Monday, December 10, 2012

Next Meeting: Tuesday, December 11

Holiday Greetings, All!

Although we have often skipped the December Writers' Workshop meetings because of the busyness of the holidays, everyone seemed to want to meet this month, so we shall do so.

As usual, we'll be meeting on Tuesday, December 11 at 7:00 PM in the Community Room of the Pine Valley Library. If you would like to bring along some holiday treats to share while we meet, please feel free to do so. I doubt anyone will complain. ;)

In addition to sharing our work, we'll also do a writing exercise that is quite common in writing groups such as ours. So bring along a pen and some paper or your laptop to do a little writing together!! We'll share our polished products in January.

Hoping to see you all on Tuesday night!!

Writing with you,

P.S. The Writers Symposium by the Sea, which takes place every February at Point Loma Nazarene University, will be hosting the US Poet Laureate as one of the speakers. See the following link: Billy Collins Headlines 2013 Writers Symposium by the Sea 

Monday, October 8, 2012

Next Meeting: Tuesday, October 9!!

The next meeting of the Mountain Empire Creative Arts Council's Writers' Workshop will be this Tuesday, October 9, in the Community Room of the Pine Valley Library starting at 7:00 PM. 

We've had slightly larger groups than usual over the past few months, so bring 8-10 copies of your work to present for feedback. 

And, as always, feel free to bring a friend!!

Also note that the deadline for the "Atty Awards" in poetry at (see post below this one) is October 31!! 

In addition, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) 2012 begins on Thursday, November 1. See for more information on writing a 50,000 word novel for the month of November with over 100,000 writers around the globe!! 

Keep on writing!!


"How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live." --Henry David Thoreau

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Next Meeting and "The Attys" Poetry Contest!

We'll be meeting again on Tuesday, September 11 at 7:00 PM in the Community Room of the Pine Valley Library. 

Please bring a couple of pages to share (6-8 copies) and be ready to offer feedback to other writers. 

All genres and writing experience are welcome!! Bring an interested friend!! 

Also, is sponsoring quite an amazing poetry contest: The Atty Awards. Why is it called "The Atty Awards"? Because Canadian poet Margaret Atwood is judging the contest!! 

Two levels of entries are being accepted through October 31: Enthusiasts may enter single poems while Competitors are to submit ten poems written in ten different poetic forms. 

Why would famed Margaret Atwood, a serious academic and renowned poet, be judging a poetry contest for Wattpad is a distinctly Canadian company, and Atwood a distinctly Canadian poet whose passion is encouraging young people to write. With the vast majority of Wattpad's writership and readership being in their teens, it's a wonderful opportunity to inspire young people to write.

So we'll talk more about The Atty Awards at our September meeting as well as share our writing with one another!! 

See you on the 11th! 

~Susanne :)  

Monday, July 30, 2012

Next Meeting: August 14!

Please do join us for our next meeting on Tuesday evening, August 14, at 7:00 PM in the Community Room of the Pine Valley Library. 

Bring along a couple of pages of your writing (make 6-8 copies for readers to offer written feedback), and we'll read and discuss everyone's work, offering suggestions and encouragement. 

Writing friends are always welcome, and an interest in the art of writing is all that's required to join us! 

We hope to see you all on August 14!!


Monday, July 9, 2012

Next Meeting July 10th!

The Mountain Empire Creative Arts Council's Writers' Workshop will be meeting on Tuesday, July 10 at 7:00 PM in the Community Room of the Pine Valley Library.

Please bring a short something (and 6-8 copies!) to share with the group, and we'll read, discuss, and offer our most learned opinions on each piece of writing. :)

Short stories, biographical sketches, poems, essays, novel chapters, travel literature--plus other stuff!--is very welcome!!

And bring along a writerly friend!! We love to add new eyes and minds to our little group!!

See you all then, fellow scribblers!!

On the journey with you,

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Next Meeting: June 12th!

The MECAC Writers' Workshop meets the second Tuesday of each month (next meeting June 12th) in the Community Room of the Pine Valley Library at 7:00 PM

Please join the writers of San Diego's backcountry for an informal read-around discussion/critique of our latest writings. All interested persons are invited to attend. 

Please bring 6-8 copies of your writing (1-2 pages) for the group to critique, or feel free to just sit back and listen.  

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Next Writers' Workshop Meeting March 13!

Our next Writers' Workshop Meeting will be this Tuesday, March 13th at 7:00 PM in the Community Room of the Pine Valley Library.

All local writers are welcome to attend. Please bring 6-8 printed copies of a short piece of writing (1-2 pages) to share with the group; we'll offer support and feedback.

Even if you're just interested in the idea of writing, please do come to our meeting and find out more about the art of writing.

So we're looking forward to seeing you this coming Tuesday night!!

Writing with you,

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Meeting Tonight, Feb 14!!

Despite snow and Saint Valentine's Day, we intrepid writers still plan to meet tonight, February 14th, at 7:00 PM at the Pine Valley Library.

Bring a short (1-2 page) piece of writing, and we'll read, discuss, and offer feedback.

We're looking forward to seeing you tonight!!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Writers' Workshop with Dr. Dean Nelson on 1/14/12!!

Mountain Empire Creative Arts Council



Saturday, January 14, 9 a.m - 4 p.m.

Pine Valley Bible Conference Center

Guest Speaker/Instructor:

Dr. Dean Nelson,

Director of Journalism,

Point Loma Nazarene University,

Director, Writer’s Symposium By The Sea

Dr. Dean Nelson is the founder and director of the journalism program at PLNU. He writes occasionally for the New York Times, the Boston Globe, Christianity Today, Sojourners, and several other national publications. He has written or co-written 11 books. Nelson is a frequent speaker at writing workshops and retreats. He has traveled throughout the world covering stories of human interest, including India, where he wrote about the slums of Bombay; Kosovo, where he interviewed and wrote about victims of terrorism; Africa, where he wrote about members of the Black Panther Party who live in exile in Tanzania; Tibet, where he wrote about religious persecution; and Central America, where he wrote about poverty and contaminated water. In addition to directing the PLNU journalism program, Nelson also hosts the annual Writer's Symposium By The Sea, where prominent writers come to discuss the craft of writing. This will be Dr. Nelson’s second workshop for MECAC.

Registration cost: $35 (includes lunch)

Mail the following registration form with check to:

Workshop Registration: c/o Elizabeth Barrett, P.O. Box 1287 , Pine Valley CA 91962
(Make checks out to MECAC)

Driving directions will be included with our confirmation

Organized and Directed by:

Dianne Holly:

Judith Dupree:, Ph. 619-473-8683

(Contact for more information and scholarship inquiry)