Friday, December 19, 2014

Upcoming Meeting Dates

The January meeting will be held the third Thursday of the month, which is January 15th.
As usual, submissions are due via email one week before the meeting, which is January 8th before midnight. Please email submissions in word format to

Starting in March, we will meet twice a month -- the first and third Thursday. The first Thursday of the month will be a workshop. We will have PowerPoints, writing activities, guest speakers, etc. The third Thursday of the month will be entirely dedicated to submissions. At this time we plan to still have the submission deadline remain at the second Thursday of the month. If that changes group members will be updated via email and this blog.

Please send us an email ( if you have any suggestions for topics and activities for the workshops. In particular, any leads on guest speakers would be wonderful.

New release: When Books Went to War

Earlier this month "When Books Went to War: The Stories that Helped Us Win World War II" by Molly Guptill Manning was released.                                

The synopsis taken from Amazon reads as follows:

"When America entered World War II in 1941, we faced an enemy that had banned and burned over 100 million books and caused fearful citizens to hide or destroy many more. Outraged librarians launched a campaign to send free books to American troops and gathered 20 million hardcover donations. In 1943, the War Department and the publishing industry stepped in with an extraordinary program: 120 million small, lightweight paperbacks, for troops to carry in their pockets and their rucksacks, in every theater of war.

Comprising 1,200 different titles of every imaginable type, these paperbacks were beloved by the troops and are still fondly remembered today. Soldiers read them while waiting to land at Normandy; in hellish trenches in the midst of battles in the Pacific; in field hospitals; and on long bombing flights. They wrote to the authors, many of whom responded to every letter. They helped rescue The Great Gatsby from obscurity. They made Betty Smith, author of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, into a national icon. When Books Went to War is an inspiring story for history buffs and book lovers alike."

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Group Member Spotlight: Rose Nicola

Rose Nicola is one of the newest members of the Monrovia Writers Group. She is a graduate of Monrovia High School.

Rose writes fan fiction, much of which is located online at: Please check it out and be sure to provide her with feedback.

Want to be featured? Send a picture and info to: or talk to Kelly at an upcoming meeting.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Event: Holiday Author Fair - Indiana History Center

Holiday Author Fair at Indiana History Center
Saturday, December 6th from Noon to 4 p.m.
Eli Lilly Hall, Indiana History Center

450 West Ohio Street
Indianapolis, 46202

Meet more than 70 authors at a fun-filled day of mingling and book signing. This year, meet basketball legend Bobby "Slick" Leonard, bestselling author Philip Gulley and the Chicks on the Right.

Download the brochure with listing of authors and titles here.

The order form is available here.

Free admission includes the Indiana Experience.