• Creative Writer's Critique Group

    Boulder Public Library - Main Branch

    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!

  • Writers Who Read: Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

    Online event

    February's book is Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro (UK, 2021) - Sunday, 2:30 pm (for 2 hours), online (see link when you register) & at the Main Boulder Public Library in the Flatirons Meeting Room (2nd floor).

    Nobel laureate Kazuo Ishiguro's latest novel is told from the POV of Klara, a product of artificial intelligence. Writing the layers of her discovery of our near-future world is a virtuosic tour de force, and because Ishiguro is careful to tie his speculative fiction back to human issues, Klara is made to be acutely aware of her own mortality, or rather, her obsolescence. Aren't we all?

    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/

  • BWA/STC Work Related Book Club

    Online event

    Join us in a discussion of Tiny Habits by BJ Fogg for the Feb meeting.

  • Write to Publish, Publish to Sell: Goal Setting for Creative & Professional Work

    As the second workshop in BWA's Write to Publish, Publish to Sell series for Spring 2022, Laura L. B. Border, President, presents on Goal Setting for Creative & Professional Work. Are you a writer who is stuck? discouraged? afraid of the term "goal setting"? unsure of how to complete the work you need to finish? This workshop provides a framework to support and guide you as you work toward the accomplishment of your goals. The workshop will be presented online but you will work on your goals by hand at your desk as we progress through the model presented.

  • BWA Happy Hour

    Roadhouse Boulder Depot

    Hi Writers, Editors, Beginners, and Professionals,

    Wanna talk writing? Publishing? Decompress after work? Or just want an excuse to get out of the house? Then come join us and we'll do some catching up! We meet on the third Thursday of every month (holidays excluded).

    Hope to see you there!
    Rick and Eben

    PS Do you need to be a published writer to attend? Nope, simply interested is plenty sufficient.

  • Writers Who Read: The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz

    Online event

    March's book is The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz (USA, 2021) - Sunday, 2:30 pm (for 2 hours), online (see link when you register) & at the Main Boulder Public Library in the Flatirons Meeting Room (2nd floor).

    Have you ever had second thoughts when you query an agent, an editor, or a publisher? Do you trust strangers not to steal your work, convinced that the proof is in the 100,000 words, and not just the storyline? And have you (yes, you) ever been tempted to swipe another writer's outline for your own? Korelitz's latest novel is a particularly persuasive poke to all you potential plot plagiarists! Maybe.

    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/

  • Write to Publish, Publish to Sell: How to Write Diverse Characters

    Today’s readers demand all types of characters. They want to see different races, socioeconomic statuses, ableness, sexual orientations, body types, and more. Developing diverse characters outside of your life experience can be challenging, fun, and a bit of a risk. So how do you write believable, minority characters who are different from yourself? Find out at this workshop.

    Caitlin Berve is a multi-award-winning fantasy author, editor, and speaker. Through Ignited Ink Writing, she edits novels, creates video tutorials and writes. Utilizing her MFA in creative writing, she teaches at conferences, colleges, and writers’ organizations. Her collection of modern fairy tales When Magic Calls is available in paperback, audiobook, and ebook formats. When not writing or reading, Caitlin runs the Colorado trails and makes color changing potions. She seeks to fill the world with the kind of writing that lingers with readers and find magic in modern times.

  • BWA Happy Hour

    Avanti Food and Beverage, Boulder

    Hi Writers, Editors, Beginners, and Professionals,

    Wanna talk writing? Publishing? Decompress after work? Or just want an excuse to get out of the house? Then come join us and we'll do some catching up! We meet on the third Thursday of every month (holidays excluded).

    Hope to see you there!
    Rick and Eben

    PS Do you need to be a published writer to attend? Nope, simply interested is plenty sufficient.

  • Creative Writer's Critique Group

    Boulder Public Library - Main Branch

    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!

  • Writers Who Read: The Promise by Damon Galgut

    Online event

    April's book is The Promise by Damon Galgut (South Africa, 2021) - Sunday, 2:30 pm (for 2 hours), online (see link when you register) & at the Main Boulder Public Library in the Flatirons Meeting Room (2nd floor).

    Just how dissolute can White Nationalists become when their country is taken over by minorities? Today's American Right has nothing on White South Africans in the 1990s, when precious few enlightened individuals believed that a promise made to a Black woman was worth anything. Pay attention to the POV. Winner of the 2021 Booker Prize, Damon Galgut now joins fellow Springboks J. M. Coetzee and Nobel Laureate Nadine Gordimer.

    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/