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Long Island Authors and Writers Society Holds Meet and Greet Kickoff

Event is open to writers and authors of all genres.

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Melville, NY February 11, 2013 – Calling all aspiring writers and authors! Meet and mingle with members of LIAWS (Long Island Authors and Writers Society Members include award-winning authors, bestselling authors, industry professionals and those new to writing.  Anyone interested in writing or authors interested in furthering their craft are welcome to stop by and say hello.

The newly formed Long Island Authors and Writers Society is holding the open invitation networking event for current members and those wishing to join LIAWS. It will be held on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 from 7 PM – 9 PM at the Melville Marriot, 1350 Walt Whitman Road, Melville, NY.

 “This is one of the many social events we are planning for LIAWS,” says LIAWS president Tom Gahan. “The writing process can be frustrating. It’s often difficult for writers to meet those in the business face to face. Formal meetings can also make open conversation difficult. We’re here to support all levels of the written word in fiction and non-fiction.”

The March 20 event is free and open to all.  Attendance is not necessary to become a member. Membership applications can be downloaded from the LIAWS website

“It’s an open-house type of event. People can come and go as they please. We chose a centralized location on Long Island at the beautiful Melville Marriott for our kickoff event,” says LIAWS vice-president Yvonne Capitelli. We will rotate future events around Long Island to make it fair and easy for everyone. I am looking forward to meeting and working with new members.”

About LIAWS:
The Long Island Authors and Writers Society is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to support and promote the craft of writing through supporting one another, mentoring its members, educational programs, in-school programs, book events and events related to writing, and community outreach to residents of Long Island interested in writing. LIAWS nurtures writers and authors at all levels of development in a mutually beneficial environment. LIAWS: provides a trusting atmosphere where authors and writers can come together to meet their individual needs and share information for the good of the whole, supplies strong motivational programs of interest to all writers, offers the opportunity for members to network on different levels according to their needs, provides an environment that promotes authors, and encourages writers to strive to publish their work. All members pledge to support one another and to be involved in supporting the activities of the organization.  For more about LIAWS visit

Tom Gahan is the author of Harmony Bay, a well-received novel that became required reading at several high-schools. He has worked as a journalist and as a freelance writer has shaped the image of various corporate clients and is a publishing industry expert. Yvonne Capitelli has won a total of seven awards for her character building children’s book, Daria Rose and the Day She Chose, which has made the best-seller list at, and as co-author of I Get It! I Get It! How John Figures It Out.