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The Ocean Beach Writers Workshop is a critique group for all experience levels and writing forms. From prose to poetry to screenplays, come and share your work with a welcoming audience! If you are simply curious or not yet ready to share, please sit in to see if the group’s right for you. We always welcome new readers!

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Sunday Ocean Beach Writers Workshop

Java Beach Café

General The Ocean Beach Writers Workshop is a critique group for all experience levels and writing forms. From prose to poetry to screenplays, come and share your work with a welcoming audience! If you are simply curious or not yet ready to share, please sit in to see if the group’s right for you. We always welcome new readers! How It Works/Workshop Timeline Anytime before 1:30pm, RSVP and post your word count in the comments, or let us know if you are there to sit in. Please keep your word count under 2,500 words. If you don’t provide your word count by 1:30, your piece won’t be shared. 1:30-2:00pm, the group gathers. Group begins promptly at 2:00pm. Leave a message in the comments if you’re running late. Each writer will introduce their piece with any necessary context and specific feedback they might want (i.e. rhythm, grammar, focus on a specific section). The piece is read aloud as readers write feedback on printed copies. After reading, participants will provide additional feedback, and then the writer has time to ask follow up questions. Repeat for the next writer, with a break in between if needed. This two-hour format works best with a group of 5-7 people. When necessary, we will split into smaller groups with a moderator for each group. For particularly sensitive work (i.e. works that deal with abuse or otherwise intense trauma), message the organizer so it can be approached appropriately. Critique Guidelines Critique is an essential part of writing and an essential aspect of this group. Everyone has some insight to bring to another person’s work, whether it’s catching a typo, more specific knowledge of the piece’s setting, or general enthusiasm for the writing. If you are able to state why a part of the work did or did not work for you, that is all the more helpful for the writer and the greater group. Providing effective feedback with tact and care will also maintain an inclusive and helpful environment. There are flaws in any writing workshop, and a free one with different people coming each week is no exception. Suggestions for how the group is run are welcome, but this format has worked for a diverse group of writers. We are all at different stages in our craft, and we can all learn from sharing our work and helping others share theirs. Housekeeping/Logistics This format works best with printed copies of the work (4-5 copies recommended) for participants to provide written feedback. If you are unable to print, message the organizer by noon, and if able to, they will print five copies for you for $1. The group is otherwise free, but donations are accepted to help with Meetup costs.

Sunday Ocean Beach Writers Workshop

Java Beach Café

General The Ocean Beach Writers Workshop is a critique group for all experience levels and writing forms. From prose to poetry to screenplays, come and share your work with a welcoming audience! If you are simply curious or not yet ready to share, please sit in to see if the group’s right for you. We always welcome new readers! How It Works/Workshop Timeline Anytime before 1:30pm, RSVP and post your word count in the comments, or let us know if you are there to sit in. Please keep your word count under 2,500 words. If you don’t provide your word count by 1:30, your piece won’t be shared. 1:30-2:00pm, the group gathers. Group begins promptly at 2:00pm. Leave a message in the comments if you’re running late. Each writer will introduce their piece with any necessary context and specific feedback they might want (i.e. rhythm, grammar, focus on a specific section). The piece is read aloud as readers write feedback on printed copies. After reading, participants will provide additional feedback, and then the writer has time to ask follow up questions. Repeat for the next writer, with a break in between if needed. This two-hour format works best with a group of 5-7 people. When necessary, we will split into smaller groups with a moderator for each group. For particularly sensitive work (i.e. works that deal with abuse or otherwise intense trauma), message the organizer so it can be approached appropriately. Critique Guidelines Critique is an essential part of writing and an essential aspect of this group. Everyone has some insight to bring to another person’s work, whether it’s catching a typo, more specific knowledge of the piece’s setting, or general enthusiasm for the writing. If you are able to state why a part of the work did or did not work for you, that is all the more helpful for the writer and the greater group. Providing effective feedback with tact and care will also maintain an inclusive and helpful environment. There are flaws in any writing workshop, and a free one with different people coming each week is no exception. Suggestions for how the group is run are welcome, but this format has worked for a diverse group of writers. We are all at different stages in our craft, and we can all learn from sharing our work and helping others share theirs. Housekeeping/Logistics This format works best with printed copies of the work (4-5 copies recommended) for participants to provide written feedback. If you are unable to print, message the organizer by noon, and if able to, they will print five copies for you for $1. The group is otherwise free, but donations are accepted to help with Meetup costs.

