I think the two best things we can do as writers is network and workshop. I tried really hard to find something that would do that. I don't believe that anyone gains anything in big crowds so the meet ups will be limited to five people per week.
Here's how it will work: Five writers sign up for the week and email me up to 10 pages that they would like feedback on. Whoever signs up will have to read up to four stories (40 pages in total) submitted by the other writers in the group. They have to also be ready with some sort of feedback. I'm sure many of you have been through workshops. This one is a mini workshop. So it's not as intense as a regular workshop. Then during the meet up, we will discuss each story/poem/excerpt for twenty minutes. The other writers have the choice to write comments on the actual manuscript they will receive or they can type up a letter to the author. They can choose what they want to do but some sort of feedback is necessary.
I feel like this idea is best because it's intimate and informative. It's easier to talk and make connections if it's just five people. You also have the chance to get feedback on your work. Also, by reading other people's work, you can learn new styles. It's a great way to learn things from other writers that you may not have heard before. I truly believe this would be great for everyone involved. You do not have to submit any work, you can just come to get to know other writers and if you enjoy giving feedbacks. Guests are welcome but please try to keep it limited so it can stay intimate and relaxing.
A little bit about me.. My name is Nicole and I'm the organizer for this group. I'm so excited to meet fellow writers. I'm open to suggestion so please feel free to message me and let me know if you have any ideas for this group! I graduated with a philosophy and writing degree. So I'm always up for a fun debate (just please no politics haha). I live in Brooklyn so I'll probably be organizing stuff around here. I am definitely interested in meeting new people so message me anytime! I hope to meet some of you soon. I am starting my own online editorial and copyediting business. If you are in need of an editor, please feel free to message me! I'll do it for FREE in exchange for a Yelp review (first 25 ppl)! My website will be up and running in a few weeks so I’m free for editorial services or meet ups right now. You can also find me on twitter @penguintalks29 (https://twitter.com/penguintalks29)