We are a group dedicated to writing, finishing, and publishing a novel, memoir, or short story. We critique each others' work and serve as a support group for helping writers plot, organize, and publish their writing.
The format goes like this: At 10 a.m., the library opens. There is a 10-15 min chat on the day's subject. At 10:15, we begin the critiques.
The submission format is as follows: (1) submit up to 10 pages, double-spaced; (2) use 1" margins all around; (3) use 12-point Times New Roman or Courier font; (4) save files in MS Word or Open Office format (No .pdfs.); (5) number the pages; and (6) be sure that the book's title and your name are the header. If you are in the middle of the story, please write a single-spaced introductory paragraph or two outlining major plot points so far and the theme of the work. Include short bios for two or three major characters.
Submissions are due at 11:59 p.m. the Monday night before the Saturday meeting. Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org, and put "Pasadena Writers Submission" in the subject line. Manuscripts will be available only to the individuals who RSVP to the meeting.
We divide the critique time by the number of submissions so that all writers get equal time. The first submission gets the first discussion.
We discuss each submission in broad strokes--plotting, voice, and style. We do not line-edit, nor do we discuss spelling and punctuation errors or mismatched verbs. We help each other write compelling books, couching our comments in kindness and support.
We wrap at about 12:25 and return the room to its original state.