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Current Year Future Events (2018)

All Meetings will be held at 1840 Lorraine Road, Reading, PA 19604. Networking and conversation at 12:45, workshop begins promptly at 1:00 pm. Just come in.

CJ Rhoads

Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 1:00 pm

CJ Rhoads on The Business Side of Publishing and Getting Paid - March 3

Everything you always wanted to know about agents, publishers, copyrights, licensing, publishing, printing costs, ISBN's, e-books, publishing platforms, subscription sales, and more. This workshop will be an overview of everything anyone should know about the business side of writing, printing, publishing, and getting paid for your writing. Whether you are an already-published author who wants to get up to date on all the recent changes in the world of publishing or a budding author who has yet to write your first book, this is definitely one of those workshops that can't be missed. The more people who come and share their experiences, the better off everyone in the group will be.

CJ Rhoads ( is a multi-dimensional, multi-faceted dynamo. She is a successful entrepreneur of multiple companies, a hardworking volunteer for non-profits, and a professor of business at Kutztown University. One of the many projects she has been working on for several years (but is still not yet ready to fully launch) is a way to help budding authors who need just a little bit a help, for not a lot of money, to publish their books. She sees the needs because she has experienced them all over the past 15 years as her 9 books got published. Agents, publishers, contracts, self-publishing, printers, hardback books, softback books, e-books: you name it, she's experienced it, and now she will share her experiences with you.

Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 1:00 pm

Joseph Szimhart

Joseph Szimhart on Memoirs: The limits of experience recalled and expressed - Apr 7

I am in midst of rewriting a memoir of my career as a cult interventionist and how I got into that strange line of work. I finished a 400-page manuscript ten years ago, but no publisher would accept it. We will go over goals and what I think we should avoid when writing a memoir.

Joseph Szimhart ( is an Artist, published author, mental health worker, and cult information consultant. He has had an art studio at Goggleworks in Reading since 2011 and studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

Joseph has also worked as a Crisis Intake Caseworker at Montgomery County Emergency Services since 2000. He also worked as a cult interventionist, consultant, and lecturer since 1980. Joseph has had many media appearances, research and opinion articles and book reviews published in professional journals and books on cults.

Joseph has written a novel: Mushroom Satori: The Cult Diary published in 2013 by Aperture Press in Reading, PA and has an undergraduate degree in Arts and Sciences from the University of Dayton. His writing and art has been featured in the cover story in ICSA Today magazine, 2017: “Retribing the Planet: Shamanism Repurposed for Modern Times” (International Cultic Studies Magazine, Vol. 8: No. 2)

Dave Kline

Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 1:00 pm

Dave Kline on The Life and Times of Mountain Mary - May 5

An interactive exploration of Dave’s work to explore and portray the live and times of a woman who was way ahead of her time here in Berks County.

Dave Kline is a business person, musician, composer, entertainer, writer, photographer, traveler and bard who has traveled the world bringing back folkloric tales of traditions, customs and culture. Dave writes, produces and hosts the award-winning, weekly Mountain Folk radio and web show that is herd on terrestrial radio stations in the USA, as well as internationally via satellite and Inet networks, including Apple iTunes and PlanetBluegrass Network. Dave writes the weekly Mountain Folklore column for Berks County Magazine in the Reading Eagle newspaper, has written and taken photographs for other publications such as Pennsylvania magazine and is an experienced mountain guide with more than 50 trips to the alps and beyond to his credit.

Garrett Robinson

Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 1:00 pm

Garrett Robinson on Bringing Literature to Life - June 9

Writing is an invaluable tool for self-development. It is an exercise in organizing our experiences, both real and imaginary, through language. However, writing is also a means of communication and communication necessitates an audience. Garrett Buhl Robinson will describe his adventures in his attempts to reach the public. His presentation will include excerpts from his performance works adapted directly from his books. Through this, he may reveal ways to engage, entertain, enrich and inspire the public through the literary arts.

Garrett Buhl Robinson ( left his home town in Alabama by jumping on a coal train in 1992. For over 25 years, he has been wandering around the country, supporting himself with various jobs while studying intensely and writing prolifically. In 2012, he began marketing his books and performing his works directly to the public in Manhattan. In 2015, he made his Off-Broadway debut performing his solo musical, Letters to Zoey, which he adapted from his second novel, Zoë. In 2017, he published his 5th book of poetry – Fortune. His website is: