Friday, June 24, 2011

Utica Writers Club

Hi all,

Today I have a special guest joining me------Jordan Mierek. YAY!!

Jordan is the vice president of Utica Writers Club--and she won an honorable mention from super awesome Gina Panettieri.

Anyway, she stopped by with some stellar information for my followers and friends about a workshop coming in July.

Soooo, let's meet Jordan:

Tell us who you are and the members of your writing club.

My name is Jordan Mierek, and I am the vice president of the Utica Writers Club. This July, we are hosting a writing workshop with guest speaker, Maria V. Snyder. The Utica Writers Club is a not-for-profit, nationally recognized organization. I first heard about the club when they held a short story contest. I won first place and received free membership for a year. The only writing groups I’d belonged to in the past were online, but I’ve gained a wealth of knowledge from meeting in person. The other members are always supportive.

The club meets every 4th Wednesday of the month, from 6pm to 8:45 pm, at the Kirkland Town Library in Clinton, New York. Membership fees are $10 a year, but you can come and listen to the group without paying. Each meeting, we discuss club matters and then take turns reading our works.

Tell us how the writing club was formed and the purpose it serves.

The club’s website is found here:

Our facebook page is found here:

The Utica Writers Club is a not-for-profit organization based in the City of Utica in the beautiful hills and valleys of Upstate New York. The Club was established over 60 years ago, when a few elderly women began meeting at each other's homes. Since then, the Club's diversification of peoples, styles, and aspirations have expanded greatly.

Our mission is to foster the art of writing among members and to support and encourage non-member writers in the community. So if your interest is in writing for pleasure or profit, or if you simply enjoy listening to stories, you have a place at the Utica Writers Club. By attending meetings, Club and community members are able to network, revise their literary works, and discuss markets for works in an open and friendly atmosphere. Many members and guest speakers have been published many times, and can often offer insight and advice to aspiring writers.

Tell us about Maria and what type of books she writes.

A few years ago, I read Maria’s novel POISON STUDY, and fell in love with it. The characters are realistic and captivating, and the storyline is unique. The back of the book included Maria’s author biography, as well as her email address. Whenever I read a book I enjoy, I make sure to tell the author. I emailed Maria and she actually wrote back. Her reply was personal, not a form, which I usually received from authors. Since then, we have kept up our correspondence and she has proven very helpful in my own writing endeavors. When the Utica Writers Club was discussing which author they wanted to host a writing workshop, I knew Maria would be a great candidate.

Maria V. Snyder was originally a meteorologist before she became a novelist. She is the author of the New York Times best-selling Study series (POISON STUDY, MAGIC STUDY, and FIRE STUDY), the award winning Glass series (STORM GLASS, SEA GLASS, and SPY GLASS), and the Insider books (INSIDE OUT and OUTSIDE IN). She has also written numerous short stories for anthologies. She is currently working on a new fantasy series and the first book, TOUCH OF POWER, is to be published January 2012.

Tell us about the workshop.

The writing workshop will be held on July 16, 2011 at the Kirkland Town Library in Clinton, New York. It will run from 1 pm to 4 pm. The cost is $25, and the registration form is located here: Maria will also have signed copies of her books available for purchase.

The itinerary for the event is the following:
1 pm-1:45 pm - Writing Fiction, Tips, Techniques, Rules and Breaking the Rules

2:00-2:45 - How to Get Published

3:00-3:30 - Question/Answer Session
3:30 – Door Prizes/Thank You/Autograph