What we're about

We've kept up our weekly meetings throughout the pandemic and even increased our membership and our social time through our Discord with movie nights, game nights, and birthday parties.

At this time, we're only accepting new members through referrals, because of the difficulty of integrating new members online-only. So if you know a current member, reach out!

We are a collection of writers of all experience levels and styles who meet up every week to either discuss the Writing topic of the Week or to Critique each other's work. Every other week is a critique session, to give everyone a chance to give and receive feedback. We value creative critique and endeavor to be supportive and encouraging to all our members. Some of us are working on publishing novels, some of us are just trying to develop a more regular writing habit.

GROUP RULES:

1. Don't be an asshole.

2. Access to the GoogleDoc is given at or after your first Meetup that you attend in person. This allows the group to control access to the content. To take advantage of this rule, we recommend coming the the Writer's Discussion Group first and then attending your first Critique session.

3. TRIGGER WARNINGS - If you write about certain topics: Graphic Violence, Rape/Non-Con, Incest, Child Abuse, Sexual Assault, Body Horror etc. You MUST warn the group with a TRIGGER WARNING at the top of your piece. Our group is open to all writers and content, but we also give our writers the right to avoid reading topics that may cause PTSD flashbacks.

Failure to abide by this rule will result in a BAN

4. Supportive Critiquing and Discussion - Provide and respond to critiques in a tone that is supportive and communicates good faith. We encourage disagreements and clarifications that lead to friendly discussion and learning. But this is possible only in an environment where every individual feels welcome. Our group caters to people of diverse skill-levels, from beginners to experts. Hence, refrain from any form of intimidation, competitive bullying or personal insults. We follow a three-strike policy regarding this.

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Writer's Discussion

Independent Order of the Odd Fellows

Writer's Discussion Topics vary wildly, but are all connected to the writing process.

We may sometimes have speakers giving presentations or doing workshops, or just discuss topics and share amongst ourselves. We generally offer examples of the topic in literature, TV, games etc. - both good and bad - and what we, as writers, can learn from them.

Guidelines: Be Polite, Be Supportive, Listen, Learn

Critique Session

Location visible to members

Guidelines:

Writing can be posted on the Google Docs folder designated for the specific writing session.

Please put what you are looking for from critique at the top of your document.

GROUP RULES:

1. Access to the GoogleDoc is given at or after your first Meetup that you attend in person. This allows the group to control access to the content. To take advantage of this rule, we recommend coming the the Writer's Discussion Group first and then attending your first Critique session.

2. Context/Purpose - If your writing sample is a continuation of previous writing, or it needs some sort of premise for critics to understand, please write a short summary at the top of your piece, so that people have a heads up. If you are looking for critique regarding a specific aspect alone, mention this here.

3. TRIGGER WARNINGS - If you write about certain topics: Graphic Violence, Rape/Non-Con, Incest, Child Abuse, Sexual Assault, Body Horror etc. You MUST warn the group with a TRIGGER WARNING at the top of your piece. Our group is open to all writers and content, but we also give our writers the right to avoid reading topics that may cause PTSD flashbacks. You can warn for Sex if you want to, but it isn't held in the same category as the above topics
Failure to abide by this rule will result in a BAN

4. Supportive Critiquing and Discussion - Provide and respond to critiques in a tone that is supportive and communicates good faith. We encourage disagreements and clarifications that lead to friendly discussion and learning. But this is possible only in an environment where every individual feels welcome. Our group caters to people of diverse skill-levels, from beginners to experts. Hence, refrain from any form of intimidation, competitive bullying or personal insults. We follow a three-strike policy regarding this.

Limit writing samples to a max of:

2500 words if you post it on Google Docs prior.

250 words if you only bring a paper copy or upload at the meeting.

Upload & Comment Instructions :-

Once the folder is shared, go into "Year" and then "Month-Day" folder. For example, / 2015 / Sep-1 /

The format preferred is Google Word Document. There are two ways of doing this.

