Massachusetts Mensa Writing GroupThe Massachusetts Mensa Writing Group was formed in 2008. The group meets once a month, the third Tuesday, at 4pm. We have members from both Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The meeting locations can vary. Please contact me if you're a memeber of Mensa and would like to join us! That way we can plan for the proper table size. Our average meeting size is around seven people.
We do not sit at the table reading long stories to each other :) Any stories or poems we want feedback on are sent around via email to read at our leisure and provide proper commentary on. The in-person meetings are about brainstorming for the group - how to build up a fan base, how to get marketing rolling, how to spark your creativity, and how to manage time.
Here are details on just a few of our members! Make sure you download the Free Kindle Reader App for your PC, Mac, SmartPhone, iPad, or other devices, to be able to read the Kindle versions of the various books.
Ruth recently retired as a biology professor at Northern Essex Community College but still teaches Nutrition online. She has a PhD from the University of Vermont. She did research for many years on woodchucks and genetically obese rats. Teaching is a second career. Things she does for fun are gardening, reading mysteries, playing with computers instead of getting work done, doing math problems, grooming cats, cooking and baking, and water color painting.
You can purchase Ruth's book on Amazon:
Human Nutrition and Health Laboratory Manual
Lynn Lewis Ribeiro
Lynn runs a hypnosis business and has also taught piano for many years. Her hypnosis busineses is well known for its high quality results after only a single visit. Her aim is to publish hypnosis audio tapes.
Silver Lining Hypnosis website
Silver Lining Hypnosis on Facebook
LynnHypnosis Twitter Profile Follow @LynnHypnosis
Carmen is involved in theatrical groups with singing and dance. She is starting a quest to write short, humorous stories about things in her life.
Jefferson is an epidemiologist trying to figure out what he is really supposed to be doing here (and now). Scepticism is a form of curiosity. Epidemiology is the formal study of cause and effect (per se, diseases and their distributions). Go greek or latin on all this and you'll etymologically put it all together. Put a sceptic near a college class that looks for the 'flaw' in someone's reasoned attempt at the truth (of a matter) and you get an epidemiologist. He'd rather be writing. Now, how to pay those bills...
Alyn is fascinated by the world of physics and electricity.
Alyn's Cosmos Blog which he'd like feedback on.
Alyn's Twitter Profile Follow @ADaleMiller
James has a BA in English from Tufts. He moved into fine woodworking from there. He's writing a book about his experiences learning traditional methods at woodworking school while selling modern methods at retail stores. He's also bouncing around ideas for a novel or two. He blogs about the woodworking and cooking.
Watriss Woodwork on Facebook
James is interested in finding a more productive way to work and how to approach publishers. He's always interested in conversation and in how people do this for a living or a hobby.
James is a professor at Northeastern University who teaches Humanities in the College of Professional Studies. His interests include European travel and research, writing, cooking, satirical literature and skeet shooting---no blood.
Michael received his Bachelor's Degree in Physics from M.I.T. with a minor in Music Theory. He plays flute and enjoys musical composition, mostly in the "classical" style. He has developed a specialty in arranging songs for flute and voice in addition to his original works. For example he has done voice-flute arrangements for Poor Wandering One (from Pirates of Penzance) and Rainbow Connection (from The Muppet Movie). He's written a Lovers’ Rondo for Flute, Violin, & Piano and a Suite for Flute and Viola (or 5-String Violin).
Marjohn's two sagas sprawl over nearly three thousand pages. The Temptations Saga, written in a Proust continuous novel style took her six years to reach the galley stage. At the end she was so attached to her primary female protagonist that she could not bring myself to kill her off. So Ambivalence Cubed was born over the next three years.
The saga follows a female protagonist with a dissociative disorder through a battle with cancer and simultaneous divorce. Marge dissociates more and more over time as the stresses in her life build. She encounters a male love triangle and gets caught up in a movie production of a screen play she adapted from a novel.
