Come join us for a cup of tea and a dollop of inspiration. Bring your writing (poetry, short story, blogs, articles, etc) to be read and discussed with your fellow skeptics. Keep your pieces under 5,000 words. We will all read and then discuss each item.
Check back for more information as this Meetup shapes up.
Here are the rules of this Meetup:
1. Don't get personal
No ad hominem attacks. If you don't like the writing, leave it at that. Don't take it out on the writer.
2. Don't take it personally
When getting constructive criticism, it's important not to take a suggestion to change your writing as a personal slight. Remember what we are all here to help each other grow as writers.
3. Don't turn something into something that it isn't
Don't take a prose poem and say that it just needs more rhymes and line breaks. That contradicts the poem's style. Appreciate the work for what it is, don't try to change it into something you want instead.
4. Be honest about where you're coming from
If you're an average reader/writer, say that. If you're a PhD, award-winning poet, say that instead. All feedback is helpful but if you're going to be doling out advice we want to know where that advice is coming from.
5. Don't offer negative criticism without a solution
If your addition to the discussion is, "this sucks", you're not going to help anyone. If you don't like something, talk about what could be done to improve it.
6. Know your limits
If you hate poetry with a burning passion and which that all poems would die in a fire, then don't even bother reading the poems. Same goes for any other genre. If you can't give helpful criticism on something because of your own bias, just be quiet during that discussion.
7. Talk about what you like as well as what you don't like
Even if you really dislike a piece, find something nice to say about it. Writers need to hear what they're doing well in addition to what they need to improve.