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 Youtube Channel, Do the Wrong Thing (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhcnWR3Co2w&list=UUduH-jv0Pmy4GaXyj1l0eyA&ab_channel=DotheWrongThing) and 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

Online event

NOTE: WE'RE MEETING ONLINE UNTIL THE COVID-19 SITUATION IS OVER at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/450226945?pwd=VElLcVhWUHpLVTFpRkdEdUpPUUdVQT09 . Click on the link & it will download Zoom to your computer. SUPER EASY If you want to share your piece so people can edit as you read, put it into a google doc, set the SHARE link to "anyone with link" "can comment" & add the share link to this document, with your name: https://docs.google.com/document/d/18XaUY80pZVBZI4EMwZmtudfE-upL_sITpnp_HptfTCI/edit?usp=sharing . With this doc, all regular attendees will be able to follow your work's progress & read & comment on it even if they're in a different breakout room for a meeting. How to create & share a Google doc: https://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Google-Doc. Try getting on early to sort out technical issues. I will be on at 6:40. WHO: Writers & lovers of the craft, looking to get & give critiques & feedback on original work. Writers who want to hone their presentation skills. WHEN: every Monday, 7 pm to 9-9:30 pm. WHAT: Writers & lovers of the craft are invited to read & hear original work, & give & get feedback. Presenters get 15 minutes to introduce their work, read & receive feedback. In word count, this is ~1300 words. If there's time & interest, we can go beyond that, but please prepare with that limit in mind. You are encouraged to record for our Youtube channel, Do the Wrong Thing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhcnWR3Co2w&list=UUduH-jv0Pmy4GaXyj1l0eyA&ab_channel=DotheWrongThing, but it isn't required. Previously, we podcasted at 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-–& practice not being crushed if you don't like what people say. 3. Practice elocution & 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 & support to make your work your very best. 7. Productivity & 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 & focus feedback with questions before you read. Whatever you choose. 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 & 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. SOMETHING THAT NEEDS TO BE SAID: If you continually disrespect people's time & attention, you will be asked to leave. YOUTUBE & PODCASTING: YT: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCduH-jv0Pmy4GaXyj1l0eyA Pre-April 2020: http://vancouver-writers.podomatic.com or Itunes: Vancouver Writers' Podcast FEES: We suggest etransferring $10 CA/mo to malcolm (at) malcolmvandelst.com to cover meetup (~$20/mo) & Zoom ($20/mo) fees. Overages go to society set up & an upcoming anthology. You will be informed as to how much money is collected in the weekly email. Thank you for being beyond open & generous with your talent & selves. Much love! Respect!

Reading, Critiquing and Podcasting Session

Online event

NOTE: WE'RE MEETING ONLINE UNTIL THE COVID-19 SITUATION IS OVER at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/450226945?pwd=VElLcVhWUHpLVTFpRkdEdUpPUUdVQT09 . Click on the link & it will download Zoom to your computer. SUPER EASY If you want to share your piece so people can edit as you read, put it into a google doc, set the SHARE link to "anyone with link" "can comment" & add the share link to this document, with your name: https://docs.google.com/document/d/18XaUY80pZVBZI4EMwZmtudfE-upL_sITpnp_HptfTCI/edit?usp=sharing . With this doc, all regular attendees will be able to follow your work's progress & read & comment on it even if they're in a different breakout room for a meeting. How to create & share a Google doc: https://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Google-Doc. Try getting on early to sort out technical issues. I will be on at 6:40. WHO: Writers & lovers of the craft, looking to get & give critiques & feedback on original work. Writers who want to hone their presentation skills. WHEN: every Monday, 7 pm to 9-9:30 pm. WHAT: Writers & lovers of the craft are invited to read & hear original work, & give & get feedback. Presenters get 15 minutes to introduce their work, read & receive feedback. In word count, this is ~1300 words. If there's time & interest, we can go beyond that, but please prepare with that limit in mind. You are encouraged to record for our Youtube channel, Do the Wrong Thing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhcnWR3Co2w&list=UUduH-jv0Pmy4GaXyj1l0eyA&ab_channel=DotheWrongThing, but it isn't required. Previously, we podcasted at 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-–& practice not being crushed if you don't like what people say. 3. Practice elocution & 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 & support to make your work your very best. 7. Productivity & 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 & focus feedback with questions before you read. Whatever you choose. 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 & 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. SOMETHING THAT NEEDS TO BE SAID: If you continually disrespect people's time & attention, you will be asked to leave. YOUTUBE & PODCASTING: YT: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCduH-jv0Pmy4GaXyj1l0eyA Pre-April 2020: http://vancouver-writers.podomatic.com or Itunes: Vancouver Writers' Podcast FEES: We suggest etransferring $10 CA/mo to malcolm (at) malcolmvandelst.com to cover meetup (~$20/mo) & Zoom ($20/mo) fees. Overages go to society set up & an upcoming anthology. You will be informed as to how much money is collected in the weekly email. Thank you for being beyond open & generous with your talent & selves. Much love! Respect!

