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PWS has evolved into 2 groups, one to accommodate the weekday writers (Wednesday meetings) and one for the weekenders (Sundays). The Wednesday group, by the way, goes by a new name; this one, for Sundays, will soon retire its name "Pasadena Writers Salon" as well and adopt a new moniker. Why? New management, I suppose. Also, we are putting our emphasis on book writing -- novels and memoirs specifically. While other forms are welcome, quality of feedback is limited to experience, and the experience among this group's usual attendees lies primarily with long form prose.


Meetings are on Sunday afternoons at 3pm at a members abode in Old Town Pasadena.


The workshopping is good for any genre. We've had historical non-fiction, personal memoir, horror, mystery, and literary, among others. 


We aim for 10 page submissions, but that number is flexible. The books currently in review are in various stages of development. One member, for example, is penning draft one of a horror novel. Another has a memoir in the form of collected essays, some new and some already published. Two other books, a mystery novel and a memoir, are progressing in their second drafts. What you get in a meeting is typically a whole chapter of each person's book, usually 8 - 11 pages double-spaced (about 2000 words). 

Since headcount averages 4 or 5 people -- an ideal number -- each writer gets 20 or so minutes of good feedback. That means that you should be prepared to share your own insight into other people's work, hopefully beyond basic cosmetic notes. Overall form, structure, themes, and such are always up for discussion.

You want to submit your work 5 days in advance. Tuesday is the day. We submit by email, so when you RSVP, you'll want to shoot me a message containing whatever contact email you'd like to have in our email chain. And about punctuality, while late submissions are fine, the longer you wait to send in work, the less time the group has to read it, meaning your guarantee it gets read diminishes with each passing day beyond the Tuesday deadline. But who doesn't like a good risk, right? 


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