We're an open and safe space for all writers. We're here to encourage each other to keep writing. We all want to be successful --- many of us are using this group to feed our passion.
We critique the writing (which includes what works and what doesn’t work); we don’t critique the writer. The writer knows best; therefore, it’s always his/her decision whether or not to change something. We now have both a short-story to novel fiction critique session (and we do exercises) and a peotry sub-group.
We meet a few times a month at a café, writer's house, or community space in Frederick, Maryland.
We write in a variety of genres: literary fiction, short short fiction, science fiction, romance, young adult, creative nonfiction, etc. We do not write strict non-fiction or children's. IF you have a children's piece, let's chat....
People volunteer to submit their work during the previous meeting or as a meeting is announced by the organizer or event organizer.
People who submit their work automatically get a spot at the next meeting. Please RSVP anyway. We request that a writer not submit two consecutive meetings.
Submissions are 5-20 pages depending on the meeting. Here's the rundown on how you should be formatting your work for submission:
- One-inch margins
- Twelve-point font (Times New Roman is standard)
- Header: Title / Last Name
- Upload your submission for the group in Rich Text Format (.rtf)
Writers can choose to partner with other group members for more extensive critiquing after the meeting.PRIOR TO MEETING
The event organizer will post the submissions one week in advance of the next meeting. We will each read and critique each person’s submission prior to meeting. Attendees must print out each submission and bring them to the meeting ready to discuss. Please come prepared!AT THE MEETING
We chat and equip ourselves with caffeine, submissions, and pens.
New writers to the group are introduced.
The rules of the workshop are reviewed.
Critiques: Each person submitting their work will have twenty minutes (the event organizer will have a timer) to receive feedback from the group on their work and to answer any questions. We do a round-table discussion sharing our critique of what works, what doesn’t, what confuses us, etc. The writer submitting must remain silent until the critique is over -- then they can clarify anything that comes up. *Please read the Critique Rules
before coming to the meeting.
We end by chatting about our writing goals and identifying who will submit their work for the next meeting.
Exercises: The event organizer will come equipped with a variety of possible exercises and participants can choose and will spend (depending on the session agenda) from 15 minutes to the entire 2 hour period.BETWEEN MEETINGS
We will update each other on publishing news, share writing articles, book reviews, events, etc. on the Meetup discussion board
. We will also buoy each other up when we feel like we’re losing our writing selves/goals.FREE WRITES
To keep the creative juices flowing, we may mix it up occasionally with some free-writing sessions, where we gather as a group to write based on various prompts. GUEST SPEAKERS/READING SERIES
Stay tuned! Topic suggestions, willing to do workshop or a presentation.... great, email the organizer!