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I came to the Shops at Liberty Place around 2:30pm and could not find anyone. I went up to the Rotunda second floor where I was told the meetup would be held. Where does the meetup meet? I was excited to come and attend.
0 · February 2, 2013
Goodness, it was really that hard to find?
You just head straight through the food court until you see a turn. There is a big area that's roped off, which basically consists of nothing but tables and chairs. The area will be completely empty with the exception of a big group of people off in the corner, which is the writer's group.
Wait! I found a map.
Look at level two.
See the food court at the bottom? The meeting takes place right below where it says 'One Liberty Place'. When you come in, you'll be heading down past Kato's Cajun, Chick-Fil-A, and finally making a right turn as you pass Scotto's Pizza.
Goodness Sophia! Is it really that hard to answer my question without appearing disrespectful, which apparently as a writer I am surprised that you don't know how to communicate and welcome a new member?
1 · February 3, 2013
And yes, I knew to go to the Shops at Liberty where I was at and visited both the first and second floors in its entirety.I asked the Saxby's coffeeshop baristas if they knew about the location of the meetup and they said they didn't. Perhaps for next time, for new members like myself, the organizer should let a person from Saxby's know where this meetup is. But, you've just basically reflected the kind of attitude of your group, which is to be unwelcoming. I'm sure that not everyone feels like yourself, which is to feel entitled to treat others without the sarcasm and lack of courtesy. If this is how the meetup group is, which is dissimilar to most meetups I've been to, then good luck! I already am part of another meetup writer's group that has a notion about courtesy and respect, especially for its new members.
2 · February 3, 2013
Sorry you couldn't find us Jennifer. I hope it doesn't discourage you from coming out next time. It's a fantastic group with great people and a very well-run leadership team.
0 · February 3, 2013
I read Sophia as being helpful and offering to show you how find us the next time we meet, so that you could feel included. This is a friendly and helpful group of people.
No Kitt, the fact of the matter is she wasn't being helpful in her communication.
Whoa, Jennifer, I didn't mean to cause any offense. My expression wasn't another way of saying, "Goodness, these people are idiots!" The feeling behind the statement was more,"Goodness, THREE people couldn't find the meetup at all?! This is a problem that I had no idea existed."
I'm sorry if my choice of words offended you, and I can see now how it might have come off that way now that I look at my phrasing again. But honestly I'm kinda hurt that you jumped to the worst possible interpretation of my words. I didn't try to clarify where the meetup was to bathe myself in the gratefulness of others, but I really did go out of my way to find the map and spell out precisely what one needed to pass to get to the meetup. Actually fretted a bit over how to phrase the directions so that they'd be as clear to the directionally challenged as possible. (Note that I count myself among this group.)
I hope you won't let this experience turn you away from the group, in any case. (Pressed the Enter key too soon. Excuse the second comment.)
I can arrange a meeting in West Virginia, with directions, and promise to have my gun handy in case it would be interrupted by a bear.
Hi Jennifer. Please don't be discouraged from attending future meetings. I am a new member and I had a little trouble finding it as well. :)
0 · February 4, 2013
Sorry to all that lost their way. We have detailed directions on the site, but i think it is not well marked on the website. I do place a Meetup sign on the divider rope . Open to more suggestions?
0 · February 5, 2013
Steve- I think a sign as one comes up the escalator or to the entrance of the food court would be very helpful. You don't see the sign on the rope unless you walk that far. I was confused my first time too.
1 · February 5, 2013
That is a good idea. I will create something and figure out a location. Thanks for insight. Glad that you could make it to the meetup.
0 · February 6, 2013
This was possibly the largest group ever. 54 people with 18 newbies. We had a good discussion about copyrights, 4 critiques and 12 for dinner after.
Great meetup!! I really enjoyed meeting all of you and I hate that we had to leave after the first part. I will be at the next meetup and look forward to seeing all of you again.
A few people chatted with me after the meeting about copyright related matters and I wasn't sure if anyone had any questions after our chat. If you need add'l info about copyright related questions, feel free to reach out to me. I'm working on a non-fiction novel and I look forward to sharing a couple of chapters with the group once I have progressed a bit.
My email is chrismoye.esq [at] gmail dot com. Again, feel free to reach out if you're still a little foggy after our craft chat or you need to get pointed in the right direction. Copyright filings aren't so hard once you get the hang of it!
I would love to come but I work most Saturdays until 3:30pm. How long does the meeting last?
0 · January 10, 2013
Hi Kona- Meetings typically last three hours, from 2 to 5 pm. Critiques of manuscripts occur from around 3:30 to 5 pm. Please join us if you can! More info can be found under the "Pages" tab near the top of this web page.
