Black Diamond Writers' Network

Black Diamond Writers' Network
Black Diamond Writers' Network


The Black Diamond Writers' Network (BDWN) is a group of people interested in writing.  Some want to publish; others don't.  BDWN members write for fun, family, themselves, entertainment, publication or a living – ranging from the wannabe to the published author.  Members interests include writing memoir, nonfiction, fiction, poetry, science fiction, screenwriting and many other genres.

The BDWN meets at the Tamaqua Area Public Library the 3rd Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m until noon. 

The objectives of the BDWN are to provide its members with a network of support and resources in the field of writing; to act as central information point for all activities in the field of writing and the publishing industry; and to advance the writing interests of its members.

Our meetings will begin with a maximum 15-minute business meeting followed by a 15-minute period of open networking, where writers can talk with other writers one-on-one about their projects, specific help they might be looking for or opportunities they may want to share.

Our normal speaker presentation will run from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. followed by a 15-minute educational session focused on marketing or publishing for writers. 

The meeting rounds out with a mini-critique group session to provide an opportunity for writers to get a portion of their works reviewed.  Bring one page of your latest unpublished work with you if you’d like to participate in our mini critique group session during the last half hour of our meeting.  Participants will break into smaller groups of two or three people where each person will both read and get feedback from others in the group.

BDWN offers access to critique groups, occasional workshops and an annual writers' conference

Call Kathy Ruff to find out more aobut the group's critique group times and locations. 

Member dues support BDWN’s free monthly programs, operating expenses and hospitality.  The public is invited to participate in three meetings free of charge before joining.  Member benefits include monthly meetings, first notification and reduced rates for limited enrollment workshops and a monthly newsletter.

Annual dues:

  • $20 for adults
  • $10 for anyone under age 18

For more information on the Black Diamond Writers' Network, its critique groups or workshops, please contact Kathy Ruff at 570-645-3059.