Wednesday, September 19, 2018

The Incredible Things We've Done This Year



"People will forget what you said. They will forget what you did.  But they will never forget how you made them feel." – Maya Angelou


Dear Aspiring Authors & Motivated Writers,


“Building A Writing Community - One Book At A Time.”  We are so much more than a writer's group: we also are a cafe of many talents, and most importantly, a key gathering hub for the greater Akron community. Now in our fourth year, The Writers Group serves the diverse needs of our writing communities pursuing successful careers as published authors. The Writers Group supports both new and seasoned writers. Over a dozen writers from the group have professional credits to their name from many publishing houses and many of the writers also hold literary representation.

“For new writers, we extend positive feedback to encourage their first steps in writing and also teach best practices to enrich their literary creations. We constructivelky criticize as well as guide experienced writers to help them sharpen their works for publication."

After three years in the Akron Kenmore Library, The Writers Group grew from three members to over sixteen-hundred members. In order to accommodate the rapid expansion of the group we moved to downtown Akron. Moving to the new location required the lease of a 2,000 sq.ft. space with wi-fi services. All the expenses incurred were paid for by Kora Sadler and a few generous members.

We expanded to include a performance space where local musicians, actors, poets, writers, comedians, dancers, artists, and other performers could come to share their talents and passions. The Writers Group has also evolved to become a vital community gathering space known for fostering creativity, supporting activism, promoting free speech, and forging new relationships and friendships.

Here are just a few of the events that have a home in our space:

-Creative writing workshops including all-levels and all genres.
-Local author events featuring international best selling authors and others.
-Motivating Writers discussion groups.
-Self-publishing workshops.
-As part of  TWG support of literacy programs we giveaway new books to local children.
-All skill level music sessions featuring a broad range of styles.
-Blind date with a book event.
-Vision Board Party accompanied by good food, good drinks, and great fun.
-TWG mix & mingle networking event.
-A weekly open mic platform that encourages and supports participation from all members.
-What Will Carol Do Next? special events.
-Many more events to come!

We are confident in and excited about our future because of our broader, community focus. More importantly, we believe in the diverse communities who continue to keep The Writers Group flourishing.  Thank you for helping to create what makes The Writers Group so special to us and to others. For many, our center is a second home, and we want to keep our space open to all, our events no- or low-cost, for many more years to come. To achieve this, we are asking for your financial support in order to continue serving the community.

You Can Make A Difference!

For more information, please email us: thewritersgrouporg@gmail.com

Kora M. Sadler, Founder

"A book is a gift you can open again and again" - Garrison Keillor

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** All Contributors will be acknowledged in our "Special Thank You" page in our next Anthology, also our Friends of The Writers Group website page, and receive a copy of our newest ebook: Now With Page Numbers Anthology.

*** The Writers Group's Friends Support Levels ***

-I Support The Writers Group- $1.00
-I Love The Writers Group- $5.00
-The Writers Group Free Coffee & Beverages Friends- $12.00
-The Writers Group WiFi Friends- $20.00
-The Writers Group Anthology Friends- $35.00
-The Writers Group Special Event Friends- $100.00
-The Writers Group Business Friends- $500.00
-The Writers Group Corporate Friends- $2500.00

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Sunday, July 1, 2018

The Writers Group Announces Book Signing for new Anthology “Now With Page Numbers”


The Writers Group Announces Book Signing for new Anthology “Now With Page Numbers”

Akron, OH – July 1, 2018 – Kora M. Sadler, founder of TheWriters Group, announced that a book signing for its anthology, “Now With Page Numbers,” will be held on Saturday, July 21, 2018 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The event will take place at the Barnes & Noble located at 4015 Medina Rd. in Akron.
We received great response with the first two anthologies and we’re hoping for the same great level of appreciation with our latest one,” said Sadler.

The book encompasses a selection of highly diverse poetry, fiction, non-fiction and excerpts from published works by members of The Writers Group. Also available on Amazon in a paperback edition, this is the third anthology released by The Writers Group and includes the works of accomplished writers and those of emerging talents.

