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Writer's Circle: The Spirit of Cattail County with Victoria Piontek

A supportive group of writers who gather together every month at The Hivery to share resources, wisdom, experiences, and receive writer-to-writer support! 

Keep your writing projects in focus by attending The Hivery's monthly Writer's Circle. After each gathering, we continue to cheer each other on while writing at The Hivery, attending other Hivery community events, workshops and participating in our online forums. Come join us!

In September, we are excited to welcome local author and literary associate, Victoria Piontek. Victoria just published a children's book with Scholastic Press titled, The Spirit of Cattail County.

Join us to hear Victoria read from her new book and learn more about her process of writing a children's story! Victoria is also a Literary Associate to an Executive Literary Agent and is happy to answer questions about all things literary! 

The Writer's Circle is led by Hivery Member, Thais Derich. Thais Derich's memoir—Second Chance: A Mother’s Quest for a Natural Birth after a Cesarean (She Writes Press, May 9, 2017)—was a finalist for the Foreword Reviews' 2017 Book of the Year Award. Second Chance was also a finalist for the Creative Non-Fiction Magazine’s Baby Anthology. Thais is an international writer and public speaker on "Being the Hero of Your Life" and "Seeing Invisible Choices" in childbirth and beyond! She is also the founder of the "Write Your Impact" book program.

As seats are limited, advance online registration is required. Free for members. $30 for non-members. BYO brown-bag lunch discussion.  All are welcome!

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The Writer’s Circle is one of The Hivery's monthly member events. Mark your calendar for the second Thursday of each month from 12:30-1:45pm to join this program.

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About Victoria Piontek


Victoria Piontek first fell in love with books when she discovered a battered set of C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia in the family barn. By the time she finished the series, Victoria believed real magic was found behind the cover of a book. Though, she did thoroughly check all wardrobes first. Victoria published two short stories Where Dragon’s Soar (Wyvern Publications) and Wanting Mary (Vine Leaves Literary Magazine), before writing her debut novel, The Spirit of Cattail County (Scholastic Press), a ghostly story of magic and friendship set in the Everglades. She is now working on a new middle grade novel about family secrets and, of course, magic.

Victoria is also a Literary Associate for Executive Agent Laura Rennert of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency, an agency specializing in children's literature and consistently ranked #1 in juvenile sales by Publishers Marketplace. Prior to her current roles in publishing, Victoria worked as a Television Producer, a Pharmaceutical Sales Rep and a Senior Consultant for the Dale Carnegie Institute. But her favorite job was teaching English to middle school students in New York City as a Teach for America Corps Member. She also taught Education Methods to Teaching Fellows at Pace University.

Victoria continues to work with middle grade students, both as a school volunteer and as a Girl Scout leader, helping kids to find their voice and passion. When she’s not writing, you can find her reading, hiking the Bay Area, or wrangling her three children and a big fluffy dog.


With gorgeous prose, an eerie historical undercurrent, and a lush, larger-than-life Florida backdrop, Piontek not only delivers a taut exploration of fractured small-town dynamics, but an entrancing, compulsively readable mystery. Sensitive readers with a yen for all things supernatural will hungrily sleuth their way through this atmospheric debut.
— Booklist
A melancholy, but ultimately uplifting, story about overcoming sorrow and finding one’s place in the world.
— School Library Journal
Wrapped in prose as mysterious and lovely as a southern breeze lies a story about loss that haunts, and the ghosts that help us heal. This story is a treasure.
— Natalie Lloyd, New York Times bestselling author of A Snicker of Magic


"It’s a real testimonial to your Writing Group because I felt supported and therefore took bigger risks in my writing.  I am very grateful. Lots of high fives to you." - Lisa Pepper-Satkin, Executive Therapeutic Coach, MA, MFT after getting paid for placement of her essay. 


Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney, author of the best-seller novel THE NEST; Melissa Cistaro, author of NCIBA BEST NONFICTION BOOK OF 2015 winner PIECES OF MY MOTHER; Elizabeth Stark, author of SHY GIRL; Heather Young, author of LOST GIRLS winner of the 2017 Strand Critics Award for Best Debut Novel; Nina Schuyler, author of THE TRANSLATOR winner of the Next Generation Indie Book Award for General Fiction; Katherine Ozment author of GRACE WITHOUT GOD winner of Publisher Weekly's Best Books of 2016; Kaitlin Solimine author of EMPIRE OF GLASS short-listed for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize; Jill Dodd, author of The Currency of Love.