What we're about

We're a consortium of creative writers. We organize writing sessions, writer's critique groups, open mics, and more. All our events happen online through Zoom or similar platforms. We welcome all writers from around the world to join us.

If you want to organize events, please be in touch. We're happy to help you perform outreach.

We look forward to seeing you online!

Upcoming events (4+)

Poetry Writer's Workshop

Online event

Poetry Critique Group is a weekly poetry workshop during which we examine the submitted work of two poets. We discuss the poets’ 1-2 poems at length, typically for around 45 minutes, and provide a variety of feedback based on what the poet is looking to glean from the workshop. We generally keep workshops to 8-12 participants to allow everyone the opportunity to provide in-depth feedback.

If this is your first attendance, we ask that you please email us at [masked] so that you can get a feel for how the workshop is run. Please include in your email your goals as a poet, and how the critique group can best help you reach those goals. Providing your email also enables us to send you the poems we will be discussing before each meeting.

Writer's Critique Groups

Online event

Greetings, fellow writer.

Do you seek to someday have a short story published in a literary magazine? Do you dream of finally finishing that novel that’s been living in the back of your head for the past few years now?

Congratulations, because you’ve found what you’ve been looking for, and it won’t cost you a dime. We’re The People’s Colloquium, a nonprofit community of aspiring writers who seek to help each other grow and perfect our art. We’re open to any genre, fiction or nonfiction. Learn how to receive and give the feedback that is so essential to the success of any author. Whether it’s the first step in your literary journey or the thousandth, take the next one with our trained facilitators and dedicated community of writers.

If this will be your first attendance, please contact us at [masked] to arrange a date to observe one of our critique groups in action. In your email, tell us a bit about yourself: What are you working on right now? What are your goals as a writer? We'll respond with meeting information and details for your attendance. At the moment, we’re meeting online only due to the pandemic, but don’t let that stop you. With the click of a button, you can download Zoom and start participating in a workshop within minutes. Please note that most of our attendees DO NOT sign up weekly through meetup.com; instead, after an initial meeting, they sign up on our website: https://peoplescolloquium.org/

For more information on The People’s Colloquium, please review the following documents:

1) Guidelines for Participation: http://peoplescolloquium.org/guidelines/

2) Workshop Syllabus: http://peoplescolloquium.org/peoples-ink-syllabus-tuesdays/

We look forward to seeing you!

Speculative, Philosophical, and Experimental Writing Critique Group

This critique group is kept private to preserve the privacy of critique submissions. Most don't RSVP on Meetup. To join, please message me (Richard Pope). Include in your message: (1) A description of your current writing project(s), (2) Your goals for joining this writer's critique group, (3) And a brief history of yourself as a writer, including past projects, education, and related. Your message doesn't have to be anything fancy or in depth. I just wish to make sure that you're serious about observing and that your writerly intentions/projects are a good fit for this critique group.

About

As the title suggests, we critique writing that is speculative (sci-fi, fantasy, horror, surrealism, slipstream, etc.), philosophical (idea-driven, writing with a message, etc.), and experimental (unusual language, visual/musical aspects, transgressive, etc.). All writing submitted for critique should fit at least one of these categories.

Example Works

Of course, the written works and authors that inspire us may vary, and widely. Nonetheless, here's a list of some written works and authors that have inspired me, and which we might use as an (incomplete) list of the kind of writing that should be submitted to this critique group.

One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez; Ice, Anna Kavan; Blade Runner, Philip K. Dick; The Waves, Virginia Woolf; The Street of Crocodiles, Bruno Shulz; Stories of Your Life, Ted Chiang; The Book of Disquiet, Fernando Pessoa; The Dreamquest of Unknown Kadath, H. P. Lovecraft; Don't Bite The Sun, Tanith Lee; The Rings of Saturn, W. G. Sebald; The Three Body Problem, Liu Cixin; Moby Dick, Herman Melville; Kindred, Octavia E Butler; The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood; The Last Unicorn, Peter S. Beagle; Les Fleurs du Mal, Charles Baudelaire; Blindsight, Peter Watts; The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Leguin; The Song of Maldoror, Comte de Lautremont; Solaris, Stanislaw Lem; Blood Meridian, Cormac McCarthy; Dune, Frank Herbert; Star Maker, Olaf Stapledon.

Critique Group Structure

- Meets weekly Thursdays from 6:00pm-7:30pm, PT.
- Both short and long fiction + non-fiction can be submitted.
- Submissions should be polished and appropriately formatted.
- Submission length maximum: 15,000 words (many submissions are shorter).
- Back-to-back weekly submissions for novelists + long form writers are encouraged.
- Participants are expected to closely read the submission and arrive prepared to discuss it in depth for 1.5 hours.
- If, for whatever reason, a participant can't read the submission in time for our meeting and/or can't attend our meeting, that participant is expected to provide a 1 page written summary of feedback to the submitting writer.

Community

We're a serious yet fun group of writers with eclectic projects and tastes. We're always looking to meet new friends and grow our community so we hope you'll consider observing a critique group - and if we're a good fit for one another, continuing to hang out with us Thursday evenings!

We meet on the Blinding Cyclops Discord server. Join link: https://discord.gg/4uCVFs4vHw You can read our full syllabus under the category "Writer's Critique Groups." The rest of the channels under this category are kept hidden to preserve the privacy of critique group submissions, but will be opened up to you when your observation has been confirmed.

Commitments

This critique group's structure requires a weekly attendance commitment, so it's only right for writers who are committed to writing and critiquing.

Poetry Writer's Workshop

Online event

Poetry Critique Group is a weekly poetry workshop during which we examine the submitted work of two poets. We discuss the poets’ 1-2 poems at length, typically for around 45 minutes, and provide a variety of feedback based on what the poet is looking to glean from the workshop. We generally keep workshops to 8-12 participants to allow everyone the opportunity to provide in-depth feedback.

If this is your first attendance, we ask that you please email us at [masked] so that you can get a feel for how the workshop is run. Please include in your email your goals as a poet, and how the critique group can best help you reach those goals. Providing your email also enables us to send you the poems we will be discussing before each meeting.

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