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What is this Meetup About:

This is the official Meetup group of the Boulder Writers Alliance, a non-profit organization established in 1991. You should join this Meetup if you are professional or aspiring communicator. Communication specialties we embrace include technical writing and editing, blogging, copywriting, marketing communications, journalism, fiction and nonfiction writing, instructional design and e-learning, online help, photography and videography, training, Web design, desktop publishing, graphic arts, and more.

Our goal is to help our members find work, increase our marketable skills, and provide employers with a group of capable writing and publishing experts.

The Meetup is open to all who are interested in professional communications, regardless of membership status in BWA. BWA events, including events of the subgroups of BWA, will be posted here. We welcome interjections of energy and ideas from our members, and are open to posting events that you as a member would like to host. Make a suggestion at the BWA Forum (https://bwa.groups.io/g/public) if you would like to post an event related to professional communications.

For more information about BWA click the link below:

BWA Website (https://bwa.org)

Hope to see you soon!!

Upcoming events (5)

WEBINAR: Creative Writer's Critique Group

Online event

Calling all creative writers! The BWA Creative Writing Critique Group is back! If no one RSVPs, this meeting will not take place. If you cannot make it, please cancel your reservation.

BEFORE YOU COME email me at [masked] to be added to the Google Docs folder to share documents for critique. Meetup does not allow file sharing.

This is for anyone working on a creative piece - whether it be fiction, non-fiction, poetry, screen plays, etc. Participants will read through the pieces ahead of time, come up with helpful critiques, and discuss them at the meet up. Authors will need a copy of the critiques, whether through email or hard copy, so be prepared.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
- Review full guidelines in Google Docs folder
- 5-7 pages
- Double-spaced
- 12 point Times New Roman or other easy to read font
- Must be present to receive critique

If you don't submit 5 days before we meet, you will be removed from the Meetup to make room for someone on the waiting list.

I look forward to working with everyone and reading all of your work!

ZOOM LINK IN GOOGLE FOLDER

WEBINAR: Writers Who Read: The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

June's book is The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett (USA, 2020) -
Sunday, 4pm (for 2 hours), online.

::1st NOVEL OF 3 (June, July, August) about Disappearing Women::

Identity: who we are in our hearts versus how we present ourselves to the world. But are the only choices binary--black or white, male or female, actor or audience, and when does our facade overtake our reality? This critically-acclaimed and best-selling second novel by Brit Bennett tells the story of twin sisters who "were different and the same all at once."

We are Writers Who Read. We use Literary Forensics to dissect a recent novel (published within the past 18 months) with the goal of uncovering how the author has utilized their skills for effect. Storytelling is an art, but it's not a mystery. Every writer must address the following:

- Structure, Timeline, Pacing, Suspense, Omission
- Point of View, including Voice, Character, Place
- Language, Tense, Imagery, Metaphor, Symbols
- Motivation: Making a story pop - generating a thrill
- Why this story? And why now? Industry considerations

We ask that all attendees read the entire book in advance of the meeting, and come bearing their discoveries of how the author has addressed each of the five points above.

What is Literary Forensics? Find out here: https://www.garyalanmcbride.com/literary-forensics/

WEBINAR: Writers Who Read: Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo

July's book is Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo (S. Korea; trans. Jamie Chang 2020) - Sunday, 4pm (for 2 hours), online.

::2nd NOVEL OF 3 (June, July, August) about Disappearing Women::

Surname, then given name. Kim Jiyoung. Boys before girls--in everything, at all ages. Welcome to modern-day South Korea, and the controversial best-selling novel that explores the systemic inequality between the sexes through its disastrous effect on Jiyoung's mind. Conscious of the outrage her book would provoke, author Cho Nam-Joo helpfully includes anthropological footnotes for the unwoke [read: men].

We are Writers Who Read. We use Literary Forensics to dissect a recent novel (published within the past 18 months) with the goal of uncovering how the author has utilized their skills for effect. Storytelling is an art, but it's not a mystery. Every writer must address the following:

- Structure, Timeline, Pacing, Suspense, Omission
- Point of View, including Voice, Character, Place
- Language, Tense, Imagery, Metaphor, Symbols
- Motivation: Making a story pop - generating a thrill
- Why this story? And why now? Industry considerations

We ask that all attendees read the entire book in advance of the meeting, and come bearing their discoveries of how the author has addressed each of the five points above.

What is Literary Forensics? Find out here: https://www.garyalanmcbride.com/literary-forensics/

WEBINAR: Creative Writer's Critique Group

Online event

Calling all creative writers! The BWA Creative Writing Critique Group is back! If no one RSVPs, this meeting will not take place. If you cannot make it, please cancel your reservation.

BEFORE YOU COME email me at [masked] to be added to the Google Docs folder to share documents for critique. Meetup does not allow file sharing.

This is for anyone working on a creative piece - whether it be fiction, non-fiction, poetry, screen plays, etc. Participants will read through the pieces ahead of time, come up with helpful critiques, and discuss them at the meet up. Authors will need a copy of the critiques, whether through email or hard copy, so be prepared.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
- Review full guidelines in Google Docs folder
- 5-7 pages
- Double-spaced
- 12 point Times New Roman or other easy to read font
- Must be present to receive critique

If you don't submit 5 days before we meet, you will be removed from the Meetup to make room for someone on the waiting list.

I look forward to working with everyone and reading all of your work!

ZOOM LINK IN GOOGLE FOLDER

Past events (178)

WEBINAR: Creative Writer's Critique Group

Online event

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