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Monday, February 11, 2019

Next Meeting: Tuesday, February 12th!



The Writers' Workshop of the Mountain Empire Creative Arts Council (MECAC) will be meeting on Tuesday, February 12, in the Community Room of the Pine Valley Library at 7:00 PM. 

Please bring 6-8 copies of a poem or prose piece to share and receive feedback. 

If you didn't write anything this month, that's okay. Please come anyway to offer your insights to other writers on their work. 

This month is also the 24th annual Writers Symposium by the Sea at Point Loma Nazarene University. This event will be held on February 18-21. See the link above for information on the authors' interviews and talks and the overall schedule. For more specific information on the authors and their topics in the evening events, see this link: Writing That Imagines. Tickets range from $10-$20 per event. 

The Writers Symposium by the Sea has been a wonderful venue to see authors talk about the art and craft of writing. Past years' interviews can be seen at UCSD-TV/writers

Hope to see you Tuesday!





“The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book.” 
—Samuel Johnson

Monday, December 10, 2018

Next Meeting: December 11!!



Our final meeting of 2018 will be Tuesday, December 11 in the Community Room of the Pine Valley Library at 7:00 PM. 

Please bring 6-8 copies of a poem or prose piece to share and receive feedback. 

If you didn't write anything this month, that's okay. Please come anyway to offer your insights to other writers on their work. 

Hope to see you all soon!! 

Take care, and keep writing!! 

Warmly,




"Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life: they feed the soul." ~Anne Lamott

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Next Meeting: October 9!


The writers of the Mountain Empire area of San Diego County will be meeting the second Tuesday of October, the 9th, at 7:00 PM in the Community Room of the Pine Valley Library

Bring 6-8 copies of a poem or no more than 1500 words of prose to be shared and receive feedback from the group. 


But if you don't have writings to share, come to offer your two cents to our writing friends. We all desire feedback on our work, and your ideas may be just the thing! 


And don't forget: National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is coming up soon in November! Perhaps we'll hold another "Write-In" on a Saturday at the Pine Valley Library! Let us know if you'll come! 
Hope to see you all on Tuesday, October 9th!


And a little Poe for October! 


Writing with you,

Monday, September 10, 2018

Next Meeting: September 11!!



The writers of the Mountain Empire area of San Diego County will be meeting the second Tuesday of the month, September 11th, at 7:00 PM in the Community Room of the Pine Valley Library

Bring 6-8 copies of a poem or no more than 1500 words of prose to be shared and receive feedback from the group. 

But if you don't have writings to share, come to offer your two cents to our writing friends. We all desire feedback on our work, and your ideas may be just the thing! 

Hope to see you all on Tuesday, September 11th!

Writing with you, 



Sunday, July 8, 2018

Next Meeting: Tuesday July 10th!


The writers of the Mountain Empire area of San Diego County will be meeting the second Tuesday of the month, July 10th, at 7:00 PM in the Community Room of the Pine Valley Library

Bring 6-8 copies of a poem or no more than 1500 words of prose to be shared and receive feedback from the group. 

But if you don't have writings to share, come to offer your two cents to our writing friends. We all desire feedback on our work, and your ideas may be just the thing! 

Hope to see you all on Tuesday, July 10th!




Writing with you,




"I like nonsense; it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living." ~Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss)

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Next Meeting: Tuesday, June 12!!



To All Mountain Empire Writers and Those Interested in Writing!

We meet the second Tuesday of the month (and have for over ten years now!) in the Community Room of the Pine Valley Library at 7:00 PM. We'll be meeting this month on Tuesday, June 12 @ 7:00 PM! 

Bring 6-8 copies of a poem or fewer than 1500 words of prose if you'd like to receive written feedback. We're kind and helpful!! 

We also discuss publication strategies (especially those of us who are published) and work to improve our craft. 

Everyone is welcome--bring a writing friend!!

The Definition of Writing: "Throw up into your typewriter every morning. Clean up every afternoon." ~Raymond Chandler

Writing with you,

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Next Meeting: Tuesday, May 8th!!


I apologize for missing our April announcement post here; it's been a crazy time for me with my teaching load, especially all of the MLA research essays coming my way! 

We had a lovely meeting with five of us in April. Elaine read several little "ditties" that she had typed into her phone as they came to her. We're encouraging her to submit them to our local monthly publication, The Valley Views, as her thoughts as a relative newcomer to our mountain village are fresh and thought-provoking. 

Dianne continued with her mystery novel which is set in a town based on our own Pine Valley, leaving us with quite the cliffhanger! I brought the beginnings of a Pride and Prejudice fanfiction novella to share, and Teresa shared a selection of her poems as well as the first two chapters of her fanfiction novella based on L. Frank Baum's Oz books. 

So we'll be meeting next on Tuesday, May 8th in the Community Room of the Pine Valley Library from 7:00 PM to approximately 8:30 PM. Everyone interested in writing and/or publishing their work is encouraged to attend. 

Please bring 6-8 copies of a poem or a prose work of fewer than 1500 words to share with the group. But if you haven't written anything to share, please attend to offer feedback to those who are bringing their writings to share.

We hope to see you all on May 8th!! 

Writing with you, 





"Details make stories human, and the more human a story can be, the better." ~Ernest Hemingway