Anyone may attend a Pennwriters meeting, non-members included. It’s a great way to see if Pennwriters has what you’re looking for in a writing group. We ask that after three meetings, you contact your Area Representative about joining Pennwriters or let us know why Pennwriters isn’t right for you. Any Pennwriters member may start his or her own group. Please be sure to contact your Area Representative on how to get one started. You will also need to give us meeting information to share in our Area Meetings lists.
AREA REPRESENTATIVE: Todd Main, Area1Rep@Pennwriters.org
1st Saturday of each month, MVP (Meadville Vicinity Pennwriters), Tarot Bean Roasting Company (252 Chestnut Street, Meadville, PA)
1-4 PM. Leader: Janet Wells (email@example.com)
2nd Saturday of each month, Whole Foods Coop (1341 West 26th Street, Erie – Intersection of 26th Street and Brown Avenue), 1-4 PM. Leader: Todd Main (firstname.lastname@example.org)
3rd Saturday of each month, SVP (Shenango Valley Pennwriters), Community Library of Shenango Valley (Sharon, PA), 1-4 PM. Leader: Catherine E. McLean (email@example.com)
4th Saturday of each month, Barnes & Noble (Peach Street, Erie), 1-4 PM. Leader: Todd Main (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Every Thursday evening, Fellowship Of The Quill at Perkins (4403 Peach Street, Erie PA 16509), 6:30 – 10 PM. Leader: Todd Main (email@example.com)
1st Monday of each month, Corry Writers Group (Tim Horton’s 7 E. Columbus Ave.), Corry. Leader: Kathy Otten (firstname.lastname@example.org)
1st Sunday of each month, The Pennwriter’s Playpen at Tim Horton’s (West 12th Street – Just West of Eat’n Park), 1:00 – 5:00 PM. Leader: Drea Fisher [Focused on Productivity] (DLRyder.PWPlaypen@gmail.com) – TEMPORARILY ON HOLD
AREA REPRESENTATIVE: Mark Boerma Area2Rep@pennwriters.org
When: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
Where: Episcopal Church (Market St.)
CONTACT: Dave Freas, email@example.com
While this meeting is not a Pennwriters event, it may be of interest:
Tunkhannock Group #1
When: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
Where: Methodist Education Building
(corner of Warren & Marion Sts.)
While this meeting is not a Pennwriters event, it may be of interest:
Tunkhannock Group #2
When: every Thursday, 7 p.m.
Where: Dietrich Theater (60 E. Tioga St.)
AREA REPRESENTATIVE: Stephanie Claypool, Area3Rep@Pennwriters.org
AREA 3 MEETINGS
Please note: If you are a Pennwriter outside of Area 3, but would like to come to Area 3 meetings, you are most welcome. Prospective new Pennwriters members are welcome to check us out.
SECOND TUESDAY OF THE MONTH MEET-TO-CHAT
Check here each month to find out the location of Meet-to-Chat, we will be roaming the area.
The October affair will take place on Tuesday, October 9th, from 7-9 pm at Panera in Ross Town Center, 7217 McKnight Road. Come enjoy the company and conversation of other local writers. You can plan to eat there, indulge in a tasty treat, or simply buy yourself a beverage. (BTW, we had a splendid time in September. The more the merrier)
AREA 3 CRITIQUE GROUPS
The Pittsburgh East Writer’s Group
Small, friendly critique group focusing on fiction. All genres welcome. Meets on the third Saturday of each month, 10:00 to 12:30 in the upstairs conference room at the Monroeville Public Library. Contact Chuck Rakiecz firstname.lastname@example.org
Critique Group North
Eight members writing shorts, flashes, novels. Meets on the second Thursday of the month at Perkins Restaurant on Route 19 in Cranberry Township from10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., including time for lunch. The group is now at full capacity of eight and is accepting candidates for a wait list. Writers interested in Critique Group North contact MaryAlice Meli. email@example.com
The Bridgeville Critique Group
Meets the fourth Wednesday of every month at 7 pm at Panera Bread in the Chartiers Valley Shopping Center, 1025 Washington Pike, Bridgeville, PA 15017. Fiction or nonfiction WIP are accepted and any level of writer is welcome. We review one person’s work each month. Work to be critiqued is sent to all group members at least a week in advance so everyone has ample time to review it before the meeting. The group is currently full, but keeping a wait list. We welcome anyone, published or not. Anyone who would like to join the group, get additional information, or come to a session to try us out and see how we work, please contact Barb D’Souza at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cranberry Township Critique Group
A small group focused on fiction, mainly novels, meeting at the Cranberry Library every three weeks on Saturdays at 9:30 am. This group has available spaces. For more information contact Amy Wagner at email@example.com
South Hills Critique Group
A small group meeting one Saturday per month at 10 am in the Galleria of Mt. Lebanon. Work to be critiqued is emailed one week ahead of the meeting. There is space available. Rosemary Ray: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join the Area 3 Yahoo Group
If you wish to stay informed of Area 3 news and last minute updates, please join the Area 3 Yahoo Group. Joining allows you to post news of sales and new markets, ask questions, suggest discussion topics, or announce Area events of interest to Pennwriters.
