What we're about

They say the pen is mightier than the sword. The Power of the Pen: Vancouver Writing Meetup is for people who use the written word in pursuit of their hopes, dreams, income, etc. either professionally or personally.

➡ NEW: Join our private Facebook Group! (https://www.facebook.com/groups/vancouverwriters/)

➡ Take the survey (https://goo.gl/forms/k80C5EdWiP5WDYpo2) and let your organizers know when's best for you to meet up with us.

What we do

• Discuss projects - imagined, pending, in progress, successes!

• Network with other writers in the Vancouver area (why should Portland have all the fun?) and cheer each other on

• Share best practices -- techniques, motivation, helpful books and tools, etc.

• Have educational sessions focusing on technique or a specific aspect of writing; [Note! we are looking for speakers and/or presenters!]

• Network with other area writing groups (such as NaNoWriMo and Willamette Writers) and possibly attend their events together

Who we are

We are all along the spectrum from enthusiastic beginner to professional and published. We write in multiple genres and forms (poetry, novels, short stories, etc.). Some are retired, some part-time, some have day jobs. We are professionally published and self-published and unpublished. All ages here. We're a diverse and interesting group with a sense of humor. Our organizers are unpaid, patient, generous volunteers who are passionate about writing.

When we are

As of summer 2019 we have two weekly writing sessions on Wednesday and Thursday evenings; see our event calendar for details. We also have occasional weekend sessions and occasional impromptu sessions. We strive for a monthly or at least quarterly educational session if we have content, energy, a volunteer speaker and caffeine. Members are welcome to volunteer to coordinate a writing session any time. We send newsletters/messages a few times a month at most.

What we are not

We don't have a formal critique group however members can coordinate or volunteer to make this happen. We aren't aligned along any political, religious or gender axis. We are not associated with a business, political party, church, fitness regimen, diet, or nonprofit. We are not someone's platform or marketing outreach project. If you have an axe to grind or an agenda to impose this group isn't a good fit for you.

The rules

Common sense and courtesy: No spam. No drama. Be kind. Be specific. Be constructive. Be mindful. Be open-minded. Be honest. Be respectful. Change your RSVP if you can't come after all. And if you bring chocolate you must bring enough for the group. (just kidding)

What next?

After joining, please visit our Polls section and tell us what you'd like to get out of this Meetup.

Upcoming events (5)

Friday writing session (Virtual meetup)

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I will be late to this meeting. Probably be there at 1PM, but thought I would try to open the room early so others can use it before I get there. -Andrew Will be looking to get three 45 min writing sprints in with social time at the begging, middle, and end. Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89914509825

Saturday Writing Session (Virtual meetup)

Online event

Will be looking to get three 45 min writing sprints in with social time at the begging, middle, and end. Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86031240489

Peer Review Critique Group

Online event

Due to Covid-19, we will be having virtual peer reviews online. You can upload your few pages to our shared cloud drive at https://1drv.ms/u/s!An7DPnTic5KImh2lmEgxmwTNS2x_?e=eH7f2W. We will each take a turn reading our writings out loud and then giving feedback on what we heard and co-read. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to let me know. See everyone online. Be safe and stay healthy!

VIRTUAL Write-in! [on Zoom]

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Hi, all! Let’s meet from the comfort of our own homes and get some writing done! Being your beverage of choice to your computer (or phone!) for some socialization and writing sprints. We will be meeting on ZOOM from 5:30 to 7:30pm — feel free to drop in whenever you can. The schedule will be: 5:30-5:45 — Social time 5:45-6:30 — Writing Sprint 6:30-6:45 — Social time 6:45-7:30 — Writing Sprint NOTE: If you have never used Zoom, it can take a minute to get in. It may prompt you to download the free phone app or a small piece of software on your computer. Make sure to allow yourself a little time for the learning curve. We’d love to see your faces, but if you don’t have video capability you can also call in from your phone!

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VIRTUAL Write-in! [on Zoom]

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