Let's be honest: writing is hard, and sometimes scary. Whether you're tackling a novel, a script, a memoir, or a short story, encouragement and positive feedback from other writers not only help you improve your work, but give you an incentive to keep going. You'll also learn a great deal from reading the work of other writers.
I've been a writer for forty years, and have worked professionally as a journalist (the Contra Costa Times, and freelance for dozens of other publications), television comedy writer (Murphy Brown, and Baby Talk), and novelist, and will lead the group. Meeting for three hours weekly in my home in Montclair, participants will read their work aloud to the group, which will offer positive feedback in a way that helps the writer realize his or her vision for the work.
I hold a Masters degree in professional writing from USC, and have led and participated in workshop writing groups for decades. I'll distribute critique guidelines prior to starting, but in short the premise of the group is that the writer has something to communicate. It's the group's job to help by praising what works, and asking questions and expressing curiosity about the rest. It works! Location and other details will be distributed to members. First meeting is free. Limited to six participants. 12-week session is $300.