To join AREA 3 YAHOO GROUP email: PennsArea3email@example.com
AREA REPRESENTATIVE: Tanya Schleiden, Area4Rep@Pennwriters.org
When: 1st Thursday, 6-8:30 p.m.
Where: Marzoni’s, 165 Patchway Road, Duncansville
CONTACT: Hilary Hauck, Area4Rep@Pennwriters.org
The Southern Alleghenies Writers Guild
When: 3rd Saturday, noon-3 p.m.
Where: contact Jim Lee for info
CONTACT: Jim Lee, 814-442-1241, firstname.lastname@example.org
Nittany Valley Writers Network
When: 2nd Tuesday, 7-8:30 p.m.
Where: Schlow Library, 211 S. Allen Street, State College
Nittany Valley Writers Network: The Early Risers
When: 3rd Wednesday, 7-8 a.m.
Where: The Waffle Shop, W. College Ave. & Blue Course Dr., State College
Nittany Valley Writers Network: Social Gatherings
When: 4th Tuesday, 5:30-7 p.m.
Where: The Autoport, 1405 S Atherton St., State College
AREA REPRESENTATIVE: Sandra Bush, Area5Rep@pennwriters.org
York Area Group
Critique structure: bring 7 copies of up to 5 pages of manuscript, double spaced.
When: 3rd Tuesday from 6-7:45 p.m. in the study room of the Dover Area Community Library
Where: 3700-3 Davidsburg Road, Dover, PA
CONTACT: Cynthia Hospador, email@example.com
Harrisburg Area Group
Critique structure: bring 10 copies of up to 5 pgs. of manuscript, double spaced. All genres welcome.
When: 4th Wednesday, 6-9 p.m. at the New Cumberland Library (back annex)
Where: 1 Benjamin Plaza, New Cumberland, PA
CONTACT: Don Helin, firstname.lastname@example.org
Guthrie Memorial Library Group
Cancelled due to lack on interest. Please let the Area Rep know if you’d like to start one again!
Additional writers groups meeting in Area 5:
The Gettysburg Writers Brigade meets every WEdnesday at 7:30 pm. at O”Rorke’s Eatery
44 Steinwehr Ave. to talk about reading topics. Readings are every 3rd Wednesday.
Contact: Jim Rada at email@example.com
AREA REPRESENTATIVE: Suzanne Mattaboni, Area6Rep@Pennwriters.org
Right now, there are currently no Pennwriters Area 6 meetings in the region. However, there are many writing events in Area 6 and they can be found on the Events Calendar. If you would like to start an Area 6 PW meeting, please feel free to contact me or PW members may start the discussion in the PW Area 6 Community Forum.
AREA REPRESENTATIVE: Terri Friedman, Area7Rep@Pennwriters.org
Blue Ridge Group
Meetings include critique on request, sharing resources, writing exercises and discussion. Beginning to multi-published writers welcome.
When: 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m.
Where: Purcellville Library, Purcellville, VA
CONTACT: Bobbi Carducci, Area7Rep@Pennwriters.org
The Blue Ridge Chapter of Area 7 was approved by the Pennwriters Board of Directors on May 13, 2010. It includes members in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. The Chapter leader is Bobbi Carducci, who lives in Round Hill, Virginia. An online read and critique group and a writers workshop are planned for the upcoming year.
Northern Delaware Group
Meetings will be held monthly. All levels of experience are welcome.
CONTACT: Cindy Callaghan, firstname.lastname@example.org
Other Information of Interest:
Local groups in Blue Ridge Area: Loudoun County Writers Association
Book Signing Possibilities in Blue Ridge Area: Around the Block Books in Purcellville, VA; Second Chapter Books in Middleburg, VA; Potomac Books in Dulles, VA.