Unless otherwise noted on the schedule below, we meet the fourth Saturday of each month at 12 p.m. at the The Literacy Council of Central Alabama, 2301 1st Avenue North, Suite 102, Birmingham, AL 35203. Parking is free on streets on the weekends.

  • 12:00-12:30. Lunch and business meeting. Bring your own lunch!
  • 12:45-1:00. Q & A. A reading or question-and-answer session with a published author, or a question-and-answer session with a professional from an industry of interest for our writing.
  • 1:00-3:00. Program.

Visitors are welcome! Visitors must be 18 or older. You may attend two general meetings in a 12-month period without joining. Visitors who wish to attend more often must join Romance Writers of America and Southern Magic.

Meetings are subject to change, so check back here before you come!







March 25

Careful Editing, the Most Important Tool in a Writer's Tool Box presented by Mary Marvella
The Literacy Council of Central Alabama










Mary will show writers how to use the best tool in a writer's tool box, careful editing. She plans to use slides to show examples of errors she sees often as an editor and show ways to correct them. She will address grammar and punctuation issues and provide pages for attendees to edit as a group after her presentation slides. Come prepared to practice what she shows, using pages peppered with errors. If you would like for Mary to use some of your work, send her a page or two at MMARVELLAB at She might add a few mistakes to make things interesting and she won't name names.

Mary recently submitted a story to her critique partners and learned she needs to practice what she preaches. She plans to share some of the errors the gremlins added to her work.

Mary taught language arts/English as a classroom teacher for fifteen years. Now she tutors students writing essays and research papers and taking SAT, ACT, and graduate school level tests. She edits for Gilded Dragonfly Books and for freelance clients. She loves to edit!
















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