Lewis has a long-standing interest in science fiction. He is also trying his hand at the "young adult" category.
Steve and Martin Wigall
Steve and Martin are aspiring writers who live in Lawrence MA. Martin is in the Creative Fiction Program at U. Maine, Farmington. Steve has published two journal articles in his field (Spiritual Direction). He is working on the final editing of a text for Church use and for individuals interested in spiritual exploration. Preliminary title: "A Theology of Joy."
Martin has one or more stories which Steve believes are of more than publishable quality. Martin's genre of choice is Science Fiction. To the best of Steve's ability to be objective, as an ex-literature major, he find Martin's writing to be especially emotionally engaging, and his characters emotionally rich.
I've recently started writing fiction again, after at least 30 years away. I write mostly science fiction, some historical fantasy. I'm challenging myself to get better at creating believable characters with realistic dialogue, and adding humor and fun. I'm getting better -- for the first time, I enjoy reading my own writing as much as other authors', and that's a significant step!
Right now I'm working on a series of short stories that are starting to coalesce into chapters of a novel. It's set in a near future where AIs have become human-level intelligent (or more) and society has to change to accomodate. Humans and AIs live together, not always peacefully, so one thing I've had to do is invent how the AIs would insult humans, and each other, and how they curse (without any references to body functions or religion). I'm having fun with it ... suggestions always welcome!
I am writing a book aimed at young households and property managers called Getting the Best Price, which is about dealing with estimators when they arrive, and then how to vet the contracts they offer and use the contract to prevent problems, how to avoid swindlers, and after the contract is signed, how to help your contractor be his best self during the project, and if something does go amiss, how to handle it for a good outcome and staying out of court. I add a pinch about used-car buying and credit cards. Yes, it's a philosophy book.
I have never shown any real talent in writing but have some psychological compulsion to put down some of my life experiences in writing before my mind evaporates. Money and fame are not my objectives and I treasure anonymity.
Helpful Information for Members:
Setting Up a Website - an absolute must for any author, musician or videographer
OCR and Print Documents - get all your content online
Social Networking - get tons of traffic for your website
Publishing CDs and DVDs - additional revenue streams
Getting your Book Published - over 100 pages of detailed instructions
Online Degrees - my experience and suggestions
Mensa Writing Group History
Tom Hollyday first wrote Lisa Shea on January 31, 2008, after seeing her website. He followed up on June 30th after seeing her article in the Beacon, and suggested they form a writing group. So Tom is definitely the impetus for this group existing! Lisa and Tom had their first organizational meeting on July 14th, then planned out the very first public group meeting on September 24th, at the Cheng Du in Westboro. The group launched from there!
The Mensa Writing Group ran seminars at the 2008 and 2009 Boston Mensa RGs! Here was our write-up:
Lisa Shea and Thomas Hollyday, who run Boston Mensa's monthly Writing Workshop, will discuss such topics as selling your writing on the Internet and maintaining a writing journal. Included will be a question-and-answer period, followed by short readings: Lisa's "Making Money at Home" and a scene from Tom's novel "Magnolia Gods."
Lisa Shea is the published author of a book series on Weddings and Courtships traditions around the world. She has self-published seven romance novels and regularly contributes to several magazines. She owns and runs BellaOnline.com, the second largest woman’s website in the world, which receives over 20 million pageviews each month. She also runs several other high-traffic websites. All told she has over 50,000 articles of her own content on the web. For more information visit LisaShea.com.
A native of the Chesapeake Bay region, Thomas Hollyday has been writing local history most of his life. He attended the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University, is a decorated Army veteran of Vietnam, and studied under Michael Curtis in Boston. His published work includes illustrations and poetry in magazines such as Good Housekeeping, historical articles in journals like the Neptune of the Peabody Institute, and several River Sunday thriller romance novels. For purchasing information visit solarsippers.com.
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