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Rough Draft: a Tacoma Writers Meet-up Message Board › This evening and one more day left until the posting deadline for critiques.

This evening and one more day left until the posting deadline for critiques.

Mona M. E.
Group Organizer
Tacoma, WA
Time to finish off that submission folks. There are four submissions already. Be sure to add yours by the Wednesday deadline. My email address is if you have questions.

Below, you'll find the usual submission guidelines and, below that, pretty much what I said in the last email.
If you have not read that, especially if you are new, please READ IT --ALL of it.

POSTING: For those of you who have access to the Wiki, go to the main page and click on the meeting date in the big table. [Red, yellow background, larger type, or all of the above]
If you are new you won't have access to the Wiki until you have

  • Come to a meeting AND

  • Sent me an email asking for access.

If would like to submit and/or read others' submissions, please email me at with a valid email address (not this site). Attach your submission and give me a comment on the submission. I will post both. If you want to read submissions, please say so and I will send you a zip file on the day after the due date with all of the submissions in it.
If you have been to a meeting and still do not have access, please email me at from a valid email address (not this site) and I will send you an invitation.  Please do not go directly to site and ask for access.

Rules for submissions:
EACH PAGE of your submission MUST have a header which includes:

  • Title of your work

  • A copyright symbol followed by your name.

  • Current Page number / Number of pages.

There is a template page on the Meetup Site under More->Files. You can download it to use.  You might have to redo the Page/Number of Pages because MS Word does not play well with copies in that regard. You can role your own as long as you have the bulleted items.

Do NOT use .docx files. Many word processors will not open them. DO use .doc or in a pinch.rtf.  Please do NOT use .pdf files. Also, please do not lock your headers, because if you do and they are incorrect, I cannot fix them.

Maximum length is 20 pages

Submissions should be posted on the Meeting page and should be:

  • Double spaced.

  • At least 12 pt. type UNLESS you space between each paragraph.  If you do, you may use 1.5 spaced lines.

  • Legible Type like Arial Helvetica or Times Roman

Please bring a few extra copies of your submission for newbies.

NEW MEMBERS ATTENDING: You can submit or not, critique or not.  Please see below.
MEMBERSHIP LIST PURGE: This is the last meeting that will qualify you to stay on our roles. Those who have joined within the last two months get a pass on this until October.
ABOUT THIS MONTHS MEETING: This promises to be a large meeting and we will likely overflow the conference room. We also have use of the 'Curtain Room' next door but not until 10:00. We can open the conference room doors to it or just move over there.
PLEASE, COME EARLY to purchase your beverage and whatever, signed in, and pay your dues ($1.00 / attended meeting / person). The dues pay for the use of the Rough Draft Meetup Site.
SUBMISSIONS: Post them early if you can. Newbies and anyone who has attended a meeting but does not have access to the Wiki: email me at  I will post your submission and email you a zip file of the other submissions (or just the latter if you do not want to post) on Thursday. REMEMBER the 20 page limit.
CRITIQUES: Please do them early; i.e, don't wait until Friday night.
CRITIQUES NEW, at least for very large meetings: Everyone, please provide a written critique or mark up the manuscripts. Unless there is an extremely low number of submissions, we will limit the number of verbal critiques and the length of the critiques. Who critiques what submission will be assigned on Thursday when all of the critiques are in. Newbies, you may participate, but you need to participate in written critiques as well. I also need to know that you want to participate.
VERBAL CRITIQUES: Please choose about THREE major items that you think will benefit from improvement and be prepared. Do not dwell on grammar or line by line items. That should be marked up in the manuscript. We'll hope to have time for the author to answer back.
CROSS TALK: I love cross talk and so do many of us. There's a lot to be learned from it. Note it and keep it until the end of critiquing session. Then anyone who absolutely HAS TO LEAVE will still get most of the critiques, and the rest of us can have at it. This can be a lot of fun, so I hope you can stay.
WHEN DO WE PLAY BY THESES RULES: When the number of people attending, the number of manuscripts to critique, or a combination of both threaten to cause the meeting to exceed our three hours by thirty minutes. Otherwise, we can relax the rules and do it a bit more informally.
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