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PLEASE NOTE:

BECAUSE OF THE COVID-19 CRISIS, BOTH GROUPS MEET ON ZOOM E-PLATFORM, FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE.

WE SHALL RETURN TO PHYSICAL VENUES WHEN IT IS SAFE ENOUGH. THIS DECISION WILL TAKE INTO ACCOUNT INFORMATION/ADVICE FROM BODIES LIKE THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION, AND SCIENTISTS(MORE SO THAN THE UK{England}) GOVERNMENT, as I am not convinced their ease-of-lockdown measures are conducive enough to peoples' safety). THIS WILL BE KEPT UNDER REGULAR REVIEW:)

Obviously, members are free to follow any guidelines they feel are appropriate for them(individually); but I am afraid any meets OUTSIDE these "official" Zoom meetings will NOT be as MERSEYSIDE LGBT(18+)GROUPS.

Sorry, to sound a bit officious; but attendees' safety is paramount.

Thanks for understanding:)

We have already-and still CAN have!-some great, creative, stimulating sessions on our regular e-platform(Zoom)

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BECAUSE WE ARE CURRENTLY ON ZOOM, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO LIVE IN MERSEYSIDE OR NEARBY AREAS; you can be ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD.

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BOTH GROUPS ARE SAFE SPACE GROUPS: you must identify as LGBTQ(and be over 18); the books/writing need not necessarily be lgbtq in content!

PLEASE READ INDIVIDUAL EVENT DESCRIPTIONS CAREFULLY.

BOTH GROUPS CONTINUE TO MEET (IN E-FORM,ON ZOOM) MONTHLY:

1. BOOK GROUP ALWAYS 11.45- 2 SATURDAYS (SEE POSTS FOR INDIVIDUAL MEETS AS THE SATURDAY IN THE MONTH VARIES).

2. CREATIVE WRITING IS ALWAYS THE THIRD SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH, 1.15-4.00.

THE FORMATS ARE BROADLY THE SAME AS IN THE "REAL-WORLD" MEETINGS.

NB. THERE ARE ATTENDEE LIMITS OF ABOUT 14 FOR BOTH GROUPS; but with a waiting-list, where people are accepted in turn. PLEASE ONLY RSVP IF YOU ARE PRETTY CERTAIN YOU WILL BE ATTENDING; and change RSVP to NO if you change your mind later. Thanks:)

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1. CREATIVE WRITING GROUP: We read aloud any genre of our own creative writing(eg poetry, scripts, fiction,cross-genre). There is also the chance to PERFORM your own work in a safe space:)

SUITABLE NEW/EXPERIENCED WRITERS/PERFORMERS.

NO PRESSURE TO READ AT YOUR FIRST meet ; you can just get a taster!

Members have to identify as lgbtq(this is a SAFE SPACE) but the content does not have to be lgbtq-related!

MINIMUM AGE:18+

Format is: read in turn, with time limit, then CONSTRUCTIVE (only) feedback and discussion related to what has been read.This is pre-prepared material . We usually have a theme, but writing about this is NOT compulsory!

We also do on-the-day "Writing Adventures",based on a PROMPT:eg words/an object.

We are non-hierarchical and democratic; and ask that all members respect each other(this is especially true for creative writing, which is often very personal). If you cannot agree,agree to DISagree!

The group is facilitated by published authors, usually group members. Occasionally, we have a GUEST FACILITATOR,who may offer a certain skill. But it is, primarily, a PEER FEEDBACK BASED GROUP, not a course!

FEE: £2.50/£3 depending on numbers of attendees at a particular meet.

This is to cover my costs(Meet Up and Zoom Organiser's subscriptions); I make NO PROFIT; the group is unfunded

NO CHARGE if you on a low income or on a low rate of benefits:)

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2.BOOK GROUP:Attendees must identify as LGBTQ, as this is a safe space group; and be over 18.

We choose a genre together;then pick a specific novel/fiction from WITHIN that genre(we only read novels/short fiction/travel fiction):eg thrillers,literary fiction,romances etc etc. Lgbtq content or non lgbtq content.
We also have a segment where you can talk about books you have recently read and might recommend to others;or a THEME,choosing pieces of writing that reflect that theme(related to the set book).

No obligation to attend more than one meeting(you can just have a taster!).

Respect guidelines apply; if you cannot agree, agree to DISagree!

The cost for attending a Zoom meet is £2-50 to £3, depending on the numbers (this is to cover my costs; NO PROFIT; we receive no funding). COSTS: Meet Up subscription and Zoom Pro(Organiser's, with extra features) subscription.

If you are on a low income or on low rates of benefits, no charge:)

If you attend BOTH book and writing groups, you only pay ONCE PER MONTH!

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RE BOTH GROUPS

Please note, we signpost people with sexual identity issues and sexual health issues to,e.g,the Armistead Project and Sahir House, as they are specialists in the field; it's not that we do not want to help people; just that they are the experts!

