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Read drafts, critique
Bring 8 paper copies of a draft/chapter you are working on. Please keep the draft under 2,000 words. We'll read the draft aloud and offer suggestions. First timers are always welcome. If you don't have a draft feel free to join us to offer critiques. FAQ: I'm not working on a "Novel" is it okay if I bring another type of writing? Yes! Whatever project you have is great, screenplay, poetry, short story, non-fiction, whatever. My writing is ____ genre, is that okay? Yes! Bring your sci-fi or mystery or western or whatever genre you're working on, we will read it! I'm afraid someone will hate my writing, what should I do? Don't be afraid! Rough drafts are always rough. Nobody will be perfect. We're here to support you, which means pointing out the parts that are awesome and providing honest suggestions for improvement. You're welcome to ignore the suggestions or take it into consideration for the next draft. It's just feedback. No pressure. I'm not good at giving feedback to others, what should I do? Oh, sure you are! Think of the last movie you watched. Did you exit the theater and say "Wow, that was great, except I wish there was more of ___ and less of ____"? That's giving feedback! You're welcome to provide as little or as much feedback as you feel comfortable with, but it's as simple as vocalizing your reaction to the writing sample. Easy stuff. I don't know if I'm comfortable with someone else reading my writing... Hearing a friend read your words gives you the rare opportunity to understand how an outsider interacts with your story. Which sentences do they trip on? Is your 'voice' coming through? Yes, giving up control can be scary but remember these workshops are to help you. Reciting your own lines back is great, but use us as an opportunity. Take advantage of having a group of supportive writers who are willing to read your stuff. It's worth it, I promise. I want to attend but I don't have any writing to bring this time. That's okay! You can still provide feedback. See you there! I want to come but I have to leave early, is that okay? Of course! I want to come but I will be late, is that okay? No problemo! Leave a comment if you can on the RSVP page so we'll know to expect you. Will the group discontinue after 2018 is over? Nope. We will just become 2019 Novel Writing! :) Is the group on Facebook? Glad you asked! Yes, we have a private Facebook group you're welcome to join. Share accomplishments, tips, funny memes, or whatever there. The link is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2018novelwriting/

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2018 is the year you finish that novel. It's going to happen. Join our group for encouragement, feedback and friendship!

We are a casual creative writing group of many genres, from YA to mystery, literary to sci-fi. No fees or rigid structure. We get together every week to read drafts aloud and share feedback.

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