Have you had a story knocking around in your head for a while now? Well, that sounds uncomfortable. Let's get it out of there and onto paper (or into pixels)!
We are a working group of writers who get together to help one another start, finish, or improve our novels/screenplays/short stories/rock operas/whatever**. We meet twice monthly for critique group and have writing sessions from time to time during the week as well. Please only join this group if you're willing to participate: we keep the membership down to 50 not because we're too cheap to open it up to Unlimited but because we actively don't want 500 people who don't know one another and never contribute. Our core group is pretty dedicated to getting better and getting published!
Your organizers are National Novel Writing Month finishers, both revising fiction novels for publication. I'm a professor with plenty of practice editing papers and giving writing advice, and my co-organizer works daily with writers and other creatives as an art director at a well-known motion picture studio. Come join our community for fun, friendship, and fruitful wordsmithing!
A note on our name, as well as some inspiration for you: when JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, and a few other friends got together at the local pub to discuss their respective novels, they called themselves the "Inklings!" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inklings ...We have a lot to live up to, don't we, then?
**NOTE: we are a CREATIVE writing group. We're happy to read whatever you write as long as it's fiction; no nonfiction/technical/academic/marketing copy/etc. Thank you!
NOTE: Just kidding! We're writing queries instead of pitches!
The query is your key to getting an agent interested in representing your book. Since they get zillions of queries each week and only sign a few authors a year, you have to make sure your story is well captured in your query letter!
With Pitch Wars coming up (pitchwars.org) and a lifetime of querying ahead of you (assuming you're interested in traditional publishing), this is a good opportunity for us to practice describing "what's cool" about our own stories in just a few paragraphs!
Bring a query for one of your stories and we'll help one another tweak them until they're clear, hook-y, and tight!
For details on writing your first query, read: pitchwars.org/resources/ and nybookeditors.com/2015/12/how-to-write-a-darn-good-query-letter/ and also https://www.writersdigest.com/getting-published/how-to-write-the-perfect-query-letter