MEDFORD—They write about zombies, memories, Webkinz, falling leaves, a bad day for Santa and a host of other subjects in the anthology “Tall Tales and Short Stories from South Jersey.”

As members of the South Jersey Writers’ Group, they are dedicated to writing well and learning how to do it even better.

Four of the “Tall Tales” authors will speak at a meeting of the Medford branch of the">American Association of University Women at Medford Leas on Route 70 on March 1. Tickets for the 11:30 a.m. champagne brunch are $30, with proceeds going to a scholarship fund for non-traditional females returning to college.

To register for or learn more about the event, visit the AAUW’s website,

Most of the 21 stories in “Tall Tales” are written by members of the South Jersey Writers’ Group, a very active and growing group of writers who meet write, to talk about their craft, and to listen to speakers about how to improve their writing.

The group has grown from 10-12 members in 2006 to its current membership of 100, each of whom pay $25 a year in dues. To learn more, visit the group’s website at

The authors presenting at the March 1 event are:

  • Marie Gilbert, a multi-dimensional super-heroine with more adventures than a comic book museum, stuck in a grandmother’s body. Retired from the Academy of Natural Sciences, she writes about zombies, pop culture and family. She is the co-editor of the “Tall Tales” anthology.
  • Dawn Byrne, who writes inspirational and fictional stories about families. She teaches Sunday school and loves classical literature.
  • Joanne Costantino, a “Philly girl” living in what she describes as the wild suburb of Washington Township. Her family of daughters, nieces and their youngsters supplies her with a lot of material for her stories.
  • Jennifer Eaton, a fiction and romance author who explores paranormal and science fiction adventures. Her work ranges from contemporary romances to urban fantasies.

The South Jersey Writers’ Group published “Tall Tales” in November 2012, using, an Amazon company. So far, the group has sold more than 500 copies on and at book signings. Volume 2 will be published this summer.

Gilbert and her “Tall Tales” co-editor, Amy Hollinger, are also working on a new anthology, “Reading Glasses,” described as stories of an “alternate reality.”

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