St. Louis Writers Meetup - Middles (What to do with Act II) VENUE CHANGE

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Discussion: You've got your beginning, and you know how you want it to end, but how do you connect them? This month we'll discuss Act II.

Critiques: Tower 11 by Luke C. Smith and Chance Encounter by Michael Vanden Berg. Please have both read before the meetup.

Photo: We'll be updating our group photo at this meeting, so dress appropriately!

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1) We ask that you only submit AFTER you've attended at least 1 Meetup.
2) Shoot for 3000 words or so. That'd be a complete short story or one chapter (two if they're really short chapters).
3) Include name and page numbers somewhere in the margins
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  • Falstaffe

    Discussion about the middles--informative as always. Liked the idea of seeing the middles not as "one big chunk" but rather as a series of overlapping narratives and character arcs. It's a reminder to keep touching on and revisiting inter-character arcs/themes/notes/relationships throughout the work. With that in mind, I developed a 1-page reference to characters and their arcs for a book I'm working on. BIG help in maintaining momentum.

    Great stories--thanks to both authors for sharing. And the venue? The library was sooooo much better than the bookstore.

    September 7, 2013

  • EL. G.

    Is it possible to write a brief report on the page
    for members who have been absent?
    New location of meetings is so far for me
    But I like to be in touch.

    September 5, 2013

  • Michael Vanden B.

    Thanks everyone for the awesome feedback!

    September 4, 2013

    • Patrick

      Not a problem! I had tons of fun!

      September 5, 2013

  • Andrew D.

    Had a blast and learned a lot about how people view the bridge of the story. Great stuff.

    August 28, 2013

  • Mark K.

    Best meeting yet for me. The venue had much to do with it -- more spacious, seating more conducive to cross talk. As usual, well planned and facilitated by Kurt.

    2 · August 28, 2013

  • Luke C. S.

    Great meeting last night. Dug the new venue, and hats off to Kurt for his always excellent prep work. The plotting exercise was a really nice addition.

    1 · August 28, 2013

  • Thomas S.

    I'm not sure I can go because of the cost of gas. Does anybody have Google + and a computer? I could try to do this though the internet.

    1 · August 27, 2013

  • Lisa O.

    I'm at the library early. Is there some place well meet here? They don't seem to have us scheduled

    August 27, 2013

    • Lisa O.

      I found the meeting rooms. They're not open yet and the person I talked to before just had no idea

      August 27, 2013

  • Falstaffe

    Also, it's not the main hq--its the Overland Branch. 8400 Del port Drive.

    August 27, 2013

  • Falstaffe

    The meeting is at 7 p

    August 27, 2013

  • Bobbie S.

    Sorry, I can't come to this meeting afterall. I hope to be there next month. I love the new venue. It will be more private and we will have more room.

    August 27, 2013

  • yonghe ".

    Since it will be my first meeting, is it possible to just learn what/how things done without actually involved in conversation??

    August 25, 2013

    • Kurt P.

      Sure. Active participation isn't compulsory.

      August 25, 2013

  • Charlotte M.

    Is this venue change permanent? Overland is farther than the Manchester area. Love you guys, but just can't make it. I'd love to have a critique group if anyone wants to trade readings, edits, etc.

    1 · August 21, 2013

    • Mark K.

      I am looking for lit-fic story exchange/critiques Mark Kumming @[masked]

      August 23, 2013

    • Kurt P.

      Permanence of the venue change is TBD, but we can't go back to B&N with our current numbers.

      August 23, 2013

  • Carolyn R.

    What genre are we submitting or does it matter?

    August 7, 2013

    • Kurt P.

      Literary Fiction: usually there's more emphasis on style and language than on story. Lit-fic has developed some of its own tropes (my least favorite of which right now is the shlubby anti-hero) in trying to be markedly anti-genre.

      August 23, 2013

    • Kurt P.

      Genre fic would be something immediately classifiable as sci-fi, fantasy, teen, horror, mystery, etc.

      August 23, 2013

  • Pam S.

    see you next time

    August 11, 2013

  • Thomas S.

    Looks cool.

    August 5, 2013

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