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.

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@thegourmez.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)

[ONLINE] Novel Critique Session: A Passage to Magicopia

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Please join us to critique Jim's middle grade fantasy novel of 84,000 words, "A Passage to Magicopia." Here is the backcover blurb: "Twelve-year-old Samantha’s father is missing. When a traveling magician discovers that her younger brother, Jonathan, can manipulate the weather, he kidnaps both children, hoping to use Jonathan’s power for his own purposes. Transported to another realm, Samantha and Jonathan learn that their father’s also in Magicopia, a world on the verge of war between the magicians and a race of living, breathing, human-sized Puppets. Samantha and Jonathan set out to find their father. But children and their caregivers are banished from the capital city, Magicopolis, because its evil ruler believes children interfere with his magic. Meanwhile, a terrifying spirit is turning children into rooks to be used to attack the city as well. Samantha and Jonathan aren’t safe in this world of dark magic, but they won’t leave without their father. Can they help end the war and then find a way to bring him home?" This event will take place online, using the Zoom video-conferencing software. You will be able to participate using video with a computer, tablet, or smartphone, or with audio only using just a phone. You will receive the link when you RSVP. I'll send a message with full instructions a few days before the session. If you cannot make the Zoom videoconferencing session but would still like to critique the work, please do RSVP and let us know in the comments that you won't be present at the meeting. Jim will appreciate your feedback regardless. You should receive the link to the Zoom session as well as the link to download the file when you register. Contact me if you have any troubles. If you are not familiar with our critique style, please review our Rules of Engagements for tips: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RKp0hisz-RSZgE1xF65DzUhOwRQZ6JqwAJ5fbAwrCwU/edit?usp=sharing I look forward to reading A Passage to Magicopia with you! Phil

[ONLINE] Berkeley Critique Session

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Submission slots are full for this session, but we'd love to have you join us to critique the works! This will likely be an online meeting using Zoom teleconferencing software, which can be accessed via telephone, smartphone, tablet, or computer. There is a chance quarantine will be lifted for in-person meetings by this time...but we'll proceed with assuming it'll be online for now. Would you like to have your literary work of 7,000 words or less critiqued by other writers in our friendly environment? If you have attended at least one monthly critique session before, you're qualified! Please email Becca ([masked]) to request a spot. It's first come, first served, and you will need to follow the following guidelines to submit your story or excerpt: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Ag4cvCJJQNDhyle3FIteMbaYKWUdf9swfnWHDwjXC_Y/pub Just attending to critique? Two weeks before the meeting, links to the submissions 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 Becca your $5 fee, via Paypal or Venmo. These fees pay for our Meetup membership 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.

[ONLINE] Berkeley Critique Session

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Submission slots are full for this session, but you are welcome to come and critique the work! Recognizing that our members most susceptible to COVID-19 will still be under quarantine in July, and perhaps all of us, 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. Please email Becca ([masked]) to request a critique slot. It's first come, first served, and you will need to follow the following guidelines to submit your story or excerpt: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Ag4cvCJJQNDhyle3FIteMbaYKWUdf9swfnWHDwjXC_Y/pub Just attending to critique? 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.

[ONLINE] Berkeley Critique Session

Online event

Would you like to have your literary work of 7,000 words or less critiqued by other writers in our friendly environment? If you have attended at least one Berkeley Critique Session before, you're qualified! Recognizing that our members most susceptible to COVID-19 will still be under quarantine in August, and perhaps all of us, 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. Please email Becca ([masked]) to request a critique slot. It's first come, first served, and you will need to follow the following guidelines to submit your story or excerpt: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Ag4cvCJJQNDhyle3FIteMbaYKWUdf9swfnWHDwjXC_Y/pub Just attending to critique? 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.

Past events (239)

[ONLINE] Craft Klatsch

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