We'll have a little different format for this meeting. To give people a chance to get a little more in-depth feedback on a larger piece, we'll be doing a Writer's Workshop. We'll pair up and and trade our work with one other writer for 30 minutes. We'll each read our partner's work for 20 minutes and they will read ours at the same time. Then you'll spend spend 5 minutes providing feedback to the other writer, and then 5 minutes getting feedback on your work.
This will give us the opportunity to have a complete story, essay, or several poems read through from beginning to end and for the person providing the feedback to give a more comprehensive critique. I suggest bringing a piece of about 8-12 pages in length (something that can be read in 20 minutes).
We'll try to pair up poets with poets, fiction writers with fiction writers, and non-fiction writers with non-fiction writers, but this can't be guaranteed, depending on who attends.
If there are two writers who have longer pieces (something that can be read in 40 minutes, say approximately up to 20 pages), then they can pair up with two other writers instead of four (see description below).
Please bring one copy of your work which can be read within 15 minutes (about 8-10 pages, double spaced, 12 font) and a pen.
Here's how it will work.
1. Writers pair up and trade stories/essays/poems and read each other's work.
2. As you read, jot down brief notes for the writer.
3. After reading, take 5 minutes to discuss one writer's story and then switch and discuss the other writer's story.
4. Each pair will work together for 30 minutes: The first 20 minutes you will read each other's work, then have 10 minutes of critique time (5 minutes each).
5. We will then switch partners and repeat the process 3 more times so that you will have feedback from a total of 4 writers.
(FYI: The Porter Memorial Library asks for a donation for use of the the space. They suggest $1-2 per person.)