June's Writers Meetup

Whether you're currently writing, gave up but want to restart, or have always wanted to but don't know how to get started ... please join us for our monthly writers meetup. This session is a chance to discuss ideas, work through problems or roadblocks, and get some writing done. Space is limited for this event, but a waiting list is available. We will do everything we can to accommodate as many writers as possible without compromising the quality of the session. Please keep your RSVP updated and accurate!*

This will be our sixth meeting of 2013, and we'll be using the time to go through a writing exercise, set realistic and achievable goals for our writing, and deepen our understanding of the craft of writing, as well as talk through any plot difficulties or roadblocks you're experiencing. There will also be an opportunity to buckle down and get some serious writing done. June's craft focus will be on illustrating a setting in speculative fiction writing.

We kick off these meetings with a writing exercise, so please bring laptops or notebooks (as you prefer) and be prepared to write. Kingstowne Library is located on the back side of the strip mall (parallel to Telegraph Rd). We'll be meeting in the Kingstowne Meeting Room (we have the room until 5pm). There will be free wi-fi and power outlets available. There are also a number of great food options in the Landsdowne Center, including Greek/Italian, Indian, Thai, Vietnamese, and Japanese, if people want to grab food during or after.


*Since missing one of these meetups is taking a spot away from someone else who wants to go, we'll need to have a stricter attendance policy than normal. For writers meetups, a no-show will prohibit you from attending another writers meetup for 2 months after the no-show. In order to avoid a no-show, please update your RSVP no later than 10pm the night before a meeting. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation!

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  • Kent

    @Jeanmarie. Hey, friendly reminder here! As mentioned in the group's rules, regulations, and guidelines - - this is not an open chat/blog forum! We coordinate and discuss - fairly casually, granted - about things that are event-related, and that others should know. But, for instnace, when there are things that were clearly taken off-line (re: your last), they should stay off-line. You should already be aware that many of us get an email each and every time you post. And, I personally don't have time for my inbox to get jammed with an avalanche of minutiae and random comments/thoughs. Please try to stay forum-appropriate, if you don't mind! This is becomming quite a mess! Just thought you should stay keenly aware of your impact on others! Thanx!

    June 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Intro to my story posted! Woohoo!

    1 · June 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm going to be posting the introduction to the novel I've been working on (the first of the "interludes" from my goals sheet) once I get to finish revising it tonight. Although I know it probably won't happen before the meetup, I appreciate any reviews and feedback on the first draft of that section.

    June 7, 2013

  • Sandeep

    Unfortunately I have a show Saturday and I'm not able to resolve the conflict :( Will see you all at the next one...

    June 7, 2013

  • Gina

    This will be my 1st meeting. What is the meeting format? Do you critic each others work?

    June 2, 2013

    • Sandeep

      Usually only if the author is inviting critique... Vijay guides the session by providing specific sub topics to consider while we discuss or conduct activities, like writing exercises. There's also a ton of information on upcoming Meetups and other events in general...

      June 2, 2013

    • Vijay

      Hi Gina, to clarify, we don't critique work during the writers metups (it's not a workshop or group critique session). Writers are welcome to post their work and request feedback online through our private writers group (and there's a number of other great ways to interact online outside of the writers meetups), but the sessions themselves are more focused on writing exercises, goal-setting, and delving into various parts of the craft of writing.

      All you need to come prepared with is something to write with, and if possible (though not essential), a laptop or tablet that can access the internet). This month's craft topic is going to be illustration of setting in speculative fiction, just to get you thinking about it in advance. See you on Saturday!

      2 · June 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Do these usually go for the whole five hours?

    June 2, 2013

    • Vijay

      Not generally, we usually go until about 3-3:30 with the structured portion of the meetup, and then some people use the remainder of the time to write or to discuss their writing, but it's more free-form at that point, and people duck out early as needed.

      2 · June 2, 2013

    • Sandeep

      I find I cannot tear myself away until everybody starts wrapping up at the end of about 4.5hrs... the conversation and discussions get more involved the longer we go - definitely provides a ton of inspiration and I'm motivated for days afterwards, if not longer...!

      1 · June 2, 2013

  • Elizabeth B.

    A friend of mine is having her bridal shower this saturday, so I won't be able to attend. Let me know if you organize any "cabins" for Camp NaNoWriMo!

    2 · May 27, 2013

  • Wes R.

    going home to watch my nephew play t-ball - have fun, all!

    May 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yay! See y'all in June.

    1 · May 12, 2013

  • Andrija P.

    Will be in Chicago.

    May 11, 2013

  • Debbie H

    Available to attend on short notice.

    May 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wow. That was quick. The e-mail just went out.

    May 11, 2013

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