Who are we?

Gaithersburg Creative Writers is a new and exciting group. In the first month, it attracted nearly 40 members. We are both accomplished and aspiring authors who want to help themselves and each other to be successful.

To date, our semi-weekly meetups have been held at happy hour time in places that provide the essentials for a happy hour (~5:30 to 7:00 PM), although the noise level can be a bit higher than the ideal. We explore literature and writing, gently critique each other’s work and have a very good time.

Between meetings we keep in contact through this website and our Yahoo group list Gaithersburg Creative Writers (GaithersburgWriters@Yahoogroups.com). Some members post their work where other members can see it and critique it by email. Materials that will be submitted for publication are marked to be seen by members only and are on the ‘net for just a few days.

We welcome people who are also members of other writers groups and we maintain contact with city officials, especially those who organize the Annual Gaithersburg Book Fair.

We are your neighbors in Gaithersburg and near areas that are interested in creative writing. Please join our group if you are interested in creative writing.  Please join to receive updates.

Ken Weiss is our organizer.Ken

Our first two meetings on July 5 and 19, 2016 were well attended and we were all very satisfied with the content. We are planning meetings on the first and third Tuesdays of every month.

Here are the short bios and images of our members in alphabetical order.

Carol Bouville, American-French, World Traveler, Globalist, Visual Artist, Writer. Carol Bouville

Carol’s self Portrait

Larry Hodges is a professional writer with 13 books and over 1800 published articles in over 150 different publications. (Here’s his Amazon page.) He’s also a member of Science Fiction Writers of America, with four novels and 90 short story sales, including sales to Analog, Escape Pod, Compelling Science Fiction, and thirteen to Galaxy’s Edge. (Here’s his Science Fiction & Fantasy bibliography.) He’s best known for his 2016 novel “Campaign 2100: Game of Scorpions,” a drama-satire which covers the election for President of Earth in the year 2100, where the world has adopted the American two-party electoral system, which features a third-party moderate challenge and an incredulous alien ambassador. (He’s also known for his famous “Fifty Writing Quotes” article.) He’s a graduate of the six-week 2006 Odyssey Science Fiction Writers Workshop, the 2007 one-week Orson Scott Card Literary Boot Camp, and the two-week 2008 Taos Toolbox Writers Workshop. 

He’s also a professional table tennis coach at the Maryland Table Tennis Center and a member of the USA Table Tennis Hall of Fame, and does a daily blog at TableTennisCoaching.com, with over 1800 blog entries and almost 400 Tips of the Week. In July this year USA Table Tennis is awarding him their Lifetime Achievement Award for his coaching, writing, and editing of USA Table Tennis Magazine for 12 years. He’s coached the U.S. Junior National Team at tournaments all over the world. As a player he’s won numerous national and state titles, including two-time National Hardbat Singles and 14-time Doubles Champion, National Collegiate Doubles and Team Champion, and in 2017 he won his fifth Over 40 National Hardbat Singles title. While much of his non-fiction writing is on the Olympic Sport of Table Tennis, he also has numerous published articles on science, writing, and a side interest of his, Orioles baseball. He has a bachelor’s in math and a master’s in journalism from University of Maryland. Larry claims to be the best science fiction writer in USATT, and the best table tennis player in SFWA! Visit him at larryhodges.com.

Mario Salazar, Colombian born, Vietnam Combat Veteran, Civil/Environmental Engineer, Glass artisan, Metalsmith, Computer enthusiast, Writer.

Mario present
Mario 3/24/18
Kenneth Weiss survived many years consulting in international economic development, which included publishing trade books, magazines articles and a newsletter. Now, he is immersed in a new career, writing creative non-fiction and poetry. He is completely fluent in Spanish, having studied it in the University Minnesota, traveled to nearly all Spanish-speaking countries, lived in three of them and found a wife in one of them. He was recently named “Distinguished Friend of (the city of) Gaithersburg,” Maryland and Grand Marshall in its Saint Patrick’s Day parade.
Ken July 2016