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Dinnertime Dialogue

  • Aug 7, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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Welcome to another edition of Redmond Roaring Writers, our bi-weekly meeting at Redmond Panera.

Panera has free Wi-Fi.

Panera does request that groups order at least something. They have a decent selection of sandwiches, soups, and salads. Consider arriving a little early if you plan to eat, it may also be a good time to meet your fellow writers! We usually chat until ~7 and then work on critique.

Please consider bringing some writing to share, even if it's your first time. We keep our feedback constructive and supportive.
Since we critique work during the meeting, keep your submission relatively short.
I suggest limiting your piece to under 1500 words/six double-spaced pages.
I also suggest double-space (so people can write comments).
Check the "Yes" count before you depart to make sure you have enough copies.

Also if you want more in-depth feedback, consider posting your work in .DOC(Word 97) or RTF format by the Sunday before the meeting and I'll send out a note to let the group know it's up there.

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  • Roland T.

    good stuff tonight, coming and going. Thanks everyone.

    August 7, 2013

  • Sarah S.

    Hi RRRs! I miss you all! Too bad there's no early session/late session sort of thing because I've been working on Wed nights until 8/8:30 =(

    2 · August 7, 2013

    • Andrew R.

      We don't lock the door. Come when you can. :)

      August 7, 2013

    • Lise M.

      Sarah, we totally miss you too! It's just not the same. would love to see you come back when you can. :)

      August 7, 2013

  • Bradford

    How many copies of my story in progress should I bring tonight?

    August 7, 2013

    • Lise M.

      we'll break into 2 groups one for alt. fiction (fantasy, sci fi, altered realities/worlds etc) and one for general fiction. It looks like there's a total of 10 signed up, but i'm not sure how many fall into exactly each category for tonight (there's a couple of newbies). I'd say 6 would be a safe number to print out. I always print out 8 copies, just in case. Hope this helped.

      August 7, 2013

  • Katherine M.

    Hello. I am curious about how your group has built a trust level capable of sustaining the act of critiquing each other's writing. Are there any guidelines for comments? In other words, are people encouraged to be supportive about what has been done well? I taught school for 31 years , and though we are all adults, writing is a very personal pasttime. If someone has the time to write back, I would really appreciate some insight into how your group works for aspiring writers.
    Sincerely,
    Katherine McPhail

    1 · August 6, 2013

    • Roland T.

      Lise, good reply. I might also add, it's all personal opinion. There's no right or wrong in writing, only what seems to work or not work for each reader. There's no need to defend or argue if a reader misses the writer's purpose - but a note about the observation may well prove helpful at some point (or not). I think the group (groups, actually, as 8 or more attending means we usually split into two) is a supportive, generally kind, and instructive place. AND, much can be learned by reading and critiquing others' work too. IMHO

      1 · August 6, 2013

    • Katherine M.

      I was excited to read all the postings which give a good sense of your group dynamic. I am mulling and pondering my next piece.

      2 · August 7, 2013

  • Roland T.

    Andrew, I just ran across something we talked about a few weeks ago. Here's the reference: "Well, I would suggest my novel, "Diana's Diary" (available at Amazon.com or Smashwords.com). As a radio reviewer said last week, those familiar with the ERB canon will recognize some allusions, but you don't have to be familiar with ERB to enjoy it."

    August 6, 2013

  • Ginger

    Darn, I had to choose between a last minute lecture on Mars with my son and the group. I'll see you all next time.

    August 4, 2013

  • Lise M.

    So excited to be back!

    1 · August 1, 2013

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