What we're about

This group has been created to help writers find the focus, energy, drive and support needed to start, finish, and celebrate your book and/ or any writing project.
Without doubt, all writers and aspiring writers have dreams of either one or multiple projects. We all start with the best of intentions, but inevitably, our projects stall out due to writers block, fatigue, and those other pesky "life gets in the way" problems. My hope is that this group will utilize the strong benefits of a supportive MeetUp membership, to create a supportive writers community that will help each other overcome those obstacles, finish our projects, and help each other celebrate our successes. One goal is for this group to give members tools, advice, inspiration, different perspectives, support, constructive critiques, and more, all while having fun on the writing journey.
I was really inspired to start this group for two main reasons: One, I found a great book called: "Write-A-Thon", by Rochelle Melander, and second, I've run other MeetUp groups, currently run two others, and have met some GREAT, GREAT folks via the MeetUp platform.
My philosophy in forming and running a MeetUp group is to adapt topics, formats, and agendas based on the membership, not to have a fixed, static agenda. I have also taken the time to look at other Writer's MeetUps in the Southeast Michigan area, and I do not want to duplicate the efforts of these other groups, but to make this group complimentary to others. At least at the start, I'd like for this group to be focused on the process of writing and project development. This would involve such things as: Preparation, attitude, structuring YOUR writing process, planning, etc. We'd further talk about pacing, inspiration, and motivation. We'll also celebrate successes and milestones along the way. While in the formative Phase of the group, I really don't see the group getting together to all write while we're in the same place, and I also want to tread very carefully on the prospect of critiquing other members writings. Also, as far as MeetUp dates and times, my weekly schedule is fluid, so my plan is to have MeetUps at differing dates and times: A Morning Edition, Evening Edition, and Weekend Edition.
My main request is that you join this group with a Giving Spirit, looking more to what you can give and share with others, rather than solely with a "WIIFM" Attitude. As I said, I have lots of experience running other MeetUps, and I know they can be valuable, educational, fun, and forge great professional relationships and personal friendships. I hope you will come along on this journey! Thanks for your consideration!

Upcoming events (5)

Telling A Story Of Survival with Sapphire Geer

Online event

$5.00

Excerpt from a review of "Survive" by Connie Whitely: "In this coming of age tale, Sapphire, our protagonist, lives out a doomsday tale come true. After a lifetime of emotional abuse by her step-father - the only father she’s ever known - she delivers a first-hand account of her efforts to save her family and herself from certain death in the wilds of the Yukon." Having survived a horrific event, Sapphire Geer found the strength years later to tell her story in her first book "Survive" launching Nov. 13th, 2020 on Amazon. Sapphire will share a bit about her story and though she can't give away all the details, she will provide a good foundation for what to expect if you decide to read the book. She will speak about how she found the courage to write her story, despite family disapproval, and what her experience has been like working with a coach, ghostwriter, and small publishing company. AGENDA: 6:00 – Arrival to zoom, wait for people to join and conversation time 6:15 – Introduction by Lexi Mohney 6:25 – Speaker Sapphire Geer 7:10 – Q&A 7:40 – Announcements and end meeting We're cultivating an enjoyable place to learn, teach, share, grow, and become better writers. We encourage you to get engaged with the group, attend our events, and become a vibrant member of the community. We look forward to seeing you! Cost: $5 via paypal, venmo, or zelle helps us cover expenses of hosting and running the group on meetup.

Revision Group (Online Until Further Notice)

