Mystery, Suspense, Thriller Writers

We are changing to meet on the first Sunday of each month. 

The Mystery Writer's Group is open to all writers, our philosophy, if we don't know the ending, we call it a mystery.  We meet at  Little Chicago on Demonbreun.

http://www.littlechicagonashville.com/

You need not be published or even in the process of writing to attend. If you've always wanted to write a mystery or enjoy reading them and want to learn more about the process, or if you're a published author that enjoys the feedback and camaraderie with other writers, we would love to have you attend

Please bring in no more than 5-8 double spaced, one sided pages of work you'd like to have critiqued. We ask that you advise the group of the kind of critique you'd like to receive, (grammar, content, plot...) and then remain silent until the critique process is over. Remember, you won't be able to follow your readers around explaining why you wrote what you did, so if it's not clear to our group then that is valuable information for you. Once the group has finished the critique, you will be asked for your impressions of what was discussed.

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  • Kathleen C.

    What a wonderful meeting, we've got a lot of great stuff going on in this group.
    Can anyone help out with some links to contests and / or legitimate place to ask for reviews?

    April 7, 2014

    • Robert M.

      Kathleen, I'll post a few I use re: markets and contests as a new comment. This is super worthy but maybe make this a 10 min discussion next time so we can discuss? This comment thread will soon fade into the digital ether. If it means one less reader, I'll volunteer my time.

      April 8, 2014

    • Kathleen C.

      Thanks Bob, I think we should include this as part of out group. Everyone would love learning about it.

      April 9, 2014

  • Robert M.

    Pt 2. The (Submission) Grinder is a free search tool for contests, markets, etc. Started off as a community of Sci Fi/Fantasy writers that has expanded rapidly in the last few years. It's more customizable for word count, genre, etc. Duotrope is still a more comprehensive tool, but again, it's a pay service.

    http://thegrinder.diabolicalplots.com/Default.aspx

    April 8, 2014

  • Robert M.

    Re: Kathleen's question...Poets & Writers keeps a pretty cool database of contests, grants, and submission calls. Same database also has a rudimentary market search. Duotrope is more exhaustive, but it's also $50/year. P&W is free. I recommend also checking out their calendar mode.

    http://www.pw.org/grants

    April 8, 2014

  • Robert M.

    Great stuff today! Here is a link to a website I mentioned to a few folks afterwards. Most outlets and agents will tell you exactly how they want a submission. If they don't, the Shunn format is a safe standard. http://www.shunn.net/format/

    April 6, 2014

  • Nina F.

    Lily, I just meant that if I survive today, I'll be there tomorrow. I got a reprieve, and did not end up working for 14 hours as scheduled. See you tomorrow.

    1 · April 5, 2014

  • Nina F.

    I'm working a stupidly long day today. If I haven't died from exhaustion, I will be there. I recently picked up and finished a draft of a novel I started several years ago, and was working on with meetup. A few pages of Mick and his photographic buddies are coming with me.

    April 5, 2014

    • Lily

      We hope to see you there. Couldn't tell from your message whether you realized we have shifted it to Sunday at 1:00, same place. Would love to hear more of your story!

      April 5, 2014

    • Kathleen C.

      I hope you can make it Nina, would love to hear more of the story.

      April 5, 2014

  • Cheryl R.

    I am bringing pages. I hope you are all ready to read version #912 of my opening chaper! ;-D

    1 · April 4, 2014

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