Our new schedule has us meeting four times a month, twice each in North Austin and South Austin. Wednesdays will be at Write by Night. 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 (2,500 words max). 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.
**Special Note** for this meeting we will be at our South meetup location, WriteByNight. The WriteByNight folks have generously offered to let us use their office space for our meetings. They will have coffee & maybe a few snacks on hand but if you want something special be sure to bring it as this won't be our usual coffee shop environment. Hopefully the trade off to gain privacy & quiet will be worth it. The also have open writing hours here from 4PM-8PM so feel free to stop by early if you need a quiet place to work. For more info check out their website www.writebynight.net & meetup group http://www.meetup.com/WriteByNight-Write-better-Right-now/