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Berkeley Bidness XXVII

Fun fact: On May 18, 1969 Apollo 10 launched toward lunar orbit. We may not be astronauts but we all shoot for the moon in our writing. If you love reading/writing/talking about science fiction and fantasy come on down to our 27th Berkeley meeting!

If you are an author that would like to be read for this meeting, please contact the organizer (Kieran) directly. If you plan to participate, you must RSVP so the organizer can send readings and information via e-mail. We'll be accepting submissions until 5/4/14 so we can send out the readings on 5/5/14 for participants to read.

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  • Glorianne H.

    Okay with me.

    May 28, 2014

  • Glorianne H.

    Good point(s) Bill. It's also the same format used by the writers group in Southern Calif. I belonged to, as well as some other groups I've visited over the years ---none of which were Meetup groups.

    May 24, 2014

  • bill s.

    I've been quiet because it'll sound personal, but I'll use myself as an example - Note that I have halting speech - in a free flowing format I will be a millstone, or lost altogether.
    This is probably not germaine, but this format comes from the Ad Hoc Writers' group, who used it for over twenty years. It may not apply to us, but they had a reason. I suspect that it was to prevent runaways.

    2 · May 23, 2014

  • jbeach

    Here's a thought: how about a hybrid of the two?
    A certain timed amount of free discussion, and then a certain timed amount per others where they each get to speak.
    So, for example, if it's a 2-hour meeting, 12 people ande 2 stories, then 20 minutes of free discussion, 3 minutes each in a round-robin, and the remaining minutes for the write to discuss things further.
    I also do really like the format of the author only responding to specific questions, and not defending the work. That can lead to acrimony, as opposed to reception of opinions.

    1 · May 22, 2014

  • Eddie J.

    I would like to have more of an open discussion at some point when going over an author's work. I would love to have that critical debate with my fellow writers over whether a particular image worked, and actually dialogue about differing approaches to narration. I am up for a change. I'm in support of letting the author whose work is getting critiqued to choose the format. Perhaps divvy up the alloted time and let the author decide how he/she wants it spent?

    1 · May 22, 2014

  • Glorianne H.

    There's probably no harm in trying a new approach to see if it works...if not, then go back to the old format, or try something else. But from my experience, there's always going to be an occasional (hopefully small) disruption when people get together in groups. We humans are an imperfect lot...if not, we'd have no plots.

    May 22, 2014

  • Jen

    Good group. It was nice to meet more writers.

    1 · May 19, 2014

  • Laura

    It was fun meeting everyone

    May 19, 2014

  • Glorianne H.

    Fun meeting and all three submissions were excellent! Enjoyed hearing from the new people (hope to see you next meeting), and it's always good to see our regulars. BTW: Jbeach, the next science lecture at Cal is Sat., 6/21 at 11:00 am. You can check their website at:

    Of course, this note is for anyone else interested too!
    See you all next month.

    May 18, 2014

  • Sean

    Great people and interesting discussion.

    May 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was hoping I could feel good enough to go, but as it's time for me to set off walking, I have to capitulate. I'd like to email the authors the documents that I wrote suggestions on, though.

    May 18, 2014

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