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December 8

Holiday Party

In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
In the bleak midwinter, long ago...

Christmas party

Jean Verno's House
12 Noon, 2691 Chili Ave.



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Gates Community Center at 1605 Buffalo Road in Gates. Entrance through the Police Annex. Our meetings are in the first room on the left.

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November Is NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month

With thousands of participants (200,000 and counting this year alone), NaNoWriMo is never dull. Most people have a book in mind that they “plan on writing one day.” That is the beauty of NaNoWriMo.

Places that want your work

Not sure where to send those great short stories you’ve written?

As with writing contests and fellowships, sometimes it can be hard to know where to begin. To help you figure out where to submit short stories, we’ve put together this guide to 23 publications that publish short fiction...

Writing Contests

Writing Contests 2018

Discover the finest writing contests of 2018 for fiction and non-fiction authors of short stories, poetry, essays and more. Updated weekly, these contests are vetted by Reedsy to weed out the scammers and time-wasters.

Weekly Writing Contests

Weekly Writing Contests

Free Writing Contests is your source for a listing of 2018 writing contests that you can enter. The largest collection of writing contests - hand-picked for writers of all skill levels. Your online location for an updated list of writing contests from around the world delivered daily.


Why do books publish on Tuesdays?

“The Lesser Bohemians,” a novel by Eimear McBride, came out on Sept. 20, and Ruth Franklin’s biography of Shirley Jackson came out Sept. 27.

Tuesday, all will be published on a Tuesday. New books almost always pub on Tuesday. But why?


Crowdfunding a Book Tour

After I raised funds with Indiegogo to support the launch of my debut novel, Juventud, in 2015, I decided to do the same for my story collection, Perfect Conditions—only better. Crowdfunding is an excellent way for authors to offset the travel expenses and costs of book launches. A book release is exciting, especially for those who know how hard the author has worked. The lead-up to a new title’s release—preorders, the arrival of print copies, planning event ...

Who we are:
Whether you’re just learning the writing craft, spending much of your time working on a literary project, or writing for a living, you’re a perfect fit for our group.

We are a not-for-profit writers’ group dedicated to providing networking opportunities, feedback, education, and motivational support to our members. With a few exceptions, we meet every fourth Saturday of the month. The business meetings start at 9:00 (members only) and the presentations begin around 10:15. The annual cost to members is $30, which defrays speaker fees and other expenses.

Our diverse membership includes published and not-yet-published authors of all genres. Every few months we gather for group critique sessions. We encourage people to check out a meeting and/or presentation for free before signing up to become a part of our network.

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