What we're about

Our main session is a Reading, Critiquing and Podcasting night every Monday night. We share material we are working on – fiction, creative non-fiction, comedy, scripts, poetry, non-fiction – and help each other refine our work. Some of us work on performance skills. Podcasting is optional.

We sometimes do series or one-offs on topics of interest to writers. We have been known to have social nights at a bar in Vancouver, and occasionally writing competitions.

Check out some of our work at http://vancouver-writers.podomatic.com .

We used to do a weekly Co-op radio show, Writing Life Radio. Those shows can be found here (http://www.coopradio.org/station/archives/39914).

Upcoming events (5+)

Reading, Critiquing and Podcasting Session

The Pace at Creative Coworkers, MAP: https://goo.gl/maps/iVBXU4GBYyk

NOTE: WE'RE NOW AT THE PACE BY CREATIVE COWORKERS, 520 ALEXANDER ST. IT'S ABOUT 2 BLOCKS EAST OF THE OLD SPACE. WHO: Writers and lovers of the craft, looking to get and give critiques and feedback on original work. Writers who want to hone their presentation skills. WHEN: every Monday, 7 pm to 9-9:30 pm. WHAT: Writers and lovers of the craft are invited to read and hear original work, and give and get feedback. Presenters get 15 minutes to introduce their work, read and receive feedback. In word count, this is ~1300 words. If there's time and interest, we can go beyond that, but please prepare with that limit in mind. If you choose, you can be recorded for our podcast. It isn't required. http://vancouver-writers.podomatic.com / itunes: Vancouver Writers' Podcast. WHY: 1. Duh! Getting feedback makes your writing better. You don't have to listen to the feedback, but if 3 or 4 people say the same thing, it might be worth paying attention to. 2. Develop courage. It's not easy to read your work to an audience. Here, you can practice-–and practice not being crushed if you don't like what people say. 3. Practice elocution and projection. As a writer, you will have to read your work to audiences. Start practicing now! 4. Even planning to present your work will make you read it with new eyes and improve. 5. Even without feedback, reading your work to an audience will highlight rough spots. 6. Meet other writers, make friends and perhaps meet your own tighter critique group: the ones you'll bounce ideas off without finessing them; the ones who'll read your novel, story or play as you write it, chapter by chapter or scene by scene, giving you guidance, structure and support to make your work your very best. 7. Productivity and accountability: plan to come regularly so you have to write in order to have something to present. WRITERS, you can leave feedback open-ended, bring up specific concerns you have at the end, or lead and focus feedback with questions before you read. Whatever works for you. When you're getting feedback, JUST LISTEN! You'll get more out of it if you let comments sit with you, whether you agree or not. DO NOT ARGUE, JUSTIFY OR EXPLAIN. CRITICS, keep it focused and constructive. What can you tell the writer that will improve their work? This is not about personal opinion or anecdote. You do not have to bring PRINT OUTS, though many people do. If you're going to bring them, 9 to 10 is a good number. You can upload to our Google Group (you need to join first): https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/vancouver-writers or to your own website, then leave a comment on the meeting page. Others can download your piece and follow along on their phone or device. Include a description of your work, providing context or anything people will need to understand it. SOMETHING THAT NEEDS TO BE SAID: If you continually disrespect people's time and attention, you will be asked to leave. PODCASTING: Listen at itunes: Vancouver Writers' Podcast or http://vancouver-writers.podomatic.com. FEES: We suggest a suggest a $3 to $5 donation per meeting to cover our rental and meetup fees. Meetup fees are ~$20 CA/month and the rest goes to Creative Workers, the non-profit co-working space who provide us with our awesome meeting space. A yearly membership includes a free beer or coffee with each visit, discounts on additional drinks and snacks, 50% off Creative Coworkers' workshops and 2 hrs. of boardroom use/month, plus your Meetup fees. At $60 for the first year and $45 thereafter, it's a great deal. More about Creative Coworkers: http://creativecoworkers.com. Thank you for being beyond open and generous with your talent and selves. Much love! Respect!