1 · January 11, 2013
Thanks Eric! I'll try my best. ;-)
0 · January 11, 2013
No option for proxy, huh?
Great meeting. I was pleasantly surprised at the organization and professionalism of the group. The craft chat portion of the meeting was the most informative and I left with more information than I had intended to receive. I'm very happy I made it out even though I wasn't able to stay for it's entirety.
I enjoyed it too & was sorry to miss the other critiques. Next time wil take the train!
loved the way the meeting is set up - found the discussion to be super informative and enjoyed observing the critique process. very much look forward to participating in the next...Nita.
This was my first meeting, and it was so much more than I expected! Unfortunately, I had to leave after the break to attend another meeting, but I'll be back next month.
I`m very sorry that I didn`t make it this time. But reading all of the comments, I really missed out. Thank you for including me. I am going to do everything I can to meet you beautiful people.sincerely, Take care. Pearl Brisco
The meetup was excellent. I really enjoyed the critique. Wish I was there for the copyright part though :) But all in all I loved it. :) See you guys next month.
Wow. Been away months and months. Great stuff. Djs. Steve julius Were swinging. Kept it moving. And the 3 readings and comments were inspiringJoseph Angelellawere swinging a
Wish I could be there in person. Robert Eggleton, Rarity from the Hollow
Good morning ladies and gents. I'm one of that horde of people that have been told I'm a capable writer throughout my life, but did nothing about it (grammar and spelling notwithstanding). Now that I'm retired, I thought I'd pull it out of my "bucket" and see what comes of it. Is this group limited to non-fiction? Do I need to have a work in progress to attend? If so, do attendees send it out to members ahead of time and expect criticism during the meeting? Any and all information would be appreciated before I show up for my first Group Meetup.Thanks,Tom
1 · January 28, 2013
Non-fiction is accepted. I am pretty sure this group is open to almost all kinds of writing, which is great. You don't need a work in progress to attend. When you attend your first meeting, you will be asked to provide your email address. From then on, you'll receive about four submissions for critique every month through email. During the second part of the meetup, feedback on these previously read submissions is provided. Don't worry about the fact that you won't have read the pieces being critiqued in this meetup; that's expected with all new members. It's still worthwhile to see how the critiques usually go, and you can often still read a bit of what's being critiqued if another group member has printed out some copies which they've brought and is willing to share.If you have something to submit, then you just have to email Julius DeAngelus.
Can anyone suggest a parking lot or garage near the meeting? Thanks.
0 · February 1, 2013
Hi David- I've heard that the parking garage near the former GlaxoSmithKline headquarters, between Vine and Race and between 15th and 16th streets, has reduced parking rates on weekends. Enter the lot off of Spring Street, a small street between Race and Vine. But I'm not sure. Once parked, walk south on 16th to Liberty Place. Or google Philadelphia Parking for list of convenient spots. See you there!
Can't make tomorrow, and bummed about it. Surgery on Monday, lots to do this weekend. I will see you guys in March.
Can't make that meeting, but will try for March. Don -- er -- Sawney isn't the only debutant. My first e-book, Nightwinds, is out on smashwords for all formats.
0 · January 12, 2013
Congrats on the ebook release, M! The description sounds fun. I plan on checking it out soon.
0 · January 26, 2013
What should I bring to the meeting next week? I'm currently working on a novel and trying to create the layout and it's taking time to do so. Once the layout is in place it will be a lot easier to write the book
Hi Joseph, if it's your first meeting then you really only need to bring a notebook and pen...we'll get you signed up on the email list and then we can critique your work! Thanks!
I'm also a newbie and so looking forward to meeting other writers (now that I dare to call myself one)!
1 · January 23, 2013
Hello! This is my first time joining a Philadelphia Writer's Meetup... just how many pages should we bring for the critique? Thanks =)
0 · January 17, 2013
Rachel: If this is your actual first meetup, you don't need to bring anything for us to review yet. When you arrive, the Organizer will take your e-mail address & give you his. Then you can submit a piece for the next month's meetup via e-mail attachment. You will also be sent other writers' pieces for you to review.
1 · January 17, 2013
Let me know if you have more questions.
Hello Gene, I joined the group, but have never attended, I plan to attend in February; Do you other experienced writers trust writing competitions? The wb Yeats Society of Poetry is hosting their 2013 poetry contest, I really want to submit. What are your thoughts? Thank you kindly.
0 · January 21, 2013
It's cheap enough so I see no harm. They're not offering to sell you a compilation book of poetry with yours included, which is the usual sign of a scam.
Greetings, all. Newbie looking forward to Feb's meet up. :)
1 · January 12, 2013
I'm looking forward to my first meeting ever with a writing group
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