As of February 2021, we will accept out-of-area members. When conditions permit a return to the Mermaid, we will provide virtual access.
The Mermaid Science Fiction and Fantasy Workshop is a group of genre writers focused on peer review and mutual support. To write in a vacuum is to court madness -- we all need feedback and a forum to discuss our fiction and the publishing business. The workshop seeks to provide a safe and constructive environment to share your writing and receive criticism. Also, we drink.
The group utilizes a slightly modified Milford Technique. The following is Wikipedia’s description, edited to reflect our group’s practice.
Manuscripts are distributed beforehand. Everyone reads, critiques, and prepares before the formal workshop begins. Etiquette precludes participants from discussing the manuscripts beforehand either with the author or other members of the critique group. The participants sit around the table. The author whose work is being critiqued sits in silence while each participant delivers their critique. When those critiques end, the author has an opportunity to reply to the critiques. Constructive criticism, which will often include opportunities for improvement, is required. Finally, the critiqued manuscripts are returned to the author with notes.
If you are writing Science Fiction, Fantasy or Horror, consider joining us. The feedback and camaraderie will both assist and encourage you in your efforts.
If you join, you are expected to submit 3,000 to 5,000 words on a regular basis (generally 2-4 submissions per year). They are also expected to provide critiques of all monthly submissions (generally 3-4 per month). If you’re interested in joining us, click the button. We’ll reply and arrange for you to submit a sample of your writing. We’ll review it and get back to you.
Spots are limited. Members are only invited when we need to replace existing members, so there may be a wait before you are invited to join. We will critique your work at your first meeting. You are not required to provide critiques at your first meeting although you may do so if you desire.