Magic Hour Writers

Our Mission: To encourage and promote excellence in writing for children through
friendship, education, and peer support to writing colleagues.

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Welcome and Group Guidelines

Magic Hour Writers
All Levels of Children's Writers Welcome!


Meeting Times: We normally meet on the second Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Rosati's Pizza in Schererville, IN. Follow us on Facebook or send us an email to be added to our mailing list.

Our Mission: To encourage and promote excellence in writing for children through friendship, education and peer support to writing colleagues.

About Us:  Magic Hour Writers formed in early 2010 after several of Sharon Palmeri's students decided they wanted to continue to meet on a regular basis to share their current works and projects as well as report on any progress, successes, and frustrations. Many also wanted to share and discuss any information they found to be of interest to fellow group members. Magic Hour Writers is affiliated with Write-On Hoosiers, an established writer's group that has been meeting in Northwest Indiana for over twenty years. We are also affiliated with Indiana Writers Consortium. IWC hosts various educational events throughout the year and has opportunities for authors of all genres.

What you can expect:   We are a diverse group of individuals with very unique education, life experiences, and interests. Our main common goal is to write quality materials for children. This includes but is not limited to: board books, picture books, early readers, poems, articles, and young adult novels. Guest speakers provide additional information and support as we build our craft. We discuss and explore topics that are relevant to the group.

Many of our members have their own personal blogsites. Check out the links we have included on this site and also member bios.

Dues are $10 a year and are non-refundable. Member’s dues will be collected at the beginning of each calendar year. Any remaining balance will be carried over into the next calendar year. The acting treasurer will report on the balance of our budget and inform members of any income and expenses upon request.

Every meeting begins with member news, upcoming events, and writing information. Members can then share a chapter from their book, a poem, or a short story - no more than 5-10 minutes in length and appropriate in content. (Everyone brings copies of their work so there is enough copies for each member to follow along. These copies will be returned back upon your request.) Each member has the opportunity to provide constructive criticism and offer suggestions and ideas if the author would like a critique.

Visit as our guest: Guests may participate in two meetings before membership is required.

Contact us: If you are interested in attending one of our meetings as a guest, or would like additional information please feel free to contact us via email at: jackie.hupp@gmail.com.