What we're about

Hello! If you have found this group, you are obviously interested in composing some sort of speculative fiction. Our purpose is to help you improve your writing, provide support, and help you become a published author (if that is your goal).

We meet once a month, typically on a Wednesday or Thursday evening. Our meetings consist primarily of critiques, with occasional short presentations and speakers. Pieces to be critiqued are on a first-come first-serve volunteer basis. Pieces are limited to approximately 5000 words per meeting.

Anyone who is interested in ANY KIND of speculative fiction writing should join: science fiction, fantasy, alternate history, paranormal, horror, supernatural, superhero, utopian, dystopian, post apocalyptic, apocalyptic, and more! We have members who write flash fiction, short stories, screen plays, novellas, and novels.

Please let me know if you have any questions about the group!

HOW IT WORKS

1) A person will volunteer their piece of approximately 5000 words or less to be critiqued for a specific meeting date.

2) I post a .doc and .pdf version of the piece in our Files section (see top nav bar) with the date clearly labeled.

3) All members print out the piece and write all over it - with grammar, spelling, thematic, plot, character, narration, voice, etc comments. Both positive and negative.

4) Everyone will bring their marked-up copy to the meeting. Verbal critiques take place at the meeting and focus on craft rather than grammar. All critiques should be constructive and specific. No "I don't like it" or "you suck" allowed. Something more along the lines of "I really like your fresh voice, especially in this paragraph" or "Mary Jane's character could use a little more developing, I feel like I don't know her."

4a) We go around the table in a round robin circle giving feedback to the author. The author makes notes about the comments and then is free to reply at the end after all the critiques have been given. This allows the work to speak for itself and comments are made only about the work itself and not the author's defense of the work.

5) At the end of that critique (and not before), everyone gives their marked up copy to the author. This will help the person remember your thoughts, provides an opportunity for you to voice an opinion you might not make with 10 people listening, and is especially helpful for grammar issues.

6) In a given night, we might give 4-5 critiques on average.

7) Repeat. Please let me know if you have questions!

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$20 OSFAFW t-shirt pre-order! Get Yours Here!
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Hello writers! Want to be the envy of all the other Florida writers? Tired of getting espresso kicked in your face while writing at the local coffee shop? Looking for a new fashion sensibility in 2014? Can't seem to find your towel when you need it? Tired of blending in with all the other science fiction and fantasy writers when your chameleon circuit is working? THEN: Consider investing in a brand new "Orlando Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers" T-Shirt! The perfect gift for someone you love--or a life form you can barely tolerate! I'm trying to see if there's enough interest from group members who might be interested in purchasing a group t-shirt. In order for this project to happen, I would need at least 10 members (I'm in, so 9 other people) to purchase t-shirts at $20 apiece. Or five members with spouses if both want shirts! Or one member with a family of 10 who wants to clothe his or her entire family in OSFAFW t-shirts for family outings. If you don't attend our meetings in person, you can still show your support by purchasing a t-shirt to support the group and proudly displaying your OSFAFW colors! It wouldn't be anything too fancy, but it would have OSFAFW on the front or back, and likely an illustration as well so that you'll be recognized (and feared) as a member of an elite tribe! When you purchase your t-shirt here, please specify your preferred size in the question at the end or the Paypal notes field. If you forget to do this, please email me your preferred size through the group after you order it. If you don't like using Paypal, you can also pay me in person with cash or check if you'd like to preorder a t-shirt. If you'd like the t-shirt shipped to your home, there will be a surcharge of approximately $4 for mail delivery. In the frightening event not enough members are interested, your money will be refunded, and when shirts go into production, they will likely take 2-3 months to be produced, after 9 more orders are submitted but it could be sooner. Thanks for being a member, & to paraphrase a Vulcan live long and write!

$5 Annual 2017 Membership Fee for WRITERS
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Hello Fellow Writers! Happy New Year! Have you made any New Year's resolutions this year? Do you want to be a better writer? Improve your craft? Meet new and interesting people? Learn to speak Vulcan? Navigate a spaceship through a meteor shower and become a renegade Starship Captain? For 2017 we have a $5 annual membership fee. This works out to a little less than 42 cents a month if you broke it down. So you're paying less than the cost of a postage stamp (49 cents for a first class stamp!) per month for being a member. You can pay this online or in person. Meaning that the first meeting of 2017 will be $10. $5 annual fee + $5 for the January meeting. Of course the number 42 is ALSO the answer to Life, The Universe and Everything according to the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, so you can see how this works out! Apparently some Deep Thought went into this! You can attend your first meeting without paying the $5 membership fee to see if you like the group and then when you return for the second meeting the $5 is due for the calendar year. Or pay online and then don't worry about bringing cash to the meeting. Do YOU want to invest in yourself for the new year? IS improving your writing in 2017 and meeting other local writers worth less than the cost of a postage stamp to you? Monthly meeting dues (separate from membership) are $5 to help support Meetup costs that I pay in advance, payable via Paypal or in person at the meeting in cash. Finally, if you want to support the group and believe in our mission, you can still join the group this way and support our group in this manner. (Other acceptable payment methods include replica Star Trek phasers, TARDIS keys, fezzes, sonic screwdrivers and the One Ring to Rule Them All.) THANKS for being a member, and I hope to meet MORE Florida writers at the next meetup group! Write on!

Renew 2018 Writer's Membership $5
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Hello, just a reminder that with the new year, your 2018 $5 membership is due. This is separate from the $5 monthly meetup cost, so you pay $10 for your first January meetup, and then $5 for the rest of the year. You can pay online or in person. If you attend in person, it's preferred that you pay in person. Also, if you would like to prepay for the entire year, then it's $50 to prepay and that includes the $5 membership. Which basically saves you $15 for the meetup experience and the hassle of bringing money every month! Best wishes, and happy 2018 writers! Michael

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Writer's Critique Group!

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