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 We are professionally published and self-published and unpublished.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 (4+)

IN PERSON Writing Group at Latte Da!

Location visible to members

Hi, all! Let’s meet IN PERSON and get some writing done!

Join us in the Garden Room at Latte Da for some socialization and writing sprints. That’s the one that’s all glass and has a rolling garage-style door just off the patio.

Due to the variant, we ask that you only come meet in person if you are vaccinated and feeling well. Masks are also suggested.

We will be meeting 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

VIRTUAL Write-in! [on Zoom]

Online event

Join us at 12:30. We’ll start each hour with general chat/discussion/hilarity for fifteen minutes. Then we’ll write for 45 minutes. We follow this format until 3:30 comes along.

If prompted for a password, type: WRITE

IN PERSON Writing Group at Latte Da!

Location visible to members

Hi, all! Let’s meet IN PERSON and get some writing done!

Join us in the Garden Room at Latte Da for some socialization and writing sprints. That’s the one that’s all glass and has a rolling garage-style door just off the patio.

Due to the variant, we ask that you only come meet in person if you are vaccinated and feeling well. Masks are also suggested.

We will be meeting 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

VIRTUAL Write-in! [on Zoom]

Online event

Join us at 12:30. We’ll start each hour with general chat/discussion/hilarity for fifteen minutes. Then we’ll write for 45 minutes. We follow this format until 3:30 comes along.

If prompted for a password, type: WRITE

Past events (594)

VIRTUAL Write-in! [on Zoom]

Online event

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