Welcome to the GSSW Website!

(Formerly GSHW)

The GSSW Welcomes Authors of Horror, Suspense, Mystery, Science Fiction, Dark Fantasy and Other Genres.

The GSSW is a multi-genre writers group catering to the needs of writers from all walks of life. We offer monthly meetings, critique groups, guideline and sample copy libraries, national short story contests, and much more. Members also receive the acclaimed monthly newsletter, The New Jersey Graveline, containing market news, reviews, essays, interviews, writing tips, humor and whatever else we can fit inside. Twelve month memberships to the GSSW are just $35 ($24 for associate out-of-staters). Join today!

Current members: To renew your dues via PayPal, go to the Payment Page.


Announcing the Twentieth Annual GSSW Short Story Contest:
"HAARPing on Conspiracies"
Open April 1 - July 31, 2014

View CONTEST Guidelines | Download Guidelines (PDF)

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Next Meeting: July 26
Speaker: Workshop
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opic: On critique groups with sample critiques conducted during the meeting. Being a member of a critique group is essential for improving writing skills, and helpful for both new and experienced writers.
Location: Old Bridge Public Library

Old Bridge Public Library
One Old Bridge Plaza, Municipal Center
Old Bridge, NJ 08857
(732) 721-5600

(Secondary characters can turn a good story into a great one—enhancing and deepening the plot, main characters and atmosphere. Not to mention capturing readers' hearts all on their own. How do we write great secondary characters? Where do they fit into the big picture? And when do they warrant a spin off of their own? The talk will discuss all the ways secondary characters work—and don't. )

Podcasts

Ellen Datlow
(Full Recording, OCT 2012)

Laura Anne Gilman
(Teaser, JUN 2014)
(Full Recording, Members Only)


Listen now or download for later. (24.5MB)


Listen now or download for later. (4.9MB)

GSSW 2014 CALENDAR

JAN 4

Michael Penncavage, Author Workshop

FEB

Teel James Glenn, Author:
Them's Fighting Words: Action and Conflict in stories

MAR 1

Neil Clarke, Editor: eBook Revolution

APR 5

Ian Randal Strock, Editor & Publisher

MAY 3

Marketing and Promoting your Book

JUNE 7

Laura Anne Gilman, Author

JULY 26

Workshop (tentative)

AUG

GSSW Summer Event

SEPT

David Mack

OCT

Editors Panel

NOV

TBA

DEC

Holiday Event (Members Only)

Past Guest Speakers: Ellen Datlow, John Ordover, Tom & Elizabeth Monteleone, Gordon Linzner, Diane Weinstein, Don D'Auria, Richard Chizmar, F. Paul Wilson, Brian Keene, Jack Ketchum, John Passarella, Lee Thomas, Jeffrey Ford, Richards Sanfilippo, Sean Wallace, Lee Thomas, Gerard Houarner, Darrell Schweitzer, Mary Sangiovanni, John Joseph Adams, Jonathan Maberry, Lori Perkins & Jenny Rappaport, Chester County Paranormal Society, the NJ Ghost Hunters Society, a NJ State Board Certified Medical Examiner, Sarah Langan, Nicholas Kaufmann, Delia Sherman, Lawrence C. Connolly, Hildy Silverman, Robert Dunbar, Elizabeth Bear, Gregory Frost, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Cherry Weiner, Will Horner

Meetings are held at Old Bridge Public Library
One Old Bridge Plaza
Old Bridge, NJ 08857
(732) 721-5600 X 5010 Directions

Business Meeting begins at 11:00 am. Guest Speaker presentation begins at Noon.
Guests are always welcome. Come join us!

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For more information on the GSSW or upcoming meetings, please contact us via e-mail.

GSSW OFFICERS

President: Pat Lundrigan - president@gshw.net   
 Vice President - Neal Levin - vicepresident@gshw.net
Treasurer - Neil Morris - treasurer@gshw.net   |   Secretary - Vacant

The GSSW remembers, with gratitude, Pat Graversen 1935-2000 Novelist and GSHW Founder

Site Launched:  September 4, 1996