April 22, 2021

I love seeing my writing friends at the Writers’ Rendezvous meeting. Yesterday’s was no exception. It’s good to hear how people are doing, whether they’ve started writing again, sent out their first or hundredth submission, or are looking for suggestions for solving a writing or publishing problem. I always feel energized afterward. Here are some…

January 20, 2020

Welcome back! Here’s the second list of events and suggestions this month. And check out the Writers’ Calendar for more. On February 12, from 7-9pm and just in time for Valentine’s Day, Tracy Strauss, author of the new book I Just Haven’t Met You Yet, and Gina Barreca, Hartford Courant columnist and UCONN Distinguished Professor of English,…

March 21, 2019

There’s so much going on that I’ve split the latest update into two again. More to follow next week. I’m delighted to report that several of our members have been contest winners recently. Connecticut Press Club Awards went to Kate Mayer for a speech, Marlou and Laurie Newkirk for a feature article about curling, Alison…

January 17, 2019

I’m going to keep the intro short this month, since there’s a lot of ground to cover. Wednesday saw another great meeting, with old hands and new faces, and many successes to report. And here’s what’s coming up in the writing world of Fairfield County and environs: This Saturday, January 19, Brian Hoover will be…

November 23, 2018

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and are all set to begin writing again. I always think NaNoWriMo was invented by some guys who didn’t have to cook for their family in November. And how come they never noticed it’s a short month? Oh, well. Undeterred by these minor setbacks, a hardy group…

July 19, 2018

I wasn’t able to be at Wednesday’s get-together, but I understand members had lots of positive happenings to report, which is fantastic. Alex McNab hosted in my place, and did a great job, I’m told. Thanks, Alex. A local storytelling outfit, 3 Birds Productions, will be hosting a storytelling evening at 7pm on  July 24,…

May 18, 2018

Thanks to the intrepid crowd who braved wet weather – and the aftermath of a small, but efficient, tornado which tore through Connecticut leaving a trail of fallen trees and dark homes behind – to come into the warmth and bright lights of Barnes & Noble in Westport on Wednesday. We had lots to talk…

March 29, 2018

You may remember me nagging you to enter the Connecticut Press Club Awards Contest earlier this year. If you did, good for you. If not, you might wish you had! Member Veronique Klemow placed first in the short story division, and I came second. Mar-Lou Newkirk placed second in the Writing for the Web section (along…