Who are we?

Gaithersburg Creative Writers is an 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.

The venue of our meetings is usually a restaurant near or in Gaithersburg and the Public Library. For the last year plus we have met at La Villa restaurant in Gaithersburg. We have been satisfied with the accommodations, the level of noise and the food.

To date, our semi-weekly meetups have been held at 6:30 PM and last for one and a half to two hours. Several members read their creations during the meetings. We explore literature and writing, gently critique each other’s work and have a very good time. We welcome all  skill levels.+

Between meetings we keep in contact through this website and our Yahoo group list Gaithersburg Creative Writers (GaithersburgWriters@groups.io). Some members post their work in this site or where other members can see it and critique it by email. Materials that will be submitted for publication in our web site are public. They may  also be displayed for 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 and Mario Salazar are our co-organizers.

Since our first meeting on July 5, 2016, we have had two meetings almost every month (first and third Tuesdays). These meetings are usually well attended and we were all very satisfied with the content. We are planning to continue meeting 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 D. Weiss writes memoirs, creative non-fiction, and poetry, and translates from Spanish to English. His publications include a set of vignettes about Haiti, a book of translated poetry, magazine articles, and four books on importing and exporting.  He is an active supporter of the annual book fair in Gaithersburg, Maryland and heads a Creative Writers Group in that city. He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees, has lived in six countries and traveled to about 80, and speaks three languages.

Ken July 2016