Monday Central Phoenix Writers' Workshop

This is an informal gathering every week that is designed to promote feedback on work, and to highlight the strengths of one's work as well as offer ideas to improve weaknesses. Attendees are encouraged to bring pieces to read that they are comfortable sharing. Poems, Essays, and stories are all fair game. Generally, anything over 4-6 pages will be read over several sessions. We recommend bringing extra copies if you can.

The general flow is some gab time at first. Then people will read the works out loud (or ask someone else to) one at a time and usually ask for feedback. Some people want help with their work, others might just want grammar lessons. If someone has lots of feedback, it is usually best to mark up a copy and hand it back.

The meeting generally lasts two to three hours. If someone has to leave early, let everyone know so your work can be read first.  Likewise, if you will be late but intend to read, let the moderators know in advance.

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  • Maria N.

    Had a great time last night and learned how to reword the interviewee's answers without changing the meaning.

    July 9, 2013

  • kenny w.

    Three groups. Good material, good turnout. Those with long pieces or pieces that take a long time to read have to sacrifice reading time for comment otherwise they will not get as much feedback.

    July 9, 2013

  • John D.

    17 writers participated in 3 groups led by Ken Wilson, Ken Weene, and Jacob Shaver. Jacob's group of 5 writers critiqued 4 pieces by Skye Lucking, Maria Nockin, Paul Mosier, and John Daleiden. Readings included an imaginative Sci. Fi. chapter 1 from a new novel (the piece also stands alone as a short story); an informative interview with violinist Rachel Barton Pine; a Novel chapter following Shawne, a character who achieves independence from her writer / creator; and 2 poems. Sound critique was offered from all members. The restaurant offers economical food in an excellent environment conducive to intimate conversation permitting excellent communication. A profitable evening for all participants.

    July 9, 2013

  • Skye L.

    I really enjoyed all of the writing I heard at the meeting. Also, the Squash Blossom cafe is just adorable. I'm so excited to this my regularly scheduled program!

    July 9, 2013

  • Kenneth W.

    Good discussion, but two of our group had to leave early.

    July 8, 2013

  • Paul M.

    A great group tonight!

    July 8, 2013

  • Nora K.

    is this for fictional or non fiction?

    July 8, 2013

  • Kathleen M.

    Sorry, can't make because of last-minute car problems.

    July 8, 2013

  • bec

    Looking forward to meeting other writers and talking about the craft.

    July 8, 2013

  • Skye L.

    Happy to jump back in. See you at the Squash Blossom!

    July 7, 2013

  • Maria N.

    I'll be b-aaa-ck.

    June 30, 2013

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We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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