A few of us (well, two) aspiring science fiction/fantasy writers were looking for a serious critique and write-sharing group to join. We thought, hey, lots of people in Berkeley must love sci-fi...we just have to find them and get them in a cafe. The group is open to anyone who is writing in the genre or who enjoys it enough to read other people's writing and provide serious and supportive critique. What kind of writing? Screenplays, novels, short stories, YA...you name it. We share our writing online before the meeting, so the meeting itself is straight-up discussion. This allows us to review larger pieces of work in every meeting, up to chapter-length pieces. If you're interested, contact Beth (the organizer) and send what you're working on now.

We have "regular" meetings (for short story or chapter-length work) roughly every five weeks.
We also added additional special meetings focused on reading full novels, since several of our members already have completed novels and it's better to read them all at once.

Work is submitted to the organizer two weeks (at least) before the meeting to be shared with those who have RSVP'd. Full details can be found on our "Some things you should know" page, conveniently linked here.

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  • July 11 · 2:00 PM

    Incubator XI: Sat. @ Tadamasa

    3 Writers

    Let's eat some of the best gyoza in town while we critique member submissions! I can think of few better ways to while away a summer afternoon. Want your sci-fi or... Learn more
  • July 5 · 1:30 PM

    Berkeley Bidness XLI

    9 Writers

    Many sci-fi and fantasy stories celebrate rugged individualism, independence, and other aspects of the American spirit. Join us in the Berkeley Public Library's third... Learn more
  • June 28 · 2:00 PM

    No Other Corsican Novel Review

    4 Writers | 5.00

    Please join us at PiQ to nosh and discuss Eric C. Little's space opera: No Other Corsican - 2076 A History. From the author: In 2076 a rogue leader of the Persian Army... Learn more
  • June 14 · 2:00 PM

    CANCELLED - Incubator X

    3 Writers

    This meeting has been cancelled due to a lack of submissions and BART track maintenance. Go forth and write!
  • June 7 · 1:30 PM

    Berkeley Bidness XL

    8 Writers | 5.00

    This Berkeley Bidness is Xtra Large and in charge because it's our fortieth meeting! Whoop! Whoop! We're going to raise the roof (or the sunbrella) and lay some... Learn more
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