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Martha M.


Philadelphia, PA

Member since:

August 19, 2006

What is your favorite writing saying?

Amos Oz in "Tales of Love and Darkness" says writing a novel is like building Paris with matchsticks. Actually pretty discouraging! Anne Lamott in "Bird By Bird" quotes Doctorow saying"writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as yopur headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way."

What is your favorite book on writing?

"Writing Down the Bones" by Natalie Goldberg

What do you write?

Essays , poetry, a lot of memoirish stuff about my life in the late 60's and early 70's, have tried some short stories. Admire fiction writing, but don't seem to quite get it ( at least not since grade school!)

What do you read?

Eclectic reader of novels, short stories, essays, the New Yorker pretty much cover to cover.

Tell me something else about yourself, please?

I'm at a changing time of life, ready to break out and be my real self. My twin daughters are grown and I only have the responsibility of keeping my job going. I care less and less about any preconception of what I should be.


I've been a professional violinist for over 35 years (the last 21 in NYCity Opera), but I 've been writing stories, poetry and essays all my life. My husband lives here, and when I visit Philly I'd enjoy the meetups.

What Martha M. is saying about this Meetup Group

I said it before-I think it is a wonderful mix of people and types of writing interest.

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