- Create a New Untitled Document. Copy-Paste from your Local Document. Modify the Title

or

- Upload your Local Document, say Microsoft Word Doc. Then Open it, this will auto-create a new copy in Google Word Doc. Once the Google Word Doc Copy is auto-created, then remove the Original Microsoft Word Doc.

To comment, Drag and Select the section of writing, right-click, and select "Comment" from the menu. A text-box will open up, fill in your comment there. Don't modify the original document. If you do so by mistake, comment so that the author is alerted.

Meeting

Meeting is Moderated by Sinead, unless she is out, then Abhirup is Moderator.

1. If you are uploading at the meeting, be early. First half hour is any final reading and some socialization.

2. Then we begin critique. Critique takes place in order of appearance at the meeting. If you are late, you will be last. If you are early, you will be first.

Also, feel free to just come and write, even if you don't have a piece to share!

Look forward to seeing you there!

Writer's Discussion

Independent Order of the Odd Fellows

Writer's Discussion Topics vary wildly, but are all connected to the writing process.

We may sometimes have speakers giving presentations or doing workshops, or just discuss topics and share amongst ourselves. We generally offer examples of the topic in literature, TV, games etc. - both good and bad - and what we, as writers, can learn from them.

Guidelines: Be Polite, Be Supportive, Listen, Learn

Critique Session

Location visible to members

Guidelines:

Writing can be posted on the Google Docs folder designated for the specific writing session.

Please put what you are looking for from critique at the top of your document.

GROUP RULES:

1. Access to the GoogleDoc is given at or after your first Meetup that you attend in person. This allows the group to control access to the content. To take advantage of this rule, we recommend coming the the Writer's Discussion Group first and then attending your first Critique session.

2. Context/Purpose - If your writing sample is a continuation of previous writing, or it needs some sort of premise for critics to understand, please write a short summary at the top of your piece, so that people have a heads up. If you are looking for critique regarding a specific aspect alone, mention this here.

3. TRIGGER WARNINGS - If you write about certain topics: Graphic Violence, Rape/Non-Con, Incest, Child Abuse, Sexual Assault, Body Horror etc. You MUST warn the group with a TRIGGER WARNING at the top of your piece. Our group is open to all writers and content, but we also give our writers the right to avoid reading topics that may cause PTSD flashbacks. You can warn for Sex if you want to, but it isn't held in the same category as the above topics
Failure to abide by this rule will result in a BAN

4. Supportive Critiquing and Discussion - Provide and respond to critiques in a tone that is supportive and communicates good faith. We encourage disagreements and clarifications that lead to friendly discussion and learning. But this is possible only in an environment where every individual feels welcome. Our group caters to people of diverse skill-levels, from beginners to experts. Hence, refrain from any form of intimidation, competitive bullying or personal insults. We follow a three-strike policy regarding this.

Limit writing samples to a max of:

2500 words if you post it on Google Docs prior.

250 words if you only bring a paper copy or upload at the meeting.

Upload & Comment Instructions :-

Once the folder is shared, go into "Year" and then "Month-Day" folder. For example, / 2015 / Sep-1 /

The format preferred is Google Word Document. There are two ways of doing this.

- Create a New Untitled Document. Copy-Paste from your Local Document. Modify the Title

or

- Upload your Local Document, say Microsoft Word Doc. Then Open it, this will auto-create a new copy in Google Word Doc. Once the Google Word Doc Copy is auto-created, then remove the Original Microsoft Word Doc.

To comment, Drag and Select the section of writing, right-click, and select "Comment" from the menu. A text-box will open up, fill in your comment there. Don't modify the original document. If you do so by mistake, comment so that the author is alerted.

Meeting

Meeting is Moderated by Sinead, unless she is out, then Abhirup is Moderator.

1. If you are uploading at the meeting, be early. First half hour is any final reading and some socialization.

2. Then we begin critique. Critique takes place in order of appearance at the meeting. If you are late, you will be last. If you are early, you will be first.

Also, feel free to just come and write, even if you don't have a piece to share!

Look forward to seeing you there!

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