She's a beautiful gal in her late 30's, married, and a teacher of college anthropology. She has the greatest personality, and she ran the meetings so well. I felt she saved the Writers' Group which was falling apart when Jean was failing. Jen came in and gave it new life, we now have between 10 and 15 each meeting.
She wanted to buy a house last year, but couldn't find anything she could afford. Even apartment rent was prohibitive. She told us then she might have to leave California, it was just too expensive, and now it's come to pass. They'll be going to Dallas-Ft. Worth, where her husband has lived before.
The group will be headed up by two of our members who are not academics, but one is a long time member on the Board of Directors and someone who arranges our program offerings. The other is a lady familiar with public speaking.
Jen will join our meetings by phone or by something like Skype, and she hopes to be able to fly in every few months to attend the meeting in person. I hope I'm wrong, but I don't think that will, no pun intended, fly.
If the group fails, I will have to find another one. There used to be one in Pasadena, quite a bit farther away, and it was full of young people trying to write the Great American novel, and it was a no-nonsence meeting run by a Prussian general. There was homework and deadlines, and no socializing.
There is one close to me held at the Motion Picture Country Home, the people are older, but it's part of a network of writing groups founded decades ago by Jack London, and it is much more structured. It only accepts previously published writers, but I'm OK, I've had the requisite number in print.
I went to a meeting there a few years ago, the writers must read their work from a podium up front to a large audience, and that would not be easy for me.
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