The second and last Sunday afternoon of each month, I meet-up with a group of aspiring
writers at a San Antonio coffee shop. Some of us are self-published writers of novels and poetry. All aspire to be published by the conventional agent-publisher route. Our format is to write a short, short story (600-1200 words), poem, or 3-minute one act play based on a prompt agreed to by the attendees. And most of us do. Several authors choose to write on any topic and some bring an excerpt from a chapter of a book they’re writing. Criticism and analysis of the presentations is offered in a professional manner. Occasionally an outside speaker gives the group a short lecture pertinent to our literary aspirations. A patent and copyright lawyer, for example, gave us a 30-minute talk on the history and current application of patent law to our writings.
Coffee and a Story is a collection of my short stories from my first two years as a
member of the San Antonio Writers Meet-up group. Many of my stories can be expanded to novels and some are actual excerpts from my published fiction.