What we're about

We're novice writers on the path to publication. Regular meetings to make progress and get feedback; focus on sharing and critiquing works of fiction, to develop writing discipline, get motivation and support, learn from others. Locations and times by mutual agreement. This is an opportunity to meet like-minded people and focus on the craft and discipline of writing with publication in mind.

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Sac-Sierra Writers Group VIRTUAL Biweekly Short Read and Deep Dive

Meetup moved to 6 pm start, and now using Zoom! Welcome to the Sac Sierra Writers Group Virtual Biweekly Meetup. Participation is open to all Sac Sierra meetup members, to read from their work and receive feedback, or listen in and provide feedback to other writers. We'll revisit in-person meetings as soon as conditions permit; for now our Meetup is exclusively virtual through Zoom. If you have a computer and/or a smart phone you can easily participate, see below for details. Agenda: 6:00-6:10 Introductions; then dive right in. For Short Reads the submitter usually reads the whole thing, then we go around the table with their top few items of feedback, and keep going around the table with dialogue as time permits. For Deep Dives we like the submitter to read a brief passage, then we go around the table with our prepared (and usually detailed) feedback. Repeat for each submittal. We finish around 9:00 but sometimes go longer because, well, we're having fun. What is a Short Read? A Short Read is 3-5 pages of your fiction, any genre, any level of readiness from first draft to final draft. We take turns reading our material and getting feedback around the table, then go to the next person's material. Continue 'til we're done The Short Read Premise: Early feedback can help steer the writing in the right direction. We are novice fiction writers on the path to publication. To get there, we need quality, detailed feedback--honest appraisal of what works and what needs improvement. How to participate in a Short Read: Two ways: a) Drop an electronic copy of your piece in the folder for folks to follow along at their own pace and/or electronically mark up for you (I'll give the link for this at the beginning of the Meetup meeting), or b)screen share your material when we get to your turn. All of this is done in WebEx and Google Drive, and you don't need to download software. You just need a computer with a web browser like Chrome or Explorer, and a phone to dial in. Feel free to attend one without submitting anything, if you would like to see it in action before committing. What is a Deep Dive? A Deep Dive is feedback on a longer, more complete unit of fiction (chapter, short story, etc) distributed in advance We dedicate a longer chunk of meeting time to these so you can get quality time and feedback on things like narrative, progression of the story, consistency, or other aspects of writing that we may not come out in a Short Read. Deep Dive Details Deep Dives need to be submitted in advance and distributed so everyone gives their best feedback. Remember that people need to spend some quality time to review your work in advance of the meeting. At the meetup, you'll read a short section of the work, then we share our feedback. How to participate in a Deep Dive Submittal: For best results first timers should come to a meetup and see a deep dive in action; if you like the experience, talk with the group about submitting your Chapter. Deep Dive submittals are generally first come first served, usually only one per meeting. The Deep Dive Premise: We are novice fiction writers on the path to publication. To get there, we need quality, detailed feedback--honest appraisal of what works and what needs improvement. Chapters need scrutiny, that’s what we’ll provide. At a past meeting a newcomer remarked that we spent forty minutes on a short read and were only halfway around the table. 'This is taking a long time--how long should this take?' 'As long as it needs,' we all replied. Enough talk. Come. Make it great. Wire brushing, but soft wire, yeah. The Sacramento-Sierra Writers Group meetups are free of charge and do not require any registration outside of Meetup.

