• WEBINAR: Writers Who Read: Weather by Jenny Offill

    Online event

    November's book is Weather by Jenny Offill (2020) - Sunday, 4pm (for 2 hours), online. Like hundreds of Zen koans, this bite-sized novel by Jenny Offill unfolds through thought-provoking snippets. You could consume it in three hours, but why rush? Better to linger over Lizzie's found wisdom and sharp observations during these trying times of simultaneously-collapsing climate, government, and society. Maybe it's best to begin here: https://obligatorynoteofhope.com and ground yourself before you dive into Lizzie's catharsis. How did she learn so much about surviving the end times? She's a librarian. Of course. 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/

  • WEBINAR: 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!

  • Speculative Fiction Critique Group - Zoom Meeting

    Online event

    SUBMISSION GUIDELINES - Speculative Fiction (Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Magical Realism, Horror, Weird, Etc) - 2,500 words maximum (shorter is okay) - Double-spaced - 1 inch margins - 12 point Times New Roman or other easy to read font MEETING GUIDELINES - Must share your critiques of the other submissions - Must be present to receive critiques - Review critique guidelines in Google Docs folder - Must provide an electronic copy of your critiques - One critique group per month per member (BWA has others) - Zoom link will be e-mailed week of meetup UPLOAD DEADLINE - Sunday, November 1st, 11:59 pm - Missing submissions will result in removal from the event - Wait-listed members will replace removed persons - Replacements will have one day to upload HOW TO UPLOAD - Email [masked] OR [masked] and one of us will add you to the google drive ATTENTION NON-SPECULATIVE WRITERS - Please check out the BWA Creative Writers Critique Group

  • WEBINAR: 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!

  • Speculative Fiction Critique Group - Zoom Meeting

    Online event

    SUBMISSION GUIDELINES - Speculative Fiction (Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Magical Realism, Horror, Weird, Etc) - 2,500 words maximum (shorter is okay) - Double-spaced - 1 inch margins - 12 point Times New Roman or other easy to read font MEETING GUIDELINES - Must share your critiques of the other submissions - Must be present to receive critiques - Review critique guidelines in Google Docs folder - Must provide an electronic copy of your critiques - One critique group per month per member (BWA has others) - Zoom link will be e-mailed week of meetup UPLOAD DEADLINE - Sunday, November 29th, 11:59 pm - Missing submissions will result in removal from the event - Wait-listed members will replace removed persons - Replacements will have one day to upload HOW TO UPLOAD - Email [masked] OR [masked] and one of us will add you to the google drive ATTENTION NON-SPECULATIVE WRITERS - Please check out the BWA Creative Writers Critique Group

  • WEBINAR: Writers Who Read: The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

    December's book is The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead (2019) - Sunday, 4pm (for 2 hours), online. Horrible things happened to Elwood at the Nickel School for Boys. Once a budding scholar, he eventually became a refugee in NYC, forever altered by his near-death experiences. Based on real-life recent events, Colson Whitehead's ninth book (which won him his second Pulitzer) reminds us that the echoes of American slavery resonate well into the 21st century. 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/

  • Write to Publish, Publish to Sell

    Boulder Public Library - Main Branch

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  • Write to Publish, Publish to Sell

    Online event

    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: The above is a generic introduction to our group. Each month's talk is different by different writers we've found who have expertise about important publishing topics. I will update this copy to reflect each month's meeting as soon as I can for each. For specifics for each meeting, please continue to check back. 😁 )