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The Orlando Writers Meetup Group Message Board › New Meetup: A writers gathering

New Meetup: A writers gathering

mike b.
Winter Park, FL
Announcing a new Meetup for The Orlando Writers Meetup Group!

What: A writers gathering

When: October 21, 2008 7:00 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: Welcome to the Orlando Writers’ Meet-up Group. Our October Meet-up format is as follows:

7:00 PM ~ Meeting opens with general discussion as members arrive. 7:15 PM ~ We start with a very brief introduction of those present. 7:30 PM we will have a ½ hour session on marketing your work. 8:00 PM each writer, who wishes to reads something they have written to the group ~ the group provides a critique. We ask the writers to limit what they present to 500 words. Depending on time we sometimes can have writers read more than one item. We plan to end at 9:00 PM although we frequently run over.

We have had a request to change our meeting format ~ the letter is below. The reason we read aloud is two fold; one we sometimes catch differences from what is written to what is said; and I feel it is far more inter active in the manner we currently function. This Meet-up is yours, please let us know your feels when we RSVP. Our normal format does not include a training format ~ all time is spent working on authors writings. Please let us know your feelings on this as well. We added it to this Meet-up because of a member’s request.

Mike, Thanks for all your efforts in organizing and holding this group together. That's not an easy task at best.

I wonder if you'd consider having everyone distribute one copy of their material (double-spaced, at least 12-point font please!) at each meeting and having members to critique and mark up that copy up as they saw fit.

It seems redundant to have folks pass out several copies of the same material then read it aloud while everyone listens. Moreover, some fiction writers need feedback on an entire scene or chapter, which they cannot get it if they're restricted to only 500 words.

The pass-around-one-copy approach would also keep everyone busy for a good part of the meeting instead of having the group focus on just one person's work at a time.

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