Boston Mensa Writing GroupThe Boston Mensa Writing Group was formed in 2008. We have thirty members from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and further afield as well. Most of our activity takes place via email. This is how we distribute chapters to review, provide feedback on works, share information on publishing news and social networking trends, and cheerlead each other on our projects.
The group meets in person once a month, the third Tuesday, at 4pm. The in-person meetings are focused on building up familiarity with each other's styles of communication. We do not sit at the table reading long stories to each other :). We prefer to be able to study works and take our time in giving detailed responses. 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. They are also about building the trust level and comfort level with each other, so we can better give in depth feedback and have it be understood and utilized.
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.
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 has a PhD from the University of Vermont. She did research for many years on woodchucks and genetically obese rats. 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
LynnHypnosis Twitter Profile Follow @LynnHypnosis
Stephen D. Rogers
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!
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WilHowitt on Twitter Follow @WilHowitt Samantha_Alpha on Twitter Follow @Samantha_Alpha
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.
I'm interested in writing fiction of no particular genre. I wrote a short story about a man who gambled on the stock market, and another about a guy who took a new job and ran into an old flame. And another longer story about a man who commits an impulsive murder. This story left some loose ends so I decided to lengthen it.
Erin is currently working on her first book, a young adult novel. Lylla Naylor is a junior in high school when her family moves from Maine to Mass. She becomes interested in traveling back to Virginia with some new friends to see where she was born and to find out about her late father.
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.
My plan is to start with something simple, like a 'how to' (maybe how to tie a tie :-) ) book as my first goal is not to make profits but more importantly to learn the ins-and-outs of publishing, website creation/hosting and SEO.
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.
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).
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.
A spy novel would be the closest genre for my book.
About me: Self employed since 1979, various businesses, motor vehicle enthusiast, sportsman, civic minded [school committee, housing authority]. I am working on the change I would like to see in the world as well as my bucket list.
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. 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, 2008, 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, now updated with current figures:
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 over ten romance novels, a moderm murder mystery, numerous non-fiction books, 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. Lisa has been a member of Mensa since July 27, 1988. 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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