Pennwriters started out as a state-wide writing organization in Pennsylvania. The state was divided into six geographical areas. As time went by, some members moved out of state but wanted to continue with the organization, so Area 7 was formed. Area 7 members are any individuals outside of the Pennsylvania–from across the U.S. and abroad. The interactive map can take you to the various Area pages with just one click. There is basic information on each Area below. Many members on the borders between Areas choose to participate in events in both Areas and decide which Area they would like to be officially affiliated with. Pennwriters Area events are open to all members, regardless of home Area. Each Area has it’s own page with helpful information about local writing events. The Pennwriters Calendar of Events lists all Area events and will note the Area in the heading. You can also find a list of standing Area Meetings here.
Area 1 borders Ohio on the west and New York State to the north. The eastern edge is shared with Area 2 for Potter, Clinton, and Centre Counties. To the south, we share Lawrence, Butler, and Armstrong Counties with Area 3 and Indiana, Clearfield and Centre Counties with Area 4.
Area Rep: Todd Main is a graduate of Gannon University with a B.S. in Pure and Applied Science. His studies at Gannon University gave him an appreciation for different cultures and beliefs as well as a basic understanding of the laws of the universe. Serving as a Senior Technical Writer for 30 years with industry leaders AMSCO, GE and STERIS provided him a broad foundation for understanding writing and the publication process. As a member of Pennwriters for six years, he has experienced the power of networking with like-minded creative people. Founding and serving as group leader of the Fellowship of The Quill (FOTQ) has instilled in him the drive to help others reach their dreams and goals as well as furthering his growth as a novelist. His objective as Area 1 Rep. is to focus on helping individual members attain their dreams and goals and to “Pay Forward” for all of the help he has received in his life.
Area 2 encompasses the north-east corner of the state, bordered by New York to the north and New Jersey to the east. We have a small population spread out over a large region.To the west, we share Potter, Clinton, and Centre Counties with Area 1. To the south, we share Snyder, Schuykill, and Northumberland Counties with Area 5, and Schuykill, Carbon, and Northampton Counties with Area 6.
Area Rep: Mark Boerma is a Programmer Analyst in the Information Technology Department at Keystone Insurers Group, Northumberland, PA. He received his B.S. degree from King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, PA before eventually becoming a self-employed consultant in 1991. As a consultant, he worked with high profile companies such as Corning, Merck and BF Goodrich. After his term as a consultant, he accepted a position with Godiva Chocolatier in which he worked on a supply chain management project for Godiva Japan and traveled to Tokyo. He currently resides in Hazle Township, PA.
Area 3 encompasses the southwest corner of the state, north to Beaver, Butler, Indiana, and Armstrong counties, east to the Laurel Highlands, bordered on the west by West Virginia and to the south by West Virginia and Maryland.
Area Rep: Sherry Piersol
Area 4 encompasses an area in the lower middle portion of the state, between Areas 3 on the west side and Area 5 on the east side. Counties in Area 4 are Cambria, Blair, Huntingdon, Fulton, Bedford, Franklin, and small portions of Indiana, Somerset, Juniata, and Mifflin.
Area Rep: Tanya Schleiden
Area 5 includes parts of Lancaster, Lebanon, York, Adams, Franklin, Cumberland, Perry, Juniata, Mifflin, Snyder, Northumberland, Schuylkill, and Berks counties. The state capital, Harrisburg, is smack in the middle.
Area Rep: Sandra Bush is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Arts and Sciences and a Minor in English, Sandy has a background in Federal, State and County Government, most recently serving for three years as a District Constituent Outreach Specialist for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
Sandy resigned from her job with the State of PA in 2014 to pursue freelance writing opportunities and complete work on her first novel. She has published articles in the Pennsylvania School Board Association’s magazine The Bulletin as well as work in advertising, and museum script writing (Oil Heritage Museum, Titusville, PA).
Sandy hopes to connect with other writers and offer support/resource information to her fellow writers in Area 5. She has been married to her husband, Todd for 28 years. They are the parents of daughters Chelsea and Monica and pet parents to cats Gracie and Boo.
Pennwriters Area 6 represents southeastern Pennsylvania including members from Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery, Monroe, Northampton, Philadelphia, and Schuylkill counties.
Area Rep: Suzanne Grieco Mattaboni
Area 7 members are individuals outside of the state Pennsylvania. We have members from across the U.S. and a very small international population.
Area Rep: Terry Freidman