What we're about

Join us on Monday nights for our main Reading and Critiquing Session. Share your text – fiction, creative non-fiction, comedy, scripts, poetry, non-fiction – and work with other writers and readers to refine it. Support each other on the writing journey. Some of us practice performance skills. We have a youtube channel you can read for if you choose.

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/playlist?list=PLHLMEZKTMlqi-jF17RU0doWr0WPamYoQ2 and http://vancouver-writers.podomatic.com .

Fees are by donation.

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 (4+)

Reading and Critiquing Session

Online event

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 (https://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Google-Doc), set the SHARE link to "anyone with link" "can comment." You can share your doc in meeting via Zoom chat and/or add it to the amalgamation doc which is added both here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1m8TUaSn6nwa-yv9VAk6qIkfKKg1lJsCEtzhNj_Jh5iE/edit?usp=sharing and below, in the comments, a few days before each meeting. Using the amalgamation doc allows regular attendees to follow your work's progress & read & comment even if they're in a different breakout room or miss a meeting.*

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. TIME ZONE CONVERTER: https://www.thetimezoneconverter.com. We are in Vancouver, Canada, using Pacific Standard Time.

WHAT:

Writers & lovers of the craft are invited to read & hear original work, give & get feedback.

Presenters have 15 minutes to introduce their work, read & receive feedback. In word count, this is ~1300 words. If there's time, we can go beyond that, but please prepare with that limit in mind.

Record for our Youtube channel if you like: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLHLMEZKTMlqi-jF17RU0doWr0WPamYoQ2 . Pre-April 2020, 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.
3. Elocution & projection. As a writer, you will have to read your work to audiences. Start rehearsing 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.

PRESENTERS, you can ask for open-ended feedback, 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/a digital document, though many people do. If you're going to bring PRINT OUTS, 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.

FEES: We operate via donations. We suggest etransferring $5 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 a weekly email.

Thank you for being beyond open & generous with your talent & selves. Much love! Respect!

Reading and Critiquing Session

Online event

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 (https://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Google-Doc), set the SHARE link to "anyone with link" "can comment." You can share your doc in meeting via Zoom chat and/or add it to the amalgamation doc which is added both here (TBA) and below, in the comments, a few days before each meeting. Using the amalgamation doc allows regular attendees to follow your work's progress & read & comment even if they're in a different breakout room or miss a meeting.*

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. TIME ZONE CONVERTER: https://www.thetimezoneconverter.com. We are in Vancouver, Canada, using Pacific Standard Time.

WHAT:

Writers & lovers of the craft are invited to read & hear original work, give & get feedback.

Presenters have 15 minutes to introduce their work, read & receive feedback. In word count, this is ~1300 words. If there's time, we can go beyond that, but please prepare with that limit in mind.

Record for our Youtube channel if you like: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLHLMEZKTMlqi-jF17RU0doWr0WPamYoQ2 . Pre-April 2020, 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.
3. Elocution & projection. As a writer, you will have to read your work to audiences. Start rehearsing 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.

PRESENTERS, you can ask for open-ended feedback, 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/a digital document, though many people do. If you're going to bring PRINT OUTS, 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.

FEES: We operate via donations. We suggest etransferring $5 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 a weekly email.

Thank you for being beyond open & generous with your talent & selves. Much love! Respect!

Reading and Critiquing Session

Online event

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 (https://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Google-Doc), set the SHARE link to "anyone with link" "can comment." You can share your doc in meeting via Zoom chat and/or add it to the amalgamation doc which is added both here (TBA) and below, in the comments, a few days before each meeting. Using the amalgamation doc allows regular attendees to follow your work's progress & read & comment even if they're in a different breakout room or miss a meeting.*

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. TIME ZONE CONVERTER: https://www.thetimezoneconverter.com. We are in Vancouver, Canada, using Pacific Standard Time.

WHAT:

Writers & lovers of the craft are invited to read & hear original work, give & get feedback.

Presenters have 15 minutes to introduce their work, read & receive feedback. In word count, this is ~1300 words. If there's time, we can go beyond that, but please prepare with that limit in mind.

Record for our Youtube channel if you like: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLHLMEZKTMlqi-jF17RU0doWr0WPamYoQ2 . Pre-April 2020, 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.
3. Elocution & projection. As a writer, you will have to read your work to audiences. Start rehearsing 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.

PRESENTERS, you can ask for open-ended feedback, 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/a digital document, though many people do. If you're going to bring PRINT OUTS, 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.

FEES: We operate via donations. We suggest etransferring $5 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 a weekly email.

Thank you for being beyond open & generous with your talent & selves. Much love! Respect!

Reading and Critiquing Session

Online event

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 (https://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Google-Doc), set the SHARE link to "anyone with link" "can comment." You can share your doc in meeting via Zoom chat and/or add it to the amalgamation doc which is added both here (TBA) and below, in the comments, a few days before each meeting. Using the amalgamation doc allows regular attendees to follow your work's progress & read & comment even if they're in a different breakout room or miss a meeting.*

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. TIME ZONE CONVERTER: https://www.thetimezoneconverter.com. We are in Vancouver, Canada, using Pacific Standard Time.

WHAT:

Writers & lovers of the craft are invited to read & hear original work, give & get feedback.

Presenters have 15 minutes to introduce their work, read & receive feedback. In word count, this is ~1300 words. If there's time, we can go beyond that, but please prepare with that limit in mind.

Record for our Youtube channel if you like: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLHLMEZKTMlqi-jF17RU0doWr0WPamYoQ2 . Pre-April 2020, 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.
3. Elocution & projection. As a writer, you will have to read your work to audiences. Start rehearsing 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.

PRESENTERS, you can ask for open-ended feedback, 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/a digital document, though many people do. If you're going to bring PRINT OUTS, 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.

FEES: We operate via donations. We suggest etransferring $5 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 a weekly email.

Thank you for being beyond open & generous with your talent & selves. Much love! Respect!

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