New Writers’ Critique Group in Center City Philadelphia

We are pleased to announce the arrival of the long-anticipated Pennwriters Philadelphia Critique Group.  Our first meeting will be held this Sunday, April 19, 2009 at 3 PM in the West end Coffee Tea N Spa at 20th and Walnut Streets in Philadelphia.
Please note that we will not meet in May.  The next scheduled meeting after April will occur on Sunday, June 21, 2009 at 3 PM.

Here are the details:

The Pennwriters Philadelphia Critique Group will meet the third Sunday of every month at 3 PM in the West end Coffee Tea N Spa at 20th and Walnut Streets in Philadelphia. The initial meeting will occur on Sunday, April 19, 2009. Pennwriters President Lisa D. Kastner will be facilitating the meetings.  You can read her bio at the end of this post.

If you are interested in attending, please contact us to be connected with Lisa Kastner.  Feel free to forward this to fellow writers, new voices are always welcome.

Typical Critique Group Rules:

1. Bring up to five pages of prose to be read silently by your fellow attendees. Remember to bring multiple copies to share.
2. Fellow writers will read the work silently and then provide feedback.
3. Feedback is provided with the best intent. Focus on the positive and how to improve the piece.
4. If your work is being reviewed, keep an open mind. Don’t respond to the feedback initially. Wait until the last person has provided input and then you are welcome to ask questions.

We wish to extend our sincerest thanks to Lorenzo, the proprieter of West End Coffee Tea N Spa for allowing us to use his locale.

Lisa Kastner’s bio:
A former correspondent for the Philadelphia Theatre Review and Features Editor for the Picolata Review, I currently write freelance and by invitation in literature and the arts. My literary interviews include Charles Baxter (Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature 1997) and Lee Martin (Pulitzer Prize Nominee 2006).

I am the President of Pennwriters ( , a not-for-profit organization dedicated to assisting the novice to the award winning and multipublished writers to learn and succeed in the craft. I am the founder of the Pennwriters King of Prussia Critique Group and lead workshops on business communications. My short stories have been published in 63 Channels Journal and The StraightJackets Magazine.

I have been interviewed by Jade Blackwater of Brainripples as well as by local media. I have read my prose at the Fresh Lines @ Fresh Nine, a public reading of up and coming Philadelphia writers hosted by Gross McCleaf Art Gallery. I am an alumnae of The Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Squaw Valley Writers Workshop, Kenyon Writers Workshop, University of Pennsylvania’s Conference for Writers, and the Rittenhouse Writers Group (RWG).

No stranger to the spotlight, my initial flirtation with celebrity was as a Regular and Co-host on Dance Party USA and a Dancer on Dancin’ On Air. On occasion I can still be found on a local Philadelphia theatrical stage. My most recent venture was for Celebration Theater in The Laramie Project. Read me –


2 responses to “New Writers’ Critique Group in Center City Philadelphia

  1. I am looking for writers to help write storylines for a scavenge-hunt based gaming company, can I attend a meeting and ask memebrs of your group if they are interested?

  2. Sorry for the delay in response. Please contact Lisa Kastner, as she is the moderator for these crit sessions.

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