Reading, Critiquing and Podcasting Session

The Pace at Creative Coworkers, MAP: https://goo.gl/maps/iVBXU4GBYyk

NOTE: WE'RE NOW AT THE PACE BY CREATIVE COWORKERS, 520 ALEXANDER ST. IT'S ABOUT 2 BLOCKS EAST OF THE OLD SPACE. WHO: Writers and lovers of the craft, looking to get and give critiques and feedback on original work. Writers who want to hone their presentation skills. WHEN: every Monday, 7 pm to 9-9:30 pm. WHAT: Writers and lovers of the craft are invited to read and hear original work, and give and get feedback. Presenters get 15 minutes to introduce their work, read and receive feedback. In word count, this is ~1300 words. If there's time and interest, we can go beyond that, but please prepare with that limit in mind. If you choose, you can be recorded for our podcast. It isn't required. http://vancouver-writers.podomatic.com / itunes: Vancouver Writers' Podcast. WHY: 1. Duh! Getting feedback makes your writing better. You don't have to listen to the feedback, but if 3 or 4 people say the same thing, it might be worth paying attention to. 2. Develop courage. It's not easy to read your work to an audience. Here, you can practice-–and practice not being crushed if you don't like what people say. 3. Practice elocution and projection. As a writer, you will have to read your work to audiences. Start practicing now! 4. Even planning to present your work will make you read it with new eyes and improve. 5. Even without feedback, reading your work to an audience will highlight rough spots. 6. Meet other writers, make friends and perhaps meet your own tighter critique group: the ones you'll bounce ideas off without finessing them; the ones who'll read your novel, story or play as you write it, chapter by chapter or scene by scene, giving you guidance, structure and support to make your work your very best. 7. Productivity and accountability: plan to come regularly so you have to write in order to have something to present. WRITERS, you can leave feedback open-ended, bring up specific concerns you have at the end, or lead and focus feedback with questions before you read. Whatever works for you. When you're getting feedback, JUST LISTEN! You'll get more out of it if you let comments sit with you, whether you agree or not. DO NOT ARGUE, JUSTIFY OR EXPLAIN. CRITICS, keep it focused and constructive. What can you tell the writer that will improve their work? This is not about personal opinion or anecdote. You do not have to bring PRINT OUTS, though many people do. If you're going to bring them, 9 to 10 is a good number. You can upload to our Google Group (you need to join first): https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/vancouver-writers or to your own website, then leave a comment on the meeting page. Others can download your piece and follow along on their phone or device. Include a description of your work, providing context or anything people will need to understand it. SOMETHING THAT NEEDS TO BE SAID: If you continually disrespect people's time and attention, you will be asked to leave. PODCASTING: Listen at itunes: Vancouver Writers' Podcast or http://vancouver-writers.podomatic.com. FEES: We suggest a suggest a $3 to $5 donation per meeting to cover our rental and meetup fees. Meetup fees are ~$20 CA/month and the rest goes to Creative Workers, the non-profit co-working space who provide us with our awesome meeting space. A yearly membership includes a free beer or coffee with each visit, discounts on additional drinks and snacks, 50% off Creative Coworkers' workshops and 2 hrs. of boardroom use/month, plus your Meetup fees. At $60 for the first year and $45 thereafter, it's a great deal. More about Creative Coworkers: http://creativecoworkers.com. Thank you for being beyond open and generous with your talent and selves. Much love! Respect!

Reading, Critiquing and Podcasting Session

The Pace at Creative Coworkers, MAP: https://goo.gl/maps/iVBXU4GBYyk

NOTE: WE'RE NOW AT THE PACE BY CREATIVE COWORKERS, 520 ALEXANDER ST. IT'S ABOUT 2 BLOCKS EAST OF THE OLD SPACE. WHO: Writers and lovers of the craft, looking to get and give critiques and feedback on original work. Writers who want to hone their presentation skills. WHEN: every Monday, 7 pm to 9-9:30 pm. WHAT: Writers and lovers of the craft are invited to read and hear original work, and give and get feedback. Presenters get 15 minutes to introduce their work, read and receive feedback. In word count, this is ~1300 words. If there's time and interest, we can go beyond that, but please prepare with that limit in mind. If you choose, you can be recorded for our podcast. It isn't required. http://vancouver-writers.podomatic.com / itunes: Vancouver Writers' Podcast. WHY: 1. Duh! Getting feedback makes your writing better. You don't have to listen to the feedback, but if 3 or 4 people say the same thing, it might be worth paying attention to. 2. Develop courage. It's not easy to read your work to an audience. Here, you can practice-–and practice not being crushed if you don't like what people say. 3. Practice elocution and projection. As a writer, you will have to read your work to audiences. Start practicing now! 4. Even planning to present your work will make you read it with new eyes and improve. 5. Even without feedback, reading your work to an audience will highlight rough spots. 6. Meet other writers, make friends and perhaps meet your own tighter critique group: the ones you'll bounce ideas off without finessing them; the ones who'll read your novel, story or play as you write it, chapter by chapter or scene by scene, giving you guidance, structure and support to make your work your very best. 7. Productivity and accountability: plan to come regularly so you have to write in order to have something to present. WRITERS, you can leave feedback open-ended, bring up specific concerns you have at the end, or lead and focus feedback with questions before you read. Whatever works for you. When you're getting feedback, JUST LISTEN! You'll get more out of it if you let comments sit with you, whether you agree or not. DO NOT ARGUE, JUSTIFY OR EXPLAIN. CRITICS, keep it focused and constructive. What can you tell the writer that will improve their work? This is not about personal opinion or anecdote. You do not have to bring PRINT OUTS, though many people do. If you're going to bring them, 9 to 10 is a good number. You can upload to our Google Group (you need to join first): https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/vancouver-writers or to your own website, then leave a comment on the meeting page. Others can download your piece and follow along on their phone or device. Include a description of your work, providing context or anything people will need to understand it. SOMETHING THAT NEEDS TO BE SAID: If you continually disrespect people's time and attention, you will be asked to leave. PODCASTING: Listen at itunes: Vancouver Writers' Podcast or http://vancouver-writers.podomatic.com. FEES: We suggest a suggest a $3 to $5 donation per meeting to cover our rental and meetup fees. Meetup fees are ~$20 CA/month and the rest goes to Creative Workers, the non-profit co-working space who provide us with our awesome meeting space. A yearly membership includes a free beer or coffee with each visit, discounts on additional drinks and snacks, 50% off Creative Coworkers' workshops and 2 hrs. of boardroom use/month, plus your Meetup fees. At $60 for the first year and $45 thereafter, it's a great deal. More about Creative Coworkers: http://creativecoworkers.com. Thank you for being beyond open and generous with your talent and selves. Much love! Respect!

