• Off the Shelf Book Club (renamed from BWA/STC Work Related )

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    Off the Shelf Book Club focuses on work-related books for professionals in technical communication, marketing communication, UX, web design, etc.

    Book for 9 Feb 2023 is *Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets *by Nassim Nicolas Taleb.

    Action Items:

    • RSVP
    • Come with 2-3 book ideas.

    Thanks!

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  • Ahhhhh! Crafting Your Character's Voice

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    Can you hear your characters? Can your readers? A major piece of character development is voice. The way your characters speak can reveal their personality, where they are from, if they are lying, and more. In this workshop, we will:

    • define character voice
    • discuss different ways to create voice
    • share how you can show voice on the page
    • practice writing voice

    Come ready to write/brainstorm character voice for your work-in-progress!

    Caitlin Berve is the multi-award-winning author of When Magic Calls: A Collection of Modern Fairy Tales, available in paperback, ebook, and audiobook formats. Through her company Ignited Ink Writing, she edits novels, creates video tutorials, teaches creative writing, and writes. When not writing or editing, she teaches Pop Pilates and makes color-changing potions. Caitlin seeks to fill the world with the kind of writing that lingers with readers and find magic in modern times.

  • Creative Writer's Critique Group

    Boulder Public Library - George Reynolds 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!

  • BWA Happy Hour

    Avanti Food and Beverage, Boulder

    Hi Writers, Editors, Beginners, and Professionals,

    Wanna talk writing? Publishing? Or just get out of the house? Then come join us and we'll catch up!

    Do we welcome writers of any genre? Yes! How about poets? Yes! Beginners? Yes! Professionals? Yes! Editors, agents, publishers? Yes, yes, and yes! Do we misspell words? Yes, freqently.

    We meet at 5 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month (we move the date for holidays). Hope to see you soon.

    BWA

  • Writers Who Read: Winter Work - Dan Fesperman

    Online event

    March's meeting--IN PERSON at the Boulder Library Main Branch 2nd floor Flatirons Meeting Room & ONLINE (see link when you register)--is Winter Work by Dan Fesperman (USA, 2022) on Sunday starting at 2:30 pm (for 2 hours). Facilities information here.

    ADDITIONAL REQUIRED READING: I Figured It Out

    Former Baltimore Sun foreign correspondent Dan Fesperman uses the ransacking of Stasi headquarters after the fall of the Berlin Wall as the jumping off point for this post-Cold War thriller. Stasi officers are desperate to save their skins and some have real intelligence to offer. But who to trust: their former enemies, the Americans, or their recent Russian masters? A Hobson's choice indeed.

    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/

  • Off the Shelf Book Club (renamed from BWA/STC Work Related )

    Online event

    Off the Shelf Book Club focuses on work-related books for professionals in technical communication, marketing communication, UX, web design, etc.

    Action Items:

    • RSVP
    • Come with 2-3 book ideas.

    Thanks!

  • Write to Publish: Ahhhhh! Crafting Your Character's Voice

    Online event

    Can you hear your characters? Can your readers? A major piece of character development is voice. The way your characters speak can reveal their personality, where they are from, if they are lying, and more. In this workshop, we will:

    • define character voice
    • discuss different ways to create voice
    • share how you can show voice on the page
    • practice writing voice

    Come ready to write/brainstorm character voice for your work-in-progress!

    Speaker Bio
    Caitlin Berve is the multi-award-winning author of When Magic Calls: A Collection of Modern Fairy Tales, available in paperback, ebook, and audiobook formats. Through her company Ignited Ink Writing, she edits novels, creates video tutorials, teaches creative writing, and writes. When not writing or editing, she teaches Pop Pilates and makes color-changing potions. Caitlin seeks to fill the world with the kind of writing that lingers with readers and find magic in modern times.

  • BWA Happy Hour

    Roadhouse Boulder Depot

    Hi Writers, Editors, Beginners, and Professionals,

    Wanna talk writing? Publishing? Or just get out of the house? Then come join us and we'll catch up!

    Do we welcome writers of any genre? Yes! How about poets? Yes! Beginners? Yes! Professionals? Yes! Editors, agents, publishers? Yes, yes, and yes! Do we misspell words? Yes, freqently.

    We meet at 5 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month (we move the date for holidays). Hope to see you soon.

    BWA

  • Writers Who Read: The Candy House - Jennifer Egan

    Online event

    April's meeting--IN PERSON at the Boulder Library Main Branch 2nd floor Flatirons Meeting Room & ONLINE (see link when you register)--is The Candy House by Jennifer Egan (USA, 2022) on Sunday starting at 2:30 pm (for 2 hours). Facilities information here.

    ADDITIONAL REQUIRED READING: Language and Grammar

    Who else but Egan could transform the bathos of social media and the negation of our private lives into a metaphor for writers and writing? Egan reprises some of the minor characters from her major classic, A Visit From the Goon Squad, and crafts its equal, if not its better. The chapter written only in email threads is a minor masterpiece. Rock and roll forever!

    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/

  • Off the Shelf Book Club (renamed from BWA/STC Work Related )

    Online event

    Off the Shelf Book Club focuses on work-related books for professionals in technical communication, marketing communication, UX, web design, etc.

    Action Items:

    • RSVP
    • Come with 2-3 book ideas.

    Thanks!