The Liars Club of Philadelphia - a group of professional authors - has been sponsoring free meetings for writers for several years. Currently, they meet on the last Sunday of each month at the Willow Grove Barnes and Noble.
That meeting has been getting larger and larger over the past few years. Lately, it's been drawing as many as 70 people - too many to comfortably fit in the room. So the Liars Club has branched out, offering meetings in Center City Philadelphia; Claymont, Delaware; and Rosemont, Pennsylvania.
I attended the Rosemont meeting this past Sunday. This group - known as the Main Line Writers Coffeehouse - had two meetings in the upstairs room of a coffee bar which they quickly outgrew. So they started meeting in a much larger space in Rosemont.
The first meeting of the Main Line Writers Coffeehouse in this new location drew around 20 people. But this Sunday's meeting had only 7 people!
Mind you, it wasn't a bad meeting. It was rather like sitting with some friends in a bar. There were THREE members of the Liars Club there to run the meeting: Gregory Frost, Merry Jones, and Kelly Simmons. All professional writers.
Again, I'd happily spend two hours in a bar with any or all of these writers. That's not the point.
But, with the Main Line Writers Coffeehouse drawing just 7 people, it's not going to serve its purpose of reducing congestion at the main meeting in the Willow Grove Barnes and Noble.
(And since I've been an officer in several writers groups, I should clarify - I am not a member of the Liars Club of Philadelphia, nor do I have any official job in their meetings.)