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Re: [scifiwriting-1] Member Limits at Quills. Suggestions.

From: Lara D.
Sent on: Sunday, September 15, 2013 11:11 AM
Wow, autocorrect. "Trio tang" was supposed to read "reluctant."


On Sun, Sep 15, 2013 at 9:54 AM, Lara Donnelly <[address removed]> wrote:
Ditto pretty much everything Meghan said. I've only been To meetings twice in the last year, and have been so trio tang to return because I felt the big chunk of time I spent at the meeting wasn't being used quite as effectively as it could have been.

I have a very hard time focusing on work read aloud, and an even harder time giving thoughtful, constructive feedback on something I've heard, once, immediately after it's been read.

I would love to have a system like the one Meghan is describing. Other writing groups I've been in have worked much the same way: you receive a story and have 1-2 weeks (or even just one day, but that's usually enough!) to read and critique it. So you can read it multiple times and really consider it. Plus, just like Meghan said, your readers aren't going to have you reading for them. They just get words on a page.

In my experience, google groups, google drive, and Dropbox work really well for sharing amongst writing groups, and for posting written comments. 

Sent from my iPhone

On Sep 15, 2013, at 5:27 AM, Meghan <[address removed]> wrote:

Hi!  I only came once, more than a year ago.  I must admit that the issues mentioned in the original e-mail were major factors in my not returning.  I know I'm not currently active, but I was hoping I could make a suggestion regarding everyone having time to read.  Many years ago,I was a member of a writers' group in Georgia.  It was much smaller, but I think the model would work because of the longer meeting times.

We met twice a month for an hour and a half, and each member had an assigned day to receive critiques.  The thing that helped with time constraints was that the manuscripts were distributed to everyone at least a week in advance (hard copies, so I know I'm dating myself, but this would be even easier with e-mail).  That ensured that everyone had time to read it before the meeting, make notes, etc.  Reading out loud takes a lot of time and adds author bias to a very visual format, so having copies for the critics would also mean the writer would be able to hear how the readers interpreted things.

They also had time limits for each writer to make sure each person had a chance to get notes.

Meghan


On Sat, Sep 14, 2013 at 9:55 PM, JP <[address removed]> wrote:
The formula seems to be working. While I'm fine with splitting, I believe that perhaps splitting into smaller group on-site (I dunno if that is possible) may be a better choice. So that we may not all be in one large room.

JP


From: [address removed]

To: [address removed]
Subject: [scifiwriting-1] Member Limits at Quills. Suggestions.
Date: Sat, 14 Sep[masked]:49:08 -0400


As you might know, the fire marshal has informed us that we can only have 14 people in the meeting room at a time.  Since we have been running well over 14 for the last few months, this causes a problem.
#1 -  Our group is getting BIG.  Yeah!
#2 - Not everyone that wants to read is getting the opportunity.  Not yeah!
#3 We all want to participate.  Yeah!
So here is an idea I wanted to bounce off you all.  What would you say to there being 2 meetings a month?  One on the first Wednesday as we have now and the second on say the 3rd Wednesday of the month.  You could go to either or both, but only the first 14 people to sign up with an RSVP could attend.  We would need to check with Quills to see if we could have that date, it would need to be paid for as usual, and we would need someone to run the meeting each month on the second session.  Lizard runs the first meeting of the month.
 
We could also look into yet another place where we could all fit, but it would not solve the problem of everyone having time to read.
 
Suggestions???  Thoughts???  Protest posters?
 
Elizabeth Harac




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