photo-17photo-15 Winter Gathering – Jan. 12, 2014

From the Keyboard to the Café: Women Who Write Brunch at Café Beethoven
by Michelle Hollander

Although not as “wired” as, say, my teenage daughter or the “millennials” who are supposedly taking over the workplace (I haven’t seen it yet myself, but I’m waiting, with a little trepidation), I proudly admit that I was one of the Women Who Write members who lobbied for an online group. And when the wonderful Melissa Azarian actually set the wheels in motion, I didn’t hesitate to sign up. After all, getting to a library, coffee shop or someone’s home (including my own) on a regular basis had become more than I could commit to, and interacting via email freed me from scheduling constraints.

Much as I’d hoped, the new group quickly gained momentum, as the members started to exchange submissions and critiques. We got to know each other a little through our emails, but for the most part, we focused on what we’d written. Then something wonderful happened: several of us attended the September conference and had the opportunity to put faces and voices with names and stories. Still, busy with the conference and split among the different tracks, our time together was fairly limited.

And then something even more wonderful happened: one member decided to attend the WWW brunch on January 12, emailed the rest of the group, and soon, most of us sent in checks. The result of spending a couple of hours together “offline” at Café Beethoven? A veritable symphony of lively discussion about ourselves, our families, jobs, writing ambitions, blogging, tweeting, and many other topics, further enhanced by the company of other women writers and lots of delicious food.

I remain enthusiastic about the flexibility of the group’s format, but I can also see how, after just two short hours of talking across a real table, the discussion has moved in different and exciting directions. Will we continue to share our writing via email? Sure, but will we also try to meet in person occasionally? Absolutely.


Open Poetry Reading

March, 2014 at 7 pm (Date to be announced)
Cafe Beethoven
262 Main Street, Chatham

Listeners always welcome.
$10.00 fee includes tasty coffees, delicious pastries and WONDERFUL POETRY.

Reservations Strongly Suggested!

For reservations send email to:

Poets are encouraged to bring their books to sell and any flyers about their upcoming events.  Marcia will be introducing her new chapbook!

Cafe Beethoven offers our guests a three course dinner from 5:15 to 6:15 for only $25 which includes the cost for Poetry and Pastries.