The Penland Cabin

The Penland Cabin
Summer, 2005

Monday, December 3, 2012

No First Friday in December; FF in Jan. will be the Second Friday

Hey all, happy holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  It has become clear that there is no way I can be at FF on December's First Friday, and it gets worse the second Friday of December, so December is out for FF.  January you can consider it firm that we'll meet the second Friday.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

First Friday is a go for Nov. 2

Woolson House on the lovely campus of Rollins College, our usual place.  6:30.  If you want us to read along with you, bring around 12-15 copies.  Looking forward to it. -- Philip

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

First Friday set for Oct. 5, 6:30 PM, Woolson House, Rollins College

Here's hoping you kept a place on your calendar for our First Friday gathering.  Oct. 5, same time, same place.  Bring 15 or so copies of your work so we can follow along as you share it, or don't bring copies and we'll just listen.  :-)

See you soon.


Saturday, August 18, 2012

He's Back and Hasn't Changed a Bit!!

Greetings First Friday.  Our planned Sept. 7 meeting will be postponed to Sept. 14!  Make a note and tell your friends.  See you then.  Bring copies if you can, usually about 12 to 15, and if that's not enough we can share around the room.  The practice is to spend 10 minutes with each person who wants to participate.  You can read the whole ten minutes, or read five minutes and let us discuss for five.  It will be so good to see you all again.  --  Philip

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Greetings, hard-working writers. We're on for this coming Friday, 6:30 p.m. in Woolson House on the Rollins College campus. Bring at least 10 copies of your piece of prose or poetry to share. Each writer will have 10 minutes. This is a supportive group offering constructive feedback to help one another bring our writing forward. We encourage all levels of writers to join us--even the most proficient can enjoy helping others to improve.
Wonderful news: Dr. Philip Deaver will be back in his armchair on September 7th, offering his warmth and wisdom as always. It's great that we'll have him back soon.
I hope to see many of you on Friday.
Best, Kathryn

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Hello, friends. We're ON for June 1st, 6:30 p.m. in Woolson House on the Rollins College campus. First Friday is a writing critique group for prose and poetry. Our approach is gentle and supportive, and our goal is to help one another refine our writing. Please bring a late-stage draft of your work to share, with copies (about 10-15) so we can follow along. This group is open to the public and we welcome new members. Please join us and bring a friend.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Sorry for the late notice: We are ON for tonight, May 4, 6:30 PM at Woolson House on the Rollins campus. Bring about 10 copies of a late-stage draft of your prose or poetry to share for constructive feedback. This is open to the public and we always welcome newcomers. So, come on!

Monday, March 19, 2012

I forgot to mention that April 6th is also the beginning of Passover, another reason for rescheduling. And I wouldn't be surprised if there are other holidays in other religions at this time. May your holidays bring you what you're seeking from them. See you on the 13th!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Hello First Friday people, old and new. Because April 6 is Good Friday, an important holiday for many people, we're postponing First Friday until April 13, 6:30 p.m. in Woolson House on the Rollins campus. Please bring about 15 copies of a late-stage draft of poetry or prose to share. Each writer will have 10 minutes to read and receive feedback. It's exciting to think that Philip Deaver will be back in his chair in just a few months, and in the meantime I'll continue to do my best to substitute. Best wishes to all of you. I hope to see you on the 13th. Kathryn

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Sat., March 10, 3:30-6:30, Info Session for Peeps Interested in the MFA

Questions about Low Residency MFAs? One of the top ten such programs is having a conflab this Saturday, March 10 3:30-6:30 at Urban ReThink.

Join Florida Spalding MFA alumns and ask questions. Spalding Associate Director and poet Kathleen Driskell will be there to read. Special guest Philip F. Deaver will give a mini-lecture and reading. Consider it Happy Hour, literally! There will be five minute alumni readings and a chance to catch up with old friends and make new ones. The cost is $10 per person to cover the food. For more information or to RSVP, please email Marjetta at or Philip at Please RSVP NO later than this Friday!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Hello, friends. First Friday is ON for March 2nd, 6:30 p.m., as usual, in Woolson House on the Rollins College campus. You'll have 10 minutes each to read and receive feedback on your original work of poetry or prose. Please bring copies to share--15 to 20. We can be most helpful if the drafts are late stage, already honed by you. Everyone is welcome. Hope to see you there.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

First Friday January 6, YES!!

I hope to see you all on Friday, January 6, 2012, 6:30 PM, at Woolson House on the Rollins College Campus. First Friday is a constructive feedback group for writers. Writers can have any level of experience from beginner to proficient and much-published, and newcomers are always welcome. You can come to share your work for feedback or simply to listen and offer feedback to others. First Friday is a supportive atmosphere for all writers who wish to share their work.  Each writer will have 10 minutes to read their piece and receive comments. Please bring copies (about 20) to share so we can all follow along. I look forward to seeing you there. Best wishes, Kathryn