#b#K. Edwin Fritz#/b#

Fritz, a published author of novels, short stories, and poetry (with a day job as a language arts teacher), leads the Write Space writing group at the Princeton Public Library. Fritz’s biographical statement, as posted on his website, www.fritzfiction.com:

Keith Edwin Fritz entered this world on Halloween. The year, 1974, was the same as when Stephen Edwin King published his first novel. Keith prefers to think neither the date nor their middle names were a coincidence.

As a child, Keith recalls reading scores of Hardy Boys books and every Ranger Rick & Boys’ Life Magazine cover to cover, but it was not until his high school years that he truly discovered the infinite wonders of the written word. By the time he began attending East Stroudsburg University to earn the first of his two degrees in education, he was writing his own poems and stories and consuming novels at a voracious rate.

As Keith’s passion for writing became more serious, he decided upon the pen name of K. Edwin. Initially this was an attempt to sound more literary. Today, however, he feels a certain connection to his above-mentioned idol, but more importantly to his grandfather, Edwin Fritz, whom he never met and credits for his creative genes.

Today Keith teaches seventh grade language arts, runs a writing group at the Princeton Public Library, and writes to his heart’s content during his “spare time.” The best of these moments are nearly always by moonlight. The worst of them are also by moonlight. Keith lives with his wife, Corina, in Hillsborough.

His advice to new writers considering joining a writing group:

“It’s important for people to try several different groups simply because there are so many kinds. Mine is a prompt group, for instance. Our focus is to produce something there in the group based on random prompts in the hopes of sharpening one’s creativity.

Others offer critique based on the group’s guidelines. Others discuss the craft or the business end of things. Still others simply provide a time and place to put one’s butt in a chair and actually write (often called “write-ins”).

I have seen and participated in them all. Many are a combination of these ideas. The point is that every writer is at a different stage of his or her development, and it will likely take a bit of time to find the right groups for each person.

Finally, I think there is no better reason to attend writing groups than to simply be surrounded by like-minded people. I often don’t even participate. I simply sit and listen and absorb, and sometimes that’s all I really need.

#b#Lauren B. Davis#/b#

Novelist Davis leads workshops at Acacia Restaurant on Main Street in Lawrenceville, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dates for the remainder of 2015: September 26, October 24, and December 5. As Davis describes the group:

Whether you’re an absolute beginner, or a published professional, you will find supportive, encouraging writers with whom you can share your successes as well as your frustrations (and yes, the writer’s life always has a few of those!). We sharpen our skills and practice together. We critique our work and experiment with new styles. We learn the basics, discover our voices, and refine our techniques.

In the morning we have a writing class on varying subjects. Lunch is an opportunity to network and build writing support. The afternoon is devoted to critiquing. You are encouraged but not required to submit your work for critiquing, which is distributed to participants one week in advance of the workshop. (Critiquing is gentle — all about making the work better — it’s never about tearing anyone down.)

Cost is $85 per session (including lunch). Register online at www.LaurenBDavis.com

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