We hope to see you at a meeting soon. Don't be shy or scared! A writers' group is a great way to improve your writing, increase your output, and make new, neurotic friends.
We meet weekly for critique and random chat. We are passionate about writing and we ask that you are too, but everyone from beginners to experienced writers are welcome to attend. We do not discriminate against genres: fiction, non-fiction, poetry are all welcome.
Here are our expectations for members:
As a reader
Please read the submissions for the week and come to the meeting prepared to offer specific, honest, and constructive criticism. Many members print out the week’s writing and make comments (both line editing and editing for overall effect) to hand to the writer after the group discussion. Others send the writer an e-mail with their comments, both detailed and general. The feedback that you offer others will help you become a better writer and it is the way you compensate others for the feedback that you receive.
As a writer
We assume that members are in the group because they are willing to give and respond to honest critique. No one's work is unanimously praised. All of us learn to swallow our defensive instincts to understand and consider feedback our fellow members have taken time to offer. To further this end, please refrain from talking while others are offering critique to you. Do not offer explanation, back story, or argument in response. Do ask for clarification, examples, or details for criticisms that you do not understand.
Please edit, refine, spell check, improve, and read your piece before submitting it to the group. Show your respect for the time others will spend on your piece by making it the best writing and the cleanest copy that you can.
As a group member
Please RSVP (either yes or no) for each meeting.
The group functions best when we are respectful, comfortable, and secure in our relationships with each other. If you feel that the group has violated your trust, please let an administrator know so that the issue can be addressed and not fester.
There is time for chatting and catching up with friends before and after the critiques. Please refrain from chatting during the critiques. You will receive the same respect and attention when it is your turn.
We look forward to meeting you!