Writers Group returns to the Dietrich Theater

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This great Western author Louis L’Amour said, “Start writing no matter what. Water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.

The Dietrich Theater Writers’ Group will give this chance to area writers, ages 18 and up, starting Wednesday, September 14. The group is returning to weekly meetings after a two-year hiatus due to pandemic closures.

The Dietrich Theatre’s founding executive director, Hildy Morgan, will once again host the group. Prior publication is not required. All writing levels and genres (fiction, non-fiction, drama, screenwriting, poetry, etc.) are welcome. Participants will learn the art of writing by writing for self-fulfillment or beyond, all the way to publication.

Members will receive and give writing reviews to improve the form and content of their writing.

“If you love to read and would like to write,” Morgan said, “this is a safe place for people who love words and would like to fine-tune their use of them.”

In addition to reviews, writers will have the opportunity to explore their creativity each week by doing a few minutes of quickly generated writing to warm up their “instrument”.

Brenda Fager, Dietrich Theater Intern and MFA student in Wilkes University’s Creative Writing Graduate Program, is excited to serve as the group’s co-facilitator. Brenda shares what Victoria Christopher Murray, co-author of The Personal Librarian, shared with her and other creative writing students at Wilkes University about writing a first draft: “If your first draft isn’t not ugly, you’re doing it wrong! Come write that ugly first draft, or take it to the next levels, including ready for an editor’s eyes.

The Writers Group will meet on Wednesday afternoons from 1 to 3 p.m. from September 14 to December 14, excluding November 23. Admission is free and open to adults 18 and older.

To register, call 570-836-1022 extension #3. The first meeting will cover group guidelines and a “get to know the writers” along with some writing suggestions. Bring paper, notebooks, journals, wherever you write (even laptops), your favorite writing tool, and your creativity.

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