If you are a writer and would like feedback on work in progress, or simply want to hang out with like-minded literary types, you are welcome to join us for an afternoon of discussion and critique.
What to Submit: Members are free to submit works in progress of any genre for critique and discussion. In the past we have reviewed novels in progress, short stories, poetry and non-fiction essays.
How to Submit: Click here to access our group's submission page:
The first time you click the link, it should prompt you to request access. We've made it semi-protected so the folder is not publicly available. After I grant you access, you can simply drag and drop files into the folder. I've decided to keep past meetups archived, so e careful to upload to the current month (highlighted in green). Word docs, rtfs, pdfs, Google Docs are all fine. Try to upload at least a few days prior to the meeting. Earlier is always better.
How to provide feedback: What we've been doing is adding comments with the Comment feature in Word and then emailing the writer after the meeting. We do this so we don't get bogged down with issues of grammar, punctuation and wording during our meeting so we can keep focused on the larger issues, while still having someone catch the smaller ones. It would be helpful to include your email address somewhere on the document.
Guidelines for Critique: Remember that your group members are critiquing your work because they want to help you become a better writer. Our goal is to help one another. That means offering constructive criticism and suggestions how the writing could be strengthened. Be friendly but direct. In fiction, address issues of character development, plot, conflict, pace, dialogue, showing vs. telling, etc. Here's a helpful article to get started: http://paulettealden.com/articles/critiquing/
I hope to see you there!