Welcome to the Five Rivers Writers' Group!
To assist writers by providing an online forum for peer critiquing of writing in a cordial and nurturing enviroment
To provide a social setting that allows writers to enjoy the fellowship of other writers and to share their work
To assist and support fellow writers in using technology to improve their writing
To provide support and assistance to writers who wish to publish their work
Membership is by invitation and approval of regular members. We constantly seek new members who share our philosophy of writing and critiquing. The focus of our group is to provide support to writers, not to empower critiquers.
Our members are expected to consider writing as a serious, but enjoyable endeavor. Writers are expected to study and apply the generally accepted rules of grammar and quality writing. Additionally, members should dedicate themselves to producing exceptional work which can be self-published or submitted for review and publication. Members are also expected to work toward becoming effective reviewers and critiquers of the work of others, and to offer meaningful, polite suggestions to fellow writers about their writing.
Members may suggest offering membership to others. A vote will be taken from current active members. Upon the recommendation of two-thirds of the active membership, a prospective member will be admitted either as a visiting or regular member.
A visiting member must participate for a period of one calendar year before being considered as a regular member. After the one year probationary period, a second vote by the regular members will be taken.
"There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are." W. Somerset Maugham
and Other Stories
Now available in paperback!
Janet is an excellent writer and contributor to our group. Her stories of life here on the Gulf are unique, and the book is a great read for these autumn afternoons when a cup of tea and good read is just the right prescription for the end of day. I find myself lost in her vivid language and, not having grown up here in southwest Alabama, I appreciate the glimpse into the nuances and rhythmns of life in my adopted home. I also enjoy Janet's flare for the unexpected, a sort of channeling of Flannery O'Connor comes to mind. Great job, Janet. I look forward to reading more of your work in the future.
Kat Kennedy 10/16/2012.
(Look for my full review of Trumpet Field on Southern Delta Literary Magazine next week.)
Trumpet Field and Other Stories available at Amazon.com
Kindle ebook edition $4.95
Laura Reese's new book, Dancing Naked in Dixie, will be out on May 21, 2012, in print and as an eBook. A funny and delightful look at Southerners in the quaint, historic town of Eufaula, Alabama. Laura will be joining our group. Welcome, Laura! Best wishes for success with your new novel.
Congrats to Charles Riley McInnis for receiving an Honorable Mention for his short story, "At Red McGriff's Barber Shop", in the Gulf Coast Writers' Association's annual Let's Write competition. The banquet will be held Saturday, May 26, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. in Gulfport, MS. Further information can be found on the Gulf Coast Writers link located on the Five Rivers Writers' Group Links to Blogs and Websites Page. Way to go Charles!
New Member News
Janet Nodar will be joining our group. Janet is a published writer and blogger who will be joining us on Sunday, June 24th at Panera as we meet to discuss the creation of our magazine, Southern Delta Literary. I put Janet's blog on our links page, so pour a cup of coffee (or tea), pull up a chair and get to know our newest member. I know she will be a wonderful addition! Welcome to FRWG, Janet!
FRWG welcomes Mahala Church to the group. She is well known in the community. She is a founding member of The Emerald Coast Writer's Association and Mobile Writer's Guild and is involved in many area reading and writing projects. She is the creative writing instructor for the Azalea City Center for the Arts. Welcome, Mahala.
Charles McInnis has been published in The Baldwin Writers Group Anthology, Collected Works. Charles placed 3rd in their annual contest in the short story division with his story, "An Incident at Daniel Germany's Ferry". You may purchase a copy from Amazon.com or the BWG website found on our links page. Congrats Charles!
Charles McInnis and Kat Kennedy both had poetry published in the Gulf Coast Writers Association's quarterly publication, The Magnolia Quarterly. Way to go! Remember, you can't win or be published if you don't enter. Get your work out there!
Book signing for Dancing Naked in Dixie
Laura Reese signs her Lauren Clark novel, Dancing Naked in Dixie, at Shorter Mansion in Eufaula, Alabama. The wonderful staff held a reception for Laura. The signing was a sell out! Congrats, Laura.
Kat and Laura at Shorter Mansion, Eufaula, AL.
Submissions are needed for editing in the Interest Groups of Five Rivers Writers' Group.