the end during their presentations only. Muting your microphone prevents disruptions to the presenter and the rest of the audience. Also, please use the Zoom system to change your on screen name to your real name. PLEASE BE PATIENT This and the subsequent meetings are our first attempt to navigate Zoom for meetings. It's different than an in-person meeting and new to all of us for this function. We will do the best we can to make the meeting valuable, relevant and carry on the tradition of the groups. ABOUT THE GROUPS - PLEASE READ 2020 is the eleventh anniversary year for the Main Line Writers Group and the ninth year anniversary for the Wilmington/Chadds Ford Writers Group. This is a membership based group. Annual dues are $50 (that's just $4.25 a meeting) and covers a variety of expenses including web site hosting, Meetup administration fees (you get the service free but I pay for them), the equipment, batteries, printing, guest speaker meals, etc. for in-person meetings and Zoom online conferencing subscription. There's no fee to be a part of the Meetup notifications. To attend meetings (in person or online), you need to be a paid up member or contribute a one-time meeting fee of $10. Fees must be paid in advance of the meeting by Paypal with payment to [masked]. If you decide to pay the annual dues that evening, your membership dues will cover the meeting as well. Also, check out our web page at: www.mainlinewritersgroup.com and our page on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mainlinewritersgroup. The info is dated but some of it is actually relevant. As usual, any questions, please contact me, Gary Zenker, at[masked] or [masked]. We are all looking forward to seeing you there.

Zoom - Main Line and Wilmington/Chadds Ford Writers Groups - Monday Feb 22, 2021

Wilmington/Chadds Ford and Main Line Writers Groups - Monday, February 22, 2021 - Cindy Callaghan takes authors and their works beyond the printed page. Cindy Callaghan is both an award-winning writer and business professional. Cindy’s first book, the much-loved Just Add Magic, is now an Emmy-nominated Amazon Original live-action series in its fifth (spin-off) season and now distributed worldwide via Nickelodeon. Her latest book, Saltwater Secrets, is set up at a major studio. She is actively shopping film and series properties ranging from animation to adult rom-com to studios. Her books: Just Add Magic (2010), Lost in London (2013), Lucky Me (2014)/Lost in Ireland (2016), Lost in Paris (2015), Lost in Rome (2015), Lost In Hollywood (2016), the award winning Sydney MacKenzie Knocks ‘Em Dead (2017), Just Add Magic: Potion Problems (2018) and Saltwater Secrets (2020) magically capture the tween voice and experience. MEETING PLACE Your computer or smartphone (for the time being). Great for social distancing! YOU MUST RSVP "YES" to attend the meeting. Only those who RSVP YES will receive the meeting link in the affirmation email you receive. These meetings combine the Main Line Writers Group and the Wilmington/Chadds Ford Writers Group. Why not? It's online! ABOUT ZOOM MEETINGS Zoom is a video conferencing application for your smartphone or computer. If you have never registered for Zoom, it is free for users. You should register and download the software for the first time at least 15 minutes in advance here: https://www.zoom.us/ ATTENDING THE ZOOM MEETING https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86396758965?pwd=Q2padXNEa0Y0WUM0QkhzSkZ3eVRIZz09 When you go to the meeting, please MUTE YOUR MICROPHONE and turn the ringer down on your cell phone. Presenters will take questions at specific times and at the end during their presentations only. Muting your microphone prevents disruptions to the presenter and the rest of the audience. Also, please use the Zoom system to change your on screen name to your real name. PLEASE BE PATIENT This and the subsequent meetings are our first attempt to navigate Zoom for meetings. It's different than an in-person meeting and new to all of us for this function. We will do the best we can to make the meeting valuable, relevant and carry on the tradition of the groups. ABOUT THE GROUPS - PLEASE READ 2021 is the twelfth anniversary year for the Main Line Writers Group and the tenth year anniversary for the Wilmington/Chadds Ford Writers Group. There's no fee to be a part of the Meetup notifications. To attend meetings (in person or online), you need to be a paid up member (Annual dues are $50) or contribute a one-time meeting fee of $10. Fees must be paid in advance of the meeting by Paypal with payment to [masked]. Your contributions cover a variety of expenses including web site hosting, Meetup administration fees (you get the service free but I pay for them), the equipment, batteries, printing, guest speaker meals, etc. for in-person meetings and Zoom online conferencing subscription. Also, check out our web page at: www.mainlinewritersgroup.com and our page on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mainlinewritersgroup. The info is dated but some of it is actually relevant. As usual, any questions, please contact me, Gary Zenker, at[masked] or [masked]. We are all looking forward to seeing you there.

March Critique Session: Monday, March 8, 2020

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The Main Line & Wilmington/Chadds Ford Writers Groups are meeting for the March Zoom Critique Session on Monday, March 8th at 7:00 pm. There are four submissions up for review. Reviewers are the authors of the submissions along with other writers who previously expressed interest in being reviewers. Christopher Alden will serve as the moderator. The plan is to devote about 20 minutes discussing each submission in terms of positive aspects and suggested areas of revision. Submissions have already been read by each reviewer. Unlike our in-person critique nights, authors will not be reading their submissions aloud. MEETING PLACE Your computer or smartphone (for the time being). Great for social distancing! Zoom meeting link : ABOUT ZOOM MEETINGS Zoom is a video conferencing application for your smartphone or computer. If you have never registered for Zoom, it is free for users. You should register and download the software for the first time at least 15 minutes in advance here: https://www.zoom.us/ ATTENDING THE ZOOM MEETING https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86340108278?pwd=d0trQUYwTnIwQ1JhUGpyT2R5MXBVZz09 When you go to the meeting, please MUTE YOUR MICROPHONE and turn the ringer down on your cell phone. Presenters will take questions at specific times and at the end during their presentations only. Muting your microphone prevents disruptions to the presenter and the rest of the audience. Also, please use the Zoom system to change your on screen name to your real name. PLEASE BE PATIENT This and the subsequent meetings are our first attempt to navigate Zoom for meetings. It's different than an in-person meeting and new to all of us for this function. We will do the best we can to make the meeting valuable, relevant and carry on the tradition of the groups. ABOUT THE GROUPS - PLEASE READ 2020 is the eleventh anniversary year for the Main Line Writers Group and the ninth year anniversary for the Wilmington/Chadds Ford Writers Group. This is a membership based group. Annual dues are $50 (that's just $4.25 a meeting) and covers a variety of expenses including web site hosting, Meetup administration fees (you get the service free but I pay for them), the equipment, batteries, printing, guest speaker meals, etc. for in-person meetings and Zoom online conferencing subscription. There's no fee to be a part of the Meetup notifications. To attend meetings (in person or online), you need to be a paid up member or contribute a one-time meeting fee of $10. Fees must be paid in advance of the meeting by Paypal with payment to [masked]. If you decide to pay the annual dues that evening, your membership dues will cover the meeting as well. Also, check out our web page at: www.mainlinewritersgroup.com and our page on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mainlinewritersgroup. The info is dated but some of it is actually relevant. As usual, any questions, please contact me, Gary Zenker, at[masked] or [masked]. We are all looking forward to seeing you there.

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January Critique Session: Monday, January 11, 2021

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