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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)

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Upcoming events (5)

WEBINAR: Write to Publish, Publish to Sell

Online event

Marketing on 5 Minutes a Day If you're spending more time marketing than writing, you might be doing it wrong. Organic audience growth builds slowly but - once established - doesn't depend on changes in algorithms, advertising, or factors beyond your control. Find out how Nathan Lowell built his audience and keeps it happy on 5 minutes a day. Brief Bio: Nathan Lowell started writing science-fiction in January, 2007, and became a full time novelist in 2012. He built his audience the old-fashioned way and sees no reason to change now.

Writers Who Read: Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk

Boulder Public Library - Main Branch

May's book is Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk (translated in 2019) - Sunday, 4pm (for 2 hours), Arapahoe Room at Main Boulder Library. Janina (just don't call her that) lives on the Borders of Poland and Czechia, of Sickness and Health, of Heaven and Hell. She teaches English, translates William Blake, and reads the Stars, looking for Answers. Who killed her Neighbor? Why does no one suspect the Animals? And where are her Little Girls? Olga Tokarczuk won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Literature, the year this book came out in English. Who decides your True Name, and who gets to have a Voice--is it the Hunters, or the Hunted? We are Writers Who Read. We use Literary Forensics to dissect a recent novel (published within 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/

Creative Writer's Critique Group

Boulder Public Library - Main Branch

Calling all creative writers! The BWA Creative Writing Critique Group is back! We will meet in the ARAPAHOE room at the Boulder Library Main Branch. 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!

Speculative Fiction Critique Group

Boulder Public Library - Main Branch

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES - Speculative Fiction (Sci Fi, Fantasy, Magical Realism, Horror, Weird, Etc) - 5-7 pages - Double-spaced - 12 point Times New Roman or other easy to read font MEETING GUIDELINES - Meet in Flatirons room in main Boulder Library - Must share your critiques of the other submissions - Must be present to receive critiques - Review critique guidelines in Google Docs folder - Must provide written or electronic copy of critique - One critique group per month per member (BWA has others) UPLOAD DEADLINE - Saturday, May 9th, 11:59pm - Missing submissions will result in removal from the event - Waitlisted members will replace removed persons - Replacements will have one day to upload HOW TO UPLOAD - Email [masked] OR [masked] and we will add you to the google drive ATTENTION NON-SPECULATIVE WRITERS - Please check out the BWA Creative Writers Critique Group

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