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Empathic Editors is back again for an information session for Boulder and Denver area writers considering working with a freelance editor to achieve their publication goals! We had a great session last time discussing some common problems in texts that are easily fixed by writers themselves, and this time, we'll be diving into some or all of the following: • Cultivating Your Voice, and how an editor helps you do that • A Crafting Sentences exercise • How to Know if Your Work is Ready (for self-publication or working with an editor) • Analysis of That Pile of Books I Brought activity — self-published, indie, or “big five”? • Some Advice from John Gardner, on working with an editor, being edited, and keeping the faith as a writer • Fair Pricing for editorial services • Discussion of EXPOSURE: An Adventure for Writers and introducing travel writer Kurt Caswell Hope to see you there, and please feel free to bring writing friends. We'll have some light refreshments, as well! To learn more about Empathic Editors, please visit www.empathiceditors.com. We're Boulder's only editorial firm exclusively comprising published writers who hold MFAs, and every one of us is "highly sensitive." Because good book editing should be an act of empathy.
Calling all creative writers! The BWA Creative Writing Critique Group is back! We will meet in the FLATIRONS 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!
Do you want to write to publish a book, but are confused by all the advice out there about the right path to seeing your book in print? Do you want to know about how to sell your book once it is published as well as how people get it on a major best sellers list? Should you find an agent? (And how do you do that?) Should you go to publishers directly? Should you self-publish? Should you go print-on-demand? Yoinks! It seems like publishing is the new wild west. While publishing is easier than it's ever been, it's also more confusing. The former gatekeepers no longer hold all the keys, but there are also a lot of people out there selling counterfeit ones. How do you figure out what the best way to do it is when all you really want to do is sit down and write? BWA has a handful of people who know the ropes, from published authors to those of us who work in the seedy underbelly of the industry. Wanna know what we've done and what's worked? Then this is the meeting for you. (Note, parking is free for the first 1.5 hours and after 7:00 pm. So if you show up after 5:30, all you have to do is put in your license plate number and you are good until we're done. 😁 )
September's book is Newcomer by Keigo Higashino (Translated 2018) NEW DAY: Sunday, 4pm (for 2 hours), Arapahoe Room at Main Boulder Library A Tokyo murder mystery told from the POV of potential sources of information and potential suspects. An intricately constructed tale, which pulls the reader along just a few beats behind the Columbo-like Detective Kaga, Nihonbashi's most underrated policeman. Confused rice cracker shop owners, toy store clerks, and restaurateurs all wonder why Kaga is so interested in their cakes, their chopsticks, and why would he volunteer to walk that dog? Each meeting we will pick apart a recent novel from various genres with the goal of uncovering how the author has utilized their skills to great 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 - Tense, Argot, 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 novel in advance of the meeting, and come bearing their discoveries of how the author has addressed each of the five points above. How does 'literary forensics' work? For more information and resources, please visit my Book Club informational site, here: http://www.garyalanmcbride.com/boulder-book-club-for-writers/