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September 16th*North* Weeknight Discussion Meetup

Our new schedule has us meeting four times a month, twice each in North Austin and South Austin. Meetings last 2.5-3 hours.

We'll start the meeting off by reading works  (silently) from those that have brought something to share then we'll take turns discussing them. If you want to bring a piece to share please bring at least 4-5 copies and keep it between 2-4 pages in length (under 2,000 words). From there if time allows we will branch into a discussion of topics related to writing.

About the meeting fee, Meetup charges organizers a fee to run the group. So, the suggested donation is to help me cover the costs of running the group. Anything you can donate helps but we won't kick you out if you can't spare a few bucks. In addition to the meetup fee Genuine Joe charges a fee for the room but they let us pay for it in purchases. So, please try to buy something if you can & tell them you are with the group so they can count it towards the room fee. (If you can't afford both just make a purchase since I'll end up owng GJ money anyway if we don't meet the minimum.)

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I have one more thing to add. Tonight I looked up "beguine" as I loved the sound of the word. It's origin is in French, "flirtation." While this definition compares the dance to the rumba, another definition compared it to the foxtrot. I don't know much about dance, but I am sure either could be considered some kind of flirtation. :-) http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/beguine

    September 17, 2013

  • Meghan

    I had eye surgery this morning so Francine is going to run the meeting for me. Have a great one!

    September 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Glad to hear you are feeling better Meghan!

      September 17, 2013

    • Tami C.

      Hope you're feeling better, Meghan! Missed you last night, but you left the group in capable hands :) Great job, Francine!

      September 17, 2013

  • Carie Kinder J.

    Regarding our conversation last night about how to write time, I found this site (http://www.businesswritingblog.com/business_writing/2009/06/what-is-the-correct-time-am-pm-am-pm-am-pm-.html) and now I am even more confused. What are "small capitals"?

    September 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Well, I see her point, but the "prominent style guides" resisted adapting to the digital world, so I am a bit dubious as to their claim. I think if I were writing for a client, I would find out what guide they use, or which guide's rules would best apply to their field.

      September 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ooops! I wasn't finished, "small capitals" are what I would call, junior-sized capital letters, lol. Here is a "small capital letter generator." (Yes, this actually exists.) http://fsymbols.com/g...­

      September 17, 2013

  • Mary H.

    The whole meeting went well. Francine did an excellent job as guest moderator.

    September 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you to everyone for all your great feedback. I learned a lot from that and from hearing feedback on others' work.

    September 17, 2013

  • Bart S.

    always insightful and positive. Thanks

    September 16, 2013

  • Patrick P.

    Working on an historical fiction currently over 50,000 words. Could really use some critiquing.

    September 16, 2013

  • Meghan

    Maybe folks you will be bumped up to a yes in the order you RSVPd if a space opens up. If you can no longer make it please change your RSVP to a no so someone else can be bumped up instead. Thanks!

    September 16, 2013

  • Kristi S.

    if we are on the wait list and someone cancels do I get notified that I can attend?

    September 12, 2013

    • Meghan

      You can also try showing up even if you're still on the wait list but I can't guarantee a spot if all the yes folks show up.

      September 12, 2013

    • Kristi S.

      thanks Meghan, I wasn't sure how it all worked but I understand now.

      September 13, 2013

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