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Local Writers Group Never at a Loss to Share a Good Word

The Coffee Shop Writers Group meets monthly at Weinrich's Bakery in Willow Grove to help emerging authors with honest, but positive feedback.

For an author, constructive criticism could mean the life or death of a yet-to-be-published work. The members of the Coffee Shop Writers Group are all for giving such critiques.

“I’m glad to be here because I get such great feedback,” Linda Barrett, a writers group member, said.

The group, which was founded in 2003, meets monthly in the coffee shop of , located in Willow Grove.

Weinrich’s Bakery, a family-owned business, has given the writers group several opportunities, providing members with a venue where they can recite their work to the public, as well as publishing the group’s first collection of poems, titled “Icing on the Cake.”

“I think it’s wonderful,” Stella Weinrich, Weinrich’s Bakery manager, said. “It’s nice to be a part of a community, and it’s nice for the community to be a part of us.”

Members of the writers group take turns sharing new and original work in the hopes of gaining much needed and welcomed feedback from other local writers of all levels and experiences.

According to the group’s founder, Willow Grove resident Ruth Deming, it’s often hard to receive rejection when trying to get work published.

“If you submit this stuff, and you’re rejected, it’s like a slap in the face. It really hurts,” Deming said.

She continued that writers groups can help an author to first refine their work through honest, but always constructive feedback.

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The Coffee Shop Writers Group meetings are free and open to anyone willing to share their work and constructive opinions.

The next meeting is scheduled for Aug. 20.

For more information, contact Ruth Deming at ruthdeming@comcast.net or visit ruthzdeming.blogspot.com.

Ruth Z. Deming July 18, 2011 at 01:28 PM
great article, gerry! thanks so much.
Beatriz Moisset July 18, 2011 at 05:12 PM
Nice article, nice video! Thanks Gerry.
Ruth Z. Deming July 18, 2011 at 05:56 PM
we just gained a new member, thanks to this article! my next poem will be Ode to Monsieur Dungan.
Gerry Dungan July 19, 2011 at 03:41 AM
Thank you for the kind words! I want to praise the Coffee Shop Writers Group for providing a public forum that encourages anyone to embrace inspired writing.
Carly Brown July 19, 2011 at 11:57 PM
Wow, what a Great job!!!! Thank you for your kind words. It makes me feel even more proud of being involved in the Coffee Shop Writing Group.

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