• 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 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!

  • Write to Publish, Publish to Sell

    Boulder Public Library - Main Branch

    Craft and Style: Let's talk a little about the nuts and bolts of writing well What makes good writing? We all know it when we read it, but it can be elusive. What makes an author's voice resonate? When do certain words or turns of phrase pull us out of a book? What about "show, don't tell," "overwriting," use of adjectives, tone, pacing, dialogue, exposition, and so on and so forth? Why is sometimes finding just the right word so important? NYT bestselling editor, ghostwriter, and coach, Rick Killian, will lead a discussion on the "sentence gymnastics" he performs every day to help authors get their best stuff onto the page in ways that will not only best represent them, but, hopefully, make their style part of what captivates readers. Sure, it's more like "guidelines" than "rules," but the more you play at it, the better your writing will get and the more you will find your voice as an author. So, if you are brave, contact me with any pieces we might look at or bring a favorite section of a book we can discuss. (If you have something, please contact me ahead of time so that we can work it in? Thanks!) This should be more workshop than presentation, so come ready for a little debate and hopefully some laughter as well. (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. 😁 )

  • BWA Social

    Shine Restaurant & Potion Bar

    Don’t miss the BWA Annual Meet & Greet Networking Social… Say hello to old friends and meet new ones. Come rub elbows with other authors and aspiring writers. Network with fellow marketing and technical writers, bloggers and authors, publishing experts and editors, graphic artists and instructional designers, multimedia developers and e-learning creators, photographers, videographers, and other communication professionals. Let’s talk about what we do, encourage one another, and keep our writing conversations going! Promote Your Business and Writing! Put your services front and center at the BWA Resources Table. Bring your business cards, flyers, and tabletop signs. Let's leverage our collective power and help each of us accomplish our professional goals. Help Us Improve BWA Discuss program and small group (MeetUp) options you'd like to see. Join one of our monthly BWA Meetup Groups—or find out how to come present for one! Explore ideas for evolving and growing BWA. Talk over your suggestions with BWA steering committee members. Lighten up and spend an evening laughing with your colleagues. We're all in this crazy world together! Cost: Members: Free Non-members: $15 (paid at the door, cash or check) We will cover the food and the space, drinks will be available at the bar at your expense (Shine's “potions” are reported to be “magical”)

  • Boulder Book Club For Writers - Newcomer by Keigo Higashino

    Boulder Public Library - Main Branch

    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/

  • 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 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!

  • Write to Publish, Publish to Sell

    Boulder Public Library - Main Branch

    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. 😁 )

  • Boulder BookClub For Writers: Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, Gail Honeyman

    Boulder Public Library - Main Branch

    October's book is Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (2017) Sunday, 4pm (for 2 hours), Arapahoe Room at Main Boulder Library What does it feel like to be the social outcast: the misfit, the office joke? To be so lonely that a completely fine weekend is two liters of vodka, spread out so evenly as to be rendered neither drunk nor sober? Welcome to the inside of Eleanor Oliphant's head. She's exceptionally smart, overly judgmental, and completely and utterly alone. Except for Mummy, that is, who's not much help at all. Finally! A book that cannot be made into a movie, except that Reese Witherspoon is doing just that, blithely ignoring major plot points. 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/

  • 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 ELDORADO 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!

  • Write to Publish, Publish to Sell

    Boulder Public Library - Main Branch

    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. 😁 )

  • Boulder Book Club For Writers - American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson

    Boulder Public Library - Main Branch

    November's book is American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson (2019) Sunday, 4pm (for 2 hours), Arapahoe Room at Main Boulder Library What's revolutionary? Literacy? Healthcare? Women's rights? Racial justice? Working within the system or overthrowing it? Marie is severely underutilized by the FBI, but she's sharp and has skills that might prove useful in Burkina Faso. In this tale of deceit about professional deceivers, Marie tries to lay out the facts to her sons about what really went down back in the 80s. Yet you can't grasp the full story until the last page. Overtones of Le Carré--yes, it's that good. 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/