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Rough Draft: a Tacoma Writers Meet-up Message Board › July 13, 2012 Rough Draft Critique Meeting

July 13, 2012 Rough Draft Critique Meeting

Mona M. E.
Group Organizer
Tacoma, WA
Greetings, folks. Now that the beach picnics and fireworks are over, if you haven't already, be sure to work on your submission for the 2nd Saturday Rough Draft Critique meeting. The meeting is a week away, but the submission due date is Tuesday -- only three days away.
Our last Saturday meeting worked well despite last minute changes and my own inability to read my own spreadsheet the right way up. Depending upon the number of submissions and the number of people attending, we'll try a simpler variant.
Everyone (unless you are new) who attends the meeting should read and prepare a written critique: page markup or a summary or both. As necessary, we will limit the number of verbal critiques and the length of each. Unlike last time, I won't attempt to tell you ahead of time who will deliver verbal critiques on whose submissions. Therefore, please come prepared to give one. These should NOT be line by line comments. Please pick out the two or three most important points that you feel will help the author most.
Don't be disappointed if you don't always have an opportunity to deliver your critique for every submission. Everyone will receive equal opportunity and all writers will receive the same number of critiques. The author will have an opportunity to talk back, and we will mostly relegate cross-talk to after the meeting (or the end of it if we have time).
NEW MEMBERS ATTENDING: You can submit or not, critique or not.  Please see below.
Following is my usual verbiage for newbies and about formats for submissions.

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 Wednesday. REMEMBER the 20 page limit.
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.
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