Sac-Sierra Writers Group VIRTUAL Biweekly Short Read and Deep Dive

Meetup moved to 6 pm start, and now using Zoom! Welcome to the Sac Sierra Writers Group Virtual Biweekly Meetup. Participation is open to all Sac Sierra meetup members, to read from their work and receive feedback, or listen in and provide feedback to other writers. We'll revisit in-person meetings as soon as conditions permit; for now our Meetup is exclusively virtual through Zoom. If you have a computer and/or a smart phone you can easily participate, see below for details. Agenda: 6:00-6:10 Introductions; then dive right in. For Short Reads the submitter usually reads the whole thing, then we go around the table with their top few items of feedback, and keep going around the table with dialogue as time permits. For Deep Dives we like the submitter to read a brief passage, then we go around the table with our prepared (and usually detailed) feedback. Repeat for each submittal. We finish around 9:00 but sometimes go longer because, well, we're having fun. What is a Short Read? A Short Read is 3-5 pages of your fiction, any genre, any level of readiness from first draft to final draft. We take turns reading our material and getting feedback around the table, then go to the next person's material. Continue 'til we're done The Short Read Premise: Early feedback can help steer the writing in the right direction. We are novice fiction writers on the path to publication. To get there, we need quality, detailed feedback--honest appraisal of what works and what needs improvement. How to participate in a Short Read: Two ways: a) Drop an electronic copy of your piece in the folder for folks to follow along at their own pace and/or electronically mark up for you (I'll give the link for this at the beginning of the Meetup meeting), or b)screen share your material when we get to your turn. All of this is done in WebEx and Google Drive, and you don't need to download software. You just need a computer with a web browser like Chrome or Explorer, and a phone to dial in. Feel free to attend one without submitting anything, if you would like to see it in action before committing. What is a Deep Dive? A Deep Dive is feedback on a longer, more complete unit of fiction (chapter, short story, etc) distributed in advance We dedicate a longer chunk of meeting time to these so you can get quality time and feedback on things like narrative, progression of the story, consistency, or other aspects of writing that we may not come out in a Short Read. Deep Dive Details Deep Dives need to be submitted in advance and distributed so everyone gives their best feedback. Remember that people need to spend some quality time to review your work in advance of the meeting. At the meetup, you'll read a short section of the work, then we share our feedback. How to participate in a Deep Dive Submittal: For best results first timers should come to a meetup and see a deep dive in action; if you like the experience, talk with the group about submitting your Chapter. Deep Dive submittals are generally first come first served, usually only one per meeting. The Deep Dive Premise: We are novice fiction writers on the path to publication. To get there, we need quality, detailed feedback--honest appraisal of what works and what needs improvement. Chapters need scrutiny, that’s what we’ll provide. At a past meeting a newcomer remarked that we spent forty minutes on a short read and were only halfway around the table. 'This is taking a long time--how long should this take?' 'As long as it needs,' we all replied. Enough talk. Come. Make it great. Wire brushing, but soft wire, yeah. The Sacramento-Sierra Writers Group meetups are free of charge and do not require any registration outside of Meetup.

Sac-Sierra Writers Group VIRTUAL Biweekly Short Read and Deep Dive

Meetup moved to 6 pm start, and now using Zoom! Welcome to the Sac Sierra Writers Group Virtual Biweekly Meetup. Participation is open to all Sac Sierra meetup members, to read from their work and receive feedback, or listen in and provide feedback to other writers. We'll revisit in-person meetings as soon as conditions permit; for now our Meetup is exclusively virtual through Zoom. If you have a computer and/or a smart phone you can easily participate, see below for details. Agenda: 6:00-6:10 Introductions; then dive right in. For Short Reads the submitter usually reads the whole thing, then we go around the table with their top few items of feedback, and keep going around the table with dialogue as time permits. For Deep Dives we like the submitter to read a brief passage, then we go around the table with our prepared (and usually detailed) feedback. Repeat for each submittal. We finish around 9:00 but sometimes go longer because, well, we're having fun. What is a Short Read? A Short Read is 3-5 pages of your fiction, any genre, any level of readiness from first draft to final draft. We take turns reading our material and getting feedback around the table, then go to the next person's material. Continue 'til we're done The Short Read Premise: Early feedback can help steer the writing in the right direction. We are novice fiction writers on the path to publication. To get there, we need quality, detailed feedback--honest appraisal of what works and what needs improvement. How to participate in a Short Read: Two ways: a) Drop an electronic copy of your piece in the folder for folks to follow along at their own pace and/or electronically mark up for you (I'll give the link for this at the beginning of the Meetup meeting), or b)screen share your material when we get to your turn. All of this is done in WebEx and Google Drive, and you don't need to download software. You just need a computer with a web browser like Chrome or Explorer, and a phone to dial in. Feel free to attend one without submitting anything, if you would like to see it in action before committing. What is a Deep Dive? A Deep Dive is feedback on a longer, more complete unit of fiction (chapter, short story, etc) distributed in advance We dedicate a longer chunk of meeting time to these so you can get quality time and feedback on things like narrative, progression of the story, consistency, or other aspects of writing that we may not come out in a Short Read. Deep Dive Details Deep Dives need to be submitted in advance and distributed so everyone gives their best feedback. Remember that people need to spend some quality time to review your work in advance of the meeting. At the meetup, you'll read a short section of the work, then we share our feedback. How to participate in a Deep Dive Submittal: For best results first timers should come to a meetup and see a deep dive in action; if you like the experience, talk with the group about submitting your Chapter. Deep Dive submittals are generally first come first served, usually only one per meeting. The Deep Dive Premise: We are novice fiction writers on the path to publication. To get there, we need quality, detailed feedback--honest appraisal of what works and what needs improvement. Chapters need scrutiny, that’s what we’ll provide. At a past meeting a newcomer remarked that we spent forty minutes on a short read and were only halfway around the table. 'This is taking a long time--how long should this take?' 'As long as it needs,' we all replied. Enough talk. Come. Make it great. Wire brushing, but soft wire, yeah. The Sacramento-Sierra Writers Group meetups are free of charge and do not require any registration outside of Meetup.

