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Pacing
Pacing – managing the speed at which your story or other narratives unfold – is essential in keeping readers engaged and creating stories that both make sense and hold together aesthetically. Writers need to know how and when to hit the gas and move the story along quickly. Writers also need to know and how and when to tap on the brakes and slow the pace down so our readers can breathe and get the lay of the land into which we've taken them. We’ll be reviewing some ideas and sampling different ways to accomplish both of these in this discussion-driven presentation format. Please bring your questions, problems, ideas, and examples for a rich and informative exchange of ideas on this topic. We’ll then transition into our regular breakout sessions (see full agenda below) where you can continue to explore, if you like. About your presenter: Write On, Ann Arbor! co-organizer Clifford Dean Scholz is a freelance consulting editor, senior editor with Edit Prose, and a writer and longtime teacher of language arts. Currently exploring fiction writing, many of Cliff's articles on environmental topics have been featured on the Post Carbon Institute's Resilience.org website. AGENDA: 6:00-6:20PM - Arrival, refreshments and conversation time 6:20-7:00 - Discussion topic with Cliff 7:00-7:10 - Accountability check-ins and transition to breakout sessions 7:10-8:20 - Breakout sessions 8:20-8:30 - Accountability statements, Meetup business, and wrap-up Our Breakout Sessions are: 1) A MASTERMIND Group to discuss and reflect on projects, ideas, and anything that may be holding you back. The group acts as a personal advisory board for each participant, and some real breakthroughs and powerful synchronicities can happen in these groups when ideas are exchanged. 2) A CRITIQUE Group of fellow writers and editors for those who want feedback on some of their work. Critique Group is open to those who want to share and those who simply enjoy reading other writers' work. To share, please bring five copies of four double-spaced pages or fewer. Come to encourage and be encouraged, and be prepared for honest feedback with the goal of helping participants grow as writers. 3) A WRITE TOGETHER Group for those who simply need some time to work on their projects or manuscripts. 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 at the door helps us cover expenses and gratuities.

Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tea Room

114 South Main Street · Ann Arbor, MI

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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!

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