Long Island Writers' Guild, Inc. P.O.
Box 2026, Garden City, NY 11531
The Long Island Writers' Guild, Inc. Frequently Asked
Q1 : What is the mission of
the Long Island Writers' Guild, Inc.?
Q2 : Can anyone attend The Long Island Writers'
Guild, Inc. Workshops or do I have to be a published author?
Q3 : Does the Long Island Writers' Guild, Inc. have a membership
Q4 : What is the age limit for attending workshops?
Q5 : What is the workshop format? What will
I learn at a typical workshop?
Q6 : What type of writing is discussed and
presented in the workshops?
Q7 : Will I get a chance to present my work
at the workshops?
Q8 : Are the workshops geared to writing for
profit (i.e. getting published) or are they for fun?
Q9 : What is
the history of the Long Island Writers' Guild, Inc.?
Q10: Where can
I go to attend a Long Island Writers' Guild, Inc. workshop?
Q11: What is the Long Island Writers' Guild, Inc. email
Q1: What is the mission of the Long Island
Writers' Guild, Inc.?
A: The Long Island Writers' Guild, Inc. (LIWG) mission has two
- To assist each member to become the best writer that s/he aspires
to be. This is achieved through instructional, constructive and fun
writing workshops and other writing-related projects.
- To spotlight local literary talent, and to collect literary treasures
in anthologies. Members are encouraged to submit works for possible
acceptance into our regularly published anthologies.
Q2: Can anyone attend The Long
Island Writers' Guild, Inc. Workshops or do I have to be a published author?
A: You do not need to be a published author to
attend and enjoy the LIWG Writing Workshops. Many members are just beginning
to express "the story inside, that they've always wanted to write."
Although the Long Island Writers' Guild, Inc. (LIWG)
is proud to count among its members published authors, columnists, and
playwrights, our Writing Workshops are open to anyone who has the desire
to express himself or herself in the written word and to have fun. The
LIWG membership includes poets, short story writers, NYC playwrights,
historical essayists, and just about any kind of wordsmith you can imagine.
The common thread between these members is a love of writing and a commitment
to be better and to help others to be better, as well.
We simply ask a member to be committed to developing
his/her writing talent, and to be open to lessons on writing techniques
and style. Members are encouraged to read their works-in-progress, and
to share supportive critiquing with other members.
You need not be a writer to attend; listeners are also
welcome to come and participate. As such, all members are expected to
respect each other. Anyone found in violation of this will be asked not
to attend any more workshops or LIWG events.
Q3: Does the Long Island Writers'
Guild, Inc. have a membership fee?
A: All writing workshops are community based,
informal, with no fee involved.
Q4: What is the age limit
for attending workshops?
A: There is no age limit. People of all ages are
Q5: What is the workshop format?
What will I learn at a typical workshop?
A: The workshops have the following format:
Guild members introduce themselves. This helps us to create a friendly,
positive learning environment for all members.
II. News & Announcements
Ongoing and upcoming LIWG social and educational events are discussed.
For example, members are updated on our LIWG projects, contests, service
opportunities, anthologies, etc. Additionally, Guild members have an opportunity
to share any writing news they may have (e.g. contests, recent publishing
III. Lesson and/or Writing Exercise
The workshop facilitator presents a brief, college level writing lesson
to develop guild members' understanding of writing techniques and styles.
"Magic Paper" is distributed and members
suggest creative writing topics then write silently for 10 minutes.
IV. Presentation and Critiquing
Guild member can share with the group the creations they just penned,
or their works in progress which they have brought with them. A time limit
for each member's presentation and subsequent critiquing session is enforced
in order to give as many members as possible an opportunity to share their
We have the following rules when we present and
1. Whenever you are discussing writing you are addressing someone's soul
(or soul's creation). Therefore, respect it.
2. Listen/Look for the good (phrasing, imagery, dialogue) first, and learn.
3. Stay within the given time limits for the reading and critiquing.
4. Please do not give lengthy introductions to the piece you will read.
5. Please don't debate with the person giving feedback. It's better to
Q6: What type of writing is
discussed and presented in the workshops?
A: All forms of writing are discussed and presented:
poems, novels, essays, non-fiction and short stories to name just a few.
Q7: Will I get a chance to
present my work at the workshops?
A: The Presenting and Critiquing session is formatted
in such a way to give the most members an opportunity to read. While there
typically isn't enough time for every member that would like to present
to do so at each workshop, a running list is kept with special consideration
for new members.
Q8: Are the workshops geared
to writing for profit (i.e. getting published) or are they for fun?
A: It is not a stated goal of the LIWG to get
its members published. Rather, we strive to help each member to become
the best writer s/he aspires to be, regardless of whether they are writing
to publish or for fun.
However, about half of our members are published, and
often in our workshops tips and techniques related to manuscripts, cover
letters, agents, and the publishing process are discussed.
In addition, our guest speakers frequently add their
insights on elements related to the publication process.
Q9: What is the history of
the Long Island Writers' Guild, Inc.?
A: The Long Island Writers' Guild, Inc. was founded
in 1993, and first appeared in Borders Bookshop, Levittown, New York.
The Writers' Workshop was created as an open forum where aspiring writers
could meet to discuss techniques, present their works in progress, and
encourage each other in their respective literary endeavors.
The community's reaction was overwhelming and to expand
our offerings to the community, we increased our workshop schedule to
include eight workshops every month at various local libraries.
In 1997, we created our first collection of local writings,
Waterwalking. This was followed a few years later by Gifts From
Our latest anthology, 2001: A Long Island Odyssey
is published by Xlibris and is available from your local bookstore, the
Book Revue in Huntington (www.bookrevue.com),
Borders Bookshops (www.borders.com),
Barnes and Noble (www.bn.com),
Our fourth anthology, featuring poems, essays and short
stories on Long Island towns, will be released in the summer of 2004.
It will contain a 911 section featuring local stories of local heroes,
in memory of all those who faced the terrors of that infamous day on behalf
of all of us.
Q10: Where can I go to attend
a Long Island Writers' Guild, Inc. workshop?
A: Today, local writers enjoy the camaraderie
of our workshops three nights per month: once at the Bethpage Library,
once at the Levittown Library and once at the Huntington Book Revue. In addition we also have a regular daytime workshop at the East Meadow Library with several others on a limited or trial basis during the course of the year. Our upcoming events and members' achievements
can be found at our web site www.LIWritersGuild.org/Schedule.
Q11: What is the Long Island
1) All LIWG official broadcast communications to the membership and/or
the "outside world", including LIWG monthly meeting notices,
announcements, individual member's plays' production, book publishings
other successes, etc., must be reviewed and approved for content and
distribution by the Director of the LIWG and the Technology Advisor prior
2) All LIWG electronic communications must be free of
viruses, worms, etc.
3) No unapproved advertisement may accompany any official
4) No member's personal information (this includes Board
of Directors, Anthology Committee members) will be distributed, sold,
etc to any organization outside of the LIWG without the member's approval.
5) No member's personal information (e.g. email, phone
etc) will be distributed to another member within the LIWG without the
6) No LIWG email correspondence is to be posted/forwarded
on the Internet to where it can be taken by an email spammer.
7) We will not inundate (and thereby possibly alienate)
our membership with unneccessary emails each month.