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Welcome to the Tuesday edition of the Central Phoenix Writing Workshop! Here's how we work. Generally speaking, we spend the first half hour hanging out, getting situated and waiting for people to come in. If you have work you'd like to share, find the friendly moderator let them know. In the interests of effective criticism, we ask that you bring 5 - 6 hard copies and no more than 3000 words. Having a hard copy enables us to make notes on the page and give more effective criticism. Anything over 3,000 words becomes hard to get through in the time we have. If you have any special requests or would like to be in a particular person's group, just let the moderator know. We are open to all styles, genres, and forms of creative writing, including poems, short stories, excerpts from novels or longer works, flash fiction, prose poetry, genre fiction, letters, screenplays, stageplays, personal essays, articles, op-eds, blogs, travel writing, memoir, creative non-fiction, and experimental work. If you don't have work, don't feel bad or worry about it. Some of us bring work every week. Some of us have never brought work. Building a writing practice takes time--assuming this is something you're even trying to do--and participating in an act of writing (even if it isn't writing itself) will help you move towards that goal. Carly's is occasionally a little noisier than some of the groups, but what it lacks in hearing it makes up for with alcohol, coffee, food, and increasing the public visibility of writers. While Carly's has a great happy hour and a $10 sandwich/drink deal, you are under no obligation to purchase anything. (as sometimes it gets noisy and having something in front of you makes it easier to follow along and take notes, as we simply have problems finding time for longer works). We encourage writers of all backgrounds and skill levels to attend. We are open to the public and free. Once everyone has arrived (7:00), the moderator divides the group into sub-groups to manage and balance the amount of content. Each sub-group has it's own moderator, who's responsible for making sure everybody gets a fair and equal opportunity to give and receive constructive criticism, to keep time, and to make sure we maintain a safe, communal space. Once everyone is settled, the moderator will have everyone introduce themselves, say a few words about how group runs, and then start group. Group goes like this: the person passes out their work, they provide the necessary background and context to understand the work, and then they tell the table what kind of criticism they may or may not be looking for before they read their work aloud. (Reading aloud help you get better at reading aloud, but reading the work out loud proofs your work, and easily identifies places where the language or construction may not work.) Once the person has finished reading, the group will provide compassionate, constructive, and thoughtful feedback on the person's work. Carly's tends to be a little more conversational than other groups (as we find that conversation produces the most insightful feedback). If you think that you don't know how to give criticism, don't worry about it. Critique is a weird thing, but anything you have to say about a person's piece beyond "I liked it" or "it was good" is immensely helpful, and we're here to help you articulate it. We take a short break at 8, and then usually finish around 9 or 9:30. If there's anything you ever want to talk about regarding creative writing, publishing, or group, just let us know. We take the safety of these spaces very seriously, and if there are ever any incidents where you feel that is not the case, please pull the moderator aside after group and let them know. If you have any questions, please send either one of the moderators an e-mail or post it here on the Meetup itself. Also, join the Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/centralphoenixwritersworkshop/)! Thanks much, and we look forward to seeing you soon!
***IF YOU HAVEN’T ATTENDED BEFORE, PLEASE READ THE NOTE ABOUT PARKING*** Writers gather at the Wednesday Central Phoenix Writing Workshop each week to seek feedback on their work. Regardless of skill level, those who desire improvement and support will discover that this group fulfills that need. The membership is not exclusive, but we are serious about helping authors grow in their ability with a kind and respectful approach. Our community supports an eclectic assortment of poetry and prose, and can provide insight and critique on nearly any type of writing. For those who wish to come to observe at first, we are happy to receive you and your feedback, as well as offer encouragement. Attendees bring work that they are comfortable sharing up to a word count of 2,800. We suggest that you bring six or seven copies to hand out. We spend the first half hour socializing and collecting content for the breakout groups. If you wish to share your work, please sign in with your content by no later than 6:45PM. If you know you will be late, please message the group through the Meetup site with your word count so we can add you to the lineup. Critiques begin at 7PM. The authors take turns reading their work out loud while the other members write comments on the copies, and then provide feedback. We take a seven to ten minute break around 8PM. The meeting usually ends at, or a little before, 9PM. PARKING NOTE: Hob Nobs’ small parking lot fills quickly on Wednesday. A few spots on the east side of 3rd Ave. may be available, but 3rd Ave. runs one-way heading north and is not accessible from McDowell. The best parking options can be found a block south, around the corner on Lynwood, either east or west of 3rd Ave. Allow yourself a few minutes extra to find parking.