Online event

$5.00

Group Description: Serving those that are in need of new eyes and new opinions on their work, the Revision Group is the perfect setting to find interested, honest readers to help any writer revise their manuscript. The intention of the group is to allow space for authors to gain more in-depth critics of their work while also learning about the readability and understanding from the perspective of the reader. Feedback on any given piece will consist of continuity, plot, character development, flow, and other major aspects that could have been missed because the pieces are so close to the authors’ hearts. Each author may submit up to 2000 words of double-spaced work at least 5 days before the next group meeting to give the other members a chance to read and review before the meeting time arrives. Submit work to [masked] and in your email please note your name and genre. All work will be kept private between the participants of the group. If you have questions, please contact Kim. The suggested donation is $5 to cover meetup expenses. FAQ: 1. What kind of revising/editing are we doing? Any type that you are called to do. The more you put down, good and bad, the more the author has to work with and update their piece. 2. How many pieces will we read/revise? 4-5 depending on the number of people that RSVP to the group. 3. Can I turn in my submission late? No. This is because we want to give everyone enough time to read/revise without having new work added last minute. 4. Why can't I revise in the Google Doc? Right now, we don't have a better method of working with such a large group. Inevitably, someone ends up editing the original instead of making a copy and then we're forced to keep adding clean copies for others. Suggestions on better ways to do this in the future are welcome. 5. Why has my pdf been converted into a Google doc? Some people don't have Adobe Acrobat and cannot convert the PDF to a Word doc in order to read it.

Revision Group (Online Until Further Notice)

Online event

$5.00

Group Description: Serving those that are in need of new eyes and new opinions on their work, the Revision Group is the perfect setting to find interested, honest readers to help any writer revise their manuscript. The intention of the group is to allow space for authors to gain more in-depth critics of their work while also learning about the readability and understanding from the perspective of the reader. Feedback on any given piece will consist of continuity, plot, character development, flow, and other major aspects that could have been missed because the pieces are so close to the authors’ hearts. Each author may submit up to 2000 words of double-spaced work at least 5 days before the next group meeting to give the other members a chance to read and review before the meeting time arrives. Submit work to [masked] and in your email please note your name and genre. All work will be kept private between the participants of the group. If you have questions, please contact Kim. The suggested donation is $5 to cover meetup expenses. FAQ: 1. What kind of revising/editing are we doing? Any type that you are called to do. The more you put down, good and bad, the more the author has to work with and update their piece. 2. How many pieces will we read/revise? 4-5 depending on the number of people that RSVP to the group. 3. Can I turn in my submission late? No. This is because we want to give everyone enough time to read/revise without having new work added last minute. 4. Why can't I revise in the Google Doc? Right now, we don't have a better method of working with such a large group. Inevitably, someone ends up editing the original instead of making a copy and then we're forced to keep adding clean copies for others. Suggestions on better ways to do this in the future are welcome. 5. Why has my pdf been converted into a Google doc? Some people don't have Adobe Acrobat and cannot convert the PDF to a Word doc in order to read it.

Holiday Book Teaser and Zoom Party

Online event

Too good to miss! Friends, stories, books, a contest, and BYOB all from the comfort of your computer screen! It has been almost a whole year since we've seen each other in person, so we've put together something special and socially distanced for you! We will be gathering by zoom to celebrate all that we have to be thankful for as writers, professionals, friends, and community. This event will be a chance to reunite with each other via zoom and to celebrate with a selection of stories. If you like what you hear, please support the authors at this event and buy a book! We have great and talented writers in our ranks and we are fortunate to have several of our published members read one of "the best parts" of their books to us. The readings won't be long – that's why it's called a teaser! Afterward, we will allow folks to break out into zoom rooms if they would like or stay in the main room to chat. We are pushing the boundaries of zoom to make this event a special one! BYOB encouraged and we'll have a PRIZE for the BEST HOLIDAY HAT so feel free to get creative! AGENDA: 6:00 – Arrival to zoom, wait for people to join and conversation time 6:15 – Thanks and acknowledgements from Clementine 6:20 – Book teasers begin 7:10 – Holiday hat contest winner 7:20 – Party time! and breakout into rooms 8:20 – End of Party and Farewell until 2021 *We're cultivating an enjoyable place to learn, teach, share, grow, and become better writers. We encourage you to get engaged with the group, attend our events, and become a vibrant member of the community. We look forward to seeing you! Cost: $5 via paypal, venmo, or zelle helps us cover expenses of hosting and running the group on meetup

Past events (151)

Revision Group (Online Until Further Notice)

Online event

$5.00

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