January 21, 2022

February 1 sees the beginning of Library Lovers’ Month, and for writers, local libraries can offer a number of benefits – apart from the obvious ones, like books on craft and a quiet place to write. Here’s what’s going on close to me here in Connecticut, but check out your own libraries for similar offerings….

December 16, 2021

We tried out our first-ever hybrid Rendezvous this week, with a few brave people turning out in person, and the rest on Zoom. Because I don’t have all the equipment I need to run this perfectly, it was something of an experiment, but those who came in person got the cookies (the delicious chocolate chip…

October 21, 2021

I always enjoy hosting the Writers Rendezvous, particularly when members have good news to report. This month, member MarLou Newkirk was able to announce that her book of poetry, This and That and an Ice Cream Sundae: Reflections in poems from life at 86  is finally out and available for purchase. Such an amazing and…

July 21, 2021

What a great group we had today! We were able to help an author new to self-publishing with ideas for making things go more smoothly, inspire those who were feeling stuck to get writing again, and generally encourage each other. Here’s a summary of what we discussed. Meet sister writing duo Liv Constantine this Thursday,…

March 22, 2021

The Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest is now in its 20th year and is looking for today’s best humor poems. There’s no fee to enter and they accept both published and unpublished work. Deadline April 1. First Prize: $2,000 plus a two-year gift certificate from the co-sponsor, Duotrope (a $100 value) The top 12 entries will be published…

March 18, 2021

Thanks to everyone who came to read at our open mic on Tuesday evening, including Ifraah from England and Tadeusz from Brazil. I love Zoom for its ability to bring together people around the world. It’s definitely here to stay, for better or worse. So you may as well learn how to look and sound…

February 22, 2021

I hope you found part one of this update useful. Here’s part two, with more places to submit, and contests to enter. First, though, member Libby Waterford is teaching a couple of useful virtual classes in April. The first is Writing Dynamic Fiction which will cover the following aspects of craft: dialogue, active voice, backstory,…

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