Sunday Ocean Beach Writers Workshop

Java Beach Café

General The Ocean Beach Writers Workshop is a critique group for all experience levels and writing forms. From prose to poetry to screenplays, come and share your work with a welcoming audience! If you are simply curious or not yet ready to share, please sit in to see if the group’s right for you. We always welcome new readers! How It Works/Workshop Timeline Anytime before 1:30pm, RSVP and post your word count in the comments, or let us know if you are there to sit in. Please keep your word count under 2,500 words. If you don’t provide your word count by 1:30, your piece won’t be shared. 1:30-2:00pm, the group gathers. Group begins promptly at 2:00pm. Leave a message in the comments if you’re running late. Each writer will introduce their piece with any necessary context and specific feedback they might want (i.e. rhythm, grammar, focus on a specific section). The piece is read aloud as readers write feedback on printed copies. After reading, participants will provide additional feedback, and then the writer has time to ask follow up questions. Repeat for the next writer, with a break in between if needed. This two-hour format works best with a group of 5-7 people. When necessary, we will split into smaller groups with a moderator for each group. For particularly sensitive work (i.e. works that deal with abuse or otherwise intense trauma), message the organizer so it can be approached appropriately. Critique Guidelines Critique is an essential part of writing and an essential aspect of this group. Everyone has some insight to bring to another person’s work, whether it’s catching a typo, more specific knowledge of the piece’s setting, or general enthusiasm for the writing. If you are able to state why a part of the work did or did not work for you, that is all the more helpful for the writer and the greater group. Providing effective feedback with tact and care will also maintain an inclusive and helpful environment. There are flaws in any writing workshop, and a free one with different people coming each week is no exception. Suggestions for how the group is run are welcome, but this format has worked for a diverse group of writers. We are all at different stages in our craft, and we can all learn from sharing our work and helping others share theirs. Housekeeping/Logistics This format works best with printed copies of the work (4-5 copies recommended) for participants to provide written feedback. If you are unable to print, message the organizer by noon, and if able to, they will print five copies for you for $1. The group is otherwise free, but donations are accepted to help with Meetup costs.

Sunday Ocean Beach Writers Workshop

Java Beach Café

General The Ocean Beach Writers Workshop is a critique group for all experience levels and writing forms. From prose to poetry to screenplays, come and share your work with a welcoming audience! If you are simply curious or not yet ready to share, please sit in to see if the group’s right for you. We always welcome new readers! How It Works/Workshop Timeline Anytime before 1:30pm, RSVP and post your word count in the comments, or let us know if you are there to sit in. Please keep your word count under 2,500 words. If you don’t provide your word count by 1:30, your piece won’t be shared. 1:30-2:00pm, the group gathers. Group begins promptly at 2:00pm. Leave a message in the comments if you’re running late. Each writer will introduce their piece with any necessary context and specific feedback they might want (i.e. rhythm, grammar, focus on a specific section). The piece is read aloud as readers write feedback on printed copies. After reading, participants will provide additional feedback, and then the writer has time to ask follow up questions. Repeat for the next writer, with a break in between if needed. This two-hour format works best with a group of 5-7 people. When necessary, we will split into smaller groups with a moderator for each group. For particularly sensitive work (i.e. works that deal with abuse or otherwise intense trauma), message the organizer so it can be approached appropriately. Critique Guidelines Critique is an essential part of writing and an essential aspect of this group. Everyone has some insight to bring to another person’s work, whether it’s catching a typo, more specific knowledge of the piece’s setting, or general enthusiasm for the writing. If you are able to state why a part of the work did or did not work for you, that is all the more helpful for the writer and the greater group. Providing effective feedback with tact and care will also maintain an inclusive and helpful environment. There are flaws in any writing workshop, and a free one with different people coming each week is no exception. Suggestions for how the group is run are welcome, but this format has worked for a diverse group of writers. We are all at different stages in our craft, and we can all learn from sharing our work and helping others share theirs. Housekeeping/Logistics This format works best with printed copies of the work (4-5 copies recommended) for participants to provide written feedback. If you are unable to print, message the organizer by noon, and if able to, they will print five copies for you for $1. The group is otherwise free, but donations are accepted to help with Meetup costs.

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