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Welcome to 9 Bridges

Writing can be a solitary journey. There is no one right or wrong way to pursue your love of writing, and no two writers share the exact same experiences. The methodology that works for one person often doesn’t work for another. Writers are a little like stars in the sky – while there are countless numbers, each is completely unique and capable of creating their own world full of wonder.

9 Bridges creates connections – bridging differences in styles, personalities and level of experience. We feel we can all learn from one another, whether it means a poet might learn something new about cadence from a science fiction writer, or that a horror writer might coach a memoir writer about tension. We strive to not only connect writers to writers, but to give writers greater access to the communities that can help them the best.

We do this through offering positive, supportive critique groups that help people improve their writing skills without cutting them down. The format is simple - each member brings a sample of their current work in progress and reads it out loud to the group. Feedback is based on based on what is heard, and this provides a different experience than seeing things on paper. We also have monthly workshops on a variety of topics about the craft and business of writing. Finally, we partner with other organizations to bring discounts and/or free admissions to members for conferences, events and services. Membership is free. We keep this organization up and running through the generous support of our members. Please consider assisting us - we are a 501(c)3 non-profit and your donation is tax-deductible.

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Mid-Week Writer's Critique Group

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With the current situation, 9 Bridges has purchased a Zoom account to hold online meetings. NOTE IMPORTANT CHANGES. . .First, we've changed the start time to 1:30 p.m., but as we move along and adapt to the circumstances of the current state of being, we may make some adjustments. Unfortunately, the “read aloud” format isn’t working very well since we rely on Zoom’s meeting services. While it is a fine replacement for the moment, not all of us are gamers, meaning the buffering, streaming, and loading aren’t always the smoothest. Those of us online over the last three sessions have found it convenient and productive to receive the writing beforehand, then read the pieces and make our own notes to bring to the scheduled meeting. Anyone wishing to submit writing needs to get his or her piece to me (at [masked]) by 4 p.m. on the Sunday prior to our scheduled Wednesday. I will then send them out to anyone who will “attend” for feedback; they should be on their way by early evening of that Sunday. Other items important to note: 1. Please make it a word document 2. Identify yourself on the document (best in headers with page numbers) 3. Double space the writing and use an appropriate font (12 point Times New Roman is pretty standard) and 4. If it particularly long (over 1,500 words), please consider splitting it into two or more parts as fitting to the entire piece. Many have done this with a paragraph to remind readers what went on before. Sorry for all the new rules, but desperate times—don’cha know.

Mid-Week Writer's Critique Group

Location visible to members

With the current situation, 9 Bridges has purchased a Zoom account to hold online meetings. NOTE IMPORTANT CHANGES. . .First, we've changed the start time to 1:30 p.m., but as we move along and adapt to the circumstances of the current state of being, we may make some adjustments. Unfortunately, the “read aloud” format isn’t working very well since we rely on Zoom’s meeting services. While it is a fine replacement for the moment, not all of us are gamers, meaning the buffering, streaming, and loading aren’t always the smoothest. Those of us online over the last three sessions have found it convenient and productive to receive the writing beforehand, then read the pieces and make our own notes to bring to the scheduled meeting. Anyone wishing to submit writing needs to get his or her piece to me (at [masked]) by 4 p.m. on the Sunday prior to our scheduled Wednesday. I will then send them out to anyone who will “attend” for feedback; they should be on their way by early evening of that Sunday. Other items important to note: 1. Please make it a word document 2. Identify yourself on the document (best in headers with page numbers) 3. Double space the writing and use an appropriate font (12 point Times New Roman is pretty standard) and 4. If it particularly long (over 1,500 words), please consider splitting it into two or more parts as fitting to the entire piece. Many have done this with a paragraph to remind readers what went on before. Sorry for all the new rules, but desperate times—don’cha know.

Mid-Week Writer's Critique Group

Location visible to members

With the current situation, 9 Bridges has purchased a Zoom account to hold online meetings. NOTE IMPORTANT CHANGES. . .First, we've changed the start time to 1:30 p.m., but as we move along and adapt to the circumstances of the current state of being, we may make some adjustments. Unfortunately, the “read aloud” format isn’t working very well since we rely on Zoom’s meeting services. While it is a fine replacement for the moment, not all of us are gamers, meaning the buffering, streaming, and loading aren’t always the smoothest. Those of us online over the last three sessions have found it convenient and productive to receive the writing beforehand, then read the pieces and make our own notes to bring to the scheduled meeting. Anyone wishing to submit writing needs to get his or her piece to me (at [masked]) by 4 p.m. on the Sunday prior to our scheduled Wednesday. I will then send them out to anyone who will “attend” for feedback; they should be on their way by early evening of that Sunday. Other items important to note: 1. Please make it a word document 2. Identify yourself on the document (best in headers with page numbers) 3. Double space the writing and use an appropriate font (12 point Times New Roman is pretty standard) and 4. If it particularly long (over 1,500 words), please consider splitting it into two or more parts as fitting to the entire piece. Many have done this with a paragraph to remind readers what went on before. Sorry for all the new rules, but desperate times—don’cha know.

Mid-Week Writer's Critique Group

Location visible to members

With the current situation, 9 Bridges has purchased a Zoom account to hold online meetings. NOTE IMPORTANT CHANGES. . .First, we've changed the start time to 1:30 p.m., but as we move along and adapt to the circumstances of the current state of being, we may make some adjustments. Unfortunately, the “read aloud” format isn’t working very well since we rely on Zoom’s meeting services. While it is a fine replacement for the moment, not all of us are gamers, meaning the buffering, streaming, and loading aren’t always the smoothest. Those of us online over the last three sessions have found it convenient and productive to receive the writing beforehand, then read the pieces and make our own notes to bring to the scheduled meeting. Anyone wishing to submit writing needs to get his or her piece to me (at [masked]) by 4 p.m. on the Sunday prior to our scheduled Wednesday. I will then send them out to anyone who will “attend” for feedback; they should be on their way by early evening of that Sunday. Other items important to note: 1. Please make it a word document 2. Identify yourself on the document (best in headers with page numbers) 3. Double space the writing and use an appropriate font (12 point Times New Roman is pretty standard) and 4. If it particularly long (over 1,500 words), please consider splitting it into two or more parts as fitting to the entire piece. Many have done this with a paragraph to remind readers what went on before. Sorry for all the new rules, but desperate times—don’cha know.

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