What we're about

Welcome to EBSFFW! The group is open to anyone 18 years old or older who is writing in the genre or who enjoys it enough to read other people's writing and provide serious and supportive critique. What kind of writing? Screenplays, novels, short stories, YA...you name it. We share our writing before the monthly critique meeting, so the meeting itself is straight-up discussion. And our members are successful! You can browse some of our publications here: (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1mmymFcCAhoMvl-faLuUxHZVMk27EVnXVevc7GwnrGQU/edit?usp=sharing).

Interested in submitting? The first step is coming to a meeting! We want to make sure you're familiar with EBSFFW's style of critique and that you're a real, live human before we accept manuscripts to send on to our members. We don't have too many rules about what you can submit, but we do offer short fiction and novel critiques at different times. Here are the full submission guidelines:

Submission Guidelines (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Ag4cvCJJQNDhyle3FIteMbaYKWUdf9swfnWHDwjXC_Y/pub)

Have you come to a meeting and are ready to submit? Email your work to becca@gomezfarrell.com after reading those guidelines above. Our admin team will fit your shorter fiction or excerpts (<7,000 words) into the critique queue, and you have to submit once to our regular monthly session before we'll schedule a critique of your larger work (>7,000 words).

Lately, we've had a waitlist for critiques - you can see how far ahead we are scheduling them here:

Critique Queue (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1knXwxNkavnk2IizFX-vxOzb6tmeyZQ2hpudl3yZvtHY/pub)

Finally, just how do we critique work at EBSFFW? Take the time to look over our Rules of Engagement:

Rules of Engagement (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RKp0hisz-RSZgE1xF65DzUhOwRQZ6JqwAJ5fbAwrCwU/pub)

It's not that complicated, we promise. Any questions left? Just send one of the organizers a message. We are listed right below this box. Or come to one of our Craft Klatsches! Those are just for casual talk about all our writing careers.

Upcoming events (5)

Novel Critique: “Bright Lights and Shapeshifters” by Kate Pennington

Join us for a review of Kate Pennington’s fantasy novel “Bright Lights and Shapeshifters: Montanari’s Supernatural Circus Book One”. Word Count: 100K

Here’s the Blurb:

In a world filled with werewolves anchoring the nightly news and kitsune on the Supreme Court, running away to join a Supernatural Circus was more than a dream come true, for Parker it was a lifeline. So why did she feel like she was coming apart at the seams?

Like a lot of kids, Parker had grown up with a love of horses. She seemed to understand them in a deep, nearly magical way. She was less great with actual people. If growing up was about finding yourself and your people, Parker had a long way to go. If joining a circus, filled with werecats, shape-shifting birds, and amazing horses, was about making friends and learning new skills, Parker might be on the right track. When an accident puts Parker center stage, everything changes. But the bright lights and make up-come with a secret, one that will change Parker’s life forever.

To familiarize yourself with our typical critique style, please read our Rules of Engagement: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RKp0hisz-RSZgE1xF65DzUhOwRQZ6JqwAJ5fbAwrCwU/edit?usp=sharing

Let's read Kate’s story and join Parker on her journey of mystery in the circus and see how it changes her life forever.

RSVP to get the link to the manuscript.

Berkeley Critique Session

Online event

Submissions are closed for this meeting, but you are welcome to come and critique or sit in the session! For the time being, we are remaining virtual.

Two weeks before the meeting, links to the submissions and instructions for joining the session will be emailed from [masked] to members who have RSVPed yes. If you don't get this email, please check your junk email or promotional email folders.

If you RSVP fewer than two weeks before the session, please contact one of the Event Hosts to send the link to you. If you sign up only a day or two before the session, we may not be able to send you the manuscript link in time...but do feel free to come see how our critique sessions work, regardless!

Our rules of engagement explain the style of critique we use. Please read those here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RKp0hisz-RSZgE1xF65DzUhOwRQZ6JqwAJ5fbAwrCwU/edit?usp=sharing

If your work is being critiqued, we ask that you send $5 to the Meetup organizer to help pay our Meetup dues. All other members are encouraged to come listen, critique, and meet other writers for free.

We do offer critiques for works longer than 7,000 words as well. But you have to attend, and then submit to, one of these monthly sessions first. Please feel free to ask a member of the admin team for more info.

Berkeley Critique Session

Online event

Critique slots are full for this session! But we'd love to have you come and critique our authors' work.

This Meetup will be held via Zoom online conferencing software. You can access audio with just your phone, no internet required. Or for video and audio participation, use an Internet-enabled computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Two weeks before the meeting, links to the submissions and instructions for joining the session will be emailed from [masked] to members who have RSVPed yes. If you don't get this email, please check your junk email or promotional email folders.

If you RSVP fewer than two weeks before the session, please contact one of the Event Hosts to send the link to you. If you sign up only a day or two before the session, we may not be able to send you the manuscript link in time...but do feel free to come see how our critique sessions work, regardless!

Our rules of engagement explain the style of critique we use. Please read those here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RKp0hisz-RSZgE1xF65DzUhOwRQZ6JqwAJ5fbAwrCwU/edit?usp=sharing

If your work is being critiqued, we ask that you send $5 to the Meetup organizer to help pay our Meetup dues. All other members are encouraged to come listen, critique, and meet other writers for free.

We do offer critiques for works longer than 7,000 words as well. But you have to attend, and then submit to, one of these monthly sessions first. Please feel free to ask a member of the admin team for more info.

Novel Review: Quantum Katana Online by Alex Sato

Online event

Join us to review Alex's first book of his epic Quantum Katana series. After years of work and critiques he is ready to release the whole story for critique. Final word count is not available yet but the expectation is to reach the review limit of 125,000 words.

Here is the blurb:

Will their consciousnesses remain forever trapped in a digital desolation? Or can a washed-up e-sports champion save her team and lead them to victory in the Empress's quest?

Mathematician and mother Chie Shibuyama logs in to rescue her loving yet dreamer husband Ken and she gets trapped in Quantum Katana Online. Self-doubt fills her mind when the full-immersion Websuit gaming system triggers a traumatic e-sports memory. Can she come to terms with her true nature?

Tricked by the demon-eyed Empress, corporate lackey and startup-founder-wannabe Ken Watanabe endangers the lives of the ones he loves. His heart is torn apart with terrible remorse and he wonders if they'll ever be able to forgive him.

To succeed, Chie and Ken will have to deal with supernatural yokai of Japanese myth and defeat increasingly badass bosses.
Luckily they'll get help from player allies.

And that's a good thing. Numerous ruthless player teams lie in wait.
And is the Empress really a simple NPC or will her true origins shake the very foundations of the Standard Model?

To familiarize yourself with our typical critique style, please read our Rules of Engagement: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RKp0hisz-RSZgE1xF65DzUhOwRQZ6JqwAJ5fbAwrCwU/edit?usp=sharing

Alex's story is full of action, combat, deception, and forces beyond our imagination. Please join me in reading the story to see how it all comes together.

The manuscript will be available by the 25th of July. RSVP now and I'll send you the manuscript when it becomes available.

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