Included are selections by April Sharp, Amanda Leonard, Ben DiCola, Bob Gray, Brett A. Tipton, Carol Grzeschik, Carol P. Vaccariello, and Christin A. Hazen, along with David “RedButton” Williams, Don “The Snarky Gardener” Abbott, and Don Ake. Readers will also enjoy the works of Donna Patterson, Jacqueline Baxter, Joseph Pryweller, Kora Sadler and Laurie Peel, in addition to Lewis Jenkins, Mathew Davenport, Pat Hunsicker, Patty Lovell, Rui Xu and Russell Henley.
Founded in 2014 by Sadler, the group has more than 1,500 members and is an eclectic association of poets and screenwriters, actors and comedians, artists and singers, and students, teachers and scholars. The ensemble connects on the social media platform Meetup to share, learn, and encourage all aspects of the writing life. Members offer critiques for experienced authors and helps guide new writers as they take their first literary steps.

Locally, The Writers Group also meets in person every two weeks on Saturdays from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Those gatherings are held at The Evans Building, located at 333 S. Main St. Suite B-200 in Akron. It’s a time for individuals to read excerpts of what they’re working on and an opportunity to meet like-minded writers.

The book signing set for Barnes and Noble on July 21, 2018 is an opportunity for attendees to obtain an autographed copy of the anthology “Now With PageNumbers” and meet some of the authors of The Writers Group. The association welcomes new and established writers in all genres for learning, fellowship and fun.

Media Contact

The Writers Group
Kora M. Sadler – Founder

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Monday, June 25, 2018

The Writers Group Releases Third Anthology This Month




















The Writers Group from leading social media channel meetup.com has released its new anthology in June which comes with a diverse collection of poetry as well as fiction and  non-fiction works by a great line of talented writers and poets from the group.

The Writers Group Releases Third Anthology This Month


Akron, Ohio, June 25, 2018: Popular social media literary group, The Writers Group, has released its third anthology this month. Titled “Now With Page Numbers”, the latest release is packed with a versatile collection of literary works created by a vast range of both emerging and accomplished writers and poets in the Meetup group.

“Now With Page Numbers” is available on Amazon for purchase. http://a.co/cauZoFK

The new anthology is a diverse selection of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and excerpts from published works, penned by the members of The Writers Group. Submissions include selections by: April Sharp, Amanda Leonard, Ben DiCola, Bob Gray, Brett Tipton, Carol Grzeschik, Carol Vaccariello, Christine A. Hazen, David "RedButton" Williams, Don “The Snarky Gardener” Abbott, Don Ake, Donna Patterson, Jacqueline Baxter, Joseph Pryweller, Kora Sadler, Laurie Peel, Lewis Jenkins, Matthew Davenport, Pat Hunsicker, Patty Lovell, Rui Xu, Russell Henley.

“We are excited to announce the launch of our much awaited third anthology. Variety is the spice of life and thus our new anthology is adorned with a vast and versatile range of literary works, including both fiction and non-fiction created by some of the most promising writers and poets of our group to cater to a wide range of readers out there. We have received great response with the first two and we are hoping for the same great level of appreciation with our latest one”, stated Kora M. Sadler, the founder of The Writers Group.

Interestingly, the title of the 3rd anthology bears reference to a funny incident that happened during the release of the second anthology published by The Writers Group. In Sadler’s words:

“The title of our third anthology “Now With Page Numbers” is named so for when we published our second anthology “Many Shades Of Voices.” A funny thing happened when our whole shipment of books was unveiled in front of a live audience and we found out they were printed without page numbers... lol.”

Born in social Meetup group meetup.com/thewritersgroup , The Writers Group is an illustrious ensemble of scholars, poets, teachers, artists, students, screenwriters, singers, actors, comedians and also general geeks. The group has been meeting in Akron, Ohio, since 2014.

The popular Meetup group is aimed to help and encourage writers (18+) of all levels and of all genres in their pursuit of a successful career as a published author. The Writers Group supports both new and seasoned writers. A great line up of writers from the group has professional credits to their name from many publishing houses and many of the writers here hold literary representation.