***PLEASE READ IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND*** RSVP and post your word count in the comments (or if you’re intending to sit in and just read). 1:30 PM Sunday is our deadline and we can’t guarantee space for attendees who don’t RSVP or post a word count prior to our deadline. Bring copies to share (5-7 should be sufficient) so other group members can write comments and red-line suggested edits. Usually, a half hour is allocated for writers to read and group members to share their feedback of the writer’s work. Because of these time constraints, 2500 words are the maximum we can accept but we may give time to additional work— at the discretion of the group facilitator. If you’re a new writer, less is more; 1500 words max will get you the best feedback because it gives readers the room to really examine your work and help you refine your craft. 2500 words is really for writers who bring work that has been cleaned up through numerous edits. Groups begin promptly at 2 P.M., so give yourself enough time to meet other attendees, order from the counter, and take a deep breath. If you’re sharing your writing for the first time, know that all of us have sat in your seat. If you’re running late, let us know through the app; anyone arriving after 2 P.M. can’t be offered anything other than space to read other writers’ work. Additionally, we cannot guarantee space for anyone who hasn’t commented or RSVP’d after 1:30 P.M. Our group is about mutual respect and arriving late or leaving early disrespects your fellow writers. With that said, The Sunday Central Phoenix Writing Group is an informal gathering for those wishing to improve their craft and help others grow as writers. While bringing work is not required, all attendees should be willing to provide constructive and respectful feedback. Our goal is to provide a community where authors can share their work—fiction, nonfiction, poetry, blogs, essays—in a supportive and friendly environment. Additionally, Fair Trade Café has been an awesome host to our group, so please consider ordering food or a drink while attending the group. Again, our group is about respect—bringing outside food or drink to the group (water excepted) disrespects our host, so don’t do it—short of strict dietary requirements, you will be asked to leave for bringing stuff in.
Welcome to the Monday Central Phoenix Writing Workshop Starting Monday, Nov 6, 2017 This Central Phoenix Writing Workshop will meet at a new venue: Phoenix Public Market Cafe 14 E Pierce St Phoenix, AZ 85004 The Cafe has a wide array of food and beverages (including coffee, tea, beer, wine, pastries, snacks, sandwiches, entrees, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options). Parking is available in a lot west of the Cafe or on surrounding side streets. Prior to the meeting please text your word count to Paul Mosier [masked]) or John Daleiden [masked]) or post it on the Meetup page. We look forward to reading your work at our next Meetup. Please be sure to sign in so you will be included in a break-out group. Walk-in guests are welcome at any time. This group is designed to provide writers with immediate written and verbal feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of their writing. Writers should bring 6-8 printed copies of their work to share with the group. The printed copies permit participants to make direct written comments, while the on site presence permits verbal comments. Stories, poems, essays, novel chapters or segments, non-fiction, fiction, how to topics, reviews, memoirs, screenplays, stage plays, scripts, are all acceptable genre. Keep every genre alive. 6-8 pages,[masked] words works well for this kind of session. Please know your word count when you arrive. Individuals are also welcome to observe if they are not ready to share their work for critique. The first 45 minutes (6:15 – 6:45 PM) is a sign-in period and a social, get to know your fellow authors period. Readings and critiques begin promptly at 7:00 PM. During the sign-in period Moderators will divide the writers into 2-4 break-out groups of 4-6 authors. We look forward to meeting you and reading your work. Paul Mosier, Lead Moderator Cell Phone:[masked] John Daleiden, Assistant Moderator [masked] Cell Phone:[masked] pm/jd