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Chicago, IL
Hometown: Chicago

Member since:

July 15, 2014

What are your writing goals?

Other than the common, general goal of becoming a better writer, I have two concrete objectives: 1. Finish my novel, The Alderman's Cupcake; I've been working on it for more than a year now, and I want to finish a draft before the year ends. 2. Finalize up my writing sample to apply for MFA programs. I'll probably be using the first few pages of my honors thesis, "The Guests." If/when I am up for critique, this is probably the sample I would present. My writing weaknesses involve character and scene vs. summary; I'd like to hone in on those problems and fix them!

What would you like to get out of this group?

I miss workshop! Not only do I want to have a group that pushes me to write, but I want to have material to read. I love editing and workshopping other people's stories, and I've been told by students and professors alike that I'm good at it as well.

What do you have to contribute?

Most of the classes I took in school were either English or writing classes, and unlike some of my classmates, I'm open-minded when it comes to plot. I take a lot of notes when reading other people's stories, and it's not hard for me to find positive comments for every story I read.

What genres do you write?

Fiction: Science fiction, horror, realism, and "literary fiction" and "magical realism" if you count those as separate genres. Nonfiction: Personal essays mixed with with journalistic aspects.

Do you have an aversion to any genre?

In fiction, I don't have an aversion to any genres, but I'm particularly sensitive to sex-heavy romance, or romance that doesn't convince me that the characters involved would be together. I don't read a lot of poetry, so I'm ill-equipped to critique it, but I'm not necessarily against it.


Hey there! I'm Allison - I got my bachelor's in writing in 2012, and I'm hoping to go on to a graduate program in 2015. I miss the writing community I had in school, so I've come to MeetUp for mystical guidance.

What Allison is saying about this Meetup Group

Yeeeeeeeeeeees, loved this! Everyone is talented, attentive, and most importantly, passionate. I'm looking forward to bringing down the mean IQ and maturity level of this delightfully strange group by attending future sessions.

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