What we're about

Are you working on a short story, a screenplay, children's book, essays, or a novel? Is it a story you feel must be told or are you experimenting with something new? Whether you are new to writing, in the middle of several projects, or have published work, this group is for you! The goals of this meetup are to empower one another by offering constructive feedback on writing, encouraging each other to push the boundaries of our skills, and if it's your goal, to create an online presence, and get published.

We will meet the 3rd Saturday of every month at the Shrewsbury Public Library. You can also check out the Shrewsbury Public Library at https://shrewsburyma.gov/366/Calendar-Passe... more information and for postings of workshops and events: https://newenglandwritersguild.com/ (more information is coming soon - April 1, 2019).

Upcoming events (5+)

#1 Getting Started in Writing (3-Class Workshop Series)

Shrewsbury Public Library

This is the first of three consecutive workshops and can be taken in order or a la carte. If you are unable to make one but able to attend the others, it will not impeded your understanding of the material. In the workshop, "Getting Started" you will learn the necessary components of good writing, whether you are working on a short story, flash fiction, a longer piece, or even memoir. We'll talk about the following topics: theme, plot, story structure, character development, setting, style and tone. This workshop is interactive. Please bring a notebook and something to write with as we will put into practice what we learn. This class is great for those new to writing, in the throes of a story, or are in the process of going back and editing their work. Cost: Free We will meet in the Learning Lab on the 2nd floor of the library. Space is capped at 5 people as this is also being advertised in other locations. Maximize class size is capped at 10 to allow people to receive feedback from each other and the teacher, as well as share and workshop their writing.

#2 Show vs. Tell in Creative Writing (3-Class Workshop Series)

Shrewsbury Public Library

There is a difference between descriptive versus direct language. Learn how to captivate and intrigue your reader. Learn how the difference between show vs. tell can make or break a scene. Go beyond the definition and learn how to use descriptive language to capture your audience and hold their attention. Not sure what to write? No problem – that’s the job of the teacher. By the end of the workshop you’ll not only have a clear understanding about the topic but feel inspired to go back and change that scene you’ve been working on or write something new. Cost: Free We will meet in the Learning Lab on the 2nd floor of the library. Space is capped at 5 people as this is also being advertised in other locations. Maximize class size is capped at 10 to allow people to receive feedback from each other and the teacher, as well as share and workshop their writing.

Workshop Our Writing

Shrewsbury Public Library

Hello Fellow Writers! Join us to workshop our writing. You are encouraged to read an excerpt of your writing with the group. This is a great way to hear the story through your voice and get a sense of the plot and characters. However, if you would prefer us to jump right in and give you feedback, we can do that too! Sharing Writing 1. We share writing based on who arrives first, second, third, and so on. 2. Each person has 10 minutes for reading and feedback from the group. 3. Please limit submissions to no more than 4 double-spaced pages, so that we may have time to offer you proper written (as well as spoken) feedback. If you want to share multiple pieces (such as poems, prose, or flash fiction to name a few), that's fantastic as long as it doesn't exceed 4 pages total! Please do not shrink the font or decrease the margins and then expect to share your work as we will not have the time to give you proper feedback. 4. Please bring copies for sharing. We have been averaging 7 people and are all willing to share if you do not have enough copies. Rules of Thumb 1. You don’t have to submit a piece of writing in order to attend. 2. When it's your turn to share, please tell us what you'd like us to focus on (style, structure, flow, development of the character(s), emotions of piece, etc.). 3. Please be mindful that it is not always easy to share personal writing, so be constructive when offering feedback. 4. If you are unable to make it, please change your RSVP. I work alongside others to make this happen, so please keep that in mind.

#3 Grammar & Mechanics (3-Class Workshop Series)

Shrewsbury Public Library

With the increase of informality in writing, who cares about grammar and mechanics when an emoji says it all? Good writing requires practice and repetition. This interactive workshop will review grammar and mechanics for creative writing. We’ll cover the following: 1. Tenses 2. Fluff Language 3. Format 4. Dialogue 5. Profanity in Writing Bring a notebook and something to write with. Don’t worry, this won’t be like your high school English class. We’ll cover areas of need and then put it into practice with a structured free write that includes feedback. By the time we’re done, you’ll have a firm grasp on the industry standards for creative writing. Cost: Free We will meet in the Learning Lab on the 2nd floor of the library. Space is capped at 5 people as this is also being advertised in other locations. Maximize class size is capped at 10 to allow people to receive feedback from each other and the teacher, as well as share and workshop their writing.

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Workshop Our Writing - Learning Lab 2nd Floor Library

Shrewsbury Public Library

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