“For new writers, we extend positive feedbacks to encourage their baby steps in writing and also show them the best methods to enrich their literary creations. In regards to experienced writers, we guide them with constructive critiques to help them sharpen their works in their way to submission for publication. Your purchase of our third anthology will support and inspire our local writers to come up with their best and make a name for them in near future.”


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

NEW RELEASE! NOW WITH PAGE NUMBERS: THE WRITERS GROUP ANTHOLOGY


     Now With Page Numbers is a selection of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and excerpts from published works written by members of The Writers Group— an eclectic association of poets, scholars, artists, teachers, screenwriters, students, actors, comedians, singers, and general geeks that have been meeting in Akron, Ohio since 2014 through the social media platform - meetup.com/thewritersgroup

     Submissions include selections by members of The Writers Group: April Sharp, Amanda Leonard, Ben DiCola, Bob Gray, Brett Tipton, Carol Grzeschik, Carol Vaccariello, Christine A. Hazen, David "RedButton" Williams, Don “The Snarky Gardener” Abbott, Don Ake, Donna Patterson, Jacqueline Baxter, Joseph Pryweller, Kora Sadler, Laurie Peel, Lewis Jenkins, Matthew Davenport, Pat Hunsicker, Patty Lovell, Rui Xu, Russell Henley.


 Now With Page Numbers
http://a.co/cauZoFK

Friday, May 18, 2018

The Writers Group Anthology: Now With Page Numbers

Coming Soon! 
The Writers Group Anthology
Now With Page Numbers


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

SUBMISSION CALL FOR 2018 ANTHOLOGY


ATTENTION WRITERS GROUP MEMBERS!
READY TO BE PUBLISHED IN THE WRITERS GROUP 2018 ANTHOLOGY?

HERE ARE THE GUIDELINES:

1. You must be a current Writers Group member to submit work for possible publication in the 2018 anthology. You must also be a current Writers Group member at time of publication for your work to be included in the anthology. Editors may make exceptions at their discretion.

2. Members may submit up to two pieces of work for consideration. A separate submission form must be completed for each work. Deadline for all submissions is April 30th, 2018. Work shall be submitted in microsoft word or rich text file (Electronic submissions only; hard copy submissions will not be accepted.)

3. Members must pay ten dollars ($10.00) for each submission, with payment due no later than April 30th, 2018. Members are not guaranteed inclusion in the anthology. The Editors of the anthology have the final say about acceptance and may reject any submission for any reason. If a submission is not accepted for publication, the submission fee for that work will be returned. Work will be not be accepted if it is too long or there are too many errors.

4. The Writers Group Anthology is not a genre-specific anthology; we are looking for great stories. Therefore, most genres are considered, including Speculative Fiction, Western, Young Adult, Young Adult Paranormal Romance, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Mystery, Crime, and impossible-to-classify works that blend elements from multiple categories.

Short Stories: Short Stories up to 12,000 words will be considered.

Fiction: Fiction up to 12,000 words will be considered.

Poetry & Prose: Poems from 3 to 100 lines will be considered.

Flash Fiction: The ideal length for Flash Fiction submissions is about 500 to 750 words, but pieces up to 1500 words may be submitted in this category.

Vignette: The ideal length for Vignette submissions is about 500 to 1000 words, but pieces up to 2000 words may be submitted in this category.

Creative Non-Fiction: Creative Non-Fiction up to 9,000 words will be considered.

5. The Writers Group Anthology is not accepting the following submissions because we’d like to reach the widest audience possible. The 2018 anthology will be geared toward the adult and young adult.

FanFic: There are so many competing copyright issues we do not have the resources to validate rights, and it is therefore our policy to decline all work which makes use of another creator’s universe or characters, including fictionalized scenarios featuring public personalities.

Erotica: This anthology does not accept pure erotica, explicitly sexual content, or works where sex acts are the primary focus of the piece. If it’s incidental to a great story we’d be willing to consider your work.