Sac-Sierra Writers Group VIRTUAL Biweekly Short Read and Deep Dive

Meetup moved to 6 pm start, and now using Zoom! Welcome to the Sac Sierra Writers Group Virtual Biweekly Meetup. Participation is open to all Sac Sierra meetup members, to read from their work and receive feedback, or listen in and provide feedback to other writers. We'll revisit in-person meetings as soon as conditions permit; for now our Meetup is exclusively virtual through Zoom. If you have a computer and/or a smart phone you can easily participate, see below for details. Agenda: 6:00-6:10 Introductions; then dive right in. For Short Reads the submitter usually reads the whole thing, then we go around the table with their top few items of feedback, and keep going around the table with dialogue as time permits. For Deep Dives we like the submitter to read a brief passage, then we go around the table with our prepared (and usually detailed) feedback. Repeat for each submittal. We finish around 9:00 but sometimes go longer because, well, we're having fun. What is a Short Read? A Short Read is 3-5 pages of your fiction, any genre, any level of readiness from first draft to final draft. We take turns reading our material and getting feedback around the table, then go to the next person's material. Continue 'til we're done The Short Read Premise: Early feedback can help steer the writing in the right direction. We are novice fiction writers on the path to publication. To get there, we need quality, detailed feedback--honest appraisal of what works and what needs improvement. How to participate in a Short Read: Two ways: a) Drop an electronic copy of your piece in the folder for folks to follow along at their own pace and/or electronically mark up for you (I'll give the link for this at the beginning of the Meetup meeting), or b)screen share your material when we get to your turn. All of this is done in WebEx and Google Drive, and you don't need to download software. You just need a computer with a web browser like Chrome or Explorer, and a phone to dial in. Feel free to attend one without submitting anything, if you would like to see it in action before committing. What is a Deep Dive? A Deep Dive is feedback on a longer, more complete unit of fiction (chapter, short story, etc) distributed in advance We dedicate a longer chunk of meeting time to these so you can get quality time and feedback on things like narrative, progression of the story, consistency, or other aspects of writing that we may not come out in a Short Read. Deep Dive Details Deep Dives need to be submitted in advance and distributed so everyone gives their best feedback. Remember that people need to spend some quality time to review your work in advance of the meeting. At the meetup, you'll read a short section of the work, then we share our feedback. How to participate in a Deep Dive Submittal: For best results first timers should come to a meetup and see a deep dive in action; if you like the experience, talk with the group about submitting your Chapter. Deep Dive submittals are generally first come first served, usually only one per meeting. The Deep Dive Premise: We are novice fiction writers on the path to publication. To get there, we need quality, detailed feedback--honest appraisal of what works and what needs improvement. Chapters need scrutiny, that’s what we’ll provide. At a past meeting a newcomer remarked that we spent forty minutes on a short read and were only halfway around the table. 'This is taking a long time--how long should this take?' 'As long as it needs,' we all replied. Enough talk. Come. Make it great. Wire brushing, but soft wire, yeah. The Sacramento-Sierra Writers Group meetups are free of charge and do not require any registration outside of Meetup.

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