Reading, Critiquing and Podcasting Session

The Pace at Creative Coworkers, MAP: https://goo.gl/maps/iVBXU4GBYyk

NOTE: WE'RE NOW AT THE PACE BY CREATIVE COWORKERS, 520 ALEXANDER ST. IT'S ABOUT 2 BLOCKS EAST OF THE OLD SPACE. WHO: Writers and lovers of the craft, looking to get and give critiques and feedback on original work. Writers who want to hone their presentation skills. WHEN: every Monday, 7 pm to 9-9:30 pm. WHAT: Writers and lovers of the craft are invited to read and hear original work, and give and get feedback. Presenters get 15 minutes to introduce their work, read and receive feedback. In word count, this is ~1300 words. If there's time and interest, we can go beyond that, but please prepare with that limit in mind. If you choose, you can be recorded for our podcast. It isn't required. http://vancouver-writers.podomatic.com / itunes: Vancouver Writers' Podcast. WHY: 1. Duh! Getting feedback makes your writing better. You don't have to listen to the feedback, but if 3 or 4 people say the same thing, it might be worth paying attention to. 2. Develop courage. It's not easy to read your work to an audience. Here, you can practice-–and practice not being crushed if you don't like what people say. 3. Practice elocution and projection. As a writer, you will have to read your work to audiences. Start practicing now! 4. Even planning to present your work will make you read it with new eyes and improve. 5. Even without feedback, reading your work to an audience will highlight rough spots. 6. Meet other writers, make friends and perhaps meet your own tighter critique group: the ones you'll bounce ideas off without finessing them; the ones who'll read your novel, story or play as you write it, chapter by chapter or scene by scene, giving you guidance, structure and support to make your work your very best. 7. Productivity and accountability: plan to come regularly so you have to write in order to have something to present. WRITERS, you can leave feedback open-ended, bring up specific concerns you have at the end, or lead and focus feedback with questions before you read. Whatever works for you. When you're getting feedback, JUST LISTEN! You'll get more out of it if you let comments sit with you, whether you agree or not. DO NOT ARGUE, JUSTIFY OR EXPLAIN. CRITICS, keep it focused and constructive. What can you tell the writer that will improve their work? This is not about personal opinion or anecdote. You do not have to bring PRINT OUTS, though many people do. If you're going to bring them, 9 to 10 is a good number. You can upload to our Google Group (you need to join first): https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/vancouver-writers or to your own website, then leave a comment on the meeting page. Others can download your piece and follow along on their phone or device. Include a description of your work, providing context or anything people will need to understand it. SOMETHING THAT NEEDS TO BE SAID: If you continually disrespect people's time and attention, you will be asked to leave. PODCASTING: Listen at itunes: Vancouver Writers' Podcast or http://vancouver-writers.podomatic.com. FEES: We suggest a suggest a $3 to $5 donation per meeting to cover our rental and meetup fees. Meetup fees are ~$20 CA/month and the rest goes to Creative Workers, the non-profit co-working space who provide us with our awesome meeting space. A yearly membership includes a free beer or coffee with each visit, discounts on additional drinks and snacks, 50% off Creative Coworkers' workshops and 2 hrs. of boardroom use/month, plus your Meetup fees. At $60 for the first year and $45 thereafter, it's a great deal. More about Creative Coworkers: http://creativecoworkers.com. Thank you for being beyond open and generous with your talent and selves. Much love! Respect!

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