Violence: Gratuitous descriptions of injury, abuse, or attack are discouraged. Conflict is integral to a good story, and may include fighting or death, but we do not seek gory blow-by-blow itemizations of violence in progress. We also avoid stories of rape, both explicit and implied, whether the characters understand it as rape or not.

Previously Published Work: The goal of The Writers Group is to publish great writing & poetry the world has never seen from both established and up-and-coming writers and poets. We also consider a work previously published if it has appeared in a high-school or college anthology, or in the published results of a writing contest, etc.

We consider works that can be easily found through an internet search to be previously published, including stories and novels published to your own blog. Work must not be something that is being considered by another publisher. By submitting your work, you warrant that you have retained a copy. TWG will not be responsible for keeping any copies of work submitted.

6. Word Count: Indicate the word count of the piece after your name. We use the free online word count tool at ( http://www.scribendi.com ) We use this tool because it does not require any specific software, and does not submit or store your text to any server.

7. Author must sign a release form that acknowledges: By submitting an Entry, you represent and warrant that your entry: (a) is your original creation; (b) has not been copied in whole or in part from any other work; (c) has not previously been published; (d) does not violate or infringe any copyright, trademark, privacy or publicity right, or other proprietary or intellectual property right of any person or entity; (e) is not defamatory, libelous, obscene, or otherwise illegal; and, (f) is your sole and exclusive property. You further represent and warrant that you have complete, worldwide distribution rights. Author understands that he/she retains the rights to his/her work, but any royalties and/or profits from the sale of the anthology go to the The Writers Group.

8. Email your work to: thewritersgrouporg@gmail.com as an attachment. Include "ANTHOLOGY 2018 SUBMISSION" in the subject line of the email.

9. Include a short biography of yourself (no longer than 150 words) with the work submitted. This biography may be edited by the anthology editor. It is the editor’s intention to include the short biographies at the end of the published anthology. Include any titles you want with your name. For example, John Smith, MD.

10. Make your check or money order payable to The Writers Group. In the memo line write: 2018 Anthology Submission. Submit your check to Kora Sadler, or mail it to:

THE WRITERS GROUP ORGANIZATION
ATTN: KORA SADLER
PO BOX 2839
AKRON, OHIO 44309

13. Author's Release Form(s), with an original signature, must accompany payment for submission(s). A signed Release Form is required for EACH submission. Payment must be submitted no later than April 30th, 2018. Each contributing author will receive a personal copy of the anthology. WWW.MEETUP.COM/THEWRITERSGROUP

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Poetry Contest 2018 - Orchard Street Press

The  Orchard  Street  Press
P.O. Box 280
Gates Mills, Ohio 44040 
orchpress.com

2018  Poetry  Contest


The Orchard Street Press is pleased to announce its annual Poetry Contest.  

Entries of up to four previously unpublished poems (typed, single-spaced, no one poem longer than two pages) will be accepted up to the postmark deadline of March 31. The first prize poem will receive $250 and win the Malovrh-Fenlon Poetry Prize. The second-place poem will receive $150, and third $100. All prize-winning poems and others selected by the judges will appear in Quiet Diamonds, the annual poetry journal of The Orchard Street Press (published in the summer of 2018). The judges may also identify some entrants to be invited to submit chapbooks for possible publication by Orchard Street.

The Orchard Street Press has recently published chapbooks by Suzanne Freeman of Ingram, Texas; Mary Hotlen of Rockford, Illinois; Joe Cheslock of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; Joyce Brown from Baltimore, Maryland; Ben Onachila of Brevard, North Carolina; James Scruton from McKenzie, Tennessee; and John P. Kristofco of Highland Heights, Ohio. New work from Joanne Lehman of Wooster, Ohio and Susan Waters from Hobbs, New Mexico will be appearing soon.

Submissions to the Poetry Contest should be sent with the $12 entrance fee (check payable to The Orchard Street Press) to: The Orchard Street Press, P.O. Box 280, Gates Mills, Ohio 44040.
Submission postmark deadline is March 31.

We look forward to reading your work. Good luck!

The Editors




                       (Contest ad appears in the March-April edition of Poets & Writers)