Reading, Critiquing and Podcasting Session

Online event

NOTE: WE'RE MEETING ONLINE UNTIL THE COVID-19 SITUATION IS OVER at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/450226945?pwd=VElLcVhWUHpLVTFpRkdEdUpPUUdVQT09 . Click on the link & it will download Zoom to your computer. SUPER EASY If you want to share your piece so people can edit as you read, put it into a google doc, set the SHARE link to "anyone with link" "can comment" & add the share link to this document, with your name: https://docs.google.com/document/d/18XaUY80pZVBZI4EMwZmtudfE-upL_sITpnp_HptfTCI/edit?usp=sharing . With this doc, all regular attendees will be able to follow your work's progress & read & comment on it even if they're in a different breakout room for a meeting. How to create & share a Google doc: https://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Google-Doc. Try getting on early to sort out technical issues. I will be on at 6:40. WHO: Writers & lovers of the craft, looking to get & give critiques & feedback on original work. Writers who want to hone their presentation skills. WHEN: every Monday, 7 pm to 9-9:30 pm. WHAT: Writers & lovers of the craft are invited to read & hear original work, & give & get feedback. Presenters get 15 minutes to introduce their work, read & receive feedback. In word count, this is ~1300 words. If there's time & interest, we can go beyond that, but please prepare with that limit in mind. You are encouraged to record for our Youtube channel, Do the Wrong Thing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhcnWR3Co2w&list=UUduH-jv0Pmy4GaXyj1l0eyA&ab_channel=DotheWrongThing, but it isn't required. Previously, we podcasted at 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-–& practice not being crushed if you don't like what people say. 3. Practice elocution & 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 & support to make your work your very best. 7. Productivity & 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 & focus feedback with questions before you read. Whatever you choose. 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 & 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. SOMETHING THAT NEEDS TO BE SAID: If you continually disrespect people's time & attention, you will be asked to leave. YOUTUBE & PODCASTING: YT: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCduH-jv0Pmy4GaXyj1l0eyA Pre-April 2020: http://vancouver-writers.podomatic.com or Itunes: Vancouver Writers' Podcast FEES: We suggest etransferring $10 CA/mo to malcolm (at) malcolmvandelst.com to cover meetup (~$20/mo) & Zoom ($20/mo) fees. Overages go to society set up & an upcoming anthology. You will be informed as to how much money is collected in the weekly email. Thank you for being beyond open & generous with your talent & selves. Much love! Respect!

Reading, Critiquing and Podcasting Session

Online event

NOTE: WE'RE MEETING ONLINE UNTIL THE COVID-19 SITUATION IS OVER at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/450226945?pwd=VElLcVhWUHpLVTFpRkdEdUpPUUdVQT09 . Click on the link & it will download Zoom to your computer. SUPER EASY If you want to share your piece so people can edit as you read, put it into a google doc, set the SHARE link to "anyone with link" "can comment" & add the share link to this document, with your name: https://docs.google.com/document/d/18XaUY80pZVBZI4EMwZmtudfE-upL_sITpnp_HptfTCI/edit?usp=sharing . With this doc, all regular attendees will be able to follow your work's progress & read & comment on it even if they're in a different breakout room for a meeting. How to create & share a Google doc: https://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Google-Doc. Try getting on early to sort out technical issues. I will be on at 6:40. WHO: Writers & lovers of the craft, looking to get & give critiques & feedback on original work. Writers who want to hone their presentation skills. WHEN: every Monday, 7 pm to 9-9:30 pm. WHAT: Writers & lovers of the craft are invited to read & hear original work, & give & get feedback. Presenters get 15 minutes to introduce their work, read & receive feedback. In word count, this is ~1300 words. If there's time & interest, we can go beyond that, but please prepare with that limit in mind. You are encouraged to record for our Youtube channel, Do the Wrong Thing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhcnWR3Co2w&list=UUduH-jv0Pmy4GaXyj1l0eyA&ab_channel=DotheWrongThing, but it isn't required. Previously, we podcasted at 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-–& practice not being crushed if you don't like what people say. 3. Practice elocution & 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 & support to make your work your very best. 7. Productivity & 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 & focus feedback with questions before you read. Whatever you choose. 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 & 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. SOMETHING THAT NEEDS TO BE SAID: If you continually disrespect people's time & attention, you will be asked to leave. YOUTUBE & PODCASTING: YT: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCduH-jv0Pmy4GaXyj1l0eyA Pre-April 2020: http://vancouver-writers.podomatic.com or Itunes: Vancouver Writers' Podcast FEES: We suggest etransferring $10 CA/mo to malcolm (at) malcolmvandelst.com to cover meetup (~$20/mo) & Zoom ($20/mo) fees. Overages go to society set up & an upcoming anthology. You will be informed as to how much money is collected in the weekly email. Thank you for being beyond open & generous with your talent & selves. Much love! Respect!

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