PUBLISHED WRITERS FORM “LONG ISLAND AUTHORS’ CIRCLE”
A group of published Long Island writers has formed an assemblage to be known as the “Long Island Authors’ Circle.” The newly established ‘LIAC’ is composed of six charter members who have been published individually in virtually every fiction and non-fiction genre; from poetry and drama, to journalism and novels.
The core group consists of four women and two men who hail from St. James, Northport, Dix Hills, Massapequa Park, and Smithtown. Their varied backgrounds include: Town Councilwoman, Newspaper Publisher, College Professor, Literary Critic, Businessman, and Television Personality.
Purpose of the Authors’ Circle is the exchange of information and ideas valuable to members in the execution and furtherance of their respective writing crafts. Communication is conducted primarily via email, though physical meetings are held when proposed and unanimously agreed to by the charter participants.
Each of the core members may sponsor new Long Island candidates for membership if they have been published. When unanimously approved, nominees are invited to join the self-help organization.
The “Long Island Authors’ Circle” has no mandatory meetings or dues; no officers, committees, or elections; no by-laws; and participation in the group’s activities is at all times strictly voluntary.
“We’re sort of like the free-and-easy ‘Algonquin Round Table’ established by Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley and company,” said celebrity biographer, Richard Grudens, and poet-dramatist-novelist, Charlene Knadle, agreed. “This sort of ‘no-demands’ group is often the most successful,” she noted. Journalist, Pat Biancaniello, pointed out that “…with the availability of modern electronic communications, a productive ‘meeting’ can be conducted in minutes, where once it would require hours.”
The author of eleven novels, member Jeb Ladouceur, said that he has resisted joining organizations demanding time that he might otherwise devote to writing in his Smithtown study, and author Dina Santorelli was quick to agree. “The time seems right for an association like this,” she said. In the words of online journalist, Elise Pearlman, “The Long Island Authors’ Circle is a wonderful idea—it should be highly successful.”
Authors interested in learning more about the “Writers’ Circle” may contact any of the charter members at their email addresses:
Pat Biancaniello firstname.lastname@example.org
Richard Grudens email@example.com
Charlene Knadle firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeb Ladouceur email@example.com
Elise Pearlman firstname.lastname@example.org
Dina Santorelli email@example.com