What we're about
Who this is for: This writers critique group is aimed at people who are serious about craft and who are planning to submit their work for publication. If you've already had work published, that's great, but it's not necessary. But it's important that you be willing to accept and provide your own thoughtful critique.
Meetup purpose: To polish work in progress prior to submission for publication; learn or hone one's skills as a writer; to connect with the broader community of writers.
Meeting structure: We'll meet weekly to discuss work in progress, mostly in libraries in the East Bay (primarily Oakland, Berkeley and Orinda). Instead of reading our work aloud, we'll distribute sections of our work one or two weeks before, to give each of the members of the group to read and critique in advance. During the weekly meetup, we'll spend ~30 minutes on each piece submitted for group review (see the Rules of Engagement document posted separately). Depending on the number of members, meetings will last 1.5-2 hours.
Here are a few pointers about this group:
• Since many writers in this group may be writing memoirs or more personal pieces, it's really important to respect the privacy of each writer and not discuss their writings outside the group, and also to be sensitive about how critique is offered. That would be true even if the piece being critiqued were fiction, but it's especially sensitive when the writing is about a person's life.
• If you want to bring printouts to share, please use 1.5-line (or double) spacing, and 11 or 12 point type. In general, the lengths should be kept reasonable (<3,000 words) although we may make exceptions.
• There will also be time to discuss great writings that we've found.