We also have a friendly LGBT(18+) SOCIAL GROUP ; AVERAGE NUMBER OF ATTENDEES:35-55 here

http://www.meetup.com/MERSEYSIDE-LGBT-SOCIAL-GROUP/

PLEASE NOTE: meetings of this group are currently SUSPENDED because of safety issues re venues, during Covid. But, we shall meet again! WATCH THE (SOCIAL GROUP) SPACE:)

You can also contact me, Steve, the Organiser, at stev_arts@yahoo.co.uk re ANY/ALL of the groups

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CREATIVE WRITING.SUN 23.8.20;1.15-4.THEME:How reading affects ur writing+PROMPTS

REGULAR MONTHLY CREATIVE WRITING GROUP(we are on the fourth sunday in August; then back to the regular third). SAFE SPACE GROUP FOR LGBTQ(18+)WRITERS: all/mixed genres. CURRENTLY, we have gone INTERNATIONAL, on Zoom:) PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING DETAILS CAREFULLY. THEY CONTAIN CRUCIAL INFO ON USING ZOOM AND ENTERING THE MEETING! NO PRESSURE TO READ AT YOUR FIRST MEET; YOU CAN GET A TASTER:) ATTENDEE LIMIT: 15. SO PLEASE RSVP AS SOON AS POSSIBLE; PLEASE ONLY RSVP YES IF YOU ARE LIKELY TO ATTEND YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR RSVP TO NO, later. THIS IS A CONSTRUCTIVE, DEVELOPMENTAL (ie the ways you could develop your work even further: characters, imagery)FEEDBACK GROUP RESPECT GUIDELINES APPLY, ie, IF YOU CANNOT AGREE, AGREE TO DISAGREE(RESPECTFULLY) WE READ ALOUD; AND YOU CAN FILE-SHARE ON SCREEN (if you know how to !) AS USUAL THE MEET IS IN TWO PARTS: PART ONE: THEME FOR PRE-PREPARED WRITING (reading time about 4/5 mins each depending on attendance); plus about 3 mins peer constructive feedback: HOW MY READING DOES(NOT)INFORM MY WRITING; this could,be, eg memoir, essay, a poem/story written in hommage to/influenced by a favourite writer etc. Or you could make a protest; and write what you want anyway (UNinfluenced...consciously uninfluenced anyway:P) THE GROUP IS PRIMARILY FOR READING ALOUD (plus sharing on screen AND reading what you are sharing). BUT IF YOU ARE NEW TO THE GROUP, YOU CAN LISTEN AND GET A TASTER. SHORT BREAK PART TWO: OUR FUN ON-THE-DAY WRITING ADVENTURES; you are given a verbal and/or visual prompt(s) on-screen; and you can read your work aloud IF you choose! You will be able to work share on the screen, BUT ONLY TO A URL(eg website/blog); it is mainly a reading aloud event. I AM GOING TO USE THE USUAL METHOD 4 ACCESSING THE MEETING ON ZOOM: 1.PLEASE SEND ME YOUR MOBILE NUMBER, IN A (SECURE) PRIVATE MESSAGE ON THIS SITE, by the morning of saturday 22 August 2. ON THE MORNING OF THE MEET (not too early!) I SHALL TEXT YOU THE MEETING ID NUMBER & PASSCODE. I WILL NOT KEEP IT(after the meet)WITHOUT YOUR PERMISSION. IF YOU HAVE ALREADY GIVEN ME YOUR MOBILE NUMBER, YOU DO NOT NEED TO SEND IT AGAIN:everyone who attended previous meets of this and Book Group gave me permission to keep their mobile number. Thanks:) 3. AT 1.15. PUT THESE DETAILS IN ZOOM ("Join Meeting") and you are in! I AM SORRY BUT UNABLE TO GIVE TECHNICAL HELP WITH ZOOM ISSUES HERE ARE THE LINKS TO HOW TO INSTALL ZOOM ON THE COMMON DEVICES: WINDOWS https://zoom.us/support/download APPLE MAC (laptop/desktop) https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/203020795-How-To-Install-on-Mac APPLE IOS (I-pad and I-phone) https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/zoom-cloud-meetings/id546505307 ANDROID https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=us.zoom.videomeetings&hl=en PAYMENT: £2.50/£3 (dependent on numbers) to cover(NO profit!) my Zoom and Meet Up (Organiser) subs NO PRESSURE TO PAY if: you are on a low rate of benefits On a very low income. I will share my bank details after the meet. If you have already paid-the same month- for the Book Group-please don't pay again(that same month)! PLEASE PAY FOR JUST ONE MEETING AT A TIME:) THANKS.

MORE PEOPLE ATTEND THESE GROUPS THAN SHOWN HERE!
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PLEASE NOTE, THE NUMBERS MARKED AS ATTENDING (AND BEING MEMBERS OF)THESE GROUPS, ON MEET UP, DO NOT REFLECT THE TOTAL ATTENDANCE NUMBERS, AS WE HAVE FACEBOOK GROUPS AND AN EMAIL LIST! SO AVERAGE IS 6-10 FOR CREATIVE WRITING AND 5-9 FOR BOOK GROUP!

THANKS FOR JOINING:)
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Thanks to recent joinees of the two groups on this page:) Hope you will feel able to come to one/both of the groups(which have there own separate listings and RSVPS!)Steve

FANTASTIC MEET ON JUNE 26th! 13 PEOPLE!
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Many inspiring creatives pieces in varying genres and good discussion, with constructive feedback ; the group is going from strength to strength; thx to everyone who attended and to Joe for facilitating:) Next meet: July 31st; details soon:)

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