Friday Meetup & 1 Year Anniversay Celebration (afterward.)

Thank you Kate! Happy 1st Anniversary DACW :)

One year ago, Kate to combined action with inspiration and started this group!  We'll celebrate our first Anniversary with food and drink, after our regular meeting, at --O'Leary's 260 E Lincoln Hwy, DeKalb, IL 60115 .  Selected because it's only 9.2 miles east of Junction.

All members are welcome.



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  • A former member
    A former member

    I had a great time. Wonderful discussions and I learned a lot more about my fellow writers. I definitely think we should do something like this more often.

    I like when someone comments and then another person wants to piggy back on what the commentor (word, no?) has said to add to it or for a further analysis; I think that makes for more organic/fluid discussions and it eliminate repetitive comments.
    But if we can't really disclose everything, for the sake of time, I think hard copies with comments still provide the necessary feedback and help us spend our time reviewing people's works economically.

    November 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I really enjoyed our post meeting get together. Thanks to Kate and Karen for coming up with the idea and making it happen. Erica suggested doing this more often, I am up for it. Once a quarter, or whatever works.
    On the regular meetings, here are my thoughts:
    Because of the time constraint, there needs to be a structured part where each reviewer gives their comments uninterrupted. If time permits, there can be a short followup general discussion on the piece.
    That said, given the creative nature of the work, I, personally, don't have a problem if the meeting runs over when we are having an interesting discussion. But, given that some of you may have a "hard stop" at 4:30p, the structured part is important.

    1 · November 16, 2013

    • Karen R.

      I have 2 suggestions but won't be at next meeting to discuss. I suggest: 1. Watch time carefully, then after 4:30 if people are able and want to stay to discus things further, they can. 2. One "between meetings" Friday a month we could have an optional, Open Forum, informal meeting for writing discussion and social time. It might be easily scheduled the first "between" Friday of the month. Just ideas.

      November 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This will be my first meet up. Looking forward to meeting you all!

    2 · November 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Looking forward to meeting you too

      November 4, 2013

    • Kate

      Great meeting you, Lauren!

      November 17, 2013

  • Gregory S.

    Plan to attend. See ya'll there.

    November 2, 2013

    • Kate

      Great meeting you, Greg!

      November 17, 2013

  • Karen R.

    [Jenny, Welcome to DACW. Under discussion (tab on top of page) you'll find the file "New Members Please Read." It will explain how the group works.
    I hope you can make next meeting. For first meeting, you can post writing if you choose, but either way please read pieces members posted for the meeting. (See "Files" under "More" tab) and be prepared to offer feedback. (It's helpful to go light on feedback until you get a feel for the group and writers.) Feel free to email myself or Kate with any questions. [I'm having problems getting stuff to post I hope this didn't post like 5 times!]

    November 9, 2013

    • Kate

      Thanks, Karen.

      November 17, 2013

  • Kate

    Personally, I had a blast. I agree--maybe we should do this more often. It was so much fun, and so encouraging. Thank you all. You make a fabulous group.
    About the taking turns/spontaneous interjections during workshopping thing...I grew up as most Midwesterners, where the rule of conversation is "wait your turn and don't interrupt." However, having been with a southern Italian for 15 years or so, and have become functional in the "no one ever yields, you must take the floor by force" mode (in case you haven't noticed). It is just another mode--not considered rude (at least not there). :) (it took me years before I stopped thinking everyone was obnoxious). Anyway, I like taking turns, and I like being allowed to do a bit of friendly debating, too. But I certainly don't want anyone to feel silenced. I'm looking for a way that we can have a balance. Also, what is the role of the author--should they take time to explain and/or defend their choices at length?

    November 17, 2013

    • Kate

      meant to write, "I have become functional..."

      November 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Kate: Please fix the website to show that the next meeting is Dec. 6. For the new members: Welcome! Please note the Nov. 29 meeting has been moved to Dec. 6 due to Thanksgiving.

    November 17, 2013

    • Kate

      Done!

      November 17, 2013

  • David C.

    We talked about scripts a bit, so I thought it would be good for me to provide some information that may make it clearer what backyard screenplays play in. These are some references I have used.

    Phrases or sentences in scripts? Examples

    Alien - http://www.dailyscript.com/scripts/alien_shooting.html

    Shot version (ie script of film after it was made, transcript)Full Metal Jacket - http://www.visual-memory.co.uk/amk/doc/0065.html
    Script before - http://sfy.ru/?script=full_metal_jacket

    Jurrasic Park - http://www.dailyscript.com/scripts/jurassicpark_script_final_12_92.html

    Example of context in relation to character actions. What is saying to much, and not enough.
    Luther TV Series - http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/scripts/luther-s1-ep1.pdf

    1 · November 16, 2013

    • Kate

      Thanks!

      November 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Such a great time seeing everyone yesterday! Thanks for the suggestion to meet afterward.

    I personally prefer commenting as thoughts occur because that way feedback is clustered in terms of relevance and conversations build naturally - but whatever works for the majority.

    1 · November 16, 2013

  • Bill

    Had a great meetup and some fun get acquainted time afterward. Y'all are a great bunch! It is encouraging to read all the new voices.

    For next meetup, for the sake of staying on track and avoiding confusion, I recommend we minimize interjecting comments when it's not our turn to comment. I know things pop into our heads mid-stream, but we can jot additional thoughts on a printout and hand them to the writer. We'll come up with a plan.

    1 · November 16, 2013

  • Karen R.

    I really enjoyed taking a break from our "all about feedback" format to spend some casual, personal time with my fellow writers. We have a really friendly, bright and interesting group of people. :)

    1 · November 16, 2013

  • Gregory S.

    Nice seeing everyone. Look forward to our next meeting. Thanks for the feedback.

    1 · November 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Finished sooner than I thought, yay.

    1 · November 15, 2013

  • Karen R.

    Thanks for letting us know. Come when ever you can. If you can't make it at all; we'll see next time hopefully..

    November 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Work got crazy, so I might be late/miss writing group. :o( Will try to head to O'Leary's either way.

    November 15, 2013

  • Kate

    Just to be clear, we will meet first at the Junction for our regular workshop, and then proceed to O'Leary's Irish Pub in downtown DeKalb probably around 4-4:30. Unfortunately the group doesn't have a party fund, so each person will pay their own check as we normally do at the Junction. If you don't feel like eating or drinking, no problem! Just come anyway to celebrate.

    November 13, 2013

  • Gregory S.

    I'll be there. Looking forward to meeting more writers and reading their work.

    November 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you Kate for starting up this group. I know I haven't been a member for a very long--but would anyone object to some picture taking?

    1 · November 4, 2013

  • Gregory S.

    Way to go Kate. I'm new to the group and we have not yet met, but I know trying to keep any volunteer activity going for a year is an achievement. Congrats to you and the others who have been there from the beginning.

    1 · November 4, 2013

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  • Kate
    Kate, Organizer
    Event Host
  • Karen R.
    Assistant Organizer, Co-Organizer
  • Bill
    Assistant Organizer, Co-Organizer
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  • A former member
  • A former member
  • A former member
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