What we're about

Have you dreamed of writing your first book, journal entry, short story, or poem? Are you a published writer seeking support and encouragement? Are you struggling to find the motivation to write?

You are not alone! Join an established group that's been meeting since March 2017!

Write. Share. Make connections. Get advice.

Note: For adults 18 and up.

What does it cost?
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Free.

Where do the meetups take place?
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The Livermore Public Library (Civic Center main branch).

When do the meetups take place?
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The first Tuesday of every month from 6:30 - 8:30.

What are the group goals?
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• To be a safe and encouraging writers group that is open to all genres and all levels—even those who have never journaled or written a short story or poem, or shared what they've written in secret. ^_^ Furthermore, some participants focus more on nonfiction, memoir, and poetry.

• To improve our writing craft (for example, plot, dialogue, character development) through guided discussion of selected books.

We sometimes schedule time at the end of the meeting to provide feedback on submitted pieces. For more information, see the individual meetup event.

What is a typical agenda?
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(Somewhat flexible to meet the needs of each session's participants.)
6:30 = Inspirational quote.
6:30 - 6:45 = Introduce yourself and what you've been working on (1-2 min).
6:45 - 7:15 = Free writing exercise (story dice) and sharing. No judging!
7:15 - 7:45 = Free writing exercise (story prompt) and sharing. No judging!
7:45 - 8:30 = Guided discussion on a group-selected writing craft book.
8:30 = Session closing (next meeting = 2 February 2021).
8:30+ = Brainstorming for topics and activities.

Upcoming events (1)

Fun with writing prompts and discussing writing craft in The Art of Character

In each session, we put pen to paper with the help of writing prompts and discuss chapters from a writing craft book that we've collectively chosen.
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1. Meeting Info
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At least one week before the session (27 April), I'll send the Zoom meeting invite (including the password) to everyone who RSVP'd and I will add the link under Online Event (on the right and below the meeting date and time).

Please download the software and get set up ahead of time by clicking https://zoom.us/download.

It's fun and fulfilling to lead any of the agenda items! If you'd like to do so, please message Alex.
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2. Guided Discussion
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We will be discussing chapters from The Art of Character:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15808807-the-art-of-character

For the chapters we'll be discussing for each session, see the agenda.
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Agenda
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(Some flexibility to meet the needs of each session's participants.)
6:30 = Inspirational quote.
6:30 - 6:45 = Introduce yourself and what you've been working on (1-2 min).
6:45 - 7:15 = Three-minute free writing exercise (story dice) and sharing. No judging!
7:15 - 7:45 = Ten-minute free writing exercise (story prompt) and sharing. No judging!
7:45 - 8:30 = Guided discussion on The Art of Character:
Chapter 9: The Paradox of This but That: Contradictions
Chapter 10: Serving and Denying the Tyranny of Motive
8:30 = Session closing (next meeting = 1 June).
8:30+ = Brainstorming for topics and activities.

Note: We welcome submissions for constructive critique. If you have attended one session, then you can submit your work for the group to provide feedback during one of the monthly sessions. For more information, see:
https://www.meetup.com/Writers-Meetup-at-the-Livermore-Public-Library/messages/boards/thread/52668670

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