Welcoming writers of all levels in the Delaware & Lehigh Valleys since 2016.

TWIWG is a writers group that embraces and encourages writers of all ages, cultures and skill levels to become the best we can be.


We achieve this goal through:

  • monthly meetings, both in-person and virtual, as the situation dictates

  • the sharing of our own work for the purpose of gentle critique

  • sharing the work of others to illustrate and learn from particular techniques and content

  • Member workshops, classes and in-meeting prompts and exercises

  • occasional field trips and speakers on writing-related topics, including visits from some of the many authors, poets and other professional writers living and working in our beautiful rural region

  • our affiliation with the PennWriters organization

  • a planned regular member newsletter


about us

The Twin Rivers Writers Group was founded in January, 2015 by Mary Shafer. A local writer and author, she was tired of driving an hour to get to the nearest writing group, and also believed there were enough serious writers living locally to support their own group. She was right.

Though the group hasn’t grown past 20 members, the active core of roughly a dozen diverse writers is dedicated to making their own and each other’s work the best it can be. We’re also committed to advancing the interests of all local writers in quality and visibility through various efforts.

Though the group does encourage growth through the addition of new members with similar attitudes and goals toward the work, we do very much enjoy the warmth and collegiality of our smaller group as it currently stands.


Member quotes

Little did I realize when I started this tiny, rural group five years ago, what a literary powerhouse it would become! Though we remain a fairly small collective of diverse writers, we’re serious about our work, and it shows. We’ve been accepted as an Area Six affiliate group of the respected PennWriters organization, and this year, three of only ten honors from their very competitive Annual Writing Contest were awarded to our members! Who’d have guessed? But I don’t believe this is just happenstance. Our members don’t take themselves too seriously, but our work is a different story. I wonder when other area writers will discover the benefits of joining such a dedicated group?

Mary Shafer, TWIWG Founder and author of

Devastation on the Delaware: Stories and Images of the Deadly Flood of 1955

Members Win PennWriters Honors

News & Events

TWIWG members Michele Malinchak, Lynda Gene Rymond and Paul Teese were winners from the Area Six region in the PennWriters 2020 Annual Writing Contest.

Michele placed first in the Novel-Beginnings category for her piece, The Healer of Geistville. Lynda Gene won First Place in the Short Story category with her piece Turn, Turn. And Paul tied for Third Place in the Short Story category for his The Keeper of Secrets.

PennWriters is a large and venerable organization of writers throughout the state, including many professional and well-published scribes, so these honors are hard-won. We’re very proud to have three out of just ten awards go to our members!



Twin Rivers Writers Group is an affiliate of Pennwriters Area 6.

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