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Holiday Music Singalong and Critiques!
The weather outside probably won't be frightful, but that won't keep us from enjoying a singalong of holiday tunes before exchanging critiques on 30-page submissions (due Midnight on November 18) and 10-page submissions (due Midnight on November 25). Please see our website at: for details on creating a submission. If you RSVP for this meetup, you will receive follow-up email messages through Meetup detailing where the documents are posted, and you can always refer to our blog at to see what's posted. Lyric sheets will be provided. Perhaps the singing will inspire you to write new material, or maybe just relax before braving your holiday shopping list.

San Rafael Library

1240 Nithsdale Road · Pasadena, CA

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What we're about

We are a group dedicated to writing, finishing, and publishing a novel, memoir, or short story. We critique each others' work and serve as a support group for helping writers plot, organize, and publish their writing. We meet at the San Rafael and the Silver Lake Library. The format goes like this: At 9:30 or 10 a.m., the library opens. There is a 10-15 min chat on the day's subject. At 10:15 or 10:45, we begin the critiques.

The submission format is as follows:

(1) submit up to 10 pages, double-spaced

(2) use 1" margins all around;

(3) use 12-point Times New Roman or Courier font

(4) save files in MS Word format. PDFs okay. (5) number the pages

(6) be sure that the book's title and your name are the header.

(7) give your file name this format: FirstnameLastname-TitleOfBook-Genre-DateOfCritique.docx

If you are in the middle of the story, please write a single-spaced introductory paragraph or two outlining major plot points so far and the theme of the work. Include short bios for two or three major characters.

Submissions are due at 11:59 p.m. on the Sunday before we meet. Email them to, and put "Submission" in the subject line. You will receive instructions on how to download submissions for your reading and critique.

We divide the critique time by the number of submissions so that all writers get equal time.

We finish up around 12 or 12:30pm.

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