Who We Are
HML Writers was first started in July of 2014, using the framework of Camp National Novel Writing Month (Camp NaNoWriMo), the summer sister of the November-based National Novel Writing Month. Led by staff member, Jen Donohue, our weekly writing group meets Saturdays at 1:30pm, Sept. to Nov., March to May, and in the month of July.
We’re not all novelists, or poets, or short story writers. We’re not all speed writers; trying to go-go-go on a prompt for ten minutes isn’t everybody’s writing style. And that’s all right. The goal for HML Writers is to help writers be comfortable with themselves, with their own styles and their own needs.
What We Do
Writers bring what they’re working on to read out loud, or pass out copies for critique. More often than not, most of the meeting time is devoted to the act of writing, with timers set and prompts given as a springboard for a story or poem to take flight.
Jen Donohue graduated Hartwick College with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology, and has been at the Huntington Library since 2005. Her short stories have appeared in Daily Science Fiction, The Sockdolager, and in Mosaics 2: a Collection of Independent Women, which you can find at the library.