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This is an established writing group that meets every two weeks on Tuesday nights at 7:00 PM. This group was founded in order to maintain a writing support environment that offered a positive and productive atmosphere. I felt that many groups and classes I had attended in the past had focused too much on pointing out errors and assigning fault to creative works. Our group is a gathering of writers with varying skill levels and experiences who want to share their work, receive constructive feedback, and meet with folks who share an appreciation for writing.
We welcome all genres and styles, and your material can be in any stage of development. Everyone signs in before each meeting starts, giving their name and indicating whether or not they would like to share. We do enforce a positive feedback policy; discussion begins with acknowledgement of what is working in the piece before moving onto suggestions. We try to send our writers home with ideas on how to improve their work or write the next piece.
We have had two successful writer's retreats in the last year, thanks to one of our members opening up her cabin in the mountains to our group. We are considering another retreat in the spring or early summer. This past Halloween we had our first successful short story writing contest, and we may be holding additional thematic contests in the future.
Members are encouraged to RSVP their attendance for meetings, so that meetings can be properly prepared. Our meeting location is a conference room that can hold eight to ten people comfortably. If you’d like to come by and see how our group is run you are more than welcome to; you are also welcome to share and need only bring a personal copy of your work to read to the group. We do allow for members to supply hard copies, but do not require it. Anyone who wants feedback on their writing and is ready to offer the same to other writers should consider joining.