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Washington Creative Writers Club Pages

We sit at tables in the back of La Madeleine

We usually have sufficiently many writers so that we have to break up into subgroups. Each group is at a different table and we have found 5-7 to be a good number with optimally no more than 4 reading so all can have time to get feedback.

Writers are expected to bring sufficient copies of their material for others at the table to mark up while they read to the group. Participants should bring a pen or pencil to do the markups.

Writers are asked to limit the length of their readings to no more than 5 double spaced pages any one week. Screenplays should be limited to eight pages. Longer pieces should be spread out over multiple weeks.

Tina Manousakis and Joe Oppenheimer help structure the tables to balance the numbers who are reading.

Of course all rules are somewhat flexibly applied.

We also have a biweekly “long project” table. That table works approximately as follows:

People who have a manuscript with at least 4 chapters that can be ready for review may join the long project table. They should contact Tina at

She will let you know when there is an opening and add you to the “group email list” of the contributing participants. They can then send their chapters to each other.

Participants are under obligation to read the chapters and develop comments, criticisms, etc. of them to present and discuss at the long-project table. The day of the meeting will then be also the due date for the next submission of chapters by the participants. That will give all participants 2 weeks to read the material. (Tina will probably take a day or so to make them available to other participants of our Writers’ Meetup.)

After the meeting many members go for a ‘social’ to a variety of places nearby. (Although this seems to be in hiatus at the moment). We plan to use the social time to occasionally have ‘workshops’ and more guided discussions about writing topics as asked for by our active members.

Table of Contents

Page title Most recent update Last edited by
Members' Prizes, Publications and other Good Stuff March 22, 2017 6:36 PM Joe O.
A Table in the Back: Next Issue January 30, 2014 12:39 PM Tina M.
Our Blog - A Table in the Back January 30, 2014 10:17 AM Joe O.
About Washington Creative Writers Club December 3, 2015 10:31 PM Tina M.

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