Great Program at CBW Dinner Meeting - Wednesday,
June 21 at Goodfellas in Gloucester

Twenty member and friends of CBW gathered to hear Michael Khandelwal, Director of The Muse Literary Center on June 21. The meeting included good food, a great chance to socialize, and an interesting and informative program with a lively Q & A session and helpful handouts.

Michael brought a door prize and added a free Muse seminar won by guest Elena Siddall of Mathews.

We introduced new member Jeff Walker and Grace M. DeLeesie brought gift bags for all attending.

Thank you to Michael, and to all who attended!

The Creative Power of Revision

The story or idea in our minds is often glorious, but when we translate what's known inside us into language, the good work and good fun of being a writer really begins. Our first drafts may be marvels of the unconscious mind, but 95 percent of a writer's work is revision, and rightly so. That's when we get to take conscious control of our work by editing. The secret of writing is that it's within the revision process that we become truly creative. Whether you are a published pro or just beginning, together we'll strengthen our understanding of the craft of self-editing, refresh our editing checklists, and discuss the pros and cons of support from others, including workshops, classes, retreats, and conferences.

Our speaker, Michael Khandelwal, is the Executive Director of The Muse Writers Center, a nationally recognized literary center in Norfolk. An award-winning writer and teacher, he writes poetry and fiction as well as editorials, profiles, and feature articles for Coastal Virginia Magazine, Alt Daily, and others and teaches poetry and fiction workshops for The Muse.

Apply Now for 2017 CBW Second Monday Radio Interviews with Neal Steele!

We are looking for members with recently published books to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to be interviewed by Neal Steele on XTRA 99.1 FM.  Email Tracy Lanum at or call (804) 815-9954 to get a copy of the show guidelines and discuss scheduling an interview.

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