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We won’t be meeting in May so that those who are mothers, have mothers, love mothers, or have something else to do on May 8 can gather with their loved ones. On June 12 we will be back at it, reading and critiquing!

Just in case we aren’t messed up enough with the time change this weekend (move your clocks ahead Saturday night!), we are meeting an hour early on Sunday, March 13. So on the 13th, we will meet at 1 p.m. at Allyn’s Café on Columbia Parkway.

As always, bring seven minutes’ worth of work to read, $5.00 for the kitty, and your appetite! (Our stomachs will think it’s noon.)

See you Sunday!

We’re a group of friendly, experienced writers who meet monthly in Cincinnati to share our writing. We generally meet on the second Sunday of the month at Allyn’s Cafe on Columbia Parkway. Bring seven minutes’ worth of material to read (plus paper copies, if you wish), $5 for the kitty (more if you want to order off Allyn’s great menu), and a friend (if you like).

Our next meeting is Sunday, Sept. 13, at 2 p.m. I hope to see you there!

Well, the reviews are in and they’re great!

OK, I’ve actually had them for weeks, but I just remembered that I have to send them to Communiversity at UC. In April, I taught a one-day workshop called “Writing to Publish.” We had a great class, with lots of good questions about writing, formatting, and publishing your work.

Here are some of the highlights from the evaluations:

“You learn from a person who actually practices. Thank you. Loved it!”

“I learned exercises to help me unlock my writing blocks.”

“Fantastic! I truly learned so much about the writing market. [Would recommend this class to others] absolutely — so informative and so constructive. Very thorough, I wouldn’t change a thing.”

Your next opportunity to hear my instruction on writing and publishing will be at my Capon Springs Nonfiction Writers’ Retreat. Even if fiction’s your thing, you’ll benefit from the beautiful surroundings and the instruction from Ann Hagedorn and me.

Registration deadline is August 15. Make your $50 deposit through PayPal to reserve your place.

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Capon Springs Nonfiction Writers’ Retreat
Postponed to Fall 2016
Capon Springs, West Virginia

Join us for a retreat in a fantastic mountain setting, where you’ll receive expert instruction from two award-winning writers: Ann Hagedorn and Wendy Hart Beckman. Learn the strategies and tactics of being a successful nonfiction author. Experience a one-on-one manuscript critique. And enjoy personal time for writing while exploring the exquisite, inspiring surroundings! The retreat fee of $450 includes all workshop instruction, lodging, meals, gratuities, and taxes. Continue Reading »

We had a great May meeting at Allyn’s Cafe on May 17! We’ve been delighted to welcome new members to the last several meetings. A rowdy group sat a little too close to us, but they were riding the high after participating in a local fundraiser, so we can forgive their boisterousness.😉

Our June meeting will be Sunday, June 14, at 2 p.m. (Don’t worry: Father’s Day is the following weekend.)

If you’re not ready to read your own material, feel free to just sit in and get your feet wet.

Hey folks! The monthly Writing Workshop Workshop for April will be on Sunday, the 19th, at 2 p.m. As always, we will meet at Allyn’s Café in Cincinnati’s beautiful Columbia-Tusculum neighborhood.

Here’s why we had to move the date: on April 12, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County will be holding the Ohioana Library Association reception to recognize Hamilton County authors. Both Richard O. Jones and I will be participating. The event, held from 1:30 to about 4 in the main branch of the library, will include both presentations (including one to Kevin Grace, Head Archivist at the University of Cincinnati) and opportunities to talk with local authors and buy their books. Follow the link to learn more.

I hope to see you on the 12th and/or 19th!

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