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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  • kenny w.

    There were five writers of SciFi, fantasy and similar genres included in our break-out group. We were pleased to have Tony, an organizer from Thursday, visit. We also welcomed the reading by Emily, a new member. The material as well as the comments were serious and thoughtful.

    July 17, 2013

  • Paul M.

    Not a great session for me. Had the last chapter of a novel that was unknown or nearly unknown to the readers. Heard stock comments about conjunctions and use of passive language that I almost never agree with, and did not in this case. Next time will be better!

    July 16, 2013

  • Maria N.

    Last night's session was extremely helpful to me. I am adding a number of questions and a few comments to the Pine interview. I also took out a few of her comments that I thought repeated matter already covered. I think the group's input has made it a much better piece.
    How 'bout that Cob Salad? It's HUGE.

    July 16, 2013

  • John D.

    17 People attended the Monday, July 15, 2013 Squash Blossom Meetup. The 5 members of John's break-out group read and commented on the final chapter of a mystery (murder)/psychological novel; 2 exploratory 2+ page opening chapters for two different novel ideas (each had great hooks to interest readers); a continuation of a music interview with violinist Rachel Barton Pine; and 2 poems. The group welcomed first time attender Bill Labrie. Readers received excellent commentary about the merits as well as areas for improvement from group members. Both the readings and the commentary were lively. Looking forward to reading your work at the next week Meetup at Squash Blossom.

    July 16, 2013

  • Kenneth W.

    good group this evening

    July 15, 2013

  • Tony P.

    Late, obviously.

    July 15, 2013

  • Paul M.

    1500 words, including the last words for Genre

    July 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    In today's NY Times, an article on character development: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/13/tell-their-secrets/

    July 14, 2013

  • Maria N.

    I'll be there with the rest of the interview with Rachel Barton Pine.

    1 · July 10, 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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