We take an academic approach and therefore the group is designed to be like a workshop you would take at a big university, where the instructor would take seriously the fundamentals of literary techniques and straightforward criticism about member writing in order to understand those techniques.

The workshop is led by a former Texas State University professor James (Jim) Bonaparte, MFA and will be conducted, for the most part, like an academic writing workshop.

The workshop is also audio-recorded live and becomes a podcast subsequently at http://www.frankmarcopolos.com, as well as on iTunes and Stitcher. (Frank is one of the members.)

Our format is to read member work and published ("professional") work BEFORE each weekly meeting. The work will be uploaded to "More" and "Files" on this page or linked to in the comments for each specific meeting. Members should come to the meeting already prepared to give their critique.

The workshop is a literary and philosophical in nature, so substantial literary and philosophical ideas are developed in order to facilitate 'real' writing both in the form of literature and in related media. It is a workshop that probes what might be called the 'philosophy' of art - a necessary fundamental not only for literature, but film, poetry, non-fiction writing and visual arts. Philosophical ideas are often discussed, so the more knowledge you have about philosophy, the more you will be able to participate in the discussions.

Any artist can benefit from our meetings. And potentially anyone who wants to develop the necessary artistic components (and creativity) in their personality. Our workshop style does require participants to be thick-skinned. Not all elements of the meetings are workshop-based and it is easy to imagine a 'safe' role as observer on a trial basis. So, come check out the group and risk nothing (psychologically speaking).


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Weekly Fiction Writers' Workshop

  • May 15 · 7:00 PM

    Waterloo Writer's Workshop

    6 Writers | 5.00

    We will be reading an 'anonymous' story under More and Files on the Toolbar above. And a member short. We will also try to discuss topic "What is Philosophy?"
  • May 1 · 7:00 PM

    Waterloo Writer's Workshop

    4 Writers

    We will be reading the anonymous Pro story under files and the 2 chaps from Frank under files. We will also have a topic regarding censorship.
  • April 24 · 7:00 PM

    Waterloo Writer's Workshop

    1 Member

    WE will be doing a member story under files. There will also be an unnamed/untitled story under files to read. We will also be discussing censorship.
  • April 10 · 7:00 PM

    Waterloo Writer's Workshop

    4 Writers

    We will be discussing "Huckleberry Finn" and discussing a member short story.
  • March 27 · 7:00 PM

    Waterloo Writer's Workshop

    6 Writers

    We will be reading in workshop the story "The Hairbrush"during the meeting.  Before the meeting please read Jeffrey Lupo's story "Married at a Spice Girl Party".  Go to... Learn more
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