Middle Valley Wordsmiths

are looking for serious members to join their writer’s group

Founded in September of 2020, the Wordsmiths are a collection of published and soon-to-be published authors that meet on the third Thursday of every month in a variety of locations in Morris and Hunterdon County. Their 90-minute work sessions include critiques of each other's submissions, discussions on the craft of writing, book and e-book marketing trends, and other related subjects.

Although the group is currently mystery and thriller fiction driven, all types of writers are welcome, especially if their goal is to create publishable work and support others in that goal in a positive manner. There is no charge to join. The only requirement is for individuals to have an open mind and an interest in sharing their work.

Next meeting at the
Middle Valley Community Center

357 West Mill Rd, Long Valley, NJ
October 13, 2022

Please contact the group at MVWordsmiths@gmail.com if you have an interest in attending

Current active members in the Middle Valley Wordsmiths include:

D.J. Murphy

Murphy has won awards for his screenplays and has published a number of books of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. The Califon resident organized the first book festival held at the Middle Valley Cultural Center and is the Wordsmiths founder.

Charles Levin

Levin is the Amazon best selling author of the NOT SO DEAD Trilogy. His 26-year background in tech, degree in philosophy and love of fast paced thrillers are the brew that created them.

Neil Szigethy

Szigethy writes fiction under the pen name Neil MacNeill. Exit Row, a psychological thriller set in England and Philadelphia in 1991, is his first novel. The Long Valley resident is also a Middle Valley Community Center trustee.

Loren Spiotta-DiMare

Award winning writer, Spiotta-DiMare of Tewksbury has been writing about animals for over 40 years. She has 22 books published to date. She is also the chair of the Just4Kids writers group in Long Valley and teaches introduction to book publishing classes at various local venues.

Renny Hodgskin

Hodgskin is a semi-retired insurance claim professional working on his first novel. He has specialized experience in Catholic Evangelization and his current work deals with the touchy subject of the ramifications of misconduct litigation in a fictional case against the Catholic Church.

David B. Watts

Watts has turned a more than 50-year career in law enforcement and private investigation into a writing career. Since his retirement in 2015, he has written a memoir and three novels on the subject.

Mark Kitchin

Although not yet a published novelist, Kitchin is an award winning newspaper reporter with more than 4,000 articles to his credit during a 30-year career at the Morristown Daily Record and Observer Tribune. His goal is to publish his first work of fiction in 2022.