Is there a book banging around in your head that needs to get written? Are you already writing a book and you want support? Do you have a finished book and you want help with what to do next? Then this is your group. Linda Stirling is the group moderator and she has seven published books, has co-owned a publishing company, was the executive editor of another publishing company, and she has taught creative writing through colleges and writers' groups. No one is too much a novice to participate! Everyone is welcome. This is a space for learning, for creating, and for support.
We have a great meeting space with ample free parking surrounding the restaurant. Plan to purchase lunch or a beverage so we can keep our meeting space free. The moderator collects $2 per month from each member to defray the fees charged by Meetup.
Your writing should be submitted prior to the meeting, with a deadline of noon on Monday for each Wednesday's meeting. Each person reviews the submissions and then at the meeting each piece is discussed. This gives reviewers time to mark up the piece and then give thoughtful comments during our sessions. People are not required to critique every piece, just as they are not required to submit a work each week. During our meetings, those critiquing keep their comments to one to two minutes per piece. Linda then gives a more in-depth review (as she's been asked to do over the course of time with this group) because of her background as a publisher and professional editor. Once the work is critiqued in group, those who choose to may have the comments emailed to them (or some people print out each piece and hand it to the author of that piece after the critique).
For more details about the process, see the "pages" section for this Meetup group.