Friday, April 18, 2008

Pencils! News: Our New Home!

I'm MORE THAN PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE Pencils! new home...the private conference room at Shop Rite in Norwalk, Connecticut, on Route 1. Please read full details below, and many thanks to Carol M and Joyce for putting this together.

OUR NEXT MEETING, APRIL 22, AND EVERY MEETING HERE ON OUT, WILL BE HELD AT 6:45 P.M. AT SHOP RITE ON ROUTE 1 IN NORWALK. We will still meet for all the original dates on the Pencils! calendar, the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month, and, as usual, will not meet in December so we can all take time to enjoy the Holidays.

While the idea of meeting above a grocery store may seem a bit odd for a writer's group, Shop Rite offers us many advantages. For one thing: a conference room with a large table, plenty of chairs, and a door to close (no more screaming kids! No more rude Borders employees!) More than ample parking, convenient to Route 1, easy to find. We're finally going to be in a space at which we can do whatever we want to do. And best of all, we can have the room until 10 p.m. No more rushing. If we need the time, we take it!

The information below comes directly from Carol. PLEASE PAY SPECIAL ATTENTION TO THE "NO COMPETING GROCERY STORE BAG" RULE. (Not that I've ever seen any of you with plastic bags from grocery stores, but, you know, let's just be super, super sure!) And get ready for some additional Pencils! magic. Just read below.

Happy writing! See you on April 22nd (this coming Tuesday!)

First Meeting at our New Location:

Shoprite in Norwalk

Connecticut Avenue

(across from Stop & Shop and same center as Barnes & Noble)

We will be meeting in the Community Room which is on the second floor

When you enter the store, turn right through the flower department and right again.

Walk past all the cashiers all and frozen food aisles all the way to the far end of the store

(on the far right if you are facing the store from the parking lot)

You will go through the double red doors into an employee area briefly.

As soon as you go through the doors, you will see the sign for the Community Room.

Turn right and either use the stairs or the elevator to the second floor.

The entrance to the Community Room is directly across from the elevator.

Meeting is 6:45 to 9:00 as usual (although we have more time if we want; we have to be out by 10)

Rules: Please do not bring any food or packages from competing locations (Stop & Shop, Stew Leonards, etc.)

You may bring drinks and of course, are welcome to purchase anything in the store and consume it during the meeting.

Please bring whatever creative outpourings you are ready to share (copies for everyone is appreciated).

We are also going to try something new by incorporating a portion of the meeting to listening to some audio break-out sessions that Carol McManus brought back from the Maui Writers Conference. Over the coming meetings, you will hear a mix of best-selling authors, editors, publishers and screenwriters talking about the craft of writing, how to pitch your work, and much, much more!

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