What we're about

Hello and welcome to PAWWC! Here our goals are to socialize with other women writers and to help each other by providing an encouraging environment and giving constructive feedback to improve our skills. We emphasize creating a safe place for women writers to share their work, and helping each other with our writing goals. Our members submit a wide range of different types of writing, including but not limited to novels, picture books, memoirs, personal essays - even cover letters!

Monetary Contributions are completely voluntary, and cover the cost of keeping the MeetUp Group active!

Our bi-monthly Writing Discussion Group meets every other Wednesday night from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Panera Bread at the mall (343 Gorham Rd, South Portland, ME 04106). During these meetings we will discuss and critique two pieces, which was decided via volunteers at the previous Discussion Group meeting.

On the following week, we are testing a more casual evening to talk writing successes and woes.

Please come to the meeting having already read the two pieces we will be discussing. We encourage you to make comments to give to the author. You can either make comments on the uploaded document itself using Google Docs, or print out the piece and hand-write comments on the paper to give to the author.

In addition to our MeetUp.com page, which can be used to leave comments to the group, we also have a mailing list. We send out an email to the mailing list before each discussion meeting, with links to the two pieces we will be discussing. Make sure to give your email address to the host, Shelli, so it can be added to the mailing list. This email is also the email you will use to access the Google Drive, which has folders for each member to upload their work.

Once the host has added you to the mailing list and the Google Drive, you will receive an email with a link to the Drive. There you will see these Guidelines, a document with the mailing list, and a Sign Up Sheet. The Sign Up Sheet has two slots for each date. On a volunteer, first-come-first-serve basis, you can add your name to the sheet for us to discuss at a future meeting.

Please keep your submissions to about 15-20 pages max. If you’re writing a novel, one or two chapters each meeting might be best. Once you’ve uploaded your piece to your folder in the Drive, make sure you open the document as a Google Doc (which allows others to leave comments on your piece). Take the link of the Google Doc and copy/paste it next to your name on the Sign Up Sheet, so others can find your piece easily.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. We’re here to help!

MeetUp Organizer: Liz Waters - ewaters218 (at) gmail.com

Wednesday Discussion Group Host: Shelli-Jo Pelletier - shellijo.pelletier (at) gmail.com

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Writer's Tears Drop In Night

Sebago Brewing Company

Writer's Tears is a night to gather to talk more casually about works in progress. Are you stumped on a scene? Lacking inspiration to start something new? Just want a shoulder to cry on after not getting any query responses? You are not alone - come commiserate! (We're going to test this out - may move location in future if this doesn't work out!)

Wednesday Night Writing Group!!!!

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Writer's Tears Drop In Night

MJ's Wine Bar

Writer's Tears is a night to gather to talk more casually about works in progress. Are you stumped on a scene? Lacking inspiration to start something new? Just want a shoulder to cry on after not getting any query responses? You are not alone - come commiserate! (We're going to test this out - may move location in future if this doesn't work out!)

Wednesday Night Writing Group!!!!

Location visible to members

Yay!!!!

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Wednesday Night Writing Group!!!!

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